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Pictured (l-r): Eileen Abbatoy and Brian Smith

USA’s Sustainability Committee is celebrating Earth Day all week long! On Monday, students and staff planted dozens of pollinator seeds which, when grown, will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees to the college’s community garden.

Submitted by: College Communications

College of Arts & Sciences Introduces New Academic Programs

The College of Arts & Sciences is introducing two new academic programs for the fall 2023 semester.  Undergraduate students will now be able to earn a bachelor of arts degree in anthrozoology.  Graduate students can pursue a master of arts degree in informal education and interpretation

Undergraduate students who pursue a bachelor of arts degree in anthrozoology receive a broad education in the social sciences and explore the historical, cultural and ethical relationships between humans and non-human animals.  The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes practical, real-world skills and research development.  

The college’s new master of arts degree in informal education and interpretation is a unique program for graduate students who seek employment in education outside the formal K-12 system, and instead in areas such as environmental education, historical preservation or museum curation. Key coursework includes foundations of informal and non-formal education; natural, cultural and historical interpretation; non-profit leadership; research methods; and grant writing. The program culminates with a research-based or internship capstone experience.

To learn more about these new programs, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Ignatian Scholarship Day

The 16th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) will take place on Wednesday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  ISD 2023 will highlight the achievements of more than 100 students in various forms of expression. The schedules and project compilations will be available online under the Ignatian Scholarship Day tab through the Academic Affairs community page beginning April 20.

Click here to access the ISD page on the portal.

For more information or questions, feel free to contact Event Services.  We look forward to seeing you on April 26!

To add this event to your digital calendar, click here.

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean for Student Affairs/director, Office of Event Services

Strategic Planning & Prioritization Survey

On Monday, April 3, the Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee held a forum in which we presented the draft of the 2023-29 Canisius strategic plan.  The recording of that forum is available in the Canisius Portal.  You can view it by logging into myCanisius and looking for the Strategic Planning and Prioritization Forum Widget.  The committee has made many refinements to the strategic plan draft based on comments and input throughout the process.  We would value additional comments, suggestions, or feedback as we finalize the plan to send to the Board of Trustees and provide a survey for your feedback.  The survey will close today, Wednesday, April 19 at midnight.

Thank you for helping plan for the future of Canisius.

The Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee

Chair: Sara Morris, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice-Chair: Ron Haberer, Controller
Vice-Chair: Joshua Russell, Associate Professor, ABEC
Tim Balkin, Vice President for Business and Finance
Jim Goldstein, Associate Professor, Accounting
Amo Kubeyinje, Director of Graduate Admissions
Aimee Larson, Clinical Assistant Professor and Chair, Physician Assistant Studies
Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Theology (Faculty Senate Chair)
Lisa Liotta, Senior Associate Athletics Director
Tanya Loughead, Professor, Philosophy
Sandy Miller, Director of Government and Foundation Relations
Linda Walleshauser, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Bennie Williams, Assistant Dean and Director of the Multicultural Student Center
Liaison: Lauren Young, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Career Development Events


The Career Development Office offers a wide variety of in-person and virtual networking opportunities for students.  This week, Melissa Berg ’13 (Psychology), ’15 (HESSA), Charlene Gowran ’01 (Psychology) and Jack Barrett ’21 (Education), will be representing Odoo (software technology), IRS, and Golden Hire respectively.

Please encourage students to attend – there are opportunities open to all majors.  Registration and additional information is listed under “Events” in Handshake!

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, Director, Career Development, Griff Center for Student Success