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Canisius President John J. Hurley is joined by Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. (center) and Elaine Mutrie, a representative from the Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers Association, for a morning news conference outside 41 Hughes.

Canisius College announced the successful conclusion of its Hamlin Park Initiative during a 10:00 a.m. news conference. The backdrop for the event was 41 Hughes, the 10th and final home to be renovated and put up for sale.

Launched nearly a decade ago, the Hamlin Park initiative is a housing program designed to return college-owned homes to owner-occupiers. The college originally dedicated eight houses, acquired years ago for student residences, but later added two additional college homes to the project. When sold, most of the property deeds included a restrictive agreement to insure that the properties remain owner-occupied for 15 years.

Click here to read more about the Hamlin Park Initiative.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius College’s Catholic, Jesuit Identity Affirmed

We received official word from Rev. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial for the USA Northeast Province, that Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, reviewed Canisius College’s Mission Priority Examen Self-Study and visiting team report and confirmed Canisius’ Catholic and Jesuit identity.  

The announcement was received earlier this month, approximately 10 months after the visiting team arrived at Canisius to conduct their review.  At the end of 2018, they formally issued their support to affirm Canisius as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher education and the self-study along with their report was submitted to the Jesuit Conference Coordinating Committee, the UNE Provincial, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Provincials and the President of the AJCU. After the local provincial completed his review, the reports and recommendations were sent to Father General this past spring.

The Mission Priority Examen process was a robust, year-long review to assist university leadership and the Society of Jesus assure the Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. 

For us, the Examen revealed the impressive and extensive range of mission-related work being done at Canisius – through the curriculum, service in the community, student services, ministry, and in many other ways within our operation.  It also enabled us to develop a roadmap to continually improve on the ways in which we live the mission, and these priorities will be woven into our strategic plans.  Specifically, we will:

  • Work to be more intentional about incorporating the Catholic, Jesuit mission and educational philosophy into academics
  • Develop greater integration of service and learning for students
  • Better understand and embrace issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Address the implications of being a Jesuit university with a diminishing Jesuit presence.

These are challenging and important goals for us but overall, the results of the Examen are a great point of pride for Canisius.  Thank you for all that you do to bring the mission to life and instill in our students the values and knowledge that will lead them to live lives of meaning, for and with others.

Log into the MyCanisius Portal to read the Mission Examen Self Study Report.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, President, Canisius College

Canisius 150: A Video Tribute

The year: 1870. The setting: a two-story brick building in downtown Buffalo. The rest, as they say, is history.

As we celebrate 150 years of excellence at Canisius, it’s important to be reminded of the events that have shaped the institution we know today. Here’s a video to give you a quick recap—literally:

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

It’s Flashback Friday!

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 1944 – Canisius introduced a bachelor of science degree in nursing in September 1944, nearly a year after President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the United States Cadet Nurse Corps (CNC). The government program provided a stipend to young women who trained as nurses in exchange for their pledge to actively serve throughout the war.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, please visit

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Artist Performance and Closing Reception

Join the Art History Department for an artist performance as “Keepsake,” an evolving art installation that began in May, closes this month. The event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the library.

Dana Tyrrell will conclude the installation and discuss the ways in which “Keepsake” explored how the ties between items and individuals are transformed by traumatic experiences such as death, dissolved homes and the endless expanse of goodbye.

Tyrrell is an artist, curator and writer whose previous solo exhibitions include Blue, housed at the Castellani Art Museum (2017–18) and Disembodied, housed at Dreamland Art Gallery (2015). Past curatorial efforts include exhibitions at commercial and non-profit arts spaces throughout Western New York. Tyrrell is also a semi-regular arts writer for Buffalo Rising.

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served until 7:30 p.m.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius