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Call For Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies.  This award honors “a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender, and sexuality.”

The three categories for the Lorch award are: (1) Student award: this award honors any current undergraduate or graduate student at Canisius College; (2) Canisius colleague award: this award honors any current Canisius College employee (faculty, staff, or administrator — full or part time), and; (3) Community member award: this award honors any member of the wider community who is not a current student or employee of the College.

The celebration to honor the three awardees will take place during the month of March, Women’s History Month.  This year we will also celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. I Joan Lorch herself, who passed away earlier this year.

Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2023. All nominations should include: your name, your nominee’s name and contact information, and a 100-200 word description as to why the nominee is a deserving recipient of the Lorch award.

The nomination form can be filled out here:

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies



Canisius Brings Reading Ready Initiative to BPS #89

The students in ECCH 221 (Emergent Literacy) will be experiencing a unique field experience this semester thanks to a grant from the Benedict Silverman Foundation and course professor, Joyce Fanning!

Instead of actively participating and observing literacy in an elementary setting, students will be making a direct impact with K-2 students by providing 20 hours of one-on-one tutoring.

The students have completed a 10-hour training module in the science of reading produced by Reading Ready, an intervention for K-2 students that is widely utilized in NYC schools.  The students are ready to roll up their sleeves and work with students from BPS Community School #89, the Lydia T Wright School of Excellence, behind ECMC.  Each Canisius student has an individualized tutoring kit to support word reading skills along with phonological awareness for non-readers in grades K-2.  Each tutor will work with two students, one-on-one, for 15-20 minutes at a time.

Elizabeth Turner, director of educational partnerships, hopes to expand this tutoring partnership with other BPS Community Schools by continuing to train each cohort of ECCH 221 students and then offer any childhood major the opportunity to be trained in a sister program, Reading Rescue.  The grant will allow our students to be paid for tutoring services performed beyond the hours completed in their course.  We are all excited to see how this opportunity benefits both the children at #89 and our aspiring teachers.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, director of educational partnerships, Teacher Education & Leadership Department


Hospice Spring Bouquet Reminder

There’s just one week left to order your beautiful Spring Bouquet!

The Student Records & Financial Services Center has once again teamed up with Hospice Buffalo to take orders for the organization’s 37th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale.

This year, you can purchase a gorgeous mixed bouquet for $12 or a tribute bouquet for $35. (For every tribute bouquet purchased, a $12 bouquet will be sent to brighten the day of a current Hospice patient.)

Orders with payment are due no later than Monday, February 13th. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks can be made out to Hospice Buffalo.

Flowers will delivered on Monday March 6th and you will be contacted when they arrive for pick up.

If you have any questions, please contact Allaina Faulise at or Margaret Kraatz at

Help us bring a dose of springtime and happiness to the people impacted by serious illness and loss.

Submitted by: Margaret M. Kraatz, Financial Aid Specialist, Student Records & Financial Services