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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

 

The Holy Month of Ramadan

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The Ramadan holiday will be observed from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 1. Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims will be fasting among other things. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. 

In the spirit of being people for and with others, the ALANA Student Center wanted to bring information about the holiday to the attention of our community.

Please see the attached letter with more information regarding the Ramadan holiday. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu or Bennie Williams directly at willi100@canisius.edu.

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

Bill Davis Scholarship

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) is happy to open the application for the 2022 Bill Davis Scholarship. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Bill Davis, director of the Upward Bound program at Loyola University Chicago from 1969-1990.  He is also one of the founding members of CDE. This scholarship, awarded annually, commemorates his commitment to education, public image and student of color motivation.

The ALANA Student Center is hosting information sessions about the scholarship every Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the center. The ALANA Student Center is located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008. Staff will be available to assist with the application process, which includes an essay.

Please consider making eligible students aware of this opportunity and encourage them to submit an application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams at willi100@canisius.edu.

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

 

First Generation Student Honor Society

Canisius College is now the home of the Delta Gamma chapter of the Tri-Alpha First Generation Student Honor society. We will be inducting our first cohort of members this semester. Please visit this site for more information. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage eligible and qualifying students to apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Harrington at harring4@canisius.edu or Bennie Williams at willi100@canisius.edu.

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