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Datelines - 2001

January 25

Canisius College Writer-in-Residence, Dr. Mick Cochrane, marked the release of his second novel, Sport, with a book signing and reading in the Canisius College Marie Maday Theatre.

January 29

Rep. John J. LaFalce '61 presented a check for $298,000 to be used to support the installation of 50 technology classrooms in Old Main. The grant was made possible by the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education appropriations bill approved by Congress.

February 1

Canisius College President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., announced that the college has received a $300,000 gift from Canisius alumnus Thomas H. O' Neill Jr., '63. The gift will be used to support the creation of 50 state-of-the-art technology classrooms in Old Main.

February 5

The John R. Oishei Foundation has committed $650,000 to support the college's McGowan Scholarship Program.

February 7

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the newly renovated Carol and Carl Montante Cultural Center.

February 12

Elaine Sciolino, senior writer for the Washington bureau of The New York Times, presented a lecture entitled: "Iran: Democratizing Theocracy or Old-Fashioned Dictatorship."

February 24 - March 2

Canisius College hosted the 10th annual International Fest.

March 28

The Rev. John D. Garvey, S.J., professor emeritus of religious studies, director of archives at Canisius College and a Jesuit priest for more than 50 years, died after a brief illness. He was 81.

March 29

The Rt. Hon. Lord Geoffrey Howe, a member of Britain's House of Lords, spoke on "The Role of International Law in Foreign Affairs." The talk was sponsored by the Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society at Canisius College.

April 3

Molly Ivins, political columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram spoke at the Montante Cultural Center under the auspices of the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series at Canisius College.

April 20

Dr. Harry B. Gray, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, spoke on "Fuel from Sunlight and Water" through the college's Paul G. Gassman Memorial Seminar.

April 21

Canisius College alumni, students, and friends teamed up to help non-profit organizations in the Hamlin Park community during the college's third annual Community Day.

May 7

It was announced that Canisius College will offer a new master's degree in Health and Human Services beginning in Fall 2001.

May 12

The 35th annual Canisius College Regents Scholarship Ball was held at the Adams Mark Hotel.

May 17

The graduate commencement ceremony for the Canisius College Class of 2001 was held at Kleinhans Music Hall.

May 20

The undergraduate commencement ceremony for the Canisius College Class of 2001 was held at the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center.

May 23

The Canisius College Jazz Ensemble took first place honors in the non-music major category of the Collegiate Big Band Competition at the Villa Nova Jazz Festival in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

June 8

The Teachers Education Program at Canisius College, in conjunction with the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, received a $30,000 Verizon Foundation grant to increase community outreach activities with Hamlin Park School 74.

June 12

Canisius College announced a new four year major in bioinformatics to begin in Fall 2001.

June 13 - 14

Canisius College hosted the nineteenth annual conference of the Counseling Centers of New York State.

June 19

The Canisius College capital campaign, Imagine Canisius, was awarded top honors at the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) conference in New Orleans. Imagine Canisius was the largest capital campaign in the college's 130-year history and concluded on June 30, 2000 with $38.8 million raised, surpassing the college's campaign goal by $8.8 million.

June 20 - 27

Dr. Keith R. Burich, dean of Education and Human Services, led a group of Canisius College students and faculty to the Rosebud Lakota Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.

July 13

Canisius College received a $100,000 grant from The Verizon Foundation to help fund the renovation of Old Main.

July 20

The Center for the Global Study of Religion at Canisius College presented "An Evening with Dr. John Dominic Crossan", professor emeritus of New Testament theology at Depal University.

August 20

It was announced that the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome four nationally recognized fiction authors to campus in fall 2001: Junot Diaz, Duff Brenna, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Gloria Naylor.

September 17

Congressman Jack Quinn (R-Hamburg) spoke on "The Decline of Traditional Party Influence in American Politics."

September 27

Rev. James Hennesey, S.J., American church historian and a former Jesuit rector and professor, died in Bronx, NY. Father Hennesey was a member of the Jesuit community at Canisius College from 1987-1994 and professor in the Canisius departments of history and religious studies from 1988-1992. He was also a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees from 1988-1994.

September 28

Canisius College dedicated Phase I of the new Delevan Townhouses. Canisius President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. was joined by State Senator Dale Volker '63 and Mayor Anthony Masiello '69.

October 13

The Canisius College Scholarship Associates presented "Fashionably Fall", its 38th annual fashion show. The Canisius College Scholarship Associates, founded in 1963, raises funds for student scholarships at Canisius College and has more than 467 current members.

October 12-13

Canisius College hosted the 49th annual New York State Sociological Association Conference (NYSSA).

October 25

Microsoft's Great Plains Education Alliance Network has donated $40,000 in business management and software and educational materials to Canisius College for use in the college's Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Program.

November 9

Canisius President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., rededicated the college's newly renovated campus cornerstone, Old Main. Old Main was the first building on the college's new campus at Main Street and Jefferson Avenue when the college moved from its Washington Street location in downtown Buffalo in 1912. It recently underwent a $12 million renovation, which enhanced the guilding's physical structure and added 50 technology classrooms.

November 20

It was announced that the Canisius College Graduate Deaf Education Program, will host distance learning courses on vision impairments in conjunction with Dominican College beginning in the spring 2002 semester.

November 21

Canisius College Press has released its third publication, Frederick Law Olmsted's Point Chautauqua: The Story of an Historic Lakeside Community.