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National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Canisius College Athletics is set to host its National Girls & Women in Sports Day celebration on Saturday, February 4 as the women’s basketball team hosts Iona at 1:00 p.m.
At the conclusion of the game, Canisius Athletics is hosting a clinic in the Patrick Lee gymnasium for all girls in attendance to participate in. Student-athletes from each of Canisius’ female sports teams will be present at the clinic teaching some of the basics of their sport. Every girl will have the opportunity to participate in each sport Canisius has to offer. The clinic will feature sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, rowing, running, and more! This is a great opportunity for girls to learn about new sports! Participants will be given a Canisius Athletics poster after the clinic and have the opportunity to get it signed by the student-athletes present at the clinic. The clinic is free with a valid ticket to the game.
To reserve a spot at the clinic, click here.
For individual tickets to the game, call 716-888-2885 or click here.
For group tickets, contact Daren Dunnewold 
Submitted by: Josh Denz, Graduate Assistant, Athletics

“100 Years from Mississippi”

Writer, director, Buffalo native and Canisius alumus Tarabu Betserai Kirkland will present his award winning documentary film “100 Years From Mississippi in a special showing today, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center.

The documentary shares the story of Tarabu’s mother, Mamie Lang Kirkland, who fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 to escape an approaching lynch mob, moved to Buffalo and lived to be the city’s oldest citizen at 111. Mamie vowed she would never return to Mississippi, however 100 years after she fled, she was convinced to return to Ellisville to confront her childhood trauma and begin to heal.

“100 Years From Mississippi” is directed and produced by Tarabu Betsarai Kirkland and producer Gina Rugolo Judd. Executive producer and well-known TV and film actor Barry Shabaka Henley adds powerful poetic voice over narration along with masterful editing by Cassandra Chowdhury and an emotionally powerful score by Derek Nakamoto with songs by the incomparable Keb’Mo’.

This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center, the Afro American Society and the Diversity Committee of the Undergraduate Student Association. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture

Canisius College will welcome renowned molecular biologist, author and Catholic priest Rev. Nicanor Austriaco Jr., OP, to campus on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Father Austriaco’s lecture, “Defending a Historical Adam after Darwin,” is made possible by the Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture and Performance Series. It is free and open to the public.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Join Griffs for Post Game Skate

Join with the Canisius hockey team this Friday, February 3, for a post game skate on the LECOM Harborcenter ice after the Golden Griffins play host to long-time rival RIT.

Game time on Friday night is set for 7 p.m., and immediately following the game’s conclusion, fans will be invited to join the team on the ice. Skate rental through the LECOM Harborcenter is free of charge, but fans are also welcome to bring their own skates, if they prefer.

For tickets, or more information, contact the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-TIXX, or purchase online by CLICKING HERE.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, Athletics


Working with All Our Relations

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

The  session, 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 Thursday, February 16, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m . in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The session 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: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity & Inclusion