Canisius Memories

Celebrating 150 Years of Memories

Canisius inspires generational connections and bonds that last well beyond graduation. As we celebrate 150 years, hear some of our favorite Canisius memories and submit your own.  

Walter Garrow ’72, MBA ’77 Walter Garrow Canisius

“Canisius has been a great foundation for my whole life. First, it supported my faith.  Chemistry then provided an understanding of the "what" that is all around us, and how it impacts us; and, that degree helped me obtain my first job as a Sr. Analytical Chemist. The MBA then helped me into the corporate management world.

Before retirement, I was a Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Director over 10 companies (within one overall company), covering North America. The professional credentials grew to include these four: ASP, CHMM, CIH and CSP. Canisius prepared me for the qualifications and knowledge to pass the examinations for this full array of environmental health and safety certifications. 

Most importantly, Canisius is where I met my wife, and we have three great and supportive children, and now two grandchildren. There is no doubt that Canisius College opened the door to what has been so very important to us.”

Suzanne Frank ’16 Canisius memory suzy frank

“In my family, we have a longstanding connection to Canisius College. My grandfather, Monroe Frank, graduated from Canisius (he's 96 now!). My parents met at Canisius in the 1980s. My older brother and sister both graduated from Canisius (2013, 2014).

When I was still in high school, I wasn't sure where I would end up. My mother would often say, "I think you'd love Canisius," but like any teenage rebel, I shrugged her off.

Fast forward to August of 2012. Circumstances in my life led me directly to Canisius. They welcomed me with open arms. They made everything so easy. I was accepted quickly and offered a very generous scholarship, as well as an alumni grant because of my family's history with the college.

I learned very quickly that Canisius is not like other institutions. The faculty, staff and students are a cut above the rest. Canisius is a community where members are truly invested in your success. They go the extra mile. I work in higher education now, and I can tell you that not all colleges and universities treat people the same way Canisius does.

Thank you, Canisius for giving me a well-rounded education. For preparing me for what comes next in my life. I owe a lot of what I have today to Canisius!

I wouldn't have been able to attend without the generous scholarship given to me. Thank you!”

Harold Colligan '49 Harold C Canisius

“Back in 1935, during the Great Depression, my father took me aside and encouraged me to take business courses in high school, as he would not be able to send me to college due to working only two days a week and needing to support a wife and seven children.

After being drafted and spending over two years overseas in the United States Air Force, I met a fellow at work who told me he was taking night college courses and that his tuition was being paid by the GI Bill.  I wondered if the GI Bill would do the same for me, so I contacted the Admissions Department at Canisius College and was delighted to learn I would qualify!

I enjoyed a tremendous experience at Canisius, being taught moral values by the Jesuits that have lasted my entire lifetime, not to mention a terrific education in Business Administration that resulted in over 27 years of secure employment and a nice, long retirement...41 years and counting!”

Nicole Masaki Canisius Memories Nicole Masaki ’18 

 “One of the most impactful parts of my time at Canisius was attending the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. I attended three of my four years at Canisius. Before going, I knew I wanted to make a positive and lasting impact, but was lacking a direction to make that change. The Teach-In gave me a way to center and focus on my interests and left me wanting to do more work like that – lobbying and political work for social justice.

I had the opportunity to intern for US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand twice, and after graduation I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue fighting for positive social change. I found my passion working at an environmental grassroots organization as a field canvasser where I engage residents to take action for the betterment of the environment.”

Natalie B CanisiusNatalie Beilein ’98

“Canisius was where I met the friends who would help me realize I, too, had a purpose and strengths. Canisius was the place where I figured out if I applied myself, I too could be “smart.” Canisius reintroduced to me to God, redirecting my moral compass which would activate further upon marriage and becoming a mother. Canisius was the place I felt safe and finally empowered to become the best version of myself. I truly see Canisius as a pivotal turning point in my life, which propelled me onto a pathway of success."

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