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Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Scholarships.   

With support from a $330,000 grant from the Foundation,  these scholarships help support the goal of the PA Studies program, which is to boost diversity in the allied health workforce across Western New York by providing scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds who pursue PA graduate degrees at Canisius. 

(Recipients pictured left to right):

Marie-Pierre Mfuamba Mukendi, Alice Merci Iradukunda, Eryn Broshar, Kalifala Fane, Nadia Blanchard, Hannah Huang and Sophia Poppert Alvarez

Submitted by: College Communications

Online Master’s Education Program Among Top in the Nation

The latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report recognize Canisius College’s online master’s degree programs in education among the best in the nation. The list of 2022 Best Online Master’s Education Programs is graded on five criteria: engagement, services and technologies, expert opinion, student excellence, and faculty credentials and training. This is the fifth consecutive year the U.S. News named Canisius to this ranking.

To learn more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

School Closings or Delays

Please take a moment to review the college’s procedures and plans for communication of any impact of weather on normal college activities.

There are several possible options for altering the college’s normal operation due to weather:

  1. Cancellation of all in person classes; staff expected to report
  2. Closing the college; only essential operating personnel should report
  3. Delay of opening; essential operating personnel should report at normal time and other personnel should report once the college is open
  4. Early closing of the college

Decisions about changes to the college’s operations are based on evaluating the effects of current and forecast conditions on the safety of students, faculty and staff. There are generally two decision points each day – one in the early morning and a second in the afternoon.

Early Morning Decisions

The decision to close or delay the opening of the college will be made by a group that represents Facilities, Public Safety, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Business and Finance. This group will assess the current conditions, the weather forecast, and the likely effects on college operation and safety. Any decision to alter the normal operations of the college will be communicated to the Canisius community by 6:00 am through the following methods/outlets:

  • Canisius Website:
  • Canisius Portal:
  • Canisius Alert System
  • School Closing Information Line (888-3131)
  • TV Stations (Channel 2, WGRZ; Channel 4, WIVB; Channel 7, WKBW; Spectrum News 1)

Afternoon Decisions

Daytime decisions for early dismissal or cancellation of remaining will be made no later than 2:30 p.m. If a decision is made to cancel evening classes (classes beginning after 4:00 p.m.), it will be communicated no later than 2:45 p.m. via the methods/outlets listed above

Additional Considerations

Individual Class Cancellations

Individual course instructors may cancel or choose to hold specific courses remotely when the college is operating normally.  Full-time faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or the class listproc.  Department chairs may request notification of any unplanned individual class changes.  Adjunct faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or class listproc as well as inform their department chair.  Faculty should specify their planned cancellation procedure in their syllabus. Students have a duty to regularly check their D2L email feature and any communication from their instructors.

Campus Events and Other Offices

For campus events during evening hours, weekends and holidays, please see the Severe Weather Cancellation Procedures for Campus Events from the office of Events Services for directions. Except under special circumstances, The Women’s Business Center and the Center for Professional Development will follow the decision made by the main campus. Admissions (888-2200) and Alumni Relations will control any scheduled weekend events. The library may still be open even if the college is closed. Please check the library’s website for library hours at

Academic Preparedness

Faculty are encouraged to consult the Academic Preparedness Guide, which presents ways that professors can use online resources to replace classroom class sessions, rather than lose time and force adjustments to course schedules.

Important Numbers

Main Switchboard: 716-883-7000

Public Safety (Watch Commander): 716-888-2330

NYS Thruway (Radio 1610 AM) 1-800-847-8929

School Closing Information Line: 716-888-3131

Canisius Alert System

If you have not signed up for the Canisius Alert System, please sign up at under the Campus Services quick links. You may choose to receive notifications by text, phone call, and/or email.

Related Policies

College Closing and Class Cancellation Policy

Event Cancellations Due to Severe Weather Policy

Staff Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy

Please visit the Academic Affairs Wiki page for further details on this policy.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

MLK Day of Service


The African American Heritage Corridor is hosting a day of service on January 29, from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.  The event is being held in recognition of  Martin Luther King Day, which was celebrated on January 17.

Participants are asked to gather on the grounds of the Michigan Street Baptist Church ready to clean up trash along.  Instructions and cleaning supplies will be given out upon arrival.

Please wear a mask and pre-register at:


Annual MLK Celebration

The Canisius College community is invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. in the Regis Rooms. The event, titled “The Mis-Education of MLK: Beyond the Man Not Taught,” will be presented by keynote speaker Derrick Brooms, PhD.  Brooms is a professor of sociology and Africana Studies Fellow for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

To attend, please complete the registration form here.

More information will come as the date approaches.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at

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