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Campus Candids

The Griff Center for Student Success hosted a Sophomore Surprise on Thursday, December 9, to celebrate the end of the fall semester with Paula’s donuts and plenty of giveaways. The Class of 2024 has had a unique and challenging start to their collegiate career due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important for the college community to recognize their continued determination in pursuit of their academic goals.

Submitted by: Mark R. Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president, Student Development and Academic Success; program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

Women’s Basketball Begins Guest Coach Program

Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president for student development and academic success/HESAA program director/assistant professor of education and leadership, was invited by Canisius’ Women’s Basketball (WBB) Head Coach Sahar Nusseibeh and the WBB team to be the first guest coach for the Griffs game against Youngstown State on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The purpose of the program is to see the student-athlete game day experience. From watching film, practice, shoot arounds, warms-ups, stretches, pre-game meal, and sitting on the bench, guest coaches get an insight on the day in the life of a student-athlete and Division I basketball coach.

Harrington had this to say about his experience, “I truly enjoyed my day with the WBB team and coaching staff. While day-to-day I am more involved in their academic success and services, it was insightful to see and be a part of game-day routine. Our new WBB Coach Sahar is dynamic, positive, and brings tons of energy! We are lucky to have her passionate leadership for this program and she’s built an incredible team culture after only a few months! She has hired two outstanding assistant coaches Coach Jared and Coach Krista who are equally outstanding. I encourage you to come down to the KAC, meet the coaching staff, and cheer them on in the stands this season. Go Griffs!”

Submitted by: College Communications

A Gift for You

As we celebrate the season of joy, gratitude and reflection, we THANK YOU for being a faithful member of our giving community.

The collective generosity of faculty and staff donors provides essential funding for scholarships and tuition assistance, academic and athletic excellence and programs that animate our Jesuit educational mission.

As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to gift each faculty and staff donor with a Canisius branded reusable shopping bag (pictured). Our hope was to hand deliver this gift and personally thank each of you but due to unforeseen circumstances we were only able to deliver a limited number of bags. As such, if you have not already received your bag, you can pick one up from the Canisius Fund Office, located on the second floor of Lyons Hall, any time Monday – Friday. This special gift is for faculty and staff who made a gift last academic year, on #CanisusGivingDay or during this year’s 2021-22 campaign.

Thank you so much for all that you do on behalf of Canisius and our students. You are truly wonderful!

If you have not yet made a gift and would like to, you can do so by visiting

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, senior director, Annual Giving & Stewardship

Canisius Men’s Basketball Returns to KeyBank Center Dec. 18

The Canisius men’s basketball team will return to KeyBank Center on Saturday, December 18, when the Golden Griffins play host cross-town rival Buffalo in the final game of a college basketball tripleheader event.

The Griffs will take to the floor at 5:00 p.m. that evening in the team’s annual battle against UB.

Tickets for the entire event cost $25 for adults, $10 for fans 18 and under, and for college students with valid school ID cards. One ticket gives fans their seat for all three games.

To purchase tickets, call the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-TIXX, or CLICK HERE.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics

Final Day for the Athletic Department’s Christmas Flash Sale!

Give the gift of the Griffs this holiday season!

Today is the final day of the Athletic Department’s “Canisius Christmas Flash Sale” in the lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center, adjacent to the ticket office. The sale will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This event, which is open to the public, features officially-branded Canisius merchandise varying from sport-specific gear to general athletic department items.

As a reminder, you can always shop online for officially-licensed Canisius gear by visiting the department’s official online store,

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics