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Canisius in the News

It’s not every day that a Canisius alumna/us lands on the pages of The New Yorker but such is the case this week.

The magazine featured Molly A. Burhans in its Feburary 1 edition. Burhans is a 2014 alumna of Canisius College and daughter of Computer Science Professor Debra T. Burhans, PhD. She is also the founder of GoodLands, an organization whose mission is to mobilize the Catholic Church to use its land for good.

The New Yorker article, titled “How a Young Activist is Helping Pope Francis Battle Climate Change,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Annual MLK Celebration

In recognition of Black History Month, Canisius College will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual presentation from Catherine Collins, PhD, a member of the New York State Board of Regents (8th judicial district).  Sponsored by the ALANA Student Center at Canisius College, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m.

Catherine Collins was elected to the New York State Board of Regents during a joint session of the State Legislature in 2015.  She represents the 8th judicial district, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.  During her tenure, Collins had dedicated herself to promoting the twin issues of good health and sound education, with a special emphasis on the needs of underserved youth and women throughout Western New York.

To learn more about Collins and the February 10 event, click here. 

To register for the live webinar, click here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at or 716-888-2787.

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

Annual ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latinx American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving graduating senior for this award. Students are permitted to nominate themselves, using this form.

Identify and explain the reasons which make this student deserving of the award, including specific examples. Nominations can be made online or paper nomination forms can be picked up in the ALANA Student Center located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008.

Please submit nomination(s) by Friday, March 19, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email

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


Giving Day Reminders – Important Deadlines Approaching


Hello all,

We are now one month away from Giving Day 2021 and want to remind everyone of some important deadlines that are quickly approaching:

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to register for our training session being held (today) Wednesday, February 3 from 3-4 p.m. This training session will cover all sorts of tips and tricks to maximize Canisius Giving Day for your support area! You’ll get important information regarding messaging, timelines and more so don’t miss it! You can register by clicking the link below:

Also, as we rapidly approach Canisius Giving Day, two important deadlines are right around the corner:

  • Tuesday, February 9 – This is the deadline for any class lists or lists of past supporters of your support area. Please submit any contact list requests by February 9 to ensure they are supplied to you in time for any communication and outreach you’ll be doing for Giving Day. List requests can be made by Emailing
  • Friday, February 12 – This is the deadline for content on your support area’s campaign page. This content can be written copy, videos, or photos that help display the impact of your support area on our students and the Canisius community. Capturing student stories, alumni successes and unique opportunities your program provides will resonate with alumni and friends and encourage their gift in support of your program! Any content can be submitted by emailing

As always if you have any questions, please contact the Canisius Fund team by Emailing or by calling Ext. 2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Ignatian Solidarity Network Presents Lenten series


The Ignatian Solidarity is presenting its 2021 Lenten series Steadfast: A Call to Love.

During Lent, and in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love?

Join writers from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network as they seek to answer this question, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home.

The series features writers including Fr. Greg Boyle, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, and Olga Segura.

Lent begins in a few short weeks on February 17; subscribe to this free series here!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity