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Rev. Greg Boyle Visits Canisius

The second in a series of inaugural events leading up to the installation of President Steve Stoute takes place tomorrow, Thursday, October 20.

Rev. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, and the author of three bestselling books, will visit Canisius as part of the Contemporary Writers Series.

Boyle will speak twice in the Montante Cultural Center. At 4:00 p.m., he will address Canisius College students, faculty and staff, and at 7:00 p.m., he will speak again at an event that is open to the public. There are no tickets or reservations for either event; seating is first-come, first-served, with doors opening a half-hour before the event. Books will be for sale in the evening from Talking Leaves.

The 7:00 p.m. event will be live streamed. To request the link, Email series coordinator Mick Cochrane (

To add the 7:00 p.m. event to your digital calendar, click here.

Click here to view the full list of inaugural events that are planned.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, professor, English


Conversations with Aid Workers and Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

The inaugural series of events continues after President Stoute’s installation with “Ukrainian Refugees in Poland: A Conversation with Aid Workers in Warsaw and Przemysl.”

The hybrid event (in person and virtual) takes place Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. in the Bouwhuis Library Learning Center.  Aid workers from Warsaw and Przemysl will Zoom in to share their experiences working on the front lines of the Ukraine-Poland border. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it’s estimated that nearly four million people have fled to neighboring Poland. The newly-arrived refugees come primarily from those areas most heavily affected by the fighting and are initially assisted at reception centers along the Ukraine-Poland border.

This lecture is made possible by the Borders & Migrations Initiative.  The QR code on the flyer can be used to make donations via PayPal.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

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


Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal


On Sunday, October 16, members of the Canisius Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) presented Amy Betros with the Magis Medal, the Society’s highest honor.  Betros is the co-founder and executive director of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, and received an honorary doctorate from Canisius College in 2009. St. Luke’s has served the needy and marginalized men, women, and children, especially of Buffalo’s East side, for more than 25 years.

The award to Betros was one of three presented internationally this year.

Alpha Sigma Nu is the international honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.  It is comprised of approximately 80,000 members.

Pictured right, (l-r) Abby Bradley ’23, Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) undergraduate chapter president; Anthony Tomasello ’16, ASN Buffalo Alumni President; Amy Betros; Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, chapter adviser; and Veronica Serwacki ’05, MS ’16, chapter coordinator.


Lunch Updates: An Event for Faculty

In November, Academic Affairs is hosting two lunch events for faculty. We will discuss some new resources for teaching, but mostly, this is an opportunity for faculty to come together for a meal on campus. We will provide lunch, but participants can bring their own as well.

Syllabus Refresh! New Resources for Syllabi Construction

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at Noon, in the Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

Many faculty have been teaching tried-and-true courses for years, while others are developing new courses for next semester. In either case, it’s a good idea to visit the Inclusive Syllabus developed by faculty and staff as part of inclusive teaching faculty development over the past 2 ½ years. This syllabus is a template containing all relevant information above your course, department or discipline-specific content, to help students feel welcome in your class and succeed academically. You can copy any and all language from the syllabus, or use it as a template for building a new syllabus for your course. In this Lunch Update, Dr. Jenn Lodi-Smith describes the important features of this syllabus, and answers additional questions on syllabus construction and resources available to faculty and students.

Lunch Update: Easy Course Video

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 at Noon, in the Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

With Panopto, D2L now has a simple but effective toolset for recording and sharing video with (and between) students.  No more hassle with Google Drive or YouTube! In this Lunch Update, COLI staff will quickly demonstrate Panopto (it doesn’t take long!) and answer any questions about it and video for academics, generally.

Please RSVP for either or both events on our Faculty Development Event page!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Writing Center Open Mic

The Writing Center and the Quadrangle are hosting an open mic at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 27. Come read something spooky, original or by your favorite writer. The writing center is on the main floor of the library, in Room 127.

Submitted by: Graham Stowe, director, Writing Center