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New Homepage to go Live on Tuesday

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To coincide with launch of the college’s fall marketing campaigns, is getting a facelift with a newly redesigned homepage that will be live beginning Tuesday, September 10.  The new homepage highlights Canisius’ marketing theme — YOU CAN — and brings forward messaging featured in the college’s recruiting materials. The redesign introduces a modern look, new branding and storytelling elements, and several new features to improve the user experience.

Click here for a sneak preview.

Submitted by: Matt Wojick, associate vice president, Marketing & Brand Engagement

Canisius Ranks #19 on U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” Rankings

Canisius College climbed to the 19th spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North.  Canisius moved up four spots from its 2019 U.S. News ranking of 23rd among 128 regional universities in the North. 

Canisius was recognized for student excellence, its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes, faculty resources and its average alumni giving rate.  U.S. News separately ranks comprehensive colleges and universities by region of the country. 

In addition to Canisius’ climb among top tier regional schools, U.S. News & World Report includes the college on its list of Best Value Schools.  Canisius ranked 5th out of 75 regional universities in the North, up five spots from last year. Canisius was recognized for the percent of students who receive grant-based need (71 percent) and the average discount from the total cost of the school (41 percent).

The Best Value Schools ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality (based on U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking) and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  The higher quality and the lower the cost of the program, the better the deal.  Read more.

Progress Report and Advisement Workshop

Please join the Office of Academic Affairs on Monday, September 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. in Old Main 119 for a Progress Report and Advisement Workshop. This workshop will provide information from the Griff Center, the Core Curriculum Committee, the Honors Program and associate deans as we head into the fall advisement period. Topics will include using iAdvise effectively, Griff Audits, advising for the core and honors, as well as anything else participants might find useful for a broad level overview for anyone doing advisement for any major.

It is our hope that we will have faculty at different levels so longer term faculty can share pro-tips with their more junior colleagues.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Welcome Back Potluck Dinner & Movie

For those who have kids and those who are kids at heart, please join us Friday, September 13 for a start of the school year family friendly evening! The evening will kick off with a potluck dinner* at 6:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Chapel Undercroft.**  After the potluck, we will head to Old Main 203 to watch Inside Out and eat popcorn.

If interested in attending, please Email Jenn Lodi-Smith at

We look forward to seeing you!

*Please bring a favorite dish to share and don’t forget to let us know if you have food allergies

**Enter through the side doors of the chapel on the side of the building closest to the student center

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

A Turkish Anthropologist Joins ICMS for Tea and a Talk

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) invites the campus community to its first Tea & Talk of the year on Friday, September 13 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Dr. Bulent Arikan from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Ecology & Evolution will speak on the impact of agriculture and herding on biodiversity and erosion near ancient settlements in Anatolia (modern Turkey).

Tea and Talk begins with tea at 2:00 p.m. followed by the talk at 2:30 p.m. This event, co-sponsored by Digital Humanities, is free and open to the public.

Because of this event, Classics Tea@2 on Sept. 13th is cancelled. Join us in Grupp!

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS