Chartwells’ Thankful Sit Down Dinner saw an amazing turnout of students, faculty and staff. Nearly 550 guests and volunteers attended the annual event and donated more than 1,000 pounds of food to The Buffalo City Mission and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.
Thank you to all the Canisius volunteers who lent a helping hand on Saturday, November 20 during the turkey and produce giveaway, held in the Spillman Parking Lot.
Approximately 300 turkeys and 300 boxes of produce were distributed to the neighboring Canisius community and those in need, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The college collaborated on the drive-through with MMB Realty Group, Urban Fruits and Veggies, KeyBank and Creative Structures.
As graciously announced by President Hurley at the Town Hall meeting on November 19, the college will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24. All but essential operating personnel are included in this early closure. The college will also be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. It will reopen on Monday, November 29.
We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance
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 starting today, Monday, November 22 and continuing through Wednesday, November 24, and will be available for pick-up on any weekday this week at the Human Resources Office in Old Main Room 100 or the President’s Office in Bagen 100.
Nature’s rhythm has a hold on us. As day light comes in short supply during this time of year, we all look for light despite the darkness.
Many established religions take the opportunity to use this natural phenomenon to reflect on something deeper; the light and darkness of our lives individually and communally. Some have established this as a time of the appearance of their strongest symbols to carry them through the darkness into the light.
Various gods and goddesses of the world’s religious traditions have their birth/celebration dates set around this time to symbolize that light overcomes the darkness. Examples include, Egyptian Sun God Horus, the Persian God Mithras, the Japanese Goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu, and the Indian Queen of Heaven Sarasvati who are all celebrated during these dark days.
Saint Lucy’s Day on December 13 celebrates Saint Lucy of Syracuse who delivered food to the persecuted Christians hiding in the catacombs during the 4th century wearing a wreath of light to light her way. Her feast day at one time coincided with the winter solstice as a reminder of Jesus Christ )whose birthday is celebrated on December 25th) is the light of the world. The Christian tradition has established a four week period of waiting prior to Jesus’ birth to reflect on the Light breaking through the darkness. This season is called Advent and marks the time of waiting in joyful hope for salvation to enter the world as well as our waiting for Jesus to come at the end of time.
No matter your religious affiliation, this time marks an opportunity to reflect on the light that breaks through the darkness. Campus Ministry is offering you an opportunity to SEEK the LIGHT; a simple reflection of keep hope during the dark days by focusing on the light. Each day, from November 28 through December 25, a word will be offered for your reflection. That’s right, a word. If you “like” us on Facebook at Canisius Campus Ministry, “follow” us on Instagram @canisiuscampmin or when you open the myCanisius portal, you will see the word for the day.
It’s simple! Look at the word and allow that word to live inside you that day. You’ll be surprised how often that word will come up for you during the day and draw you closer to light. A bonus, if you’d like, on Instagram and FB you will be able to offer your own reflection for others to see but only if you want.
Our hope and prayer is that this word of the day will draw you closer to the light during these natural days of darkness.