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As things have unfolded in the days since the horrifying attack at Tops Market, Canisius intends to remain engaged on the issues, events and conversations that are emerging from this dark day in Buffalo’s history. 

The New Buffalo Institute and others across campus have been working to coordinate opportunities to get involved in the community response efforts.  The list of current initiatives is now available by clicking here. This page also includes an option (in the top right) to submit new opportunities or to identify emerging needs in the community. As new information becomes available, the page will be updated and the campus community will be informed.

Submitted by: College Communications

Journalism Students, Alumni, Faculty Report on Buffalo Shooting

Members of the Canisius community working in the field of journalism have been reporting and broadcasting from the scene of the May 14 shooting on Jefferson Avenue, about a mile from campus. Current students, alumni and faculty have all been using their skills to inform the community, nation and the world about what has happened in Buffalo.

Aidan Joly ’22 has been writing for The Washington Post, including a byline on the front page of the Sunday, May 15 paper.

Emyle Watkins ’20 has been working in her capacity as a reporter for WBFO 88.7 FM as well as the national NPR program “All Things Considered.”  and has contributed to reports on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio Scotland about the tragedy.

Bradley Berchou ’20, a videographer for WIVB-TV Channel 4, has been filming interviews and images from the scene for a local audience.

Adam Duke ’19 and Eric Piotrowski ’20 are web producers at WGRZ-TV Ch. 4. Hannah Nelson ’22 is currently an intern at the same station. They have all contributed to their station’s coverage efforts.

Assistant Professor of Journalism Dan Higgins has been continuously contributing to The New York Times since the shooting on Saturday. He is also writing for The Daily Beast about the incident. On Tuesday, he appeared on BBC Radio Ulster’s “Evening Extra” to add context and commentary on President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s visit to the community.

Julia Barth ’23, the incoming editor-in-chief of The Griffin, has been shadowing Professor Higgins as he provides coverage for The Times and other national media outlets this week.

Submitted by: Dan Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, Department of Communications


Call for Proposals

The Office of Student Life is excited to announce that it will be hosting a leadership conference for our student leaders from August 21 -23!

We are now seeking proposals for 50-minute breakout sessions. For more information or to submit a proposal please click here.

Submitted by: Jason Francey, director of student engagement, Office of Student Life

Honeywell Supports Chemistry Olympiad


Pictured (l-r): Michelle Mattice, Emily Tankersley, Dr. Mariusz Kozik and Dr. Robert Stewart ’11, PhD

Canisius College is the recipient of a grant from Honeywell to support the Western New York Chemistry Olympiad. On May 16, 2022, representatives from Honeywell presented Dr. Mariusz Kozik, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and coordinator of the Western New York Chemistry Olympiad, with a check for $10,000 to support student preparation and participation in the Olympiad.

The Chemistry Olympiad is a local, national and international competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. It is sponsored nationally by the American Chemical Society and hosted locally by Canisius College. Honeywell has supported the Chemistry Olympiad for 25 years and has donated nearly $250,000 in support of this initiative.

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, Sr. Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations

Women of Canisius Induction Pinning Ceremony

On May 17, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Women of Canisius Leadership Council held their annual pinning ceremony.

This tradition welcomes female graduates into the alumni affinity group. Alumnae Catherine Niederpruem ’17 spoke about how her life was forever impacted by her Canisius education and the importance of being true to yourself following graduation. Congratulations to the newest inductees!

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger, assistant director, Alumni Engagement