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Honoring Presidency of John J. Hurley

More than 500 of President John J. Hurley’s closest family, friends and supporters gathered at the Atrium@Rich’s on Friday, May 6 to celebrate his 25-year legacy at Canisius College.  Independent Health sponsored the event, which radiated the spirit of Canisius.  The room sparkled with blue and gold, and was accented by visual displays that showcased the college’s transformation throughout the years. 

The evening included an invocation by Rev. Richard Zanoni, SJ, associate pastor at St. Michael’s Church, and a reflection and vocal performance by Sydnie Perkins ’16, MS ’20. The event’s honorary co-chair, Dennis Strigl ’74, HON ’11, eloquently introduced a video tribute, which encapsulated Hurley’s resilient, thoughtful and dedicated leadership. 

The program concluded with President Hurley sharing his own memorable remarks. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Men’s Swim Team Spruces Up People’s Park

The Men’s Swim team picked up where the women left off last week and continued to plant, weed, paint and spruce up the People’s Park.  The community garden houses a free little library,  garden beds, ornamental flowers and many locations to sit and enjoy the trees and flowers.   Many thanks to Scott Vandezell, the coach of the swimming team, for encouraging participation from his squad.

Community members from the New Buffalo Institute also showed up this past weekend to help turn the beds at the Jefferson Avenue garden.  Thanks to Amun Heru Ra for organizing and for the effort from all of the residents of Hamlin Park who came out to help.  If you are interested in learning more about gardening, check out this series of free courses sponsored by Freedom Gardens.


Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., Director, The New Buffalo Institute

Open Comment Period

As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the offices of Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion have partnered to develop a campus-wide policy related to DEI in the workplace. In addition, we have expanded the hiring for mission policy to include outlined DEI protocols within the college’s hiring practices.

As required, the campus community has an opportunity to comment on proposed edits to all policies. The 60-day comment period the Hiring for Mission Policy and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy is now open.

Please click on the attached link:

All feedback will be anonymous unless you choose to leave your name. Reports of the feedback submitted will be reviewed with the Senior Leadership Team. The review period concludes on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

The collective sum of the individual differences, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and institution’s achievement.

We would like to thank you for contributing to this process.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance & Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

New Documentary History of New York’s Constitutions

Peter Galie and Christopher Bopst ’95 have been commissioned by William S. Hein & Co. Inc. to compile a multi-volume documentary history of New York’s constitutions. Hein and Co., located in Buffalo, NY, is the largest publisher of online legal materials in the country. When issued– simultaneously in print and online– it will be the only such history currently available.

Submitted by: Peter Galie, professor emeritus, Poiltical Science