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Canisius in the News

Peter Galie, professor emeritus of political science, spoke with Spectrum Local News on Monday, January 28, about the new congressional district maps for New York State.  Galie speaks about how gerrymandering might cause legal issues for redistricting.

To read more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Director of Student Engagement Hired

Jason Francey MS ‘16 has joined the Division of Student Affairs as the new director of student engagement. Francey works to provide inclusive campus programming that supports students’ academic and social development and the mission of Canisius College. He advises student organizations and provides a program of leadership development. He also oversees major campus events such as Griff Fest and Senior Week.

Francey is a graduate of the Canisius master’s program in higher education and student affairs administration. Most recently he served as assistant director for college engagement at Utica College.

Submitted by: Sandra Estanek, PhD., interim vice president, Student Affairs


Gansworth Receives American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) recently selected Eric Gansworth’s newest book, Apple: Skin to the Core, for its 2022 Youth Literature Award in the young adult category.  Conferred biennially, the award identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America, whose works present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.

A professor of English and creative writing, Gansworth is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer, visual artist and playwright.  His works range from poetry and painting, to novels and collaborative multimedia theater performances. 

Apple: Skin to the Core is Gansworth’s 12th book and third for young adults. The American Library Association selected Apple for its Michael L. Printz Honor in Young Adult Literature, and the National Book Foundation named Apple to its National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature. Time Magazine also selected it as one of the 10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2020.

To learn more about Apple: Skin to the Core and AILA’s recognition of it, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Giving Day Training Session

Canisius Giving Day is Wednesday, April 6.

As in years past, the Canisius Fund team will host a Giving Day training session. The training will provide tips and tricks for maximizing the day, social media strategies, ways to include students and alumni in your fundraising efforts  and other impactful content to help you fundraise for your respective area on Giving Day.

This training session will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. You can register by Emailing or calling Ext. 2712. The training will take place via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to those who register a day prior to the training.

We look forward to partnering with you this year!

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


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.

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