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Students in literacy courses ECCH 222 and EDCH 509 worked this past month with Director of Educational Partnerships Elizabeth Turner and Say Yes Buffalo to create family-friendly literacy activities for local students and their families. These activities were showcased during the October 22 and November 5 Saturday Academy events at PS #59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School, which is attached to the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

Several Buffalo public schools host Saturday Academies every weekend, which aim to promote student engagement and curiosity across academic subject areas, including language and literacy. These events are free and open to the public. 

The Canisius students’ activities included “Saturday Academy Jeopardy,” which featured literacy concepts and general knowledge trivia, and “The Great Race,” which had students digging for hidden words to build sentences. Not only were these activities fun and engaging – they reinforced key literacy skills for more than 20 students. 

Sweety D’Monte, a graduate student in the Western New York Teacher Residency program whose daughter participated in the event, reflected on her experience. 

Saturday Academy is a safe place where our children can come together with their classmates and the children from their neighborhood,” she said. “Here, as parents, we are sure that there will be activities that we will approve of, that are fun, yet subtly academic.”

Participation in Saturday Academies is part of an ongoing partnership between Canisius College Center for Urban Education and Buffalo Public Schools.





Submitted by: Christyn Sullivan, graduate assistant, Teacher Education and Leadership

Give Today, Change Someone’s Tomorrow

Pictured: Katherine Kreis

Congratulations to Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, week two winner and Katherine Kreis, adjunct professor in teacher education, week three winner in our United Way prize drawing.  When generous people like them give to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, they help improve the health, education and financial stability of every person. And right now that’s needed more than ever.

So please take a minute to donate. Because what we do today together, determines how we Live United tomorrow. 

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Submitted by: The United Way Committee

PBJ Sandwich Service Project

The Human Resources Office and President’s Office, in partnership with the United Way, invite faculty and staff to serve together on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge in Old Main.  Participants will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Buffalo City Mission to distribute to families in need. Click here to sign up!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Final Borders & Migrations Event

Please join us for the final Borders & Migrations event featuring the film “FLEE” and a talk by the art director, Jess Nicholls.

There will be a free screening of the film in OM 314 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 14 (space is limited).  The film is also available via streaming through the library website for registered Canisius students, faculty and staff, or on paid streaming services.

On Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m., in the Library Learning Center, we will host Jess Nicholls, the art director for the film who will join us virtually from Copenhagen.  The event will be hybrid with online viewing option at

The film tells the traumatic story of an Afghan family fleeing through Russia to Scandinavia and how their plight is exacerbated by their gender and sexual identities.  The film uses documentary, drama, interviews, and animation to tell their harrowing story.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, associate faculty dean, Inclusion and Engagement; associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

K.O. Influencers Interview President Stoute

The K.O. Influencers are back with a new podcast. This time, Drs. Karl Kozlowski and Shawn O’Rourke welcome special guest Steve K. Stoute, the 25th president of Canisius College. On the podcast, President Stoute shares stories about the people who influenced his life and how he hopes to influence others. Click here to listen.

Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, PhD, professor, Kinesiology