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Campus Candids

Canisius faculty, staff and students participated in a series of teaching, writing and scholarship retreats hosted by Academic Affairs in advance of and during the Christmas break. 

Stay tuned to The Dome for future information on upcoming retreats. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer. This week’s giveaway question is:

Which building on the Canisius campus has received numerous awards for its architectural design, restoration and preservation?

Congratulations to Barb Zimmermann, administrative associate for the counseling center, who was the Trivia Wednesday winner on December 11. The question was:

What is Anne Burrell’s, class of ’91, claim to fame?

(a) Host, “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef”

(b) Co-host, “Worst Cooks in America”

(c) Author, Cook Like a Rock Star

(d) All of the above

The answer was “d” – all of the above.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Welcomes Dr. Mary Rockwell

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Rech Rockwell, PhD, as the director for the New Buffalo Institute at Canisius College.  This is a new position for the college thanks to the generosity of four local funders, which have fully funded the New Buffalo Institute this year.   As director, Mary will be tasked with working with faculty, staff and community partners to align the outreach activities of the college toward the areas of focus developed for the Institute.  The Institute seeks to build upon new developments in the region and address the needs, persistent challenges and injustices in our community, with a particular emphasis on the East Side of Buffalo.

Mary is a veteran leader in the Buffalo community with extensive experience in school leadership, partnership development, immersive learning and fundraising.  Most recently she served as the executive director of the WNY Planned Giving Consortium and Leave a Legacy. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at Nichols School.  Mary holds a BA in English from Skidmore College and a PhD in American History from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

She began work at Canisius on Monday, and I know you will join me if offering her a warm welcome.  I am grateful to the members of the search committee and the faculty and staff who helped bring this important search to a successful conclusion.

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

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Canisius’ Online Master’s Education Programs Among Top in Nation

The latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report recognize Canisius College’s online master’s degree programs in education as among the best in the nation. Of the 230 colleges and universities included on the list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs, Canisius came in at No. 111.

This is the third consecutive year that U.S. News & World Report named Canisius to its list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs.

The rankings considered five general categories: engagement, services and technologies, expert opinion, student excellence, and faculty credentials and training. U.S. News recognized Canisius for providing students with opportunities to interact readily with their instructors and classmates. The ranking also acknowledged the number of available student resources for leaning assistance, career guidance and financial aid. 

Click here to read more about the rankings. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Archives Receives Generous Gift

The William S. Hein & Company Foundation generously donated $5,000 in support of the initial processing of the Women for Human Rights and Dignity Collection (WHRD). Library Director Kristine Kasbohm announced that the support will help make this important collection, which is housed in the Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ Archives & Special Collections, more accessible to the community.  WHRD was formed in 1980 to create a community-based support system for single mothers and women who were incarcerated. It was based in Buffalo’s East side, not far from the Canisius campus.

WHRD’s 10 founders were a social activist group of primarily professional African-American women. They were concerned with the family disintegration that occurred when women entered the criminal justice system. The majority of the women were mothers and heads of households. Working with local churches, government agencies and families, WHRD helped reduce recidivism by providing women access to resources to rebuild their lives post incarceration. WHRD programs focused on life skills, vocational training and parenting.

For almost four decades WHRD programs, residential centers and scholarships sustained countless women and children living in neighborhoods around Canisius. Through the efforts of Constance B. Eve, chair and founder, the Canisius College Archives acquired WHRD’s organizational records. The William S. Hein & Company Foundation gift opens further research and collaboration possibilities with community-based programs.

For more information contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421 or at

Submitted by: Kathleen M. DeLaney, archivist & special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections