- Canisius College
name = Canisius College
type = Private
established = 1870
city = Buffalo
affiliations = Jesuit
undergrad = 3,468
postgrad = 1,389
president = Fr
colors = Blue and Gold
mascot = Golden Griffin
website = http://www.canisius.edu
Canisius College (pronEng|kəˈniːʃəs) is a private
Catholic collegein the Delaware Parkdistrict of north-central Buffalo, New York. It was founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It is named for St. Peter Canisius, a Dutch Jesuit of the 16th century, who spent his active life as an apostle to post-Reformation Germany. As of 2007, Canisius has 3,468 undergraduates and 1,389 graduate students. The freshman class of 2010 currently contains 755 students. The 58- acrecampus houses 37 buildings. The school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
Canisius College consists of the [http://www.canisius.edu/academics/arts_sciences.asp College of Arts and Sciences] , the [http://www.canisius.edu/business/ Wehle School of Business] , and the [http://www.canisius.edu/education School of Education and Human Services] .
In recent years Canisius has made a huge investment to improve every part of the campus. Over $117 million has been spent in improvements in almost every building on campus. In the fall of 2007, Canisius College President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., announced the college’s plans to raise $90 million by the year 2010 for capital improvements and to enhance the college’s endowment. A Legacy of Leadership: The Campaign for Canisius College is the largest fund-raising initiative in the college’s 137-year history. Of the $90 million goal, $47 million will fund the creation of an interdisciplinary science center at the college in the former HealthNow building and parking pavilion at 1901 Main Street in the heart of the campus. The science center will enhance the college’s position as one of the nation’s top undergraduate universities for science education.
U.S. News and World Report" consistently ranks Canisius as 22nd among regional schools in its "North Region." [cite web
title = USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Canisius College: At a glance
publisher = U.S.News & World Report
date = 2008
url = http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_2681_brief.php
accessdate = 2008-02-02] Canisius was included in
Kaplan's list of "America's 367 Most Interesting Schools."
Canisius is home to more than 70 majors, minors and special programs through the College of Arts & Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. Canisius is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB). Some of the most prominent programs at the college are; Accounting, Finance, Biology, Chemistry, and Education. Biology and Chemistry majors at Canisius in the past five years have had high acceptance rates into the graduate school of their choice. The Canisius accounting program consistently ranks among the top programs in New York State and the U.S. based on student pass rates on the CPA exam according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. The finance program at Canisius has [http://www.canisius.edu/business/ggf.asp The Golden Griffin Fund] which requires students to research, create, and manage portfolio holdings (stocks); analyze and recommend companies to add to the portfolio; and grow the fund through the solicitation of new investors. The fund started in 2003 with $100,000.
Canisius College's motto is "Where leaders are made".Although Canisius College enjoys the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college, it also offers the opportunity of big-city entertainment and amenities. For example, the
Buffalo Sabresare a short train ride downtown. The college offers discount tickets, and competitions to get tickets at various times through out the year. Popular programs such as the Best of Buffalo series and the annual Fall Semi-Formal dance offer students an opportunity to experience the "City of Good Neighbors." Other popular student sponsored programs include the annual Mr. Canisius competition, the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit with Fall BBQ, and Springfest.
About 1500 students live in 11 residence halls, which include cable television and high speed Internet access, local telephone service with voicemail, and use of the campus laundry facilities at no extra charge. Housing options range from newly renovated, traditional rooms to modern apartment-style single bedroom townhouse units. Hundreds of other upperclass students rent housing in the immediate neighborhood.
The Canisius College Golden Griffins are composed of 16 teams including men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming and diving. Men's sports include baseball, ice hockey, and golf. Women's sports include volleyball, synchronized swimming, and softball. The most popular teams are the [http://www.canisius.edu/athletics/teams/team.asp?teamID=89 men's basketball] and [http://www.canisius.edu/athletics/teams/team.asp?teamID=99 men's ice hockey] teams.The Canisius College softball team won the 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, its 10th MAAC title in the last 15 years. The men's ice hockey team competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
In 2008, Canisius men's
lacrossewon the MAAC tournament and earned its first ever bid to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championshiptournament. [cite web |url=http://insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=189560 |title=Canisius routs VMI, earns MAAC championship and NCAA bid|accessdate=2008-05-05 |author= |date=May 4, 2008 |work=InsideLacrosse.com |publisher=]
The 2008 Baseball team won the regular season MAAC championship for the first time in its history with a 41-13 record. It also smashed the school record for wins in a season. The school is excited for it's upcoming season, where expectations are very high.
Canisius also won the Canal Cup in 2008. The cup commemorates the athletic rivalry between Canisius College and Niagara University.
In addition to Division I Varsity sports Canisius offers structured intramuals sports to provide students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sports activities.
"Canisius College March"
On with a march, march, march to victory.
Our hearts are glad today, we're in the fray today.
On with a step, step, step triumphantly
We'll raise a chorus strong
To sing this battle song;
Go up, go up, go up, never say done to Canisius men
Fight on, fight on, fight on tho' you have won and won again
Cheer with a shout, shout, shout exultantly
Lift up your eyes to see our Griffin victory
Hail to you blue and gold, the victory is ours today;
With loyal sons of old our youthful hearts and bold
Will rush your banners onward through the fray
And fight, fight, fight on you Griffin men
ev'ry foe is put to flight;
And onward thru the fray triumphantly
You march in your victorious might!
Canisius College is the
Reserve Officer Training Corpshub for Western New York. The [http://www.canisius.edu/rotc/ Golden Griffin Battalion] is composed of students from Canisius, University at Buffalo (UB), Hilbert College, D'Youville College, Daemen College, Medaille Collegeand Erie Community College.
Students may enroll in ROTC during their freshman and sophomore years as a free elective and owe no obligation to the military. ROTC classes are based upon leadership, teamwork, confidence building, and military strategy. Students may receive four, three and one half, three, and two-year scholarships from the
United States Armyand their respective school based on a tough interview, physical, and application process. In return the cadetis required to serve active duty as a second lieutenantfor four years after graduation. The Golden Griffin Battalion is the number 1 battalion in the northeast region of the United States.
Canisius is served by two stations on the
Buffalo Metro Rail, the Humboldt-Hospital (Metro Rail)Station near Sisters Hospitaland the Delavan (Metro Rail)Canisius College Station near the Koessler Athletic Center. In addition, Canisius is accessible via numerous Niagara Frontier Transportation Authoritybus routes and by car. Canisius is only a short drive from the I-90.
Notable alumni and faculty
List of Canisius College people"
* Michael Buczkowski '86 - General Manager / Vice President of the
* Calvin Darden ’72 – Senior Vice President,
United Parcel Service; named 8th most powerful Black Executive in the U.S. by " Fortune Magazine"
* Paul G. Gassman '57 - (1935-1993) - organic chemist - Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Minnesota (1975-1979), named University of Minnesota Regent's Professor (1988), elected to National Academy of Sciences (1989), served as president of the American Chemical Society (1990)
* Rev. Leonard G. Hacker, S.J. ’35 – Jesuit Missionary,
* Norm Hitzges - Radio Show Host for SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket
John J. LaFalce’61 – former Congressman (NY); Peter Canisius Distinguished University Professor, Canisius College
* Thomas J. Lawley, M.D. ’68 – Dean, School of Medicine,
* Mark J. Lema, M.D., Ph.D. ’71 – Chairman, Critical Care Medicine & Pain Medicine,
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
* Robert J. Lull, M.D. ’62 – Chief of Nuclear Medicine,
San Francisco General Hospital
* Robert A. MacKinnon ’50 – former General Manager, Assistant Coach,
New Jersey Nets
Salvatore R. Martoche, JSC ’62 – New York State Supreme CourtJustice: Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Anthony M. Masiello’69 – former Mayor of Buffalo, former professional basketball player, Indiana Pacers
George Mathewson’72 – Chairman of the Board, Royal Bank of Scotland
* James T. Molloy ’58 – former Doorkeeper,
United States House of Representatives
* David J. Nasca '79 - President and Chief Executive Officer of Evans Bancorp and Evans National Bank
* Robert A. Klump '79 - Associate Director, Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center, Canisius College; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Canisius College
Henry J. Nowak’57 – former Congressman (NY)
Denise O'Donnell, former United States Attorney
William Paxon’77 – former Congressman (NY); Senior Advisor, Akin, Gump, Hauer, Strauss & Feld
John W. Rowe, M.D. ’66 – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Aetna, Inc.; member of the Academy of Science
* George E. Schreiner ’43 – Distinguished Professor of Medicine,
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Elaine Sciolino’70 – author: Bureau Chief, Paris, the " New York Times"
* Michael Smrek ’85 – former professional basketball player, NBA
Los Angeles Lakers
Dennis Strigl, Current President and Chairman of Verizon
Adam Zyglis, editorial cartoonist, " Buffalo News"
* [http://www.canisius.edu/ Canisius College's official web site]
* [http://gogriffs.com Canisius Athletic official site]
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