September 2012

Marketing Canisius

Canisius has developed an integrated marketing and branding campaign to more effectively communicate the strengths and distinctiveness of the college, further differentiate the college from local and regional competitors, increase visibility beyond Western New York, and enhance admission and fundraising.

The campaign focuses on student engagement through exploration. Canisius provides an educational environment that inspires students to learn by doing and to stretch themselves--to partner with faculty, one another and the community, and to apply academic lessons to real-world challenges and opportunities. At Canisius, students work hard and acquire a wealth of knowledge. They learn new skills and how to apply them. They learn by doing, and what they learn pushes them toward new and challenging opportunities.

The messaging associated with this work is research-based and market-tested and is being shared through a broad range of communications and activities. These include:

  • New campus signage and banners
  • Enrollment collateral
  • New web site and related social media and multimedia
  • Advertising online, outdoors and in high-profile locations such as the Galleria Mall in Buffalo
  • Through a partnership with the Buffalo Sabres
  • Through admission events, activities and promotions locally and outside of Western New York

Look for more information and examples of this work in the coming weeks and months.

Science Hall Opens

Canisius College unveiled Science Hall to the campus community when classes resumed on August 27.  Phase 1 of the three-phase project is an impressive 120,000 square feet of space.  Science Hall is home to the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics & Statistics, the Institute for Autism Research and the Dr. George E. Schreiner Pre-Medical Center. Subsequent phases will welcome the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations.

Designed to break down barriers between traditional disciplines, Science Hall’s infrastructure is inherently interdisciplinary and includes ample space for students and professors to learn, study and socialize collaboratively.  Island workstations cluster young investigators together to forge new breakthroughs.  Teacher laboratories replace conventional lecture halls, and are outfitted with flexible furniture and state-of-the-art technology so faculty can customize the space to support interdisciplinary curriculum needs.

A living green wall greets visitors to Science Hall.  Glass walls and walkways serve as windows to science-in-action.  Science will be on display in the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior Laboratory.  The integrated and interactive space will showcase faculty and student exhibits curated in cooperation with the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo Zoo. The laboratory will also house the Canisius Zoological Society’s mini-zoo, developed biennially.

Phase 1 of Science Hall was supported by A Legacy of Leadership: The Campaign for Canisius College, which secured $26.9 million in commitments for the project. Additional support is needed to renovate the subsequent levels of Science Hall. Learn more about Science hall

Canisius will formally dedicate Science Hall on Friday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Six Graduates Named 2012 Distinguished Alumni

The Alumni Association selected six alumni to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award honors alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their chosen professions. The 2012 recipients are:

Petrina V. Genco ’70, PhD
Director, Tissue Typing Lab
Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Christopher M. Kelly ’83
Jones Day, Cleveland, OH

Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96
President and Partner
Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates, Buffalo, NY

James C. Metzler ’72
AICPA Vice President, Small Firm Interests
American Institute of CPAs, New York, NY

J. Donald Schumacher ’72, HON ’92, PsyD
President and CEO
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA

William P. Sisler ’69, PhD
Director of Harvard University Press
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in the Montante Cultural Center. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Cost per person is $75. For more information or to make reservations, contact the alumni office at 716-888-2700 or 1-800-201-4952.

Karl Rove Speaks at Canisius

The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership at Canisius College will welcome Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, on Monday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, located at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place.  Rove’s lecture is entitled “Understanding America’s Challenges.”  The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.   

Known as the architect of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Karl Rove served as senior advisor to President Bush from 2000-2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-2007.  He oversaw the offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Rove also served as deputy chief of staff for policy.  In this role, he coordinated the White House policy-making process. 

Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a FOX News contributor and author of The New York Times bestseller Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight

Prior to managing President Bush’s political campaigns, Rove was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin, TX- based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups.  His clients included more than 75 Republican, U.S. Senate, congressional and gubernatorial candidates, in 24 states. 

A Colorado native, Rove attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University and the University of Texas, Austin.  He has taught graduate students at the University of Texas, Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and undergraduates in a joint appointment from the Journalism and Government departments at the university.

Rove currently serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation.  He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society.  

The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute at Canisius College offers a broad array of programs and learning opportunities for students in political science and public affairs.  The Institute also sponsors an acclaimed lecture series, in which prominent individuals whose professional careers in government, academia and media attest to their expertise on political issues, and who can share significant insight and information with the Canisius community. 

For more information on Karl Rove’s lecture, contact the Office of Public Relations at Canisius College at 716-888-2790. 

Chaplin the Musical Opens on Broadway

Calling all alumni who live in (or travel to) the NYC area! Be sure to include the brand-new Broadway show, “Chaplin the Musical” in your fall plans! Already the talk of the town, “Chaplin” tells the story of the silent film legend who “forever changed the way America went to the movies.” It is co-produced by Robert E. “Bob” Rich Jr., former Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen and longtime supporter of Canisius, and his wife, Melinda R. “Mindy” Rich, through their company Rich Entertainment Group. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support a loyal friend of Canisius and see what all the buzz is about! Opening Night is September 10. To reserve your tickets or for more information, please visit:

Upcoming Events

Pittsburgh - Loyola Club Luncheon – September 13

Join Pittsburgh area Jesuit-educated alumni on Thursday, September 13 at The Rivers Club (301 Grant St, Suite 411, Pittsburgh, PA) for the first Loyola Club Luncheon hosted by Wheeling Jesuit University. The Loyola Club gathers Jesuit educated alumni for food, fellowship and inspiration and probes ways to apply Jesuit spirituality in our current lives and communities. Chris Lowney, former Jesuit, businessman and author of the book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, will be the featured speaker. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch starting at noon. Cost is $35 per person. Please RSVP by September 5th to the Wheeling Jesuit University Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-888-2586.

DC – 34th Annual Buffalo Nite – September 19  

The NYS Society of Washington, D.C. and the NYS Congressional Delegation invite you to the

34th Annual Buffalo Nite on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SDG-50, 1st and C Streets, NE Washington, DC from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Jim Militello, radio sports reporter for Associated Press Broadcast, will receive the 2012 Charging Buffalo Award. To register, please visit:

NYC  - Presidential Reception – October 4

The NYC alumni chapter will welcome Canisius President John J. Hurley for a reception on Thursday, October 4, at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University. For more information and to register, please visit

Canisius is coming to California in Winter 2013!

Plans are underway for alumni receptions to be held in northern and southern California this winter. Stay tuned for more info! 

Alumnus Pronounces First Vows in the Society Of Jesus

After two years of Jesuit formation, Jason G. Downer ’03, MS ’06 pronounced his first vows in the Society of Jesus on Saturday, August 18, in Syracuse, NY. The formation program to become a fully-formed Jesuit (from novice to final vows) takes approximately 16 years to complete. 

The first two years of Downer’s Jesuit novice included community living and making the Spiritual Exercises in a 30-day retreat. Novices also spend this time verifying their vocation, forming a more intimate relationship with the Lord, and growing in authentic self-knowledge and an increasing love for the Society of Jesus. At the conclusion of this two-year period of prayer, work and study, the novice pronounces perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. 

“This idea of giving my life to Christ and to God and these vows is something that has grown deeper and deeper inside of me over the past two years,” said Downer. “I am humbled to be called a Jesuit, men whom I’ve looked up to for 15 years of my life.” Downer earned his bachelor of arts degree in history and his master of science degree in education, both from Canisius.