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The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, visited the campus yesterday for an open discussion with Canisius students.  During the “Conversation with the Bishop,” students talked about faith, service, Pope Francis and what it means to receive a Jesuit education.  The “Conversation” was filmed by the Diocese of Buffalo’s Daybreak TV Productions for a TV and social media special.  Watch The Dome for air dates.

Bishop Malone ended the event with a prayer and then posed with students in front of the Griffin statue.

Submitted by: College Communications

Griffs Fly High


Yesterday’s #CanisiusGivingDay broke all records.

Nearly 1,900 Griffs stepped forward with their support of Canisius resulting in an increase of 806 donors and $113,000 and still counting.

The $335,000 that was raised unlocked several challenges, including $24,000 from the Board of Trustees and $20,000 to support women’s rowing. Contributors to the Contemporary Writer’s Series, Women’s Rowing, and alumni from the Classes of 1977 and 2014 put these programs and classes atop their respective leaderboards.

Our #CanisiusGivingDay momentum must continue for us to successfully unlock the $100,000 Challenge Grant put forth by the 50-year Reunion Class of 1967. We need only 111 donors to surpass our goal. It’s never too late to make your gift.

Our Golden Griffin community demonstrated just how high WE CAN soar together.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!

Submitted by: Erin Hartnett, director, Canisius Fund

Spotlight on Teaching and Learning

itl-bio366-spotlightFaculty members often seek new ways to engage students with course material. Kristen Covino, PhD, postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Biology Department, recently challenged her ornithology students to put their knowledge of birds to the test.

Students examined the biology of a real bird and created two fake birds. Classmates were then asked to vote on which of the birds was real. Demonstrating that truth is often stranger than fiction, most students did not correctly identify the real bird, often because behaviors or characteristics of the real birds seemed unlikely.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

The second event in the Canisius College of Arts & Sciences Digital Humanities Speaker Series is today, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall, Room 418.

PJ Moskal, PhD, associate professor and director of digital media arts (DMA), will present on emerging trends in virtual reality (VR) and showcase some of his recent artwork in this sphere. A new wave of enthusiasm about virtual reality (VR) poses interesting artistic challenges and opportunities for the creation of digital art. Immersion, a key component of a VR experience, plays an important role in the perception of art and in the emotional involvement of a viewer. Moskal will also examine traditions of immersion through the lens of the intertwined worlds of art, science and technology.

Moskal teaches courses in interaction design, game development and animation as part of the game design concentration in the DMA program.

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

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Final Game of Season

Friday, April 28 is Senior Day for the Canisius men’s lacrosse team as it hosts Quinnipiac in the regular season finale. The Griffs and Bobcats will meet on the Demske turf at 4:00 p.m. with senior ceremonies scheduled to begin prior to face-off.

The Griffs are 3-2 in conference play, while Quinnipiac is 1-4. Canisius has already clinched a spot in the MAAC playoffs, which will be held next weekend at Marist.

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