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Campus Candids

Rev. Tom Slon, SJ, rector of the Jesuit community, was on hand today, December 9, to bless the items received by Public Safety for its annual Holiday Charity Drive. The items will be donated to support the mission of the Ladies of Charity Christmas Program. Faculty and staff members generously donated toys, gift cards, gently used clothing, bicycles and other items.

Sharon Kasperczyk, from the Alumni Engagement Office, organizes hundreds of Christmas gifts that will be donated to families at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

The Institutional Advancement team, the Canisius College Alumni Board and the Buffalo-Niagara Alumni Chapter each adopted a St. Luke’s family for the holidays.  From the looks of things, their generosity runneth over.  An estimated 70 people gifted much needed clothes, home essentials and toys to help make Christmas more special for those less fortunate.

Submitted by: College Communications

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, December 5.  You can read highlights from the meeting here, including President Hurley’s report and other campus matters.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president, secretary, Board of Trustees

49th Annual German Christmas Mass

Canisius College will host its 49th Annual German Christmas Mass at the college’s Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m.  An Advent brunch reception will be held in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center following the Mass at approximately 11:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will be spoken entirely in German.  The German American Musicians will perform a concert of American Christmas Carols at 9:30 a.m., before the Mass, in the chapel.

For more information about the German Mass, call the Canisius College Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at (716) 888-2835.

Submitted by: Peter Böhm – professor of German, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Winter Weather and the College’s Normal Operations

As we enter the holiday season and with the lake being warmer than normal, the college needs to be prepared for the possibility of winter weather altering the college’s normal operation. There are four options for changes in normal operations due to weather:

  1. Cancellation of all classes; staff expected to report
  2. Closing the college; only essential operating personnel should report
  3. Delay of opening (essential operating personnel should report at normal time, other personnel should report once the college is open; the time of opening will be provided with the notification)
  4. Early closing of the college

If there will be a change to normal operation, early morning decisions will be communicated by 6:00 a.m. and decisions about evening classes (classes beginning after 4:00 p.m.) will be communicated by 2:45 p.m.

Information about class cancellation, college closure or college delay will be available by the following means:

  • The Canisius Alert System
  • The Canisius web site
  • The Canisius portal login page
  • The school closing information line (888-3131) and class cancellation line (888-3130).
  • TV stations (WGRZ-TV, Channel 2; WIVB-TV, Channel 4; WKBW-TV, Channel 7; Time Warner Cable-YNN)

For more information about school closing, delay of opening and all class cancellations, please log onto the MyCanisius Portal at In the “Need to Know” section there is an announcement about the procedures and plans for the impact of weather on normal college activities. If you expand that announcement, you can find the link to the document detailing when and how decisions will be made and communicated.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, Human Resources

COLI Workshops in December – and Beyond!

Next week, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will begin to offer workshops to help faculty, staff and administrators use the web to collaborate and communicate:

  • Google Apps Workshop: Deliver & Accept Files Within Your Office – Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. in SH 1008
  • WordPress Workshop: Creating Your Office Web Space & Newsletter – Thursday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. in OM 115

Next Semester, COLI will again offer a range of workshops focused on teaching and learning, productivity and creativity using digital tools and methods.

Register for COLI workshops today!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI