Welcome from the Vice President
In my role at Canisius, I have the privilege of working with a staff of exceptional educators who are dedicated to student success. We are a student-centered division. Student Affairs professionals recognize and honor the intrinsic value, dignity, rights, and responsibilities of each student whose development is entrusted to us. We seek to actively assist our students in the development of their God-given talents, we strive to nurture in each a growing sense and appreciation of self-worth and dignity as well as a recognition of these qualities in others.
The purpose of Student Affairs work at Canisius College is to create a campus culture that reflects and advances the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of moral and intellectual development pioneered and fostered by Jesuit colleges and universities. We seek to create, for and with our students, an intentional community that will set the highest standards of academic, social, moral, and spiritual excellence. This community must bring to life, in a meaningful way, the fundamental ideals of Jesuit education. The student, as individual and as part of the community, will be the center of our efforts, and will be expected to fully participate in the education offered by full participation in the community.
The Student Affairs team is committed to supporting students through our many programs and services which foster a dynamic environment for effective communication, student development, and active learning. Student Affairs provides programs and services to support students and enrich their learning experience at Canisius. Learning takes place in all parts of students’ lives and is enriched by their living environments and their engagement in a wide range of co-curricular pursuits – from community service to athletics and from student government to the performing arts. An array of services is also here to support students – to assure their health and wellness, assist with their career development, and meet a variety of personal and academic needs. All those who work in Students Affairs support students by cultivating a learning community that, in the Jesuit tradition, assists in developing student’s whole selves — mind, body, and spirit. At Canisius, students will find an array of opportunities and experiences that are intentionally grounded in our Jesuit traditions which help create a transformative student experience that will go beyond their time at the college. When students get involved in the campus and local community they expand their worldviews and open their hearts and minds to those around them.
Working with our faculty and staff colleagues, Student Affairs strives to create a vibrant campus community. Our staff and programs engage students in conversation, reflection, and action — rooted in Canisius’ identity as a Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered, university. We view our students as citizens in a diverse community and work to educate them about making responsible choices. We encourage them to explore the values, beliefs, and commitments that guide their actions. Our work with students’ build on the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis – care of the whole person. Personal care and attention to the development of the individual, in and of itself, will not fully realize our long-term aspirations for our students. Work in Student Affairs pursues the greater goal of instilling in each student the moral values, social conscience, and ethical sense that form the soil upon which leadership in service to others is rooted.
Welcome to the Canisius Community!
Anne Marie Dobies, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
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