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Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and assistant professor of modern languages, accompanied undergraduate students to the Ibero-American University in Puebla, Mexico in June for either a two or four week intensive language immersion. Canisius students studied Spanish language and Mexican culture in classes, home-stays and excursions. Students and faculty were also able to meet students from other universities in the U.S. and preeminent scholars from Mexico and Cuba. Reitsma taught a graduate course on “Chronicle and Testimonial Literature” for the master’s program in literature and gave two lectures as part of a month-long series on human rights at IBERO.

The first talk, entitled “The Development of LGBTQII+ Rights in Cuba,” explored historical challenges and achievements in the queer movement. The second talk, entitled “Local and Jesuit Responses to the Migration Crisis in the U.S.,” drew on work at Canisius as part of the Borders Initiative and Migrants and Borders Week. The lectures were sponsored by the Department of Humanities and the Office of Human Rights.

More information about the Ibero-American University Summer Intensive program can be found here.

For more information about Canisius College Borders Initiative, click here or contact Reitsma at

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages

Canisius Offers New MBA Concentration in Food Marketing

Today’s food industry is evolving rapidly as traditional business paradigms are replaced with sophisticated technology and techniques to determine demand and potential customers. To keep pace with these new trends, Canisius College is partnering with its Jesuit counterpart Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, to introduce a new MBA in food marketing in fall 2019.

St. Joseph’s University’s Food Marketing Program is one of the best in the world and its graduates are often among the first to be recruited by Western New York’s most successful food companies. 

“The food and beverage industry here is expanding exponentially,” she says. “This new partnership will enable our regional firms, such as Rich Products, Delaware North, Wegmans, Lactalis and Perry’s, to recruit and retain local talent who have the specialized skillset they crave but also come equipped with a Canisius MBA, which educates students into ethical, socially responsible leaders able to compete in a global marketplace.”

The MBA in food marketing teaches students to think strategically as food delivery options, customer expectations and regulatory considerations continue to evolve throughout the industry. Specialized coursework includes food marketing research, consumer behavior, multicultural and international food marketing, sustainability and consumer well-being, among others.

Click here to learn more about the new concentration.

Submitted by: College Communications

Vive Guests Thank Campus Community

The 13 Vive guests thank the campus community for its support they received during their respite stay at Canisius. They will depart from campus tomorrow, Friday, July 12. Most guests will return to the Vive shelter.

One of our guests, Ronald, will be moving into his first apartment in Buffalo later this week. We’ve created an Amazon wish list to help welcome him into his home. If you’re interested, please do not hesitate to contribute by clicking here.

During the guests stay, volunteers made and delivered dinner each night, funded groceries and took some of the residents to First Friday at the Albright-Knox.

If you would like to deepen your involvement with the immigrant community in Buffalo, please contact Sarah Signorino, director of mission & identity, at or Ext. 2424.

For more information about Vive, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

International Society for Anthrozoology Awards


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Molly Sumridge MS ’19 received the Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2019 International Society for Anthrozoology meeting. The organization recognized Sumridge for her research on New Guinea singing dogs. The organization also recognized Christy Hoffman, PhD, anthrozoology program director, for her role as lead author on the most popular paper in the society’s journal Anthrozoos in 2018. The paper can be viewed here for free over the next six months.

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, PhD, program director, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation