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Blue and Gold Fridays

This is week five of Blue and Gold Fridays, so it’s your final opportunity to be our October Fan(s) of the Month.

Take a photo or video, tweet using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram, or email to

The weekly winner will be chosen at 2 p.m. today.

We will announce our October monthly winner on Monday, October 30. Good luck!

Submitted by: College Communications  


Pop-Up Drop-In

Counseling Center offers new initiative

Starting this Monday, October 30, the Counseling Center is excited to offer a new initiative for connecting students to mental health services called “Pop-Up Drop-In.

“Pop-Up Drop-In” is an outreach program designed to interact with students who do not access traditional counseling services. This innovative outreach effort will provide brief, informal and convenient opportunities for students to meet with counselors at various sites across campus and help reduce some barriers to seeking help. Our hope is to reach students who may be reluctant to access counseling services, may not know about our services, question whether they or someone they know could benefit from counseling services, or have a general question about mental health. The primary goal is to engage with students by meeting them where they are at and creating a less formal link to counseling support or services. No appointment is required. Students just drop in at the locations and times listed below and on the flyer to the left.

“Pop-Up Drop-In” times and locations for the fall semester are as follows:

  • Old Main second Floor: Mondays m. – 1p.m., room 209 (near Campus Ministry)
  • Koessler Athletic Center  second Floor: Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m. (Room 227-across from weight room)

We hope you will assist us in promoting this initiative. By doing so, you are supporting a climate on campus that normalizes accessing mental health services and gives students better access to help.

If you have any questions, call Mike Cammarata, associate director of the Counseling Center, at Ext 2620.

Submitted by: Mike Cammarata, associate director of the Counseling Center



Hockey Hosts 18th Ranked Air Force

Tonight is Military Appreciation Night

Your Canisius Golden Griffins complete their season-opening six-game home stand this weekend, when the 18th ranked Air Force Falcons visit HARBORCENTER. This early season showdown between two of the top teams in Atlantic Hockey faces off at 7:35 p.m. both evenings. Tonight, Friday, October 27, is Military Appreciation Night. All active military and their family members will receive complimentary tickets by showing a valid military ID.

As a special bonus on Friday night, the MAAC Champion women’s lacrosse team will be presented with the 2017 championship rings at the first intermission. The Starpoint Middle School Band will be on hand to perform the national anthem.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 716-888-TIXX. Reminder, all Canisius faculty and staff receive discounted prices by displaying a college ID.

For additional game information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Volleyball Celebrates Senior Day on Sunday

Team faces NYC-based schools

The Canisius volleyball team concludes the home portion of its schedule this weekend with matches against New York City-based schools Manhattan and Iona. Canisius sits one game out of the final league playoff position with four games remaining. The Griffs meet 10th place Manhattan on Saturday, October 28 at the KAC before hosting Senior Day on Sunday, October 29 versus fourth-place Iona. Both matches start at 1 p.m.

For additional information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs


Dark Matter Day

October 31 is more than just Halloween


October 31, 2017 is Dark Matter Day (  To celebrate, the Physics Department will answer your questions on Twitter from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. that day.  Just follow #CanisiusDarkMatter.  You can also follow the Physics Department’s twitter feed at @CanUPhysics.

Dark matter is a mysterious substance that has mass but no electric charge and no nuclear interactions.  It makes up a little more than 25 percent of the stuff in the universe and is critical to our understanding of the Big Bang, yet remains relatively unknown.

Michael Wood, PhD, chair of the Physics Department, is an experimental nuclear physicist who conducts research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), a Department of Energy national lab in Newport News, VA. Wood is a member of the Beam Dump eXperiment (BDX) Collaboration.  The BDX collaboration is planning an experiment to create dark matter with a high-energy electron beam at JLab.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics


ACAC Meeting is Nov. 1

Learn about computing and technology initiatives

The Academic Computing Advisory Committee (ACAC) will hold its second meeting of the 2017 – 18 academic year on November 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the President’s Board Room in Bagen Hall.  ACAC is a venue for learning about computing and technology initiatives on campus and lend your voice to the discussion.  It is an opportunity to interact with members of ITS and other staff and faculty on issues of computing and technology.

The November 1 meeting will have updates from ITS, COLI and a discussion about the new makerspace, which will open in the library in the first week of November.

All are welcome.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, chair, ACAC

Athletics Merchandise Sale is Next Week

Save big on your favorite Griffs gear

The annual fall Golden Griffin merchandise sale is set for next Wednesday and Thursday (November 1 and 2) in the Koessler Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get your favorite Golden Griffin gear at drastically discounted rates and to start some early holiday shopping without leaving campus. Hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies all discounted from 10-50 percent off. Shop early and often and Be Bold – Wear Gold.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs






Next Serious Games Meetup is November 3

Virtual Reality is Back!

On Friday, November 3, the Serious Games Meetup returns to LY 122!  This time, it’s a Virtual Reality (VR) exhibit.  VR is well-known for thrill-inducing roller coaster rides and other entertaining experiences.  However, it can also be a powerful tool for immersive and interactive story-telling experiences that serve educational purposes.  Attendees will be able to experience VR applications including games, simulations and historical recreations.  Digital Media Arts Professor P.J. Moskal, PhD, and his students have been working in VR and will show some projects at the meetup.

Serious Games serves a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulation, healthcare and therapy, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics.  The Serious Games Meetup Group explores learning theories and game design, and conducts workshops for faculty, staff and students that explore digital and analog game use and creation.  And, they play some games, too.

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





Canisius in the News

Both Peter Galie, PhD, professor emeritus of political science, and Kathleen Davis, vice president for enrollment management, made appearances on “Buffalo’s Buzz” program on WBBZ-TV.

Galie talked about how New York State voters will have the chance to approve the creation of a Constitutional Convention on November 7. If approved, the ballot could set in motion a do-it-yourself lawmaking process.

Watch the segment at 13:48 in the program here.

Watch Davis’ segment at 13:30 in the program here.

Galie was also part of a panel discussion on the convention that was covered by WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

As assistant director of student engagement, Phil Cialella ᾽07 helps coordinate student programs, including signature events such as Welcome Week, Fall Fest, Griff Fest and New Student Orientation. He is also the advisor for the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) and Student Programming Board (SPB). Phil is known for bringing a sense of humor and positivity to everything he does.

As an alumnus, Phil knows first-hand the value of a Canisius education. Now, he enjoys watching the transformation of students.

“I see the nervous faces at orientation and then four years later at commencement I see their pride and excitement,” says Phil. “It is really special and makes it easy to come to work every day.”

Phil served as lead mentor, along with Nancy Wallace, PhD, associate dean of the School of Education and director of educational partnerships, on a week-long service-immersion trip to Guatemala this past May through Campus Ministry.

“The trip was very eye-opening for me and really made me think about practicing what we preach in terms of being men and women for others and fighting for social justice.”

In his spare time, Phil likes to visit with family and explore sites in Buffalo such as Canalside, Larkinville or Riverworks. He tries to incorporate many of the city’s hotspots into student programming.

Submitted by: College Communications