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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 19, 1911 when more than 1,500 people witnessed the laying and blessing of the cornerstone at the “new” Canisius College on Main Street in Buffalo, NY.

Attired in military splendor, Col. John L. Schwartz, president of the Alumni Association and head of the college’s Building Fund Committee, addressed the crowd. Col. Schwartz spoke about the committee’s campaign to raise $100,000 for the new building. He explained how its 140 members, many of them businessmen, abandoned their work for days at a time to canvass the city asking for donations of a dollar or more. In the end, the volunteers of the Building Fund Committee raised $100,059. Soon after, Buffalo Bishop Rev. Charles H. Colton turned the first spade of earth and the building of Old Main began.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter G. Scott Thomas interviewed Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD, and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, in advance of Buffalo’s new employment numbers, which are due out today. The article, titled “Is More Bad News Coming,” can be read by clicking here.

Canisius President John J. Hurley is quoted in the latest issue of Politics & Business, a digital magazine published by Gildshire Magazines. The article, titled “Will College Kids be Physically in School This Fall,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the June episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, program host Stan Bratton, PhD, executive director of the Network of Religious Communities, speaks with Buxees Singh about the life and significance of Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru and a martyr who was known for contributing to and compiling the Sikh Scriptures, as well as for his teaching that Sikhism is open to all, regardless of caste.

Pentecost is the commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, and it marks the beginning of the Christian Church. Bratton interviews Rev. Jeff Carter, of Ephesus Ministries, about Pentecost and the Pentecostal movement.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of Digital Media Arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Department of Communication

Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to join a virtual Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice on the one month anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on Thursday, June 25 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

The vigil will be an opportunity for each of us, as members of the Ignatian family, to gather for shared prayer across our network to lament and commemorate the black lives that have been lost due to police brutality and white supremacy in the United States. You can RSVP to let us know you plan to participate here.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Pope Francis reminded us that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” With this in mind, during the prayer vigil, anonymous lamentations from across the network will be shared to illuminate the many emotions people are feeling in this present moment. The ISN invites you to use this form to share a lamentation. Several submissions will be shared during the prayer service, and we will silently uplift all of the stories that were submitted but not read out loud.

Before we can move forward as an Ignatian family, it is important that we acknowledge the pain among us and lament all that has happened.

This prayer vigil is a small action. In the coming weeks, we will share other ways that we hope to more deeply commit to anti-racism work. However, we will do so acknowledging we are an organization that is predominantly white-led. In addition, we work within an Ignatian and Catholic landscape that historically, and even today, is often complicit in the sin of racism, both implicitly and explicitly.  We know that in working for racial justice we will, at times, fall short and make missteps but to fulfill our faith-based social justice mission rooted in the Gospel, we must make this a priority.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Kino Border Initiative Virtual Immersion Experience

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative.

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration.  Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, as well as daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost to participate, but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students. 

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at for more information.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry