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Canisius Masters Theses Available Digitally

The Canisius College Digital Legacy Theses Collection that includes more than 700 legacy graduate theses (ca. 1920 – 2000, non-inclusive) is now available. Graduate students at Canisius College authored the theses in this collection.  College Student Personnel Administration (now Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration) and All-College Honors theses are not included in this collection due to copyright and publishing permissions.

Have you ever wondered what your parents or grandparents were writing about when they were in college? What issues were of concern to students in the 1940’s (or 20’s or 70’s)? These graduate-level theses offer glimpses into academic studies, curricula, language, and social mores of the times they were written. They contribute commentary on a rich ethnic, racial, and ecumenical urban environment in and around campus. They document brick and mortar changes to the College and western New York region. Societal aspects of the theses include descriptions of college life and traditions like Moving Up Day, awards, inductions to honor societies, extracurricular activities, and sports (ex. Little Three rivalries at the “Aud”), as well as comparison to other Jesuit or state/public institutions. The theses cover educational practices and innovations. There are also discussions of Buffalo schools, churches, neighborhoods, and the demographics of the city.

A number of the theses are comprised of comparative studies that include solid “current” data to provide a glimpse into a fixed point in time.  The theses themselves are of interest as products with visual or graphic arts such as fonts, attachments, maps, and graphs drawn or written by hand.

We are grateful to Kathleen Delaney, Reference Librarian and Archivist, who painstakingly reviewed the digital versions of the theses for quality control and to ensure that each thesis was completely digitized.  The collection is searchable through the Canisius library catalog: (use the drop down menu to limit your search to Theses). For assistance with searching the collection or viewing a digitized these, please contact the College Archivist by emailing

Submitted by: Sara R Morris, vice president for Academic Affairs

Faculty Exchange Lectures in Poland


June 2: Eat, Migrate, Love: Gastronomic and Sexual Desire as Identity

Richard Reitsma, PhD, is currently on a faculty exchange program at the University of Warsaw in the American Studies Center, organized with Margaret Stefanski, PhD, the Permanent Chair in Polish Culture at Canisius, Daemen University and the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Reitsma is teaching a course on LatinX in the U.S. in literature and film.  He has welcomed virtual guests including scholars such as Dr. Deborah Kanter, Dr. Octavio Gonzáez and Dr. Paola Fajardo Heyward; authors Emanuel Xavier, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Michael Nava, Jaime Manrique and Homeboy Industries Reformed Gang Member Gabriel López.

Reitsma has also been invited to give a series of lectures on immigration, LatinX, and LGBTQIA+ issues. He has already presented a keynote talk for the center’s conference on Gender & Sexuality in American Studies (May 23, 2002).  His paper was “Queer Identity & Queer Spaces in Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S.”

On June 2, Reitsma presented the last lecture in the American Studies Center colloquium series.  His talk is available on the University of Warsaw’s YouTube Channel.  Later in June, Reitsma will present a talk on U.S. Immigration issues in Krakow and another in Przemysl.  He also plans to visit Ukrainian Refugee centers in Poland, as part of his ongoing research on issues of immigration.

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

Canisius Yearbooks Used for Genealogical Research

Lisa Sullivan, collection services librarian at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library wrote The Canisius College AZUWUR and Your Search for an Ancestor, which was published in The Western New York Genealogist, vol 49 no 1 June 2022. The article discusses how the library’s collection of Canisius yearbooks can assist with ancestry research.

Contact Lisa Sullivan for more information at or 716-888-8403.

Submitted by: Kristine Kasbohm, director Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library

Canisius College Hosts Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WNYACCC)

On Thursday, June 2, Canisius College hosted the first in-person full day meeting of the Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WNYACCC) since 2019.  Sheila Pettigrew, associate director of Career Development and President of WNYACCC, coordinated the event for the consortium comprised of the 17 local area colleges and universities who regularly meet to share best practices and to collaborate on events to benefit the WNY community of college students, alumni and employers.  This year’s meeting included a powerful DEI workshop from the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc. along with a meeting of the Teacher Recruitment Days Committee and a general body annual meeting.

To learn more about WNYACCC, go to

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, director, Career Development, Griff Fair for Student Success

Courseleaf Review Session

The 2022-2023 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live the first week of July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Thursday, June 30. To help you with these changes, we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs wiki page. The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages.  A review session is being offered the following date and time:

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs