Welcome from the Vice President


DentinoThe division of Student Affairs at Canisius College intentionally cultivates an environment where students are expected to be attentive to their experiences, reflect upon the meaning of those experiences, and develop a lifelong habit of discernment in order to exercise purposeful action.

My role here at Canisius is to help each student find success academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  I believe this to be the best job on campus!  I have the privilege of serving you side by side with division staff and coaches who are exceptional educators, committed to student success. We are a student-centered division. In all that we do, we strive to honor and respect the dignity of each and every person we encounter, all those who have been entrusted to us. We seek to accompany students as they endeavor to answer the fundamental questions facing them: Who am I?  What are my God-given talents? What am I called to do?

As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, our mission is to provide care, direction, activity, and education in all areas of your lives both inside and outside of the classroom. The goal is to foster the development of the whole person—mind, body and heart—according to the mission and values of the College; namely cura personalis (care for the whole person) and the magis (striving to be the best version of ourselves possible). This will allow you to become men and women with and for others. This is our goal and we will accompany you on this journey.

By pursuing these goals as a community of learners, we hope to create a campus culture that reflects and advances the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of moral and intellectual excellence. The student, as individual and as part of the community, will be the center of our efforts, and will be expected to fully join in the education offered by full participation in the community.

You can expect to be challenged both inside and outside of the classroom, to develop new friendships, and to become the best version of yourself possible. Prepare to exceed your own expectations.  Welcome again to Canisius College—it’s a great day to be a Griff. 


Daniel A. Dentino, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Old Main 102

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