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Canisius in the News

Incoming President Steve Stoute spoke with Business First Reporter Lian Bunny earlier this week about his leadership style and goals for the college. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Do You Know Your Neighbor?

The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) welcomes the campus community to the inaugural Canisius Conversations event on Tuesday, April 5 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. New this year, Canisius Conversations offers an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss topics and issues related to inclusion.

The first “Conversation,” titled “Do You Know Your Neighbor?” begins with a short reflection by Erin E. Robinson, PhD, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies. Dr. Robinson will ask participants to think about the connections made in their lives both over time and spontaneously.  “How we connect with others is important, and at times it is those in our community who we think we know that we end up passing by and not knowing at all,” notes Dr. Robinson.  “These conversations will allow us to open our minds and hearts to those close to us, our neighbors, by engaging in an active listening process to say, ‘I hear you and I am here.’”

The reflection will be followed by small group discussions and sharing.  If you are interested in serving as a facilitator at the event, please sign up here.

These “Conversations” will promote the principles of Ignatian Conversation: Listen attentively, seek the truth in what others say, disagree humbly, respectfully, and thoughtfully, and allow the conversation the time it needs.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the “Conversation.” Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes, and offices and departments are welcome to attend as a group.

For additional information, contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, at Ext. 2118 or

Submitted by College Communications

Canisius Wins Big at National JASPA Conference

Pictured (l-r): JASPA Award Recipients from Canisius College: Stephanie Wolcott MS ’21,
Dr. Mark Harrington MS ’10 and Allison Kurthy MS ’22

The annual Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) conference was held in Baltimore from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20. The annual conference includes meetings of the senior student affairs officers at the 28 Jesuit schools in the United States and Belize, leadership meetings for the executive board of the organization, a keynote speaker and the JASPA Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

At this ceremony, the association confers awards on individuals, programs, and initiatives on campuses that have had a significant impact on the student experience in Ignatian tradition.

Canisius community members and programs were four finalist nominees for this year’s awards in three categories: The nominees  included the First-Gen Griffs initiative as a nominee for the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program. Allison Kurthy MS ’22 and Kaylee Konzal ’19, MS ’22 as nominees for the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Jesuit Student Affairs, and the Canisius research study on “Academic Mentoring in the Ignatian Tradition: The Impact of Incorporating Jesuit Values into a Comprehensive New Student Mentoring Program” as a nominee for the JASPA Scholarship Award.

Allison Kurthy MS ’22, a current Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) student, was the recipient of the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Jesuit Student Affairs. She serves as a graduate assistant in the Griff Center for Student Success.  The nominators for the award shared that she is deeply committed to caring for Canisius students and ensuring that they are successful both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, she has assisted with retention efforts, implementation of a first year experience, and assists with the weekly management of our care team.

The JASPA Scholarship Award recognizes distinguished contributions to research in the areas of Jesuit and Catholic student affairs work and higher education. This year’s recipient of the JASPA Scholarship Award was the Canisius mixed-methods research study on Academic Mentoring in the Jesuit Tradition conducted by Dr. Mark Harrington MS ’10 and Stephanie Wolcott MS ’22.  Dr. Mark Harrington serves as Canisius’ assistant vice president for student development and academic success as well as an assistant professor and director of the HESAA graduate program. Stephanie Wolcott is 2021 HESAA graduate and currently serves as an academic advisor at the New York Institute of Technology. The research study looked at the impact of Jesuit values in the formation of a comprehensive academic mentoring program to support students with the transition to college who were placed academically at-risk.

Click here to read more about the JASPA conference and the categories in which Canisius took home awards.

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president, Student Development and Academic Success; assistant professor and director, HESAA

SEF Speaker Series

The Society of Economics and Finance is proud to host our first SEF Speaker Series of the semester Friday April 1 at 11:45 a.m. in Old Main 403. The Speaker Series will include Canisius’ very own Dr. Mary Becker and Dr. Zach McGurk who will be presenting some research they recently discovered. Franco’s Pizza will be provided at 11:45 a.m.

Submitted by: Joe Finley, president, Society of Economics and Finance

Volunteer Opportunity

The New Buffalo Institute is looking for volunteers to help sort donations for Afghan refugees on Monday, April 4 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the Tri Main building 2495 Main St. (Walkable from campus).

Please RSVP to Mary Rockwell if you are interested in volunteering.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, the New Buffalo Institute