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Canisius Joins 2022 Women’s Empowerment Draft

This year, Canisius College will be collaborating with more than  60 institutions to celebrate Women’s History Month. The Women’s Empowerment Draft will honor 31 NYS K-12 public schools in building awareness and enthusiasm around the iconic women for which these schools are named. Canisius College has selected Dr. Lydia T. Wright, the first African American pediatrician in Buffalo, as its 2022 Women’s Empowerment draft pick. 

On Tuesday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Jasmine Thomas, USA Diversity Program Board Chair, along with a student representative from Dr. Lydia T. Wright School in Buffalo, NY will recognize our honoree.  Over the next several weeks, the ALANA Student Center, Center for Urban Education, USA Diversity Program Board, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, will partner with students at BPS Dr. Lydia T. Wright to develop videos, photos, and activities to be featured in our social media campaign #WEdraftDrLydiaTWrignt on March 19.   

 We are excited to join with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in this meaningful initiative. Please look out for ways you can support this project.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion


Cheer on Shannon Jemiolo on Family Feud!

Join us on Monday, February 14 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge to cheer on Shannon Jemiolo, assistant professor of accounting , as she competes on Family Feud!

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Family Feud airs locally on WUTV FOX29.

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

Canisius College Faculty Receive Grants from the Interfaith Youth Core

Two Canisius College faculty members have received grants from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for curricular and program development:

Dr. Aimee Larson, chair and program director for Physician Assistant Studies received a $4,000 grant for developing collaboration of religious diversity and health on campus. This is Dr. Larson’s first collaboration with the IFYC.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence received a “Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Curriculum Award” to support the development of an Honors College seminar on “Bible and Power,” which will be offered in Fall 2022.

The Interfaith Youth Core is a national non-profit working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together.  (

Dr. Lawrence took students to an IFYC program in January 2012 and has been involved in several faculty programs since then.

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, DMSc, PA-C, program director, Physician Assistant Studies


History Professor’s Recent Scholarship

Larry Eugene Jones, professor emeritus in the Department of History, recently published an article entitled “Von der Demokratie zur Diktatur. Das Ende der Weimarer Republik und der Aufstieg des Nationalsozialismus” in Aufbruch und Abgründe. Das Handbuch  der Weimarer Republik, ed. Nadine Rossol and Benjamin Ziemann (Darmstadt:  Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2021).  

This article examines the collapse of German democracy in the early 1930s and Adolf Hitler’s assumption of power on January 30, 1933.  An English version of this article entitled “From Democracy to Dictatorship: The Fall of Weimar and the Nazi Rise to Power, 1930-1933” is scheduled to appear shortly in The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2021).  Professor Jones also recently learned that his book The German Right 1918-1930: Political Parties, Organized Interests, and Patriotic Associations in the Struggle against Weimar Democracy (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2010), is being published in a paperback edition.

Submitted by: Larry E. Jones, professor emeritus, History


The Go Move Challenge – Week 3

We are now in the third week of the Go Move Challenge, and it’s not too late to join and record minutes for weeks 1 and 2 – click here to register (further details listed below). For those who have already been participating, we would love to hear from you. Share your story with AJCU to be featured in their next newsletter by completing their form here!

Challenge Details:

Calling all faculty and staff at Canisius College to join other Jesuit institutions in the 10th annual Go Move Challenge by recording your minutes of intentional physical activity that gets the heart pumping to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. The challenge runs from February 1 – February 28, so make sure to get registered so you can track your minutes right away.

The Go Move Challenge officially kicked off on February 1st for all faculty and staff, but it’s not too late to get registered and catch up on tracking any minutes of exercise you’ve had so far. Sign up today for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius Bookstore. If faculty and staff meet the goal of at least 600 minutes for the month of February with at least 150 minutes per week of intentional, heart-pumping exercise, their name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that you fit in at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity every week.

Other awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant, and the university with the highest average number of minutes per region.


  • Register at, even if you participated last year
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “REGISTER” box, enter your university email address and other required information, including your university
  • In the “Division/College” box, click on your division/college (ie School of Law, School of Ed, Student Life, Provost Office…) from the drop down. If you don’t see your Division/College, choose “Other” and enter the name of yours
  • Click the “SUBMIT” button when finished
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your user email and password


  • Starting February 1, visit
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “LOG IN” box, enter your email address and password
  • In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the intensity of your workout and description and enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days
  • Click the “LOG IT” button when finished
  • Users can delete minutes that were entered in error


  • Challenge runs from February 1 – 28. Minutes will not be accepted after challenge ends.
  • Get inspired and motivated by creating a team of up to 4 (including yourself) to compete against other teams at your university to see which one averages the most number of minutes!
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos, tag photos #GoMoveChallenge
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go!
  • Read the challenge FAQ at

Learn more by watching the video at

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to the president, at or 716-888-2100.

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