Select Page

Q & A with Dr. Sara Morris

Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, will be available for a question and answer session this morning at 11:00 a.m.  She will be on hand via Zoom to answer questions submitted in advance or via Zoom chat.

To RSVP for this event and submit your question for the Q & A, click HERE.  When you RSVP, you will receive the zoom link.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs


Food Donation Collection for Petey’s Pantry

For those who RSVP’d to the Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 22, please remember to bring a non-perishable donation item to for Petey’s Pantry!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Deacon Greg Feary at Thank you!

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

Vision Project 2022

In President John J. Hurley’s fall 2021 convocation address, he announced that the college will assist the next president through the development of two initiatives: The Vision Project 2022 and the development of a situation analysis, coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Thomas R. Chambers, PhD. Through a series of task forces, Chambers will work to develop a report to hand the next president about the state of the college and some immediate strategies or questions that should be considered to help move the college forward.

The Vision Project 2022 is a parallel process to the development of the situational analysis and seeks to understand how all members of the Canisius community see the future of the college based on a framework that is grounded in the college’s mission and oriented through a S.O.A.R. lens – Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. SOAR is a strengths-based approach to strategic planning and the college’s Strategic Planning Committee has developed a series of reflection questions in the areas of (1) teaching and learning (2) the student experience (3) mission and identity and (4) diversity and inclusion.

The campus community is encouraged to visit the Google site for more information, and to submit thoughts on these reflection questions under the Reflection & Input tab. Respond to as many questions as you like and be as specific or visionary as you prefer but along the way, please attempt to describe:

1.Goals that should be considered

2.Actions that could be taken to arrive at those goals

3. How those goals shape the college’s educational mission and position it for success in the future

Submitted by: College Communications

Thank You for Your Generous Support

Congratulations to our final United Way prize basket winners, Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director of Career Development, and Deborah Owens (picture above), Title IX coordinator and associate Dean of Students.

The 2021 Canisius United Way campaign raised $17,529, which is a 15 percent increase over last year!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the members of our Canisius workplace family who made a pledge this year.  Your generous support will help our community to build a future that is more equitable and where everyone can thrive.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs


Submit Your Thoughts on Campus Culture & Mission

The Campus Culture and Mission Subcommittee of the Situational Analysis Taskforce is interested in gathering the campus’ input on issues currently facing our campus and suggestions for addressing them. 

We are using a modified version of the Post-it comments that the campus used successfully during the campus meetings on racial equity. We are using a google form survey that mimics the collection of “Post-it”  notes to allow people to express whatever thoughts or concerns they have about the broad topic of “Campus Culture and Mission,” which may mean many things to the different members of our community. We do not want to limit anyone’s ability to express their concerns and have thus left the topics very “open.”  Our survey asks community members to briefly:

1.      Share their thoughts on some aspect of the Campus Culture and our Mission by stating an issue that we need to address,

2.      Provide a solution or suggestion of how we might address the issue you have raised–a positive statement about how we might collectively move forward to strengthen our culture, community, and/or mission, and

3.      Share with us some thoughts on the college’s Strengths and Weaknesses in this area and the available Opportunities and possible Threats we may face (a SWOT analysis style response).  These comments will be helpful for our committee’s efforts, particularly if you can address at least two of these areas (S,W,O,T).

We have developed a Google form to collect the suggestions anonymously.  The survey is available at

For anyone who would prefer to provide their answers in hard-copy, written responses can slipped under Dave Sheets’ office door (OM 103) or left with Student Life in the Lower Level of Dugan Hall.  Because of the timeline of our project, we ask that all responses be submitted by January 4. If you have comments on multiple issues, please make multiple submissions of one idea or comment each.

Submitted by: David Sheets, professor and program director, Data Analytics and Mark Piatkowski, associate director, Student Life