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Campus Candids

Pictured: Masten District Councilwoman Zeneta Everhart ’11, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Canisius President Steve Stoute

President Steve Stoute was among the nearly 200 people who gathered at the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center on Saturday, May 11, to participate in the 2nd annual Buffalo Black Caucus.

Initiated by the 5/14 Remembrance Alliance under the leadership of Masten District Councilwoman Zeneta Everhart ’11, the Caucus aims to be a catalyst for positive change by hosting education, empowerment and advocacy programs and panel discussions to address systemic issues that perpetuate inequality and marginalization in society.

Submitted by: University Communications

Summer Updates

As we approach the end of the semester, please note that early closure on Fridays will be in effect beginning May 24 through August 9 with the following hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Effective May 28, office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday.

With three New Griff Orientation sessions being scheduled throughout the month of July this year, some offices may be required to remain open on Friday afternoons to meet the needs of students and to provide the most positive experience on campus. As we have offered in past years, alternative flexible scheduling options will remain available and should be discussed with your supervisor and the office of Human Resources.

In addition, the University will be closed on Monday, May 27 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28. Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance



Canisius Students Create New Pollinator Garden Site

Students in Dr. Erin Robinson’s Environment and Society (SOC234) course brought their semester long plans to life with a new pollinator garden on the downtown Buffalo section of the Niagara Greenway Trail.

Led by environmental studies students and Dr. Robinson, this initiative with the Buffalo Rotary Club and Niagara Greenway will  develop environmental initiatives throughout the Greenway Trail and urban corridor.

Plans began with an invasive species buckthorn cleanup in the fall and trash cleanup this spring, preparing the site for garden that was planted on May 4. The Canisius University Rotaract was awarded its Rotary Chapter on May 9 and has adopted a nearly two mile section of the Greenway Trail towards Canalside. Current digital media arts and journalism students and alumni joined to document the occasion! Look for more details to come on this exciting initiative!


Submitted by: Erin Robinson, Professor, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies

Oprah Chooses Former Hassett Reader’s Latest Novel

Oprah Winfrey’s 105th Book Club selection is Long Island by the Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, who delivered the eighth annual Hassett Reading at Canisius in 2011.

Long Island is a kind of sequel to Tóibín’s bestselling and award-winning Brooklyn, telling the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant, now in the 1970s, living with her husband and two teenaged children on Long Island.

“I had so many mixed emotions reading this novel,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I was captivated. Tóibín builds the story around a woman whose life changes seemingly overnight…It opens the door to her own secrets, grappling with choices she made long ago, urging her to break free from the silences she built around her life. A wonderful page-turner to start your summer reading.”

Colm Tóibín is the author of 11 novels including The Master, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. In 2022 the Arts Council of Ireland appointed him Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024.

The Hassett Family Reading brings Irish and Irish-American writers to Canisius to read from their work and to share their insights into writing and literature with students and members of our community. In addition to Tóibín, previous Hassett readers include Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Belinda McKeon, and Marina Carr.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, English

Google Drive: Save Student Work for Long-Term

Do you use Google Drive to collect student work or files? Have students shared files with you via Google Drive? Do you need to preserve these files in the long-term and/or for accreditation or reporting purposes?

Make sure to copy these files or download them! Additionally, it is easy to move a folder or file to another location or Drive after making the copy.

There are a few reasons for this.

First, Students only have access to their Canisius Google Accounts for a limited amount of time after they graduate. After this time is up, their Google Drive information gets deleted.

Second, Students may edit or delete these files after the class is finished. While they may have good backup practices, it’s also possible that the shared file is the only copy.

For more information on Google Drive, check out the Google Drive and Related Apps Wiki page or feel free to email with questions.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI