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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 August 1982 when Canisius sophomore Christina (Celentani) Mortel ’85 was named ROTC Corps Commander. She was the first female to attain such a rank in the 31-year history of the military science program at the college. Celentani earned the assignment as a result of high evaluations for her performances as company commander, platoon leader, platoon sergeant and executive officer of her company. She held the position for one year and commanded 105 cadets.

Submitted by: College Communications

College Postpones October Commencement

On Tuesday, August 18, President John J. Hurley informed the graduate and undergraduate students of the Class of 2020 that Canisius must, unfortunately, postpone the commencement events the college hoped to host on October 10, 2020.

While the state and region have made excellent progress in containing the spread of Covid-19, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet loosened restrictions on the size of allowable gatherings, which is presently limited to 50 people. As such, it does not appear that it is feasible for Canisius to host the commencement ceremony as planned. 

President Hurley assured graduates this is not a cancellation just another disappointing postponement.  Until Canisius is cleared by local health authorities, the college cannot safely bring graduates, their families and members of the campus community together again for this celebration.  

“We look forward to a time next year when we can hold an appropriate and safe commencement ceremony,” said President Hurley. “I will announce information about the rescheduled date as soon as it is possible.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Janet McNally Named New Director of All College Honors Program

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Janet McNally, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, has accepted the position of Director of the All College Honors Program.  For those who don’t know, Janet is an alumna of the program.  She regularly teaches a variety of honors courses and directs honors theses and, in her application, she shared that teaching for honors is a big part of her identity at Canisius.  She is committed to a high quality honors program and wants to engage students, faculty, and alumni in support of and engagement in the honors program.

I want to thank Zach Lundy (Class of 2022 & President of the Honors Student Association), Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward (Chair of the Student Faculty Liaison Committee), Dr. Jonathan O’Brien (Co-chair of the Educational Policy Committee), and Dr. Tom Chambers (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) in contributing to this search.  I also want to thank all those who nominated colleagues and who applied for this important position.  It is clear that the honors program holds a special place at the college.

Please join me in congratulating Janet McNally and wishing her every success in this new role.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs