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Canisius University joins communities across the country today, in commemoration of Juneteenth

On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, TX, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation and confirming the freedom of the last remaining slaves in the Deep South.

The Canisius community commemorated Juneteenth with a Sankofa celebration on June 13.

Sankofa honors the cultural tradition of bringing wisdom from the past – to make positive progress in the future. To mark the occasion, faculty, staff and students came together for a day of education, solidarity and service.

Combined, they delivered nearly 500 PB&J sandwiches to the Friends of the Night People and Response to Love Center and designed 200+ cards for Compass House and the Community Baby Shower. Canisius volunteers also lent helping hands at Harvest House.

Submitted by: University Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President Steve Stoute appeared on the Saturday, June 15 episode of “R-House with Peter Hunt,” on WBEN-AM Radio 930. President Stoute discussed a variety of topics during the one-hour interview, including the value of higher education, redefining the traditional college experience, Division 1 athletics, and the future of higher education in Western New York and beyond. Click here to listen to the interview.

Professor Emerita Barb Irwin, PhD, is featured in the June 14 edition of The Buffalo News, which included a story about her new book Creating Reading Rainbow: The Untold Story of a Beloved Children’s Series. The book chronicles the Buffalo origins of “Reading Rainbow,” which remains one of the most successful PBS children’s series in television history. Irwin worked as a project assistant for the WNED-TV program in the early years of the series. She co-authored the new book with Tony Buttino Sr. and Pam Johnson, PhD. In addition to The Buffalo News, the following media outlets have reported on Irwin’s new book:

Most Buffalo (WGRZ-TV, Channel 2) 

Buffalo Spree 

Buffalo Rising 


The Buffalo News reported on Canisius University’s new graduation guarantee in its June 12 edition. The initiative promises that students will complete a bachelor’s degree in four years (eight semesters) or tuition, for up to an additional 15 credit hours, is free. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

Upcoming Summer Holidays

As a reminder, the university is closed today, Wednesday, June 19, in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.  Canisius will reopen on Thursday, June 20.

The university will also be closed on Thursday, July 4, in recognition of the July 4th holiday.  In addition, President Steve Stoute has designated Friday, July 5, as a President’s Holiday so that faculty and staff may enjoy additional time with families and friends.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions. We wish you a safe and happy summer!

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


New Canisius Partnership in Chiropractic Care

Canisius University and Northeast College of Health Sciences are pleased to announce a new educational partnership.  The collaboration guarantees that Canisius students, who meet specific program requirements while earning bachelor’s degrees in sports and exercise healthcare or health and wellness, can seamlessly transition into Northeast’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program.  

The accelerated 4+3 option enables students to earn their bachelor’s degree from Canisius and doctorate degree from Northeast a full year earlier than it would take to earn each degree separately, saving students time and money.  In addition, Canisius students are eligible for merit scholarships from Northeast based on their academic standings.

“With job growth in allied healthcare professions projected to grow faster than average in the next 10 years, Canisius is excited to partner with Northeast College to offer students a clear and accessible pathway to graduate study in chiropractic care,” says Karl Kozlowski, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Canisius.  

Click here to read more about the articulation agreement.

Submitted by: University Communications

Contemporary Writers Series Announces Fall Season

Two award-winning writers will be visiting Canisius this October under the auspices on the Contemporary Writers Series.

On Tuesday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Montante Cultural Center, Clair Wills will give the 20th Annual Hassett Reading. She is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain, winner of the Irish Times International Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War, winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman History Prize. Wills’ most recent book is Missing Persons, or, My Grandmother’s Secrets. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and other publications.

On Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, Kao Kalia Yang will read and discuss her work. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to America at the age of six. She earned a BA from Carleton College and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia. Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award and winner of a Minnesota Book Award; The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and most recently, Where Rivers Part: A Story of My Mother’s Life. She has been awarded fellowships by the McKnight, Paul and Daisy Soros, and Guggenheim Foundations.

You can learn more about both authors and events and find instructions how to livestream on the writers series homepage:

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English