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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: In what year was the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame established:

a. 1960

b. 1973

c. 1963

d. 1959

Congratulations to Laura Montaro, executive associate to President John Hurley, who is the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. This is Laura’s first time winning our Trivia Tuesday contest. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for her when the campus returns to normal operations. Thanks for playing!

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

The Canisius community dedicated the Greatest Generation Memorial in November 2007 as a permanent tribute to alumni who served during the war years of 1941 – 1943. Where is the memorial located on campus?

(a) In the Quad, near Koessler Plaza

(b) In front of Lyons Hall, on Main Street

(c) In the plaza, between Bagen Hall and Old Main

(d) Outside the ROTC Offices at the Health Science Building

The correct answer was: (c) In the plaza, between Bagen Hall and Old Main

Submitted by: College Communications

New Arts & Sciences Associate Dean

It is my pleasure to announce that Philip A. Reed, PhD, has agreed to serve as the full-time associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. His three-year term begins on August 1, 2020. Please join me in congratulating Phil on his appointment.

Reed came to Canisius College in 2009 as a member of the Philosophy Department. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015 and to the rank of professor in 2019. Reed earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from that institution. He earned his BA from Davidson College, also in philosophy.

Reed has completed the degree requirements for a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College. A specialist in ethics and applied ethics, Reed has taught an extensive list of courses at Canisius College, including many in the All-College Honors program. He was interim director of Honors in fall 2019 and has provided extensive service to the college, ranging from the Christ and Culture Lecture Series to Faculty Senate. Currently, he serves as chair of the Philosophy Department.

Reed’s list of scholarly accomplishments includes more than a dozen articles and book chapters, co-editing a volume on David Hume’s moral philosophy, book reviews and encyclopedia entries, a score of refereed or invited presentations, and several awards and fellowships. An accomplished scholar, dedicated teacher, conscientious faculty member and keen analytical mind, Reed embodies the qualities inherent in a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.

He will work closely with Barbara Porter, PhD the current associate dean, to transition into his new role. I want to personally thank Dr. Porter for her many years of dedicated, tireless and passionate service to the students, faculty and staff at Canisius College, and I wish her well on her retirement. At some point we’ll be able to assemble in sufficient numbers to recognize her contributions.

Special thanks to the search committee, which devoted extensive hours to this search amid coronavirus and remote working conditions:  Dave Devereux, Jenn Lodi-Smith, Jon O’Brien, Kris Kasbohm and Jen Herrmann.

Submitted by: Tom Chambers, PhD, dean, College of Arts & Sciences




Faithful Voting and Global Concerns Webinar


To help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is offering a series of webinars to dive deeper into the key world issues featured in their series of two-page global issue briefs, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.

The next webinar is this Thursday, July 9 from 12:30-1:00 p.m. EDT and will focus on climate change, an issue of critical importance for the upcoming elections and the Church.

Chloe Noel, the program coordinator for the Faith Economy Ecology, will speak on the threat of climate change, the Catholic Church’s response and the ways U.S. voters can call upon electoral candidates to promote sustainable climate policy. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Click here to register for the webinar.

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

Faith & Justice in the Time of COVID-19

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While Be the Light won’t be happening this year due to COVID-19, we’re excited to offer “Faith & Justice in the Time of COVID.”  All current high school students, alumni of the Be the Light Institute and former student leaders are invited to sign up.
For more information, use this link.
Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, co-director, Be the Light Youth Theology Institute

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections

The 2020 presidential campaign is being reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis it created and the national focus on racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd and other African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. These challenges are testing our faith, our politics, our religious communities and our nation.

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University will take a closer look at these challenges on Friday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m. when it hosts a live-streamed conversation titled “Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections: Religion, Racism and the COVID-19 Crisis.”

This online dialogue will focus on how the social and economic costs of the pandemic and the moral and human costs of racism may be affecting religious communities and voters in advance of the November elections; how are our leaders and communities responding; what our obligations are; and opportunities in this time of crisis as citizens and as believers. Further discussion will examine how recent United States Supreme Court decisions affect the views and choices of religious voters and the dynamics of the campaign.

In this volatile context, the attitudes of evangelical, Catholic and other religious voters may be shifting dramatically, with old alignments losing ground to new realities. What do we know now? What are the implications of potential shifts for religious communities, U.S. politics and the November 2020 elections?

The role of religion, racism and the COVID-19 crisis will be addressed by a panel of respected journalists and political leaders who bring differing religious, racial, generational and political perspectives and backgrounds:

  • Michael Gerson is a Washington Post columnist and a policy fellow with the ONE Campaign. He was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Justin Giboney is an attorney and a political strategist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the president and co-founder of the AND Campaign, a Christian civic organization that focuses on asserting the compassion and conviction of Jesus Christ in the public square.
  • Jeanné Lewis is running as an independent candidate for Washington, DC City Council. She is also the vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
  • Gabby Orr is a White House reporter for POLITICO and has been covering Donald Trump since the day he announced his 2016 presidential campaign. She covers social issues, religion, the vice president and the 2020 campaign.

John Carr, director of the Initiative, will moderate the online conversation.

Click here to learn more about this upcoming conversation or to RSVP to the event.  All who RSVP will receive an Email, on the day of the discussion, with instructions on how to join the live-stream.

This online conversation is a Public Dialogue and Salt and Light Gathering for young leaders in public life and is co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. It is part of the Faith and the Faithful series organized by the Initiative and is supported by the Democracy Fund.

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