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Canisius Undergrads Mentor High School Students

Mahin Eliaas, an 11th grader at MST Prep, received a certificate and a human anatomy kidney model after completing the Emerging Health Scholars Program.

Canisius is providing high school students in pre-health programs the opportunity to engage in learning about career pathways in healthcare.   

The Emerging Health Scholars Program provides mentoring, activities and laboratory experiments conducted virtually with Canisius undergraduate students.

Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director of the Pre-Med Center at Canisius College and Brittany Mitchell, LMSW, program manager at Erie Niagara AHEC administer the program. The first cohort of 17 students from Math, Science, & Technology Prep School (MST) and Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences completed their session in January.

The second cohort of students began on April 1, 2021.  Read more about the Emerging Health Scholars Program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Join Us for Community Clean-Up

On Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, the campus community is invited to join teams from Canisius in helping to clean up our community. Bring your friends and family! For specific times, meeting points and more information, register for Virtual Service Week by using the QR code on the attached flyer or Email

Saturday locations include the Erie Basin Marina, Tifft Farm, Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, the Lodge at Delaware Park and the Foundry on Northamption Street. There will also be an opportunity to serve at the Canisius East-West Garden on Lafayette Avenue, including painting trash barrels for Buffalo United Front and preparing for spring planting.

On Sunday, join us at People’s Park on Main Street or meet at Christ the King Chapel for a campus and neighborhood clean up.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute


Meet-the-Faculty Lecture and Performance


ArtsCanisius hosts Meet-the-Faculty recitals and lectures each year. Our latest installment is a “double-scoop” of wonderful music history and music. Adjunct professor Ellen Barnum discusses the history of bassoon players. She will include recordings of her performing works by Telemann, Brandon, Ferington and more.

Enjoy this presentation at, and please share with your students, colleagues and friends.

For more information about ArtsCanisius, visit

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

Independent Health’s Wellness Discounts

As an incentive to stay healthy, Independent Health members can receive discounts on wellness items and activities. All you need to do is show your Health Member ID card at check-out.

Click here to find out which locations are offering discounts in your area.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office