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Pictured (l-r): Rev. Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence, Dan Starr ’68, Canisius President Steve K. Stoute, Jim McNicholas ’68, MS ’97

Canisius College saluted two alumni on Veterans Day last Friday, November 11. James McNicholas ’65, MS ’97 and Dan Starr ’58 received “Hero Boxes” from Senior Wishes, a local organization that grants life-enhancing wishes to local senior citizens.

Jonathan Lawrence organized the brief ceremony and Canisius President Steve Stoute attended to personally recognize McNicholas and Starr for their service to the country. Members of the Canisius chorale also performed.

Submitted by: College Communications

Event Services Names New Assistant Director

The Office of Event Services is pleased to welcome Gil Jacobs as its the new assistant director.

Gil joins us from NCCC where he served as the theatre’s technical director, as well as an adjunct professor for Avid Protools for film production and Veraview, an audio-visual technological company.  He has many years of experience in audio engineering, lighting and event production.

Gil has a bachelor of science degree in music industry and two master of arts degrees: one in sound design and the other in music scoring and composition both for visual media.

Please join us in welcoming Gil to Canisius!

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean, Student Affairs/Director, Event Services

Sociodramatic PLAY Centers


Education students in EDY 209 have field placements  at ECC #54, near our Canisius campus. They create and facilitate play centers for pre-K students that demonstrate their knowledge of early childhood development. These play centers provide lots of enjoyment and many opportunities to improve children’s  language and math skills.  They also provide fine and gross motor activities as well as practice with social and emotional skills.

Joanna Fiorella and Erin Tzetzo designed this bakery which was a huge success!

Submitted by: Dr. Nicki Calabrese, Professor Emerita


Family Nature Walk

Jenn Lodi-Smith invites the Canisius community to join her on Saturday, November 19 from 10am – 12pm on a nature walk to look for and learn about Wild Turkeys and their habitat.  Participants will be joined by Jon Roth, adjunct professor of environmental studies and program coordinator & naturalist educator with Earth Spirit Educational Services, at JP Nicely Park!

This event is organized by the WNY Young Birder Club, mentored by Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology. The club is designed to help connect young and young at heart people who love birds and nature – all are welcome! Please RSVP to or so we know to look for you!

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology