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It’s Flashback Friday

An artist’s rendering of the Delavan College Station, viewed from Forest Lawn Cemetery

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to April 1985 when Buffalo’s $530 million Light Rail Rapid Transit System opened for service. Two of the transit system’s largest stations were located on the Canisius campus.

The 6.4-mile subway line, able to carry passengers from Memorial Auditorium to the University at Buffalo Main Street campus, included a stop at the Delavan College Station, at the south end of the Canisius campus and another at the Humboldt Hospital Station, at the north end of campus.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

This past weekend, a family of Griffins prepared and delivered a very special home-cooked turkey dinner, with all of the trimmings, to residents who are still living on campus. The Fullers (Dean, Ann, Ryan, Jordan and Brayden ’23) spent Holy Saturday cooking and packaging amazing meals to make Easter a little bit nicer for those who remain on campus and could not  be with their families.  Thank you Fuller Family!

Submitted by: Al Pilato, associate director, Student Life

Borrowing an idea she saw on Facebook, Cynthia Stewart, PhD, adjunct professor of political science, challenged students in her Western Tradition II class to take advantage of virtual tours being made available by the world’s great museums. She offered students extra credit if they could recreate works from the online collections, using whatever was available in their homes. “The only limitation,” Steward says, “was that students had to recreate something from the Western Tradition, since the Renaissance.”

As you can see, students had fun with the project … and enlisted the help of their siblings and pets, as well.

Submitted by: Cynthia Stewart, PhD, adjunct professor, Political Science



Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley spoke with WBEN 930 AM Radio on Thursday, April 16 about how the college is navigating hurdles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click hear to listen to the full interview.

Also, Sara Vescio, director of the Women’s Business Center, shared some sound advice with Business First this week on how small business owners can stay focused on the long-term health of their companies. Read about it by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Taking Action to Flatten the Curve

A series of social media projects, produced by students in Secil Ertorer’s sociology course, is aimed at helping to flatten the coronavirus curve and support quarantine living.

Students created posters (above) and short videos (links below) to emphasize the importance of social distancing and highlight techniques for staying physically and mentally healthy.  They’re then sharing the messages on different social media channels.  Feel free to join them and spread the messages by contacting Secil Ertorer, PhD, at for access.

Click here to watch a short video on staying positive.

Click here to watch a short video about what students are doing to keep themselves and others safe.

Submitted by: Secil Ertorer, PhD, assistant professor, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies


Social Justice During Social Distancing

We have had many inquiries from members of the campus community who, true to the Canisius spirit of “men and women for and with others,” are interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.

Information has been compiled by the New Buffalo Institute. These opportunities are not run or endorsed by Canisius College but simply provide a helpful resource for individuals considering in-person or virtual volunteering.  (We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents.)


Please visit our website to view previously posted volunteering opportunities. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute