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