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Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, we extend a sincere “thank you” to the brave men and women who are serving or have served our country.

To commemorate the day, Canisius College will recognize two alumni for their service to the country.

James McNicholas ’65, MS ’97 and Dan Starr ’58 will receive “Hero Boxes” from Senior Wishes, a local organization that grants life-enhancing wishes to local senior citizens.

The brief ceremony and reception takes place at 11:00 a.m. in the Library Instruction Room. All are invited to attend this salute to these alumni veterans.

Submitted by: College Communications

DiGamma Inducts 12 New Members

The Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society inducted 12 new members on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 during a ceremony at Christ the King Chapel.  The prestigious honor society is composed of Canisius alumni, faculty, administrators and students who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the college over an extended period of time.

The DiGamma Honor Society was pleased to have President Steve K. Stoute, President of the Alumni Board of Directors and grand master, Mike Kochczynski, and moderator and faculty Advisor Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, in attendance.

This year’s inductees are:

Eliana DeGlopper ‘23 is in the All-College Honors Program and is a Biology major on the pre-med track, with a minor in Creative Writing. She is the Vice President of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, as well as a nationally inducted member, a Resident Assistant, conducts CEEP-funded research in the Biology department on microplastics, works at a Primary Care office as a Medical Assistant, is on the dance team, is a Griffin Writer, was the Society of Pre-Health Professionals Allopathic Committee Co-Chair for two years, and has volunteered with Danceability, Compeer, and the ENERGY Literacy Program. She is attending medical school next year to pursue a career as a doctor.

Alexandria Fazio ‘23 is a senior in the All-College Honors Program and is majoring in Adolescent Education and History. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, and is the captain of the Canisius College Dance Team. In previous years, she worked as a Resident Assistant and was the Events Coordinator for the Commuter Student Association.

Hannah Fischer ‘22 is in the All-College Honors Program and is triple majoring in Environmental Studies, Journalism, and Digital Media Arts with a concentration in filmmaking. She has been a three-year Orientation Leader, a First-Year Experience Peer Mentor, a member of the Canisius Earning Excellence Program for the Sociology Department, a Digital Media Tutor, and has attended a Winter Service Week in Detroit and Flint, Michigan with Campus Ministry. Additionally, she is an intern at Full Circle Studios, a film studio downtown, and also produces Kaleidoscope, a TV program exploring different religions, for use on WGRZ, Spectrum, and Yo​​uTube. This environmental and media work prompted her to create a 30-minute thesis documentary entitled “Exploring the Intersectionality of Climate Justice and How it Impacts the Western New York Community.” She hopes to continue this work documenting environmental and climate concerns in the future through film.

Jillian Galanti ‘24 is majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in Spanish and Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Law Enforcement. She is a three year member of the Undergraduate Student Association where she now serves as the Executive Vice President. Jillian is a level 3 member of  the Golden Griffin Leadership Academy. She is also a 3-year member of the Canisius Women’s Lacrosse team. Off campus, Jillian is an after-school Spanish teacher with The Enrichment Company where she teaches students from K-4 Spanish vocabulary by using her 9 years of Spanish. She volunteers with Justice for Migrant Families where she provides support and necessary resources to individuals that are mistreated by the immigration laws of the U.S.

Mylan Hawkins ‘23 is a double major in Journalism and Strategic Communication. She is in the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) and the All-College Honors Program. Currently, she is the President of the Association of Women and Men in Communication, a communication-based club on campus, the Secretary of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication honor society, a student intern for the ULLC, and Chair of the Diversity Committee. Additionally, Mylan has proctored for two foundation courses on campus, one in English and the other in Religious Studies. Outside of campus, Mylan is a social media intern for Councilman Joel Feroleto highlighting the various murals on Hertel Ave.

Patrick Healy ‘23 is studying History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Urban Studies. He is Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, President of Model United Nations Club, President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Managing Editor of The Griffin. At Canisius, Patrick has served as a Research Assistant, Writing Tutor, Orientation Leader, and Peer Mentor. Active in local politics, this year Patrick was elected to the Erie County Democratic Committee and appointed to the West Seneca Environmental Commission.

Myles Hervey ‘22 is a graduate student pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Accounting. He is a member of the Canisius Accounting Society, the Graduate Assistant/Program Advisor for the Accounting Department and a Western New York Prosperity Fellow. Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Education Collaborative of Western New York and an alumni and active volunteer of Buffalo Prep. In this way, he shows his dedication to improving education inequality in the Western New York community.

Jahare Hudson ‘24 is a Psychology and Sociology Major with a minor in Clinical Counseling for Adults and Creative Writing. He is a member of the Urban Leadership Learning Community. During the 2021-2022 school year, Jahare served as the Speaker of the Undergraduate Student Association (U.S.A.). This year, he serves as the President of U.S.A. and is a General Body Member of the Afro-American Society club and the Latin American Students and Friends (L.A.S.A.F.) club. He is an Urban Leadership Learning Community Intern-in-Training. He is a Research Lab Assistant for Dr. Arbuckle in the Psychology Department and a Proctor for classes like Philosophy 101 and English 111. Additionally, Jahare is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. Lastly, he is a recently joined member of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which is the oldest and largest civil rights organization.

Hannah Iqbal ‘23 is a Biology major with a Sociology minor in the All-College Honors Program. On campus, she is the Vice President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, a Research Assistant in Dr. Grebenok’s lab, and has served as the Assistant Features Editor and Writer for the Griffin, as well as a Mentor in the Emerging Health Scholars Program. Off campus, she volunteers at Harvest House Ministry Center, is a member of the New York State Area Health Education Center (NYS AHEC) Scholars Program, and has dedicated many hours to Pediatric Adolescent Urgent Care as a volunteer. She has also taken part in Remote Area Medical, a no cost pop-up clinic in Belmont, NY, and served as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line.

Lanie Masset ‘23 is an Environmental Science major with an Art History minor on the pre-health track in the All-College Honors Program. She is the President of Women in Science as well as a member of the Society of Pre-Health Professionals, Vegetarian Club, and Project Conservation. She has participated in the Remote Area Medical trips sponsored by the Pre-Health Center, as well as the Winter Service Week trips to Wheeling, West Virginia. She will also serve as a student leader on the 2023 Winter Service Week trip. Additionally, she works as a Medical Assistant at the Buffalo Medical Group. Lanie also dedicates her time to volunteering with local not-for-profits like Feral Cat Focus and the Ten Lives Club.

Emma Radel ‘24 is a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology with minors in English, Spanish, and Neuropsychology, and is a part of the All-College Honors Program. On campus, Emma is the copy editor of The Griffin, the school’s newspaper, as well as an executive editor of Quadrangle, Canisius College’s literary magazine. She is also a part of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English Honors Society.

Lauren Ritchie ‘24 is a Biology major on the pre-PA track in the All-College Honors Program. She is involved in many clubs on campus, most notably the Society of Pre-Health Professionals, of which she is on the E-Board. Lauren is also an Honors Mentor for the incoming first-year Honors students and an Orientation Leader for New Griff Orientation. She volunteers with various healthcare organizations such as Remote Area Medical, which is a nonprofit that provides free medical care to those without access, and Susan G. Komen, a breast cancer foundation dedicated to finding a cure. Off campus, she is a Medical Assistant with Primary Care of WNY and spends a lot of her time shadowing in doctor’s offices.

Submitted by: Sarah Lynch, student, Integrated Marketing Communication and Digital Media Arts

Connecting with Canisius

Join the 25th President of Canisius, Steve K. Stoute, for a virtual conversation as he calls on the college community to RISE: Renew its commitment to justice, Inspire a new generation of leaders, Serve all we encounter with love and Empower others to do the same.
Advanced registration is required. Questions may be submitted when registering for the event or by using the chat feature during the webinar. A Zoom link will be provided following registration. Please register here.
Submitted by: Tessa Pszonak, graduate assistant, Office of Alumni Engagement

Professional Development Opportunity in Indigenous Cultural Perspective

The division of Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with Native American Community Services to offer a two-part training series addressing Native American culture, historical trauma, trauma-informed care and its relevance to institutions of higher education.

The two-part series, entitled “Working with All Our Relations – A Journey Toward Exploration & Understanding Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from an Indigenous Cultural Perspective,” will take place on Wednesday, November 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Both sessions will be facilitated by Pete Hill, special initiatives director for the Native American Community Services.

Please consider attending with members of your office and/or departments.  These sessions will be offered in person and in a virtual format through Zoom.


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



Can Collection Competition

The undergraduate Sustainability Committee is leading a Can Collection Competition! Faculty and staff can drop off cans in the Old Main Mailroom and Lounge through November 17.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA and professor, Psychology