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Working Together While Apart

Good morning all and welcome back from spring break … well, sort of.

Despite social distancing becoming our new norm for the foreseeable future, it’s important that people, particularly those within our Canisius community, remain connected during this unprecedented time.  Therefore, we’re pleased to announce today that The Dome will resume its regular publishing schedule for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Sure, the content may be different, with far fewer campus lectures and events to be promoted.  Still, there remains plenty of positive news and information to be shared via The Dome.

Within only the first few days of Canisius implementing its Academic Continuance Plan, we began to hear about the different ways in which faculty and staff are living the Canisius mission and bringing the campus community together, even while we’re apart:

Currently, more than two dozen faculty volunteers are supporting one another in adapting their courses to an emergency all-online format in D2L via the Academic Continuity Mentor Program. Check it out! Faculty have also launched an Academic Preparedness Facebook Group with 50-plus members who are sharing pro tips and answering each others’ questions. Information on these resources and more is at 

Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, launched an evening Examen on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.  The Office of Campus Ministry is also updating its website regularly with ways in which the campus community can participate in service and virtual giving opportunities.

Then there’s Sydnie Perkins, assistant director in the Alumni Engagement Office (and a Catholic, Christian praise singer), who took to social media to share her beautiful voice with alumni and fellow Griffs.  Click here to listen.

These are just a few examples of what we know is becoming a broad campus initiative amongst the Canisius community to work together, pray together and be together, while we’re apart. 

So please, if you have a story, pictures or an uplifting experience or announcement that you want to share with your Canisius colleagues, we encourage you to submit it to The Dome and help us all to stay connected.    

Submitted by: College Communications

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 alumna made history in May 2011 when she became the first African-American woman to be named executive sports editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper?

(a) Lisa Wilson ’91

(b) Lenora Foote-Beavers ’92

(c) Cindy Odem ’92

(d) Detra Trueheart ’99

Congratulations to Gwen Baggs Ito, marketing copywriter, who scored a Canisius College pennant in our last Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

The Civil Rights Movement was among the most important reforms in American history. Which Canisius professor of history authored a book on this subject:

(a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

(b) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD

(c) Larry Jones, PhD

(d) Keith R. Burich, PhD

The correct answer was: (a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a March 18 story titled “Why COVID-19 Outbreak is putting Buffalo Niagara’s economy at great risk.” Click here to read the story. 

Journalism major Mike Pesarchick ’21 provided a student’s view of the coronavirus epidemic for a March 19 broadcast on WBEN-930AM, titled “Take a Hike.” Pesarchick is an intern at the radio station.  Click here to read his story.   

Submitted by: College Communications

A Message from the Superior General

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, provided some perspective to Jesuits Tuesday evening in a video message about the current COVID-19 crisis. In it, Father Sosa focuses on how the pandemic is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found.

To view the video, click here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Giving Day 2020 Updates

Many people have reached out asking about Canisius Giving Day 2020 and so we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

At this time, we have decided to move forward with Giving Day, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. We recognize that the need for financial support is greater now than ever before and I want you to know that we are committed to working with you to make this initiative successful.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone but we have been getting requests from alumni and friends asking how they can help support our students and the college. Giving Day is the perfect opportunity.

Having said that, recognizing that we are all dealing with a great deal at the moment, we’ve adjusted the deadlines for list requests and content submission for campaign pages; the updated deadlines are below.

  • Copy and images for campaign pages! Please e-mail Suli Calianno ( with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page by Monday, March 30. If you would like to reference your campaign page from last year, please let us know.
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an e-mail list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno ( by Monday, April 6.

Please know that if you no longer wish to participate, we understand! Just respond to this Email to let us know.

More information and resources will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please know that we are still here to support your Giving Day fundraising efforts.

The Canisius Community is extraordinarily special and while we can’t be together physically, we can come together virtually on Giving Day to support one another.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund