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Drs. Christy Hoffman and Malini Suchak, associate professors in the animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and anthrozoology programs, organized and hosted the 30th annual International Society for Anthrozoology conference, which took place, online, June 22-24, 2021. This conference coincided with the 10th anniversary of the anthrozoology master’s program at Canisius College. Numerous Canisius faculty, students, and alumni participated in the conference, which brought bring together more than 400 delegates from 34 countries.

To find out more about the conference, visit

Submitted by: College Communications

July 4th Holiday!

Just a reminder that the college will be closed on Monday, July 5 in recognition of the 4th of July holiday. The college will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. We wish you a safe and happy July 4th weekend.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance

Bill Davis Scholarship Winner!

The AJCU’s Conference on Diversity & Equity rewards students from Jesuit institutions yearly with the Bill Davis Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Bill Davis, former director of the Upward Bound Program at Loyola University Chicago.

Rosalia Sedano ’22, was one of the full scholarship recipients. Rosalia is a biology major at Canisius, pursing minor degrees in sociology and criminal justice. She has been on the Dean’s List for four semesters and participated in the CEEP program during the 2020-21 academic year.

Please join us in congratulating Rosalia on this accomplishment!

This year, Canisius had eight students submit applications for the scholarships. A completed application consisted of demographic information, a personal statement and an essay on what the global COVID-19 pandemic has taught individuals about a Jesuit education.. The full $500 scholarship was awarded to three students and an additional three students were awarded an honorable mention of $250.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, director of Multicultural Center.

Suchak Receives Grant from The Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare

Malini Suchak, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC), received a $5,520 grant from The Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare.  The Parks Foundation makes annual awards to support projects, research and other activities to advance the welfare of animals. Of the 176 grants competitively reviewed, Suchak was one of only 16 (11-USA; 5-international) or nine percent, awarded funding.

Suchak’s project will develop an automated system for researchers and shelters to monitor cat behavior with the hope of determining what strategies shelters can use to reduce cats’ stress while they are living there, and monitor their day-to-day behavior. The research involves the use of accelerometers, specially designed FitBits for cats, and the development of a computer algorithm to interpret the data from the accelerometer. 

The use of this technology, which can be scaled up, has the potential to improve the lives of the millions of cats surrendered to animal shelters every year in the US.  Improving their welfare while in the shelter is essential for facilitating timely adoption, as cats who are comfortable and well adjusted in animal shelters are more likely to be adopted into new homes. 

The grant is for a multi-institutional collaboration between Suchak and Ruth Colwill, PhD, at Brown University who will partner with two animal sheltering organizations, the SPCA serving Erie County (NY) and the Providence Animal Rescue League (RI). The grant also includes funding to hire an undergraduate research assistant at Canisius to contribute to the data collection.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing a database upgrade Saturday July 3, 2021 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, most administrative software such as Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits, reports (Infoview) and all custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, budget management, timeclock, new student checklist, etc) will be unavailable.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post maintenance, please contact the help desk at or at 888-8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, ITS.