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Canisius Commits to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

Canisius College became one of the first universities in the United States to commit to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 ecological encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.” 

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a Vatican-led initiative, in collaboration with several partners, to empower the universal Church to achieve total sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology.  The goal is to have various partners with the Church agree to a seven-year journey toward sustainability.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development launched the enrollment phase of the Platform on Sunday, November 14, 2021, the Global Day of Prayer for the Poor. This day is a deeply meaningful symbol of the Platform’s commitment to serving those who are most vulnerable to the consequences of our socio-ecological crisis.

To learn more about Laudato Si’ and Canisius’ involvement in it, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Racial Equity Workshop

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend an invitation for faculty and staff to attend the DEI & Racial Equity Workshop on Monday, November 29, at 3:30 p.m. It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of our priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work:

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise,  Monday, November 29, 2021,  3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island, the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. ZOOM EVENT-REGISTRATION

We look forward to seeing you,

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion


Emily Yancey ’13 Sings Title Role in WNED Broadcast

On Monday, November 22 at 9:00 p.m., WNED TV will broadcast Buffalo Opera Unlimited’s (BOU) production of Carlisle Floyd’s opera “Susannah” with alumna Emily Yancey singing the title role. It will be her second televised performance with BOU. The opera is a retelling of the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders set in the mountains of Tennessee. It is one of the most performed American operas.

Yancey studied voice at Canisius with Melissa Thorburn and received a BA in music performance in 2013. She has performed to critical acclaim at various venues in Western New York, having major roles in opera, musical theater and spoken drama.

Submitted by: Richard Falkenstein, professor emeritus, Fine Arts


Leaves are Falling, Coffee is Calling!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, as a small expression of gratitude for all that faculty and staff have done throughout another challenging year, please take a moment to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate on President Hurley from the Tim Hortons on campus!

Vouchers for a medium-sized coffee, tea or hot chocolate will be valid to use on any of the following days: Monday, November 22 – Wednesday, November 24, and will be available for pick-up on any weekday this week or next at the Human Resources Office in Old Main Room 100 or the President’s Office in Bagen 100.

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


United Way Campaign Prize Winner – Monika McFoy

Congratulations to Monika McFoy, assistant director of support services in the Griff Center, who was selected as this week’s United Way prize basket winner.

When you donate to the 2021 Canisius campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize basket.  To make a pledge, simply click the United Way icon on the portal page and follow the instructions listed.

With generous support from people like you, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County can serve under-resourced communities, make sure everyone has access to health care, receives a quality education and can build a financially stable path forward.

If you have any questions about the process of making your E-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser (Ext. 2244); Bethany Voorhees (Ext. 2100) or Maggie Burkard (Ext. 2120)

Thank you again Monika for your donation to the United Way and congratulations!

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affair