Canisius Online December 2013

CANISIUS MOURNS LOSS OF GEORGE M. MARTIN '42, HON '88

Canisius College lost one of its most loyal and distinguished alumni on December 7, 2013, with the passing of George M. Martin ’42, HON ’88. He was 92.

Martin spent the greater part of his personal and professional life at Canisius, giving his time, talents and soul to alma mater. In doing so, he played a crucial role in the progress, prosperity and growth of the college.  “George’s life was devoted to service,” said Canisius President John J. Hurley ’78, who was Martin’s close friend and protégé. “He had an amazingly fertile mind and an extraordinary ability to put ideas into action. All of this redounded to the benefit of Canisius College over the past six decades.” 

Read more and view a pictorial tribute by clicking here.

To make a donation to the George M. Martin Fund at Canisius College, click here. (Be sure to specify George Martin Fund under the “Other” Gift Designation)


BE A PART OF YOUR REUNION CLASS

Plans for a new and improved “Always A Griffin” Homecoming Weekend are underway, and we want you to be involved.  Join your classmates and become a member of your class reunion committee. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it won’t be the same without you. The Office of Alumni Engagement is looking for class committee members and co-chairs for the reunion classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009, plus affinity reunions for ALANA and Pre-Law graduates.

Click here to be a part of Homecoming Weekend.


CANISIUS LAUNCHES MYMAGIS IN CELEBRATION OF IGNATIAN IDEALS

Canisius College began a celebration of shared Ignatian ideals during the Christian season of Advent with a campus-wide reflection and conversation about magis, a key element of Jesuit spirituality. The myMAGIS initiative asks students, faculty and administrators to reflect on how they experience these defining ideals in their daily lives. Participants are then encouraged to share their thoughts in words and images, which are then posted in virtual and public places across campus.

To be a part of myMAGIS, email your thoughts in words and images to Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J., director of mission and identity, at tunneym@canisius.edu.

To learn more and read current reflections, click here.


WOLF BLITZER, JON LUTHER TO ADDRESS CLASS OF 2014

Two Western New York natives will return home in May to deliver the undergraduate and graduate commencement addresses to the Class of 2014.  Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and former Kenmore resident, will address the undergraduate class on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center, located at the corner of Main Street and Delavan Avenue.

Read more by clicking here.

Kenmore native Jon Luther will address the graduate class on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.  Luther is the recently retired chair and chief executive officer of Dunkin’ Brands, which owns, operates and franchises restaurants under the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins brands, worldwide.

Read more by clicking here.


THIS SEASON, GIVE A GIFT THAT CHANGES LIVES

As you make your list and check it twice this holiday season, please remember Canisius students with a gift to the Canisius Fund. When you support the Canisius Fund, you advance our Jesuit educational mission by providing vital funding for scholarships, academic programs, service trips and student initiatives. In short, you give our students a tremendous gift – a Canisius College education and the lifetime of opportunities that come with it. 

Become a partner in our students’ success, make your gift today at canisius.edu/gift.


PETEY IS VOTED BEST SCHOOL MASCOT

The votes are in and Petey is the best Catholic school mascot in the country!  The Golden Griffin prevailed following a fierce online bracket competition, which pitted Petey against such worthy beasts as St. Bonaventure’s Bona Wolf, the Boston College Eagle and the Fordham Ram.  The final bracket battle came down to Petey and Iggy, the Loyola Maryland Greyhound. But Canisius’ half lion, half eagle proved mightier, capturing the crown with 52 percent of the popular vote.

The Best Catholic School Mascot competition was hosted by BustedHalo.com, a spirituality web magazine written by and for young adults.


GET INTO THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS

There are many opportunities for careers in sports today, so it is more important than ever to choose a good graduate program. Pat Mathews, ’04, senior manager of customer relations for the Buffalo Bills, explains why he chose Canisius. “I looked for a program with a college or professional network, a program with a strong alumni base that would connect me with internships and lead to professional jobs. If it weren’t for Canisius, I wouldn’t be where I am at right now.”

Mathews and 16 other graduates of the college’s Master of Sport Administration program work for the Buffalo Bills. Learn how you could be next at canisius.edu/sport-admin.


WHATS NEW WITH YOU?

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