Canisius Online – September 2013


Nearly $3.4 million in federal support is headed to the Institute for Autism Research.  The four-year, research grant from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences is the largest ever received by Canisius. The IAR will use the federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of its comprehensive school-based intervention program, schoolMAX, for elementary school children diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.  The research project will take place in elementary schools throughout Western New York and involve 96 elementary students (grades 1-5), their teachers and parents, over the course of four years.  The grant will also fund a total of 25 undergraduate and graduate research assistants each year.

The IAR is also the recipient of a $359,000 grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.  The grant will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of summerMAX in a community setting, and to create a training protocol so that the program may be made available to community providers nationwide.  The grant also supports the adaptation and evaluation of summerMAX in an outpatient afterschool program, so that families and community providers have options to help children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders in both summer and afterschool settings.  Each year the grant funds between nine and 29 undergraduate and graduate research assistants. To read more about the federal grant, click here. To read more about the Tower grant, click here.


Richard A. Shick, PhD, interim dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, has named Steven A. Gattuso ’87, MBA ’88, director of the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) at Canisius College and an instructor in the Department of Economics and Finance. Gattuso began work at the college on July 1. Read more 


The Canisius College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2014-2015 inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame and DiGamma Honor Society, as well as honorees for its LaSalle Medal, Distinguished Alumni, Faculty and Senior awards. The Association also now seeks nominations for the inaugural Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J. Award. This annual award will recognize an individual (who is not an athlete or coach) who has made a significant impact on the Canisius College athletics program over an extended period of time. For more information on the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J. award, or to submit a nomination for any of the awards, click here


Great School, Great Price graphicBuffalo, NY – Canisius College climbed to number seven on U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools at Great Prices”ranking among regional universities in the North. The 2014 ranking moves Canisius up one from the number eight position, which it held last year.

According to the ranking, 77 percent of Canisius undergraduate students received need-based grants in 2012. The average discount on the total cost of tuition was 45 percent.

U.S. News named only 15 regional universities in the North to its “best value” list. Canisius is one of four private colleges in Western New York to be included. U.S. News classifies regional universities as those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, and tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states. Read more

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