Canisius Online - October 2014

Griffs Face Off at HARBORCENTER

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Canisius takes its championship hockey program to a new level of excellence this weekend, when the Griffs face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the new HARBORCENTER entertainment complex. The state-of-the-art complex also serves as the program’s full-time practice facility and houses the team’s permanent locker room, which includes a student-athlete lounge, a coaches’ suite and the team’s athletic training facility.  The $250,000 space has been made possible by the generous support of Blue and Gold Fund members Martin J. Berardi ’80; John A. Christiano ’57; Nelson D. Civello ’67; Cory D. Conacher ’11, as well as Mark J. Grundtisch (Holiday Twin Rinks); The Knee Center of Western New York; The NOCO Foundation; and Towne Automotive Group. 

Visit for the Griffs’ upcoming schedule or to purchase tickets. 
Follow Canisius hockey on Twitter @GriffsHockey.

ULLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

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Alumni of the Canisius College Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC), formerly known as the McGowan Learning Community Program, recently gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first graduating class. The only one of its kind in the area, the ULLC provides socially and economically disadvantaged students, who are committed to developing their academic talents and leadership abilities, with an opportunity to obtain a high-quality Canisius education.

“The ULLC Program afforded me many opportunities that I otherwise would not have had,” says Charity Hill-Jasinksi ’04, MSEd ’06. Jasinksi is completing her doctoral studies in curriculum instruction and the science of learning at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “I enjoyed my trips to the Lakota Reservation, study abroad to Australia, Literary London and the ULLC workshops, all of which played a role in my career choices.”

Read more about the ULLC anniversary here

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Needs Your Help

Volunteer with Campus Ministry to serve as one of Santa’s elves at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy on Thursday, December 18, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s needs thousands of wrapped toys moved from a secret location they affectionately dub their “toy box” to their St. Luke’s Mission Mall on December 18.  They are in need of 70 people for this project!  Last year, 70 alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families participated.

The toys will be delivered to families in need in the city of Buffalo.  Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder of St. Luke’s, will host the Canisius volunteers and provide fresh homemade pizza in St. Luke’s dining room.

Vans will leave for St. Luke’s from in front of the college’s Tower Lot at 6:30 p.m.  For more information and to sign up, contact Joe Van Volkenburg, Canisius College Campus Ministry, at or 888-2875.


Alumna Shares Insights with Federal Reserve Bank

Dana Kilborne ’84 will begin a three-year term as director of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 

Canisius Grad Aims to Turn Buffalo into a Center for Video Gaming Development

Chris Langford ’10 looks for a new space for Buffalo Game Space.

Alumna's Documentary Tells the Stories of Female Entrepreneurs

Erin E. Bagwell ’09 is executive producer of Dream, Girl, a documentary that will showcase empowering stories of women-run companies. 

TESOL Program Meets Growing Demand

If you’re an educator or studying to be one, then you know about the increasing demand for those specially trained to teach English to students of other languages (TESOL). The School of Education and Human Services at Canisius offers an innovative and convenient TESOL master’s degree program for students interested in acquiring this in-demand skill. The program is offered fully online and designed to prepare classroom teachers for New York State certification as a TESOL specialist (grades K-12).

Program Director Lisa Murray Roselli, EdM, was recently interviewed about the Canisius program.

Learn more about the college’s master’s degree program in TESOL.


The Thanksgiving Mass and Continental Breakfast will be held onNovember 27, 2014. Mass is at 10:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel and brunch immediately follows in the Palisano Pavilion. For more information or to make reservations click here.


The Buffalo/Niagara Chapter is hosting an event for alumni, family and friends for Big 4 Basketball and Griffs Hockey on Saturday, November 29.  The Big 4 Basketball Classic at First Niagara Center starts at 2:00 p.m. with St. Bonaventure vs Niagara.  Canisius vs the University at Buffalo begins at 4:15 p.m. 

Atlantic Hockey at the HARBORCENTER begins with Canisius vs Air Force at 7:30 p.m. 

Enjoy a reception at 716 Food and Sport on the Upper Level at HARBORCENTER, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

For more information or to make reservations click here


Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in the Montante Cultural Center beginning with a brunch at 11:30 a.m.   The induction ceremony will follow during half-time at the women’s basketball game as the Lady Griffs take on Iona at 2:00 p.m. in KAC. 

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