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Campus Candid … sort of

The college’s annual GriffFest had to be sidelined this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis but all was not lost.

Jeff McConnell, PhD, chair of computer science, hosted his own virtual GriffFest for students in the department. Coordinated via Zoom, the online gathering took place on Friday, May 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., and included some pretty impressive moving parts. Among them, a working LEGO roller coaster and Ferris wheel. McConnell also put together a COVID-themed playlist for the party with hits such as “Don’t Stand so Close to Me,” by the Police and Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter G. Scott Thomas interviewed Economics Professor George Palumbo, PhD, about how virus-related changes will hit Western New York’s business community. The article, titled “Future Shock,” appeared in the Friday, May 1 edition. Click here to read the story.

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson also spoke with George Palumbo about the current and potential economic toll COVID-19 may have on Western New York. The article, “More Economic Hits Expected as 1 in 4 in Buffalo Niagara is Unemployed,” was published in the May 2 edition. Click here to read the story.

As a reminder, Economics Professors George Palumbo and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, will host a live webinar on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 and what it means going forward. To register for the webinar, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Emergency Relief Fund Surpasses Initial Goal

On Wednesday, April 22, the Emergency Relief Fund was launched with the hope to raise funds in support of students and staff facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the first day of this campaign, the initial $50,000 goal was surpassed and currently, more than 220 donors – alumni, friends, faculty, staff and trustees – contributed over $65,000.

Donors include all members of the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership team, who were among the first to commit to the fund.  In addition, President John Hurley donated back 20 percent of his salary to the college, a portion of which was directed into the Emergency Relief Fund.

Thank you to those who have supported this fund and have shared a positive message in conjunction with this campaign.  It is an incredible reminder that the Canisius community is always here to support one another.

Please watch the video above that showcases some of the wonderful messages of support from members of the Canisius community – trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

If you’d like to support this campaign, you can do so by visiting

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund



Online Faculty Meetups: Thursday at 2:00 PM

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore hosts a virtual meetup during which professors can discuss techniques, troubles and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to if you plan on attending the COLI Remote Teaching Meeting.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI