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Food Trucks Today and Tomorrow

Food Trucks will be here today and tomorrow during lunchtime, located in the Bagen parking lot from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The links to the trucks’ menus are available below:

Wednesday, May 29- The Blend

Thursday, May 30- The Great Aussie Bite

It’s a perfect opportunity to take a break, enjoy some delicious food, and catch up with colleagues. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Student Affairs/Finance & Administration

Catalog Review Sessions

The 2024-2025 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live in early July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Thursday, June 27. To help you with these changes we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs Courseleaf wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages. The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

*This schedule is also listed on the Academic Affairs Coursleaf wiki page for future reference.

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at or 716-888-2121.

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

Griff Weekend Department Events and Affinity Reunion Call

We need your support and collaboration to create the best experiences for all at Griff Weekend!

The offices of Alumni Engagement and Student Engagement are now accepting submissions for Department Events and Affinity Reunions for Griff Weekend 2024.

Griff Weekend will combine two favorite traditions – Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend/Reunion – into one amazing fun-filled experience on campus from September 27-29!  All alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, future Griffs, and friends of Canisius are welcome to attend!

Since this is the inaugural year for Griff Weekend, small gatherings are recommended. We have a jam-packed schedule and want to ensure constituents have the opportunity to attend multiple offerings. Affinity Reunions (clubs, majors, honor societies, etc.) and Department Events are suggested to be held on Friday, September 27 between 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To view our current events for the weekend – click here.

Departments and Affinity Groups may partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement for marketing and communications. Event logistics and expenses are the responsibility of each individual department or club.

All submissions are due no later than Friday, June 7, 2024.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Sarah Sterzinger ‘18, MS ‘21 at

Submit here!

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Writers Series Visitor Phil Klay Publishes New York Times Memorial Day Essay

On May 26, Phil Klay published a guest essay in the New York Times headlined “How Should We Honor the Dead of Our Failed Wars?”

Klay is a novelist and Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. In October 2014, Klay spent a day at Canisius discussing and reading from Redeployment, his first book, which, a month after his visit to Buffalo, was awarded The National Book Award.

In 2018 Klay was awarded The George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, established by America magazine to promote “scholarship, the advancement of learning and the rigor of thoughtful, religious expression,” and to support a new generation of authors, journalists, and scholars. The first winner of the Hunt Prize was the writer series’ most recent visitor, poet Philip Metres.

Klay’s newest book is a collection of essays, Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War.

You can read Klay’s essay here:

You can learn more about Phil Klay on his author website:

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Kalani Kapahua ’13, Creative Writing, Featured by The International Examiner

The International Examiner, the oldest and largest nonprofit, pan-Asian Pacific American publication in the Northwest, recently profiled Kalani Kapahua ’13, creative writing and urban studies, describing his journey as a professional bookseller in Seattle, WA.

“In a city of bibliophiles,” the article begins, “Kalani Kapahua has earned himself a professional niche many of us could only dream of.” Kapahua is the general manager of Ravenna Third Place Books, where he trains and supervises staff, orders new books, oversees a used book trade, and coordinates author events.

At Canisius, Kapahua took workshops in fiction writing, writing for young adults, and playwriting. He was an editor on the staff of Quadrangle and contributed his own writing and photography to the magazine.

As a student in ENG 388, Literary Publishing, Kapahua heard a guest speaker, Jonathon Welch, owner of Talking Leaves Books, describe the critical role that independent, community booksellers play in nurturing a diverse literary culture.

Kapahua now sees promoting and celebrating literary diversity as central to his mission. Last year, he served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of the American Booksellers Association.

“Having representation is certainly something I think about a lot and it’s very top of mind for a lot of people on staff – what books get faced out, what books get promoted space, what books we’re all reading and recommending, some of the authors we have speaking,” Kapahua said. “There’s definitely an effort to be a little more mindful about the whole subject. It’s something I’ve been trying to think about and be more deliberate with because I know there’s a lot we can do to be better.”

Among the books Kapahua is currently recommending are Megan Kamalei Kakimoto’s short story collection Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare and Thien Pham’s graphic memoir Family Style.

You can read the entire article here:

You can see a full list of Kapahua’s recommended books here:

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English