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Campus Candid … sort of


Artworks are by TOP: L-R: Benjamin Paquette ’20, Bailey Lis ’20, Abbie Cole ’20. BOTTOM: L-R: Mathieu Boissonneault ’20, MK Do ’20, Lindsay Dziedzic ’21

In lieu of visiting historical spaces and museums during the last part of the semester, students in Yvonne Widenor’s “Art in Buffalo” class were asked to participate in #ColorOurCollection. Students downloaded and colored images of artworks or objects in archives, and evaluated the activity as a way to connect to those objects and to learn about artists and artifacts in various collections.

Their insights include the following:

“I do think that coloring could create that lifelong connection to a museum, artist or work of art, as coloring allows you to express your own ideas and views and kind of tell your own tale within the piece. It is sort of like a remix to a song,” explained Donny Glavin ’20.

“I was very excited when I first read about this assignment because I love the feeling of zoning into your work while coloring and there is no better time than to take a mental health break then right now during this COVID-19 lockdown. Overall, I really enjoyed this assignment and am grateful for the calmness it brought to me during this time,” said Shauna Lee ’21.

“As a method of engagement, this method is quite efficient at bringing interest to an exhibit, specifically for younger age groups. When I was a kid I got many coloring books from museums and zoos and they helped foster my interest in the exhibits and animals they portrayed. This is a classic and excellent method of engaging younger audiences,” concluded Benjamin Paquette ’20.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History & Fine Arts Department


When the Need is Greatest, Canisius Shines Brightest

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Every April, the Canisius Fund hosts its annual Giving Day – and the Canisius community gathers and pays it forward by investing in the areas of campus that mean the most to them. This year, things are a bit different.

In lieu of our traditional Giving Day, the Canisius Fund is launching a special campaign on Wednesday, April 22, to address the most urgent needs of the college and our students through the Emergency Relief Fund.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • If you are able, make a gift to the Emergency Relief Fund at
  • Gather with the Canisius family virtually and share words of inspiration or a thoughtful message for students. Pair your message with a photo in your Griffs gear, a throwback image or video message. Use #Griffs4Griffs in your post.
  • Share this special campaign with alumni, friends and colleagues you think would be interested. You can use the social share buttons on the left-hand side of the campaign page – – to share to your personal social media.

Please reach out to the Canisius Fund Office with any questions at or at Ext. 2712. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund Team

GGF Advances to Americas Finals

Pictured above is this year’s Golden Griffin Fund Team (l-r): Justin Begley ’20, Luca Zambito ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (captain), Andrew Sagun ’20 and Nick Stinson ’20, This picture was taken following the team’s 1st place win at the CFA Challenge of 20,WNY.

The Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team learned on Friday, April 17 that it advanced to the Americas Finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. This puts the Canisius team one bracket step away from the Global Final Five and positions them for a rematch with another global champ: the University of Waterloo. The Americas Regional Finals will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21.

In February, the five-person GGF team secured first place in the CFA Challenge of Western New York at Syracuse University.

“What a tribute to this team after the live February 28 finals at Syracuse, to then regroup and take their work to such a higher level in the face of the contagion and having to get to the next level based on their initial written report and an outstanding and carefully choreographed Zoom video PowerPoint presentation,” said Richard A. Wall, faculty adviser to the Golden Griffin Fund, in announcing news of the team’s advancement.

This year’s team, comprised of Justin Begley ’20, Luca Zambito ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (team captain), Andrew Sagun ’20 and Nick Stinson ’20, is now the 10th consecutive team to win in the WNY region. The win also makes Canisius one of only two universities in the world to reach its Regional Finals for their continents five out of the last six years.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, reporting, writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance and economics.  Teams are challenged to research a publicly traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition. 

The subject company for this year’s CFA Research Challenge was Graham Corp.  Headquartered in Batavia, NY, Graham Corp. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered-to-order vacuum and heat transfer equipment for process industries and energy markets.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Introduces 3+3 Accelerated Law Program

Canisius College undergraduate students interested in a legal career now have the opportunity to apply to the University at Buffalo School of Law one year early through a new 3+3 Accelerated BA/BS Plus JD program recently launched between the two universities.  Available to first-year students beginning in fall 2020, the new program enables students from a variety of majors to complete their undergraduate education and law degree in less time (and at less cost) than the traditional seven years required. 

The 3+3 Accelerated BA/BS Plus JD initiative now offers an accelerated option for students who want to earn their bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees in six years.  The new program is open to students who plan to major in political science, criminal justice, English, history, sociology, philosophy, classics or environmental studies.

Click here to read more about the new 3+3 Accelerated Law Program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kinesiology Professors Host Podcast

Kinesiology Professors Shawn O’Rourke, PhD and Karl Kozlowski, PhD, hosted a timely and socially distant discussion on their K.O. Influencers podcast last week about how COVID-19 is impacting college sports.

From student cancellations, to financial and student athlete eligibility waves being felt across colleges, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the domino effect that’s happening. 

Click here to listen.

Launched last summer, K.O. Influencers originated as a way for faculty to keep connected with alumni.  The focus of their podcasts are mentorship, leadership and life influences. 

Submitted by: Shawn O’Rourke, PhD and Karl Kozlowski, PhD, Kinesiology Department