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COVID-19’s Impact on Human-Dog Relationships

All the time we’re spending at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the nature of the human-dog relationship and both, says Christy Hoffman, PhD, have the potential to benefit from this new arrangement.

Hoffman is an associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation and director of the anthrozoology program at Canisius. She recently authored an essay for Companion Animal Psychology that explores the impact recent social restrictions may have on human-dog relationships but also discusses how this new situation requires thoughtful consideration.

Click here to read Hoffman’s essay in its entirety

Submitted by: College Communications

What Canisius Means to Me

Starting today, the Office of Mission & Identity is launching “Ignatian Moment,” which will appear on the myCanisius portal login page. The purpose of Ignatian Moment is to provide a centralized place for spiritual resources, reflections and initiatives for the campus community.

As part of this launch, the Office of Mission & Identity is asking for responses to “What Canisius Means to Me.”

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are all invited to reflect on this question and submit a written or even video-recorded response to Sarah Signorino at The reflections will be posted, starting today, on Ignatian Moment, and be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“We’re hoping that this will be something to ground people back to campus,” explains Signorino.

In answering the question “What Canisius Means to Me,” Signorino suggests faculty, staff and administrators to consider their colleagues, their conversations with others or maybe their favorite physical place on campus and why. She encourages alumni to reflect on memories of their favorite classes, professors or student organizations.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Ignatian Scholarship Day

The 13th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day highlights the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students in various forms of expression including poster, oral, multi-media presentations and performances.  For our sesquicentennial year, more than 140 projects were submitted and endorsed.

I invite you to take a moment to read through the Ignatian Scholarship Day Project Compilation that is available on the Ignatian Day Scholarship Day portal page through the Academic Affairs community page.

Thank you for supporting our Canisius students and faculty mentors.

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean, Student Affairs; director, Office of Event Services

Solidarity on Tap with Molly Burhans ’14

Mark your calendars for 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 when Canisius alumna Molly Burhans ’14 hosts an Earth Day conversation in the latest Solidarity on Tap series. Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, this virtual weekly gathering features powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice.

Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. To do this, Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development and research to address pressing issues from environmental destruction to mass human migration. The goal, Burhans explains, is to have Catholic conservation and sustainability operate at the same scale as Catholic healthcare, aid and education, as the largest, non-governmental network of its kind globally.

To learn more about Burhans or to register for the (free) Facebook Live event, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Finding God During a Pandemic

As the global health crisis grinds on, the demands of managing life in a new reality are taking a toll. Known routines of prayer and self-care have fallen away leaving many feeling unmoored.

On Thursday, April 16, why not take the opportunity to re-center, however briefly, in the positive connection between well-being and spirituality. 

In collaboration with the Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Karen Shields Wright will present “Love thy Neighbor as Thyself,” from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in a live, online event.

Shields Wright is an Ignatian spiritual director, wellness expert, chaplain and doctor of chiropractic medicine. During this live presentation, she will share ways in which individuals can answer the spiritual call to care for self and how to balance the body and soul.

This event is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity