Starting Over at 24

"It's never too late to start over. If you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don't be stuck. Do better" - Andy Wooten  Something I never thought would be for me, going to grad school – especially after being in the work force for over two...

Life After Graduation: Opportunity Awaits

For the past two years I have been fortunate to attend Canisius College in one of the best Sport Administration Master’s programs in the country. Having finished my Master’s last week and with graduation ahead, all of my experiences, professional connections, and...

NCAA Frozen Four – By: Conor Hart

Each year 16 of the nation’s top Collegiate Hockey Programs square off, all with the same goal to reach the NCAA Frozen Four.  This years tournament’s First and Second rounds of the East Region were held at the Times Union Center, in Albany New York.  Quinnipiac, the...

Masters in School Counseling

Hey everyone! My name is Kelli and I'm so excited to start blogging for Graduate Admissions! I'm enrolled in the Master of Science in School Counseling program here at Canisius and I can't believe I'll be officially done in about five weeks! A few weeks ago, my...

Canisius College Bowl N’ Blast

             Canisius College Master of Sport Administration program will be putting on its 13th annual Bowl N’ Blast fundraiser this April, with all benefits going to the Special Olympics of Western New York. A class of eight students is putting on the event with the...

2016 MAAC Basketball Championships

The month of March marks the biggest tournament for NCAA basketball and each season teams from different conferences compete in hopes to advance to this annual March Madness tournament. Since Canisius is in the MAAC conference, every year they battle for the final...

My love affair with Poutine: ACPA 2016

Hi Everyone! My Name is Ali and I'm so excited to be blogging for Canisius Graduate Admissions. My grad. program has provided me with some really cool opportunities this year, and so far, my favorite has been the ACPA Conference in Montreal, Quebec. The American...

Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (Part 2)

Article written by Tim Seil, Professor, Sports Management Professional Development Seminar For the majority of Canisius College students the expectation is that they will start their professional career immediately upon graduation. In that professional career,...

Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (Part 1)

Post by Nick Cuomo, Junior, Sports Management major: Sure, the class name may be a mouthful to say, but Sport Management Professional Development Seminar is a course that has already had an impact on my career path just weeks into the semester.  Meeting professionals...

Super Bowl 50: My Media Relations Experience

I was recently afforded the best opportunity of my young career in sports. A few weeks ago I traveled to San Francisco to work Super Bowl 50 as part of the NFL Public Relations Staff. I was offered one of the positions after working the NFL season as a graduate...

Buffalo Bills: A Guest Service Experience

Last semester I had the privilege to take a new class being offered called Guest Service Professional.  This new class was designed to give hands on, practical experience outside of the classroom and into the professional sports world.  The class required us to work...

Adios, Canisius!

Hello, Canisius! Wow! It's hard to believe that I have officially completed my Masters degree! Two and half years of hard work and graduate school is a wrap! That being said, this is also my very last blog post 🙁 I don't even know where to begin in talking about all...

Crushing Minds One Day At A Time

I cannot believe this semester is finally over.  It has honestly been a tough semester for me with all of the work, but I am proud that I was able to accomplish everything that I did.  One of my classes, EDDI 515, was a class that I really enjoyed.  One of the awesome...

Another Great Canisius Experience

About 6 months ago, I received an email about retreats through campus ministries. As I was looking at the dates, I realized that the only date that worked for my schedule was my 25th birthday weekend. Ohhh what the heck? SIGN ME UP! As the date drew closer, I realized...

ACPA Convention 2015- all things sunshine and happiness

So as I can tell from my fellow bloggers, we have all had enough of this rough (and that is putting it lightly) Buffalo winter. Thankfully, the snow is almost all melted away and I can finally remember what grass looks like. As the season turns to spring, I am getting...

Why Canisius: A tale of circumstance

So why did I apply to Canisius? Well there is quite a bit of history to go through to understand the answer to this question but the TL:DR (too long, didn't read) version is that Canisius was in the perfect place at the perfect time. Allow me to explain. After...

What were you thinking?

That's the question I get asked all the time when people find out I moved from California. At times, I've asked the same question of myself. "What am I doing here?" But every time I ask that question, I remember. In spite of the cold, I am here in Buffalo because it...

Is Online School Right For You?

Hello Friends! THE INTERNET! What a wonderful thing, right?! We can Google anything we want to know and get a fairly accurate answer in less than five seconds. We can Skype with friends around the world! We can keep in touch with everyone and know what they had for...

What is the D.I Program Like?

Hello all! This is my first blog ever and I am so excited that it is with at Canisius for the Differentiated Instruction Program.  I decided to do this blog so hopefully the word gets out about this amazing program.  As a second semester graduate student, I want...

HarborCenter Opening Night

On October 31, At about 5:00, I stepped off of the elevator foot on the seventh floor of the HarborCenter, Buffalo’s new state of the art hockey facility, which now serves home to the Canisius College Golden Griffins Men’s Hockey Team. As I walked into the new...

Wait, I didn’t learn this in graduate school…

Hi all, BOY, has it been a LONG, yet exciting week! As I have mentioned previously, in addition to my school counseling internship, I am a substitute teacher. I am constantly dealing with the disrespect of students in the classroom. I handle situations accordingly and...

Papers! Papers! and More Papers!!

Hello All!!!  My name is Dan and I am a first year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program here at Canisius College. I am a Resident Assistant on campus and I am also a supervisor of the study center and a academic mentor for the Griff...

Gifted students… What do they need?

I have been making a lot of progress with school work! There is still a lot more left to do, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far this semester! It's been a very busy semester, which is why it has moved along so fast! I am currently working hard in all of...

MSA Students Experience NCAA Tournament

On March 20th and 22nd, the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament took place right here in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center (Home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits). The tournament was co-hosted by The Metro Atlantic Athletic...

March Madness!

March Madness is a sensation that controls that national sports world from the 2nd week of March through the first week of April. The NCAA tournament provides exciting entertainment for people of all ages and ultimately determines the National Championship team for...

Moving into the Internship Phase

I’d like to talk a bit about my experience moving to the internship phase of my program. I am in the Educational Leadership and Supervision program and working toward a School District Leader advanced certificate and NYS certification. Here are few things that I...

“You Know You’re In Graduate School When…

... everything you see and do is part of your discipline." This is something that a former undergraduate friend of mine retweeted on Twitter. I couldn't help but laugh out loud. It was ironic because that day I had thought about what I was going to blog about this...

The Importance of Networking!

The Canisius MSA Program has been planning many exciting events these last couple of weeks! On February 25th the Admissions Department and The Sports Administration Department got together for a student recruitment event. The event was held at the Sabres Stadium....

Greetings!

Hello! I’m a newcomer to the graduate student blog and I am in the Educational Leadership and Supervision program. More specifically, I am working toward my School Building Leader and School District Leader Advanced Certificate and NYS SBL/SDL Certification and my...

MSA Students Take On Dallas!

Official Sponsor of the 2014 U.S.A. Olympians, Chobani Greek Yogurt did not make it to Sochi, Russia due to a dispute with the Russian Government. According to an article published in the New York Times, Russian authorities would not allow delivery of the yogurt...

Taking Opportunities

"Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them." Jim Carrey Last Wednesday, myself, five other Masters in Sport Administration (MSA) students, and Dr. O’Rourke, our director of sport administration, returned from...

Ethical Issues of Sport

Did you hear the latest news about Alex Rodriguez? Once again, rumors are out that he has been doping throughout his career.  Although these issues are returning, the Yankees still aren’t throwing A- Rod to the side. It has been said that A -Rod may show up to...

The Price of Working in College Athletics

First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Garrett Layton, I'm 23 years old and am in my second year as a graduate assistant in charge of multimedia in the Athletic Communication department here at Canisius College. By no means was or am I an english major, so I...

Wrapping up more than just the semester

 

 

As the semester has concluded and days and nights filled with studying, reseaching, and writing final assignments, I feel a sense of relief as I can relax for a few weeks before starting my second semester here at Canisius College.

Passing of a great man

 

After a long struggle with various health issues, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. An advocator for ending segregation and violence and a well loved and respected leader in South Africa for many years, Mandela has certainly left quite an impact on many.

Giving Thanks

Around this time of year people are always talking about the importance of being thankful for what you have, not in terms of material items, but for your health and your family. The one thing I am most thankful for is my education. We are privileged in the United States to have the opportunity, no matter your financial or social status, to be able to attend public school. Public schools in the United States do not discriminate against one’s gender or race as many other cultures do.

Great Job

 

Great job. Way to go. Oh yes, I am very excited.

These phrases are usually spoken and read as being positive; however, they can also be sarcastic where in fact the person did not do a good job on something and the person is not excited. The phrases change depending on the inflection a person uses to speak the words, or the context clues if the words are written down

Veteran’s Day Reflection

One of the final assignments for one of the classes I am taking is to research an assigned sect of refugee peoples in terms of why they leave their native countries, what type of education they receive while living in deplorable conditions, and what we can do as teachers to help students in refugee situations to succeed.

Books. Libros. Książki. Livres. книг.

