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Children participating in the Institute for Autism Research’s summerMAX Program enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities from the AT&T and WNY STEM Hub Prism Program. SummerMAX is a comprehensive psychosocial treatment program, developed by co-directors Marcus Thomeer, PhD and Christopher Lopata, PsyD, for 7-12 year old children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). The collaboration between AT&T, WNY STEM Hub and the Institute for Autism Research incorporated STEM activities into the summerMAX program.

Senator Tim Kennedy and members of the media were on hand yesterday to tour the Institute for Autism Research and watch the children participate in the new STEM activities. Click the media link below to watch the story.

WIVB Channel 4

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News recently featured English and psychology graduate Joanah Perkins ’19 in a story entitled “From St. Luke’s to law school: Joanah Perkins blazes her own path.” Both Joanah and her sister, Sydnie Perkins ’16, MS ’20, assistant director of communications, virtual engagement and data for the Office of Alumni Engagement at Canisius, attended St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy home school from kindergarten through eighth grade. Joanah attributes her success to those who have surrounded her with support, including her mentor Mike Taheri ’82, a Buffalo lawyer and mentor of Joanah’s and Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

Joanah is the first St. Luke’s graduate to pursue a law degree and began school this summer at the New England School of Law in Boston.

Click here to read the full story.

Submitted by: College Communications

BN360 Summer Development Events

Canisius College is a sponsor of the Buffalo Niagara 360 Program as part of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership that includes informational programs for young professionals and networking opportunities at no cost. Click here or see below for BN360’s list of summer events. To access the updated 2019 BN360 calendar, click here.

Summer BN360 events:

  1. Come Together for Happy Hour at Castellani Art Museum – Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. @ Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (5795 Lewiston Rd., Niagara University, NY 14109)
  • Bring a friend and lawn chair to enjoy food trucks, specialty cocktails, art demonstrations and a Beatles tribute band! (This is a rain or shine event.)
  • Tickets are $15 and include one complimentary beer/wine. All proceeds will benefit the Castellani Art Museum.
  • Please note, your BN360 code will not work for this event
  • PDF to share: click here


  1. Jumpstart #2: Coaching- Finding What Works– Friday, August 9 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. @ the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Offices (257 West Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14202)
  • Free to BN360 Members
  • Find out how the solution-focused coaching method will help you draw on the individual talents and abilities of your team members and find ways to develop a team sustainably and systematically.
  • Enjoy an interactive workshop on coaching models, methods and strategies to progress through challenges and enhance the team experience.
  • PDF to share: click here


  1. Jumpstart #3: LinkedIn Lessons– Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @ Alliance Advisory Group (600 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202)
  • Free to BN360 members
  • Hear from expert Claire Petrie, talent acquisition manager for Remedy Intelligent Staffing, on how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile and relationships with commentary and real-world experience from Daniel Schlein, business development associate for Alliance Advisory Group.


If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the July episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

Every year since 1937, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has celebrated the stories from the Book of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It is one of the world’s largest outdoor theatrical productions. In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Neil Pitts, president of the Hill Cumorah Pageant about the annual pageant, its production and why it will end in 2020.

“Helping end homeless … one family at a time” is the tagline for a critical program dedicated to minimizing the trauma of homeless for families in Western New York. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Grace Lindsey, volunteer coordinator and Luanne Firestone, executive director of Family Promise of WNY.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute

Faculty and Staff Immersion East Side

The Philosophy Department invites those interested to participate in the second annual Immersion East Side Faculty/Staff Seminar from Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16.

The Immersion East Side Program began as an Ignatian Seminar for students with a field component involving Buffalo’s East Side communities. As the program expands, we are inviting faculty and interested staff to participate in the seminar, in community-engaged research and other aspects of the Immersion East Side Program. To give faculty and staff a feel for what we do with the students and the areas of focus important to our program, we are offering a three-day summer immersion for faculty and staff. Prior to the immersion, readings will be sent out to help faculty and staff prepare for the trip. In addition, we ask that those interested commit to occasional meetings during the fall 2019 semester to meet with community partners, further reflect on the immersion experience, explore research and teaching opportunities related to the seminar and plan for future events that bring Canisius together with its East Side partners. There will be opportunities for optional weekend activities such as attending services at a Black Church, a jam session at the Colored Musician’s Club and touring the African-American Heritage Corridor.

All expenses will be covered and include reading materials, food and transportation. Participants will receive a $250 stipend. Please use the Google Form to indicate your interest by Monday, July 22. Click here to view an article on last year’s seminar.

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Mosko, associate professor of philosophy, at or Devonya Havis, associate professor of philosophy, at

Submitted by: Melissa Mosko, associate professor, Philosophy; Devonya Havis, associate professor, Philosophy