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Canisius Names New Director of Public Safety

Clayton Staton has been named director of public safety at Canisius.  Staton is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for all Canisius students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.  He will enforce federal, state and local laws, as well as Canisius’ rules and regulations, and will work to ensure that the Public Safety Department plays a critical role in the university’s emergency preparedness and response, including organizing safety training for the campus.

“Clayton joins Canisius with 33 years of law enforcement experience; he will undoubtedly be an asset to our campus community,” said Harold O. Fields, EdD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “His diverse background includes a commitment to service, extensive law enforcement experience, expertise in crisis preparedness, as well as campus safety and security.  These experiences make him an ideal candidate for the position.”

Staton is a State of New Jersey certified Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) instructor and private security consultant. In the position, Staton is responsible for instructing security officer candidate courses including national incident management system (NIMS), incident command system (ICS), the role of the security officer, use of force, ethics, active shooter, bomb threat management, suspicious activity reporting and homeland security.

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Canisius Welcomes Author and Educator Robin Wall Kimmerer

Canisius will welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer to campus on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

A scientist, author and educator, Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She will discuss her widely acclaimed book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. The event is held under the auspices of the university’s William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Kimmerer is a SUNY distinguished teaching professor of environmental biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The center creates programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, Kimmerer’s interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities but restoration of our relationships to land. She is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.

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For more information, contact Richard A. Bailey, PhD, Fitzpatrick professor of history, at Ext. 2684 or

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Canisius Names Professional Director of CCADE

Canisius named Heather M. Campbell professional director of the Canisius Center for Analytics and Data Ecosystems (CCADE).

Campbell’s responsibilities include building partnerships between the university and the Western New York data community. As professional director, she promotes the university’s data-related programs, recruits students, and secures internship opportunities and grants.

Before joining Canisius, Campbell served as education coordinator for The Jacobs Institute. She previously was program coordinator of professional science master’s programs at SUNY Buffalo State University.

Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia College and a master’s degree in cancer immunology from the University at Buffalo.

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Canisius and Tapestry Charter School Articulation Agreement

The School of Education & Human Services signed an articulation agreement with Tapestry Charter School which allows students to take university-level introductory courses and apply academic credits to their degree requirements at Canisius. This “Grow Your Own Teacher Program” is funded by a $20,000 award received by Canisius from the Cullen Foundation. The program began on September 1, 2023, and runs through June 30, 2024.

Tapestry students completed EDU 100: Exploring the Teaching Profession instructed at Tapestry Charter School during the fall 2023 semester. In the Spring 2024 semester, students will enroll in ENG 111 – Academic Writing, which will be instructed on the Canisius campus.

“We are excited to expand our collaboration with Tapestry Charter School and to introduce high school students to the teaching profession,” said Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs. “This agreement will enhance the student experience and help prepare them for the next step in their educational journeys.”

To be eligible to take courses and earn credit with Canisius University, students must be juniors or seniors who are academically prepared for college-level course work.

Tapestry high school students who earn credit through this articulation, and who apply for and are admitted to Canisius as an undergraduate student, may apply those credits to their degree requirements at Canisius University.  Tapestry high school students may request a transcript be sent to any college or university they choose to attend for evaluation of courses EDU 100 and ENG 111 by that institution.


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