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The Office of Veterans Services in the Griff Center for Student Success honored the 21st anniversary of 9/11 this weekend by linking the Quad with American flags, which will remain on display through today.

As the campus community reflects on this day in history, let us stand firm on our nation’s ideals and may it serve as a reminder of the resolve of the American people.

Thank you to the Canisius hockey team for its assistance with the 9/11 remembrance.

Submitted by: Sierra Bonerb, director, Veteran Services

U.S. News Ranks Canisius Among “Best Colleges”

U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of America’s Best Colleges place Canisius in the top tier of regional universities in the North.  The 2023 list puts Canisius at No. 22 among nearly 200 regional colleges and universities in the North. Canisius’ ranking was based on student success, first-year student retention rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, faculty resources and its alumni giving rate.  Now in its 38th year, U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Colleges evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.

In addition to its “Best College” recognition, Canisius came in at No. 8, among regional colleges and universities in the North, on the U.S. News list of “Best Value Schools.” Canisius scored similarly high marks on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and “Best Colleges for Veterans.”  Click here to read more about the rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mass of the Holy Spirit

As a Catholic, Jesuit University, one of Canisius’ annual traditions is to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of each academic year. This year our mass will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  All members of our campus community are welcome to join us, regardless of their faith tradition.

This wonderful tradition allows us to celebrate our solidarity as a campus community and ask the spirit of God to bless our studies, work, and activities throughout the academic year.  Our academic calendar includes a special break in the class schedule on this day so that all members of our campus community (students, faculty, and staff) have the opportunity to attend and participate in the mass.  As a reminder, any classes that normally meet on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday pattern do not meet on this day. Classes that normally meet on Wednesday only or on a Monday and Wednesday pattern will still meet on this day.

Part of our tradition includes a formal procession of faculty members in their academic regalia.  Faculty members interested in being part of the academic procession should R.S.V.P. HERE. 

Following the mass, brunch will be served in the Richard Winter Student Center Economou Dining Hall.

We hope to see many of you at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

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Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Office of Academic Affairs

Suicide Prevention Training

The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, September 21, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main 223.

QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person to help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Those who have previously participated in this training are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Registration for QPR training is encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. To register for this training or for more details, email Sabrina Sosa at

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Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center