Homecoming 2014 Schedule of Events

Homecoming Weekend will be filled with events, gatherings and celebration as alumni come back to campus and share their memories and achievements.

Join classmates, friends, parents and families September 25 - 28 for a weekend of fun.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Campus Tours

Come back to campus and see first-hand the exciting developments that have taken place at your alma mater. Guided campus tours will leave the Lyons Hall at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Buffalo/Niagara Tours

Visit some of the Western New York’s most exciting attractions. Add these locations to your itinerary when you plan your visit:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
Flying Bison Brewery
Niagara Falls - Scenic Tours

Metro Passes

We are offering discounted Metro Passes for Friday, September 26.  Passes normally cost $5, we are offering them for $4.  Hop on the Metro after tent party back to your hotel or continue the party at one of Buffalo's hot spots downtown.

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Kick-off Schreiner Reception and Presentation:
"The Future is Upon Us: Your Genome and Your Health"

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center - Thursday - September 25
(Reception before presentation by invitation only)
Join alumni, family and friends for a presentation from Canisius graduate Norma Nowak ’79, PhD, Director of Science and Technology at the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics on Life Science. She is also one of the nation’s leading cancer scientists. 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Buffalo Tours

Visit some of the Western New York’s most exciting attractions. Add these locations to your itinerary when you plan your visit:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
Flying Bison Brewery
Niagara Falls Tours

GRIFF 101 Presentation

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Grupp Fireside Lounge - Friday, September 26
Come meet and mingle with first year Canisius students to share stories about the exciting opportunities available throughout their college experience.

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Mini Presentations: - Friday, September 26
Canisius College Video Institute Presentation: "Advancing Social Justice through Film"

Barbara Irwin, PhD and Jamie O'Neil, Co-directors, Video Institute
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Lyons Hall 418

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Golden Griffin Fund Presentation - "An Introduction into the Golden Griffin Fund and Financial Markets Lab"
Steve Gattuso '87, MBA '88, Executive Director of the Golden Griffin Fund

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Financial Markets Lab - Old Main

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Campus Ministry Mini Retreat "MyMagis"

Michael Hayes, Director of Campus Ministry and Rev. Father Michael Tunney, S.J., Director of Mission and Identity
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Undercroft of Christ the King Chapel

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Sport Administration Alumni Career Panel

Shawn O'Rourke, PhD, Associate Dean of the School of Education and Director of Sport Administration
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Science Hall 1013 A

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Young Alumni Business Etiquette Workshop
with John Bourdage, Founder of Bourdage Consulting

Sponsored by the Center for Professional Development
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Science Hall 1013B

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Young Alumni Reception with Flying Bison Brewery - hosted by the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Science Hall Atrium
Cost is $15 per person

Get your Friday night started by tasting all the creations of this local brewer and Buffalo icon. Alumni from the classes of 2000 through 2014 are invited to come socialize, celebrate and network with classmates, recent graduates, faculty and staff.

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Reunion Donor Wine and Cheese Reception
Kris '04 and Nicki Kane '04 of 21 Brix Winery

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.                             
Science Hall Commons

Come meet 2004 graduates Nicki and Kris Kane, owners of 21 Brix Winery, one of the newest wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country. Nestled between the vineyards and cherry orchards of Olde Chautauqua Farms and near the shoreline of Lake Erie, the winery is one of the largest in the region. The Kanes will share their finest wines and the secrets to enjoying them.
Canisius Fund donors who contributed in honor of their reunion milestone are invited to a wine tasting. (If you have not yet made your gift, you may still do so!)

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Men’s Soccer Game vs. Saint Bonaventure

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5:00 p.m. - Demske Sports Complex
Come out and support the Golden Griffins as they play host to long-time rival St. Bonaventure. Canisius enters this annual meeting with the Bonnies riding a three-game winning streak in the series, dating back to the 2011 season.

Mentalist Sean Bott (students and families only)

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Montante Cultural Center

Prepare to have your mind blown! Mentalist Sean Bott has appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel, the WB, and on-air with Radio Disney performing his unique blend of hilarious characters and psychic entertainment.  His show includes mind reading, telepathy, and predicting the future.  This show is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.  Free to all attendees.  Seating is limited.

Alumni Tent Party on the Main Quad

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

$35 per person - $40 at the door
**We are offering NFTA Metro day passes to alumni at a discounted rate, $4.00 per pass (normally $5.00)!! Come enjoy the party as well as a safe ride back home to your place of stay.

Nothing beats the traditional tent party on the quad. Join hundreds for a night of celebration that features music from the Soul Providers, great company, dancing, Buffalo food favorites, photo booth and plenty of beer and wine.

Food Trucks

Still hungry? Lloyd’s Taco Truck and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs will be parked on campus and open for business from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Community Day - Saturday, September 27

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet in student dining hall in Richard E.Winter ’42 Student Center

Canisius Community Day is for students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends of the college to collaborate and serve with non-profit organizations in the City of Buffalo. Our work varies from physical labor, to serving food and being present to others in need. Our work and service to and for others are done in the Spirit of the Jesuits, of being a person with and for others. Canisius Community Day goes from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and includes lunch

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Physics Open House with Dr. Michael Wood

The department's annual Physics Open House is an opportunity for Physics faculty, students and staff to present hands-on science experiments and demonstrations to the public.  Families and children of all ages are invited to come discover the secrets behind the many physics concepts they encounter in their everyday lives.  Favorite demonstrations include the chess robot, the electric harp, and other electronic gadgets.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Science Hall room 1011

Campus Ministry Reflection

"MyMagis" with Michael Hayes, Director of Campus Ministry and Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J., Director of Mission and Identity
12:00 - 12:30 pm  - Griffin Meeting Room - KAC, second floor

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Women's Soccer vs Monmouth

11:00 a.m. - Demske Sports' Complex
The Canisius women’s soccer team plays host to defending MAAC champion Monmouth. That game will be the team’s first home MAAC game of the 2014 campaign.

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Campus Tours

11:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Science Hall - Meet in the Atrium

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FallFest

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Koessler Athletic Center Parking Lot
Sponsored by Student Life

Experience a unique autumnal festival sponsored by some of Canisius' top student leaders! Local food trucks will be available for lunch options to current students, families, and alumni.  Other activities will include: inflatables, pumpkin decorating, cider and donuts, balloon art, face painting, caricatures, a DJ and more!  Registration will be required for all families and alumni, which will include a cost for a food truck meal ticket.  Current students are welcome to attend at no cost. Cost is $10 for families, guests and alumni which includes meal ticket and access to all activities. For more information, please contact spb@canisius.edu

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The ULLC Reunion, Brunch

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Oakk Room
1435 Main St., Buffalo, NY

**featuring a custom buffet, and bottomless mimosas!
$20 per person, $5 for children 12 and under
$55 family package includes 2 adults, children included, with two commemorative ULLC T-shirts
RSVP and payment due by September 12th

Men's Soccer Alumni Game

1:00 p.m. - Demske Sports' Complex

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Women’s Volleyball Game vs St. Peter’s

1:00 p.m. - Koessler Athletic Center
The Canisius volleyball program opens the home portion of its league schedule at home when the Blue and Gold takes on Saint Peter’s.

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Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmages at the Demske Sports Complex, KAC

2:30 p.m. Men and Women's Lacrosse vs. Niagara
The men and women’s lacrosse team, four-time defending MAAC champions, hosts long-time rival Niagara in a fall scrimmage.

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4:00 p.m. W. Lax Alumni Game - Demske Sports Complex

5:00 p.m. Men's Lacrosse vs. TBA

6:30 p.m. Ed Van Tine M. Lax Alumni Game

Join alumni of the men's lacrosse team in the Ed Vantine Alumni Game at 6:30 pm at the Demske Sports Complex.  Participation in this event is $50 per person and includes, alumni gift and food.

