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The college’s fourth annual Giving Day is Wednesday, April 3. This year the college will celebrate the thousands of unique stories that showcase just how special a place Canisius is and use those stories to inspire others to give back!

What’s your story? How has Canisius changed your life? What experiences have you encountered here that made you a better person and professional? Tell us!

Share your #MyCanisiusStory today by clicking the link here. These stories will help serve as content throughout #CanisiusGivingDay, when the entire Canisius community will come together and give back to support the programs, teams and opportunities that will change the lives of current students and create the stories that they will share for years to come.

Stay tuned for news and events leading up to Giving Day exclusively for faculty and staff!

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Lorch Awards Ceremony and Happy Hour


Betty Jean Grant, former Erie County Legislator

The Women & Gender Studies program invites the campus community to the annual Lorch Awards celebration on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality.

Award winners in the following categories are:

Canisius Student Award: Margaret Treichler ’19 and Joy Riso ’18
Canisius Colleague Award: Jennifer Desiderio, PhD, associate professor of English
Community Award: Betty Jean Grant, former Erie County Legislator (pictured above)

The event is free and open to the public. Drinks, appetizers and cake will be served. Each award winner will deliver a brief speech at the event. Congratulations to all of the honorees.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, professor, Philosophy 

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go

Study participants will complete approximately 30-90 minutes of internet based questionnaires and tasks. The timing will depend on your preferred pacing. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR