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Moriviví Unveiling and Open House

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend

Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective, puts the finishing touches on the mural in Old Main room 314.

The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will host an unveiling of a mural by the Puerto Rican Moriviví Collective on Friday, April 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. in OM 314. Canisius Spanish students painted the mural on the wall in Old Main 314 under the direction of Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective. The permanent mural is of Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Moriviví is a group of young female artists based in Puerto Rico. Its mission is to use art to promote social justice and display the human condition.

The unveiling coincides with an open house where students and faculty will learn about unique opportunities such as study abroad and study tours, dual immersion programs and tertulias (conversations in Spanish)  led by international students from Spain. Also scheduled for the evening is a screening of the exciting new promotional video of the Modern Languages, Litetraures and Cultures program.  Light refreshments will be served.

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


Fire Drills

Scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018

Fire drills will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. The buildings included are:

  • 23 Agassiz
  • Bagen Hall
  • Bouwhuis Library
  • Christ the King Chapel
  • Churchill Tower
  • Demerly Hall Health Science
  • Horan O’Donnell
  • Loyola Hall
  • Lyons Hall
  • Koessler Athletic Center
  • Montante Cultural Center
  • Old Main
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • Richard E. Winter ᾿42 Student Center
  • Science Hall

Regulations forbid announcing the exact times. When the alarm sounds, please leave buildings by the nearest exits as shown on the posted emergency exit routes. Generally, a drill lasts no more than six or seven minutes. Everyone must leave the building they are in when the alarm sounds. One person may remain in each office or suite to answer phones. Elevators may not be used.

Please note: If you are involved in an event, which cannot be interrupted without serious complications, please notify Lt. Rick Miller in the Public Safety Office at Ext. 2330 or

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs


Campus Candid



Physical and health education/teacher education (PHETE) majors assisted in the production of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Physical Education Show on Thursday, March 29.  This annual event for constituents and the local community marks its 45th consecutive year.  Teacher candidates were involved in all facets of the presentation including video editing, physical spotting of special needs children, and the opening act.  PHETE majors included Anthony Diflavio ᾿18, Rachael Bielmeier ᾿19, Tyler Perna ᾿19, Anthony Forcucci ᾿19, Kenny Johnston ᾿19, Anna Purdy ᾿19, Abigail Guzzino᾿19, Cameron Race ᾿19, Mike Torrillo Jr. MS ᾿19, Allie Cornacchia ᾿19 and Frank Briandi MS ᾿19. A special thanks to St. Mary’s physical educators Jim Carmody, BS ᾿97, MS ᾿02, and Bryan Booke for coordinating this opportunity.  The experience provided PHETE majors with an up-close and personal chance to work with diverse children and also sent a strong message about the importance of quality physical education in the well-rounded growth of each child.

Submitted by: Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

50th Anniversary of Assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, April 4, 1968, an assassin shot civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, TN. He was 39.

Fifty years later, Canisius College joins churches and houses of worship, nationwide, along with the King family, to mourn him. On Wednesday April 3, as a mark of respect, the bells of Christ the King Chapel tolled 39 times for Dr. King’s age at the time of his death.

Next week, when classes resume, the commemoration continues. Please join together to hear Dr. King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The event will take place Thursday, April 12 in the ALB Library Learning Center, 1st floor, at 2 p.m.

His speech, given the night before he died, reveals Dr. King’s mood, motive, feelings of futility and the need to restore hope, civil rights and equality for the poor and people of color. He was called to Memphis to lend support to striking sanitation workers whose colleagues had lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the speech and share their thoughts about Dr. King and his legacy.

These events are coordinated through the Office of the President, the ALB Library and Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives & Special Collections, Campus Ministry, members of the Immersion East Side Ignatian Seminar and All-College Honors program.

Light refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections

Kermis ᾿70, PhD, is Accountant of the Year

George F. Kermis, ᾿70 PhD, CPA, professor emeritus of accounting, will be honored as the Accountant of the Year at the 62nd annual Canisius College Accounting Society Banquet on Thursday, April 26 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.

The society will also recognize David M. Schmidt ’90, CPA, partner, Ernst & Young LLP (EY), during the organization’s annual dinner. Schmidt will receive the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of a Canisius College accounting alumnus.

Kermis has been a faculty member in the Department of Accounting for 40 years. He maintains an active consulting practice with national presentations and more recently developed an online accounting program focused on learning management systems, which he presented internationally. During his long tenure at the college, Kermis leveraged his practical experience gained from six years in public accounting and community involvement, for the benefit of his students. He is a past recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. Presented annually the award recognizes one faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mark Your Calendars!

The 11th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) is Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m .– 5:00 p.m. in Science Hall and Christ the King Chapel. This event is an opportunity for every student to showcase accomplished work from the current or previous semester as an exhibit, presentation or performance in a conference-style environment.

Schedules for ISD will be available the week of April 9 on the Academic Affairs portal page through myCanisius.

For more information, contact the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

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