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Office Relocations

The ALANA Student Center (ASC) and the Center for International Education (CIE) have swapped spaces.

ASC is now located in the lower level of the Student Center (003) and CIE is located in the lower level of Frisch Hall (008). All phone numbers will remain the same.

Please contact Bennie Williams at willi100@canisius.edu if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to the community visiting us in our new spaces.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Inaugural Induction for First-Gen Honor Society

Canisius College inducted its first cohort of members into the Delta Gamma Chapter of the Tri-Alpha First Generation Student Honor Society on Monday, April 25th in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Over 20 individuals were inducted including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Front Row: Hawa Saleh, Courntey Johnt, Liana Posella, Sameria Mbili, Hannah Davis, Chief Kimberly Beaty (Director of Public Safety)

Back Row: Dr. Mark Harrington (Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Academic Success), Dylan Tynan, Jesse Pfeiffer, Merce DeJesus, Haley Pond, Katara Willis, Deepthi Krishna, Jason Francey (Director of Student Engagement), Bennie Williams (Assistant Dean/Director of the ALANA Student Center).

Below is a list of all students who were inducted:

Class of 2022
• Eliyas Aman
• Merce DeJesus
• Courtney Johnt
• Sameria Mbili
• Lucas Palmer
• Jesse Pfeiffer
• Haley Pond
• Liana Posella

Class of 2023
• Hawa Saleh
• Dylan Tynan
• Olga-Iris Wanliss-Diaz
• Katara Willis

Class of 2022
• Mason Bowes

Graduate Students:
• Hannah Davis
• Deepthi Krishna
• Mallorie Lynn
• Haley Snyder

Faculty/Staff
• Chief Kim Beaty, Director of Public Safety (also pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration)
• Mr. Jason Francey, Director of Student Engagement
• Dr. Mark Harrington, Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Academic Success
• Mr. Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students

The college’s first generation student initiatives is a collaborative effort between various departments in the Student Affairs division. Congratulations to all of our new inductees. We look forward to inducting more members of our community in the years to come.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

 

ALANA Student Center Annual Awards

The ALANA Student Center invites applications for the ALANA Achievement and Annual MLK Awards. Award descriptions and forms are below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latino/a American, Asian American, or Native American (ALANA) graduating senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of Magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large. Toward this end, we are seeking nominations for the Canisius College ALANA Achievement Award, which will be presented annually at the Spring Honors Convocation. Nominations can be made here.

Annual MLK Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge a student and/or a non-student (faculty, staff, or administrator) who represent the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK). Toward this end, we would like to solicit nominations for an award or awards to be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation. The nominee(s) must demonstrate qualities promoting social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, human rights, advocacy for the poor, or non-violence. Nominations can be made here.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

 

2022 ALANA Graduation

The Canisius community is invited to the 2022 ALANA Graduation. This pre-commencement ceremony celebrates graduating ALANA students (both graduate and undergraduate).

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The community is also asked to submit a tribute video to be presented at the ceremony. You can record yourself or we can send a staff member to record your video if you wish.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

 

 

Delta Gamma Honor Society Inaugural Induction Ceremony

Last summer, Canisius College was granted the Delta Gamma chapter of the Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society. This Honor Society recognizes students who identify as first generation. The inaugural cohort will be inducted on Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The campus community is invited to attend.

Mark Harrington, PhD, assistant vice president for student development and academic success, and Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students and director of the ALANA Student Center, serve as the chapter advisors. Please feel free to contact either with any questions or concerns.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of Students, ALANA Student Center