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Canisius in the News

President Steve Stoute talks about urban engagement and how Canisius will RISE to the occasion on “Buffalo, What’s Next?” on WBFO Radio. Listen here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Hockey Wins Atlantic Hockey Championship

The Canisius Hockey team took home the 2023 Atlantic Hockey Championship this past Saturday night, defeating No. 7 seed Holy Cross in a 3-0 victory.

Canisius graduate student Nick Bowman scored the game-winning goal at the 17:59 mark of the second period and senior goaltender Jacob Barczewski recorded a 24-save shutout to help lead the fourth-seeded Canisius hockey team to its win in front of 1,805 fans at the LECOM Harborcenter.

The championship is the program’s second conference title and first since 2013, and gives the Golden Griffins (19-18-3) an automatic berth into next weekend’s NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

Canisius now heads to Fargo, ND, to face off against No. 1 Minnesota in the NCAA Regional.  Game time is set for 9:00 p.m. (ET) Thursday.

Until then, you can celebrate Canisius’ 2023 Atlantic Hockey Championship by purchasing the team’s official championship T-shirt through  To purchase your shirt, CLICK HERE.

Submitted by: College Communications

DiGamma Inducts Seven New Student Members

                                 Photo by Tom Wolf ’86


The Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society inducted seven new members on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 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 spring 2023 inductees are: 

  • Mason Bowes, a junior in the All-College Honors Program, majors in both English and Philosophy, and has a minor in Art-History. He is the current President of the Honors Student Association, an Executive Editor for the Quadrangle Literary Magazine, and Co-President of Sigma Tau Delta. Additionally, Mason does research for the Philosophy department through the Canisius Earning Excellence Program, works as a Teacher’s Assistant for Philosophy 101, and is a Tutor for the Writing Center. Over the summer, he assists Canisius in accepting incoming students through his work as both a Lead Orientation Leader and as the Lead FYE Peer Mentor.
  • Genevieve Fontana is a junior transfer student double majoring in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC) and Digital Media Arts (DMA), projected to graduate in May 2024. She is the USA Sustainability Committee Chair, serves as Junior Senator for the Undergraduate Student Association, is a Phi Sigma Sigma sorority member acting as the Community Impact Chair, the Student Representative for Laudato Si, and the Social Media Student Assistant for the ABEC department. Genevieve shares her passion for sustainability by organizing many earth-friendly initiatives around campus. Most notably, she planned and executed the “Clothing Swap” during Earth Week, providing a resource for students to exchange their unwanted clothing; because of its success, she is excited to finally open a thrift store on campus in the coming semesters.
  • Eric Muharareni is a senior at Canisius College following an International Business and Finance major undergraduate degree. He is currently part of the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) program simultaneously being Vice President of the Global Horizons Club, as well as being a Track and Field athlete. He constantly helps out and supports events as well as creates big events as part of Global Horizons. He is an active member in his school and church community, where he is part of a youth group that often does community service feeding the poor at St. Luke’s. For work, he is a personal trainer at LA Fitness, helping individuals achieve their physical goals. This portrays how he is determined to be with and for others.
  • Alyssa Quinlan, a junior in the All-College Honors Program, is a Biology major on the Pre-Pharmacy track. She anticipates her graduation in May of 2024, with continuing education at D’Youville University in their PharmD program. She is a member of the Society of Pre-Health Professionals, holding the position of the Allied Health Chair, as well as belonging to the mentorship program for underclassmen. Additionally, she is a Teaching Assistant in an Introductory Biology lab, working with students and leading them towards success. She regularly participates in volunteer events on campus, including those associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Brothers of Mercy. Likewise, she engages in her community through volunteering as a dance assistant and camp coach, guiding young students through extracurricular activities.
  • Olivia Rutowski, a junior in the All-College Honors Program, is majoring in Biology with a Music minor on the Pre-Med track. On campus, she is the President of Students for Life, Events Manager for the Society of Pre-Health Professionals, a Tour Guide for the Undergraduate Admissions Department and a member of the Canisius Earning Excellence Program for Canisius’ Biology department. Additionally, she is a TA for the Biology department, and sings in the Canisius College Chorale and at many of the Canisius’s sporting events. In the Buffalo community, she enjoys running Ignite the Light, the young adult group at St. Gabriel’s RC Church, working as a home aid through People Inc, and volunteering her time at CompassCare Pregnancy Services. She currently aspires to go to medical school and looks forward to the day she can serve others as a physician.
  • Camryn Warren is a senior Biology major on the Pre-Medical track with a minor in Criminal Justice in the All-College Honors Program. Upon graduation from Canisius, Camryn will be attending medical school at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. On campus, Camryn serves as the President of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). She is also involved with the Commuter Student Association and Society of Pre-Health Professionals (SPHP), as well as the Asian Student Association (ASA). Camryn is also a part of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Additionally, she coaches youth basketball and volunteers at the Mary Wilson Foundation: Girls in Sports and Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH).
  • Marisa Taylor Warren, a senior in the All-College Honors Program, is a Biology Major with a Criminal Justice Minor. Upon graduating this spring, she will be furthering her education at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. At Canisius, Marisa is the Treasurer of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and is the Vice President of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Higher Education Honor Society. Additionally, she served as a Peer-Assisted Learning Leader for the General Chemistry course, and is a member of the Asian Student Association, the Society of Pre-Health Professionals and Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Marisa also enjoys conducting research at the Jacobs School of Medicine. She is active in the community, volunteering her time through tutoring and working at Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope, where faith and DEI initiatives guide their work to mitigate injustices in the community.


