Select Page

Campus Candid

On Monday, February 27, 2023, students from Dr. Secil Ertorer’s SOC 341 Race and Ethnicity class visited the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. Participants were given a tour and were told authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society. The class was joined by Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students.

To learn more about the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, please visit here:

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

Sport Management Students ‘A Force for Good’

What would happen if sport management undergraduate and graduate students were given one month, one dollar, to see how much money and how much good they could create?

During the month of February, UG SPMT 420, SPMT 475 and GR MSA 560 classes participated in the Micro-Tyco Challenge.  Thirty-two students were placed into teams of six, given $1 of seed capital and challenged to take their ideas, operate a business and generate as much real wealth and awareness as possible in one month.

These students raised awareness and over $3,000.00 for the The Devin Waring Foundation.  #CheckOnYourFriends #YouMatter

Submitted by: Shawn O’Rourke, chair Sport Management Department

Recruiting Clinical Interns for summerMAX

The Institute for Autism Research – summerMAX program is accepting applications until March 15 for Research Clinical Interns for the 2023 summerMAX program. The Research Clinical Intern plays a critical role in delivering the treatment programs to children with autism.

Responsibilities include facilitating intensive social skills groups, leading cooperative activities, instituting a structured behavioral program, collecting data, and data entry.

The summerMAX program serves children from seven to twelve years old. The 2023 program will be conducted from 8:50 a.m. – 4:10 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 26 – July 28 at the Institute for Autism Research on campus. A Research Clinician’s day starts an hour before the program day starts and and ends an hour after the program ends. Interns will be paid a stipend. In addition to the program dates noted above, there is also mandatory 40 hour training that all interns must attend the week of June 19 – June 23 (prior to the program’s implementation). We also expect Research Clinical Interns to help with clean-up for the program on July 31st and August 1st.

The focus of the summerMAX program is to teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities for the children to practice skills taught. Specifically we work on areas that are problems for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: social skills, interest expansion, interpretation of non-literal language (idioms), and face and affect recognition. Each day/session is divided up into treatment cycles (number of cycles dependent upon program). The first part of each cycle consists of instruction that includes role play and modeling. After this instruction, the children participate in a therapeutic activity in which they practice the skills they were just taught in a cooperative group exercise.

Internships are highly competitive and intensive, but are also a great opportunity to build clinical and research experience. Clinical Interns must be current undergraduate or graduate students or (if graduating in May 2023) enrolled in a graduate program for fall 2023.

Submitted by: Jonathan Rodgers, Associate Professor, Psychology, Institute for Autism Research

Postseason Hockey Continues this Weekend

The Canisius hockey team will play host to Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara in the semifinals of the 2023 Atlantic Hockey Postseason this weekend at LECOM Harborcenter, starting Friday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Game two in the best-of-three series is set for Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., and game three, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Discounted tickets for Canisius Faculty and Staff are on sale now for $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the Canisius Ticket Office in the main lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center or by calling (716) 888-TIXX. Tickets are also available for purchase on game days at LECOM Harborcenter as well.

Join the Griffs for more playoff hockey this weekend downtown at LECOM Harborcenter!

Please note parking and traffic will be impacted this weekend due to other events at the KeyBank Center. For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Patrick Johnson, External Affairs Graduate Assistant, Athletics

Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of Human Resources will host a DEI workshop titled, Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace, on Monday, March 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Grupp. The session will be presented by Mary Braun, employment manager.

This workshop will discuss how cisgender Canisius faculty and staff can best support their transgender colleagues, as well as provide some basic background information on gender identity. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend and learn how to foster a better work environment for all employees.  Please register for the workshop by clicking here.

In addition, Canisius will also complete the Campus Pride Index, which is a national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.  As a member of  Campus Pride, the college will have access to a variety of educational and leadership opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

For more information, please contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson at

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity & Inclusion