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Student leaders filled the Quad with American flags in observance of the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The Griff Center for Student Success, Veteran Services honored the anniversary of 9/11 by passing out flags and veteran prayer cards outside the center.

David Devereux, PhD, professor of history, (far right) leads a conversation on China and the Silk Roads during the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) first Lifelong Learners course for the season. This six-week course is held on Wednesday afternoons and is in its second week. The topic was “Confucius and philosophy.” Starting October 9, the Lifelong Learners will begin a new course on the Vikings. There is still time to sign up. Visit the ICMS website here for registration and information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Welcome to Flashback Fridays!

It’s Flashback Friday! 

Each Friday we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Flashback to September 1961 – Eight young women became the first female students to enroll in the day division at Canisius College.  Four years later, Canisius opened its doors to women in all academic day divisions.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, visit  Purchase Sesquicentennial gear here.

Submitted by:  College Communications





West Herr Vehicle Purchase Plan

Starting now until the end of December this year, West Herr will be offering a Vehicle Purchase Plan to all eligible Canisius employees. West Herr Select is a no-cost premier auto buying benefit that is designed to make vehicle shopping as easy and smooth as possible. Please see the flyer below for further details.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, human resources assistant, Human Resources

2019 Fall Archives Speaker Series

You can have your photo taken at a former U.S. President’s actual desk today, Friday, September 13. Here’s how: join us for the Fall Archives Speaker Series in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library at 4 p.m. In his talk, “Alexander von Humboldt at 250 & Canisius College at 150: Impact, Influence and Longevity in the City by the Lake,” guest speaker Stephen J. Vermette, PhD, professor of geography and planning at Buffalo State College, will explore what it was like in Buffalo and around the world on the eve of Canisius’ founding. He’ll revisit a Buffalo celebration held on September 14, 1869. U.S. President Millard Fillmore was the keynote speaker at the main event, described as taking “no second place in the history of great celebrations.” What makes this designation more surprising is that the honoree never set foot in the city of Buffalo, and in fact, was deceased.

What kind of person could cause this kind of celebration? Alexander von Humboldt. This German scientist, born September 14, 1769, may have more things named in his honor around the world than anyone else. Humboldt formed “the hidden foundation of many of our natural sciences.” Among his accomplishments: linking altitude sickness with thin air at high altitudes, recognizing “Continental Drift” that Africa and North America were once joined, and recognition of the delicate connection between human activity and nature. He was a pioneer of data visualization and spoke out on the contradiction of the existence of the evils of slavery in a democracy.

As Humboldt’s centenary approached, Buffalo’s German Jesuits were organizing the founding of Canisius College. German immigrants made up almost half the city’s population at the time and were the chief organizers of the Humboldt Centenary event. The young sons of those immigrants would become the earliest students at Canisius College when it opened in 1870. Humboldt and his work continue to fascinate scientists into the 21st century.

As a special feature at this the Archives Speaker Series, we will display President Millard Fillmore’s actual lap desk, which was a gift to Canisius from Thomas C. Mack from the Class of 1961. It will be available for photo-ops.

Strudel and cider will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact, Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian

Faith Songs, Spirit Voices II

On Sunday, September 15, the Institute for the Global Study of Religion will co-host an interfaith cultural event with the Network of Religious Communities.  The event will be held from 2:00 – 5: 00 p.m. in the Montante Center, with a suggested donation of $10 for tickets. We have set aside some free tickets for Canisius students on a first-come, first-served basis. Just ask at the table.

There will be approximately 12 different performances including songs, dance and storytelling representing a variety of Buffalo’s Religious traditions, including the Canisius Gospel Ensemble.

For more information, contact Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, at

Submitted by: Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology