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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 1980 – Canisius President Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, sits alongside then U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale during a Canisius vs. St. Lawrence football game at War Memorial Stadium on November 15, 1980.

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

The Griff Center for Student Success was a busy place on Tuesday morning, November 12, as students crowded the office to take advantage of registration assistance being offered by the team.

Submitted by: Tracy Callaghan, associate director of academic achievement, Griff Center for Student Success

Canisius in the News

Fordham University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane. SJ, discusses the future of American Catholic higher education during his visit to Canisius on Tuesday, November 12.

“The Future of American Catholic Higher Education” made for an engaging conversation earlier this week, when Fordham University President Rev. Joseph McShane, SJ, visited Canisius.

If you missed the event, you can catch the highlights from WBFO-88.7 by clicking here.

Father McShane’s visit was part of the Sesquicentennial Year Series, which will bring three Jesuit university presidents to campus this academic year to discuss “The Future of American Catholic Higher Education.” The series is sponsored by the college’s William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.

Click here to learn more about the series.

Submitted by: College Communications

Another Week, Another Happy United Way Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Lisa Fischer, assistant registrar of student records and financial services.  She is the college’s sixth United Way basket raffle winner.UW Winner 6 LisaFischer.jpg

The United Way Committee will draw a name each Monday during the campaign, which runs until Friday, November 22. When you donate to the 2019 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the baskets listed below. You will be eligible to win the first Monday after you pledge and throughout the remaining weeks of the campaign, so get your pledge in early.

Thanks to donations from the offices of Academic Affairs, Advancement, Athletics, Admissions, Alumni, Student Accounts, Student Life and the Canisius Bookstore, we offer the following raffle baskets:

  • “Out on the Town” Basket: $24 AMC Movie Gift Cards, (4) tickets to a Canisius Athletics event, tee shirt, sun glasses, blue & yellow wig, New Era cap, drawstring bag, mug, cell phone pocket, stuffed Griffin, plastic glasses, plus some extras.
  • Fall Home Decor Basket
  • “Gear up” Basket: Canisius wind breaker (L), t-shirt, mug, water bottle, pop socket, cell phone pocket, Canisius magnet, “Always a Griffin” neck warmer, New Era cap, sesquicentennial post-it notes

You can access the donation button on your MyCanisius portal page. Your pledge does not carry over from last year so please take the following steps to make your pledge:

  1. https://uwbec.unitedwayepledge.org
  2. Click [Forgot User ID or Password?]
  3. Enter Work Email
  4. Enter Verification Code
  5. Click [Email My Information]
  6. Check your Work Email inbox for an email from donotreply@uwbec.org
  7. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
  8. Create a new password and click [Save]
  9. Click the [Continue] button

If you have any questions about the process of making your e-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance (Ext. 2244); Mary Braun, human resources assistant (Ext. 2240); Maggie Burkard, academic affairs support manager (Ext. 2120); Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs (Ext. 2121); Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents, Student Affairs and Business & Finance (Ext. 2130); and Bethany Voorhees, human resources assistant (Ext. 2246.).

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

 

Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar

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The Canisius College Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar series will welcome John Olenick and Kathy Olenick, both of ENrG Inc., to campus today, Friday, November 15 at 2:10 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 1028.  The president and business development manager, respectively, will discuss the company’s product zirconia ceramic ribbon, which is attracting significant attention from the energy industry due to its extraordinary thermal and mechanical properties.  The pair will also share their knowledge of engineering and entrepreneurship.

EnrG Inc. is a Buffalo-based manufacturing company and inventor of zirconia ceramic ribbons.

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, PhD, clinical instructor, Physics/Math and Statistics

Tea & Talk

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) invites the campus community to a Tea & Talk today, Friday, November 15 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Tea is at 2:00 p.m. followed by a talk at 2:30 p.m. from Guilia Vollono, PhD, titled The Sword & the Brooch: Identities in Lombard Italy through Archaeology and Texts.

Vollono is a postdoctoral fellow for the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University at Buffalo.

Because of this event, today’s Classics Tea@2is cancelled. So instead, join us in the Grupp for this free event that is open to the public.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Sydnie Perkins Gets Star Reviews

Photo courtesy: Rocking Horse Productions

If you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment this weekend, plan to attend a performance of “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class” starring Canisius’ own Sydnie Perkins. 

Perkins is the assistant director of communication, virtual engagement and data for alumni engagement, and a former career counselor in the Griff Center. 

She is also a natural performer, described by Buffalo Theatre Guide as “a powerhouse” in her role as Sister Robert Anne, and “a keg of dynamite whose sparkly performance will put a smile on your face.”

“Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class” is one of 10 popular Nunsense all-faith shows.  It is being performed at the Williamsville Meeting House located at 5658 Main Street. 

The first of this weekend’s three performances is tonight, Friday, November 15 at 7:30, followed by a Saturday, November 16 performance at 7:30 and a Sunday, November 17 show at 2:30 p.m.  General admission tickets are $20; $17 for students. 

Click here to read Buffalo Theatre Guide’s full review of Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Meet-the-Faculty Recital

Take a break from your workday on Monday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. to enjoy a piano performance by Frank Scinta, adjunct professor in the Fine Arts Department.  The performance takes place in the Montante Cultural Center and is the latest in the Meet-the-Faculty program.  This engaging series of recitals and lectures allows students, faculty, staff and friends of Canisius to enjoy the wonderful talents of our faculty as they share their passion for the arts.

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

 

The Great American Smokeout

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Start your journey toward a smoke-free life. Plan to attend the Great American Smokeout next Thursday, November 21, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. Resources and support will be available to help participants quit smoking.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

The Tesserae Project

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) and the Canisius Digital Humanities Group will welcome Neil Coffee, PhD, professor of classics at the University at Buffalo, to Canisius on Thursday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Coffee will discuss the Tesserae Project, which he founded in 2008 as an effort to trace intertextuality and allusion in literary texts using computational means. The presentation will discuss what the free online Tesserae tool does for searching in ancient Greek, Latin and English. It will touch on the computational basis for the work and will address how he has managed a successful, grant-funded digital humanities project for over a decade.

His interests include Latin epic poetry, Roman social history, ancient philosophy and digital approaches to literary and intellectual history. Coffee is the author of The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic and Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome. He is co-editor of the 2019 “Intertextuality in Flavian Epic Poetry.” His current book project is entitled Serenity and Engagement: An Ancient Search for Balance.

Refreshments will be served.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

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 conferencing, 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, director, COLI

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:

The Canisius Class of 1990 gave which of the following to the college as its senior class gift:

(a) cross/globe atop Old Main (b) carillon (c) clock (d) abstract canvas artwork


Congratulations to Suli Lyon, coordinator for the Canisius Fund, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

Canisius College is the only area institution to house which of the following: Seismograph

Submitted by: College Communications

Griffs Standing Against Hunger Announce Initiatives

Pictured (l-r) in Petey’s Pantry: Daniel Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Abigail Hughes ’20, president, Undergraduate Student Association (USA); Ken Schwab, associate director, Chartwells; Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry and Lauren Carlin, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

The Division of Student Affairs, Chartwells and the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) have joined forces to reenvision the food pantry on campus. As a result, Petey’s Pantry, located in Palisano Pavilion 002, is now open. Created to combat food insecurity and provide a place where students facing hunger can receive help, Petey’s Pantry is open this fall on Fridays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Canisius is a member of the College & University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA), a network of campus food pantries that connect, support and share resources in the vital work of serving students with food insecurity.

