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Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 Reporter Keelin Berrian interviewed hockey head coach Trevor Large on Monday, March 20 ahead of the team’s departure for Fargo, ND, where the Golden Griffins will face off against the Golden Gophers in the 2023 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament. Click here to watch the story.

Canisius Professor H. David Sheets, PhD, discusses his research on the validity of bite marks when investigating crimes, on the podcast “CSI on Trial.” The program is a co-production of iHeart Podcasts and appears on the Curiosity Stream series. Click here to listen to the Podcast.*

*Warning: This episode contains details of graphic violence and sexual assault.

Canisius alumnus and Buffalo News contributor Erik Brady ’76 penned a poetic story on St. Patrick’s Day about fellow alumnus Joe Hassett ’64. The article, titled “This is what happens when the Buffalo connection meets the luck of the Irish,” can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Show Your Griff-Fan Spirit

Calling all Griff-Fans! Get ready to rally around the Canisius hockey team as it prepares to face off against No. 1 seed Minnesota in the Fargo Regional of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The match-up between the Golden Griffins and Golden Gophers is set for Thursday, March 23 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Game time is 9:00 p.m.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite blue and gold Griff gear to work on Thursday.

Then, plan to join the Canisius community at 9:00 p.m. for a watch party in the Economou Dining Hall. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. There will be light hors d’oeuvres (courtesy of Chartwells) and a cash bar. Free T-shirts will also be handed out to the first 150 students in attendance.

Registration to the watch party is encouraged.

For those unable to attend the watch party, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN+. The link for the game broadcast on ESPN+ can be FOUND HERE.

Canisius earned the program’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament and first in 10 seasons with a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross in the Atlantic Hockey Championship on Saturday at LECOM Harborcenter.

Senior goaltender Jacob Barczewski was named both the Atlantic Hockey Championship Most Outstanding Player and earned a nod to the league’s all-tournament team after he went 5-2 in the postseason with a 1.13 goals against average and a .963 save percentage. Graduate student Nick Bowman, senior Keaton Mastrodonato and junior Jackson Deckerwere also named the 2023 Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team.

The winner of Thursday’s first-round contest will advance to the regional final on Saturday, where it will face either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State. Canisius has never met the Huskies or the Mavericks in program history.

Submitted by: College Communications

Palisano Fitness Center

The Palisano Fitness Center is now open faculty and staff – in addition to students!  Stop by the fitness center and get a workout in! Palisano is on campus right off of Meech St and Hughes Avenue.  The operating hours for Palisano are as followed:


8:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hours may vary during holidays/school breaks.  If you have any questions please email me at

Submitted by: Kyle Parks, Athletic Facilities GA, Athletic Facilities

Contemporary Writers Series Hosts Spring Event

The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome internationally renowned writer and performer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Joy Harjo to campus on Tuesday, April 18.  The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served.  A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the reading. 

Harjo served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022, the first Native writer so honored.  She is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior

Click here to learn more.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor, English

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.”

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.

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.

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

Submitted by:  College Communications