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Sigma Delta Pi Induction

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Chi Tau, the Canisius chapter of the national collegiate Hispanic honor society Sigma Delta Pi, welcomed eight students into its organization last week.

Among the senior inductees were: Cory Cherven, Hannah Kim, Nicole Newton and Logan Skildum.  The junior students were Matthew Berardi, Chelsea Clark, Sana Gadley and Emilee Smardz. ¡Enhorabuena!

The ceremony was conducted remotely on April 23. All the candidates, chapter officers Adam Dryfout ’20 and Emily Augugliaro ’20, and Professors Margaret Stefanski, PhD and Richard Reitsma, PhD, the organization’s advisers, participated.

Students received membership insignia–certificates and pins –, which will be sent to their homes, and promised a reception when we all return to campus. Peruvian music, red and gold representing the colors of the organization, and candles composed the background of the event.

It was an especially momentous event, as it marked the anniversary of the honor society’s first initiation ceremony on May 1, 1920, which took place at the home of founding member Miriam Burt, in Barkley, CA.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

It’s Flashback Friday

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 1993 when Canisius welcomed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as the keynote speaker for the Raichle Lecture on Law in American Society. The lecture series was – and remains – part of the larger Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius.

Established in spring 1981, the program provides pre-professional counseling, advisement and coursework that enriches students’ understanding of the role of law in American society. It is named for Frank G. Raichle HON ’68 who endowed the program. Raichle practiced law in Buffalo for 65 years and was regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in New York State. Though he never attended Canisius, Raichle developed an affinity for the college and in particular its Jesuit principles, values and spirit during his decade-long tenure on the college’s Board of Trustees.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

The Economics and Finance faculty used Zoom to re-create their daily lunch routine at the round table in OM-003. Dr. George Palumbo even had Bloomberg TV running in the background.

Submitted by: Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, assistant professor, Economics & Finance

Several members of the Canisius community signed onto Wednesday’s Solidarity on Tap series, which featured alumna Molly Burhans ’14.

Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. The goal, explained Burhans, 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.

Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, Solidarity on Tap is a virtual weekly gathering that includes powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice. If you missed Burhans’ presentation, you can view it by clicking the YouTube link above.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Canisius in the News


Business First Reporter Paul Lane interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley earlier this week about the college’s COVID-19 rebuilding process. President Hurley explained he’s hoping for a return to traditional instruction in the fall but is planning, should remote learning have to continue. Either way, President Hurley said “Canisius’ mission will persevere.” Click here to read the story.

Ian Day, vice president for enrollment management, spoke with Buffalo News Reporter Jay Rey for an article about how the COVID-19 crisis is making college decisions much harder for students. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Accounting Alumnus Receives Prestigious Award from American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs announced earlier this week that Canisius alumnus Donald R. Hymers Jr. ’18, MBAA ’19 is a 2019 recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells Award. To qualify for the award, CPA candidates must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.5 across all four sections of the uniform CPA examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt and have completed testing in 2019.  More than 75,000 individuals sat for the 2019 CPA exam.  Hymers was one of only 133 candidates who met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.  Only three individuals from New York institutions received this award, representing Canisius College, Columbia University and New York University.

Hymers is part of the assurance staff at EY LLP in Buffalo, NY.  He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Canisius. He is the second Canisius alumnus to receive this prestigious award.  In 2016, the American Institute of CPAs conferred the Elijah Watt Sells Award upon Paige Burkard ’15, MBA ’16. 

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications