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Canisius in the News

Dave Sheets, PhD, director of the graduate program in data analytics and professor of physics, was interviewed by the National Catholic Register for a story, titled “Artificial Intelligence is Making Research Faster; Can it Also Help Make Catholic Colleges More Catholic?”  In the article, Sheets weighs in on the concerns surrounding student use of ChatGPT to produce essays and papers.  Click here to read the story.

Canisius student Brittany Upshaw ’23, MBA ’25 was featured in the September 5 edition of Buffalo Rising.  The story focused on a new non-proft, Get Out and About, which Upshaw launched. The initiative helps to provide students in underserved and low income communities with the same educational and recreational benefits and opportunities other children have.  Click here to read the story.

(Upshaw is one of 13 Canisius University students recently awarded a Western New York Prosperity Fellowship.  See story below.)

Submitted by: University Communications

Canisius Announces Updates to Administrative Items

Canisius University Faculty and Staff,

We hope this message finds you well and energized by the return of students to our campus and the start of the new academic year. The following information highlights some important updates regarding various administrative items that have been implemented or will be effected this academic year to enhance the institution’s operational efficiency and better align with its strategic goals.

1. Reporting Structure Changes:

Human Resources: The Office of Human Resources now reports directly to the Office of the President.

Registrar: The Registrar’s Office is now under the sole purview of Academic Affairs.

Griff Center: The Griff Center for Student Success now falls under the sole oversight of Student Affairs.

Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Office is now under the sole purview of Enrollment Management.

2. New Office Locations:

Admissions, Marketing and University Communications: The Admissions, Marketing and University Communications departments are now located on the third floor of Science Hall.

Office of Mission & Ministry: The Mission & Ministry staff has moved to the second floor of Old Main.

Institutional Research and WSB Executive Education Leadership Development: The Office of Institutional Research and the Wehle School of Business Executive Education Leadership Development team have switched locations on the second floor of Bagen Hall.

3. Senior Leadership Team Update:

The search for a new vice president for advancement is ongoing. In the interim, Dianna Civello is overseeing the Office of Advancement.

Canisius leadership is preparing to launch the search for its next vice president for finance and administration. The representative search committee for this effort will be chaired by Dr. Harold Fields, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

While changes in the way we work can sometimes be a challenge, these updates will positively impact the way the institution serves the campus community and help move Canisius closer to achieving the shared goals for the university.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Canisius.

Submitted by: University Communications

Thirteen Awarded WNY Prosperity Fellowships

Thirteen Canisius University students are recipients of the 2023-24 Western New York Prosperity Fellowship. Supported by the Prentice Family Foundation, Western New York Prosperity Fellowships assist graduate students who show entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York.  The fellowship program identifies the most promising talent in the region and engages them in a robust educational and professional development program with the goal of developing economic leaders within the community.  

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship also combines financial assistance in the form of scholarships with paid, credit-bearing internships to assist fellows acquiring both academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Fellows intern in their chosen fields of study, where they work alongside and are mentored by leaders in upper-level management. In addition, the fellowship provides a year-long series of events designed to enhance students’ skills and network development.

Click here to view the list of fellowship recipients.

Submitted by: University Communications

Dependent Tuition Exchange/Canisius Waiver for a New/First Time Student

Faculty and staff interested in using the Dependent Tuition Exchange (attending another institution) or the Canisius Dependent Tuition Waiver (attending Canisius) for academic year 2024-25 are encouraged to attend one of the following zoom information sessions.  Information sessions are primarily for those faculty/staff who will have a new/first time student in 2024-25.

Session Days and Times:
Thursday, September 21 from 2-3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 22 from 11-12:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting:

In the meantime, feel free to use the information below to start the process.

First Steps:

    • Complete the Canisius dependent child application located in the portal under Human Resources -> Tuition Waiver and Benefits.
      • Select a beneficiary -> Canisius Tuition Waiver/Initial Certification(stop here if only applying for the Canisius Waiver).
    • Complete the Tuition Exchange/Fachex EZ application and select each school your child is applying to.

If you have questions regarding:
Tuition Exchange/Fachex contact Kevin Smith at x8501 or
Canisius Tuition Waiver/Dependent Child contact Human Resources at x2240 or

General Tuition Exchange website.  Visit the Families tab.
Search for TE/Fachex Member Schools on the TE website:  Every TE member school has its own calendar, including application deadlines.

Required information to complete the TE/Fachex on-line EZ application:
Link to the on-line application:
Student full name
Student address
Student phone#
Student last 4 SSN#
Student e-mail
Application year – 2024-2025
Student birthdate
Employee full name
Employee title
Employee years of employment
Employee e-mail
Employee category – faculty/non-faculty
Total number of academic years – enter 4 (unless transfer)
Total number of semesters – enter 8 (unless transfer)
Filing the FAFSA – yes/no/unknown
Entry class – enter freshman (unless transfer)

Submitted by: Kevin Smith, AVP and Director SRFS Center

Canisius Colleagues

Canisius Colleagues is an opportunity for members of the faculty and staff who want to learn more about what it means to work at a Jesuit institution.

Participants gather once a month over lunch to learn more about our Jesuit heritage and to discuss how our own work in whatever we do connects to our mission as a Jesuit institution and serves the students who attend Canisius. Cohorts meet either on Thursdays or Fridays from noon to 1:00.

The first sessions are on September 21 and 22. We have a few more spaces available. Contact Dr. Sandy Estanek, interim vice president for mission integration, at or at Ext. 2760 if you are interested or would like more information.

Submitted by: Dr. Sandra Estanek, vice president for mission integration, Office of Mission and Ministry