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Canisius Student Honored for Bravery

The city of Tonawanda recognized Annie Draves ᾽18 for helping to rescue 102 year-old Grace Sairo from a house fire on October 11.  Draves was on her way to work when she saw Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and several other passers-by helped guide Draves to safety.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

United Way: Every Dollar Makes a Difference!

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When you give to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, you’re helping to create a community where everyone has the opportunity to realize a quality education, financial stability and good health.

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Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources


Escalation Event Postponed

Rescheduled for February 2018

The Sexual Violence Prevention Team has postponed the program “Escalation,” originally scheduled for today, Wednesday October 25.  This program is postponed until February 2018.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center







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Children’s Candy Crawl

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Canisius Candy Crawl for children of faculty and staff. The event, on Monday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m., will include dinner, a haunted house and trick-or-treating in Dugan Hall.

RSVP to Mary Braun in Human Resources at by 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, October 25.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources






BPO on Campus Today

Program features guitar soloist

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs on campus today, Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  Stefan Sanders conducts this program featuring Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Alec Holcomb will be the guitar soloist.

Holcomb was the third prize-winner of the 2016 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition.  In May 2017, he graduated with a bachelor of music degree in guitar performance at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Holcomb studied with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux (who is originally from Western New York). He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission and $12 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius director








Moriviví Collective

Hear about art to promote social justice

Sharon Nichole, a member of the Moriviví Collective, will discuss their work on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Old Main 314.Moriviví Collective is a group of young female artists based in Puerto Rico. Moriviví’ uses their art to promote social justice and display the human condition.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of modern languages, literatures and cultures at

Submitted by: Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of modern languages, literatures and cultures

Volleyball Hosts Battle of the Bridge Match

Griffs square off against Niagara

Your Canisius volleyball team returns to the Koessler Center court this week as it hosts Niagara Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. It’s the team’s annual Battle of the Bridge competition against the Purple Eagles. It is also Athletes for Athletes Night. All fans are encouraged to wear gold to the match.

For more information, visit

John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs


Misperceiving Marine Mammals: A Tale of Two Settings

Expert will use science to debunk human biases

Heather Hill, PhD, associate professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University in Texas, will give a lecture entitled “Misperceiving Marine Mammals: A Tale of Two Settings” on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Regis Room North.

The movie ”Jaws” and its ominous music has impacted the popular misconception that sharks are bloodthirsty human eaters. Likewise the movie Blackfish contributed to beliefs about the horrible plight killer of whales in captivity.

After 20 years of studying several species of marine mammals and humans in captivity, Heather Hill, PhD, will share some of her science about dolphins, belugas, killer whales, and human biases.

Submitted by: Michael Noonan, PhD, professor of ABEC

ArtsCanisius Art History Lecture Series Begins

Learn about the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall

Please join us as Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts Denise Prince presents a lecture about the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

Her master’s thesis topic provides wonderful insight into the architectural and acoustic challenges faced by the architects, the famous Finnish father-and-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, along with F.J. and W.A Kidd. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History

Exclusive Single Ticket Basketball Game Ticket Offer

Discount offer available until Nov. 1

The men’s and women’s basketball season is upon us. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on November 1 at 10 a.m.

As a fan of Golden Griffin basketball, you have the exclusive opportunity to purchase up to eight tickets per game in advance of November 1. This exclusive “Griffs Fans Only” sale will commence at 10 a.m. October 30 and run through 10 a.m. on November 1. This is an important opportunity for you, as we expect heavy advance sales for both the St. Bonaventure game in early December and the Niagara contest in late January. So if you plan to attend either or both games, I urge you to consider buying your single-game tickets during this exclusive window.

You may take advantage of this opportunity in one of three ways:

  1. Purchase your seats directly at the box office, located at 1833 Main Street in the Koessler Athletic Center. The box office will open at 10 a.m. each day and close at 5 p.m.
  2. Purchase your seats during the same time frame (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) by calling 716-888-TIXX
  3. Order online here. Use the code word GRIFFS, when prompted.

Tickets this year are priced at two different levels for the men’s games. Gold games are $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission, while Blue games are $18 for reserved and $10 for general admission.

Women’s games are all priced at $5, except for the home opener, November 10, when all seats will sell for $1.00, and the December 29 doubleheader, which is listed as a Blue Game on the men’s schedule.

If you have any questions, please call the KAC box office at 888-2885.

Gold Games

Dec. 6 vs. St. Bonaventure

Jan. 14 vs. Monmouth

Jan. 27 vs. Niagara (Battle of the Bridge)

Feb. 10 vs. Quinnipiac (Hall of Fame Day)

Blue Games

Nov. 18 vs. Youngstown State

Dec. 2 vs. Dartmouth

Dec. 29 vs. Rider (DH)

Dec. 31 vs. Iona

Jan. 12 vs. Saint Peter’s

Feb. 8 vs. Siena

Feb. 12 vs. Fairfield

Feb. 25 vs. Marist

Gather at The Code Shop!

Learn how to use data analytic tools

The Code Shop is a new weekly informal workshop meeting to help students and faculty learn how to use data analytic tools. Weekly meetings will be Friday afternoons, 3 – 5:00 p.m in Science Hall 032. This group is initially focusing on using the statistical package R and the Python language to do statistical modeling and work with large data sets.  The goal of Code Shop is to develop a pool of people at Canisius who use and understand these tools to help support all of our efforts in research and business.   There are always “snags” that arise when using complex software systems.  A working group of people using the same tools can make it much easier to make progress on a computational problem.

The Code Shop will meet once weekly to discuss our projects and talk about these languages.  The meetings will include presentations on using R and Python to carry out different tasks, according to the interests and needs of the group.  There is no definite agenda for this working group other than to develop each other’s ability to effectively use R and/or Python.

We are considering a Monday afternoon meeting too.  All Canisius College students, faculty and staff are welcome.  Please contact David Sheets, PhD at if you are interested in joining, particularly if the Friday afternoon time slot doesn’t work for you.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation