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Celebrating Juneteenth 2021

Canisius College will host its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 18, 2021.  Approximately 60 faculty, staff and students will engage in a day of education and service with the Hamlin Park community and  Juneteenth Buffalo Inc.  The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and  will conclude after lunch at 12:30 p.m.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery.

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans.

Although registration is now closed,  you can join us on zoom at https://canisius.zoom.us/j/93596015342   for the presentations by Juneteenth Buffalo at 9:00 a.m. and the Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY at 11:45 a.m.

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Canisius College

Canisius Introduces MS in Business Analytics

The Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business will introduce a new master’s degree in business analytics for fall 2021. The program was developed to meet the growing demand for business intelligence analysts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth for business intelligence/business analysts at 11 percent over the next 10 years, a rate much higher than average.

The 31-credit-hour curriculum can be completed as a full- or part-time program of study and a unique feature of the program is the overlap with the college’s MS in data analytics, which provides business analytics students with very strong technical skills.

Find more information about the Canisius College MS in business analytics here

Submitted by: College Communications

Dr. Havis Named Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Devonya N. Havis, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and women and gender studies, was
selected as a 2021-22 University at Buffalo Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting
Scholar. Members are selected based on excellence in their fields, commitment to
student mentoring and ability to have the greatest possible influence on the University at
Buffalo, SUNY and local communities.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars are exceptionally accomplished individuals who, through their
record of scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring and service, as well as
their skills, experiences, under-representation and areas of scholarly and/or creative expertise,
can substantially advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the University at Buffalo.

Please join me in congratulating Devonya on this impressive recognition of her academic work.

Read more here

Submitted by Sara R. Morris, vice president, Academic Affairs

Jazz Ensemble Offers Two Recordings to Enjoy

Click here to listen to the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble’s recordings arranged by Jazz Ensemble Director Dr. Russell Scarbrough.  You are treated to these two works with featured soloists:

“Slow Hot Wind” (Henry Mancini)
Solos: Dominic Manzella, alto saxophone; Gillian Scozzaro, tenor saxophone; Aiden Root, piano
“St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins)
Solos: Dominic Manzella, alto saxophone; Alex Bogart, drums
We await the evenings when the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are able to perform in front of audiences in the Montante Cultural Center.
Check canisius.edu/artscanisius for the 2021-22 season schedule. To be added to our mailing list for postcard reminders, please contact Professor Yvonne Widenor, director of ArtsCanisius, at widenory@canisius.edu or Ext. 2531.
Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Program Director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department, Director and Studio Art Galleries Director, ArtsCanisius

Live Well, Work Well

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The short read, above, from Lawley Benefits Group, provides some helpful tips for living a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the aspects that you can control on a daily basis, such as eating well, exercising, managing your stress, getting routine health screenings, and simply being aware of your risks.

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