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President Hurley Announces Plans for a Student Fitness Center in Palisano Pavilion

I am very pleased to inform the campus community and in particular, our students, of exciting plans underway to convert the ground floor of Palisano Pavilion into an undergraduate student fitness center scheduled to open at some point during the 2019-20 academic year.

Fitness centers on college campuses have become a required amenity. For several years, students have voiced their concerns over the lack of general student fitness and recreation space. Currently, they are sharing the Pastor Weight and Aerobic Center in the Koessler Athletic Center with our intercollegiate athletes but students report that they are often unable to use the center because our varsity teams have scheduled weight-lifting days and times.

We are reviewing the final draft of the college’s new Facilities Master Plan, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its May meeting. As part of that process, students, faculty and staff were surveyed and the need for a fitness center for general student use came through as a high priority. We reviewed possible sites for this facility and are convinced that Palisano will work best. I have confirmed with our staff in Student Affairs that we can make alternative arrangements for the events currently held in Palisano.

We are working with the college’s architects on the plans for the fitness center and hope to have them finalized in the coming weeks. The center will feature an array of cardio machines including treadmills, ellipticals, stationery bicycles and weightlifting equipment. There will be changing rooms and showers for students who live off-campus and/or commute.

We hope to secure financial support for the fitness facility from donors. We will also include this as a fundraising option on Giving Day scheduled for next Wednesday, April 3.

A new fitness center will enhance the student experience and make Canisius a more attractive choice for prospective students. We look forward to unveiling this exciting new project at Accepted Student Day this Sunday, March 31.

John J. Hurley


Women’s Lacrosse and Baseball Rock the Demske

The games just keep on coming at the Demske Sports Complex.

The women’s lacrosse team will host MAAC foe Quinnipiac tomorrow, March 30, at 11:00 a.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

The men’s baseball team plays Manhattan tomorrow, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. Baseball will also host the Jaspers on Sunday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Visit for any scheduling or time changes. All game information can also be found at

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Accepted Students Day

On Sunday, March 31, Canisius will hold its Accepted Students Day program. Tailored exclusively for admitted students, this event is the perfect opportunity for them to learn about programs, meet professors and current students, and explore clubs and organizations. Students and families will start their morning in the Koessler Athletic Center followed by various presentations across campus. There are currently more than 400 accepted students registered to attend Sunday’s event. If you are on campus that day and see our prospective families, please join us in welcoming them to the Canisius community.

Submitted by: Kristin Hall, assistant director, Undergraduate Admissions

Get Your #CanisiusGivingDay T-shirt!

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Reminder! All faculty and staff who make their Giving Day gift by Monday, April 1 will receive a t-shirt to wear on Giving Day, which is Wednesday, April 3. This day is also a campus-wide dress down day so be sure to wear your official #CanisiusGivingDay t-shirt and help turn campus blue and gold.

Make a Giving Day gift through the official campaign website and support the Canisius Fund or another designation of choice. All gifts made early will still count in all of the Giving Day totals and will help populate this year’s leaderboards.

Stay tuned for more details about other fun events that will take place throughout the day.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Telemedicine Sign Up: On Campus Next Week

On Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2, representatives from Independent Health and Lawley Insurance will be on campus to help you sign up for the Telemedicine benefit. Anyone who signs up for the benefit that day will also be entered into a drawing to win a free Alexa! If you are already enrolled, stop by the table and show proof of your enrollment and you too will be entered into the drawing. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 1: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Tuesday, April 2: 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. in Old Main 109 (NOTE: TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE)

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To learn more about the Telemedicine benefit, visit the Independent Health website. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources