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Welcome Home Griffs!

We are so excited to see everyone back on campus and want to encourage any volunteers to stay hydrated in this heat.  Thank you to everyone for helping to make move-in a success.  

A reminder that due to Covid restrictions Move-In Day continues today, Wednesday, August 25 and takes place in three shifts 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and finally 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by: College Communications

Student of Color Reception

The ALANA Student Center invites the campus community to the 2nd Annual Student of Color Reception on Tuesday, September 7, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Bart Mitchell Quad.

This event is an opportunity for students of color across disciplines and class years to meet each other and begin to form relationships. Faculty, staff and administrators  are encouraged to attend to meet both new and returning students. 

This event is directly related to our commitment as a campus to “create a culture of acceptance, awareness, learning, respect and understanding inside and outside of the classroom.” Registration for the event can be done here:

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ALANA Student Center at

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


Canisius Community Mourns the Passing of Dr. Daniel Dempsey

The Canisius College community and the Department of Quantitative Sciences mourns the passing of Daniel Dempsey ‘52, PhD. Dan was the embodiment of what it means to be a Griffin.  Graduating with a degree in physics, he went on to earn his PhD from the University of Notre Dame.    

After his graduate work, Dan returned to Canisius and rejoined the Physics Department as a faculty member and instructor.  He taught physics at the college for 51 years (over a third of as long as the college has been in existence).  As Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.  Thank you, Dan, for being a giant to so many Canisius physicists.

The full obituary can be found here –

Submitted by: Michael Wood, professor of physics, Department of Quantitative Sciences


CaterTrax is LIVE!

Chartwells is excited to announce that catering and events have “returned” for this semester and the online ordering platform (CaterTrax) is now live and ready to go! 

For those of you new to this system, CaterTrax allows you to create an account and order online for your events.  Chartwells will then receive a notification to review your order and then it will be confirmed.   If there are any issues, I Carey McCormick, (director of catering) will reach out to address them.

Attached is a brief reference document that outlines how to create an account and what you need to be prepared to order.  It also contains the link to order online and a video tutorial on “how to order.”  It is important for you to have a CaterTrax account, even if you are only ordering once a year.

The full menu is available to view on the website.  Please note, that the nation is experiencing a national food shortage, so please understand that there is a chance some items or ingredients may become unavailable, although hopefully this is not the case!

I look forward to working with you and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out!

Thank you!

Submitted by: Carey McCormick, director of catering, Chartwells Higher Education


Community Garden Underway

With help from the Canisius women’s basketball team, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Winslow Block Club,  The Upper Room Church, Gail Wells of Freedom Gardens and De’yron Tabb of PUSH Buffalo, the Jefferson Avenue garden beds were built and filled with soil this week.  

We will hold a community meeting on August 31, at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Room Church to create a vision and plan for the garden with our neighbors’ input.  All are welcome to attend and get involved!

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