John Urschel '09 appointed to prestigious Institute for Advanced Study

Keith McShea


John Urschel '09 has been appointed to the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Urschel, a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens who completed his Ph.D in mathematics from MIT earlier this year, is one of 271 scholars at IAS this academic year

IAS is one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The independent institute has served as the academic home of internationally preeminent scholars, including Albert Einstein, who was one of its first professors. 

Urschel, who retired from the NFL in 2017, is an applied mathematician and theoretical computer scientist as well as the author of "Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football."

Urschel is a scholar at the School of Mathematics at IAS, which has three other schools, Historical Studies, Natural Sciences and Social Science. The institute's self-stated goal is "to push the boundaries of human knowledge through interdisciplinary collaboration and intellectual risk-taking."

According to IAS, scholars are selected by the institute's permanent faculty "in a highly competitive process for their bold ideas, innovative methods, and deep research questions."

In a wide-ranging Q&A conducted by IAS, Urschel said, "I’m happiest when I’m working on problems that are fundamentally interesting and exciting to me, independent of application or perceived prestige.”

Urschel also said he is relishing the chance to work with renowned mathematician Peter Sarnak. 

"He's a brilliant mathematician, we have a lot of shared interests, and I’m looking forward to having lots of interesting mathematical conversations with him.

Great Ignatian Challenge food drive kicks off at Canisius on Tuesday

A food drive which aims to collect tons of provisions for Buffalonians in need will kick off Tuesday at Canisius.

The Great Ignatian Challenge, in which Canisius participates in a friendly – but spirited – competition with other Jesuit high schools across the Northeast to provide food to the needy for the holiday season, will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov. 19. 

Food collected by Canisius during the drive will go to St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. Non-perishable food can be donated at CHS on school days (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). 

Canisius will also be hosting a drive-thru food drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. 

Tyrpak-Endres to conclude her tenure as Canisius principal 

Andrea Tyrpak-Endres, who is in her eighth year as principal and executive vice president for academics at Canisius High School, has decided to conclude her tenure as principal at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, Canisius President Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., announced Friday morning. 

Tyrpak-Endres, the first female principal in the 151-year history of Canisius, will continue to teach religion at the school.

Tyrpak-Endres has taught for more than 35 years at Canisius, including throughout her tenure as principal.

"I am grateful for Andrea, her dedication to our mission and her care for our Canisius High School community," said Ciancimino. 

Luke LoTempio '22 named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Luke LoTempio '22 has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. 

The semifinalists were announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Company, and the 16,000 who are being honored represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.  

"Being selected as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program is a reflection of the effort I have put into my work," said LoTempio. "It reminds me to continue to do my best."

Dr. Renier Brentjens '85 named Roswell Park deputy director, chair of medicine

Dr. Renier Brentjens '85 has come back to Buffalo for "the opportunity of a lifetime." 

Brentjens has been named the Deputy Director and Chair of Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Roswell Park describes Brentjens as "one of the most influential and accomplished figures in the field of cancer immunotherapy."

Matthew Cady named Canisius cross country/track coach

Matthew Cady is joining Canisius High School as the new head coach for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Cady brings a wealth of academic and athletic experience to Canisius, where he will also be a physical education and health teacher.

Cady, who has a doctorate from Penn State, competed at Syracuse University in both cross country and track for four years before going on to coach both sports at the University of Pittsburgh for two years.

Two Jesuit novices who worked at CHS profess first vows

Two Jesuit novices who spent a year at Canisius High School prior to their novitiate pronounced their first vows this past weekend. 

Christian Zombek, SJ, and Mario Verde, SJ, professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. They were two of five men in the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus to end their time as novices and officially become Jesuit scholastics. 

At Canisius, Zombek and Verde worked with teachers, helped with service projects and traveled to retreats during the 2019-20 academic year.

First page of the PDF file: longestbasketball

Nine different Canisius High School alumni representing five different graduating classes were part of a basketball world record set this week in Buffalo.

The former Crusaders were part of teams that played round-the-clock basketball across six days at Nardin Academy, setting a world record in an event titled “The World’s Longest Basketball Game.”

The game, which included a mix of men and women among its 23 players, was held from August 6-11, setting a new record of 120 hours, 2 minutes.

Canisius principal Tyrpak-Endres again a Power 200 Women pick

For the third straight year, Canisius High School principal and executive vice president Andrea Tyrpak-Endres has been named one of Western New York’s most talented and influential women.

Tyrpak-Endres, who is entering her seventh year as principal at Canisius, was named this week to Buffalo Business First’s 2021 list of Power 200 Women.

She is No. 119 on the list, in which reporters and editors at Buffalo Business First rank “a group whose talent and influence fuel economic, social and cultural growth.”

World-class rower Nathaniel Sass '19 named assistant coach

Nathaniel Sass ’19 began rowing his freshman year at Canisius. This summer, he was on the United States national team. 

Sass will share his experience of becoming a world-class rower with the current Canisius team as he joins the program as an assistant coach for the 2021-22 season. 

“It’s not often your fastest current alum is able to coach your current team members,” said Canisius head rowing coach RJ Rubino.

Higher Achievement Program concludes

The 2021 Canisius High School Higher Achievement Program wrapped up Friday, giving rising eighth graders from all over Western New York an experience to remember.

The four-week program concluded with an awards ceremony to recognize HAP participants achievements in academics, athletics, and service.

Austin Xiao earned the Mr. HAP award, the summer camp’s top prize.

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Canisius High School is pleased to announce Keith McShea as the new Director of Communications, effective August 9.

An experienced communications leader, McShea comes to Canisius High School from The Buffalo News where he served as news staff reporter, breaking news and criminal justice team reporter, and deputy sports editor for more than 20 years.  He has also taught the next generation of journalists at The State University of New York at Buffalo and Medaille College.