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Canisius faculty, alumni, students and friends gathered in Christ the King Chapel this past Sunday, February 11 to celebrate World Marriage Day.

University Chaplain Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, invited all married couples in attendance to circle the alter, where he renewed their marriage vows. Couples of all generations participated in the vow renewal, many of whom were married in the Chapel as much as 50 years ago.

The celebration continued after Mass, as all were welcomed to Loyola Hall for a Pascki party to commemorate the start of Lent.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, chaplain, Canisius University

President’s Day

Just a reminder that The Dome will not publish on Monday, February 19 due to the President’s Day holiday.

The employee E-letter will return on Wednesday, February 21. Submissions for this edition are due by 2:00 p.m. the day prior.

Submitted by: University Communications

Ash Wednesday

Join Campus Ministry in observing Ash Wednesday.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to receive ashes, as a tangible symbol of our shared journey through Lent. Ashes will be distributed at the following times and locations on February 14, 2024:

12:05 p.m. – Mass
12:45-4:00 p.m. – Christ the King Chapel
1:00-2:00 p.m. – Science Hall Atrium
5:15 p.m. – Mass
7:15 p.m. – Mass

In addition to the distribution of ashes, confession will be offered on Ash Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Submitted by: University Communications

Congratulations to Golden Griffin Fund Team

A four-person team from the Canisius University Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) secured first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held Saturday, February 10.  Canisius University has dominated the CFA Research Challenge in Western New York since its inception in 2010.  This year marks the 14th consecutive first-place win for Canisius.

The Canisius team overcame competitors including SUNY Geneseo, University at Buffalo, University of Rochester (2 teams), Ithaca College and St. John Fisher to take home the first-place prize. The team now advances to the sub-regional challenge for the Eastern portion of the U.S.

The Golden Griffin Fund team that competed in the CFA Research Challenge in Western New York is comprised of Garet Long ’24, Maura Jordan ’24Max Kouznetsov ’24 and Andrew Finnerty ’24 (team captain).

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, reporting, writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance, and economics.  Teams are challenged to research a publicly traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition.

Housed within the Richard J. Wehle School of Business and established in 2003, the GGF was one of the region’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate business majors.  GGF students select potential companies in which to invest, manage and analyze portfolio holdings, and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio.

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Richard J. Wehle School of Business

Nominations Now Open for Distinguished Faculty Award

The Office of Alumni Engagement invites you to submit nominations for the 2024 Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award.

Individuals eligible for nomination must meet the following criteria:

The Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding full-time faculty members of the university who are distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. One award may be given per year.

The Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award is presented at the Honors Convocation on May 17, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Please submit nominations to the Office of Alumni Engagement no later than  Friday, March 8, 2024. 

The nomination form is available ONLINE. Please complete the section of the form that corresponds to the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty award.

Questions? Please reach out to Lauren Orlowski, director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, at

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger, assistant director, Alumni and Constituent Engagement