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It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Canisius played its first televised college football game in Western New York in 1948 against what school?

(a) Xavier University

(b) College of the Holy Cross

(c) St. Francis University

(d) John Carroll University

Congratulations to Mike Rappl, last week’s winner of Trivia Tuesday. It’s probably not too surprising that the former head coach of softball scored the correct answer to last week’s contest, considering the question (see below). We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for him when the campus returns to normal operations.

Which sports team has had the most NCAA appearances in postseason up until 2018?

(a) softball

(b) women’s lacrosse

(c) men’s basketball

(d) women’s basketball

The correct answer was: (a) Softball

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley spoke with Business First Reporter Paul Lane about the college’s commitment to reopening the campus to students for the fall 2020 semester. In the article, President Hurley outlines a five-point plan that the college is working on to ensure the health of everyone on campus. Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe

The Office of Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe on Monday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend.  You can join the service using the following call details:

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Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry


Canisius College Video Institute Receives Two Telly Awards

The Canisius College Video Institute earned two Telly Awards for student-produced films.  The Telly Awards is a New York City-based organization that honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. 

The Canisius College Video Institute received a bronze Telly Award in the student non-broadcast category for its film “Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.”  Produced by digital media arts majors Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, the film premiered at Canisius in April 2019 and focuses on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants in the film are from Buffalo’s international high schools, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson.

The Video Institute also received a bronze Telly Award in the social issues non-broadcast category for the film “NewBorn: Maternal Resources in New York State.” The film was produced by Kathryn MacConnell ’19 (digital media arts), Emyle Watkins ’20 (journalism and digital media arts), Elaine Stickney ’20 (digital media arts and communication studies) with assistance from Deysha Johnson ’18 (business economics).  “NewBorn” premiered at Canisius in March 2019 and focuses on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York.  From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care.

Click here to read more about these films and the Canisius College Video Institute.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Athletics Earns Record-Setting Semester

The Canisius Athletic Department recorded its best semester on record, as all 20 varsity programs posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2020 spring session. Sixteen teams recorded a team grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and the school’s 345 student-athletes combined to post a department grade point average of 3.41 for the term.

The spring semester had 58 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  Those 58 student-athletes were part of a group of 236 Canisius student-athletes to record a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. That breaks down to 68.4 percent of the college’s student-athlete population.

The rowing team led all Golden Griffin programs in the spring semester with a 3.772 team grade point average. The women’s soccer team (3.768) just edged out the women’s swimming and diving program (3.767) for second overall in the spring session, followed by softball (3.760), women’s indoor/outdoor track (3.72) and women’s cross country (3.719).

The college’s hockey (3.714), volleyball (3.617) and women’s lacrosse (3.542) teams were all better than 3.50 for the semester, while men’s swimming and diving (3.496), men’s soccer (3.482) men’s indoor/outdoor track (3.460), men’s cross country (3.451), baseball (3.395) and men’s lacrosse (3.381) programs all finished with a team GPA higher than 3.35. The golf program (3.333), women’s basketball (3.201) and the men’s basketball team (3.061) round out the list of varsity programs over 3.00 for the term.

Last week, the NCAA announced that all of the Canisius’ varsity athletic programs are in good standing, and two teams posted perfect single-year scores according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics release.

In all, 17 of Canisius’ 18 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points. For this data report, the NCAA counts men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track as one program.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate director for communications, Athletics