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Campus Candids

Canisius President Steve Stoute presided over his first commencement exercises on Saturday, May 20, when the college conferred nearly 500 diplomas to the undergraduate and graduate students from the Class of 2023. Thank you to all the faculty who supported their students by participating in the ceremonies and to all the staff who volunteered their time on this important day.

Pictured above: Ian J. Redpath leads the academic procession as the 2023 recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award
Pictured above: Campus Ministry Director Spencer J. Liechty offers the invocation
Pictured above: Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, served as master of ceremonies for the 2023 commencement.
Pictured above: President Steve Stoute addresses the Canisius Class of 2023, “the class with the distinct honor of being the last graduating class from Canisius College … and the class that will forever hold a special place in my heart, as you are the first graduating class of my presidency.”

Pictured above: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean of diversity and inclusion, hugs her daughter, Rayven Johnson,
as she receives her Canisius diploma.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty and Staff Invited to Alumni Weekend


Faculty and staff are welcome to join the Canisius community for Alumni Weekend on June 2 – 4. With a wide variety of events, there’s sure to be something for everyone. As a thank you for all that you do, please enjoy the following discounted rates on our most popular events:

Tent Party: $20 per person

Celebrating Canisius Dinner: $85 per person

To redeem your discount, please email Sarah Sterzinger at

Space is limited. We highly encourage early registration so you can ensure you don’t miss out.

For more information, please visit

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger, assistant director, Alumni Engagement

An Evening with Tony Hiss

This Thursday, May 25, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting the world-renowned author Tony Hiss, at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius. Tony Hiss is one of the strongest advocates for land conservation in the United States and at this event he will discuss his seminal book Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth. His book discusses the importance of land protection to wildlife conservation. The Biology and Environmental Science programs are sponsoring the event.

This event is free , open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Montante Cultural Center.  To attend you must register in advance as seating is limited. For individuals unable to attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed, but registration is required to access the link.

You can use the link below for more information or to register.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Katie Costanzo, Director of Environmental Science, Biology Department


Honeywell Continues Its Commitment to Canisius

Pictured (l-r): Lisa Yeoh, Honeywell, Robert Stewart ’11, PhD, Honeywell, Kristina Marohn, Canisius and Mariusz Kozik, PhD, Canisius

Canisius College is the recipient of a grant from Honeywell to support the Western New York Chemistry Olympiad. On May 18, 2023, representatives from Honeywell presented Dr. Mariusz Kozik, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and coordinator of the Western New York Chemistry Olympiad, with a check for $10,000 to support student preparation and participation in the Olympiad.

The Chemistry Olympiad is a local, national and international competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. It is sponsored nationally by the American Chemical Society and hosted locally by Canisius College. Honeywell has supported the Chemistry Olympiad for 25 years and has donated more than $250,000 in support of this initiative.

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Catalog Review Sessions

The 2023-2024 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live in early July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Friday, June 30. To help you with these changes we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages. The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at or 716-888-2121.

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