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Children participating in the Institute for Autism Research’s summerMAX Program enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities from the AT&T and WNY STEM Hub Prism Program. SummerMAX is a comprehensive psychosocial treatment program, developed by co-directors Marcus Thomeer, PhD and Christopher Lopata, PsyD, for 7-12 year old children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). The collaboration between AT&T, WNY STEM Hub and the Institute for Autism Research incorporated STEM activities into the summerMAX program.

Senator Tim Kennedy and members of the media were on hand yesterday to tour the Institute for Autism Research and watch the children participate in the new STEM activities. Click the media link below to watch the story.

WIVB Channel 4

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News recently featured English and psychology graduate Joanah Perkins ’19 in a story entitled “From St. Luke’s to law school: Joanah Perkins blazes her own path.” Both Joanah and her sister, Sydnie Perkins ’16, MS ’20, assistant director of communications, virtual engagement and data for the Office of Alumni Engagement at Canisius, attended St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy home school from kindergarten through eighth grade. Joanah attributes her success to those who have surrounded her with support, including her mentor Mike Taheri ’82, a Buffalo lawyer and mentor of Joanah’s and Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

Joanah is the first St. Luke’s graduate to pursue a law degree and began school this summer at the New England School of Law in Boston.

Click here to read the full story.

Submitted by: College Communications

BN360 Summer Development Events

Canisius College is a sponsor of the Buffalo Niagara 360 Program as part of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership that includes informational programs for young professionals and networking opportunities at no cost. Click here or see below for BN360’s list of summer events. To access the updated 2019 BN360 calendar, click here.

Summer BN360 events:

  1. Come Together for Happy Hour at Castellani Art Museum – Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. @ Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (5795 Lewiston Rd., Niagara University, NY 14109)
  • Bring a friend and lawn chair to enjoy food trucks, specialty cocktails, art demonstrations and a Beatles tribute band! (This is a rain or shine event.)
  • Tickets are $15 and include one complimentary beer/wine. All proceeds will benefit the Castellani Art Museum.
  • Please note, your BN360 code will not work for this event
  • PDF to share: click here


  1. Jumpstart #2: Coaching- Finding What Works– Friday, August 9 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. @ the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Offices (257 West Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14202)
  • Free to BN360 Members
  • Find out how the solution-focused coaching method will help you draw on the individual talents and abilities of your team members and find ways to develop a team sustainably and systematically.
  • Enjoy an interactive workshop on coaching models, methods and strategies to progress through challenges and enhance the team experience.
  • PDF to share: click here


  1. Jumpstart #3: LinkedIn Lessons– Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @ Alliance Advisory Group (600 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202)
  • Free to BN360 members
  • Hear from expert Claire Petrie, talent acquisition manager for Remedy Intelligent Staffing, on how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile and relationships with commentary and real-world experience from Daniel Schlein, business development associate for Alliance Advisory Group.


If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources

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Peg McCarthy moves into her new office in Churchill Tower. The former vice president for academic affairs stepped down on July 1, from the role she’s held since 2015, to return to the Canisius faculty.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

East West Community Garden

New additions to the East West Community Garden this summer include a meditation garden, pollinator garden, a hummingbird feeder and several insect barns. An array of painted rocks will be added soon. New additions to the garden currently being installed include a new garden sign, a sharing library box and a bulletin board.

Insect Barn
Insect Barn
Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird Feeder

Feel free to visit the community garden, sit on a bench and quietly enjoy its beauty and peacefulness in nature.

Meditation Garden
Mediation Garden
Pollinator Garden
Pollinator Garden

If you are able to help with the installation of these new additions, please contact Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, at Ext. 2154 or at

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts and Sciences