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Contemporary Writers Series Welcomes Hanif Abdurraqib

The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome award-winning poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib to campus at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.  The event will take place in the Montante Cultural Center, and is free and open to the public.  A question and answer session and reception will follow the reading. 

A native of Columbus, OH, Abdurraqib is the author of two poetry collections: The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and A Fortune for Your Disaster, winner of the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, EsquireNPROprah MagazineThe Los Angeles Review and The Chicago Tribune. Abdurraqib’s most recent book is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, a National Book Award Finalist. 

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Submitted by: College Communications

Wehle School of Business Earns High Marks in National Rankings

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College is earning high marks among a series of national rankings.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 list of “Best Graduate Schools,” Canisius ranks as having one of the top graduate business programs in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report also ranks the college’s business programs at No. 8 throughout all of New York State and names Canisius for offering the top private MBA program in Western New York.  The 2023 U.S. News Rankings similarly recognized Canisius for excellence in its accounting and finance programs, ranking in the top 6 percent and 7 percent, respectively, of all graduate business programs. 

“These outstanding rankings are a testament to the Wehle School’s long tradition of excellence,” said Denise Rotondo, PhD, dean of the college’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  “It is a reflection of the exceptional knowledge and dedication of our business faculty, the high quality of our curriculum and rigorous program standards.” 

College Factual recently recognized the Richard J. Wehle School of Business on its list of “Best Value Colleges for Business Administration and Management.”  

Click here to read more about those rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Holy Month of Ramadan

The Ramadan holiday will be observed from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 1. Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims will be fasting among other things. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. 

In the spirit of being people for and with others, the ALANA Student Center wanted to bring information about the holiday to the attention of our community.

Please see the attached letter with more information regarding the Ramadan holiday. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at or Bennie Williams directly at

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

Dr. Fox Invited to the “Trees in Many Contexts” Conference

Dr. Nathan Fox, assistant professor of mathematics, has been accepted to the American Mathematical Society’s Mathematics Research Communities Conference titled ”Trees in Many Contexts.”  

A tree is a mathematical structure that can be analyzed as either a data structure or a graph.  A data structure is defined by its elements while a graph is concerned with the links between the elements.  Trees are applicable in many fields including biology, chemistry, physics, data science and, of course, mathematics, to name a few.  

The conference will give Fox an opportunity to explore the field deeply and build up his research network.  The conference will be held June 5 – June 11, 2022 in Java Center, NY.

Submitted by: Michael H. Wood, chair, Quantitative Sciences

Get Your #CanisiusGivingDay T-shirt!

#CanisiusGivingDay is on April 6! Give early and receive a Canisius branded t-shirt, designed exclusively for Giving Day by Sydney Carlo ’22, president of C-Block and an enthusiastic supporter of the blue & gold. 

Faculty and staff who make a Giving Day gift between Wednesday, March 23 – Monday, April 4 will receive a t-shirt.

T-shirts can be picked up Tuesday, April 5 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the George Martin House.

You can make your gift to the Canisius Fund or the area that means the most to you at or via payroll deduction by clicking here.  (Note: Only new payroll deduction gifts will count as a Giving Day gift.)

Also, don’t forget to wear your new t-shirt or blue & gold on April 6 and show your Canisius spirit. 

If you have any questions, Email or call the Canisius Fund Office at Ext. 2712.

We can’t wait to celebrate the spirit of the Canisius community with you on April 6!

Submitted by: Suli Calianno, coordinator, Canisius Fund