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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 May 1940 when two outstanding bequests made it possible for Canisius to grow its campus plan with the construction and dedication of the Horan-O’Donnell Science Building.

Buffalo school teacher Marian A. Horan bequeathed $100,000 to Canisius in 1936, specifically “to build and equip a scientific laboratory … in memory of the Patrick Horan family.”

Shortly thereafter, neurologist William J. O’Donnell, MD, bequeathed one third of his estate to Canisius for the erection of a science building.

The design of the three-story, $250,000 structure included an ample number of windows for its day in order to “afford sufficient lighting for scientific research.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in on the challenges working parents will face when Western New York businesses reopen, in the Thursday, May 8 edition of The Buffalo News. Click here to read the story.

WBEN-AM Radio 930 interviewed Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, about a decision by a U.S. District Judge to put New York’s Democratic presidential primary back on for June 23. Listen to the story by clicking here.

Canisius student Julia Cornwell is working to make sure mothers on the front lines have a special Mother’s Day. She and a friend from high school are raising money to feed the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital this Sunday. WKBW-TV Channel 7 did a feature on their efforts. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Teacher Residency Program Graduates First Class

The Western New York Teacher Residency (WNYTR) program will graduate its first class of six on May 13, 2020. Graduates of the master’s degree program receive New York State certification in childhood and special education (grades 1-6).

The WNYTR program, partially supported by a grant from the Cullen Foundation, was established in fall 2018. Through this teacher residency program, aspiring educators complete master’s level coursework while building their skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and leaders in high-need schools and districts.  

The 2020 WNYTR program graduates are:

  • Briana Williams
  • Phoenix Brown
  • Savannah Jonathan ’18
  • Jessica Dillon
  • Gabrielle Threet
  • Seth Ehrenberg

The Western New York Teacher Residency program requires interested graduate students to apply for a position. Candidates will also be eligible for a Western New York Teacher Residency Scholarship and receive a living wage stipend during their residency year.

To learn more about the WNYTR program, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Justice for Migrant Families

The conditions within the Batavia Federal Detention Center (BFDC) are worsening with 49 confirmed cases of Covid 19.    An Investigative Post article, dated April 28, reports on the inhumane conditions of release from the BFDF.  “Immigrants are freed from the federal detention center in Batavia, dumped at a gas station and left to fend for themselves.”  Senator Kristin Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins called out ICE, and are asking for greater federal oversight of detention facilities across the country.  Here are some actions you can take to help.

  • Justice for Migrant Families (JFMF) is desperately in need of short and long-term housing options for people being released from the detention center who need to quarantine or whose long-term housing placements have been impacted by the coronavirus. If anyone has a rental space that is not being rented at this moment that a nonprofit could use for temporary housing (2 weeks – 1 month) for a reduced fee, please be in touch.  You can reach them at
  • Watch a Facebook event with stories from those who are detained, an attorney and a public health expert. You can watch the (recorded) event here.
  •   If you are interested in getting involved with JFMF, please let them know by filling out this form. Some of the current needs are listed below.

1.) Becoming a pen-pal to someone detained in Batavia
2.) Answering the phone lines
3.) Direct support (gathering donations, delivery, emotional support)
4.) Housing Committee
5.) Legal Connection Committee
6.) Fundraising Committee
7.) Social media /website team
8.) Policy & Advocacy Committee
9.) Visitation (currently suspended)
10.) Interpretation/translation
11.) Lawyers, accountants or graphic designers who would like to volunteer their skills

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


Students Make Medical Informatics Internship Presentations

Pre-med and pre-health students made their final internship presentations to their site supervisors at the medical informatics company PEPID. Interns assist in several aspects of developing content for clinical decision support tools.

Interns trained in person at company headquarters in Phoenix, AZ prior to the semester and then conducted their work remotely throughout the term. This semester, they were able to see in real-time how the company adapted to the pandemic. One intern’s final presentation focused on COVID-19. Another intern’s writing was featured in the company’s blog.

Started by PEPID’s president and Canisius alumnus John Wagner ’76, in 2013, the internship is currently supervised by the director of product management Sean Wagner ’16. Since this program’s inception, 45 Canisius pre-med/pre-health students have completed this internship.

This semester’s interns were Henry Burton ’20, Madeline Beaulieu ’20, Wasiq Khawar ’21 and Marianthi Vasiliadis ’21.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, Schreiner Pre-Medical Center