Donations to Petey’s Pantry can be made in the form of a check made payable to “Canisius College” during the Thanksgiving Sit-Down Dinner on November 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall. In addition, donations are graciously accepted in Campus Ministry, Old Main Room 207. Personal hygiene products are also being collected, but food donations are not at this time.  

Please contact Mike Hayes, director of Campus Ministry, at Ext. 2420, if you have further questions.

Coming soon – Swipe out Hunger, an initiative that allows students to donate two meal “swipes” to a bank that will be allocated to fellow students in need.

Watch The Dome for more information about initiatives related to Griffs Standing Against Hunger.

Submitted by: College Communications

Hockey, Hoops and Volleyball at Home

The busiest weekend of the sports year is currently upon us. Put your weekend plans on hold and schedule a bunch of blue and gold into the weekend ahead.

The Canisius men’s hockey team looks to get on track against archrival and Battle of the Bridge opponent Niagara University. The Griffs meet the Eagles Friday, November 15 at 7:35 p.m. at the LECOM Harborcenter. The two teams meet again on Saturday, November 16 at 4:05 p.m. at the LECOM Harborcenter. This is an important conference matchup for both teams. Reminder, the hockey team will wear its retro-jerseys on Friday night as a part of their participation in sesquicentennial festivities.

The men’s basketball team hosts its home opener on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center against Bucknell University. New Era caps will be given away at the door. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

The women’s basketball team also hosts its home opener on Sunday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the KAC against Big Four opponent St. Bonaventure University. Free koozies will be given away with your ticket to the women’s game. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

The volleyball team closes out its regular season with a pair of conference matches. The Griffs clinched a MAAC Tournament spot with its win over Marist College on Sunday, November 10. The Griffs will host first place, undefeated Fairfield University on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the KAC. Click here to add this event to your calendar. Canisius will then host sixth place Quinnipiac University on Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the KAC. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs are currently in a four-way battle for second place with only one game in the standings separating Canisius, Niagara, Rider and Marist.

Reminder, all faculty and staff receive discounted tickets to hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games via the ticket office. Call (716) 888-2885 for details.

For more information on all of this weekend’s activities, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Concert

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College and the Polish Arts Club will host Karolina Fraczak, Springfield Symphony violinist, on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Karolina Fraczak

Fraczak is currently working toward her master’s degree in violin performance at Missouri State University under the guidance of David Hays, DMA, string area coordinator in the Music Department. She will perform with Yuet Yang Siew, pianist, who is also a prize-winning performer studying at Missouri State University under the direction of Wei-Han Su, DMA, keyboard area coordinator in the Music Department. Both Fraczak and Siew began performing at a young age. 

The concert will feature music by Moniuszko, Szymanowski and Wieniawski. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at Ext. 2542.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Sin of Jesuit Slaveholding: Continuing the Conversation on Racism

Join the Religious Studies & Theology Department on Friday, November 15 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. in the library instruction room, located on the main floor, to hear the story of the Jesuits’ sale of 272 slaves to save Georgetown University in 1838. A webinar with Cheryllyn Branche, one of the descendants of this sale, and Rev. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, will be viewed.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean; Diversity & Inclusion; Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

 

Thanksgiving Holiday

The college will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. All but essential operating personnel are included in this early closure. The college will also be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 and will reopen on Monday, December 2.

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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

 

Annual Coffee Walk Concludes

The annual Canisius Fund coffee walk concluded last week. Colleagues across campus were treated to coffee, cider and donuts, and encouraged to consider supporting Canisius Fund 150, the college’s sesquicentennial fundraising campaign.

Below is a photo gallery of pictures taken along the way!

Michael Migliore, graduate assistant, Wehle School of Business and Mary Ellen Carver, executive assistant to the dean, Wehle School of Business

Caleb Handzlik ’32 and Nancy Wallace, PhD, interim dean, School of Education & Human Services

Kim Walkow, administrative specialist, Wehle School of Business; Ginny Dadaian, director, Stewardship & Events; Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Stephen Chanderbhan, PhD, associate professor, Philosophy

Bill Maher, director, Athletics; Danielle Szymkowiak, graduate assistant, Athletics; Laurie Hennessy, administrative operations coordinator, Athletics

Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, Career Development; Dominique Gagnier, graduate assistant, Career Development; Eileen Abbatoy, senior associate director, Career Development

 

This initiative continues to be part of the annual Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, which is an opportunity for the campus community to come together and support students in an additional way.

If you have not yet made your commitment as part of the 2019-20 Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, please consider joining your colleagues by making a gift today. You can make your commitment online here or by calling the Canisius Fund Office at (716) 888-2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Celebrate the courage, faith, witness and legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador with a Mass on Friday, November 15 at 12:05 p.m. in Loyola Hall Chapel.

Pizza will be served following Mass.

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

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

Employee of Distinction Nominations

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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 November submissions completed no later than Tuesday, November 26. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of December. Once a decision is made for November, 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

Fifth United Way Raffle Winner

Congratulations to our fourth United Way basket winner, Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing for ITS.

The United Way Committee will draw a name each Monday during the campaign, which runs until Friday, November 22. When you donate to the 2019 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the baskets listed below. You will be eligible to win the first Monday after you pledge and throughout the remaining weeks of the campaign, so get your pledge in early.

Thanks to donations from Academic Affairs, Advancement, Athletics, Admissions, Alumni, Student Accounts, Student Life and the Canisius Bookstore, we offer the following raffle baskets:

  •  (1) Lottery Basket
  • “Out on the Town” Basket: $24 AMC Movie Gift Cards, (4) tickets to a Canisius Athletics event, tee shirt, sun glasses, blue & yellow wig, New Era cap, drawstring bag, mug, cell phone pocket, stuffed Griffin, plastic glasses, plus some extras.
  • Fall Home Decor Basket
  • (3) “Gear up” Basket
    1. “Always a Griffin” hoodie (XL), Canisius Fund t-shirt, post-it note pop-up dispenser, Canisius car magnet, mug, water bottle, New Era cap, sesquicentennial post-it notes
    2. Canisius wind breaker (L), (2) t-shirts, mug, water bottle, pop socket, cell phone pocket, Canisius magnet, “Always a Griffin” neck warmer, New Era cap, sesquicentennial post-it notes

You can access the donation button on your MyCanisius portal page. Your pledge does not carry over from last year so please take the following steps to make your pledge:

  1. https://uwbec.unitedwayepledge.org
  2. Click [Forgot User ID or Password?]
  3. Enter Work Email
  4. Enter Verification Code
  5. Click [Email My Information]
  6. Check your Work Email inbox for an email from donotreply@uwbec.org
  7. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
  8. Create a new password and click [Save]
  9. Click the [Continue] button

If you have any questions about the process of making your e-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance (Ext. 2244); Mary Braun, human resources assistant (Ext. 2240); Maggie Burkard, academic affairs support manager (Ext. 2120); Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs (Ext. 2121); Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents, Student Affairs and Business & Finance (Ext. 2130); and Bethany Voorhees, human resources assistant (Ext. 2246.)

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

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 seven discounted games throughout the season based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Campus Candid

Sarah E. Signorino (right), director of mission & identity, poses with Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus (center) and Sr. Erin McDonald, University Minister for Service and Social Justice at University of Detroit Mercy, during a breakout session at the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome.

Mission & Identity Director Sarah E. Signorino had the fortunate opportunity to meet Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (above) and Pope Francis (below) while in Rome, last week, for the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES), which is commemorating 50 years of promoting social justice and reconciliation.

Sarah E. Signorino, director of mission & identity, shakes hands with Pope Francis who met with the Social Justice and Ecology Congress last week.

Signorino was one of 21 delegates from the U.S.-Canadian Province invited to participate in the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat. The conference gathered Jesuits and lay collaborators, alike, in Rome to recall past achievements, milestones and lessons learned, and to reflect on and discern the challenges faced today in order to fulfill human rights and the fundamental freedoms of people around the world.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Alert Test

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Canisius Alert, the college’s emergency notification system, will be tested on Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. The purpose of the test is to activate the Canisius Alert system and ensure the college can reach community members. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text or Email message. Before the test, please be sure to review your contact information, which can be accessed through myCanisius: Go to “All Applications and Services” and under “Campus Services” click on “Campus Alert/Update Emergency Contacts.”

If you have any questions, contact Chief Kim Beaty, director, Public Safety, by calling Ext. 2330 or by email at beatyk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, associate dean of students & Title IX Coordinator

Attend Today’s Workshop on Implicit Bias

Laudato Si’ Reading Group

Join the Laudato Si‘ reading group this Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall great room.  The group will read Chapter 1 and (either) Chapter 2 or 5 from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

Wine and cheese will be provided. If interested, please respond to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus of religious studies & theology, at lynchp@canisius.edu or Ext. 2831 by Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to view a list of discussion questions.

Submitted by: Marshelle Woodward, PhD, assistant professor, English; Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Find God in Stressful Times

Mary Beth Werdel, PhD, director of pastoral care and counseling at Fordham University, visits Canisius on Tuesday, November 19 for a talk titled “Finding God in Stressful Times.”  Werdel’s lecture will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Loyola Hall and examines what science tells us about the connection between stress and spirituality.

Werdel currently teaches graduate level courses in pastoral care and counseling at Fordham.  Her research focuses on the intersection of spirituality and well-being during times of loss, stress and trauma. She  has made numerous presentations in the area of stress related growth at research conferences, continuing education seminars and public academic events.  She is also widely published.  Werdel’s most recent book, As Faith Matures: Beyond the Sunday God, was published by Ligouri in 2012.

Most recently she worked as a bi-lingual Spanish speaking family therapist. In this role she assisted families who had recently immigrated from Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras.

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

Defend DACA Vigil

On Tuesday, November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Join the Office of Campus Ministry and the Jesuit networks across the U.S. as we unite to defend the dignity of DACA recipients through prayer and action. The vigil will take place at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow in Christ the King Chapel.

For more information, contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu.

 

Canisius’ 41st Model UN a Success

Congratulations to the Canisius MUNDO Club and members of the International Relations Program, which organized another successful Model UN Conference.  In all, 369 high school students from 19 schools in-and-around Buffalo attended the event on Thursday, November 7.

To learn more about the Model UN program, contact Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, associate professor, political science and director, international relations program at Ext. 2601 or fajardop@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; director, International Relations Program

Online Teaching Workshop

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a workshop developed by Timothy Sawicki, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, focused on online teaching.  The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Old Main 219.

Sawicki founded the online physical education master’s program in 2006 and has since taught more than 125 online courses.  He has conducted and published four research studies about online teaching.  The graduate physical education program was the first fully online program at Canisius College and grew to more than 160 master’s students.

This session offers tips for online teaching specifically related to students’ likes and dislikes about taking online courses, written feedback considerations, and teaching tips integrated into his courses from the experiences he has had.  This session will be helpful to anyone currently teaching online or any instructor contemplating teaching online. A question and answer period related to online teaching and best practices for online teaching will conclude the presentation.

This session provides perspectives about teaching online from someone whose full college workload has been online for the past 12 years.

Refreshments will be served.  The event is open to all Canisius faculty.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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 November 1978 – Jack Kemp, representative of the 38th District of New York in the U.S. Congress from 1971-1989, lectured at Canisius on November 8, 1978 as part of the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.

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

Canisius College was proud to host the annual Model UN Conference on Thursday, November 7. Some 400 student-delegates from 20 local high schools converged on campus for the day-long event, which saw students simulating UN committees and debating important global issues.

Kicking off this year’s conference was Shane Siegel, from the Canisius Class of 2003. Siegel (pictured below) is a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. In addition to opening the Model UN Conference on Thursday morning, Siegel also spoke with students in Secil Ertorer’s Intro to Sociology class and John Occhipinti’s Foreign Policy class.

Submitted by: College Communications

Future of American Catholic Higher Education is Focus of Upcoming Fitzpatrick Lecture Series

Canisius College will welcome Fordham University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ, to campus on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center as part of the college’s Sesquicentennial Year Series.  Father McShane is the first of three Jesuit university presidents to discuss “The Future of American Catholic Higher Education.” The series, sponsored by the college’s William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about the Sesquicentennial Year Series.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Veterans Day Ceremony and Celebration

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The Griff Center for Student Success will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony and celebration on Monday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Veteran Resource Center located in Old Main 320.

Refreshments and desserts will follow the ceremony. Veteran staff and students are encouraged to stop by Old Main 320 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to receive free giveaway items and enter into a raffle to win Sabres tickets.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Sierra Bonerb, associate director, Support Services

 

Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar

Jerry Fritz, director of organizational learning at Moog Inc., will be on campus today, Friday, November 8 at 2:10 p.m. in Science Hall 1028. Fritz will discuss engineering activities at Moog and the challenges of growing the company.

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, clinical instructor, Physics and Math

Volleyball Continues Home Stand

The Canisius women’s volleyball team continues its home play this weekend with games two and three of a five-game home stand. The Griffs will host Siena College tomorrow, Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. They will then host Marist University on Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Academic Talent Search Summit

High school students from McKinley, MST Bennett, MST Seneca, Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and Sweet Home High Schools will visit Canisius College today, Friday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for an informational day of college life.

The Office of Admissions will lead college tours for the students as well as a special athletic tour at the Koessler Athletic Center, where they will be greeted by John Maddock, senior associate athletic director for external affairs.

Prior to the college tours, students will see the movie “Off The Glass,” which tells the story of Ritchie Campbell, who will be the keynote speaker and special guest of the day. Following the viewing, there will be a discussion with students about the importance of following their dreams and getting a college education.

Campbell was most recently interviewed by Claudine Ewing of WGRZ Channel 2 in May 2017. The topic was “Rise, Fall, Redemption.”

For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Program at Ext. 3280.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Caffee, director, Academic Talent Search Program

The Sin of Jesuit Slaveholding: Continuing the Conversation on Racism

The campus community is invited to hear the story of the Jesuits’ sale of 272 slaves to save Georgetown University in 1838 on Friday, November 15 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. in the library instruction room, located on the main floor. The webinar will host Cheryllyn Branche, one of the descendants of this sale, and Rev. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

For more information, contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean of diversity and inclusion, at rodrig23@canisius.edu or Ext. 2118.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean; Diversity & Inclusion; Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

 

Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Concert

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College and the Polish Arts Club will host Karolina Fraczak, Springfield Symphony violinist, on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Karolina Fraczak

Fraczak is currently working toward her master’s degree in violin performance at Missouri State University under the guidance of David Hays, DMA, string area coordinator in the Music Department. She will perform with Yuet Yang Siew, pianist, who is also a prize-winning performer studying at Missouri State University under the direction of Wei-Han Su, DMA, keyboard area coordinator in the Music Department. Both Fraczak and Siew began performing at a young age. 

The concert will feature music by Moniuszko, Szymanowski and Wieniawski. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at Ext. 2542.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Don’t Miss Out!

The Canisius Fund Office is sponsoring an information and training session on Tuesday, November 19 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge for anyone interested in fundraising for their department, team or institute on #CanisiusGivingDay 2020 (scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020).

It’s hard to believe that #CanisiusGivingDay is six months away, but the Canisius Fund team is hard at work already planning for the day’s success. In order to make sure you have the time and resources to maximize the day and raise extra funding for your area on campus, be sure to check out this session!

You’ll hear from colleagues who have seen incredible success on past Giving Days, as well as receive tips, suggested timelines and more from the Canisius Fund staff to give you everything you need to succeed.

You won’t want to miss opportunity! RSVP to the Canisius Fund team at canfund@canisius.edu by Thursday, November 14.

We look forward to seeing you!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Just in Time for Christmas

Stop by and see Frank Riga, PhD, professor emeritus of English, who will host two signings for his new book Frank’s Christmas Book, on the following dates:

Saturday, November 16: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Newfane Public Library (located in the Newfane Town Hall Community Center)

and

Saturday, November 30: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum

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:

Canisius College is the only area institution to house which of the following:

(a) Bloomberg Terminal (b) Seismograph (c) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (d) NewTek TriCaster Switcher


Congratulations to Tracy Wass, senior programmer analyst/DBA for ITS, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

Which two current professors have been teaching at Canisius the longest and have the same start date at the college? George Palumbo, PhD – Economics and Finance and Richard Shick, PhD – Economics and Finance

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Biology major Lillian Wozniak ’22 presented her work titled “Feasibility of Non-Exercise Science Majors to Direct an Exercise Program for High Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Hershey, PA on Friday, November 1. Her work was completed during the summer of 2019 at the Institute for Autism Research under the direction of Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology; Adam Booth, postdoctoral research fellow; Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology; Marcus Thomeer, PhD, professor of teacher education; and Christopher Lopata, PsyD, professor of teacher education. Physical education major Samantha Crane ’21 was also involved in the project. Wozniak is the first student to be selected to present at this prestigious conference.

Submitted by: Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology

Canisius in the News

Emyle Watkins ’20 is a news intern at WGRZ Channel 2 this semester. There, she works side-by-side with Steve Brown ’83, WGRZ’s award-winning investigative reporter.

On Thursday, October 31, WGRZ broadcast Brown’s story “Dead and Gone.” The story tells the tale of a Cheektowaga family on the hunt for the remains of a deceased relative, whose body was one of more than 900 that were exhumed and reburied in the 1950s as part of a land deal between a cemetery and railroad.

Through dogged reporting, Brown’s story helped uncover a possible final resting place for John Slomczewski, and also revealed the mystery of what happened to many of the other bodies.

Brown didn’t work alone. The Murrow Award-winning reporter, who teaches investigative reporting at Canisius, credited Watkins’s weeks of research, writing and journalistic legwork as invaluable to getting the story accomplished.

“Emyle is always thinking, always working, always doing the extra things that make stories richer and stronger. Her fingerprints are all over ‘Dead and Gone,” Brown said.

He praised Watkins as hard-working and focused. Ultimately, Brown said, “Emyle Watkins is in a class by herself. I believe she is destined to be a difference-maker as a journalist.”

Watkins is the managing editor of The Griffin. She majors in journalism and digital media arts.

Submitted by: Daniel Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, Communication Studies 

It’s National First-Generation Celebration Week

This is the third year that higher education institutions across the country have been encouraged to celebrate first-generation college students on their respective campuses through the Center for First-Generation Student Success (an initiative by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Suder Foundation). This is the first year Canisius is participating. Campus efforts are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) Diversity Committee, Alpha Kappa Delta and the Griff Center for Student Success. Please see below for more information on how you can join Canisius’ first-generation student community in its inaugural year.

Why celebrate first-gen?

Being a first-generation college student is an important part of a student’s identity on a college campus. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. As the first in their family to attend, it is critical that first-generation college students are advised, celebrated and encouraged throughout their collegiate experience to showcase a supportive learning community as the student pursues their educational goals.

Why this week?

Friday, November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The legislation made key investments for access within institutions of higher education including increased support for matriculation of first-generation college students.

Are you first-gen?

If you are a first-generation college student and are willing to be highlighted as part of our social media campaign, please Email Mark Harrington, interim senior associate dean for student success and program director for higher education and student affairs administration (HESAA), at harring4@canisius.edu. We are looking to showcase our first-generation faculty, staff, administrators and students throughout the week. #FirstGenGriffs

How can you support?

There are a few events throughout the week leading up to the National First-Gen Day. On Friday, November 8, we encourage you to stop by the table outside of the Library between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and be part of our photo campaign supporting for our first-generation college students. We also will have the cards (photo) below available for the campus community at the table. If you cannot attend but want a card to hang within your workspace, notify Mark Harrington and one will be delivered to you.

What’s next?

As we think about supporting first-generation college students at Canisius moving forward, we can continue to build upon this week’s programming and provide additional resources and initiatives to support our students. If you are interested in joining a working group to begin in the spring semester, notify Mark Harrington.

Thank you in advance for celebrating our first-generation faculty, staff, administrators and students this week!

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, interim senior associate dean, Student Success; program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA)

Thursday Night Volleyball Clash

The Canisius women’s volleyball team competes in its biggest regular season volleyball game tomorrow, Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. against Niagara University at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Both teams are in a three way tie with Marist College for third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Canisius, Niagara and Marist sit 1/2 game behind second place Rider University. Tomorrow is Athletes for Athletes Night and MAAC Choice Night with pre-game activities starting at 5:00 p.m.

There is no admission charge for volleyball. For more information on the game, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Hockey Begins Conference Play

The Canisius men’s hockey team opens the Atlantic Hockey portion of its schedule on Friday, November 8 at 7:35 p.m. against Robert Morris University at the LECOM Harborcenter. The Griffs are coming off an impressive 4-0 shutout win over Union College.

Friday is faculty-staff night. All Canisius employees will be admitted at no charge with a valid school ID. Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Human Resources Office for the remainder of the week.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Canisius Fund Coffee Walk Continues!

Week two included stops in Old Main, Horan O’Donnell, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library and the Student Center. The Canisius Fund saw many familiar faces, met many new colleagues and handed out coffee, cider and donuts as well as encouraged faculty and staff to consider supporting Canisius Fund 150, the college’s sesquicentennial fundraising campaign.

Below is a photo gallery of pictures taken along the way!

Lauryn Saldana ’20; Zoey Maggiore ’19, MS ’21; Gustavo Dos Santos ’18, MS ’20; Rich Kennedy, assistant director, Student Life

 

Dan Dentino, vice president, Student Affairs & Dean of Students; Sharon Federico, support manager, Business & Student Affairs; Justin Brown ’23

 

Angela Bufalino, coordinator, Student Support Services and Sierra Bonberb, associate director, Support Services

Barbara Zimmerman, administrative associate, Counseling Center; Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center; Michael Cammarata, associate director, Counseling Center

Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students and director, Office of Event Services

Rodrigo Ortiz ’21 and Chandler Hawkins ’20

Vivian Klentos MS ’20; Hannah Pruch, MS ’20; Donna Ortolani, assistant, Center for Global Education

Cliff-Simon Vital MS ’21, graduate assistant, Office of Student Life

Richard Miller, lieutenant, Public Safety and Kim Beaty, director, Public Safety

Lynn Incardona, associate, Payroll; Sue Lyons, manager, Payroll; Cheryl Grinnen, business analyst, Human Resources; Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources; Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources

Cavina James, associate director, HEOP and Branwyn Wilkinson, administrative associate, COPE Office

Week three stops include Bagen Hall, Churchill Tower and the Koessler Athletic Center.

This initiative continues to be part of the annual Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, which is an opportunity for the campus community to come together and support students in an additional way.

If you have not yet made your commitment as part of the 2019-20 Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, please consider joining your colleagues by making a gift today. You can make your commitment online here or by calling the Canisius Fund Office at (716) 888-2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies Brown Bag Seminar

Spencer Mead, a senior philosophy major, will speak at Canisius today, Wednesday, November 6 from 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in Old Main 418 as part of the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Brown Bag Seminar Series.

Mead will discuss Aristotle’s ideas of friendship and whether today’s online friendships qualify. He will deliver his research titled Online Friends? Ancient Wisdom Meets the Digital World.

Brown Bag Seminars are hosted by ICMS and are free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a lunch and support Canisius’ future scholars.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media and web administrator, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Women-Owned Small Business Program

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Join the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College for an interactive session on Thursday, November 14 from 9 – 10:00 a.m. in Science Hall 063 to learn how to self-certify as a women-owned small business (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with the federal government.

The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned businesses each year. To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program with a WOSB certification.

Submitted by: Women’s Business Center 

Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Celebrate the courage, faith, witness and legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador with a Mass on Friday, November 15 at 12:05 p.m. in Loyola Hall Chapel.

Pizza will be served following Mass.

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

“Big Physics Question” Contest

The Physics Department would like to announce its “Big Physics Question” for the 2019-20 school year. The question is:

Women have made tremendous contributions to the advancement of physics. Consider the work of Marie Curie, Maria Goppert-Mayer, Chien-Shiung Wu, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Emmy Noether and Vera Rubin. Yet as of 2019, only 20 percent of physics PhD’s in the U.S. are held by women.

QUESTION: How can we achieve an equal number of women as men pursuing physics degrees by 2040?

This is the third year the Physics Department has hosted the “Big Physics Question” essay contest. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. It is an opportunity for bright young minds to offer their ideas to big questions.

The awards are as follows:

First Place: $750 Canisius College scholarship and $100 gift card

Second Place: $500 Canisius College scholarship

Third Place: $250 Canisius College scholarship

For contest rules, click here. For more information about this year’s question, click here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 1.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, chair, Physics and Pre-engineering

Toy and Collection Drive

Support Public Safety’s annual toy and collection drive by donating clothing, household goods, gift cards and toys to those in need. The drive runs through Friday, December 6. All items can be dropped off at the Office of Public Safety located under the Palisano Pavilion.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and compassion.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student affairs administrative specialist, Public Safety

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 seven discounted games throughout the season based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Online Teaching Workshop

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a workshop developed by Timothy Sawicki, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, focused on online teaching. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Old Main 219.

Sawicki founded the online physical education master’s program in 2006 and has taught more than 125 online courses. He has conducted and published four research studies on his online teaching. The graduate physical education program was the first fully online program at Canisius College and grew to more than 160 master’s students.

This session offers tips for online teaching specifically related to what students like and dislike about taking online courses, written feedback considerations and teaching tips integrated into his courses from the experiences he has had. This session would be helpful to anyone currently teaching online or any instructor contemplating teaching online. The historical development of the physical education online program will be shown, followed the current research Sawicki has completed along with tips for teaching online. A Q & A period related to online teaching and best practices for online teaching will conclude the presentation. This session provides perspectives about teaching online from someone whose full college workload has been online for the past 12 years.

Refreshments will be served. The event is open to all Canisius faculty.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Balanced Body Foods

The Athletic Department has partnered with Balanced Body Foods to offer all Canisius employees a special offer. Show your Canisius ID at any location or order online with the code (GRIFFS10) and receive ten percent off your first order!

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, sales coordinator, Athletics

 

 

Campus Candids

Dan Misko, senior vice president of business development at Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) met with students over lunch on Wednesday, October 30 to provide insights on achieving success in a fast-paced, growing business environment.  Misko shared how the skills he gained as an undergraduate student-athlete and young professional led him to become a senior leader at PSE.  Students asked questions about current trends in the industry and sought advice about jobs and internships.

Please encourage students to access Handshake through the MyCanisius student portal to view upcoming career development events.

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

In keeping with tradition, the Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) department dressed as animals for Halloween.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC and Biology

Canisius Welcomes New Faculty for Fall Semester

If you’ve noticed some new faces across campus, they’re likely one of the college’s nine new faculty members. The group came on board at the start of the fall semester and now that they’re acclimated to campus and classes, we thought it an apt time to introduce them to the Canisius community. The new faculty members are:

Sarah Blakely-McClure, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Her graduate training in a clinical science program has been grounded in a developmental psychopathology framework. Her research work examines aggression, bullying, peer victimization and social-cognitive factors and their associations with the development of psychopathology (e.g. depressive or anxious symptoms).

Robin Foster, PhD, is an assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation. Her research program focuses on applied conservation and wildlife management, and on the integration of animal behavior with conservation assessment and planning. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and in the development and application of minimally invasive wildlife sampling techniques.

Tylor Kron-Piatek ’17 is an instructor of digital media arts. While studying here, he focused mostly on game design, with a secondary concentration on website design. Kron-Piatek then earned his master’s degree in library information sciences (now known as information sciences) from the University at Buffalo. Kron-Piatek worked as a lab assistant in the Digital Media Arts Department at Canisius while pursuing his master’s degree at UB.

Mehdi Sharifi Khobdeh, PhD, is an assistant professor of management. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of business administration degree, both from Sharif University of Technology. His doctorate is from Old Dominion University and in strategic management and international business. Khobdeh’s research interests include international strategic management, international entrepreneurship and national institutions.

Jeffrey Spaulding, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department. Prior to his academic post, he was a senior software engineer at a Buffalo-based research and development company and served as the lead UI (user interface) developer on multiple projects for the Department of Defense. Spaulding earned a BS from Clarkson University in engineering & management and an AS in game design & development from Full Sail University. He also holds an MS in computer & information science from SUNY Polytechnic and completed a PhD in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Spaulding is interested in all computer security and privacy-related problems but his research focuses on DNS security and privacy (i.e. eliminating vulnerabilities and mitigating attacks).

Zachary McGurk, PhD, is an assistant professor of economics and finance. Prior to Canisius, he served as a visiting professor of economics at Marietta College in Ohio and was employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he provided financial transaction transfer pricing consulting services to large, multinational corporations. McGurk’s research interests include empirical international macroeconomics and macro-finance, using time series methods. He received his PhD in economics from West Virginia University.

Jamie Sheridan, PhD, is the new director of chemistry laboratories. She earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Mount Union in Ohio and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Arizona. (If Sheridan looks familiar, it’s because she previously worked as the inventory control specialist for Summer Science Camp.)

Jay W. McWatters is a visiting assistant professor of accounting. A member of the Canisius College Council on Accountancy, McWatters is a CPA with Dopkins & Company LLP. His primary areas of practice include manufacturing and distribution. He also has experience serving defense and construction contracting, retail and charitable/tax exempt organizations. McWatters has a particular specialization in the field of agricultural cooperatives, especially dairy and fruit product producers. He holds a BS in accounting from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the University of Scranton.

Jennifer Stowe, PhD, is the new director of the college’s online graduate program in literacy. Her work focuses on the ways in which teachers can embrace student diversity and teach literacy in ways that empower students.  She loves children’s books and young adult fiction and is always looking for new book recommendations.  

Submitted by: Academic Affairs

Town Hall Meeting

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend the next Town Hall Meeting with President John Hurley and the vice presidents tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This Town Hall will be a series of roundtable discussions with President Hurley and the vice presidents. It will give vice presidents a chance to talk about some of the key priorities in each respective area and discuss, as a smaller group, any thoughts or questions. We will do these in 15-minute intervals to give participants an opportunity to speak with several groups. As we found last time, this led to a number of informative and engaging conversations and we look forward to doing this again.

Refreshments will be served.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Money! Want some?

The Canisius Fund Office will be sponsoring an information and training session on Tuesday, November 19 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge for anyone interested in fundraising for their department, team or institute on #CanisiusGivingDay 2020 (scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020).

It’s hard to believe that #CanisiusGivingDay is six months away but the Canisius Fund team is hard at work already planning for the day’s success. In order to make sure you have the time and resources to maximize the day and raise extra funding for your area on campus, be sure to check out this session!

You’ll hear from colleagues who have seen incredible success on past Giving Days, and receive tips, suggested timelines and more from the Canisius Fund staff to give you everything you need to succeed.

You won’t want to miss opportunity! RSVP to the Canisius Fund team at canfund@canisius.edu by Thursday, November 14.

We look forward to seeing you!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Screening of “The Mission”

Faculty and staff are invited to join the Jesuit community on Tuesday, November 5 as it celebrates the Jesuit Feast of All Saints with a screening of “The Mission” in Loyola Hall.

“The Mission” is an 18th century period drama about the experiences of Spanish Jesuits trying to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson.

Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. The movie will start at 6:45 p.m. A discussion will follow. Please RSVP to Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ, at slont@canisius.edu.

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

“Laudato Si'” Reading Group

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Join the departments of English and Religious Studies & Theology for a Laudato Si‘ reading group on Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall great room.

The group will read chapter 1 and (either) chapter 2 or 5 from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

Wine and cheese will be provided. If interested, please respond to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus of religious studies & theology, at lynchp@canisius.edu or Ext. 2831 by Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to view a list of discussion questions.

Submitted by: Marshelle Woodward, PhD, assistant professor, English;Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

 

Deborah Kanter to Speak on Forthcoming Book

Deborah Kanter, PhD, professor of history at Albion College, will visit Canisus to speak about her forthcoming book Chicago Catolico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, the Borders and Migrations Initiative. as well as a range of other groups on campus.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Krawiec, chair and professor of religious studies and theology, at krawiecr@canisius.edu.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Rebecca Krawiec, chair and professor, Religious Studies and Theology

Exhibition Opening for Sara Zak’s “Forget-Me-Nots”

Sara Zak’s “Forget-Me-Nots” will be on display throughout the month of mid-December in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library. The multi-sensory installation is based on Zak’s pilgrimage to the crash site of her father’s F-111 fighter jet. Three years ago, she held an exhibition at this gallery entitled “MISHAP Contained.” The paintings and prints analyzed the crash sites of many F-111 jets.  “Forget-Me-Nots” is a more contemplative healing experience. In response to climbing her dad’s mountain in Scotland, Zak’s work deals not only with trauma, but with healing. “Forget-Me-Nots” is an homage to people dealing with PTSD and loss.

This exhibition opens on Monday, November 11. Join the Fine Arts Department for a reception on Friday, November 15 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Forget-Me-Nots” will be on display through Friday, December 13.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius

 

Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies Lifelong Learners Courses

Registration for the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Lifelong Learners Courses is now open. The first six-week course titled “Jesus, from Messiah to God” will take place on Thursday afternoons beginning January 30.

The course will be taught by Rebecca Krawiec, PhD, chair and professor of religious studies and theology, and Matthew Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology. King Arthur and his legacy will be the topic of the second course of the semester, which will take place on Thursday evenings beginning on Thursday, March 26.

Visit the ICMS website for more information and details.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media and web administrator, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Turnitin Available Within D2L

Turnitin software includes an originality checker that can help students avoid plagiarism. This program also has tools so professors can provide detailed feedback to students about their writing.

Faculty can easily employ Turnitin within the D2L dropboxes. Both professors and students can access Turnitin features and feedback through D2L. Within the D2L dropbox editor, look for the Turnitin toolset on a new tab. Those who prefer to read and grade paper copies can still instruct students to upload papers to Turnitin via D2L.

See this quick tutorial for setting up Turnitin in your D2L dropboxes.

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 October 2014 – The Canisius hockey team debuted its new home at Harborcenter on October 31, 2014 when the Golden Griffins faced off against Ohio State. As the primary tenant of the $200 million hockey and entertainment complex, Canisius plays all its home games on Haborcenter’s feature rink, which holds a capacity crowd of 1,800.

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

To purchase Canisius College Sesquicentennial gear, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

All Saints Day Masses

Campus Ministry will celebrate All Saints Day today, Friday, November 1, with two Masses.

The first is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel with Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, presiding.

A second Mass will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel with Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, presiding.

All are welcome.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

Added Support Helps Keep PA Program on Track

The addition of a physician assistant (PA) graduate program at Canisius is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the generosity of two local charitable foundations.

The M&T Charitable Foundation recently awarded Canisius a five-year, $500,000 grant. Similarly, the Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation awarded Canisius a four-year, $100,000 grant. Funds from both will be used to support the construction of instructional space necessary for the PA program and the purchase of laboratory equipment. 

The M&T Charitable Foundation provides support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, and health and human service organizations through grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services. 

The Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation provides scholarships for secondary school students, funds for cancer research and support for specific projects for organizations in Western New York that are related to education and the larger community. 

Canisius College is on track to launch a physician assistant graduate program in January 2021. The construction of allied health laboratories and facilities are required for instructional and accreditation purposes. The addition of a PA program will enhance programmatic offerings while filling a critical local need for physician assistants to provide primary care to patients in the local healthcare environment.

Submitted by: College Communications

Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar

Steven Davis, president of Tapecon Inc., will be on campus today, Friday, November 1 at 2:10 p.m. in Science Hall 1028. Davis will discuss engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tapecon Inc. is a five-generation, family-owned contract manufacturer based in Buffalo. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, PhD, clinical instructor, Physics/Math and Statistics

Men’s Basketball at Home

The Canisius men’s basketball team will host McMaster University tomorrow, Saturday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center. Click here to add this event to your calendar. This will be the Griffs final tune-up prior to its season opener on Saturday, November 9 at Brown University.

A “Meet and Greet” will follow the game, hosted by Reggie Witherspoon, men’s basketball head coach, and the team. Free pizza and wings will be served. Fans will have a chance to talk with the team and coaches and collect autographs on specially designed cards.

Tickets for the home opener on Saturday, November 16 against Bucknell University are currently on sale, as are seats for the Saturday, November 23 game against St. Bonaventure University at the KeyBank Center. For more information, call (716) 888-8499 or visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Senior Day for Men’s Soccer

Two Golden Griffin seniors, Troy Brady and Manuele Cavazzoli, will play their final home game tomorrow, Saturday, November 2 against Monmouth University at 7:00 p.m. at the Demske. Brady leads Canisius with four goals and two assists on the season and was a first team all-conference selection as a sophomore. Cavazzoli has one goal and one assist.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

David Shakarjian Named Employee of Distinction

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that David Shakarjian is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for September 2019!

At Canisius for eight years, David currently works as the senior programmer analyst/data base analyst for the ITS Department. He was selected for this award based on his knowledge, kindness and responsiveness, as well as his willingness to take the time to resolve any technological issue that departments may face in a clear and concise manner. David goes beyond the call of duty by teaching others how to avoid future issues and work more efficiently in their use of technology.

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

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

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Toys and Collection Drive

Support Public Safety’s annual toys and collection drive by donating clothing, household goods, gift cards and toys to those in need. The drive runs from Monday, November 4 through Friday, December 6. All items can be dropped off at the Office of Public Safety located under Palisano Pavilion.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and compassion.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student affairs administrative specialist, Public Safety

Set Your Dial for “Crossroads”

If you’re up early this Sunday, November 3, be sure to tune into the monthly edition of “Crossroads.”

Program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, will interview Paul Cumbo, director of professional and staff development at Canisius High School and author of The Blue Doors: The Sesquicentennial of Canisius High School.

The newly-released book chronicles the origins of Canisius High School (and Canisius College) on Ellicott Street and then Washington Street, and details the separation of the two schools in 1912. The Blue Doors goes on to highlight the expansion of Canisius High School on Delaware Avenue and its growing diversity within the student body.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor emeritus of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss the Sunday, November 3 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, November 4 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Fourth United Way Raffle Winner

UW Winner KimWalkow.jpgCongratulations to our fourth United Way basket winner, Kim Walkow, administrative specialist in the Wehle School of Business.

The United Way Committee will draw a name each Monday during the campaign, which runs until Friday, November 22. When you donate to the 2019 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the baskets listed below. You will be eligible to win the first Monday after you pledge and throughout the remaining weeks of the campaign, so get your pledge in early.

Thanks to donations from Academic Affairs, Advancement, Athletics, Admissions, Alumni, Student Accounts, Student Life and the Canisius Bookstore, we offer the following raffle baskets:

  • (1) Lottery Basket
  • “Out on the Town” Basket: $24 AMC Movie Gift Cards, (4) tickets to a Canisius Athletics event, tee shirt, sun glasses, blue & yellow wig, New Era cap, drawstring bag, mug, cell phone pocket, stuffed Griffin, plastic glasses, plus some extras.
  • Fall Home Decor Basket
  • (3) “Gear up” Basket
    1. “Always a Griffin” hoodie (XL), Canisius Fund t-shirt, post-it note pop-up dispenser, Canisius car magnet, mug, water bottle, New Era cap, sesquicentennial post-it notes
    2. Canisius wind breaker (L), (2) t-shirts, mug, water bottle, pop socket, cell phone pocket, Canisius magnet, “Always a Griffin” neck warmer, New Era cap, sesquicentennial post-it notes

You can access the donation button on your MyCanisius portal page. Your pledge does not carry over from last year so please take the following steps to make your pledge:

  1. https://uwbec.unitedwayepledge.org
  2. Click [Forgot User ID or Password?]
  3. Enter Work Email
  4. Enter Verification Code
  5. Click [Email My Information]
  6. Check your Work Email inbox for an email from donotreply@uwbec.org
  7. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
  8. Create a new password and click [Save]
  9. Click the [Continue] button

If you have any questions about the process of making your e-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance (Ext. 2244); Mary Braun, human resources assistant (Ext. 2240); Maggie Burkard, academic affairs support manager (Ext. 2120); Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs (Ext. 2121); Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents, Student Affairs and Business & Finance (Ext. 2130); and Bethany Voorhees, human resources assistant (Ext. 2246.)

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Discarded Photos Lead to Discovery

“In 2016, there was an exhibit of a small collection of Elizabeth Leader’s “Discarded Ancestors” collages in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis SJ, Library at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.”

That’s how reference librarian Lisa Sullivan’s forward starts in Leader’s newly published book, Discarded Ancestors. This is a story of how an artist and a librarian, through a chance introduction, began discovering Eleanor – a woman known only through a photo album “tossed to the curb in front of a decaying house” found while the artist was walking on Buffalo’s East Side. What emerged is a story full of immigrant Buffalo and love.

Elizabeth “Betty” Leader, a mixed media artist, found that photo album. Intrigued by the seeming lack of care for the photographic legacies, she was determined to preserve these discarded ancestors in some form.

Leader says she recognized the universality of almost anyone’s family in those photos. Then, using a collection of graffiti, bits and pieces of other found objects and the photographs, she created her collages.

They became her attempt to “bring the past and present together to honor the people…as part of my art rather than discarded in trash.”

At the invitation of Fine Arts Instructor Maria Pabico LaRotonda, Betty Leader displayed some of the collages in the ALB Library’s Vogt Gallery. During the opening reception, Leader had a conversation with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Kathleen DeLaney. The artist expressed sadness that she knew nothing of the people who inhabited the photos. She hoped someone might recognize them. One woman’s image appeared throughout the album. Perhaps the person who may have compiled the album? Where was she, now? “We talked about where Betty found the album,” says Kathleen. ”I knew that Lisa Sullivan was doing family genealogy on the East Side, and had several contacts with others doing the same thing. Many of those folks knew the streets and the families who once lived there. Lisa might have some tips to share with Betty.” An introduction, a loan of the original photo album, and Lisa and Betty became partners in solving the mystery of a woman called Eleanor by noticing – the surname “Weinzierl” written on a Fotomat envelope.

Lisa used her professional librarian skills and great interest in genealogy to trace an obituary, the family name, burial sites, and discovered that there were no descendants other than a few cousins to keep the family photos. The leads she followed proved important in finding more about Eleanor. The Weinzierl family lives emerged in a timeline dating from 1888. They wandered among residential and commercial streets that include Buffalo’s East and West Sides. Rich in German and Italian immigrant traditions, the family is traced through jobs in breweries, rubber plants, hospitals and even a library. Parties, sacraments and war all show up in records found in databases and documents. Theirs are the extraordinary everyday stories and lives of immigrant Buffalonians.

Discarded Ancestors by Elizabeth Leader with forward by Lisa Sullivan is available through New Idea Press, A Buffalo Heritage Imprint.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, Library 

Library Input Survey

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Please help improve the library by taking a brief survey below. It would be of great help and will take just a few minutes to complete. This is your library, so tell us what you think and what you need.

To access the survey, click here.

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, assessment and instruction coordinator, Library 

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 each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

Which TWO current professors have been teaching at Canisius the longest and have the same start date at the college?

(a) Bruce Dierenfield, PhD – History (b) George Palumbo, PhD – Economics and Finance (c) Richard Shick, PhD – Economics and Finance (d) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD – History


Congratulations to Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

Canisius welcomed its first full-service, national franchise to campus in 2009, when it opened Tim Hortons. Can you guess how many cups of coffee it serves up, on average, each year? 80,260

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Soccer Concludes Season

The Canisius women’s soccer team will conclude its season today, Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. against Marist College at the Demske. This will be the final collegiate game for seven Golden Griffins seniors.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Canisius Fund Coffee Walk is Underway

Complimentary coffee, cider and fresh donuts may be on the way to your office, as the Canisius Fund enters week two of its annual coffee walk.

Week one included stops in Health Science, Science Hall and Lyons Hall. The Canisius Fund saw many familiar faces, met many new colleagues, and handed out coffee, cider and donuts as well as encouraged faculty and staff to consider supporting Canisius Fund 150, the college’s sesquicentennial fundraising campaign.

Some fun pictures were captured along the way as well.

Mary Fiorella, administrative associate, ABEC & Dr. Sue Margulis, professor & chair, animal behavior, ecology and conservation, and biology
Dr. Paolo Fajardo-Heyward, associate professor, political science
Front (l-r) Lt. Col. Dan Gross, professor of military science; Master Sgt. Alfredo Burgos, senior military instructor; (2nd row, l-r) Capt. Scott Harris, assistant professor of military science; and Capt. Marcus Kelley, assistant professor of military science; (back) Sgt. 1st Class Steve Langridge, military science instructor
Tom Prince, computer support specialist, ITS and Sharon Lotterer, administrative associate, psychology
Russ Callianno, programmer analyst, ITS and David Shakarjian, senior programmer analyst, ITS
Taha Diyani ’21, graduate assistant in the Women’s Business Center and Kim Kerrigan, coordinator for the Women’s Business Center
Back (l-r): Brandi Banks, senior graduate admissions counselor; Megan Secor, admissions processing associate; Josh Martin, admissions processing associate; (front, l-r) Taylor Bowers, admissions processing associate; and Jaki Harrison ’19, admissions processing associate
Jackie Graber, admissions operations assistant and Matt Kwiatkowski, assistant director of undergraduate admissions

Week two stops include Bagen Hall, Old Main, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library and the Koessler Athletic Center.

This initiative continues to be part of the annual Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, which is an opportunity for the campus community to come together and support students in an additional way.

If you have not yet made your commitment as part of the 2019-20 Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, please consider joining your colleagues by making a gift today. You can make your commitment online here or by calling the Canisius Fund Office at (716) 888-2712.

Submitted by: College Communications


Hockey Hosts Union College

The Canisius men’s hockey team begins the regular season portion of its home competition on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 against Union College at the LECOM Harborcenter. Face-off is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Friday and 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday is Team Poster Night. The first 250 fans will receive a colorful schedule poster featuring Matt Hoover, captain, and senior Nick Hutchison. Please note: There is an event at the Key Bank Center on Friday night, so fans are encouraged to take the subway to the Harborcenter.

Discounted tickets for faculty and staff are available in advance at the KAC ticket office. A valid Canisius ID is required.

Reminder: Faculty-Staff Night is Friday, November 8 when the Griffs host Robert Morris University. Complimentary tickets for that game are available in the Human Resources Office.

For ticket information, call (716) 888-8499. For game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Academic Affairs Divisional Meeting / Campus Climate Workshop

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the November episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, November 2 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced 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 talks with Tristan D’Angelo, principal of Notre Dame Academy located in South Buffalo, and Brian Bartosik, Notre Dame teacher, about how their school is teaching 6th and 7th graders the art of video production.

In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Michael Martin, executive director of the Native American Communities Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, about the history, culture, traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Haudenosaunee. The Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful and important confederacy of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora peoples found today primarily in Northeastern U.S. and Canada.

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

International Relations Program to Host 41st High School Model UN Conference

On Thursday, November 7, the Canisius College International Relations Program will welcome 400 students from 21 area high schools to campus for the 41st annual High School Model United Nations Conference. Student-delegates will represent countries from around the world and will discuss, debate and attempt to formulate resolutions on pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to the civil war in Yemen, attempts to stop global corruption, the Chinese detention of Uyghurs and the issue of climate change.

The conference features eight concurrent simulated sessions of international deliberative bodies including the United Nations Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council, as well as a historic simulation of the UN Security Council in 1989. A volunteer staff from Canisius College will moderate and adjudicate the proceedings, which challenge participants to learn rules of parliamentary procedure as well as information about specific countries’ positions on controversial international issues. Our volunteer staff is largely drawn from our new student club, the Model UN Diplomacy Organization (MUNDO).

Please take special care when driving near Montante Cultural Center and the Student Center between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. as there may be student delegates and school buses present in these areas. Thank you in advance for showing Canisius College hospitality to our guests.

The International Relations Program also thanks the Canisius College staff (including events management, public safety, dining services, admissions and especially Amy Beiter of the Political Science Department and the work-study students there) and our hardworking college volunteers for making this stimulating and educational experience possible for our guests.

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Submitted by: Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; director, International Relations Program

 

Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies Lifelong Learners Courses

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Registration for the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Lifelong Learners Courses will open Friday, November 1. The first six-week course titled “Jesus, from Messiah to God” will take place on Wednesday afternoon beginning January 29.

The course will be taught by Rebecca Krawiec, PhD, chair and professor of religious studies and theology, and Matthew Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology. King Arthur and his legacy will be the topic of the second course of the semester, which will begin on Tuesday, February 25.

Visit the ICMS website for more information and details.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media and web administrator, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Discounted Sabres Tickets

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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 seven discounted games throughout the season based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Online Teaching Workshop

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The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a workshop developed by Timothy Sawicki, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, focused on online teaching. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00– 5:30 p.m. in Old Main 219.

Sawicki founded the online physical education master’s program in 2006, and has taught more than 125 online courses. He has conducted and published four research studies on his online teaching. The physical education program was the first fully online program at Canisius College and grew to more than 160 masters students.

This session offers tips for online teaching specifically related to what students like and dislike about taking online courses, written feedback considerations and teaching tips integrated into his courses from the experiences he has had. This session would be helpful to anyone currently teaching online or any instructor contemplating teaching online. The historical development of the physical education online program will be shown, followed the current research Sawicki has completed along with tips for teaching online. A Q & A period to ask questions related to online teaching and best practices for online teaching will conclude the presentation. This session provides perspectives about teaching online from someone whose full college workload has been online for the past 12 years.

Refreshments will be served. The event is open to all Canisius faculty.

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

Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the internet. The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses. The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC. Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity. The next OFDC begins next week. To enroll, Email coli@canisius.edu.

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

Campus Candid

Students in the physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) program recently completed a partnership project with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) #17.

Throughout the semester, P/HETE majors from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s EDU 100: Introduction to Teaching course completed a series of teaching labs that included instruction in fitness education, fundamental movement patterns and manipulative skills.  The children from BPS were very excited and the joint venture allowed P/HETE majors to learn about best practices in physical education and pedagogy.

Special thanks to Phil Smith ’13 and Tricia Vezina, physical education teachers at BPS #17, for their help and collaboration.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, Assistant Professor/Assistant Director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

Lunch & Learn Conversations

A Lunch and Learn Conversation will take place on Thursday, October 31 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Old Main 219.

The event will consist of a discussion of three articles on Cura Apostolica, the care for Jesuit institutions, from the fall 2019 Conversations Magazine featuring articles by Stephanie Russell (Cura Apostolica Revisited), Paul Lakeland (Teaching the Mission by Institutional Example) and Patrick Howell (Spiritual Foundations of Jesuit Higher Education).

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Sarah Signorino, director of mission and identity, at signoris@canisius.edu by Wednesday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here for a list of discussion questions for this meeting.

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

“The Mission” in Loyola Hall

The campus community is invited to celebrate the Jesuit Feast of All Saints” on Tuesday, November 5 when the Jesuit community hosts a screening of “The Mission” in Loyola Hall.  Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m.  The movie will start at 6:45 p.m. followed by a discussion. Please RSVP to Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ, at slont@canisius.edu

“The Mission” is an 18th century period drama about the experiences of Spanish Jesuits trying to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.  The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson.

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

 

School Day Mass in Loyola Hall

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join members of the Jesuit community for Mass every Monday through Friday at 12:05 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Chapel.

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

Fight Cancer with Food

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, here are some body-strengthening foods to consider adding to your diet.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

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 October 1998 – Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, delivered a rare address to the Canisius community during an October 26, 1998 visit. Father Kolvenbach was on a tour of Jesuit communities in the Northeast United States and Canada when he stopped at Canisius.

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

 

Pictured above (back row l-r): Deu Awuok ’21, Business and Economics & Finance; Katie Quinn ’21, Physics and Philosophy; Luca Zambito ’20, Economics & Finance; Dimitri Kokknis ’20, Computer Science and Tucker Weppner ’20, Finance. (Front row l-r): Nick Szabo ’21, Finance; Rodrigo Ortiz ’21, Business and Economics & Finance;        Chelsea Okon ’22, Mathematics; Anna Costa ’20, Finance and Marketing; Leah Wardner ’21, Accounting and Finance

 

 

 

 

Students who received the Patrick P. Lee Foundation Scholarship had a chance to meet their benefactor and board members on Monday, October 21. The reception provided the opportunity for students to thank Lee and the board members for their generosity.  Students also shared how their scholarships are making a difference in their success at Canisius.

Submitted by: Ginny Dadaian, director of stewardship, Institutional Advancement

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