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Borders & Migrations Fall Series

Join the Borders & Migrations Initiative (BMI) as it launches the fall 2023 season of events.

The series kicks off on Monday, September 25 with Filipino author Noel Alumit.  He will read from his new collection of short stories, Music Heard in Hi-Fi & Other Stories, published this month.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Learning Center.

And mark your calendars now for the second event in the Borders and Migrations fall 2023 series, which takes place Monday, October 16 at 12:00 noon in the Library Learning Center.  The event, titled “Fleeting, Waiting, Hoping,” will feature a researchers from Xavier University, who will share their findings about life at the border as seen through the eyes of women and children asylum seekers, as they wait in Nogales, Mexico.  The panel discussion will be accompanied by an art exhibit, which will run in the library art gallery through November 15.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Kairos Retreat Fall 2023

Campus Ministry is inviting faculty and staff members to participate in the Kairos Retreat this semester. The Kairos Retreat is taking place November 10-12 beginning late-afternoon Friday until mid-afternoon Sunday.

Participants need to commit to being present for the duration of the two-night, overnight experience at Cradle Beach Retreat Center, present a retreat talk from assigned topics, and fully participate in a small group with students during the course of the weekend.

No prior retreat experience is necessary. We are looking for faculty and staff who are willing to be vulnerable and share deeply, personally, and appropriately with students as well as receive and listen to the sharing of others and provide a supportive presence during the course of the weekend. Preference is given to those who have not attended the retreat before. 

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Spencer Liechty at with the following information as soon as possible:

  • Name, role at the college
  • Kairos experience: if you have attended or led before, if so what year?
  • Any questions you have 

Even if you are not able to personally participate, we would appreciate you encouraging students to sign up to attend the retreat. Students can sign up using the link here.

Thank you for your support of this meaningful Canisius tradition!

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, director, Campus Ministry

Palisano Fitness Center

The Palisano Fitness Center is now open for business.

Hours of operation* are:

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change.

Submitted by: Pat Clarke, director, Athletic Facilities

Lavender Welcome

Come join the student organization UNITY and the ALANA Student Center as they collaborate to host our first Lavender Welcome on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 223.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the resources and supports for those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. Refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Can Generative AI Solve My Math Homework?

The Canisius community is invited to sit in on what is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking talk, titled “Can Generative AI Solve My Math Homework.”  The event is set for Friday, September 8, from 2:10 – 3:10 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 1053.  

The discussion will delve into the realm of generative AI and its potential to tackle one of the most common challenges students face: math homework. With the advent of powerful AI models like GPT-3.5, we explore the capabilities and limitations of AI in assisting with mathematical problem-solving tasks.

The presentation begins by introducing the audience to the concept of generative AI, showcasing its remarkable ability to understand and generate human-like text. We then embark on a journey through the world of mathematics, highlighting the diversity of problems students encounter in their homework assignments, from basic arithmetic to advanced calculus.

The talk is presented at the Engineering and Physics Seminar.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, professor, Physics; chair, Department of Quantitative Sciences