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(Later, 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Men and Women Lax Alumni at D'Arcy McGee's)

Java with the Jesuits

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Loyola Hall
Join Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J., and members of the Jesuit Community for a tour of their home, and enjoy a fresh cup of your favorite hot or cold coffee and ice cream!

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CPD Mentoring Workshop:
"The Powers of Mentors and Mentoring" , Jessica Shimert MS '08, Senior Facilitator, Center for Professional Development
Sponsored by The Center for Professional Development

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Science Hall Room 1013A

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Family Dinner deaturing Midwest Dueling Pianos (Parents and Students)

Come together as a family for a fall dinner in Economou Dining Hall, while enjoying the entertaining and comedic Midwest Dueling Pianos Show.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 pm.
Adults - $27
Children 10 and under - $8

*Please indicate when registering if you have any dietary restrictions or vegetarian

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Class and Affinity Reunion Events: Saturday, September 27

Each class or affinity group celebrating a reunion and each affinity group will is planning a Saturday night activity on campus or at local restaurant or bar. Learn more about your class or group.

Class of 1969

Chester Hon '01 & Diane Stranczek Commons - Science Hall
Main Street, Buffalo, NY
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$45 per person includes food stations and open bar

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Class of 1974

The Garret Club
91 Cleveland Ave., Buffalo, NY
Cocktails 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
Dinner 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
$55 per person includes food stations and open bar
(No Jeans. Sports Coat Required)

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Class of 1979 and Class of 1984

The Crystal Room - The Hotel Lafayette
391 Washington Ave, Buffalo, NY
Cocktails 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
$50 per person includes food stations and cash bar

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Class of 1989

Lagerhaus 95
95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$20 per person includes food buffet and cash bar

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Class of 1994 and Class of 1999

The Lodge
79 W. Chippewa Ave., Buffalo, NY
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$35 per person includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

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Class of 2004

Osteria 166
170 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$55 per person includes sit-down dinner, open bar, and souvenir pint glass
$50 per person for guests

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Class of 2009

Fat Bob's Smokehouse
41 Virginia Street, Buffalo, NY
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$30 per person includes full buffet and open bar

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Law Alumni Reunion

Darwin Martin House
Greatbatch Pavilion
125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY
Tours available at 6:00 p.m. , $10 per person
Reception 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$45 per person includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer, wine and soda

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Softball Alumni Happy Hour - A Celebration of Canisius Softball and Coach Mike Rappl

Pan American Grill
Hotel Lafayette
391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
$20 per person includes food stations and open bar

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Homecoming Weekend Family Dinner featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos (for students and families only)

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Economou Dining Hall

Lax Alumni Reunion at D'Arcy McGee's

D'Arcy McGee's
257 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
$50 per person includes food stations and open bar

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Softball Reunion - 10:00 - KAC
Alumni Mass

Christ the King Chapel
10:30 a.m.
A true celebration of Canisius as a Jesuit institution, Mass will take place at Christ the King Church on campus.

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Alumni & Family Picnic

Main Quad
11:30 a.m.
Family Picnic Featuring Anderson’s immediately following Mass!
$20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under

children receive a free t-shirt!

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Men’s Soccer Game vs. St. Francis, PA

1:00 p.m. - Demske Sports Complex
The Griffs close out their weekend homestand Sunday afternoon when the team plays host to Saint Francis. The Red Flash were regionally-ranked in 2013 and posted 11 wins.

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Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Rider

1:00 p.m. - Koessler Athletic Center
The volleyball team wraps up its weekend home slate when the team takes on the Rider Broncs. The Griffs have won 15-straight meetings with Rider in volleyball.

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Buffalo Zoo Tour 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
Take a tour of the Buffalo Zoo led by favorite and famed professor Mike Noonan, PhD, who chairs two of the college’s most popular programs, the undergraduate program in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation and the graduate degree program in Anthrozoology.
$10 per person for adults, $5 for children


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