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Pictured (back row, l-r): Karin (Graham) Seymour ’98, MSEd ’08, Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo ’77, U.S. District Court, and Clancy Seymour ’97, MSEd ’99, EdD. Front row (l-r): (Triplets) Chyler, Chailyn and Chase Seymour, and Channing Seymour

Congratulations to Clancy Seymour ’97, MSEd ’98, EdD, who on Thursday, November 1, became a United States citizen. Originally from Canada, the assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) program began the naturalization process back in May 2018. Seymour was one of 52 people from 20-plus countries awarded citizenship that day.

Canisius alumnus Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo ’77, from the U.S. District Court, performed the Naturalization Ceremony, encouraging those in attendance to embrace the heritage, traditions and culture of all Americans. Upon learning of Seymour’s ‘Canisius connection,’ Judge Vilardo invited his four children up to the bench to sit in his seat.  He later asked Seymour’s eldest son, Channing, to conclude the ceremony.

Submitted by: College Communications

Pictured: (back row l-r): Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund, Olivia Miller ’21, Bill Collins, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Evan Herbold ’22, Sean Balcerzak ’21, Alayna Simmons ’22, Anezka Krobot ’20, Maria Smith, MBA ’20 and Katie Doyle ’20; (front row l-r): Gabby Wells ’20, Emie Tanner ’21, Antonio Mendez ’21 and Emily Schreiber ’21

The Canisius Fund Call Center was in full swing Wednesday night, November 7, as Bill Collins, vice president for institutional advancement, stopped by to thank the students for their hard work in reaching out to alumni. Students call year-round to keep alumni updated with news and events happening at Canisius, check in with how they’ve been since graduating and ask for their philanthropic support for the Canisius Fund.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Canisius in the News

In today’s Buffalo News, the editorial board commended the formation of a panel of nine prominent Catholics, which includes Canisius President John J. Hurley, to help reform the Buffalo Diocese governance structure and restore trust in the institution. Click here to read the editorial.

WKBW Channel 7 interviewed Kevin Hardwick, PhD, political science professor, for a story about results in the New York State midterm election. Read the full story here.


Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Army ROTC Places 10th at Northeast Ranger Challenge Competition


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The Canisius College Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger Challenge Team traveled to Fort Dix, NJ recently to compete in the annual Ranger Challenge competition. The team finished 10th overall out of 44 teams from universities across the northeast United States.

Ranger Challenge is considered the varsity sport of Army ROTC. Participation in Ranger Challenge offers cadets an opportunity to learn and practice skills beyond those instructed in class and during labs. The focus of training is on light infantry tactics, common soldier skills such as land navigation, as well as physical strength and endurance. Selection for and participation in the Ranger Challenge requires dedication. The team holds additional physical and skills training during the week in addition to regularly scheduled classes and labs. Training then culminates in the Ranger Challenge competition held each fall.

The competition consisted of eight events including a fitness test, hand grenade assault course, obstacle course, one rope bridge, tactical combat casualty care simulation, land navigation, a combined relay event and an eight-mile foot march. The events this year required a combination of physical stamina, teamwork, problem-solving and creativity to be competitive.

This year’s team from Canisius’ Golden Griffin Battalion consisted of 12 cadets representing Canisius College and SUNY University at Buffalo. The Canisius representatives were Michael Solak ’18, accounting major and team captain; Jared Browne ’20, political science major; Daniel Emerson ’18, international relations major and Patrick Rosati ’20, physical education sports studies major.

The team also included University at Buffalo students team co-captain Bryan Sommerville ’20, Ian Brown ’22, Zach Langdon ’21, Keira DiNuzzo ’20, Don Diego Florencio ’20, Gabrielle Falletta ’19, Nick Rave ’21 and Tiffany Liew ’22.

Army ROTC is open to all students and does not require a military commitment. For more information visit the ROTC website.

Submitted by: Candice M. Freyburger, captain, Military Science/Army ROTC

Veterans Day Commemoration

Join the Griff Center in commemorating Veterans Day today, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath placing ceremony outside of Bagen Hall to remember and honor all who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

The Griff Center will be doing a Veteran’s Day giveaway from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., which will include many exciting items. All veterans are encouraged to stop by the Griff Center during those hours to pick up their gifts!

Any questions please contact Sierra Bonerb at Ext. 2476.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.   

Submitted by: Sierra Bonerb, assistant director, Griff Center

Canisius Students Participate in National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Pictured back row (l-r): Johan Roche, Brother David, Sr. Liz Schoberg, Jesse Brodka and Michaela Fulton; front row (l-r): Sr. Belinda, Lisa Cavillero, Anna DiPaolo and Sydnie Perkins

Canisius College was well represented at the National Religious Vocation Conference held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel from Thursday, November 1 – Sunday, November 4. The convocation on religious life included a panel of young adults who shared their thoughts on faith, church, issues confronting the Catholic Church and the values they deem important. Sydnie Perkins, senior counselor in the Griff Center and student, and Jesse Brodka, Canisius Honors Program sophomore, made a huge impression on more than 300 religious men and women who gathered in Montante on Saturday, November 3. They were more than terrific! They answered questions addressed to them and shared their thoughts in a 4.0 kind of way.

After the panel presentation, Sydnie and Jesse led a prayer in the Chapel that they prepared. It was very appreciated and meaningful. This is another way of being “Canisius Proud.” Kudos to the students who shared their wonderful gifts with so many that day.

Submitted by: Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, Center for Service-Learning