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Canisius Giving Day Events!

Canisius Giving Day is finally here! Today, Wednesday April 6, the entire Canisius community – alumni, friends, parents, students and faculty & staff will come together and and give back!

As a way to celebrate this special day of school spirit and philanthropy, the campus community is invited to participate in  “pop up” activities, which are being hosted across campus.  Activities include snacks, Canisius swag and more.

Please plan to participate! You can view the complete list of activities, here.


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



Diaspora on the Front Lines

The Borders & Migrations Initiative presents “Diaspora on the Front Lines: Filipino Health Care Workers and Covid,” an art installation on display through April 28 in the Science Hall Atrium and the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  The exhibit, by artist Rosem Morton, was originally commissioned and produced by the Friends of The Philippines Society USA Inc. and Photoville, for the Photoville Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC.

The campus community will have an opportunity to hear from the artist on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. 

Rosem Morton is an internationally recognized documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, MD. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo Artist whose work focuses on the intersection of gender, health, culture and resilience.

Rosem’s work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and CNN, among others. She will discuss her career, as well as the specific themes and processes involved in her Diaspora on the Front Lines installation. 

Interested parties may attend Morton’s talk in-person or over Zoom by typing the following link into their browser or clicking the blue text:

* Event and art installation part of the Diana and Simon L. Nobleza AAPI Event Series of Borders & Migrations with special thanks for Gloria Wise, in honor of her parents.

For further communication about events or with questions, please Email Dr. Reitsma, at

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

What the Ukraine Crisis Reveals

Join our panel of Canisius professors and discuss the fraught realities of the war in Ukraine within the context of migratory policies in Europe and the US.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, Chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

IAR Seeking Children to Participate in New Study

The Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College is  conducting a study on the perceptual, social and behavioral skills of 7–12-year-old children diagnosed with autism compared to children who are not diagnosed with autism.  The IAR is seeking the Canisius community to help us identify their sons, nephews, or cousins within this age range who are not autistic and would be willing take part in a research study about how they perceive patterns on a computer

  • What’s involved?: Children will complete cognitive and perceptual tasks and parents will complete surveys rating their child’s characteristics
  • What’s the time commitment?: A single session to be conducted at the IAR at Canisius College
    • Child tasks will take from 120-150 minutes to complete
    • Parent surveys will require approximately 90 minutes
  • What’s in it for the child: In addition to helping the IAR gain important information about perceptual, social, and behavioral skills, each participating child will receive a $40 Target Gift Card!

We do have slots during the week of April 11 when many children are off from school but will also work around a family’s schedule.  If interested or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Thomeer at or call 716-888-3188.

Submitted by: Marcus Thomeer, professor, Psychology Department

Lend a Paw for Autism

HAIL! Fredonia Records and the SUNY Fredonia’s Music Industry Program is proud to present The 6th Annual Lend A Paw for Autism Fundraiser: “80s CINEPAWS on April 24, 2022 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at SUNY Fredonia’s Dods Grove.

Come walk your dog with us on Sunday, April 24 and enjoy listening to student artists performing live all afternoon!  Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many baskets available. Food and drink will be available for purchase as well.   Event Registration tickets are $10.

Can’t make the event, then participate in our Virtual Dog Walk where you submit a photo of your dog that will be posted on HAIL! Fredonia Record’s Facebook page.  Additionally, one virtual entrant will be chosen each week to be posted on the Facebook timeline.  Virtual Dog Walk Registration is $5.

If you don’t have a pet, donations are accepted!

To register click here.

All donations go directly to the Institute of Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College to reduce tuition for IAR programs and for research and development of interventions for autistic children and their families. The IAR’s goal is to ensure that a family’s inability to pay will never be a reason their child cannot participate in our programs!

HAIL! Fredonia Records is a student-run record label at SUNY Fredonia under the advisement of platinum selling record producer and manager, Armand Petri.

Submitted by: Marcus Thomeer, professor, Psychology Department