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Traditions for Advent

Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, talks about scriptural readings and traditions for Advent on the December broadcast of “Crossroads.”  The adjunct professor of religious studies and theology visited with program host Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, on Sunday, December 2 to discuss readings from the Christian Gospels for each of the four Sundays of Advent.  Father Fiore also shared the meaning of the Advent wreath and its origins, and explained the Jesse Tree and its role in Advent.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss this Sunday’s broadcast, you can catch it on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Cantio Sacra Presents “A Global Christmas”


In the spirit of global unity, Cantio Sacra presents a free concert today, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the library vestibule just outside the library’s inner doors. The group, under the direction of Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor of fine arts/music, will present carols in French, German, Italian and Spanish in addition to works from Canada, England and the United States. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are cordially invited to attend all or part of the performance. This is an ideal event for foreign language classes or those with a global attribute.

Submitted by: Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor, Fine Arts/Music

Return Engagement: Holiday Card Workshop

The Makerspace Holiday Card Workshop on Friday, November 30 was such a success that we are doing an encore. Stop by to make a card or two for family and friends or favorite faculty member on Wednesday, December 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. Cantio Sacra will be singing in the Library vestibule. Thanks to those who created cards for the detainees at the Batavia Detention Center and those who are coordinating their delivery.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History


Dismantling Democracy: A View of Central American Governments

Members of the campus community are invited to attend a talk by Alberto Solano, president and executive director of Agros International, on Thursday, December 6 at 2:30 p.m. in OM 223. The talk, entitled “Dismantling Democracy: A View of Central American Governments,” will emphasize the current situation in Nicaragua.

Alberto joined Agros in 2015, bringing more than 15 years of experience in microfinance and sustainable development in Central America to Agros. He recently spent almost six years as the Regional CEO of Latin America at Grameen Foundation, and prior to that served for seven years as the Latin American Program Director for Global Partnerships. He began his career with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration as part of their Microfinance and Technical Assistance Programs teams and went on to run his own consulting firm specializing in sustainable development and microfinance.

Alberto earned a degree in agronomic engineering from Zamorano in Honduras and his MBA from the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica/Nicaragua. He is also a fellow of the prestigious Aspen Institute. A native of Guatemala, Alberto has a passion for the rural poor and their capacity to build better lives.

The mission of Agros International is to see rural poor families own agricultural land in Central America, attain economic self-sufficiency, realize their God-given potentials and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish. You can read more about Agros here.

This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office