Programs and Activities

Sponsored by Campus Programming

Whether you’re looking for recreational, educational or cultural entertainment the office of Campus Programming and Leadership Development (CPLD), in conjunction with more than 100 clubs and organizations, sponsors a variety of campus events and activities throughout the year.  Find what interests you below, and click on the links to learn more. 

Best of Buffalo

Discover all there is to do and see in Western New York through the Best of Buffalo (BOB) Series, which offers discounted tickets to sporting events, theatrical productions and much more to Canisius College undergraduate students.

Canisius Cinema

Missed a movie on the big screen? Canisius Cinema has your ticket (and free popcorn!) to those movies that left the theater but are not yet available on DVD.  Canisius Cinema is a free event for all Canisius students and takes place bi-weekly during the academic year.  Sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Association.

Commuter Life: We Got Drive

Just because you don’t live on campus doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the college community. Get involved with the Commuter Life series!  All of our on-campus programs take place during commuter-friendly hours in commuter-friendly locations.   

Fuel Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Talk about soul food! Grab your friends and get ready for this year-long campaign aimed at improving your physical, intellectual and spiritual self. In the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis, the Fuel Your Mind, Body, and Spirit campaign provides opportunities that promote and enhance care of one's self, while respecting the dignity of others. 

  • Healthy You – a weekly exercise program featuring free classes for Canisius College undergraduate students.  Programs include Zumba, PiYo, Kickboxing, Yoga, a walking program called the Monday Mile, and more!
  • Locks of Love / Going' Bald for Bucks - at Canisius College we are men and women for others. What better way to live our mission than by selflessly donating our own hair for a good cause. By donating your hair or raising money for either Locks of Love or Going' Bald for Bucks you can make a difference in the life of a person in need.  Do your part for cancer research and patient support when you donate your hair and raise money for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
  • New Year, New You a speaker series focusing on relevant issues significant to college students today.  Topics include alcohol awareness, sexual assault prevention and awareness, stress relief, healthy diet and exercise, suicide prevention, domestic violence, bystander intervention, and more.
  • Wellness Week – a week long lineup of programs designed to teach the Canisius College community how to lead a life full of wellness!  Wellness Week occurs annually in April and is a campus-wide initiative. 

Griffins After Dark

From karaoke parties to an 80s prom night, this series of after-hours programming offers free fun, food and prizes each weekend.  Griffins After Dark is a social programming initiative that provides students with frequent, safe, no-cost, alcohol-free, and engaging late night activities during the academic year weekends.  Griffins After Dark works in collaboration with student organizations, campus departments and local businesses to develop, support, and/or fund late night programs. We aim to empower students to plan and participate in socially responsible programming.

Griffin Spirit Week

A campus tradition! Each spring semester, Canisius holds a week-long schedule of athletic games and events to help everyone show their school spirit. It's a jam packed week of games, giveaways and awesome activities. You won't want to miss this one and be left out in the cold with the Niagara fans.  If there is one thing Canisius knows how to do right, its school spirit!

Griffin Welcome Week

The first week of classes can be a stressful time in the life of a college student. To help alleviate this stress, and to encourage students to meet new people, we have planned social activities for each night of the week. Griffin Welcome Week takes place annually during the first week of the fall semester.

New Student Orientation

Orientation at Canisius College is a very important first step in ensuring a successful college career.  As you begin this new and exciting journey, we invite you to become more acquainted with the many academic and social opportunities offered at Canisius by attending our mandatory undergraduate New Student Orientation program (Summer and January sessions).

Senior Week

A week-long celebration for the graduating seniors, which typically includes a variety of on and off campus events such as the Senior Ball, Senior Picnic, and more!


For information on any of the programs listed above, please contact the office of Campus Programming & Leadership Development at 716-888-2190, email us at CPLD@canisius.edu, or stop in to see us in the tunnel level of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, room 003.