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Perrin Leftwich, president of the Canisius College Gospel Ensemble, gathered voices from all over Buffalo to the Palisano Pavilion on Saturday, December 1 for a concert including Gospel standards, new music, dancing and a combined performance from the Gospel Ensemble and the University at Buffalo’s Gospel Choir. Those in attendance danced, clapped, sang and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

If you are a current student and are interested in joining the Gospel Ensemble, please contact Perrin Leftwich at

Submitted by: College Communications 

Canisius in the News

Kevin Hardwick, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by Spectrum Local News on his remembrance of President Bush. Read the full story here.

Chartwell’s new Bubble Tea station, which opened in October, is receiving lots of positive reviews from those who enjoy the bubbly drink. The Market, where the bubble tea is located, offers a wide variety of flavors, allowing students to customize their own drinks. Read the Food Management Magazine story here.

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40 Under 40

Pictured (l-r): Bethany Solek ’01, Alexandra Murello ’05, President Hurley, Cassandra Davis MS ’14 and Ryan Caster ’04

Buffalo Business First hosted a luncheon to celebrate its 40 Under 40 honorees on Friday, November 30. The Canisius alumni group is pictured with President John Hurley. Congratulations to the six Canisius honorees:

  • Ryan Caster ’04 – principal, Freed Maxick CPAs
  • Andrew Bennett MS ’19 – vice president, The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
  • Cassandra Davis MS ’14 – vice president, ambulatory services and population health, Erie County Medical Center Corp.
  • Julia Hilliker ’02 – partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Alexandra Murello ’05 – executive director, American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Region
  • Bethany Solek ’01 – assistant district attorney, Special Victims Bureau, Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Submitted by: College Communications


In Memoriam

Thomas P. Etu ’14, son of Kristin E. Etu ’91, associate director of college communications, and Michael P. Etu ’91, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 2. He was 27.

Thomas was a graduate of the digital media arts program at Canisius and involved with the college’s Video Institute. Since graduation, he was involved in various film projects including producing music videos for local bands.

Family will be present at a visitation from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at the Vandercher Dick Funeral Home, 2549 Main Street in Buffalo.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8 at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main Street, in Buffalo.

Gansworth Featured by National Public Radio

Eric Gansworth, professor of English, received national recognition for his latest young adult novel Give Me Some Truth which made NPR’s “Best Books of 2018” list. Give Me Some Truth tells the story of Carson Mastick, a teenager and aspiring musician who struggles with life on and off the Tuscarora Reservation.

Submitted by: College Communications