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Canisius in the News

The unbelievable story of alumnus Jim McNicholas being reunited with his Canisius College class ring, which he lost nearly a half-century ago, continues to generate attention among local media outlets. On Wednesday, September 30, reporters from WGRZ-TV Channel 2 and WIVB-TV Channel 4 both interviewed McNicholas about how what once was lost has now been found.

Click here to view the story on WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Click here to watch the story on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

United Press International also picked up on the story.

Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick commented on the first presidential debate during an interview with WBEN-AM Radio 930. Hardwick discussed the highs and lows of the evening and joked about the difficult decision to watch the Bills game or next debate, both of which are taking place on the same night.

Click here to read the article and listen to the interview.

Golden Griffin Fund director Steven Gattuso wrote an article for Credit Donkey about how consumers should looking at a bank’s past promotions when opening a checking account.

Click here to read Gattuso’s article.

Submitted by: College Communications

WellNow Covid-19 Testing

Canisius College has partnered with WellNow to offer free COVID-19 testing. Two more dates have been added for the month of October:

When: Wednesday, October 7 and 14 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Old Main Room 101

To schedule an appointment, Email health@canisius or call 716.888.2656. Make sure to bring your photo ID and your health insurance card.

Submitted by: Michael Stilson, Student Health Office


M&T Bank Partners with Career Development to Host Virtual Information Session

M&T Bank will host a virtual information session on Tuesday, October 6 for Canisius students and alumni to learn about the exciting career opportunities available within the organization. This session will discuss both full-time and internship employment beginning in summer 2021. All majors and class years are welcome.

RSVPs and Zoom login information can be found in Handshake. Any questions can be directed to Sheila Pettigrew at

Submitted by: Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, Griff Center Career Development

Guardian 2020 Worklife Matters Newsletter

Your Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), offers a variety of services to promote well-being and help enhance the quality of life for employees and their family members at every stage of life. Read the October newsletter above.

The WorkLifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides access to solutions and support for the challenges of daily living including family support, legal assistance, fitness, mental health resources and work-related help.

For more information call: 800-386-7055 or visit us online at
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Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, associate, HR/Payroll 

Canisius Alumnus Rev. Jason Downer, SJ, Reflects on Living Out God’s Call

In this week’s episode of AMDG podcast, Ignatian Spirituality & Vocation Promotion’s Senior Communications Manager, Eric Clayton, speaks with newly-ordained Jesuit priest and Canisius alumnus Rev. Jason Downer ’03, MS ’06, SJ, about how he is living out this call in Saipan, an island in the Western Pacific. This is his first assignment after ordination.

Father Downer has been studying to be a Jesuit priest for the better part of the past 10 years. Somehow, ordination during a pandemic was not on the course list. He reflects on how Ignatian spirituality grounded him during the uncertain months surrounding his ordination and how his closeness to God continues to ground him during his first assignment in Saipan.

Click here to listen to the podcast episode.