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President’s Convocation

The Canisius community is cordially invited to attend John J. Hurley’s annual President’s Convocation today, Monday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Each year, President Hurley hosts this event to bring the campus community together to hear about the state of the college and the priorities for the year ahead.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to be present, President Hurley’s remarks will be recorded and posted in “The Dome” on Wednesday, October 3, along with a brief recap.

A cocktail reception will follow President Hurley’s remarks.

For more information, please contact the Office of the President at (716) 888-2100 or

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

This Week in the Griff Center




The Griff Center for Academic Engagement is ‘open for business’ and ready to help you get a head start on your coursework, class schedule and career options. View the schedule above for information about what’s happening this week in the Griff Center.

For more detailed information, checkout Handshake, the college’s platform for internship opportunities, full- and part-time job openings or to sign up for on-campus interviews and register for information sessions, career fairs and more!

Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, Griff Center

Community Garden

Last Friday, Katie Costanzo and Veronica Serwacki met with Canisius alumna Marissa Verdi ’15 for some expert advice on seeds, seedlings and best practices for planting organic vegetables for “Spring in the Garden 2019.”

Verdi graduated from Canisius with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She went on for her master’s degree in plant protection and pest management (MPPM) from the Entomology Department at the University of Georgia. Verdi now works for Harris Seeds, a Rochester-based company that services professional growers and home gardeners. Her role is to oversee the home garden division.

Verdi has expressed enthusiastic interest in helping Canisius with the community garden project. She made a special trip to visit the East West Community Garden at Canisius and is willing to assist with the selection of genera/varieties to grow in the garden beds and in the natural pollinator areas. Verdi also offered to provide the East West Community Garden with seeds, seedlings and growing supplies for when planting begins next spring.

Look for more information about the East West Community Garden and a fun fall event that’s being organized to button up the garden for winter.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to dean, Arts & Sciences

Chartwells Voice to Vision Surveys

Chartwells’ annual guest engagement survey is called “Voice to Vision,” and the philosophy behind it is “insights for reinventing the campus experience.”

The goal is to provide a more robust survey asking the right questions to help us better understand our guests, how they perceive us and most importantly obtaining insight into what we can do to enhance their campus dining experience. The annual survey will consist of two parts, the first titled “Guest Engagement Surveywill start today, Monday, October 1. Click on the link to take the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chartwells Marketing Department by email at

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells