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Get Involved with Community Week!

Campus Ministry is hosting Community Week in conjunction with a variety of on- and off-campus partners. The event includes seven days dedicated to service and solidarity with our Buffalo community.

There are many ways to get involved, from attending events throughout the week to contributing to our drives for Journey’s End Refugee Services and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

Events include:

  • Sunday, March 11: Kickoff of Community Week Mass at 7 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel
  • Monday, March 12: Keynote Speaker Kevin Heffernan ’08 in Science Hall Commons at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13: Community Engagement Panel with individuals from Family Promise of Western New York, the Just Buffalo Writing Center and Peaceprints WNY at 7 p.m. in Science Hall Commons
  • Wednesday, March 14: A visit from Big Brothers Big Sisters co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies Club and Peace Action in the Undercroft of the Chapel at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15: Griff Fair from 3 – 5 p.m. in Science Hall
  • Friday, March 16: Van to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy from 3:30 ‒ 5:30 p.m. Sign up here if you’re interested.
  • Saturday, March 17: Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals will be with partners from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and then lunch from the West Side Bazaar will be provided. Please contact Darby Ratliff in Campus Ministry if you would like to participate.

In addition to collecting bags of candy for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, we’re accepting donations of the following for Journey’s End Refugee Service’s welcome kits:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand soap
  • Body wash
  • Comb and brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine products
  • Men’s and women’s deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • First aid Kit

Please bring all donations to Campus Ministry in Old Main 207 until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Community Week is a great opportunity to engage with others at Canisius and with those in the Buffalo community. Please consider being involved! If you have any questions, please contact Darby Ratliff at or at Ext. 2875.

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry















Men’s Lacrosse Home Opener is Saturday

Team squares off against Cleveland State

Amongst all the hoopla surrounding the success of men’s basketball and hockey, your men’s lacrosse team is off to a great start under the direction of first-year coach Mark Miyashita. After dropping a heart-breaking game at Dartmouth to open the season, the Griffs knocked off Binghamton and Furman to move to 2-1 on the young campaign.

Those first three games were all on the road, however, the team returns to the Demske Sports Complex this Saturday, March 3 for a 1 p.m. faceoff against the Vikings of Cleveland State. Both single game-tickets and five-game ticket packs are on sale at the Koessler Center box office.

For more information visit, or call the ticket office at 888-TIXX.

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

Moriviví Unveiling and DMLLC Open House

All are invited

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will celebrate the unveiling of the mural by Puerto Rican Colectivo Moriviví on Friday, March 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. in OM 314. The event coincides with Spanish Major Open House where guests will have a chance to find out from our majors about our short term study abroad options and study tours, language tables, and the dual immersion program. Both events are open to students, faculty and administrators. Delicious and healthy refreshments will be served. Click the flyer below for details.

morivivi poster

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, chair and associate professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

KAC Pool Closing

Re-opens March 17

Please note that the Koessler Athletic Center pool will close for reconstruction on Saturday, March 3, 2018 through Friday, March 16, 2018. The pool re-opens on Saturday, March 17.

Submitted by: Matthew Ferguson, equipment manager, Athletic Department

COLI Faculty Meetup

Share reflections about teaching online

The next Online and Hybrid Faculty Meetup presented by the Center for Online Learning (COLI) takes place on Friday, March 2 from 1:30 ‒ 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Center Classroom.  COLI will provide refreshments!

For more than a decade, Canisius College faculty have taught high quality online and hybrid courses.  In the process, professors have pioneered methods in this relatively new medium for teaching and learning.

In March, COLI invites online and hybrid instructors to a Meetup to share experiences in, reflections on, and ambitions for teaching online. Rather than a formal presentation, faculty should come as colleagues to share insights and concerns.  In your online courses, what worked for you?  What didn’t?  How do you measure your success?  What would you like to do teaching online that you’re not doing now, either because you’re still planning or building the course, or because you face an obstacle?

We also invite any faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid classes but who have not yet done so.  Please bring your questions for our seasoned veteran online faculty, and gain valuable insights.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Online Faculty Development Course

Learn how to teach online and hybrid courses

This semester, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is running an Online Faculty Development Course to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.  Discover new methods, tools, and techniques for building course content and teaching online.  This six-week course will run from Monday, March 12 until Saturday, April 28 (with a most-welcome spring break in the middle!)  The course is entirely on the web, so you learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

This course is available to all Canisius College faculty.  Whether you plan to teach an online course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online, or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity.  Please enroll by contacting

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation





Canisius in the News

President John Hurley was quoted in a Business First article regarding what might be next for Bishop Richard Malone as he navigates his last few years leading the Diocese of Buffalo.

Read the article here.

In his “Unknown Stories of WNY,” WGRZ-TV Daybreak co-anchor Pete Gallivan did a feature story on former Canisius chemistry instructor and DuPont researcher Dr. Joseph Shivers. Shivers will be inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame on May 3 for his groundbreaking invention of Lycra, generically known as Spandex. Joesph Bieron, PhD, professor emeritus of chemistry was interviewed for the story.

Watch the story here.

The Sun published four short stories by Mick Cochrane, PhD, chair and professor of English. The stories are based on the All-College Honors “Last Lecture” he presented in March 2015.

Cochrane’s lecture was part of a series inspired by Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture. Pausch was a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who, while facing a terminal diagnosis, spoke directly to his students and colleagues about the things that matter most.

The Sun is an national, independent, ad-free magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry and photographs which explore the challenges we face in life and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Read Cochrane’s stories here.

Candidates for the Dean of the Wehle School of Business

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the open forums for the search for the dean of the Wehle School of Business. The presentations are 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

The first two candidates are:

  • Bruce R. Rosenthal, PhD, on Monday, February 26 at 4:15 p.m. in HO 107
  • Denise M. Rotondo, PhD, on Thursday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. in HO 107

Cover letters and CVs, including surveys for each candidate, are in the navigation menu along the top of your myCanisius home page. Click on the DEAN OF THE WSB SEARCH link.

Mary Ellen Carver, executive associate, Wehle School of Business, Office of the Dean

Men’s Basketball Earns Share of the MAAC Regular Season Crown

The Canisius men’s basketball team beat Marist by a score of 98-74 Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale in the Koessler Athletic Center. With the win, coupled with Rider’s win over Iona, Canisius earned a share of the 2017-18 MAAC regular-season championship, the program’s first since 1993-94. Canisius will return to action on Friday, March 2. The team plays the winner of the Quinnipiac-Siena game at 9:30 p.m. in the second quarterfinal contest of the 2018 MAAC Basketball Championship in Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with the radio broadcasts available on Buffalo’s WECK 1230-AM and 102.9-FM, and the TUNEIN app.


Read more here.

Submitted  by: College Communications