Canisius Online November 2013


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.  A reunion kick-off meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Regis North. Let us know if you will attend by contacting the Office of Alumni Engagement at, 716-888-2700 or 800-201-4952.

“Always A Griffin” Homecoming Weekend will run from Thursday, September 25, through Sunday, September 28, 2014.  All alumni are welcome to participate.  Canisius will celebrate nine reunion classes -- 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 -- and offer an extended weekend of events and activities for alumni, students and their families to interact with faculty, staff and one another. There will also be affinity reunions for ALANA and pre-law graduates.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.


Commencement imageWe are excited to bring the college’s 2014 undergraduate commencement exercises to the Canisius campus.  Our undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the Koessler Athletic Center.  There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the day for students and their families to gather and celebrate.

The day will include three undergraduate ceremonies for which students will receive tickets for guests.  In the morning, the entire graduating class will participate in a general conferral of degrees, hear from our chosen commencement speaker, and witness the recognition of our honorary degree recipients and LaSalle Medal recipients. 

After this ceremony, there will be two undergraduate ceremonies where students will receive their diplomas and walk across the stage.  The ceremonies will be broken down as follows: one for the College of Arts & Sciences and one combining the Wehle School of Business & the School of Education and Human Services. 

The change in venue was made due to the fact that the University at Buffalo’s commencement exercises will fall on the same weekend as our ceremony this year.  After exhausting external options, we decided to move the ceremony to our campus.

The graduate commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in the Koessler Athletic Center.


The Canisius College Alumni Association honored seven graduates at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner held November 9 in the Montante Cultural Center.

Recipients recognized for leadership in their chosen fields are: Col. James L. Budny ’70, MD; Hon. Mary Grace Diehl ’74; Robert M. Glaser ’68; Kathleen T. Grimm ’77, MD; Richard M. Peer ’65, MD; George C. Robinson ’73; and Rocco R. Termini ’72. 

For more information on the recipients, click here and visit our Flickr page to view photos from the event. To nominate a deserving graduate for 2014, visit


Giving Tuesday banner image#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. The movement celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. Last year, more than 2,500 organizations from all 50 states helped fuel a single day of giving that generated more than $10 million in charitable donations. This year, more than 4,000 organizations, Canisius included, are partnering in hopes of making #GivingTuesday even bigger.

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the second annual #GivingTuesday is December 3, 2013. In much the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re asking the Canisius community to support our students as they become “men and women for others” by making a gift to the Canisius Fund. Gifts to the Canisius Fund support service projects, immersion trips and co-curricular programs that lead students to use their knowledge and talents for the benefit of others. 

Do good and feel good by participating in #GivingTuesday™ on December 3. 


The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is back in Buffalo this year, and you’re invited to join Canisius College alumni and friends for a reception on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Hotel (the Avant) downtown. The reception will begin immediately following the afternoon games at the First Niagara Center.

The cost is $30 per person and includes a buffet of beef-on-weck, classic Buffalo wings, vegetarian sammies, snacks, assorted soft drinks and a cash bar. The closest trolley stop is approximately one block away at Chippewa and Delaware. To register, click here or contact the Alumni Office at 888-2700.


Act now before it’s too late! Individuals who are 70 ½ or older can make a gift to Canisius from an IRA and avoid federal income taxes, but only until December 31, 2013. Even better, an IRA rollover gift qualifies for your required minimum distribution, permitting you to lower your income and taxes for this year while helping Canisius prepare our students for a lifetime of success. 

Click here for more information or contact Dianna Civello at 716-888-8220 or


Click here to read a feature in The Architect’s Newspaper about the city of Buffalo on the “upswing.”


1812: By Fire and Sword poster

Alumni are invited to join the Canisius College Video Institute when it premieres 1812: By Fire and Sword on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum at 25 Nottingham Court.

The Institute’s latest project is a narrative film and virtual exhibit that tells the stories of The Burning of Buffalo, Red Jacket, Laura Secord, Cyrenius Chapin, General McClure and other key events that characterized The War of 1812 in the “Niagara Theatre.” The five short films were made with The Buffalo History Museum in conjunction with its exhibit, By Fire and Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814 on view at the museum through June 2014. 

Read more here.

Prior to the screening at 6 p.m., Town of Tonawanda historian John Percy will give a lecture on the Battle of Queenston Heights. A Q&A session and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.


Amazoo imageIf you haven’t visited “Amazoo: The Rainforest Connection,” designed and constructed by Canisius Zoo Biology students, there is still time.  “Amazoo” is open in Room 102 of the college’s Health Science Building, at the corner of Jefferson and Delavan Avenues, on Tuesday, November 19, Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21. The zoo is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m .  

Naturalistic exhibits display 13 species on loan from The Buffalo Zoo and other sources, including the red-legged tarantula, giant Brazilian cockroach, freshwater stingray, red-tailed boa constrictor, green-cheeked conures, green and black poison dart frog, blue poison dart frog, amazon milk frog, red-footed tortoise, South American river turtle, fulvous duck, and the prehensile-tailed porcupine. Canisius Zoo biology students designed the habitats under the guidance of Susan Margulis, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation and biology; with the assistance and support of The Buffalo Zoo and Pete Paufler, lead mechanic for facilities management.

Click here to read more.


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