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Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the July episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

Every year since 1937, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has celebrated the stories from the Book of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It is one of the world’s largest outdoor theatrical productions. In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Neil Pitts, president of the Hill Cumorah Pageant about the annual pageant, its production and why it will end in 2020.

“Helping end homeless … one family at a time” is the tagline for a critical program dedicated to minimizing the trauma of homeless for families in Western New York. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Grace Lindsey, volunteer coordinator and Luanne Firestone, executive director of Family Promise of WNY.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute

Faculty and Staff Immersion East Side

The Philosophy Department invites those interested to participate in the second annual Immersion East Side Faculty/Staff Seminar from Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16.

The Immersion East Side Program began as an Ignatian Seminar for students with a field component involving Buffalo’s East Side communities. As the program expands, we are inviting faculty and interested staff to participate in the seminar, in community-engaged research and other aspects of the Immersion East Side Program. To give faculty and staff a feel for what we do with the students and the areas of focus important to our program, we are offering a three-day summer immersion for faculty and staff. Prior to the immersion, readings will be sent out to help faculty and staff prepare for the trip. In addition, we ask that those interested commit to occasional meetings during the fall 2019 semester to meet with community partners, further reflect on the immersion experience, explore research and teaching opportunities related to the seminar and plan for future events that bring Canisius together with its East Side partners. There will be opportunities for optional weekend activities such as attending services at a Black Church, a jam session at the Colored Musician’s Club and touring the African-American Heritage Corridor.

All expenses will be covered and include reading materials, food and transportation. Participants will receive a $250 stipend. Please use the Google Form to indicate your interest by Monday, July 22. Click here to view an article on last year’s seminar.

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Mosko, associate professor of philosophy, at or Devonya Havis, associate professor of philosophy, at

Submitted by: Melissa Mosko, associate professor, Philosophy; Devonya Havis, associate professor, Philosophy

Qualtrics Training

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is conducting a training session covering Qualtrics for surveys, forms and online data gathering on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 119. Participants will learn the basics of building online surveys or data collection forms using Qualtrics’ Survey Core toolset. Afterwards, users will be able to build, manage, operate and distribute simple forms and get the resulting data. They will also be ready to explore more advanced tools for enhancing survey and data-form procedures.

If you plan to build or manage data-gathering projects in Qualtrics during the 2019-20 year, this workshop is for you!

No RSVP or signup is required!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Canisius Offers New MBA Concentration in Food Marketing

Today’s food industry is evolving rapidly as traditional business paradigms are replaced with sophisticated technology and techniques to determine demand and potential customers. To keep pace with these new trends, Canisius College is partnering with its Jesuit counterpart Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, to introduce a new MBA in food marketing in fall 2019.

St. Joseph’s University’s Food Marketing Program is one of the best in the world and its graduates are often among the first to be recruited by Western New York’s most successful food companies. 

“The food and beverage industry here is expanding exponentially,” she says. “This new partnership will enable our regional firms, such as Rich Products, Delaware North, Wegmans, Lactalis and Perry’s, to recruit and retain local talent who have the specialized skillset they crave but also come equipped with a Canisius MBA, which educates students into ethical, socially responsible leaders able to compete in a global marketplace.”

The MBA in food marketing teaches students to think strategically as food delivery options, customer expectations and regulatory considerations continue to evolve throughout the industry. Specialized coursework includes food marketing research, consumer behavior, multicultural and international food marketing, sustainability and consumer well-being, among others.

Click here to learn more about the new concentration.

Submitted by: College Communications

Vive Guests Thank Campus Community

The 13 Vive guests thank the campus community for its support they received during their respite stay at Canisius. They will depart from campus tomorrow, Friday, July 12. Most guests will return to the Vive shelter.

One of our guests, Ronald, will be moving into his first apartment in Buffalo later this week. We’ve created an Amazon wish list to help welcome him into his home. If you’re interested, please do not hesitate to contribute by clicking here.

During the guests stay, volunteers made and delivered dinner each night, funded groceries and took some of the residents to First Friday at the Albright-Knox.

If you would like to deepen your involvement with the immigrant community in Buffalo, please contact Sarah Signorino, director of mission & identity, at or Ext. 2424.

For more information about Vive, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity