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RAISE Benefit

Campus Ministry will host its annual RAISE Benefit on Thursday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. More than 25 Canisius students will take part in one of the college’s 2019 International Service-Immersion Experiences this summer, journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others. This year’s international service-immersion trips include experiences in Jamaica, Poland, El Salvador and the Mexican/U.S. border, where Canisius students will work with people who have suffered from war, hunger, neglect, discrimination and poverty.

Students are excited to embark on this transformative experience but they need your help! Student participants are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of their experiences. You can help them meet their goals by:

  • Submitting a basket or raffle item for our RAISE Benefit
  • Purchasing a ticket for our RAISE Benefit dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

The night will be complete with food tastings from around the world, live music and a cash bar. Basket and raffle winners will be chosen!

Single tickets are $25 each and a group discount will be available for $75 for four tickets.

Click here to buy your tickets.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Saving Gorillas One Cell Phone at a Time

Canisius is partnering with the Buffalo Zoo for the “Gorillas on the Line” conservation initiative. Everyone has an old cell phone, tablet or palm pilot lying around. Here is an opportunity to recycle your cell phone and benefit gorilla conservation efforts.

Drop off your old cell phone by the end of April and help the Buffalo Zoo raise funds for gorilla conservation. The Canisius Zoological Society has decorated a number of boxes for this effort but any box will do. Answer the call to help gorillas!

If you would like a collection box for your department, contact Sue Margulis, associate professor of Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation, at

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, associate professor, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation and Biology

Makerspace Project a Work in Progress

Makerspace is asking students, staff and faculty to donate clean plastic lids in an effort to create an art piece inspired by the work of Mary Ellen Croteau, an award-winning artist who creates large scale landscapes and portraits using plastic lids and the results are spectacular.

There are two donation boxes on campus. One in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library (where the work will be displayed) and one outside of Lyons 306. All plastic lids are welcome, including water bottles, laundry containers, etc. Examples of Croteau’s inspiring work can be seen on her website.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas for an image, contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of art history, at The Art History Department plans to create the work next year as part of the college’s Sesquicentennial celebration.

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

Second Annual Art Show Fundraiser

The Art History Department is accepting artwork to be displayed as part of a silent auction to raise funds for arts organizations. Please consider submitting artwork in any media for the second annual Art Show Fundraiser which will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons.

Last year, the Art History Department sold more than 70 works of art and raised more than $300, which was donated to the Buffalo Arts Studio and A Blade of Grass. Those artworks were submitted by students and faculty, and ranged from photographs, paintings, computer art, ceramics and handknit wear. This year, clients at Baker Victory Services will participate and offer handmade note cards, jewelry and gourmet spice rubs.

Submissions can be dropped off in Lyons 306 no later than Monday, April 1. If you have any questions, contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of art history, at

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

Canisius Wins First Place in CFA Challenge for Ninth Consecutive Year

Pictured (l-r): Richard A. Wall, PhD, CFA, faculty adviser; Michael Maiorana ’19; Alexandra Pfeifer ’19, team captain; Allison Jennings ’19; Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Steven Gattuso, MBA, CFA, CFP, CFA mentor

For the ninth consecutive year, the Canisius College Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team took home first place in the Western New York Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. The four-person GGF team secured its latest win at Niagara University on February 18, 2019. 

The team now advances to the Americas Regional, where it will compete against college and university teams from North and South America. The winner then moves on to vie for the worldwide CFA championship. The Americas Regional is April 23-24 and the global championship is April 25, both held in New York City.

The Golden Griffin Fund team that took home first place in the Western New York CFA Institute Challenge was comprised of Alexandra Pfeifer ’19 (captain), Allison Jennings ’19, Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Mike Maiorana ’19. 

Read the full release here.

Submitted by: College Communications