Office of Alumni Engagement

The strength of the Canisius alumni network isn’t just that it’s 40,000 strong; the strength of our alumni network is that they stay connected.

They don’t forget Canisius after they graduate. They subscribe to The Griffin. They stop by to visit former professors. They volunteer on Community Day. When we battle Niagara, you’ll see business executives and entrepreneurs decked out in blue and gold, respected community leaders and esteemed academics cheering as loudly as undergraduates. 

Big Thank You to all Alums who attended Homecoming 2015. 

Check out the pictures from the event.

Alumni Events

Exciting things are always happening at Canisius and at alumni programs around the country.  Join fellow graduates to cheer on the Griffs at a sporting event, or recognize distinguished alumni at the annual awards dinner. From reunions on campus to regional events across the country, there is something for everyone. 

Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday, November 26

The Offices of Alumni Engagement and Campus Ministry invite you, your family and friends to attend the Thanksgiving Mass and Breakfast.

We invite those attending to please bring a non-perishable item(s) in support of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

10:00am Mass | Christ the King Chapel
Continental breakfast immediately following Mass in the Palisano Pavilion

Please RSVP by Monday, November 23

Click here to RSVP

Canisius Over Cocktails - Rochester

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join our hosts James ’95 and Dawn Schnell for the Rochester area alumni reception, featuring Canisius College President John J. Hurley.

Appetizers and bar of beer, wine and soda|
Event is Complimentary

The Home of Jim & Dawn Schnell
31 Thomas Grove - Pittsford, NY 14534

Please RSVP by November 27th.

Click here to RSVP.

Griffs VS. Bulls Game and Reception

November 28

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Pre-Game Reception

2 p.m. - Game

Pre-Game reception at Santora's Pizza Pub and Grill
1402 Millersport Hwy, Williamsville, NY 14221


$20 for reception
$25 for reception and ticket to game (tickets are on sale until November 25th then will need to be purchased through UB at a higher price).

Reception includes: All you can eat pizza, wings, soft drinks, and water. Free Canisius car decal and other small Griff items!

Come join the fun before and during the Griff's game vs UB!

Click here to REGISTER.

Griffs in Ohio

December 12, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Game: 7:00 p.m. - Golden Griffins vs Golden Flashes

Here come your Griffs!

Please join us at an Alumni Pre-game Reception at Kent State before your Golden Griffins take on the Golden Flashes!

Pre-game Reception Location

Quaker Steak and Lube
1075 Risman Drive
KSU Student Center
Kent, OH 44242

Price: $5 per person, includes game ticket and appetizers. Cash bar available.

Click here to REGISTER

Santa's Elf at St. Luke

Thursday, December 17, from 6:30pm-9pm

Serve as one of Santa’s Elves!!

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy needs your help!!

St. Luke’s provides Christmas for 2600 families in need in the City of Buffalo.

St. Luke’s needs thousands of wrapped toys moved from a secret location they affectionately dub their “toy box” to St. Luke’s Mission Mall on Thursday, December 17. It is like working in Santa’s workshop getting the toys ready. 

Vans will leave for St. Luke’s from in front of the college’s Tower Lot at 6:15p.m. (You may to choose to follow us over in your car so you can leave right from St. Luke’s)

Meet us at St. Luke’s at 325 Walden Avenue at 6:30pm

Open to Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Students and Friends of the College and their families.

Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder of St. Luke’s, will host the Canisius volunteers and provide homemade pizza in St. Luke’s Dining Room. Last year we had 130 people we need that many this year!

For more information and to sign up, contact Joe Van Volkenburg, in Campus Ministry, at or 888-2875

Griffs in Vegas

December 22, 2015

Reception 4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (PST)

Post-game reception will be held at McMullan’s Irish Pub right after the Griffs play Louisiana-Monroe at the Orleans Center.

McMullan's Irish Pub
4650 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
( On Tropicana & Cameron, West of ‘The Orleans’ )
Phone: 702-247-7000

Click here to REGISTER

Griffs Take on RIT

Join the Rochester Canisius Network, alumni, family and friends before the Griffs take on RIT at MacGregor's for a pre-game reception.

Reception: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: TBD

MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room
300 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-8410

Game Time: 7:05 pm at RIT

For more information or to make reservations contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 1-800-201-4952.