Submitted by:  Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity and Professor emeritus of Religious Studies & Theology

Black History Event

Canisius presents a Black history event on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 9:30 am in Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road in Amherst. The program, sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program, is free and open to the public.

Daniel Croix, director, writer, producer and actor in film, television and theatre, co-star of Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” and next seen on Apple’s “Manhunt” on Black Entertainment Television (BET), will give the keynote address entitled “The Secret to Unleashing Inner Greatness.”

Throughout the day, ATS will host workshops and informational stations set up from various community organizations. Topics will include educational and career opportunities, financial literacy and mental health.

As an advocate of environmental justice, Croix promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle and participates in boots-on-the-ground rain forest preservation. He serves on the advisory board of Ujima Company Inc., a multi-ethnic theatre company dedicated to preserving and uplifting the traditions of African American storytelling.

From Buffalo, Croix attended the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. He holds a BFA in acting from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Program at Ext. 3280.

Submitted by: College Communications


Final Spring Borders & Migrations Event

Our final Borders & Migrations Event will be on March 22 at noon in the library.  There will be a virtual option (see poster above).

        Dr. Richard Reitsma will  talk about drawing parallels about anti-LGBTQIA+ & Racial Culture Wars from Buffalo to Bratislava, mass shootings, and the Ukraine War and the violence at the US Southern Border.

        Kinny Torre will talk about the plight of LGBTQIA+ Russians stuck in immigration limbo in Guam.  And Dr. Mark Congdon will discuss the role of service learning for cross border resolution through virtual community engaged pedagogy to reimagine the classroom “borders” to work in solidarity, with international organizations and communities to advance social change efforts and initiatives.

        Specifically, I’ll be discussing how students in my strategic communication, PR, and advertising courses partner with US-El Salvador Sister Cities and CRIPDES, virtually, to help advance community organizing and activists’ efforts in rural communities in El Salvador. I’ll share reflections on what we’re learning and strategies faculty and universities could think about if they’re interested in collaborating with organizations and communities outside the US and how to redefine the “borders” of a classroom leveraging technology. 
        I hope you will join us.
Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, Faculty Associate Dean, Inclusion and Engagement; Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures