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Canisius Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers

Canisius College will welcome two leaders from Western New York’s medical community to campus this May to deliver commencement addresses for the undergraduate and graduate classes of 2018.  Both are Canisius alumni.  Allegra C. Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, will deliver remarks to the graduate Class of 2018 on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.  Norma J. Nowak ’79, PhD, executive director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, will address the Canisius College undergraduate Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m., also in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Canisius will confer honorary degrees upon Allegra Jaros and Norma Nowak during commencement ceremonies.  The college will also confer honorary degrees upon five others.  Click here to read more about these honorary degree recipients, and the 2018 commencement speakers.

Submitted by: College Communications











Candidate for the Director of Physician Assistant Studies

All members of the campus community are invited to an open forum on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Old Main 203 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Aimee S. Larson, MPAS, PA-C, a candidate for the director of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program at Canisius, will present on the current and future roles of physician assistants in U.S. healthcare with an emphasis on Western New York and developing a Canisius PA program infused with the Jesuit mission.  The community will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, PhD, acting vice president for Academic Affairs

Men’s Basketball MAAC Championship Watch Party at 716

Come cheer on our Griffs as they take on the winner of the Quinnipiac-Siena game, this Friday at 9:30 p.m., in the second quarterfinal contest of the 2018 MAAC Basketball Championship in Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

For those who plan to watch the game locally, come join your fellow Griffs at a watch party at (716) Food and Sport on Friday. There will be room at the bar to eat/drink, socialize and support the Griffs! There is no charge to attend, guests must purchase food and beverages on their own.  If you would like to make reservations, click here.

Go Griffs!

Submitted by: Ali Novak, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Alumni

Faculty and Staff Donor Profile

Debbie is the first face most families see when they come to visit Canisius.  She is always very warm and welcoming.   Debbie is part of many students’ start here on campus and she gives back to help more students be able to take those first steps as a Griffin.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

The diversity of the job. I enjoy meeting people and talking about Canisius College. We just had Scholar’s Day on Sunday and families were so excited to be here. Most feel privileged to be accepted at Canisius. I like being around positive people. I feel appreciated and very viable even after 36 years on campus.

What motivated you to make your first gift?

I wanted to give back for everything Canisius College has given me.

Why is supporting students through the Canisius Fund important to you?

I see so many of our students become so successful and not just monetarily successful. They start here as kids and leave as adults with careers and goals that they maybe didn’t think were imaginable. I want to be part of their success. Every Sunday my favorite part of The Buffalo News is the business section where it highlights the promotions in the Buffalo area. I always look for Canisius graduates to see if I knew them when they were on campus.

Why do you think it’s important for faculty and staff to support Canisius?

We are the students’ mentors. We help build them into the people they become. For many, this is their home away from home. Why wouldn’t we support them? We are a family.

What is your favorite campus event to attend each year?

Open House. Families come with a lot of questions and concerns.  I get to tell the (or my) Canisius story to anyone who will listen.

What is your fondest memory as a Canisius employee?

This goes back a few years when Father Demske was president. It is when he played his trombone at graduation.

How would you describe Canisius using only three words?

Prestigious, welcoming and committed.

Fun Fact: Where is your favorite place to get chicken wings from in Buffalo?

La Nova

If you have not yet made a gift, please consider joining Debbie and 207 of your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today at

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, annual leadership giving coordinator, Canisius Fund


Ignatian Scholarship Day 2018

The 11th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day is Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Christ the King Chapel and Alumni Gallery.

This event is an opportunity for every student to submit accomplished work from the current or previous semester for an exhibit, presentation or performance in a conference environment similar to that of a learned society or organization.

Students can apply for ISD 2018 with the online application on the myCanisius portal. The types of presentations students can choose from are poster displays, oral papers, digital presentations, two-or-three dimensional art and artistic performances.

Applications will be accepted until 5p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

Faculty members are asked to review and endorse applications from March 1 – March 19.

To apply or endorse Ignatian Scholarship Day submissions, please visit the Academic Affairs community page on the portal page or click here. For more information contact the office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Event Services