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Students from the Canisius College Entrepreneurship program, Canisius Innovation Lab (CIL) and the Canisius Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) organized the “2017 Canisius Think Tank: Business Idea Pitch Network” held on March 30 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Students from various majors from both business and non-business schools pitched their business ideas, expanded network opportunities and received valuable feedback.

Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, director of entrepreneurship, continues to use the Coleman Foundation Grant to support 15 faculty members from outside the Wehle School of Business to infuse entrepreneurship concepts and lead projects in support of cross-campus entrepreneurship education.

Students in the Canisius Innovation Lab strive to inspire entrepreneurial growth through hands on experiences, valuable opportunities, innovation and student startups. The Canisius Entrepreneurs Organization is a student club that seeks to inform, support and inspire students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunities through the life long journey of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and enterprise creation.

Submitted by: Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, associate professor, director, entrepreneurship

Canisius in the News

Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, and Nancy Wallace, Phd, director of school and community partnerships, discuss the college’s new Center for Urban Education on WKBW-TV Channel 7 News.

“There’s clearly a need for more diversity in the workforce,” said Wallace.  “We want to attract teacher candidates from all backgrounds, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds to our program.”

To watch the full story, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Van Volkenburg Receives One Buffalo Community Award

Senior Associate Campus Minister J. Joseph Van Volkenburg ’88, affectionately known as “JVV,” was recognized for going above and beyond in his service to the community. Van Volkenburg is the latest recipient of the One Buffalo Community Award established by Pegula Sports and Entertainment and presented by the New Era Cap Company to individuals who make Western New York a better place by going out of their way to positively impact the region.

Van Volkenburg works tirelessly to involve Canisius students, faculty and staff in local community outreach with Buffalo’s poor and homeless populations.  He spearheads such programs as the Burrito Project, the Sandwich & Spirituality Ministry, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.  St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is perhaps the greatest beneficiary of Van Volkenburg’s generous spirit.  His is not only personally committed to the work of the mission but recruits countless members of the college community to assist in the dining room, the Mission Mall and St. Luke’s School.

Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres will donate $2,500 to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy as designated by Van Volkenburg.

“When our students go to St. Luke’s, they are serving the poorest of the poor, the most needy, most forgotten of God’s children,” says Van Volkenburg. “St. Luke’s provides dignity and hope.”

He was nominated for the One Buffalo Community Award by Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology at the college.

Van Volkenburg was recognized with a video tribute during the Buffalo Sabres game on March 27.

Click here to watch the video.

Submitted by: College Communications

Global Fest 2017 is Tonight

Global Fest, the annual cultural celebration at Canisius, will be held today, April 4, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center. Global Horizons, the international club on campus, is hosting an evening of cultural activities, performances and food samples from all over the world.


If you have questions, please email We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, Director, Office of International Student Programs


Women’s Lacrosse Looks to Extend Win Streak

Your Golden Griffin women’s lacrosse team looks to extend its four-game winning streak on Wednesday, April 5. Canisius hosts Siena at 4:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex. There is no admission charge to the game.

The game will be broadcast live on espn3.

For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs