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Canisius Chorale Joins Esteemed Chamber Orchestra

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present a concert in collaboration with the esteemed Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of St. Louis Church on Sunday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. in St. Louis Church, located at Main and Edward Streets in downtown Buffalo.

The program will feature works by Faure, Verdi and others. Admission is $18.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Camerata Orchestra fund.

Now in its 20th season, the Canisius College Chorale remains one of Western New York’s most active collegiate music ensembles. Composed of 100 undergraduate and graduate members, the chorale regularly presents concert programs to school, church, and community audiences throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. In recent years, the chorale has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Please join us for this wonderful collaborative music experience in one of our region’s most historic sanctuaries.

For more information, contact the Canisius College Music Office at Ext. 2536.

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts

The Restoration Hem Project

jen-kaiser-02172017In celebration of Women’s History Month, Jennifer Kaiser, founder of The Restoration Hem Project, will speak Wednesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Jennifer Kaiser is a graduate of the University of Southern Florida, Tampa. After moving to Atlanta, she became involved in community volunteering and service-based projects with her church. Those projects she says, “…ignited in me a desire to better understand the injustices and struggles that people face outside my suburban reality.”

While in Zimbabwe, Kaiser was particularly struck by the lack of the simplest resources, including underwear and feminine hygiene supplies. She learned that a girl will miss an average of 60 days of school per year due to lack of feminine hygiene products. This leaves girls vulnerable to an elevated school dropout rate, early marriage, sexual exploitation and infection and disease.

The Restoration Hem Project is built on the belief that every girl deserves uninhibited access to life’s opportunities. The project does this by working to bring girls local access to sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and empower them to boldly pursue their dreams and education. Kaiser now spends time between the U.S., where she works at the Georgia Aquarium and Zimbabwe where she and a group of local girls began sewing reusable sanitary pad kits and preparing feminine hygiene seminars for rural schools.

Please join us to learn how the Restoration Hem Project is impacting our own Buffalo homeless, immigrant and refugee communities through the work of the Canisius College Women & Gender Studies Club.

Sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Program, Women and Gender Studies Club and the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library and Archives and Special Collections, the event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Kathleen DeLaney, librarian, archives and special collections at

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, librarian, archives and special collections

RAISE Benefit Dinner is March 10

The campus community is invited to Campus Ministry’s RAISE Benefit Dinner Friday, March 10 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Food tastings from around the world will be available along with a cash bar, a basket raffle, a silent auction and live music! A ticket to the event is $25. A group package (four tickets) is available for $75. All tickets for Canisius students and children between the ages of 11-17 will be $10. Children 10 and under are free.

Purchase tickets by visiting or at the Office of Campus Ministry, located in Old Main 207.

All proceeds will help more than 50 Canisius students who are taking part in one of Campus Ministry’s 2017 international immersion programs this summer. Students will be journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others.

Submitted by: Alice Zicari, associate campus minister, campus ministry

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

The inaugural College of Arts & Sciences Digital Humanities Speaker Series at Canisius is Thursday, March 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Regis Room located on the second floor of the Student Center. Special thanks to Erin Warford, PhD, adjunct professor of classics, who kicks off this series with a compelling discussion of how digital geographic information systems enable us to explore past social, political and religious life in new ways.

The Digital Humanities Speaker Series highlights pioneering work Canisius scholars are doing in digital humanities and inspires faculty and students to consider, experiment with and collaborate on new research projects or pedagogical methods employing digital technologies.  Our spring 2017 series is threaded with an underlying question: What is the relationship between humanities scholarly priorities and methods or practices of media design?

The title and abstract of Warford’s presentation are below:

Build Temples Not Walls: Mapping Border Sanctuaries and Pilgrimage Routes in Classical Athens

Borders are not always defined by walls. In ancient Athens, birthplace of democracy and at the height of its power in the 5th century BCE, the borders were marked by grand marble temples. Both Athenians and outsiders gathered at these temples to enjoy the cultural spectacle of festivals, which offered food, drink, song and dance, theatrical performances, athletic contests, and even secret initiation rituals! All of this displayed the wealth and power of Athens, as well as the touchstones of Athenian identity—myths, memorials, battlefields from the Persian Wars.

Spectacles are meant to be seen by an audience, of course. How did people get to these temples? And what was the journey like? Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping programs provide tools which I have used to reconstruct the roads that connected the city of Athens to its border sanctuaries, as well as what it was like to travel to them. As an example I will focus on the Sacred Way to Eleusis, which thousands of initiates walked every year during their initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries, hoping for a happier afterlife. These roads were the arteries that linked Athens to her borders, the physical manifestation of the geographic and cultural unity of Athens.

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

Retirement Seminar Series

Have you been contemplating retiring in the next 3-5 years but may have questions? Consider attending the Retirement Seminar Series on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Regis Room.

Presenters will be Greg Tedone, financial consultant, TIAA-CREF; Ben Stump from the Social Security Administration; and Teresa Barone from Independent Health.

More information will be provided prior to March 31, 2017.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, human resources