Meet your 2012 Orientation Leaders
Taylor Allison '13
Major: Political Science and Communication Studies
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The fact that it feels like a community. When you walk down the hallway, people always say hello. When you walk into a building, someone will always hold the door. I feel that we all share our love of Canisius College and it shows throughout campus.
Brian Almendinger '13
Major: Accounting and Accounting Information Systems
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The opportunities that are available to everyone. We have a number of sports on campus and nearly any major that you might be interested in. I also like the one on one interaction between students and teachers. All of my professors know my name and I feel very comfortable approaching them about any problem I may have.
Kelsey Alvarez '13
Major: Childhood/Special Education
My favorite thing about Canisius is: Feeling like everyone around me on campus is a part of my family.
William Bakke '14
Major: Accounting and Accounting Information Systems
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The people; walking down the tunnels and talking to the best people I know. Since I have come to Canisius I have grown into a whole new person.
Samantha Berical '14
Major: Chemistry ACS
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love how close everyone is at the school. You can always see a familiar face when you turn the corner. Not to mention everyone here is so friendly. The small classes make it easier to develop a relationship with your professors as well, so you can always go to them for help with classes or for advice about the future. It helped make my transition into college so much easier since I feel so comfortable here; I consider Canisius College my home.
Jennie Beverly '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The opportunities to serve abroad that are available to us.
Allison Braun '13
Major: Environmental Studies
My favorite thing about Canisius is: Setting the world on fire, the Jesuits, other faculty (professors to custodians), MAGIS, convenient location, being photographed by Father Bucki, tea with Dr. Forest, getting wise with Dr. Capezzi on 9th floor of Churchill tower, piano lessons with Mrs. Schmid, chats with Father Tom, etc.
Caitlin Canahai '14
Major: French, German, and Adolescent Education
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The life-long friendships I have made while here.
Nick Ciesiulka '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: That it is really is a home away from home, the small class sizes allows my professors to know me personally.
Anne Continetti '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The sense of community. We truly are a family. People smile and greet each other and will go out of their way to do nice things for one another. It has been so easy for me to meet new people and make friends here. I know that the friends I have met at Canisius will be my friends for life - that's the kind of people we have at our school.
Jonathan Corona '14
Major: Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, and Finance
My favorite thing about Canisius is: Definitely the family-like atmosphere. Whether it involves my friends or a faculty member I always am under the impression that the individual is genuine and supportive no matter what.
Brett DeNeve '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The attitudes of the people I've found here. From shooting hoops at Koessler to taking advanced Calculus courses, whether it be the Division 1 players or the smartest kids in the class or even the teachers themselves, if you just go up to them and say hi the next thing you know they're giving you pointers. Here at canisius all it takes is a simple "hello" to spark a friendship. It's about more than just an education here at Canisius, it's about experiencing all aspects of life.
ReNika Dixon '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The warm and welcoming atmosphere that the college provides. The professors put forth a lot of time and effort to make bonds with their students to ensure success. Not only are the bonds between students and professors strong, but the bonds between individuals of the student body are incomparable.
Christopher Driscoll '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I think my favorite part of the Canisius community is how loving and accepting the students and faculty are, and how you are treated like an adult here.
Chelsea Elledge '13
Major: Early Childhood/Childhood Education
My favorite thing about Canisius is: One of the most unique things is the love that the people have on this campus. Most people here have a genuine love for each other, and the school itself. This school has become home to so many people and that is something that you cannot get everywhere. Canisius as a whole creates such a loving and caring campus, in and out of the classroom, making the ENTIRE college experience four years of life that will always be in my heart.
John Garfoot '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love that we are a small school, as everyone seems to know each other, which makes meeting and assimilating into groups of friends very easy. The class sizes make it so that students have great communication with professors. I love how the school is dedicated to serving not only the students but the surrounding community. I love all that the college has to offer in terms of clubs, sports, and activities. Plain and simple I love everything about this college.
Tanner Gelatt '13
Major: Political Science
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The fact that the faculty and staff really care about the students.
Melissa Gretzler '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: There are so many opportunities to get involved and grow as a person at Canisius. It is such a close knit community and you're guaranteed to see many familiar faces on your walk to class.
Michael Heilemann '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love the people, the professors and the commitment to learning.
Jamie Hitro '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love the close-knit family that Canisius provides; it's hard to walk through the hallways without recognizing someone and smiling.
Michael-Anthony Jaoude '13
Major: Political Science, International Relations, European Studies, History
My favorite thing about Canisius is: How easy it is to get involved and feel like a part of the community. Not only is it really easy to find clubs for any given interest, but it's just as easy to start one for any given interest. There are countless majors, programs, and extra-curriculars that you can be a part of. This is what makes Canisius so great and epitomizes the "Where Leaders Are Made" slogan.
David Kaplan '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The feeling that everyone is a part of a great big family. From the time when I first got here I have felt like everyone here, Students, Professors, Staff, Public Safety; We are all one big family called Canisius College.
Erin Kelly '13
Major: International Relations/Political Science
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The opportunities that it has given me. I have been able to study abroad in Ireland for a semester, to spend two weeks in Jamaica on a service trip, and to take multiple trips through the College Democrats. Further, all of the extra-curricular activities that I have been given the chance to be involved in has helped me grow immensely as a person, so that I can be ready to move on to a new chapter in my life when I graduate.
Mariel Klein '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The community. Everyone here genuinely cares about each other and there is always someone there for you for support and celebration. It's not only your fellow students who create this community; the faculty, professors and administration of the college are always there for you as well. The friends you make here are unlike those you will ever find and they will last a lifetime.
Taylor Klun '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The open and comfortable atmosphere. It allows for close relationships to develop among students of different classes and majors, as well as promotes open communication between students and professors.
Anthony Kroese '14
Major: Political Science
My favorite thing about Canisius is: All the different clubs that Canisius offers are amazing. It is like one big family at the college and students are always looking to join together for fun and learning. If there is not a club already available to meet needs, the college makes it easy to start another club on the campus. If you want to get involved, there are million opportunities on campus!
Bridget Laszewski '14
Major: Health and Physical Education
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The size, I like how I can walk down the street and know almost every other person. And I also like the class size; some of my classes are less than 20 so your professor really gets to know you, not just your face.
Lauren Ligon '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The people. Everyone here is so friendly and personable. It's a great environment to be, and being here has been a wonderful experience.
Derrick Luchey '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The friendliness of those on campus.
Joseph Modica '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The awesome sense of community! It's great getting to know so many people in such a friendly environment. There's always someone to hang out with and something to do!
Nicholas Palmara '14
Major: Business Management
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The "family-feel" you get from the moment you enter campus. There are so many people here that care about you and want you to succeed in everything you do.
Christopher Paradise '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I enjoy all of the extra curricular activities. Intramural sports, Griffins After Dark, and the events put on by the clubs at Canisius are all a great time.
Andrew Plewinski '15
Major: Political Science
My favorite thing about Canisius is: That since I arrived on day one of my college experience, I have never felt alone, unhappy, or uninterested. Canisius has given me the opportunity to make my collegiate experience not only engaging and enlightening, but it has allowed me to do things that I never thought possible. I tried new things that I might have considered to be outside my comfort zone, like join mock trial and run for Senator in the Undergraduate Student Association, and see how things went.
Benjamin Pulownik '15
Major: Physical Education
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The atmosphere, teachers, and the life long friends that you make.
John Solak '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The same thing that attracted me to Canisius: the strong sense of community that exists among the students and professors.
Gina Sparacino '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The personal attention one receives from the faculty and staff. The professors truly care about the students' well-being and watching their students succeed throughout their years at Canisius.
Caressa Trueman '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The atmosphere and the people. The first moment you walk on campus, everyone is so welcoming and friendly. You can never meet a person who doesn't have the potential of becoming a life-long friend. The staff are always willing to help, and the professors strive to help you to achieve success.
Daniel Ulmer '13
Major: Political Science and English
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The people. During my time at college, I have met so many amazing people who I have learned from and who have inspired me.
Courtney VandeBovenkamp '14
Major: Adolescent Education - English
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love the small-school atmosphere! I have been able to make a lot of genuine friendships with fellow students and close connections with professors. I feel like I am part of a family.
Marissa Verdi '15
My favorite thing about Canisius is: When I came here last year, I was the only one from my high school and I was able to make all new friends and, in a sense, got to "start over" and become the person I always wanted to be.
Alexander Vilardo '14
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The tight-knit community feel.
Gabrielle Walter '15
Major: Communications and Journalism
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The availability the teachers have to meet with their students. How often can you say at a large college does your teacher know you on a person level, hold office hours to help their students understand class material, and respond to your email within the same day? Only at Canisius do students get the attention and resources they need to help them advance to their future careers.
Nicholas Wiltsie '13
Major: Political Science
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The community it breeds. I feel more at home at Canisius than I ever have at any point in my life. Ultimately, it is the people that make Canisius truly special: the students, the faculty, and everyone else that has helped to make Canisius what it is today.
Shannon Wood '14
Major: Math and Economics
My favorite thing about Canisius is: I love the class sizes and closeness of the community. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful.
Miranda Zagorski '13
My favorite thing about Canisius is: The fact that we are all truly a family. Canisius has a different atmosphere than other colleges I had visited and it is very unique. Somebody is always there for you whether it be a teacher, fellow student, or neighbor. It is a wonderful place to be.