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Pictured (l-r): Richard D. Reitsma, PhD; Yvonne K. Widenor; Canisius President John J. Hurley; and artist Edreys Wajed

The campus community gathered in the hallway between Old Main and the Library on Tuesday, February 4 for the debut of the new sesquicentennial mural on campus.

Hand painted by Buffalo artist Edreys Wajed, the mural was designed to symbolize 150 years of excellence at Canisius. The project was directed by Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and director of the Art History Program.

The debut of the mural is the latest in a series of events the college is hosting throughout 2019-20 to commemorate Canisius’ 150 years of excellence. Click here to view a full list of upcoming sesquicentennial events.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Mick Cochrane, PhD, chair of the English Department and Creative Writing program, penned the essay “Caped Crusaders,” which appeared in the February 4 edition of The Daily Good.   The newsletter leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers.

Submitted by: College Communications


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 Canisius College professor conducted extensive scholarly research into the origins of Santa Claus:

a. Timothy Wadkins, PhD, Religious Studies & Theology

b. Frank Riga, PhD – English

c. E. Christine Moll, PhD – Counseling and Human Services

d. Richard A. Bailey, PhD – History

Congratulations to Suli Calianno, Canisius Fund coordinator, who won last week’s Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

Canisius admitted its first group of African American students under the new Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program in what year:

(a) 1970

(b) 1968

(c) 1975

(d) 1962

The correct answer was: (b) 1968

Submitted by: College Communications

Soup with Substance

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will visit Canisius today, Wednesday, February 5, to participate in the college’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “Soup with Substance” series.  Award-winning journalist and Canisius alumna Sandy E. White ’77 will interview Mayor Brown about Dr. King’s legacy and how his influence shapes the mayor’s life and work.  The mayor will also take questions from the audience.  The event begins at 12:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, located on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. 

The Honorable Byron Brown was re-elected to a fourth four-year term as mayor of New York’s second largest city in November 2017.  Under his leadership during the past 14 years, Mayor Brown has directed and delivered on major projects in every section of the city, improving and strengthening Buffalo’s neighborhoods. In just the past eight years, the area has experienced $7.3 billion in economic development.

Click here to keep reading.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Makerspace Fun in February

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The Art History program is hosting two Makerspace events this month.

The first, today, Wednesday, February 5 is from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the library.  The group will continue work on the LEGO Hogwarts Castle.

The next Makerspace event is on Wednesday, February 19 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the library.  At this gathering, the group will create artwork with the vast collection of plastic lids donated during the spring 2019 semester. Students will have canvases, glue guns and the lids to use,  The finished works will be installed in the library for all to admire.

This project was inspired by the plastic lid artworks created by Mary Ellen Croteau. (One of her landscapes using lids is found on the flyer above).

Both events are made possible through the generous support of Taheri and Todoro PC.

Please contact Professor Yvonne Widenor at if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department