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Campus Candids

Canisius students joined a growing movement to plant new trees throughout the city. With help from the university’s facilities team and grounds crews, students from USA’s Sustainability Committee, Phi Sigma Sigma and Laudato Si’ planed a dozen Honey Locust trees at various locations on campus.

The planting is part of a larger, collaborative project with Re-Tree WNY, a volunteer organization that is working to replace approximately 30,000 trees in Western New York.

Submitted by: University Communications

Israel/Gaza Crisis Panel

Recent events in Israel and Gaza have led to significant loss of life and increased tensions in our community. This panel will engage the Canisius community and members of the Western New York Jewish community in a dialog about the larger historical context of the current crisis and its impact on the region’s Jewish community.

Panelists were identified by Rob Goldberg, CEO of the Buffalo Jewish Federation, with assistance from Nancy Rosenbloom, professor of History.

The panel, moderated by Tom Chambers, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of history, will include an overview of how scholars come to understand contentious modern issues and the complexity of international relations. At least half of the time will be devoted to dialog with the audience.

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Ted Steinberg was a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English at SUNY Fredonia, where he also served as Director of the Honors Program and of the campus Hillel organization.  He has published books and articles about Yiddish literature, medieval Hebrew poetry and Jewish life in the Middle Ages.  Since his retirement, he has been translating Yizkor Books, records of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust, from Yiddish into English for the Jewish Genealogical Society.

Rabbi Sara Rich serves as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tzedek, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Amherst. Before transitioning to the synagogue, Rabbi Rich worked with Jewish college students, first as the Director of Education at the Princeton University Hillel, and then as Executive Director of Hillel of Buffalo, which serves students from UB, Buff State, Canisius, and all campuses in WNY. Rabbi Rich earned her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature. She has a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been an active member of many organizations in the Buffalo area, including service as President of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis and Cantors, Secretary of the JCC of Greater Buffalo, and a Girl Scout Troop leader.

Submitted by: Tom Chambers, PhD, dean, College of Arts & Sciences 

Global Griff Mentor Program

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Multicultural Student Center would like to invite international faculty and staff to participate in the Global Griff Mentor Program.

The purpose of the Global Griff Mentor Program is to connect new and returning international students with international faculty and staff.  Mentors will  meet with mentees at least twice a semester and serve as a resource for a graduate or an undergraduate student adjusting to Canisius University and the United States.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for an international student (undergraduate or graduate) for the 2023-24 academic year, please consider signing up as a Global Griff Mentor.  If you have questions, please contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, or Bennie Williams,

We would like to thank both Peace Action and Women & Gender Studies Clubs for hosting the International Student Panel during the Spring 2023.  Your voices have guided this effort!

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity & Inclusion


Thankful Sit-Down Dinner

It’s that time of the year again… time for the Thankful Sit-Down Dinner.

Volunteers are still needed to assist in this great event so if you are available November 16 (4:30pm-7:00pm), please Email Jason Francey to sign up to help.

This year we are bringing back the canned food drive as part of this amazing event. Can donation bins have been set up at the Market at Old Main as well as in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Old Main. We are planning on donating the cans from this drive to the Resource Council, Delavan Grider Community Center, and Petey’s Pantry. The Market at Old Main will have nonperishable food available for $1 to be donated. Lets show the community what being a Griff is all about!

Submitted by: Aaron Abruzzino, Marketing Manager, Chartwells Higher Ed

November Career Events

The Career Development Office is hosting several employers on campus this month.  Recruiters are available outside the office (Horan O’Donnell 014) and opportunities are available for all majors.  Please encourage your students to stop by!

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