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The Bet is Set

Canisius President John J. Hurley is heightening the excitement in advance of the National Football League’s AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, scheduled for Sunday, January 24 at 6:40 p.m. on CBS.  This morning, he wagered a friendly bet with his counterpart President Rev. Thomas Curran, SJ, at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. 

The bet, however, won’t include the expected shipment of Buffalo chicken wings or Kansas City barbecue to the losing college. Instead, the wager will put the pride of each city on the line:  If (and when!) the Kansas City Chiefs fall to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, President Curran must agree to don a Buffalo Bills facemask for a full day, during the week of January 25. Should the Buffalo Bills be defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs, President Hurley must capitulate and wear a facemask of the winning team for a full day.  To be sure each holds up his end of the bargain, the losing president must also post a picture of himself on social media wearing the opposing team’s mask.

All the more reason to be sure we cheer on the Bills this weekend!

Submitted by:         College Communications

Kino Border Initiative

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a Jesuit co-sponsored, bi-national organization in Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora, MX, is offering a weekly opportunity during the Biden administration’s first 100 days, to learn about migrants and migration policy, to accompany migrants in prayer, defend their rights, and to share their stories. These resources will focus on the following three key themes reflecting the most urgent needs of the migrants being served at Kino’s aid center:

Phase 1: Restore access to asylum by immediately re-initiating processing of asylum seekers and ending anti-asylum policies

Phase 2: Protect migrants’ rights and dignity by holding Customs and Border Protection agents and officers accountable for abuses

Phase 3: Promote family unity by providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the country and a pathway to return for people unjustly deported away from their children

Sign up here for Kino’s 100 Days Campaign. To learn more about KBI, a Canisius partner for service-immersion experiences and the Borders and Migrations Initiatives, go to the website here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity


Don’t Miss Out


Do you want to make the most of Canisius Giving Day and raise additional funding for your support area? Then be sure to sign up for our Giving Day training session!

Our partners at GiveGab, as well as the Canisius Fund team will be offering up tips and tricks in order to capitalize on the day, provide impactful content and stories for social media, and include students and alumni in your fundraising efforts!

This training session will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and you can register by using the following link:

Questions? Contact the Canisius Fund office at or by calling Ext. 2712

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Empty Nest

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“The Genie”

The Fine Arts Department at Canisius invites you to enjoy “Empty Nest,” the latest collection of artwork created by Adjunct Professor Jacqueline Welch.

Installed in January, Welch’s exhibit explores the connections between non-human animals, the environment and human observers. According to Welch, her newest work “shows birds and other animals in their natural environment and portrays some of the behaviors peculiar to each species. After many years of hikes in nearby parks, I have also come to appreciate the wealth of Western New York’s tree varieties.  The trees in our neighborhoods possess a stoic beauty, a changing nature and the abilities to harbor, feed and protect birds and other creatures.”

The “Empty Nest” exhibit will be on view in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery, located in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, for the full spring semester. Please encourage your students and colleagues to visit it.

For more information about this and other ArtsCanisius events, please visit

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


CEEP 2021-22 Applications


Students can submit applications for the 2021-22 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards beginning Friday, February 12 through Monday, March 1.

The Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) facilitates student collaboration with faculty mentors or senior administrators through highly rewarding educational experiences. These intellectually demanding collaborations create exciting opportunities for applied learning and enhance faculty scholarship. Working closely with faculty on scholarly projects, students gain readiness for a professional career or advanced graduate study. A 3.3 or higher GPA is required for all applicants. Last year, funding for CEEP transitioned to a scholarship model due to the impact of Covid-19. This funding method will continue for 2021-22 projects. Students will receive stipend payments deposited into their accounts with student records at the end of the semester. This allows students to receive federal work-study (if eligible) in addition to their CEEP project.

More information and current online applications (opening on Friday, February 12) are available on the Academic Affairs page on the myCanisius portal. Students will also receive an email notification with details regarding the application process. Please note, current CEEP award recipients interested in continuing their project next year will need to fill out new applications for the 2021-22 award. Renewal is not automatic.

If you have any questions regarding the award and application process, contact Emily McGorry ( or Jenn Lodi-Smith (

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs