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Canisius in the News

Research by Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, continues to garner national attention.  Most recently, Yahoo Lifestyle published a story on Hoffman’s study, which found that women tend to sleep better with dogs alongside them rather than humans.  

Hoffman is an associate professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation and Anthrozoology departments.

Click here to read the full article.

Submitted by: College Communications

Veterans Day 2020

Members of our Canisius Community,

Like so many of our other special campus events this year, we have had to cancel our in-person celebration of Veterans Day.  In place of our traditional ceremony held either by the Greatest Generation monument in front of Bagen Hall or in our Veteran Resource Center in Old Main, this year we wish to honor the courageous and selfless individuals who protect and serve our nation with the following message of appreciation (above).

To those who have served or presently serve, we owe you an extraordinary debt of gratitude.  I am very proud that Canisius has been a long-standing participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition benefits for veterans, and that Canisius is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the North for veterans by U.S. News and World Report (#9 for 2021).

May God bless the brave veterans and service members around the world and in our community and always keep them in His care.

With my thanks and prayers,

John J. Hurley


Submitted by: College Communications

Student Inspired by Baroque Art


After watching the documentary Tim’s Vermeer in FAH-248A Baroque Art, Adelina Metz ’24 decided to test a technique used by Tim Jenison to recreate a Johannes Vermeer painting.

In the documentary, Jenison noted that paintings by Vermeer capture details that the human eye cannot see but the camera can record. He proposed that Vermeer might have used mirrors when creating his work.

Metz used an angled mirror and sketch paper to copy a sculpture. When describing her setup, Metz said “It’s mostly held together with sticky tack but it still works.” See above for images of the sketch she is currently working on right now. Brava to Adelina for her success!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

Charitable Gifts to Canisius

Canisius is fortunate to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support, please forward any donations received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention: Katie Huck. This is an ongoing policy that helps the college to ensure the gift is recorded and the donor is provided with a charitable gift receipt.

If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email: 

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director, Advancement Services

First Generation Student Celebration Week


This week Canisius College is celebrating first generation college students. Today is our social media campaign. Search #FirstGenGriffs on social media and learn more about available resources and information for first generation college students. If you have any questions about the week or would like to be engaged in future initiatives, please contact Bennie Williams at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center