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Canisius in the News

Amherst Bee Reporter Samantha Flavell, wrote about the latest study published by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College. 

Researchers at the IAR recently concluded a four-year clinical trial of an innovative outpatient treatment called MAXout, which they determined to be highly effective for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder.

Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

September Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met this past month. President John J. Hurley commended the campus-wide efforts dedicated to safely reopening the campus to students this fall. Some of the items discussed were college restructuring, strategic planning and academics.

To read the highlights and summary of all the meeting topics, click here.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, assistant to the President │ secretary, Board of Trustees ­| associate vice president 


Student Fitness Center Formally Opens

With the snip of a blue and gold ribbon, Canisius formally opened its long-anticipated fitness center to undergraduate and graduate students earlier this week. Housed in the Penfold Commons, the well-appointed facility includes an array of cardio machines, such as treadmills, arc trainers, stationary bicycles, areas for weightlifting and CrossFit training, as well as studio space for classes.  Changing rooms and showers are also available to accommodate students who live off-campus or commute.  

Renovation of the Penfold Commons from a gathering space for students into a fitness center was a $1 million project.  It was made possible through a generous estate gift from Canisius alumnus Robert J. Gareis ’58 and a multiyear commitment from longtime Canisius supporters Richard C. ’68 and Karen Penfold.  The Undergraduate Student Association also contributed $50,000.  

Click here to watch a video from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Click here to learn more about the new fitness center and the safety protocols put in place to ensure the health and well-being of students.

Submitted by: College Communications

In Memoriam: Laura Perrott

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sincere sadness that I share the news of the unexpected passing of Laura Perrott, long-time library associate, who died at home on Wednesday. Laura worked at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library for 31 years.

Laura was someone who embraced the Jesuit spirit of being men and women for and with others. She happily assisted countless students and faculty during her years in the library. She was also a gracious colleague who always had the time to help a coworker. Laura was pleased and proud to have both her son and daughter earn degrees from Canisius.

Kris Kasbohm, the Bouwhuis Library Director, shared the following description of Laura’s impressive work at the library.  

“Laura worked in a variety of roles during her time at the library but she is most remembered for her work in interlibrary loan (ILL). Whenever someone made a request, it was Laura doing the behind the scenes work to deliver the material. Laura enjoyed the puzzle that ILL requests offer. Would she be able to find the requested item? Would there be a library willing to lend it? Where in the world would it come from? Could she find a way to get it here in time for the patron? The amazing thing is, she could in almost every case.”

We offer heartfelt condolences to the Perrott family and to her close friends and colleagues in the library.  She will be greatly missed.  

Requiescat in pace!

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

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice

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Please join us for the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, an annual conference that explores social justice through a Catholic, Jesuit lens. This year’s conference is virtual and there will be special emphasis on the topics of racial justice, climate change and immigration.

Since the conference is virtual, there are many ways to engage. Attend a watch party on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, watch virtually from a personal device or view at a later date. The content will be available for nine months.  If you cannot attend that weekend, there will be an access code to watch at a later time.

Once signed up, an access code will be sent enabling participants to create profiles and build customized schedules by choosing the sessions of interest. Those registered can attend anywhere from one to 20 sessions.

Learn more about the schedule and the speakers by clicking heret.   Use the built-in networking features to connect with 5,000+ members of the Ignatian family across the U.S. who are all passionate about the same issues!

To register, Email Kaitlyn at

The deadline to register is today, October 9.

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