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Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Pictured (above): Yolanda King (center) is joined on stage by Lillie Wiley ’91, of the Afro-American Society and Vincent Roux ’90, president of the Undergraduate Student Association, during the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Today, we flashback to January 26, 1990 when Yolanda King visited Canisius to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The daughter of the civil rights leader called upon Canisius students to keep her father’s dream alive and spoke about a new generation of young people whom she described as “too laid back about the struggle for racial equality because they weren’t alive at the time of (her) father.” King then encouraged students to study history, stating “It’s important for young people to know where we have come from as a nation because those who do not know their past are doomed to repeate it.”

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, please visit www.canisius.edu/150.

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Classics Tea@2 Resumes Today

Hot drinks, warm conversation and cool people are what you’ll find when you join the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) for its weekly Classics Tea@2.

The first get-together of the semester is today, Friday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m.  We’ll meet in the ICMS Reading Room in Old Main 214.  Why not join us?

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media and web administrator, ICMS

 

Hockey to Host Outdoor Practice and Family Skate

The Canisius hockey team will host its annual outdoor open practice at Buffalo RiverWorks on Tuesday, January 21.

The team is slated to practice from 5:00-6:15 p.m. on one of the facility’s two outdoor rinks.  During that time, members of the Griffs coaching staff and team will take time to interact with the crowd. There will also be opportunities to win Canisius tickets, merchandise and other prizes. Admission is free.

At the conclusion of practice, fans can join the Griffs on the ice, until 7:00 p.m., for an open skate and autographs.  Fans can bring their own skates or can rent a pair from RiverWorks, free of charge.  Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and food will be available for all those in attendance.

The city’s premier waterfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination, Buffalo RiverWorks is a 5,000-person art, entertainment and concert venue. The 60,000 square feet of space also features two outdoor ice rinks covered by a metal pavilion with open sides to provide shelter while maintaining an outdoor feel. The ice rinks play host to a variety of hockey, curling and figure skating practices and events.

For additional information on this Canisius event, please call 716-888-2987.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

 

Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Presents “U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day”

In commemoration of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, which honors the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College and The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo will present a talk by former Washington Post war correspondent Jack Fairweather on his 2019 book The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz. The book tells the story of resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who infiltrated Auschwitz and smuggled out reports to the allies on the deaths within its gates.

The January 22 presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, located at 81 Hughes Avenue.  The evening begins with a brief memorial, featuring cellist Robert Hausmann, of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), who will perform Ravel’s Kaddish.  Hausmann offered this same performance as a memorial in the German Concentration Camp, Auschwitz, during the BPO’s tour of Poland. The Yad Vashem exhibit, The Auschwitz Album, will also be on display. A light reception and book signing, sponsored by Talking Leaves Books, will follow. Click here to read more.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Learn Italian – Abroad

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Ever thought about learning one of the Romance languages?  Well, now might be your chance.

Canisius students, faculty and staff are invited to join Marta Rizzo, adjunct professor of modern languages, literatures and cultures, this spring for an Italian language study abroad opportunity in Florence, Italy.  The trip is scheduled from May 28 – June 13.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 314 or to contact Marta Rizzo at rizzo25@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Marta Rizzo, adjunct professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

 

 

Nominations for MLK Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee is accepting nominations through Wednesday, February 5 for the 2020 MLK Awards. This honor recognizes Canisius community members who promote social justice, racial harmony, civil rights and advocacy for the poor or change through non-violence.

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff, and current students. Make a nomination here. MLK Awards will be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by: Gary Everett, retired chief, Canisius College Public Safety and chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to Discuss Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. During “Soup with Substance” Series

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will visit Canisius on Wednesday, February 5 to participate in the college’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “Soup with Substance” series.  Award-winning journalist and Canisius alumna Sandy E. White ’77 will interview Mayor Brown about Dr. King’s legacy and how his influence shapes the mayor’s life and work.  The mayor will also take questions from the audience.  The event begins at 12:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, located on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. 

The Honorable Byron Brown was re-elected to a fourth four-year term as mayor of New York’s second largest city in November 2017.  Under his leadership during the past 13 years, Mayor Brown has directed and delivered on major projects in every section of the city, improving and strengthening Buffalo’s neighborhoods. Currently, there is nearly $6.5 billion in new economic development activity underway, which is expected to create more than 12,000 new and family-sustaining jobs. Click here to keep reading.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Supporting Student Excellence Workshop

Bring your lunch and spend some tie learning how best to advise with an eye towards supporting student excellence.

This latest workshop, hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.  the agenda is as follows:

Agenda 

11:30 – 11:35. Introductions

11:35 – 11:45. CEEP & ISD

11:45 – 11:55. Study Abroad

11:55 – 12:05. Year of Service

12:05 – 12:15. Career Development

12:15 – 12:45. Questions & Discussion

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Canisius Introduces Staff Mentoring Program

Canisius College is committed to providing professional development opportunities that will enhance personal and professional growth, and improve the engagement and retention of our staff. As part of this commitment and in response to feedback from staff through the performance appraisal process, the college is introducing a Mentor Program to pair individuals (mentor) who have expertise, knowledge and skill with staff (mentee) who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in order to further develop professional expertise.

Mentoring begins when a person strategically affects the professional life of someone else by fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge and expanding the other person’s experience. Mentoring is an enabling process that facilitates career development and skills exchange. Good mentors are able to share life experiences and wisdom, as well as technical expertise. A mentor is a combination of many different people – part cheerleader, part coach, part teacher, part student, part guide, and part listener. A mentor guides, inspires, encourages, counsels, advises, questions, and answers.

Watch for additional information regarding how you can participate in this professional development initiative.

Please contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources & compliance at Ext. 2244 with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

 

 

Puebla Mexico 2020

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Plan now to spend your summer studying Spanish and soaking up Mexican culture, cuisine and civilization.  Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of modern languages, literatures and cultures, will host Puebla Mexico 2020, from June 1-30.  The trip is open to all majors, as knowledge of the Spanish language is not necessary.  Faculty and staff are invited as well.  (They can go for half the time for half the cost, if they choose.)  The trip includes a family stay with three meals per day, excursions to Oaxaca, Mexico City and Cholula, among other places, and courses in Spanish language, Latin music and dancing, and Mexican culture and cuisine.

