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The Student Sustainability Committee recently unveiled its latest venture.

Griff’s Thrifts is a new second-hand clothing store on campus. From trendy pieces to timeless classics, Griff’s Thrifts gives pre-loved clothes new life, all while supporting Canisius’ sustainability initiatives.

You can find Griff’s Thrifts below the Penfold-Gareis Fitness Center. The store is open weekdays, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (volunteer dependent). Students and faculty receive 10 free items per semester.

Submitted by: University Communications

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News recently spoke with James Nowak for a February 27 story titled “New FAFSA Form Delays Push College Decisions Way Behind Schedule.” In the article, Canisius’ associate director of enrollment and financial aid speaks about the challenges that colleges, students and their families are facing as a result of the overhauled FAFSA process. Nowak also details the proactive approach Canisius is taking to help mitigate and minimize the issues faced by families. Click here to read the story.

Malini Suchak, PhD, weighs in on why our feline companions have a phobia of water in the latest edition of Inverse, an online science, technology and culture magazine. According to the professor and chair of ABEC and anthrozoology, a cat’s aversion to water isn’t due to a preservation instinct, as cats can swim and float if necessary. Rather, Suchak says, a cat’s hydrophobia comes from the water’s effects on their fur coats. Click here to read more.

Submitted by: University Communications

Forum on Innovation Fund

Calling all creative minds.

If you’ve been thinking about an innovative concept that has the potential to advance the university’s strategic agenda and achieve positive outcomes for students, then plan to attend the next forum on the President’s Innovation Fund. Set for Friday, March 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, the forum will focus on how Canisius faculty and staff can submit proposals for funding, and the criteria that will be used in selecting applications. Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Earlier this month, President Steve Stoute announced that the university will invest $1 million over the next five years toward the creation of a competitive grant program designed to “unleash the power of innovation.” The President’s Innovation Fund will support original and inventive concepts and practices that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity, and foster academic excellence and innovation as outlined in the first pillar of the strategic plan, Answer the Call.

Click here to read more about the President’s Innovation Fund.

Submitted by: University Communications

Minoritized Faculty & Staff Affinity Group Meeting

Faculty and staff from marginalized racial identities are invited to a meeting with the Minoritized Faculty and Staff Affinity Group on Thursday, February 29 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Conference Room (OM 219). The group will meet to check in with each other and plan upcoming engagement opportunities for the campus community.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to co-chairs Bennie Williams at or Stephanie Masood at

We hope to see you there.

Submitted by: Stephanie Masood, Marketing Project Manager, Marketing

Canisius to Induct 10 into DiGamma Honor Society

Canisius University President Steve K. Stoute will be among 10 new members inducted into the institution’s DiGamma Honor Society on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at The Buffalo Club.   The prestigious honor society is comprised of Canisius alumni, faculty, administrators and students who have distinguished themselves working for the advancement of the university and through exemplary service on behalf of students and fellow alumni, over an extended period of time. This year, the DiGamma Honor Society is proud to induct eight alumni of Canisius University and two Canisius administrators.  The inductees are:  

•    Jeffrey E. Bogart ’93, credit analyst, Evans Bank;

•    Vincent D. Clark ’97, associate vice president of development and alumni relations, Pace University;

•    James R. Deuschle ’84, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer, Rich Products Corporation;

•    Christopher P. Devine ’98, chief financial officer, Pyramid Global Hospitality;

•    Lindy Feider ’06, MS ’08, associate director of academic achievement and student athlete support services, Canisius University;

•    Mickey P. Kearns ’91, clerk, Erie County;

•    Chris F. Malof MBA ’96, managing director, UBS Financial Services;

•    Steve K. Stoute, JD, president, Canisius University;

•    Shirley W. Struchen MA ’79, retired executive director and conference coordinator, Religion Communication Congress; and

•    Lee C. Wortham ’79, partner, Barrantys LLC andchair, Evans Bancorp Inc.

Submitted by: Office of Alumni Engagement