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Canisius in the News

Men’s basketball coach Jim Christian sat down with The Buffalo News earlier this week to talk about his game plan for the Griffs, how he’s utilizing the transfer portal to craft a winning roster and what has him loving Buffalo already.

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Submitted by: University Communications

Changes to Chapel Services

Christ the King Chapel will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27. There will be no confessions or 12:05 Mass on that day.

Regular 12:05 Masses will resume on Tuesday, May 28 and continue through the summer unless noted.

Wednesday evening confessions at 4:45 p.m. and Mass and 5:15 p.m. will be discontinued through the summer.

We thank Rev. Ben Fiore, SJ, for providing this ministry during the academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, chaplain, Mission and Ministry

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 and Constituent Engagement

Graham Stowe Publishes Conversation Regarding “The Excessive Writing Center”

Dr. Graham Stowe, assistant professor of English and director of the Canisius Writing Center, published an edited conversation with Dr. Beth Boquet in Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders: A Blog of WLN, A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.

Boquet, professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Fairfield University, is the author of one of the most influential papers of the past twenty-five years in the field of writing center studies. Stowe and Boquet discuss “the excessive writing center,” that is, a center that sees itself as engaged in more than merely remedial work, but rather one that strives to be “a space wherein tutor and student engage in conversation to become more sophisticated writers and thinkers.”

You can read the full article here:

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

English Alum Promoted to Partner at Colligan Law

Earlier this year, Colligan Law LLP promoted Alexander Vilardo ’14 to partner. His practice consists of corporate and business law, commercial real estate, estate planning, and estate administration. He earned his JD from the University at Buffalo in 2018, began his practice at Phillips Lytle LLP and in 2023 was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Alexander graduated summa cum laude from Canisius with a major in English. He served as an executive editor of Quadrangle, wrote a weekly sports column for The Griffin and received the Father Ryan Student Activities Leadership Involvement Award. Currently he serves on the Canisius University Alumni Board of Directors and is a loyal supporter of the Contemporary Writers Series.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English