Canisius Online - June 2014

Canisius College Commencement 2014

Commencement is a joyous event at Canisius College.  It is a time of celebration and reflection for our students, their families and friends, and the college’s faculty and staff.  This year was even more celebratory as undergraduate commencement moved back to campus for the first time since 1967.  In addition to the graduate ceremony held on Wednesday, May 14, three undergraduate ceremonies were held at the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday May 17.  CNN’s lead political anchor, Wolf Blitzer, addressed the undergraduate class of 715 students and Jon Luther, retired chair and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, addressed our 667 graduate students.  Congratulations to the Canisius College Class of 2014! 

Please take a moment to enjoy our commencement video, which captures highlights from this year’s undergraduate ceremonies.  While you watch, know that you played a role in our students’ joy and celebration.  It is you, our alumni and friends, who provide our students with the opportunity to experience a Canisius education. Thank you so much for your support!


50th Reunion Celebration 

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Click here to enjoy photos from the Class of 1964 reunion events.


Twenty-two New Alums Commit to a Year of Service

Twenty-two members of the Canisius College Class of 2014 will dedicate the next year to living simply, working for social justice and serving those who live on the margins of society. The students have committed to one year of post-graduation service work in various cities and communities across the country, with such organizations as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Mercy Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps.

“We want our graduates to become sensitive to people on the margins as they go out into the world in a variety of jobs,” says Luanne Firestone, associate campus minister. “These unique service experiences open them up to a real human connection with individuals whose lives are completely different than theirs. Perhaps more importantly, we hope that within that distinct reality, our young alumni will learn more about themselves.”

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Seven Canisius Graduates Commissioned as Second Lieutenants

The Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program at Canisius College commissioned seven Canisius graduates as second lieutenants during a ceremony on Friday, May 16 in the Montante Cultural Center.

  • Andrew Bomba, a criminal justice major, active duty, has been assigned to the Transportation Corps, 664th Ordnance Company at Fort. Hood, TX.
  • Mary Floyd, amathematics and statistics major, active duty, is attending cadet summer camp and will then complete the Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill, OK.
  • Daniel Fosdick, apsychology/criminal justice dual major, has been assigned to Army National Guard, Medical Services, 2-101 Cavalry, Buffalo, NY.
  • Kaitlin Lafferty, an anthropology major, active duty, has been assigned to Quartermaster Corps, 1st BDE, 10th Mountain Division, Fort. Drum, NY,
  • Richard Looby, a psychology major, has been assigned to the Army National Guard, Aviation, Detachment 1, Company B, 3-126th Aviation Division, Rochester, NY.
  • Mark Osadnick, an anthropology major, active duty, has been assigned to Quartermaster Corps, 1st BDE, 10th Mountain Division, Fort. Drum, NY.
  • Connor Thrun, finance major, active duty, has been granted an educational delay and receipt of a scholarship to attend medical school to become an Army doctor.

Congratulations and thank you for your service.


There is Still Time to Take the Canisius Magazine Survey

Magazine Survey imageThank you to those who have completed the Canisius Magazine survey.  If you have not taken the survey, there is still time to share your thoughts. Click here to participate. Your answers will help shape the future of your alumni publication! 


Happy New Year

With the close of one year at Canisius comes the beginning of another.  And while the college’s academic year may not officially begin until August, the Canisius Fund began its 2015 annual campaign on June 1 after successfully concluding 2014 with $2.74 million in pledges and gifts - the second highest amount in Canisius Fund history!

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Thank you to the more than 5,000 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students who generously contributed, demonstrating there is strength in numbers.  See below for the breakdown of designations donors chose to support.  

Help the Canisius Fund start its New Year strong by making your gift today. 

Every gift – no matter the amount - truly makes a difference in making a Canisius College education exceptional and distinctive.