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Canisius College Community Report 2014


MEssAGE FROM PREsIDENT JOHN J. HURLEY Canisius College isn’t just located in Buffalo. We’re part of Buffalo and the region. for nearly 145 years, it has been our home. And like any good neighbor, we take an active role in helping to further the city’s growth and development by using our resources – intellectual, financial and spiritual – to support and enrich the Western New York community. Our core mission is to prepare outstanding graduates, many of whom will actively contribute to the intellectual capital and leadership of our region. But universities do so much more. At Canisius, our faculty contribute their expertise to the region’s business and service organizations. Administrators volunteer their knowledge and resources on countless community boards. The campus community, as a whole, shares its commitment to the city of Buffalo and all of Western New York, through a number of partnerships, outreach and service initiatives. Our efforts are palpable as evidenced on the following pages of this Community Report for Canisius College.


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Canisius is a medium-sized institution that has a big impact on the local economy. The faculty and staff we employ, the purchases we make and the capital projects we complete create economic benefits throughout the region. Our 2012-13 annual budget of $93,000,000 would rank Canisius as the 12th largest private company in Western New York.*

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ECONOMIC IMPACT

*If Canisius were ranked as a private company in Business First’s 2013 listing of the region’s largest private companies.


PEOPLE POWER**

BUYING POWER

Canisius employs 616 full-time

In 2011, the New York State Commission

faculty and staff and 291 part-time

on Independent Colleges and Universities

individuals. The salaries, wages and

(CICU) completed an economic impact

benefits of these employees represent

study of New York’s more than 100 private

$53.7 million.

colleges and universities. Canisius’ direct

30.5 percent of full-time faculty and staff live in the city of Buffalo.

spending was $97.4 million, with institutional spending, plus construction and spillover amounting to $211.6 million. With student and visitor impact estimated at $45.4 million, the college’s total direct and spillover economic impact was $257 million.

**As of May 31, 2013.

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Canisius has invested $170 million in 20 major projects on its campus over the past two decades to create a state-of-the-art living and learning environment.

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CAMPUs INVEsTMENT

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sCIENCE HALL Canisius is a leader in science education and our newly-opened Science Hall enables us to build upon that academic strength. Canisius has completed Phase 1 of the facility’s renovation, which now houses the Institute for Autism Research, the George E. Schreiner ’43, Md, Pre-Medical Center and the departments of Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics and Statistics. When completed, the facility will consolidate all of Canisius’ science programs under one roof. The outstanding preparation students receive at Canisius will contribute to the world-class research already underway in Western New York’s growing life sciences industry.

“Just as we are creating a world-class medical facility in downtown Buffalo, it is exciting that Canisius is creating a world-class undergraduate science learning center just a few blocks away.” MATTHEW K. ENSTICE MBA ’04, president and executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and member of the college’s Science Advisory Council.

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Canisius’ commitment to community begins right in our own backyard. It is the college’s driving philosophy that all initiatives must enhance the historic Hamlin Park community as well as Canisius College.

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NEIGHBORHOOD COMMITMENT

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The Hamlin Park community is a terrific place to live and raise a family, and Canisius is committed to doing its part to promote home ownership and assist in our neighborhood’s revitalization. developed by Canisius President John J. Hurley and conducted in partnership with Belmont Housing Resources, the Hamlin Park Initiative is a housing program designed to refurbish and return college-owned homes in the Hamlin Park neighborhood to owner-occupiers. Canisius has also donated college-owned homes to Habitat for Humanity. The Canisius chapter partners with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo on most Saturdays throughout the school year to help those in need achieve the dream of home ownership.

EMPLOYER AssIsTED HOUsING PROGRAM Canisius established the Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) Program in 2002. The first program of its kind in Western New York, the Canisius EAH Program provides forgivable loans to employees who purchase homes in the areas surrounding the college. The program encourages Canisius employees to live in the city and to contribute to the uplift of the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Since its establishment, 38 employees have benefitted from the program. ANdREW d. STEWART, PHd, ASSISTANT PROfESSOR Of BIOLOGY >

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PUBLIC sAFETY sTATIsTICs

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SWORN PEACE OffICERS

PROTECT & sERVE – PUBLIC sAFETY Neighborhood safety begins with the Canisius College Public Safety department. It is important that our students, faculty, staff and neighbors be able to study and live in an environment that is safe and secure. Canisius was the first private college, public safety

ALL-EMERGENCY PATROL VEHICLES

department in New York State to attain peace

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areas surrounding the campus to improve the

CERTIfIEd BIKE PATROL OffICERS

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CERTIfIEd SEGUE OffICERS

CRIME PREVENTION OffICERS

officer authority. Canisius officers patrol the safety and quality of life for all residents. Our Public Safety department works closely with the Buffalo Police department (BPd) and the Niagara frontier Transportation Authority (NfTA). This relationship is facilitated by Canisius’ computer-aided dispatch system, which enables the college to share information with the BPd and other local law enforcement agencies. In addition, all of our supervisors are trained at the same level as New York State police lieutenants. GARY M. EVERETT, dIRECTOR Of PUBLIC SAfETY


St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, dedicated the Jesuits in service to the cities and the people who live there. In keeping with this Jesuit tradition, we believe it’s not enough to live in our community. We have a responsibility to help transform it for the good of others.

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VIDEO INsTITUTE

“East Side: A Community of Hope” is a 30-minute film produced by students in the Canisius Video Institute. The documentary examines this struggling section of the city and the faith-based initiatives underway to help revitalize it. “East Side” is just one of 75 social documentaries and service-oriented videos produced by the award-winning Video Institute to help non-profit organizations and human-service agencies in the Buffalo region advance their missions. The Video Institute has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of our neighbors in Western New York.

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BARBARA J. IRWIN, PHd, PROfESSOR Of COMMUNICATION STUdIES ANd CO-dIRECTOR Of THE VIdEO INSTITUTE


Welcome to the city oF

GOOD NEIGHBORs • Nearly 800 students participated in community

apply academic ideas and theories to benefit the

projects in 2012-2013. That equates to about

community. Approximately 650 Canisius students

14,000 hours of service.

participated in service learning in 2012-2013 and

• Canisius Community Days engage more than 600 members of the Canisius community each year to serve non-profit organizations in the city of Buffalo. • The Community-Based Learning program pairs students with non-profit organizations where they

partnered with more than 50 organizations throughout Western New York. • Over the past 10 years, Canisius MBA students have assisted nearly 200 Buffalo-based businesses and non-profits with strategic business planning, financial analysis and marketing services to bring greater social and economic impact to our region.

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INsTITUTE FOR AUTIsM REsEARCH Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have an opportunity to participate in leading-edge treatment and research programs at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius. The institute’s summerMAX program was one of the first comprehensive treatment programs proven effective for children with high-functioning autism. The success of summerMAX is now the foundation for the IAR’s latest research, which tests the effectiveness of its treatment program in school settings, a largely overlooked area of research. To date, more than 250 children in the Buffalo area have benefited from IAR services. The Institute for Autism Research remains competitive with national research institutions for grant funding. In 2013, the IAR received a $3.4 million research grant from the U.S. department of Education Institute of Education Sciences – the largest research grant ever awarded to Canisius College.


Kaji Sunwar’s dreams became a reality when he opened Sagarmatha Groceries on Buffalo’s West Side. A Bhutanese immigrant, Sunwar received assistance from Canisius Enactus students who designed the store’s business plan. Opened in 2012, Sagarmatha Groceries fills an important need for Buffalo’s nearly 2,000 Bhutanese refugees, who are unable to find their traditional foods in area grocery stores. A student club, Enactus harnesses entrepreneurial opportunities to develop innovative projects that lead to sustainable change. Examples of this include programs whereby Canisius students teach Bhutanese refugee women to earn a living by sewing while caring for their children at home, and the Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase, which teaches future entrepreneurs basic business skills.

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Rich with intellectual capital, the Canisius community leverages its resources to provide solutions to Buffalo’s challenges.

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EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING

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INVEsTING IN OUR FUTURE LEADERs

URBAN LEADERsHIP LEARNING COMMUNITY (ULLC) The ULLC provides socially and economically disadvantaged students, who are committed to developing their academic talents and leadership abilities, with an opportunity to obtain a high-quality Canisius education. A hallmark program of Canisius, the ULLC is defined by a specialized team-learning curriculum, scholarship support, on-campus residency and leadership development programs to create a new generation of leaders for Buffalo. Established in 2000, the ULLC has 127 graduates. Ninety-percent are either working in their chosen field or pursuing graduate studies.

ARTHUR O. EVE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (HEOP) The goal of the HEOP at Canisius is to make higher education a reality for New York State residents who are academically under-prepared and economically disadvantaged. Established at Canisius in 1969, the college was one of the first HEOP Programs in New York State. Canisius now admits approximately 35 HEOP students each year. Alumni of the program have distinguished themselves as physicians, attorneys, educators, counselors and judges. < CRYSTAL SHAW â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15, ULLC STUdENT

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ACADEMIC TALENT sEARCH PROGRAM (ATs) ATS is one of five federally-funded TRIO programs established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Academic Talent Search of Canisius College serves approximately 600 youth recruited from area schools and community service organizations each year. The program provides students with educational, social and career support services to increase the possibility of participants becoming enrolled in postsecondary institutions.

sAY YEs TO EDUCATION Canisius is proud to partner with Say Yes to Education, a national organization committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates. In fall 2013, Canisius enrolled 13 Say Yes students who graduated from Buffalo Public Schools. Ten of the students received full scholarships from Canisius.

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GETTING DOWN TO BUsINEss The Canisius Center for Professional development (CPd) provides leadership and management training services for businesses, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and all their employees. Annually, the CPd enrolls an

OUTREACH & COLLABORATIONs The college’s School of Education and Human Services partners with more than 20 public, private and parochial schools in Buffalo. The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation (CAC) program reached more than 500,000 students and community members in 2013 at schools, animal parks and through online content.

average of 200 participants and serves more than 100 corporations and organizations. The Women’s Business Center (WBC) helps women in business build and strengthen their entrepreneurial enterprises. Since opening in 2003, the WBC has served thousands of program participants, worked with hundreds of businesses, and created jobs in the Western New York community. It is the only women’s business center in the country affiliated with a university.

Each year, nearly 300 middle school students attend Canisius’ popular Summer Science Camp. The college’s community-based Literacy Center provides literacy programs and education to approximately 150 children in the local community each year.


Canisius invites the community to campus throughout the year to enjoy educational, enriching and entertaining programming.

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ARTSCANIsIUs ArtsCanisius fills the calendar with concerts, exhibits and other arts events for the college community and the public. Students and faculty members are featured in our galleries and performance venues, along with artists from across the region. The celebrated Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs at least one concert on campus every year. The BPO also participates in recitals with Canisius faculty.

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LECTURE sERIEs Canisius hosts thought-provoking lectures throughout the academic year aimed at questioning the questions in our rapidly-changing times, and seeking solutions that demand creativity and worldliness. These events are free and open to the community.

William H. fitzpatrick Institute on Public Affairs and Leadership frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture Series Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series

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ATHLETICs Service projects are a vital component of the student-athlete experience at Canisius, and include work in local soup kitchens and public schools, and for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. In addition, the department of Athletics provides community outreach to foster the next generation of student-athletes and promotes the concept of a healthy mind and body. • The college offers an extensive array of popular sports camps for children ages 6-18, including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer. • The annual Shoes for Shelter 5K race attracts more than 400 runners each spring. Twenty-five thousand pairs of shoes have been collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Society since the race’s inception 12 years ago. • More than 2,000 Buffalo city and suburban school children attend a women’s basketball game every year during Kid’s day at the Koessler Athletic Center. dOMINIQUE RANEY ’15, MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH JIM BARON ANd AdAM WEIR ’17

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