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Canisius in the News

Several media outlets reported on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were released on Monday, September 14 and saw Canisius climb to the No. 1 spot among Best Value colleges and universities in New York State. 

Buffalo Business First reported on Canisius’ Best Value ranking in the state, and reported the college as the third best value among 73 regional universities in the North.

Click here to read the Business First article. 

WKBW also documented the college’s recent achievement.  To watch the story, click here.

Local radio station WYRK (106.5) picked up the story as well, and noted that Canisius remained among the Top 20 Best Regional Universities in the North, coming in at #19. Click here to read the WYRK Radio (106.5) article. 

The Buffalo News similarly reported on Canisius’ rankings.  That story can be read here.  

The college was also included in a Buffalo News article about the different ways in which local colleges and universities are informing their campus communities about the spread of Covid-19, if any.

While private colleges are bound by the same state rules on when to shut down, they are not required to publicly share information about their Covid-19 cases on the state’s website. As a result, area colleges have taken different approaches to keep their communities informed.

To read the full article, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

#Griffs Social Media Gains National Attention

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The U.S. News & World Report rankings weren’t the only good rankings to be released in the past few days.  This past weekend, ranked Canisius’ social media network 3rd in its “weighted social media rankings” list. is website designed to provide immediate and actionable value to collegiate administrators looking to improve individual and organizational performance.

The ADU’s “weighted social media rankings” list focuses on university accounts that have outperformed based on their follower count, with the table above showing the universities that have the highest proportion of engagement compared to their overall following. This value is created by taking combined social media interactions and then dividing by combined social media following and ranking the universities accordingly.

If you’re not already following Canisius’ social media network, please join us @GoGriffs on Twitter and Instagram, or like “Canisius Athletics” on Facebook.

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

Drive Thru Food Giveaway – Contributions Welcome!

On Saturday, September 19, MMB Realty and the Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association are hosting a food giveaway. Bags of groceries will be distributed from Canisius College in the Spillman Parking Lot at Jefferson Avenue and Florida Street.

If you would like to donate non-perishable groceries to the effort, please leave them in the bin outside the New Buffalo Institute Office (Old Main 217) or drop off a filled bag at the lot on Saturday morning before 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Another Volunteer Opportunity – This Saturday!

Due to loss of employment, hundreds of families in our community are without food.  Through the efforts of Pastor Kinzer Pointer and the Health Equity Task Force, a food supply is available and ready for packaging.

Please come to Mt. Olive Church on Saturday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. to help sort and package groceries for needy families.  We will be meeting at Mt. Olive Church located at 701 E. Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to McDonalds.

Participants will practice social distancing and wear masks. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

To volunteer or get more information, contact Mary Rockwell at

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

“Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World”: Guest Lecture on Mussolini and the classical tradition



Alessandro Sebastiani, PhD, assistant professor of Roman Archaeology at SUNY Buffalo and member of the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Canisius, delivered a virtual guest lecture in CLS 216: Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World, taught by Davide Salvo, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Classics.

Sebastiani is currently writing a book on Mussolini’s use of classical architecture and archeology and shared part of his research for the book with students in the class. Sebastiani spoke about the concept of placemaking, ideological placemaking in the fascist regime, and how the classical tradition was used by Mussolini not only to create an Italian ethnic identity but also to give an ideological justification for fascist colonialism in Albania and Africa.

After the lecture, Sebastiani answered several questions from the students. Questions on fascism placemaking opened a discussion on current issues such as the debate on the legacy of the Confederacy and the symbolic meaning of Confederate statues and monuments in the U.S.

Submitted by: Davide Salvo, Adjunct Professor, Classics