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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 of the following Canisius professors might assign students to watch “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for homework or to perform a stand-up comedy routine on their final exam?

(a) Barbara Irwin, PhD – Communication Studies

(b) Mick Cochrane, PhD – English

(c) Melissa Wanzer, EdD – Communication Studies

(d) Clancy Seymour, EdD – Kinesiology

Congratulations to Lisa Sullivan, collection services librarian, who won last week’s Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

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

The answer: Montante Cultural Center

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Congratulations to Sababu Norris, director of the ALANA Student Center, and Kimberly Beaty ’86, director of public safety. Both were honored on Saturday, January 18, at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Norris was presented with the 2020 MLK Distinguished Faculty Award, and Beaty received the 2020 MLK Policewoman Award.

Click here to read more about the event. 

WBFO-88.7 Reporter Michael Mroziak interviewed Michael Wood, PhD, professor and chair of the Physics Department, about Western New York’s risk relative to a radiation discharge.  The story was a follow-up to a false alarm at a nuclear power generation station in Pickering, Ontario two weeks ago. 

Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications

UN Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius and The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo present a talk tonight, Wednesday, January 22, by former Washington Post war correspondent Jack Fairweather on his 2019 book The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army and the Secret mission to Destroy Auschwitz. The book tells the story of resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who infiltrated Aushwitz and smuggled out reports to the allies on the deaths within its gates.

Fairweather’s lectuer takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, and is free and open to the public. The event is being held to commemorate UN Holocaust Remembrance day, which honors the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Click here to read more.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

IAR Seeks Participants for New Study

The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) is seeking participants for a new study that will evaluate the differences in behavioral, psychological, emotional and social characteristics between children with and without high functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD).

Specifically, the IAR is looking to recruit male participants, between the ages of six (6) and 13-years old and with no significant developmental, psychological or learning concerns.  Participants will complete  approximately 120 minutes of activities, which will assess their social and cognitive skills, face and emotion recognition, and personality characteristics. Parents will complete rating forms about their child’s social skills, behavior, and personality characteristics.  This will take approximately 90 minutes.

Each family that agrees to participate in the study will receive a $20 gift card from Target.

For further information contact Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor, Psychology, Institute for Autism Research, at or call 716-888-2815.

Submitted by: Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor, Psychology, Institute for Autism Research

Calling all Canisius Alumni Faculty and Staff

Calling all alumni faculty and staff.   

The Office of Alumni Engagement, in collaboration with Enrollment Management, is asking for volunteers to participate in this year’s note writing campaign to accepted students.  By sharing your thoughts and stories about your college experience with young minds considering Canisius, you can help make a positive difference for the future of this institution.

We’re looking to have more than 2,000 personal, hand written notes penned by Canisius alumni so – please – plan to join us on Monday, January 27 and/or Tuesday, January 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Lyons Hall, Room 118.  Dinner and beverages will be available and you can share your Canisius history with fellow alumni!

If you are out of town or live local but cannot make it to one of the note writing nights, arrangements can be made for a packet to be sent to you. Each packet includes everything needed to send your notes.  To sign up for a writing night or to request a note packet be sent to your home or office, contact Erin Zack, director for alumni engagement, at or 716-888-2758.

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Alumni Engagement