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President Hurley praises the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for her passion for higher education

In a Buffalo News letter to the editor, President John Hurley wrote about how the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter tirelessly advocated for higher education in Western New York and beyond.

Read more here.

Palumbo weighs in on the impact of Toys “R” Us closing

George Palumbo, PhD, professor of economics and finance, spoke with Spectrum News about how the closing of Toys “R” Us could affect the local economy.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Alumni Headed to Cannes Film Festival

CJ Gates ᾿16 and Tori Claflin ᾿14 are pictured among the award winners from the Buffalo 48-hour Film Project. Back row: Claflin is first on the right. Gates is pictured third from the right. Jordan Lema ᾿05 is front row, first on the right. Lema served as the city producer for the Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project and organized the event.

Congratulations to CJ Gates ’16 and Tori Claflin ’14 who won first place in the Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project for their film, “Partially Submerged Elephants.” The team had 48 hours to conceptualize, shoot, edit and produce a short film.

After their victory in Buffalo, the team headed to Paris to compete in “Filmapalooza.”

Out of more than 4,000 films from 130 cities, Gates and Claflin won the award for best cinematography and were recognized as one of the top five 48-hour films in the world. They are one of two teams from the United States to have their film screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Read more here.

Submitted  by: College Communications


Video Institute Documentary Premiere Tonight

Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere its latest documentary tonight, Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. The event is free and open to the public with a question and answer session, followed by refreshments.

“Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina,” produced by Nicholas Foraker ’18 and Justin Fague ’19, follows a group of Canisius students as they travel to Argentina with the college’s Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR).  Travel and production were made possible by funding from the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, IGSOR and the Video Institute.

IGSOR promotes interest in the study and practice of religion within the Canisius College community and the wider community of Western New York.

The Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Canisius Welcomes Bentley Hart Tonight

Noted philosophical theologian to speak

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series presents David Bentley Hart, PhD, American Orthodox Christian philosophical theologian and cultural commentator, tonight, Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. His lecture is entitled “The Gospel According to Melpomene: Theology and Tragedy.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phillip Reed, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, at Ext. 2609 or click here.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, Religious Studies and Theology

COLI Faculty Meetup 

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity on Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty, rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns.  Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students?  What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome.  COLI will supply the refreshments.

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI

Phi Alpha Theta Welcomes Local History Expert

Dr. Caitlin Moriarty to Speak

Caitlin Moriarty, PhD, director of architectural history at Preservation Studios, will speak on “Buffalo History as Local History” in the Regis Room on Thursday, March 22 at 4:15 p.m.   Moriarty’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Canisius Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.  Moriarty graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in urban studies and has her doctorate in architecture (buildings-landscapes-cultures) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Moriarty moved to Buffalo in 2011 to pursue dissertation research about the relationship between commercial spaces and neighborhood identity within the dynamics of post-World War II urban change. Her approach to architectural history emphasizes the cultural and social meanings of the built environment. She views historic preservation as an avenue for encouraging others to discover the rich history of buildings, neighborhoods and cultural landscapes in which we all live. Moriarty is active in the women’s leadership initiative and marketing committee for Western New York’s Urban Land Institute satellite and is a board member of The Friends of the Buffalo Story, a nonprofit that facilitates place-based heritage programs in Buffalo.

Refreshments will be served following Moriarty’s talk.

Submitted by: Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD, professor, History

Norwex Open House

Learn how to clean without chemicals

The Environmental Studies Program is sponsoring a Norwex open house party Friday, March 23 from 1 ‒ 3:00 p.m. in OM 314. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Light refreshments and cookies will be served. Stop by anytime between 1 – 3 p.m.

Norwex is a company that created recycled, washable microfiber cloths that use only water to clean your house and cut down on waste involved in cleaning. Their products are not only great for the environment, but make housework a breeze!

Please join us to find out how to clean your house without using harsh chemicals that can harm you, your children, pets and the environment!

Norwex also has body wash cloths that have helped people with eczema and other skin or allergy related issues.  For more facts and information about these cloths, visit their website website here.

Place your order online here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

Women’s Lacrosse Returns Home

Team to Face Manhattan

Winners of two straight games, your Canisius women’s lacrosse team returns home this weekend to open conference play versus Manhattan. The two clubs face off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 on the Demske turf. The Griffs are 3-4, while the Jaspers are 3-5.

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






Baseball Home Opener This Weekend

Griffs host three-game series with Fairfield

After playing its first 17 games on the road, your Canisius baseball team hosts a three-game series with Fairfield this weekend to open conference play.

Saturday’s doubleheader on March 24 starts at 2:20 pm, while Sunday’s single tilt on March 25 begins at noon. Canisius has won two of the previous five MAAC titles, while Fairfield won in 2016.

Canisius is the only MAAC team to finish the preseason portion of its schedule with a winning record, as the Griffs are 11-6 with wins over #24 North Carolina State, West Virginia of the Big 12 and the Big 10’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Fairfield was 4-11 prior to a game Tuesday at St. John’s.

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