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Creative Writing Capstone Senior Reading

Professors in the Creative Writing Program were sad to have to cancel their in-person senior reading this year but still wanted to honor their fantastic seniors.  So the team, comprised of Mick Cochrane, Eric Gansworth and Janet McNally, held the reading on Zoom.

We missed being together in Grupp, as we would have been otherwise, but we followed the lead of so many writers around the world who’ve moved their in-person readings online.

It turned out to be a beautiful celebration of the hard work students have done; “a little more low-key but no less lovely,” said McNally.   “It was surprisingly meaningful to feel so connected from separate places. It also served to remind all of us that part of the job of a working artist is to be flexible and resilient. It’s great to find ways to continue our mission and be together while apart,” McNally concluded.

Submitted by: Janet McNally, associate professor, English Department

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:

Canisius played its first game in Memorial Auditorium on December 11, 1940. What national powerhouse team did the Griffins face?

a. Duke


c. Oregon

d. Georgetown

This is Alan’s second win in the Trivia Wednesday contest. The picture above is from September 2019, when he first won
Trivia Wednesday.

Congratulations to Alan Weitzsacker, system administrator for ITS, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! Alan will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

What is the meaning of the Latin phrase Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam?

The correct answer was: For the greater glory of God

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Christy Hoffman, PhD, will be a featured guest on “The Roadhouse” radio program this Friday, April 24. The associate professor of ABEC will discuss COVID-19’s impact on human-dog relationships.

“The Roadhouse” is broadcast on WTIP North Shore Community Radio in northern Minnesota. Those interested can tune in live to listen. Hoffman is scheduled to be interviewed at 5:20 Central Time (so, 6:20 Eastern Time).

Click here to visit WTIP’s website.

Submitted by: College Communications

Virtual Town Hall

In our continuing efforts to keep members of our Canisius community apprised of up-to-date information about our response to COVID-19 and changes to our operation, President John Hurley and the divisional vice presidents will host a virtual town hall for faculty and staff in the days ahead.

The town hall will focus on questions that you submit in advance. This will enable the senior leadership team to respond to your most pressing concerns about the college’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis and our efforts to continue delivering on the promise of our mission while keeping the entire community safe and healthy.You are invited to submit your questions and comments to the Senior Leadership Team by Thursday, April 23 by clicking here or visiting:

Your submissions will be anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.

The Town Hall will be recorded and made available on the MyCanisius portal.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

When the Need is Greatest, Canisius Shines Brightest

Today is the day! Every April we host our 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. Today, things are a bit different.

In lieu of our traditional Giving Day, we are launching a special campaign today for the entire Canisius family to rally around. Gifts made today to the Emergency Relief Fund will help to address the most urgent needs of Canisius and our students during this challenging time.

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. Just be sure to include #Griffs4Griffs!
  • 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.

We encourage you to watch this special video, which highlights how Canisius has instilled in its students – and all of us – the values of service and solidarity.  This video is also on the college’s social media channels, so please consider sharing to your own social media platforms to help spread the word about this important initiative.

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

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund