The 23rd president of Canisius College, Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. has returned to the College. And he’s taken up residence in the ALB Library.
Dr. Ellen O. Conley, Vice President for Student Affairs, whose avocations include sculpting, recently created a series of sculptures that include busts of well-known Canisius Jesuits. Among those, is Father Cooke. Thanks to Dr. Conley that sculpture is now properly displayed on the first floor of the college library after a brief “visit” last year. An unveiling took place on August 8, 2012.
Father Cooke used to joke that one of his biggest accomplishments was bringing Tim Hortons’ Café and Bake Shop to the library. A frequent visitor to the coffee shop, Father Cooke knew the well-worn path through the library to the inside door of Tim’s. Coffee cup in hand, he’d roam the library collections and regularly stop by the Service Desk with his selection of library materials, where he was also known to chat with staff about their reading habits, recommendations and updates to library offerings.
Now, it’s your turn. Come to the library, grab a cup of coffee from Tim’s, and sit by Dr. Conley’s gift to the College--the sculpture of Father Cooke. Be inspired and “go exploring” through our great collections. The new academic year is underway with “boundless” opportunities.