Charitable Gifts to Canisius

Canisius is very fortunate for its loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so that donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2018 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM 203 attention: Katie Huck, director, Advancement Services. All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by Monday, December 31. This is an ongoing policy, and as we get to the end of the calendar year time is critical.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or by email at Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director, Advancement Services

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to:

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR


Campus Candid

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The Public Safety Department wishes to thank all the volunteers who arrived at Ladies of Charity to deliver a truckload of toys, clothing and household goods! Members of Student Life, Griffins Giving Back, Facilities and Campus Ministry all helped deliver the donations, which were so generous and heartwarming.  We are so grateful.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student life specialist, Public Safety

Makerspace Holiday Card Workshops Wrap-up

Makerspace is an opportunity for all participants to engage in fun and creative activities. This year, the two holiday card workshops were no exception. Thank you to the students, faculty, administrators and staff who took time out of their day to send messages of holiday cheer and hope.

The first batch of holiday cards were sent to detainees at the Batavia Detention Center with the assistance of Grace Speranza and her associates at Justice for Migrant Families. The second batch of cards pictured below were sent to Fort Drum, NY for several soldiers who were injured during deployment and are at a Warrior Transition Unit. Thank you to Ben Dunkle, professor of Digital Media Arts, who prepared cards, purchased supplies and offered wonderful encouragement as participants worked on their handwriting and calligraphy skills.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History


Christmas Mass and Luncheon

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Members of the campus community are invited to attend a Christmas Mass and Luncheon with President Hurley on Thursday, December 20. Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. in Economou Dining Hall. See the attached flyer for more information.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President