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Canisius Opens China Office

(L-R): Nate Cronk, associate director of international admissions; Wayne Powell, Canada representative, Mericler Inc.; Jennifer Patrick, executive director, Canisius Center for Professional Development; Rami Hijazi, general representative, Mericler Inc.;  Mark Kopenski, president, Global Student Recruitment Associates and Christina Qi, Canisius China representative.  Representatives from Mericler, a Canadian educational consulting firm, met with the Admissions team during a recent visit to discuss partnerships to bring international students to the college.

Canisius’ global footprint grew exponentially with the recent opening of its office in Shanghai, China.  In cooperation with Beijing International Education Institute (BIEI), the effort is part of the college’s recruitment initiative to enroll more international students. The office is staffed by Canisius’ Chinese representative Christina Qi, who collaborates with BIEI to utilize various recruitment strategies, including establishing university partnerships.

“Instead of reactively approaching recruitment in Asia, we decided to proactively engage by hiring a recruiter and opening an office in China to be present in the largest international student market in the world,” says Nate Cronk, associate director of international admissions. “This provides Canisius with front line representation from Christina, who understands the culture and knows the best ways to find students who would excel at the college,” says Cronk.

This spring, the Admissions team plans to travel to the Middle East, China, Japan and Hong Kong to follow up with prospective students. Approximately three percent of the current student body is comprised of international students. According to Cronk, the Admissions team would like to see that number rise to five percent in the next two to three years, with the ultimate goal of 10 percent of the student body being non-U.S. citizens.

Submitted by: College Communications


Poetry Collection Features McNally’s Works

My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, a book published from BlazeVOX, prominently features the works of Janet McNally ᾽01, associate professor of English and creative writing, and Justin Karcher ᾽07, blogger, The book includes 54 poems from influential young writers with roots in Buffalo.

Aidan Ryan ᾽14, communications specialist at Goldberg Segalla and editor of Foundlings magazine, served as the collection’s managing editor.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications




Janet McNally ’01


Women’s Basketball Returns Home

Griffs square off against Siena and Manhattan

Your Canisius women’s basketball team returns to Buffalo this weekend for a pair of games following a week-long, three-game conference road swing.

The Griffs meet Manhattan at 7 p.m. Thursday night, January 11 before entertaining Siena in the Koessler Center at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, January 13. Tickets are $5.00 for all Golden Griffin home women’s basketball contests.

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