I work at a local library and the topic for discussion today revolved around our patrons who are natively from acountry other than the United States, but have since moved here. Many of these patrons have a limited English proficiency and have ordered books in their own language about an array of topics. Since our small town population for years was mainly just English speaking Americans with a few Spanish speakers here and there, our book collection consists of majority English books, with a small section with Spanish books. Now, since our town population is becoming more diverse, we are shifting some of the books on the shelves to make room for a new worldly section for books in other languages. There was debate over how the books should be organized: Should there even be a separate section? Should the books be shelved by language? Should the books be shelved by topic, regardless of language? Should the language be posted on the spine of the book for people to see?

Don’t Discount Content Knowledge

Yesterday I was a substitute in an ESL class. I always love working with ESL students, hence my graduate program specification, because ESL students have this desire to learn and the look that graces their faces when a concept is finally understood, shows me my job as a teacher does not go unnoticed. So in the classes yesterday, students were at a variety of language proficiency levels. For example, one student just arrived in the United States this week, and he knows no English, only Spanish; conversely, there are students who fully understand English, but struggle reading and writing in the English language.

Are We Falling Behind?

Last night I went to the movies to see “Captain Phillips”. Highly recommended! Especially after reading an interview with the actual Captain Phillips who explains the movie is very close to the actual events that took place, I loved the movie even more. It was full action from beginning to end with an amazing story of one man and his crew’s quick thinking survival skills. For those who are not familiar with the story and/or movie, it takes place on a cargo ship that Captain Phillips is directing through the dangerous waters of the Somali Basin when his ship is attacked by Somalian pirates. The story revolves around Captain Phillips protecting his crew and how he handled the piracy invasion.

TESOL methods in the flesh

 

A student in my 11th grade English class is from Ecuador. She is here for one year as part of an exchange program and her goal is to learn English so when she goes back to her native country, she will be able to get a job. She went on to explain to me about how in Ecuador in the business world you are not even looked at as a candidate if you do not know at least two languages. Through our conversation I learned a lot about the Ecuadorian school system and how the English they are taught is more of a British English than an American English. Also, there are no paper handouts. Students receive CDs for every class with all homework assignments and handouts to be completed at home and submitted online. This alleviates papers being misplaced, and students receive instant feedback. I thought this was quite creative and maybe I will use something similar in the future with certain units.

It’s that time of year again…

Summer has once again come to an end as the fall air is upon us. The days of reading a great book while the waves crash at my feet has been replaced by nights of grading papers and lesson planning- for the time being at least.

The Healing Power of Sports

"In every community, there is work to do be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." -- Marianne Williamson Sports play an important role in our society. After the massacres that occurred at Newtown Elementary...

MAACachusettes (Yr 2)

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Seven MSA students, and myself, on Tuesday got back from Springfield, Massachusetts. 16 games, 82 hours working and 11 hours of travel, will make...

San Jose and March Madness

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." Bruce Lee With the large alumni around the country, Canisius MSA students got another great opportunity to volunteer and make great connections. Robert Tigani, MSA 2012, recently had an internship with the West...

What not to do!

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” Edmund Burke With the newest revelations out of Rutgers University, Mike Rice has been fired for the abuse of his players. If you lived under a rock for the past couple of days, I will give you the cliff notes...

Experience, Yes Please!

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill I am going to be honest with you all! I just had three interviews over the past couple of weeks and all three have gone towards internal...

Pre-Student Teaching

One of the most important and work intensive parts of the adolescence education program at Canisius is the pre-student teaching aspect that goes along with the “Advanced Methods” class. Each subject area has its own class, but the requirements for the graduate...

Preparing for an Ever-Changing World of Education

One real strength of Canisius’ adolescent education program is in preparing its students for the future eventualities of teaching. Every class that I have been enrolled in thus far has emphasized the ever-changing world in which new teachers will be working. Students...

A Week in the Life of…

In an average week, as I have experienced so far, a first-semester adolescence education graduate student needs to expect to do a decently substantial amount of reading and a little bit of writing. I am currently enrolled in 5 classes for a total of 15 credit hours....

Student Profile – Kimi Silverstein

“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.”  - Laurence J. Peter This semester I will profile students from the program to help give you a better understanding of the program in different ways. This...

Negotiating Our Way Into A Better Life

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin The spring semester has started and the MSA program has been up and running. Over the past month, many students have had the great experiences of interviewing and negotiating for internships,...

Anyone, Anyone? Bueller?

What kind of teacher do we want to be upon completion of Graduate School?   Here are some of the teaching styles encountered thus far along the way: The Bueller - Speaks...in...monotone..loves...research...but probably hasn't taught an actual child since Moses created...

The Dinosaur Who Attended Grad School

Graduate School!  How exciting it was to think about finally becoming a teacher after many years, and acquiring my Masters Degree at the same time!  Exciting and challenging; you see, I'm a "mature" student; mature in age, yet not in manner'.  What led me to attend...

Halftime

“Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” - Paul Bryant Although there is no snow on the ground, the Christmas spirit is in the air and that means the end of the semester has finally arrived. Finals week was December 10th – 14th and I am...

Griffs Involvement

“There are many types of participation. One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.” - Jerzy Kosinski One of the great things about Canisius, especially being an Master of Sport Management (MSA) student,...

Daily Grind – Day in the Life of MSA student

"The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock   Many people wonder what MSA students do during their days and so I thought it would be a great idea to show you traditionally how our students utilize their days. Here is my daily routine.  ...

Money Back Guarantee?!?!

"The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not." - Charles Barkley I got a phone call from a friend of mine that was attending a Phoenix Suns game on December 6th. He called me up and asked if I had ever heard of a professional team...

Live from the Winter Baseball Meetings

"Baseball: Almost the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated." - Mark Beltaire Hello everyone, This week was one of those weeks in which I am incredibly happy at the opportunities that we have at this program that you don’t get at other programs....

The Future of Sports

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln Recently I was reading Wired Magazine and came upon an article written by Samuel Arbesman entitled “Who Needs Players? Simulated Games Are the Future of Sports.” What caught...

You just never know…

Today was my first of two observations by my supervising professor, Dr. Marable.  As of last night, my detailed lesson plan was submitted and all of my materials were ready. For some reason, when I emailed Dr. Marable, I felt the urge to warn her about the...

Defining Moments…

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to inform you all of the defining moment I had during my student teaching placement yesterday! You know how, in any career, there are defining moments that make it all worthwhile… moments that make you sit back and say to yourself,...

Strike One, Your Rich!

“If your not cheating, your not trying! “– Mark Grace Alright….I’m mad! As an avid baseball lover, it tears me apart to see PED (performance enhancing drugs) continue and athletes receive the benefits from it. MLB athletes are getting huge contracts after they have...

Title IX…A Legacy of Change

“Athletes don’t care about Title IX. They just want to play the game!”- Shannon Blosser While I was working the basketball game on Nov. 9th, Canisius honored the women who played basketball in the initial year of Title IX. 2012 is the 40th anniversary of Title IX,...

MSA Cares

“To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success.” - Henry Ford- As I begin my journey into my final year in the Sport Administration (MSA) program, I am excited about the changes that are going on. Since last you heard from me, I have become...

The Final Countdown

So here we are. The semester is complete. My coursework is complete. Graduation is complete. But now begins a countdown to what I have been waiting for my whole life. I have accepted a position with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and I will begin work in...

First Year Wisdom

The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave. -Travis Smiley-  As the semester quickly sneaks up on us, I want to take this time to give some advise and thoughts on this year and what I have learned so far. I understand that we...

Hockey Playoffs

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. -Gordie Howe As the hockey playoffs start it is incredible to see Buffalo and my friends get all riled up about hockey.  Being from Colorado, I didn’t really experience hockey as a youth besides the...

NIRSA Conference

The greatest wealth is health   -Virgil- The NIRSA Conference (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) is the national conference that deals with recreational, sport and wellness, on collegiate campuses around the nation. The NIRSA conference was a great...

Bowl N’ Blast Success

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. -Special Olympics Motto- One of the great classes that this program offers is Special Events.  This class is an elective, only offered in the spring that focuses on sport event management. This is a...

Does Jamie Moyer Need a Cane?

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.       -Ralph Marston- Jamie Moyer recently became the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball to earn a win.  He accomplished this feat at the ripe old age of 49 years and 150 days.  Moyer gave up six hits, and no...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”- George F. Will quotes As I get back into the usual swing of school, jobs, and internships it was tough to leave Phoenix, AZ to...

Internships into Careers

“Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.” – Ed Bradley             As a program we are focusing on reconnecting with our alumni and over the past couple of...

MAACachusetts

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson  MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Twelve MSA students, and myself, on Tuesday got back from Springfield, Massachusetts. 16 games, 82 hours working and 14 hours of travel,...

Take Me Back

Hello everyone! I hope that everybody has had a good couple of weeks since we last communicated. I've been doing my consistent routine of work, class, and internship. It's really starting to wind down so the job search is getting into crunch time. I will be going home...

Morals and Ethics in Sport

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself - Leo Tolstoy                 Over the past couple of weeks we have been doing some soul searching in our Philosophies and Ethics class to understand how our own morals and ethics play into...

Working for a living

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I have logged on so I'll try not to be rusty. First off, I hope that everyone had a great Christmas break and a happy new year! I was fortunate enough to see my family (minus my brother) in Indiana for the Christmas season and I...

Rookie Post

On Tuesday, I touched down in Buffalo after an incredible, albeit exhausting, weekend in Oklahoma City. Our MSA program sent four individuals, myself included, to the National Sports Forum in Oklahoma City to participate in the Case Cup.  The Case Cup is an annual...

Already There

Hello everyone! So we are winding down to the end of the semester. It is in sight for us all. I'm looking forward to finishing this semester up and seeing my family for the first time in a while. I'll be flying to Indianapolis on the 20th to spend Christmas at my...

Top Ten Reasons

I passed two student tours yesterday, both led by enthusiastic undergrads (I think they were undergrads).  There is something so hopeful about a college tour; it inspired me to compose a list.  Yes, a list: a bunch of reasons why I like doing graduate work at...

Welcome Back

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving break! I hope that everybody enjoyed their time with family/friends/whoever and had a lot of great food! The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic so I will be doing multiple blogs in the next week or so. With this post, I...

Everything I Am

Welcome back for another blog update! I hope that everyone has had a great week so far. Let's see, things have been pretty busy as we cut into the last couple weeks of the semester. I cant believe that it is coming up on Thanksgiving already! Time sure has flown by....

November Rain

Hello again! We're back for another round. I hope that everyone had a great Halloween weekend and a great week after. Classes are starting to wind down as we are entering the final stretch of the semester. I can't believe that I only have one semester left at Canisius...

As The Rhythm Goes On

Hey everybody! Welcome back to another blog. This week, I have a couple things to go over: schoolwork, internship work and other fun stuff in between. I want to start off by wishing everybody a safe a happy Halloween weekend! Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Since my...

The Week of Due Dates

Annnnnd it’s officially that time of the semester… when every class has approximately 4 assignments due in the same week. After months of being able to keep up with all of my schoolwork and lesson plan writing, I feel completely overwhelmed this week by how much work...

Leader of the Pack

The past couple of weeks have been a great learning experience.  Through completing multiple presentations and listening to some great speakers, I have been able to a.) get better at something I am not too comfortable with (public speaking) and b.) listen to some...

Moment of Clarity

Hello again!  It's been a couple of weeks since I've talked to you guys but we're back with lots of good stuff.  Since last time, many different aspects of the Canisius experience have picked up steam.  Class projects and papers are starting to take form, my Sabres...

Cameras

The first week and a half of school are complete and it’s looking to be a busy semester for me.  I'll be taking two classes on campus with another class taking place at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Along with those classes, I'll be working here at the admissions office and...

Lift Off

Summer is winding down and a new school year is upon us.  The last few weeks have been filled with travel, excitement, rest, and a lot of rain.  Since last time I checked in I have spent a weekend in Toronto.  It was my first time up into Ontario and it didn't...

Finally finished

Well I got all of my grades back for summer semester, and I'm happy with how I did, but now I'm even more stressed about the job hunt than ever.  I had an interview on Monday, on the phone with an NFL team, haven't heard back about it yet, but he said I would hear...

Well Hello August!

The month of July flew by, I think a lot of it is because I was doing school work and enjoying New York City.  I submitted my last final on Saturday night (24 hours early, thank you very much), and it's odd now, because I feel like I should still be doing homework. ...

O Canada

Hello again. Hope that everyone has had a good past couple of weeks. I have been doing the same old, same old. But I am heading up to Toronto this weekend! It will be my first time in Ontario and I am looking forward to it. One of my friends is flying up from back...

Feeling the Heat

Sorry my post is late, the beginning of the week got away from me and I was trying to get ahead on my assignments for the week. I'm heading back to Rochester next week to help with a project for a few days. Still no word from jobs here in the city, but I keep applying...

Beautiful Bliss

We're back on the grind. Back in Buffalo after an amazing weekend at home. I got to spend time with some family, friends and BBQ. Can't get better than that. But, now we are back to reality, working everyday and trying to mold the future into something poetic. Now...

These Days


It’s been a couple of weeks since the last blog update. I finished up my class for the summer (it went well, pending final grade). I’ve been catching up on some recreational reading. I’ve been lounging around, mainly. Nothing to fun, right? But the next few weeks should be a lot of fun.

Back in NYC

So I got back to New York City, living with my friend Devin from home for the month, looking for jobs and just taking a mental break from home. It’s been an adventure thus far, and it’s only been 3 days.