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Pictured (l-r): Joe Van Volkenburg ’88 – Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award; Katie Miranto Burd ’08, MS ’10 – softball; Jess Stackhouse Bramer ’08 – women’s volleyball; Dana “Binky” Johnson ’94 – men’s basketball; Matt Mazurek ’07, MS ’12 – baseball; Whitney Card Buchli ’08 – women’s lacrosse; Pete Koehneke – 1978 – 2017 – athletic trainer

The newest members of the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame were inducted this past Saturday, January 26 at Pearl Street and were celebrated at the first intermission of the Griffs hockey game at the HARBORCENTER.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Summer Handzlik Named Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Summer Handzlik, director of the Canisius Fund, is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for December 2018! Handzlik was nominated for the award by Matt Gorczyca, assistant director of the Canisius Fund.

At Canisius College for 4 years, Summer currently works as the director of the Canisius Fund. She was selected for this award based on her outstanding fundraising results this past Giving Day, her leadership and mentorship skills and her dedication to the College’s Jesuit ideals.

Please join the Human Resource Department in congratulating Summer on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Reading Group Discussion Rescheduled

The reading group discussion originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 is rescheduled to Wednesday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m.

What does it mean to represent Catholic education when it comes to race and racism? What is the legacy about racism in the U.S. Catholic Church? If you’ve been wondering, join the Religious Studies and Theology Department to discuss this topic.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to an informal reading group on Wednesday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the library instruction room. The group will read the book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010) by Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, and then discuss the first two chapters of the book.

We’ll talk about the first two chapters of the book at our first get-together on Wednesday, February 6 at 1:30 in the Library Instruction Room.

Chapters three and four will be discussed on Wednesday, February 27. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Public Safety.

Please RSVP to Nancy Rourke, associate professor of religious studies and theology, at or Ext. 2460.

These discussions are co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity, the Office of the President, Campus Ministry, Public Safety, Immersion East Side and the Catholic Studies Program.

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, professor, Religious Studies and Theology

Women’s Basketball Home This Weekend

The Canisius women’s basketball team, fresh off an upset win at Rider with a score of 62-49, returns home as they sit in a three-way tie for fourth in the league with Siena and Niagara. All three teams are 5-3. They will host St. Peter’s tomorrow, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the annual Play4Kay contest. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

The first 150 females attending the February 2 game will receive a free pink Golden Griffin cap. In addition, authors Kristin Warham and Brigette Callahan will be on hand to sell and sign their newest children’s book entitled Buffalo From A to Z, Come Take a Tour With Me, a bright and colorful 54-page guide around the City of Buffalo. The book features a photo of Ryan Schmelzer, former Canisius hockey player, under the letter H for HARBORCENTER. The basketball team will be available after the game for autographs.

For additional game information, visit Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (716) 888-8499.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics