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Mass of the Holy Spirit

Just a reminder that Canisius College will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit today, Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

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. 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

U.S. News Gives Business School High Marks

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business (WSB) at Canisius College earned high marks on the U.S. News & World Report 2023 rankings for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.” Among the more than 500 business programs in the country, the college’s Finance Program ranks No. 31 nationally. Canisius’ Accounting Program is No. 35 in the country.

Both rankings put Canisius in the Top 7 percent for their respective academic programs. 

“This national recognition from U.S. News & World Report is an outcome of our commitment to offer students world-class programs taught by exceptional faculty, in a learning environment where they gain the knowledge and critical skills needed to excel as business professionals,” says Denise Rotondo, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business. 

Click here to read more about the Business School rankings, and to see how it fares in New York State and Western New York.

Submitted by: College Communications

Celebrate Constitution Day

The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center, the Political Science Department and Phi Alpha Delta are pleased to announce that Canisius’ commemoration of Constitution Day 2022 will feature a forum on the major decisions released by the Supreme Court in June concerning abortion, the Second Amendment and the right to carry a concealed weapon, and the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Criminal trial and appellate attorney Barry Covert, longtime federal prosecutor and adjunct professor Paul Campana and Raichle Pre-Law Center director Robert Klump will lead the discussion.  Adjunct professor and Desmond Society board member attorney Stacey Moar will moderate the event, which will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter (’42) Student Center.

Constitution Day is a day on which colleges and universities, as mandated by federal law, recognize and celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

All are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

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Submitted by: Robert Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Dan Higgins Reports on Rushdie Proceedings

Assistant Professor of Journalism Dan Higgins has been on assignment for The New York Times, covering the legal case of the man accused of trying to kill the author Salman Rushdie in an August attack. 

Higgins is using his work with the Times in his Canisius classroom, showing his advanced journalism students his submitted drafts, as well as revisions and notes from his editors at The Times, in addition to the published articles. His editor at the Times is a scheduled guest speaker, to further talk to students about the reporting and editing processes at one of the largest newspaper/online news organizations in the United States.

Rushdie was on stage at The Chautauqua Institution on August 12, when a man stabbed the author a dozen times. Rushdie survived but his injuries were severe. Police arrested a 24-year-old man, Hadi Matar, from New Jersey and charged him with attempted murder.

Rushdie was the subject of a fatwa, or religious edict, in 1989 after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. The Supreme Leader of Iran at that time, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called for Rushdie’s death for the novel’s alleged blasphemy. Rushdie went into hiding for two decades and only recently began making public appearances.

His talk at Chautauqua was scheduled to be about how the United States has become a haven for exiled writers from around the world.

Matar has pleaded not guilty and remains in Chautauqua County Jail awaiting trial. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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


TIAA Representative on Campus

TIAA Financial Consultant Ed Haspett will be on campus for one-on-one sessions Thursday, September 22 and Wednesday, October 6 in the Bouwhuis Library Conference Room. To schedule an appointment. go to .  Click here to learn more about Ed Haspett.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits/HRIS Manager, Human Resources