View the (above) flyer for more information or contact Richard Reitsma at reitsmar@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Campus Candids

Canisius faculty, staff and students participated in a series of teaching, writing and scholarship retreats hosted by Academic Affairs in advance of and during the Christmas break. 

Stay tuned to The Dome for future information on upcoming retreats. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer. This week’s giveaway question is:

Which building on the Canisius campus has received numerous awards for its architectural design, restoration and preservation?

Congratulations to Barb Zimmermann, administrative associate for the counseling center, who was the Trivia Wednesday winner on December 11. The question was:

What is Anne Burrell’s, class of ’91, claim to fame?

(a) Host, “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef”

(b) Co-host, “Worst Cooks in America”

(c) Author, Cook Like a Rock Star

(d) All of the above

The answer was “d” – all of the above.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Welcomes Dr. Mary Rockwell

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Rech Rockwell, PhD, as the director for the New Buffalo Institute at Canisius College.  This is a new position for the college thanks to the generosity of four local funders, which have fully funded the New Buffalo Institute this year.   As director, Mary will be tasked with working with faculty, staff and community partners to align the outreach activities of the college toward the areas of focus developed for the Institute.  The Institute seeks to build upon new developments in the region and address the needs, persistent challenges and injustices in our community, with a particular emphasis on the East Side of Buffalo.

Mary is a veteran leader in the Buffalo community with extensive experience in school leadership, partnership development, immersive learning and fundraising.  Most recently she served as the executive director of the WNY Planned Giving Consortium and Leave a Legacy. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at Nichols School.  Mary holds a BA in English from Skidmore College and a PhD in American History from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

She began work at Canisius on Monday, and I know you will join me if offering her a warm welcome.  I am grateful to the members of the search committee and the faculty and staff who helped bring this important search to a successful conclusion.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Canisius’ Online Master’s Education Programs Among Top in Nation

The latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report recognize Canisius College’s online master’s degree programs in education as among the best in the nation. Of the 230 colleges and universities included on the list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs, Canisius came in at No. 111.

This is the third consecutive year that U.S. News & World Report named Canisius to its list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs.

The rankings considered five general categories: engagement, services and technologies, expert opinion, student excellence, and faculty credentials and training. U.S. News recognized Canisius for providing students with opportunities to interact readily with their instructors and classmates. The ranking also acknowledged the number of available student resources for leaning assistance, career guidance and financial aid. 

Click here to read more about the rankings. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Archives Receives Generous Gift

The William S. Hein & Company Foundation generously donated $5,000 in support of the initial processing of the Women for Human Rights and Dignity Collection (WHRD). Library Director Kristine Kasbohm announced that the support will help make this important collection, which is housed in the Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ Archives & Special Collections, more accessible to the community.  WHRD was formed in 1980 to create a community-based support system for single mothers and women who were incarcerated. It was based in Buffalo’s East side, not far from the Canisius campus.

WHRD’s 10 founders were a social activist group of primarily professional African-American women. They were concerned with the family disintegration that occurred when women entered the criminal justice system. The majority of the women were mothers and heads of households. Working with local churches, government agencies and families, WHRD helped reduce recidivism by providing women access to resources to rebuild their lives post incarceration. WHRD programs focused on life skills, vocational training and parenting.

For almost four decades WHRD programs, residential centers and scholarships sustained countless women and children living in neighborhoods around Canisius. Through the efforts of Constance B. Eve, chair and founder, the Canisius College Archives acquired WHRD’s organizational records. The William S. Hein & Company Foundation gift opens further research and collaboration possibilities with community-based programs.

For more information contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421 or at delaneyk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathleen M. DeLaney, archivist & special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections

2020 IRS Mileage Rate Change

The IRS Mileage Rate for 2020 has changed to 57.5 cents per mile. The new rate has been updated on the travel expense form which can be found on the portal under forms “Account Payable” and then templates. Print a new form when submitting a reimbursement.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, office manager, Controller’s Office

Kick Off Your New Year Strong

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Kick off your New Year strong by signing up for free Pilates and yoga classes this spring semester.  Sponsored by the Human Resources Department for faculty and staff, these classes are great for all levels of expertise and will start today, January 15. It’s not too late to sign up! See below for exact dates so you can mark your calendars:

Pilates Classes (led by Instructor Larry Tassini, laboratory manager, Biology) will take place on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m., at the following locations:

  1. Jan. 15 –         Grupp Fireside Lounge
  2. Jan. 22 –         Gripp Fireside Lounge
  3. Jan. 29 –         Regis Room
  4. Feb. 12 –         Regis Room
  5. Feb. 19 –         Regis Room
  6. Feb. 26 –         Regis Room
  7. Mar. 4 –          Regis Room
  8. Mar. 11 –        Regis Room

Yoga Classes (led by Instructor Madonna McKernon, administrative specialist, Student Affairs) will take place on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  1. Mar. 3 –          Grupp Fireside Lounge
  2. Mar. 10 –        Regis Room
  3. Mar. 31 –        Regis Room
  4. Apr. 7 –          Regis Room
  5. Apr. 14 –        Regis Room
  6. Apr. 21 –        Regis Room
  7. Apr. 28 –        Regis Room
  8. May 12-          Regis Room

To ensure we supply enough mats and equipment, please RSVP to Bethany Voorhees at Ext. 2240 or via Email at voorheeb@canisius.edu. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

 

Evidence for Hope in Wildlife Conservation


The Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships and the Anthrozoology Program at Canisius College will welcome to campus Kristen E. Lukas, PhD, director of conservation and science at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, tomorrow, Thursday, January 16

Lukas will present a lecture titled “Helping People, Saving Gorillas: Evidence for Hope in Wildlife Conservation.”The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.in theGrupp Fireside Lounge.

As director of conservation and science at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Lukas manages a large and diverse conservation program, which collaborates with staff of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda to train students from the University of Rwanda in conservation science. 

Lukas is also an adjunct professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, where her research interests include environment and behavior, animal health and welfare, and conservation psychology.  Lukas is currently examining the effects that zoos, as informal education institutions, have on visitors and whether zoos inspire people to take conservation action.  This latter area of research will be the focus of Lukas’ January 16 lecture. 

