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Nearly 15 faculty members from the School of Education joined Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education, at BPS #66 North Park Academy on Friday, March 16 for “A Day in the Life of an Urban Student/Teacher/Administrator.” Faculty members shadowed teachers or students to further their knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of being an urban student, teacher or administrator. The event was hosted by the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College in conjunction with BPS #66 North Park Academy. Click the images below.


Patrick P. Lee HON ᾿99 Gives $2 Million to Canisius

Patrick P. Lee HON ᾿99 made a gift of $2 million to Canisius College to create the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center also received $2 million to support its Palliative and Supportive Care program. The gifts were made in memory of Lee’s late son, Patrick “Pat” Warn Lee.

“These gifts made in memory of my son, Pat, will allow Canisius and Roswell to have greater impact and will align with the Lee Foundation’s commitment to mental health and post-secondary education,” says Lee. “The scholarship fund at Canisius will provide academic opportunities for science and math students. The endowed chair at Roswell will expand the emotional and psychological supports for cancer patients and their families. My family and I are proud to have Pat’s legacy carried forward by these outstanding community institutions.”

At Canisius, the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program will support students studying in the areas of finance, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and physics. Two scholarship awards of $10,000 each will be awarded annually to freshmen with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to excel in one of the targeted majors.  Scholarships will be renewable over four years.

Also in the inaugural year of the program, eight junior and senior scholarship awards will support students in the targeted majors who are at risk of not completing their education at Canisius due to financial circumstances.  The program will provide $10,000 per student per academic year to relieve a portion of unmet financial need and reduce post-graduation debt. Students in their junior years of study may receive scholarships for a second year as long as they remain in good academic standing.

“Patrick Lee is a long-time benefactor and dear friend to Canisius College,” said President John J. Hurley.  “We are extremely grateful to Patrick for his continued commitment to the future of the college, and it is a privilege to honor the memory of his son in this way. The Lee Foundation Scholarship Program will be a key part of our strategy to recruit the best possible students to Canisius who can truly enhance the intellectual life of the campus,” added Hurley.

Lee has a long history of support for Canisius College. He has served in a variety of roles including the Board of Trustees (2000 – 2006) and as a member of the Board of Regents (1980 – 1986). The Patrick P. Lee Student Athletic Center on the Canisius campus was dedicated in 1998 in honor of Lee’s gift to the Imagine Canisius Campaign.

Read more here.

Subhead: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Higher Ed News, the weekly newsletter of the Association of Jesuit College’s and Universities (AJCU), featured two stories about Canisius in its March 16 issue.

An article by sports reporter Erik Brady ’76 in USA Today about the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s visit to campus, and President John Hurley quoted in Georgetown’s Future Ed blog about future models for higher education.

Read Higher Ed news here.

Regents Scholarship Ball is May 5


The Canisius College Board of Regents will host its 52nd annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 5 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.  Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m.  The event is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education.  Independent Health is the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Regents Scholarship Ball includes dinner and dancing to the sounds of Nik and the Nice Guys, as well as valuable prize packages, which are raffled off throughout the evening.

The Scholarship Ball also includes the presentation of the Canisius College Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Award.  The award recognizes an individual who has enriched the Western New York region through his or her civic, economic and/or cultural contributions.

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Award recipient is Candace S. Johnson, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Johnson is the center’s 15th president and CEO and the first female leader in its 120-year history.

She assumed the role in 2015 and has since re-energized Roswell Park.  Under Johnson’s strategic vision, the center has focused on bringing the very best physicians and scientists from around the world to Western New York.  Her leadership style, described as effective and results-oriented, is evident in the groundbreaking innovations and compassionate, patient-centered care delivered by the Roswell Park team.

Canisius College Board of Regents member Mary Perna Greenwald ’84, MBA ’96 and her husband, Tom Greenwald ’82, are co-chairs of the 52nd annual Regents Ball, tickets for which are now on sale:  Tables of 10 are available at the Magis Level for $5,500, the Ignatian Level for for $3,500, and the Griffin Level for $2,500.  Individual tickets are also available at the following prices: $550 (Magis), $350 (Ignatian) and $250 (Griffin).  Tables for young alumni (2008-2017) are available for $1,250.  Individual tickets for young alumni are $125.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Courtney Sullivan, assistant director of advancement events, at 716-888-2710 or at                                                       

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Donor Profile

Elizabeth sees first-hand how important a Canisius education is to students.  She gives back so the opportunity of a transformative education is available to more students who might not otherwise be able to pursue their educations at Canisius.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

As assistant director of the Canisius Academic Talent Search Program and the After School Partners Program, I love the opportunity the position provides me to work with urban students in Buffalo Public Schools, who are low-income, first-generation students.

What motivated you to make your first gift?

My gift helps to provide services to those students who need it most. I feel blessed to be able to pay it forward!

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

Supporting students through the Canisius Fund is important to me because of my personal commitment to help students be the best of their generation.

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

Supporting Canisius demonstrates commitment to the Jesuit mission and cura personalis.

What is your favorite campus event to attend each year?

I look forward each year to the Annual Black History Month event.

What is your fondest memory as a Canisius employee?

I love reaching out to the community and spreading the word about the quality of a Canisius College education.

How would you describe Canisius using only three words?

Academic excellence, always.

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

Buffalo Pizza

If you have not yet made a gift, please click here to join Elizabeth and nearly 220 of your colleagues who have. Once you log into the portal, it will take you directly to the faculty and staff giving page.

Submitted by Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund