Canisius College Photo Tour

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Canisius College

Canisius College Sign
Canisius College Sign. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Canisius College was founded in 1870 and is now one of the region’s top private Jesuit colleges. The New York college is located on 72 acres in Buffalo, and undergraduate students can study over 70 academic programs. Canisius values student interaction with its 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The college’s 56 buildings house everything from top-notch academics to student study and recreation centers to facilities for NCAA Division ​I athletic teams. 

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Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College

Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College
Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Anyone interested in seeing a Canisius College Chorale, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, or ArtsCanisius performance should check out the Montante Cultural Center. The versatile building is also used for lectures, speakers, and occasionally the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Montante Cultural Center is a dream for music and theater students, with its fully staffed control booth, box office, ​greenroom and several reception areas.

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Old Main at Canisius College

Old Main at Canisius College
Old Main at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Construction for Canisius’s Old Main started in 1911 and finished in 1912, which means that just a few years ago, the building celebrated its 100th anniversary. Old Main still holds numerous important campus facilities, including many up-to-date classrooms. It is also home to a case study lab and a PC lab, as well as the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Office of Campus Ministry. Old Main is connected to Dungan Hall, Bouwhuis Library, and the Street Side Café through a network of underground tunnels, so students can still get around despite harsh weather.

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Palisano Pavilion at Canisius College

Palisano Pavilion at Canisius College
Palisano Pavilion at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Palisano Pavilion is a place for students to relax and have fun. Students can get there through the tunnel system or the Bart Mitchell Quad, and the pavilion holds a host of recreation areas. The Penfold Commons is a multi-purpose room that students can reserve for all kinds of programs. Inside the commons is the Game Room, which features pool tables, foosball, ping pong, and bubble hockey. There is equipment available for student rental and there are monthly ping pong and billiards tournaments. The Palisano Pavilion also has two dining options: Iggy’s and the Street Side Café & Espresso Bar.

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Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center at Canisius College

Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center at Canisius College
Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

A wide variety of campus facilities and recreation areas can be found in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. It has student amenities like the Bookstore, Commuter Lounge, and the Economou Dining Hall. It has meeting and conference spaces, such as the Grupp Fireside Lounge, 2nd Floor Lounge, Conference Room, Executive Conference Room, and Regis Room. And finally, the student center also holds the Faculty Dining Room and the office of Campus Programming & Leadership Development.

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Science Hall at Canisius College

Science Hall at Canisius College
Science Hall at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Canisius’s Science Hall caters to the college’s huge science major population, which makes up about 30 percent of all undergraduates. The building was a $68 million development, and it shows its worth with interactive “science-on-display” areas, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, and a café with a common area. The beautiful Science Hall is also designed to help college collaborations with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Wehle Technology Center at Canisius College

Wehle Technology Center at Canisius College
Wehle Technology Center at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Wehle Technology Center is home to Canisius’s Computer Science program and some of the most interesting technology on campus. It has several laboratories, including a microcomputer lab and a robotics lab. Some of the equipment includes a cluster computer 24 processors and something called the Immersadesk that can display three-dimensional images. The robotics lab is home to three types of robots, starting with the LEGO Mindstorms. Then it has the Evolution Robotics ER-1 robot, and lastly, the lab has six adorable Sony AIBO robotic dogs.

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Health Science Building at Canisius College

Health Science Building at Canisius College
Health Science Building at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Canisius’s Health Science Building is home base for many of the college’s undergrad and graduate students. Undergrads can major in Biology, Health and Wellness, Medical Laboratory Science, and more with a wide choice of minors. The grad programs include Community and School Health, Health Information Technology, Health and Human Performance, Respiratory Care, and Applied Nutrition. Even distance-learning students can benefit from Canisus’ health science program, with their online Master of Science in Health Information Technology.

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Horan O’Donnell Science Building at Canisius College

Horan O’Donnell Science Building at Canisius College
Horan O’Donnell Science Building at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Horan O’Donnell Science Building was built in 1940 and holds classrooms for many of Canisius’s science programs. The college offers a host of science-related graduate and undergraduate classes, but the most popular science majors are Psychology and Biology. The O’Donnell building has the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as some impressive equipment including an Ion Chromatograph, a Tunable Pulsed Dye Laser, and a Differential Scanning Calorimeter.

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Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College

Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College
Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Another big part of Canisius’s athletic program is the Koessler Athletic Center (KAC). It houses the Athletic and Physical Education Department, as well as graduation ceremonies, concerts, and shows. The $3 million facility has a pool, weight room, locker rooms, and fitness center, but the main feature is the multi-purpose gym. This is home court for the basketball team, and in 2002 it was renovated to add new bleachers, lights and wiring so the games could be televised, and a new scoreboard.

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Loyola Hall at Canisius College

Loyola Hall at Canisius College
Loyola Hall at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Loyola Hall was built in 1949, and since then it has housed the Jesuit community at Canisius. In addition to being a residence building, Loyola Hall occasionally hosts events, such as Thanksgiving Mass. Canisius also offers special tours for students, including the Java with the Jesuits event, where the residents of the hall invite students to see their home and provide coffee and ice cream.

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Lyons Hall at Canisius College

Lyons Hall at Canisius College
Lyons Hall at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Lyons Hall is home to many interesting campus functions. It holds classrooms, Mac labs, and a case study room, as well as the Lyons Hall Conference Room which is often used for meetings, lectures, and receptions. Lyons is also the home of the Canisius College Media Center, which offers tech support, video production, multi-media services, and consultations with specialists. Also located behind the building and 11 feet under the ground is the Canisius seismograph machine.

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Bagen Hall at Canisius College

Bagen Hall at Canisius College
Bagen Hall at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Bagen Hall houses many of the campus’s administrative functions. It holds the Office of Student Records and Registration, the Department of Human Resources, the Associate Dean’s Office, and the Office of Student Advisement. It also has the high-tech President’s Board Room, which is used for conferences and features a 50” LCD panel, connectivity for four computers, audio conferencing system, web camera, and a SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard.

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Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library at Canisius College

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library at Canisius College
Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library provides Canisius students with books, movies, and other reference material as well as access to online databases and off-campus books through the Inter-Library Loan system. In addition, the library has many other services including workshops, reference librarians, and an interfaith prayer room. Students can also borrow laptops for Library Use Only loans, and reserve rooms for work or study. The library is open most school days until 2:00 a.m. for students who stay up late to finish papers.

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The Village Townhouses at Canisius College

The Village Townhouses at Canisius College
The Village Townhouses at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

One residence choice for upperclassman is located across the street from the rest of campus in an apartment-style complex. These are the Village Townhouses, which are made up of four or five-person suites. The townhouses are divided up into two bedroom apartments, which feature one private bathroom, and three bedroom apartments, which have two private bathrooms. The Village Townhouses have their own community center with a computer room, kitchen, laundry room, and TV lounge.

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The Townhouse Courtyard at Canisius College

The Townhouse Courtyard at Canisius College
The Townhouse Courtyard at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Village Townhouses also have a private courtyard which features a small but well-maintained patch of trees and grass. This reflects how many Canisius students enjoy spending time outdoors, and as such there are many athletic activities to choose from. The college offers club sports ranging from soccer, rugby, and crew to fencing, bowling, and equestrian. They also sponsor intramurals, including Kan-Jam, dodgeball, and floor hockey. The townhouse courtyards are great places to practice for sports, but also nice spots to just spend some time outdoors.

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Christ the King Chapel at Canisius COllege

Christ the King Chapel at Canisius COllege
Christ the King Chapel at Canisius COllege. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

One of the most beautiful and iconic pieces of architecture on campus is the Christ the King Chapel. The building was finished in 1951, and the chapel is still used today by many Canisius students. It seats almost 500 people, and apart from mass, the chapel is often used for baptisms, memorial services, and weddings. It is common for both locals and Canisius alumni to book the Christ the King Chapel for their personal use.

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Churchill Academic Tower at Canisius College

Churchill Academic Tower at Canisius College
Churchill Academic Tower at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Churchill Academic Tower has many uses for students and faculty. It is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms with projectors, document cameras, and SMART boards. It also houses many offices for the English department, as well as the Office of Sponsored Programs. In the basement of Churchill Academic Tower, you will find the FacTS Center (Faculty Technology Services), which works with ITS and Academic Computing to keep all the faculty’s computers running.

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Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College

Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College
Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

The Canisius Golden Griffins compete with many sports at the NCAA Division I level. They are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Hockey Conference, and their facilities reflect their athletic prowess. The Rev. James M. Demske Sports Complex was built in 1989 for the Canisius baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer teams. The $4.5 million complex boasts all-weather A-Turf and grandstand seating for 1,000. Canisius also has other athletic facilities, including the Koessler Athletic Center, which has a pool, fitness center, multi-purpose gymnasium, and more, and the famous HARBORCENTER Ice Rink.

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Dugan Hall at Canisius College

Dugan Hall at Canisius College
Dugan Hall at Canisius College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Dugan Hall is a residence hall for first-year and sophomore students. The seven-floor building houses around 270 students in four-person suites, each with a common living room or bathroom. It also has lounges on every floor with kitchens including full-sized refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and microwaves. Dugan also features central air conditioning, laundry services, wireless internet, and cable TV. For days when the weather is particularly rough, Dugan has tunnels so students can get to class despite the elements.

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