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Nominate Your Exceptional Student for DiGamma

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate undergraduate and graduate student candidates for the DiGamma Honor Society.

This is a long-standing and time-honored tradition here at Canisius. The DiGamma Honor Society is composed of “men and women for others” who distinguish themselves by selflessly giving back to Canisius the benefits of their talents and education.  DiGamma has served to recognize those students who exhibit outstanding leadership and distinguished service to Canisius.

Student nominees must be a full-time matriculating Canisius College junior or senior with 60 earned credits or a sophomore with 60 earned credits. Transfer students must have completed two consecutive semesters at Canisius. Graduate students must have completed their undergraduate work at Canisius and be continuing their education from their undergraduate to graduate studies.  All nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Please consider nominating a student you feel deserving of induction into DiGamma.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

Mass of the Holy Spirit

As a Catholic, Jesuit University, one of Canisius’ annual traditions is to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of each academic year.  This year our mass will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  All members of our campus community are welcome to join us, regardless of their faith tradition.

This wonderful tradition allows us to celebrate our solidarity as a campus community and ask the spirit of God to bless our studies, work, and activities throughout the academic year.  Our academic calendar includes a special break in the class schedule on this day so that all members of our campus community (students, faculty, and staff) have the opportunity to attend and participate in the mass.  As a reminder, any classes that normally meet on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday pattern do not meet on this day. Classes that normally meet on Wednesday only or on a Monday and Wednesday pattern will still meet on this day.

Part of our tradition includes a formal procession of faculty members in their academic regalia.  Faculty members interested in being part of the academic procession should R.S.V.P. HERE. 

Following the mass, brunch will be served in the Richard Winter Student Center Economou Dining Hall.

We hope to see many of you at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Office of Academic Affairs


Commencement Volunteers Needed!

We are thrilled to get back to our usual commencement ceremonies this year and ask that you consider volunteering for either or both of the following celebrations:

Graduate CeremonyWednesday, May 18, 2022 KAC7:00 p.m.

This is a three hour time commitment.  Volunteers should arrive in the Patrick Lee Center by 5:30 p.m.  A light meal will be available in KAC LL Room G21 at 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate CeremoniesSaturday, May 21, 2022 KAC 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

This is a 6.5 hour time commitment. Volunteers should arrive in the Patrick Lee Center by 9:00 am.  There will be coffee service in the morning and lunch will be available between the two ceremonies.

To volunteer, click  HERE.  If you have a special graduate you wish to marshal, please indicate this on the form.  Please note that accommodations will be made whenever possible.

We have scheduled the following Volunteer information session:

Please see detailed information on these events as well as volunteer guidelines HERE.

Faculty who wish to be part of the procession should complete this brief form (

This event celebrates the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and the perseverance of our students who are filled with pride, hope and the promise of a bright future.   We have all played a part in the transformation of these students and it is our hope that you want to be part of the excitement of their special day. Watching our graduates and their families is a great reminder of what we work for each day.

Thank you for volunteering!!

Submitted by: Academic Affairs


Faculty Tenure & Promotions


The Office of Academic Affairs would like to congratulate the members of our Canisius faculty that were recently promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure.  Their work and scholarly achievements enrich Canisius College and play a significant role in preparing today’s students to become the next generation of leaders.

The following honorees were awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor:

Nathan Arbuckle, PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences

Anita C. Butera, PhD, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences

The following honoree was promoted to Full Professor:

Christy Hoffman, PhD, Department of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

Submitted by: Academic Affairs


Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Today

Please join the division of academic affairs today for a diversity and inclusion workshop from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  A box lunch will be available for pickup at 11:30 am in the Faculty Lounge for attendees.

Imposter Syndrome:  The Fear of Being a Fraud

Presenter:  Annmarie Caño, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Gonzaga University

 Imposter Syndrome is “loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud”.  This fear of being found out is often experienced by people with identities that have been marginalized or excluded in higher education. To provide a reframe, the experience of imposter syndrome is imposed on those who have dared to succeed in a system that was not designed for them. With this lens, Dr. Caño will offer some personal experiences of being “imposter-ed” by others, including her initial reactions to these experiences and her approach to take a participant-observer stance about what these situations signal about the expectations of others or the environments in which she finds herself. Participants in this session will engage in discussion about what they can do to eliminate “impostering” behaviors so that we can better live our Jesuit mission to be “people for others.”

Please register for this webinar before March 10.