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, director, Anthrozoology

Weekday Mass in Loyola Hall

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Weekday Mass resumes this week at 12:05 p.m. in Loyola Hall.  Mass will be held at this time on class days throughout the spring semester.  All are welcome to attend.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

The 2020 GO START Challenge

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In the spirit of the New Year (and resolutions that are notorious for being broken), let’s talk about changes in our routine that can stick: creating healthy habits.

Starting today through January 31 – and hopefully beyond – you can challenge yourself to create a habit and maintain it for the month, with the goal of carrying on throughout the year. Check-in every time you practice the new habit. Maximum check-in is once a day.

Whatever your goal may be, whether it’s making more time for yourself, exercising more, or reducing stress, change is more effective and lasting with the right plan and attitude.

One effective strategy that you can use is SMART* goals, or goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-framed. SMART goals can help you to better track your progress, set realistic expectations, and will help get you further along than you could have ever imagined. Download this worksheet to help you get started!

To sign up for this challenge, click HERE.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

 

Get Your Financial House in Order

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get your financial house in order, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming series of live webinars provided by TIAA.

Starting today and continuing through March, you can boost your financial know-how by participating in webinars that can teach you everything from market-proofing your retirement to cybersecurity at home, and strategies for staying on track.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Student-Athlete Travel Contracts

This is a reminder for all faculty with in-season student-athletes in classes this spring:  Traveling student-athletes will administer their travel contracts to faculty the first week of classes.  The front-page outlines the days and times of the students’ travel throughout the semester.  The student is instructed to clearly indicate which travel days impact which specific classes.  The second page includes instructions on how the faculty member and student can acknowledge, via the portal, that the conversation regarding the student-athlete’s travel took place.

Please click here to view the faculty acknowledgment instructions. 

Submitted by: Hilary Andelora, assistant director, Griff Center for Student Success

 

 

Don’t Get Scooped

There will be plenty of free ice cream for fans attending the men’s basketball game versus Siena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17 in the Koessler Athletic Center.  A variety of flavors will be served at the conclusion of the contest.

Prior to the game, adult fans can enjoy Flying Bison craft beers for only $4 in the Patrick Lee Center. Pre-game festivities also include a $12 buffet dinner if you’re hungry and bottled beers, which can be purchased for only $3.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Swim and Dive Teams Host Niagara

Come cheer on the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as they host their final home meet of the season this Saturday, January 18 at the Flickinger Center. The meet versus Niagara starts at 12:00 noon. There is no admission charge.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Faculty-Staff Family Day is January 19

Faculty and staff, here’s your chance to pick up free tickets for the Canisius men’s basketball game versus Rider, set for Sunday, January 19.

Tickets are available at the Human Resources Office during normal working hours. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. but plan to arrive early if you’re bringing children with you. Athletics has scheduled several inflatables for the Patrick Lee Center, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

For more information, call 888-2977.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Supporting Student Excellence Workshop

Bring your lunch and spend some time learning how best to advise with an eye towards supporting student excellence.

This latest workshop, hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.  The agenda is as follows:

Agenda 

11:30 – 11:35. Introductions

11:35 – 11:45. CEEP & ISD

11:45 – 11:55. Study Abroad

11:55 – 12:05. Year of Service

12:05 – 12:15. Career Development

12:15 – 12:45. Questions & Discussion

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

W-2 Electronic Enrollment

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If you are still receiving a paper copy of your W-2, please consider receiving it electronically.

Login to Self Service Banner, click on “Employee,” “Tax forms,” then “Electronic W-2 and 1095C consent” and check the box for “Consent to receive W-2 electronically” and “Submit.” Your consent is needed only once.  Afterwards, you’ll be able to access your W-2 each year, as soon as it is processed in payroll.

You can print your W-2 about one week before the paper mailing date of January 31.  To do this, login to Self Service Banner, click on “Employee,” “Tax forms,” then “W-2 year end earning statement.”  Select the year you want and click on “Display”and print.

You will also have access to all of your prior W-2s.

Please call the Payroll Department at Ext. 8530, if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Sue Lyons, payroll manager, Payroll Department

 

 

Call for Nominations

The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Senior Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award.

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have distinguished themselves through leadership roles and involvement with the college. Nominees must be in good academic standing.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding faculty members of Canisius College. The faculty member must be full-time and have served in that capacity at the college for at least three years, and be distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence.

Please send your submissions to the Office of Alumni Engagement or complete them online by clicking here

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 7, 2020.  Should you have any questions, please contact Sharon Kasperczyk at Ext. 2703.

 

 

Nominate a Senior for ALANA Achievement Award

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The time has come to nominate a deserving ALANA senior for the ALANA Achievement Award, presented annually during Spring Honors Convocation.

The ALANA Achievement Award acknowledges the accomplishments of an African American, Latinx American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) graduating senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large.

Nominations can be submitted by clicking here, and are due by Thursday, February 27.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Join BN360 for 2020 Young Professionals’ Party

 

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BN360 is celebrating its 12th year with a party on January 23, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Explore and More Children’s Museum, located at 130 Main Street, Buffalo, 14202. The event is open to members and non-members, alike, so register and invite friends or co-workers. (Tickets are free to BN360 members and $25 for non-members.)

At the party, you’ll:

  • Meet the 2020 spotlight professionals
  • Receive the programming calendar
  • Connect with peer young professionals
  • Learn more about upcoming events and offerings
  • Play and explore the museum

Note: Join BN360 before the event and receive a free ticket to bring a friend!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a BN360 member or an employee of one of their sponsor or corporate member companies, please enter your promotional code to order your complimentary tickets. If you are unsure of your code, please contact Rachael Herrmann at rherrmann@thepartnership.org.

To register, click HERE.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

 

Campus Candid

Canisius faculty, staff and their families were full of Christmas cheer on Saturday, December 14 at the annual Breakfast with Santa event.  Hosted by the Office of the President, the holiday tradition includes a full breakfast for families, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, and cookie decorating for the kids.  In addition, this year’s event featured a holiday performance by Sydnie Perkins, assistant director of communications, virtual engagement and data for the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Submitted by: College Communications

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Happy holidays from the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College, which celebrated the end of the semester with a pizza party and gift exchange.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs, associate professor, Psychology; and Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor, Psychology/IAR

The Dome Goes on Holiday

Today’s edition of The Dome is the last of 2019.  The internal publication will take a brief hiatus during the college shutdown and make its return on Wednesday, January 15 of the new year. 

As always, please be sure to have your submissions in by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, December 9, 2019.  To read highlights from the meeting, click here.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, AVP, Assistant to the President and Secretary, Board of Trustees

Christmas Eve Mass

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The Canisius community is invited to Mass on Christmas Eve in Christ the King Chapel.  Mass begins at 5:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Submitted by: Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, vice president, Student Affairs

Santa’s Elves Needed Today at St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is requesting the help of a few Christmas “elves” today, Wednesday, December 18.  Volunteers are needed to assist in moving boxes of toys from one secret location to another, in advance of Christmas.

Interested elves can arrive at 5:45 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy (Lower Main Hall), which is located at 325 Walden Avenue, Buffalo.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Sharon Kasperczyk at Ext. 2703 in the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, Office of Alumni Engagement

 

Keeping Petey Warm this Winter

Thanks to the the talents of our students, faculty, and staff, our Makerspace community knit and crocheted scarf has been placed on Petey the bronze griffin for the season. Makerspace is a collection of activities for all members of the Canisius community to be creative and have fun. Through the generous support of Taheri and Todoro, PC, we offer a range of things to learn and make. The Multi-Station Makerspace co-hosted by the Digital Media Arts program, Department of Education, and the Fine Arts department was a great success.

Please stay tuned for events in the spring including our art project using donated plastic caps and lids!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius, Fine Arts Department

Discounted Sabres Tickets

If you’re still searching for that last minute Christmas gift for someone special, why not take advantage of the discount offer for tickets to an upcoming Buffalo Sabres game?

As a corporate partner of the Buffalo Sabres, Canisius College employees are being extended an exclusive discounted ticket offer for the 50th anniversary season. The offer can be accessed by clicking here. Employees currently have the opportunity to choose from four discounted games throughout the season, based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

TIAA Contribution Limits for 2020

The IRS has announced new limits for 403(b) plans.  The annual base limit for 2020 is increasing to $19,500.  Any employee over age 50 (or turning 50 in 2020) can make an additional contribution of $6,500 for a maximum contribution of $26,000.

To make a change to your contribution go to www.tiaa.org/canisiuscollege and click “Log in” located in the upper right hand corner.  Once logged into the system, click “Action” at the top of the page, then click “Change my Contributions” and then click “Manage My Contributions” and enter your change.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

 

Title IX, Active Shooter and QPR Training

Not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be?  Consider taking advantage of one or more of the following important training opportunities available to faculty and staff on Monday, January 6. Training will be available on the following topics at the referenced time and location:

Title IX Training

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. / OM 203

Click here to RSVP

Active Shooter Training

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / OM 203

Click here to RSVP

Suicide Prevention Training

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / OM 223

RSVP to Barb Zimmerman at zimmerm1@canisius.edu / To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Final Call: Writing Retreat

RSVP by Friday, December 20 to the January Writing Retreat or miss out on this day-long event designed for faculty.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center are co-hosting the Writing Retreat on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat is for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Charitable Gifts to the College

The Division of Institutional Advancement has always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2019 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention: Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2019.   This is an ongoing policy and as we get to the end of the calendar year, time is critical. If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email huckk@canisius.edu.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

Kick Off Your New Year Strong

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Kick off your New Year strong by signing up for free Pilates and yoga classes in the spring 2020 semester.  Sponsored by the Human Resources Department for all faculty and staff, these classes are great for all levels of expertise and will start on Wednesday, January 15. See below for exact dates so you can mark your calendars:

Pilates Classes (led by Instructor Larry Tassini) will be scheduled on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  1. Jan. 15 – Grupp Fireside Lounge
  2. Jan. 22 – Gripp Fireside Lounge
  3. Jan. 29 – Regis Room
  4. Feb. 12 – Regis Room
  5. Feb. 19 – Regis Room
  6. Feb. 26 – Regis Room
  7. Mar. 4 – Regis Room
  8. Mar. 11 – Regis Room

Yoga Classes (led by Instructor Madonna McKernon) will be scheduled on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  1. Mar. 3 – Grupp Fireside Lounge
  2. Mar. 10 – Regis Room
  3. Mar. 31 – Regis Room
  4. Apr. 7 – Regis Room
  5. Apr. 14 – Regis Room
  6. Apr. 21 – Regis Room
  7. Apr. 28 – Regis Room
  8. May 12- Regis Room

To ensure we supply enough mats and equipment, please RSVP to Bethany Voorhees at extension 2240 or via email at voorheeb@canisius.edu. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Sydnie Perkins Releases a Christmas Album

Just in time for the holiday season, Sydnie Perkins has released a Christmas album.  A Gift is Given features eight popular Christmas songs including “O Holy Night,” “Mary Did You Know” and “The Christmas Song.” It is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, at sydnieperkins.com and in Christian bookstores and boutiques throughout the Western New York region.

Sydnie Perkins is assistant director of communication, virtual engagement and data for the Office of Alumni Engagement and a Catholic, Christian praise singer.  She will perform several times during the Christmas season.  To learn more, visit her website at www.sydnieperkins.com.

Submitted by: Sydnie Perkins, assistant director of communication, virtual engagement and data, Office of Alumni Engagement

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News interviewed Economics Professor George Palumbo for an article titled “Trade Deal Could Boost Buffalo Niagara Auto Plants, Dairy Farms.”  Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Goes on Holiday

With the college shutdown fast approaching, The Dome will go on a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Wednesday, December 18 will be the last issue of The Dome published in 2019. (So plan now if you need something to run before year’s end.) The Dome returns to publication on Wednesday, January 15 of the new year.

As always, please be sure to have your submissions in by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior.

Submitted by: College Communications

United Way Campaign Comes to a Close

Thanks to the generous donations made by Canisius faculty and staff, the college’s 2019 United Way Giving Campaign raised a total of $20,000.  This substantial gift helps those in need in our community, and enables the United Way to do the work that no one non-profit can do alone.

Special congratulations go out to the final two basket raffle winners: Brian Smith, director of international students and study abroad, and Shelia Pettigrew, senior assistant director of career development.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s campaign!

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Holiday Break Sports Schedule

Even though the college is enjoying its winter break, the Golden Griffin sports schedule is in full flight during the holidays. Here is a list of the seven home events (3 hockey, 2 men’s basketball and 2 women’s basketball) that will take place during The Dome’s hiatus.

Dec. 28 & 29 – Hockey vs. Holy Cross @ Harborcenter – 4:05 p.m. (Hometown Heroes Weekend)

Jan. 3 – Men’s Basketball vs. Manhattan @ Koessler Center – 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 4 – Ice Hockey vs. R.I.T. @ HarborCenter – 4:05 p.m. (Tim Hortons Day)

Jan. 5 – Men’s Basketball vs. Fairfield @ Koessler Center – 2:00 p.m. (Boy Scout Day, P.A.L., Delta Sonic)

Jan. 9 – Women’s Basketball vs. Marist @ Koessler Center – 11:00 a.m. (Independent Health Kid’s Day)

Jan. 11 – Women’s Basketball vs. Siena @ Koessler Center – 2 p.m. (Girl Scout Day)

Reduced price tickets are available to all faculty and staff for Canisius home events. Call 716-888-TIXX to purchase.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an Adjunct Faculty Information Session to help prepare you to teach during the spring 2020 semester. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission, and technology for teaching and learning. Refreshments will be served.

The session takes place on Thursday, January 2, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Science Hall 1008. (This session was previously planned for Old Main 119 but has been moved.)

This is a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this spring can benefit but returning adjunct instructors are also welcome.

To RSVP, email coli@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Charitable Gifts to the College

The Division of Institutional Advancement has always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2019 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention: Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2019.   This is an ongoing policy and as we get to the end of the calendar year, time is critical. If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email huckk@canisius.edu.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

Campus Candid

Students studying for exams received a friendly – and furry – welcome upon visiting the library Wednesday.

“Wiz,” a five-year old Terrier mix, spent the afternoon socializing with students and giving them some much-needed stress relief from their studies.

“Wiz” was recently adopted by Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations for the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News


The Catholic News Agency interviewed Canisius President John Hurley about the possible financial bankruptcy of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. Click here to read the story.

Emerita Professor of Economics Pat Hutton is featured in a WKBW-TV Channel 7 story about Sew Redi Buffalo. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday! Each Friday we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Flashback to December 1940 – The Canisius College men’s basketball team had the honor of playing the first collegiate basketball game in the newly-opened Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The $2.7 million arena seated upwards of 15,000.

Though the Griffs fell to the powerhouse University of Oregon (50-42), ‘The Aud’ became the team’s home for 56 years and more than 600 contests until it shuttered in 1996.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, please visit www.canisius.edu/150.

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome to go on Holiday

With exam week nearing an end and the college shutdown fast approaching, The Dome will go on a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Wednesday, December 18 will be the last issue of The Dome published in 2019. (So plan now if you need something to run before year’s end.) The Dome returns to publication on Wednesday, January 15 of the new year.

As always, please be sure to have your submissions in by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior.

Submitted by: College Communications

Help Desk Winter Break Hours

The Help Desk will modify its hours for winter break and through the first week of the spring semester.  See below for the changes:

Monday, December 16 – Monday, December 23: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24 – Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED (Winter Break)

Thursday, January 2 – Friday, January 10: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 13 – Wednesday, January 15: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Regular hours resume on Thursday, January 16:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, visit the help desk located in Horan O’Donnell 016, by Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or at Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, help desk manager, ITS

Griffs Host Holy Cross on Saturday; Visit UB Next Week

Canisius men’s basketball returns from its 10-day break this Saturday, December 14 to host Holy Cross at 2:00 p.m. in the Koessler Center.

The Golden Griffins are 4-4 on the season with six of those games played outside of Buffalo and only one at the Koessler Center. This will be the 21st meeting between Canisius and the Crusaders in a series that first tipped-off in 1947 at the old Boston Garden.

Reduced price tickets are available to all faculty and staff with a valid college ID card. For more ticket information, call 888-TIXX.

Following the Holy Cross game, Canisius will be back in action December 18 when the team travels north to Amherst to face the UB Bulls in Alumni Arena at 7:00 p.m. (Griff fans are welcomed and encouraged to attend.)

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Final Call: Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

This is it folks.  Your last chance to register for the Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop is TODAY, Friday, December 13.

Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, the workshop is open to faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to help identify ways to support professional scholarship.  The workshop is set for Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m in the Regis Room.  This one-day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, as well as presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on federal funding as well as regional and institutional mechanisms to support your scholarship.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics about which you are interested in learning.

If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

A working lunch will be provided at the workshop where we will have conversations around strategies for finding time to engage with scholarship.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology; and Mary Ann Langlois, director, Sponsored Programs

Charitable Gifts to the College

The Division of Institutional Advancement has always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2019 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services, GM203 attention: Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2019.   This is an ongoing policy and as we get to the end of the calendar year, time is critical. If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email huckk@canisius.edu.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

NYS Paid Family Leave Benefits

The New York State Paid Family Leave deduction will increase beginning January 1, 2020.  The current deduction will increase from 0.153% of an employee’s weekly wage to 0.027%. A weekly payroll calculator is available at https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2020.

Also in 2020, the Paid Family Leave benefit will increase to 60% of an employee’s average weekly wage – not to exceed $840.70 per week.

For more information on the New York State Paid Family Leave and the changes for 2020 go to https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2020.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

Employee of Distinction

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Nominate a co-worker for a job well done by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form. The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all that they do. Click here to complete the nomination form. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include: the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection.

Each month, upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations. Please have all December submissions completed no later than Monday, December 23rd. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of January. Once a decision is made for December, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Call for Nominations

The Office of Alumni Engagement is soliciting nominations for the Distinguished Senior and Distinguished Faculty awards.

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have distinguished themselves through leadership roles and involvement with the college.  The senior must be in good academic standing.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes an outstanding, full-time professor.  He/she must have served as a faculty member at Canisius for at least three years and be distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence.

The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, February 7, 2020.  Nominations can be sent directly to the Office of Alumni Engagement or completed online by clicking here.

Please contact Sharon Kasperczyk at Ext. 2703 with any questions.

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, Office of Alumni Engagement

GET IN GEAR THIS YEAR WITH BN360!

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Join Buffalo Niagara 360 at the 2020 BN360 Kickoff party on Thursday, January 23! Talk and play the night away with co-workers and friends at Explore and More Children’s Museum, as BN360 celebrates the start of its 12th year. The 2020 Spotlight Professionals and the full year of events and programming will be announced at this event.

 

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a night of networking. Cash bar available. Don’t come alone, invite a friend, co-worker or two.

Thursday, Jan. 23  |  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Explore & More

130 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

 

Tickets: 

FREE to BN360 members

$25 Individual Event Ticket for Non-members

For more details and to register, click HERE.

 

Last Chance to Reserve Seat for Teaching Retreat

Time is running out to reserve your seat for the upcoming teaching retreat, titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content.”

Interested participants have until the end of the day today, Friday, December 13, to register for the retreat, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

To register for the retreat, click here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Campus Candid

Pictured: Canisius President John J. Hurley with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger at the Movement to Restore Trust symposium held on Saturday, December 7 at the Montante Cultural Center

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger attended the Movement to Restore Trust’s symposium at the Montante Cultural Center on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  This was Bishop Scharfenberger’s first public appearance since being appointed interim apostolic administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo after the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone.

Sessions at the symposium included a communal discernment of the qualities desired in the next bishop of Buffalo, the results of which will be shared with the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington D.C., who will have a critical role in the selection of the next bishop.  It also included a discussion of what will likely happen should the Diocese of Buffalo file for bankruptcy. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 news investigative reporter (and Canisius alumnus) Steve Brown ’83 interviewed President John J. Hurley on December 6 about possible next steps in healing the fractured Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

Click here to watch the story.

Economics Professor George Palumbo, PhD, is quoted in a Buffalo News story titled “Buffalo reassessed: Uneven growth belies citywide renaissance.”

Click here to read the story.

Business First reporter Allissa Kline spoke with Ian Redpath, chair of the Accounting Department, for an article titled “Competition for talent drives CPA firms to start early with offers, internships.”

Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer. This week’s giveaway question is:

What is Anne Burrell’s, class of ’91, claim to fame?

(a) Host, “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef”

(b) Co-host, “Worst Cooks in America”

(c) Author, Cook Like a Rock Star

(d) All of the above

Congratulations to Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations for institutional advancement, who was last week’s special Trivia Wednesday winner! Last week’s question and answer was:

Canisius College has hosted many elected officials throughout its history, including former presidents and presidential candidates.

Which of the following did NOT speak at Canisius?  C

(a) Harry Truman (b) Jimmy Carter (c) Woodrow Wilson (d) William Clinton

Submitted by: College Communications

Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff

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The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty and staff on Monday January 6 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main Room 223. QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person to help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource.

Those who have previously participated in this workshop are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Email zimmerm1@canisius.edu to register for this training. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Employee of Distinction

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Lisa Fischer is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for November 2019!

At Canisius for 12 years, Lisa currently works as the assistant registrar for the Student Records & Financial Services Department. She was selected for this award based on her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to plan well and her commitment to excellence, all of which have made her indispensable in the office.

Lisa has helped Canisius run smoothly since the day she arrived. She is able to balance a positive attitude with the realities of what can and cannot be done, and effectively communicates what she can do. She responds professionally and promptly to students, faculty, staff and administrators at all times, and has been an asset to both her department and to Canisius College.

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Lisa on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

Interested participants have until Friday, December 13 to reserve a seat for the upcoming Support Your Scholarship Workshop.  Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, the workshop is open to faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to help identify ways to support professional scholarship.  The workshop is set for Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The location of the workshop will be determined after registration closes.

This one day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, as well as presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on topics identified as interesting to registered attendees.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics about which you are interested in learning.

If you have any questions, contant Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

A working lunch will be provided at the workshop.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology and Mary Ann Langlois, director, Sponsored Programs

Teaching Retreat

Reserve your seat by Friday, December 13 to participate in the college’s upcoming teaching retreat, titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content,” scheduled for Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

To register for the retreat, click here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Discounted Sabres Tickets

As a corporate partner of the Buffalo Sabres, Canisius College employees are being extended an exclusive discounted ticket offer for the 50th anniversary season. This offer can be accessed by clicking here. Employees will have the opportunity to choose from several discounted games throughout the season based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Email Security Updates Rolling Out

In an attempt to help faculty and staff better identify “spoofing” type Emails, you may have noticed that some of the Email found in your “Junk” folder that is already marked as “SPAM” has been modified to include one or both types of new alerts such as these:

ATTENTION: This email is from an external source that is NOT AUTHORIZED to send email on behalf of Canisius College.
DO NOT TRUST ANY CONTENT IN THIS EMAIL MESSAGE

 

CAUTION: This email was sent from outside of Canisius College.
Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown senders or unexpected emails.

Some of the more recent “spoofed” Emails make it appear that someone from Canisius has Emailed you requesting information. While we encourage everyone to monitor activity in their junk/spam Email folders, we have taken additional precautions to help you better discern malicious vs. valid senders. You will only see these alerts in plain text in your junk folder but if you move it to any one of your other mailbox folders, you will see the full color versions of the above alerts.

On January 1, we will be adding the red alert message to Emails in your inbox, from external senders (currently we only add the alert to messages to Emails in your junk/spam folder). We have “white-listed” Emails sent from some of our partner vendors (Slate, Adirondack, Medicat, emails sent by Advancement through Benchmark, etc.) so they will not get this type of header. If you discover we have missed a vendor that should be white-listed, please Email the help desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu.

Our intention is to reduce the number of incidents of compromised login credentials, cell phone numbers and requests for wire transfers or viruses that could impact campus users. There has been an increase in the number of incidents over the last six months so further action is warranted at this time. Other cyber security measures are also being investigated.

Submitted by: Information Technology Services

Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to join colleagues at a workshop to help identify ways to support professional scholarship on Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This one day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, as well as presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on topics identified as interesting to registered attendees.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics about which you are interested in learning. The location of the workshop will be determined after registration closes.

If you have any questions, contant Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

A working lunch will be provided at the Workshop.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day, but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Teaching Retreat

Canisius College will host a teaching retreat titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content” on Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, December 13 by clicking here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Teaching Online: Updates and New Resources

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Canisius College is regularly updating resources available to professors teaching online or hybrid courses. D2L, Zoom, or Google Apps may have new features that you might like to try out in your next course. Plus, COLI develops new online tutorials that may help you or your students.

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation offers an online live-remote workshop that helps attending faculty discover new tools and resources for teaching online. This workshop takes place via web conference, so you need not be on campus to participate!

See the dates and times for this, and other faculty development opportunities, by visiting the Academic Affairs Faculty Development Opportunities Resource. RSVP for this workshop by emailing coli@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

It’s Flashback Friday!

It’s Flashback Friday! Each Friday we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Flashback to 1948 – The Griffins traveled to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium to compete against John Carroll’s Blue Streaks, led by Don Shula, in the second Great Lakes Bowl on December 5, 1948.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, please visit www.canisius.edu/150.

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Sarah Signorino, director of Mission & Identity, poses with her husband, Jerod Sikorskyj ’04, ’13, and two daughters. They picked out a T-shirt that they felt represented them best. Her husband picked an Elon Musk space man shirt. Signorino chose one about immigrants. Her younger daughter picked one with emojis on it and her eldest chose one of the college’s sesquicentennial shirts! When Signorino asked her why she felt that represented her best, her daughter responded, “I want to be a Griff!”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

America Magazine featured an article written by President Hurley on the next steps for the Buffalo Diocese amid Bishop Malone’s resignation. Click here to read the story.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Buffalo News, Spectrum News and WBFO all spoke with President Hurley about the Bishop Malone’s retirement.

WKBW Channel 7 interviewed Canisius students on their reactions of the news of Bishop Malone’s resignation. Click here for more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Templeton Foundation Awards Canisius $1.8 Million Grant

Canisius College is pleased to announce that the John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $1.8 million dollar grant to the Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR). The grant will be used to conduct the first comprehensive, comparative and empirical study of megachurches in the global south.

The study, titled Modernization, Mega Churches and the Urban Face of Christianity in the Global South, will be conducted over the next three years and focus on 17 megachurches, each with congregations of more than 15,000 in 10 different countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea. Researchers will examine why and how these churches have become so large; how they differentiate themselves organizationally, theologically and spiritually; and how these megachurches shape and are shaped by the world. 

“In seeking the answers to these questions, we will pay particular attention to the larger themes of modernization, Christianization and secularization,” explains Project Director Timothy H. Wadkins, PhD. 

Wadkins is a professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius, where he specializes in modern Christianity in the southern hemisphere. He is also director of the Canisius Institute for the Global Study of Religion where the project will be housed.

Click here to learn more about the grant and how it will be used.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Accounting Graduates #1 in New York State

The Canisius College accounting program maintained its stronghold in New York State following results from the 2018 Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. 

Alumni of Canisius’ undergraduate accounting program, who sat for the CPA exam for the first time within one year of graduation, earned the highest overall pass rate on the exam in New York State, ranking first (1st) overall.Canisius candidates also ranked first (1st)in New York State on the regulation/tax portion of the 2018 CPA exam; first (1st) on the audit portion of the exam and second (2nd) in New York State on the financial reporting section of the exam. Nationally, Canisius participants scored in the top four percent (4%), overall, among first-time test takers of the 2018 CPA exam. 

The 2018 exam results are the most recent to be published by the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and reaffirm the 2020 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which placed Canisius’ BS in accounting program among the top six percent (6%) nationally. 

Click here to read more about the latest rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Cookies and Cocoa Social a Success

The Canisius Fund team hosted a Cookies and Cocoa Social on Monday, December 2 as a special thank you to faculty and staff who have supported the 2019-20 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign or made a gift on the college’s 4th annual Giving Day.

Sweet treats and conversation were enjoyed by all and kicked off the holiday season! View a photo gallery from the event below.

It is not too late to support the 2019-20 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign – make your gift to Canisius Fund 150 during this momentous time in Canisius’ history! Simply click here or call the Canisius Fund Office at (716) 888-2712 to make your gift!

 

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Finals Week Daily Mass

Daily Mass will take place during finals week from Monday, December 9 – Friday, December 13 at 12:05 p.m. in Loyola Hall Chapel.

Other resources for Advent may be found by clicking here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Breakfast with Santa

The Office of the President welcomes all campus faculty and staff and their families to the annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center Dining Hall. The morning includes a full breakfast, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, cookie decorating and a holiday performance by Sydnie Perkins, assistant director of communications, virtual engagement and data for alumni engagement.

The cost is $15 per person (ages 13 and older) and $7 for children 12 and under. To register and pay online, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Winter Hours

Winter break hours will be in effect beginning Monday, December 16 through January 10. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meal break. Adjustments in hours may be made where services and needs require different operating hours.

Please remember that the campus has an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the general hours of work policy in the Canisius College Policy Manual. The proposed changes are available online here.

As President Hurley reported in his November 25 email, the college’s Employee Engagement Team has made some recommendations about the college’s hours of work policy, including:

  • Revise the standard business office hours to 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. year-round. Presently, this schedule is offered during the summer and winter months and is preferred by many.
  • Reduce the lunch period from one hour to 30 minutes. The one hour lunch was reported as occasionally problematic for departments with limited coverage, and was considered longer than necessary, as many staff members reported that they typically do not like to leave campus during lunch.
  • Continue to provide departments the flexibility they need to meet the needs of students and the college. Certain departments may remain open until 5:00 p.m. by offering of a schedule rotation for coverage.

The college’s Senior Leadership Team is supportive of the recommendations and welcomes the campus’ feedback. The campus has 60 days to comment on the proposed changes. If approved, the changes will become effective January 13, 2020. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at Ext. 2244 with any questions.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

Annual Christmas Mass and Luncheon

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with colleagues at the Annual Christmas Mass and Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. A luncheon will follow at 12:00 p.m. in the Economu Dining Hall.

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Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

 

Teaching Retreat

Canisius College will host a teaching retreat titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content” on Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, December 13 by clicking here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to join colleagues at a workshop to help identify ways to support professional scholarship on Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This one day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY and presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on topics identified as interesting to registered attendees.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics you are interested learning about. The location of the workshop will be determined after registration closes.

If you have any questions, contant Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at lodismij@canisius.edu.

A working lunch will be provided at the Workshop.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; Mary Ann Langlois, director, Sponsored Programs

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day, but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the December episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, program host Dr. Stan Bratton speaks with Othman Shibly, DDS, assistant professor of periodontics at the University at Buffalo, about his effort to deliver free dental care and education to Syrian refugees. Establishing the University at Buffalo Miles for Smiles program with organizations like the Alliance for Oral Health has allowed treatment to be provided for thousands of refugees through medical missions in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Our nation and communities have become increasingly religiously diverse and secular. Many Christians struggle with how to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ within the wider culture, while being respectful of persons of other religious traditions. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton speaks with Rev. Paul Varuvel, assistant professor of moral theology, about celebrating Christmas and the life of Jesus in a religiously diverse world.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Christian Conner, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Teaching Online: Updates and New Resources

Canisius College is regularly updating resources available to professors teaching online or hybrid courses. D2L, Zoom or Google Apps may have new features that you might like to try out in your next course. The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) developed new online tutorials that may help you or your students.

COLI offers an online live-remote workshop that helps attending faculty discover new tools and resources for teaching online. This workshop takes place via web conference, so you need not be on campus to participate!

See the dates and times for this, and other faculty development opportunities, by visiting the Academic Affairs Faculty Development Opportunities Resource. RSVP for this workshop by emailing coli@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

It’s Trivia Wednesday!

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

Canisius College has hosted many elected officials throughout its history, including former presidents and presidential candidates. Which of the following did NOT speak at Canisius?

(a) Harry Truman (b) Jimmy Carter (c) Woodrow Wilson (d) William Clinton


Congratulations to Mary Ellen Bakowski, development officer for institutional advancement, who was last week’s special Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

What was the name of the predecessor to the now called Canisius Magazine? The Chronicle

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Several media outlets interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley in recent days, amid reports of the retirement of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone and the upcoming Movement to Restore Trust symposium on how to move forward. Those media outlets include The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, The Hill , Spirit Daily, The Buffalo News , WBEN-AM, WIVB-TV Channel 4 and WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

In addition, President Hurley wrote a piece for the “Viewpoints” column in the Saturday, November 30 edition of The Buffalo News. Read the article here.

Buffalo Spree caught up with Kimberly Beaty, director of public safety, for a Q&A interview. Read the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Holiday Open House

Join the Career Development Team for holiday cheer as it hosts a faculty open house today, Wednesday, December 4 in Horan O’Donnell 014. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Learn about career services and how the Career Development Center can assist students. Hot cocoa and desserts will be provided.

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, senior associate director, Career Development

 

Introductory ‘R’ Workshop

Learn the basics of R, the free statistical program that is becoming one of the normative data analytic tools in many disciplines today, Wednesday, December 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Health Science 206.

The material will focus on applications rather than underlying math or programming and geared towards the individual who has never worked with R before, or is still getting comfortable with R and has taken one undergraduate-level statistics course. Ideally, individuals will come with a data set they want to work with, a question/hypothesis or two in mind about the data and some understanding of their discipline-specific best practices of how to approach the data.

Event agenda:

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Why we R (basics of best practices in transparency and open science, accessibility, etc.)
  • Installing R and RStudio
  • Installing packages

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Importing data
  • Preprocessing data

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Figures
  • Useful tools for doing more (Google, RMarkdown, online tutorials and forums)

These topics will be covered in the context of the data individuals bring with them. There will be an introduction on how to do each topic with time to implement the task and troubleshooting.

The event is open to all. Please encourage students to attend!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

All-Sesqui Men’s Basketball Team Honored

Pictured (l-r): Craig Wise ’95; Sugar Ray Hall ’85; Bill Maher, athletic director; Kevin Downey ’05; Brian Dux ’03; Johnny McCarthy ’56; Darren Fenn ’01; Lyndon Yaple, representing his great uncle Andy Anderson ’67; Darrell Barley ’96; John Morrison ’67; Anthony Masiello ’69; Hank Nowak Jr., representing his father Henry Nowak ’57 and John Hurley, president

Unable to attend: Billy Baron ’14; Mike Meeks ’96; Mike Smrek ’85; Frank Turner ’10 and Bill O’Connor ’63

Canisius men’s basketball honored its all-sesquicentennial team during halftime at the Canisius versus St. Bonaventure basketball game on Saturday, November 23. The team defeated its long-time rival 61-57 in front of nearly 4000 fans.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Seymour Named President of NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) elected Clancy Seymour, EdD, president during the organization’s 82nd annual conference November 20-23.

Seymour is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Canisius and director of the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (P/HETE) program. He currently teaches capstone and student-teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, Seymour teaches classes in assessment and teaching methods. 

Click here to read more about his new role as president of AHPERD.


Additionally, the Canisius P/HETE program made a big splash at the NYS AHPERD Conference from Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23. Students from the Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (P/HETE) program attended the 82nd annual New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) conference in Verona, NY. Teacher candidates Gianna Marcantonio, Jacob Slade and Geoff Blake were honored as P/HETE Major Award Winners during the Amazing Persons Ceremony on Thursday, November 21st. Shawn Parkhurst and Johnathan Connelly alongside Kate Huber (counselor education), alumni of the P/HETE program, were also honored for their contributions to the health and physical education profession.

Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/assistant director of the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education, presented the new proposed version of the Physical Education Learning Standards to the Higher Education Teacher Education Academy and the general membership on Wednesday and Thursday at the conference. 

The Western Zone Chapter of the association and the Canisius College P/HETE program hosted a joint social for zone members, current teacher candidates and former alumni of the college with over 100 members in attendance. A special thanks to Joe Evans, adjunct professor of kinesiology, for his efforts to coordinate P/HETE attendance along with Dr. Seymour and Lauren Kicak, associate director for graduate admissions for her co-sponsorship of the event.

Submitted by: College Communications

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