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Canisius Hosts Bestselling Author Silas House

Canisius welcomes nationally bestselling author Silas House to campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

House’s talk, titled “Complicated Love: On Appalachia” is free and open to the public.  The event is presented under the auspices of the college’s William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.

House is an acclaimed multi-award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist.  Most recently, he received the 2023 Southern Book Prize in Fiction for his novel Lark Ascending. The novel was a SIBA bestseller and has also been chosen as a “Booklist” Editor’s Choice, one of “Salon’s” favorite books of the year, one of “Garden and Gun’s” selections for Best Southern Books of 2022, and as a top 10 most recommended book by independent booksellers across the nation in the monthly Indie Next List.

House is the author of six additional novels—Clay’s Quilt, 2001; A Parchment of Leaves, 2003; The Coal Tattoo, 2005; Eli the Good, 2009; Same Sun Here (co-authored with Neela Vaswani) 2012; and Southernmost, 2018, as well as a book of creative nonfiction, Something’s Rising, co-authored with Jason Howard, 2009; and three plays.

He serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, on the fiction faculty at the Naslund-Mann School of Creative Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, and as a series editor for Fireside Industries at the University Press of Kentucky.

Read more here.


Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Receives $1 Million for ULLC

President Stoute announced today that the college received a $1 million gift to support the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) from an alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous.

The ULLC provides scholarship support to the best and brightest students from Greater Buffalo, with the aim to create the next generation of leaders in Buffalo and Western New York. Students in the program are from populations historically denied access and systemically excluded from positions of influence and power.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous support for one of Canisius’ most distinctive high-impact programs,” said President Stoute. “This gift to the ULLC shows a deep commitment to our Catholic, Jesuit, urban mission, which calls us to be persons for and with others and allows us to inspire a new generation of leaders. It will have a lasting impact on Canisius, Buffalo and Western New York for generations to come.”

The ULLC enrolled its first class in fall 2000 and experiences an impressive 80 percent, four-year graduation rate. Almost 200 ULLC students have graduated since 2004, and currently, there are 36 ULLC students pursuing undergraduate degrees in a wide-range of majors. ULLC students have gone on to graduate programs and careers in education, medicine, business and social work, among others.

The ULLC program is co-directed by Bennie D. Williams ’11, MSEd ’13, assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center, and Michael Forest, PhD, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department.


Submitted by College Communications

Discounted Sabres Tickets

If you’re still searching for that last minute Christmas gift for someone special, why not take advantage of the discount offer for tickets to an upcoming Buffalo Sabres game?

As a corporate partner of the Buffalo Sabres, Canisius College employees are being extended an exclusive discounted ticket offer for the 50th anniversary season. The offer can be accessed by clicking here. Employees currently have the opportunity to choose from four discounted games throughout the season, based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Discounted Sabres Tickets

As a corporate partner of the Buffalo Sabres, Canisius College employees are being extended an exclusive discounted ticket offer for the 50th anniversary season. This offer can be accessed by clicking here. Employees will have the opportunity to choose from several discounted games throughout the season based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

It’s Flashback Friday!

It’s Flashback Friday! Each Friday we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Flashback to 1948 – The Griffins traveled to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium to compete against John Carroll’s Blue Streaks, led by Don Shula, in the second Great Lakes Bowl on December 5, 1948.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, please visit

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Sarah Signorino, director of Mission & Identity, poses with her husband, Jerod Sikorskyj ’04, ’13, and two daughters. They picked out a T-shirt that they felt represented them best. Her husband picked an Elon Musk space man shirt. Signorino chose one about immigrants. Her younger daughter picked one with emojis on it and her eldest chose one of the college’s sesquicentennial shirts! When Signorino asked her why she felt that represented her best, her daughter responded, “I want to be a Griff!”

Submitted by: College Communications