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Canisius in the News

David Shribman, of The Globe and Mail, interviewed Canisius President Steve Stoute about the January 2 resignation of Harvard President Claudine Gay. Stoute weighed in on the challenges of being a university president in the 21st century. Click here to read the story.

The Buffalo News reported on Canisius being awarded a two-year, $184,000 grant from the Buffalo Urban Teaching Fellows (BUTF) The funding supports students who participate in the BUTF program and are enrolled in the Canisius University Teacher Residency (formerly the Western New York Teacher Residency), pursuing degrees in childhood education, special education and TESOL education, and who commit to teaching in the city of Buffalo.

Associate Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment James Nowak was a live guest on WGRZ-TV Channel 2’s “Midday,” on Friday, January 5. Nowak discussed the soft launch of the new FAFSA program, some of the changes that come along with it, and promoted Canisius University as being a resource for students and families as they navigate the process. Click here to watch the interview.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in with The Buffalo News for a story about the local labor force. In the article, titled “More Workers are Working, Why Are They Still So Hard to Find,” the associate professor of economics and finance explains why a growing labor pool doesn’t necessarily equate to workers being plentiful.

Professor of Criminal Justice Anita Butera, PhD, is quoted in a December 22, 2023 article in Fast Company on the powerful role offices – and specifically office space – play in making the work environment more inclusive. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

School Closings or Delays

Please take a moment to review the university’s procedures and plans for communication of any impact of weather on normal university activities.

There are several possible options for altering the university’s normal operation due to weather:

  1. Cancellation of all in person classes; staff expected to report
  2. Closing the university; only essential operating personnel should report
  3. Delay of opening; essential operating personnel should report at normal time and other personnel should report once the university is open
  4. Early closing of the university

Decisions about changes to the university’s operations are based on evaluating the effects of current and forecasted conditions on the safety of students, faculty, and staff. There are generally two decision points each day – one in the early morning and a second in the afternoon.

Early Morning Decisions

The decision to close or delay the opening of the university will be made by a group that represents Facilities, Public Safety, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Business and Finance. This group will assess the current conditions, the weather forecast, and the likely effects on college operation and safety. Any decision to alter the normal operations of the university will be communicated to the Canisius community by 6:00 am through a through the following methods/outlets:

  • Canisius Website:
  • Canisius Portal:
  • Canisius Alert System
  • School Closing Information Line (716-888-3131)
  • TV Stations (Channel 2, WGRZ; Channel 4, WIVB; Channel 7, WKBW; Spectrum News 1)

Afternoon Decisions

Daytime decisions for early dismissal or cancellation of remaining will be made no later than 2:30 pm. If a decision is made to cancel evening classes (classes beginning after 4:00 pm), it will be communicated no later than 2:45 pm via the methods/outlets listed above.

Additional Considerations
Individual Class Cancellations

Individual course instructors may cancel or choose to hold specific courses remotely when the university is operating normally.  Full-time faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or the class listproc.  Department chairs may request notification of any unplanned individual class changes.  Adjunct faculty should communicate such changes directly to students via the D2L email feature and/or class listproc as well as inform their department chair.  Faculty should specify their planned cancellation procedure in their syllabus. Students have a duty to regularly check their D2L email feature and any communication from their instructors.

Campus Events and Other Offices

For campus events during evening hours, weekends and holidays, please see the attached Severe Weather Cancellation Procedures for Campus Events from the office of Events Services for directions. Except under special circumstances, The Women’s Business Center and the Center for Professional Development will follow the decision made by the main campus. Admissions ( 716-888-2200) and Alumni Relations will control any scheduled weekend events. The library may still be open even if the college is closed. Please check the library’s website for library hours at

Event Cancellations Due to Severe Weather Policy

Academic Preparedness

Faculty are encouraged to consult the Academic Preparedness Guide, which presents ways that professors can use online resources to replace classroom class sessions, rather than lose time and force adjustments to course schedules.

Important Numbers

Main Switchboard: 716-883-7000

Public Safety (Watch Commander): 716-888-2330

NYS Thruway (Radio 1610 AM) 1-800-847-8929

School Closing Information Line: 716-888-3131

Canisius Alert System

If you have not signed up for the Canisius Alert System, please sign up at under the Campus Services quick links. You may choose to receive notifications by text, phone call, and/or email.

Related Policies

University Closing and Class Cancellation Policy

Event Cancellations Due to Severe Weather Policy

Staff Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy

Please visit the Academic Affairs Wiki page for further details on this policy.

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

Winter Walking Safety

With the winter weather now upon us, here are a few reminders on how to stay safe while walking:


–Slightly bend your knees

–Keep your center of gravity over front leg

–Walk flat footed

–Keep your hands free

–Extend your arms


Take big steps

Take shortcuts

Keep your hands in your pockets

Walk fast

Strike the ground with your heal first

Submitted by: Matthew Moje, safety coordinator, Facilities


Teacher Residency Program Awarded $184,000 Grant

Canisius University is honored to be selected as a recipient of a two-year, $184,000 grant, made possible by the institution’s affiliation with the Buffalo Urban Teaching Fellows (BUTF) program.  The funding supports students who participate in the BUTF program, and are enrolled in the Canisius University Teacher Residency (formerly the Western New York Teacher Residency), pursuing degrees in childhood education, special education and TESOL education, and who commit to teaching in the city of Buffalo.  

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: University Communications

Advancing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In recognition of Black History Month, Canisius University will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a presentation featuring nationally-renowned speaker Joshua Fredenberg, EdD.  His lecture, titled “Advancing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Regis Room, located on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.  The event is free and open to the public.    

Joshua Fredenberg is an inspirational, high energy speaker whose transformational programs focus on leadership, diversity and inclusion, retention, healthy relationships, career success, millennials and creating synergy amongst multiple generations of people.  

In addition to a successful speaking career, Fredenburg is the author of seven books on leadership, motivation, diversity and inclusion, retention and engagement, and healthy relationships.

Click here to learn more about Fredenberg and his visit to Canisius University.

This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Please contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students, with any questions or concerns at or 716.888.2787.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.


Submitted by: Bennie Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center