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Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, presents a session entitled “Development of Strength & Conditioning Program Utilizing CrossFit Methodology at the Western Zone Conference hosted by PHETE.

The physical and health education/teacher education program (PHETE) hosted the annual conference for the Western Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) on Tuesday, April 17 at the Koessler Athletic Center.  With more than 120 physical and health educators from the Western New York area in attendance, this marks the seventh year that the Canisius PHETE program hosted the conference.

Teacher candidates from the PHETE program also presented a workshop entitled Gamification in Physical Education: The Effective Way.”  Other presenters included the First Tee of Western New York, US Games, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Narcan Training and many other local health and physical education professionals.  Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, also presented a popular session entitled “Development of Strength & Conditioning Program Utilizing CrossFit Methodology.”

A special thanks to Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology; Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology; Jane Pope, administrative associate, kinesiology; Tim Seil, assistant director, athletic facilities; Pat Clarke, director of athletic facilities; and PHETE majors Allie Cornacchia MS ᾿19, Amber Schiele BS ᾿18, Kaley Vazquez-Regan MS ᾿19 and Matt Chase MS ᾿19 for their efforts to make this conference a huge success.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education.

Caption: Renowned Catholic thinker Robert P. George, professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, delivered the Raichle Lecture on Law in American Society on April 12 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. George’s lecture, entitled “Constitutional Structures, Civic Virtue and Political Culture,” included discussion of the Catholic doctrine of subsidiarity, which, as articulated by Pope Pius XI in his 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, which holds that social and political issues should be handled by the lowest or least centralized authority or association necessary for their resolution.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

AJCU Connections includes history of Christ the King Chapel

The April issue of Connections, the monthly online newsletter of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) featured stories about prayer spaces on Jesuit college campuses. The issue included a history of Christ the King Chapel written by President John Hurley. The piece details the chapel’s building and construction and the significance of its stained glass windows.

Read the article here.

Hardwick talks about Comey’s new book on WBEN

Kevin R. Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, discussed former FBI director James Comey’s new book on WBEN 930 am radio, noting that it is unlikely that the book will shed any light on the Mueller investigation.

Listen to the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Christiano᾿19 Receives GEICO Achievement Award

(L-R) Petey; President John Hurley; Randall Filighera, College Recruiting Team, GEICO; Natalia Christiano ᾿19, GEICO Achievement Award recipient and the GEICO Gecko. 

Canisius student Natalia Christiano ᾿19 was one of only two students in New York State to receive the GEICO Achievement Award.

Natalia is a business major boasting a 3.70 grade point average.  She is an active student as president and treasurer of the college’s concert band – she plays the flute – and a member of the Women in Business Club for aspiring business leaders.

“Natalia is a shining example of what it means to be a Canisius student,” said President John Hurley. “She lives the lessons of her Catholic Jesuit education.  She is intelligent, compassionate and committed to serving the needs of others. “

Natalia devotes time to service as well. She is a middle school youth leader for girls at her local church and a Teacher’s Desk volunteer, where she works to provide school supplies for children in need.

GEICO Achievement Award recipients are recognized for dedication to academic success, leadership and community service.

Submitted by: College Communications

2018-2019 CEEP Awards Announced

On behalf of the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) Review and Recommendation Committee, Sarah R. Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs, announces the 2018-2019 CEEP students and their mentors. The Canisius Earning Excellence Program is an exciting learning and earning opportunity that pairs students with Canisius faculty or administrators for educationally-rewarding experiences. These positions of excellence are more intellectually demanding, more likely to create genuine learning for the student, more closely related to a career or scholarly field, and more directly related to faculty research than most work opportunities on campus.

Please click the link below to view the list of students and their mentors.

2018-2019 CEEP Awards Winners

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Honors Thesis Defense Week

The All-College Honors Program will hold its Honors Thesis Defense Week from April 23 through April 27. All are welcome to attend this public event, which takes place every semester. Some of the thesis topics this semester are: an international comparison of zoos, physicians and nonverbal communication, genetically modified foods, the gun control debate, gut microbes, tax fraud, queer ecology and black womanhood in the popular media.

Click the link below to view the entire Thesis Defense Week schedule.

Honors Thesis Defense Week schedule (S2018)

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, director, All-College Honors Program

Annual Conservation Biology Poster Session

What better way to start off SpringFest than by learning about what you can do to help conservation? Please join the students of BIO322: Conservation Biology on Thursday, May 3 from  11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium for their annual poster session. Learn about environmental issues facing everyone here in Western New York and what YOU can do to make a difference. There will be some interesting snacks (made with vegan honey) and opportunities to learn. So please join our students, then head over for SpringFest.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, associate professor, PhD, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation and Biology

Register for 2018 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

The 2018 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge is Thursday, June 14.  All faculty and staff, whether they are racers, joggers or walkers, are invited to join the Canisius College Corporate Challenge Team.

The 3.5 mile course begins and ends at Delaware Park.  Start time is 6:45 p.m. The Canisius College hospitality tent opens at 5:00 p.m. and Chartwells will provide refreshments before and after the race.

Entry Fee:

  • Canisius employees – $20
  • Non-employee/guest runners, joggers and walkers – $40

Entry fee includes:

  • Official race registration, race bib number, JP Morgan Corporate Challenge shirt and goody bag
  • Canisius College hospitality tent food and refreshments
  • The first 30 people to register receive a custom Canisius College Corporate Challenge Team shirt.
  • There is free parking at Demerly Hall (Main St. near Jewett Parkway) for Canisius College Corporate Challenge team members. The race at Delaware Park is a quick walk from Demerly Hall.
  • Registration ends on May 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Join the party!

Don’t want to run or walk the 3.5 mile course?  No problem! Join your co-workers at the Canisius College hospitality tent for food and refreshments

Hospitality tent entry fee is only $6.00 and includes parking at Demerly Hall for Canisius College participants

For more information, contact team captain Gary Lew at Ext. 2255 or lew@canisius.edu or Mary Braun Ext. 2240 or braun5@canisius.edu

2018 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Registration Instructions

  • To register, go to “My Canisius,”  “Need to know,” and select “2018 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Registration”
  • Select the link for the JP Morgan Chase CC Home Page [Buffalo] http://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/companies.php?city_id=7
  • Go to “Company Home Pages” and select “Canisius College”
  • Click on “REGISTER FOR THIS COMPANY”
  • Complete the online Buffalo Participant Entry Form; bold fields are required
  • Please include the 716 area code for your business phone
  • Select your shirt size
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Continue to “Payment Options,” select “Pay later,” “My payment is covered by the company captain”
  • Check your information and click “Complete Registration”
  • Make check payable to Canisius College. Send payment to Gary Lew, Facilities Management Office, Bagen Room 07

Please Note: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable even in the case of event cancellation

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

2018 Health Care Champions

Three Canisius alumni are among 29 professionals named to Business First’s 2018 roster of Health Care Champions for their high levels of accomplishment within their fields.

The Canisius alumni include:

Thomas Fronczak ᾿83, director of mental health, Evergreen Health

Bernadette Frangione ᾿82, vice president, mission integration, Catholic Health, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center

Deborah Summers ᾿17, RN, supervisor, health programs and services, Erie 1 BOCES

Submitted by: College Communications

EVENTS

Upcoming ArtsCanisius Events

Informally-Formal Recital, sculptor lecture, student events

The last week of April is a busy one for ArtsCanisius with four performances and an art lecture scheduled!

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 pm. is the final Informally-Formal Chamber Recital in the Montante Cultural Center. The performance features BPO Double Bassist Jonathan Borden, Susan Schuman, piano and Edmond Gnekow, also a member of the BPO bass section.  Tickets for this concert are $15 general admission and $7 for students. As always, this concert includes light fare and a casual atmosphere.

On Thursday, April 26, sculptor Daniel Sinclair gives a lecture at noon in the Regis Room.

From Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, we highlight our student performing ensembles at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  Friday features the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Russell Scarbrough, and the final performance of the academic year for the Canisius College Concert Band under the direction of Paul Biddle.  The Chorale performs on Saturday evening, April 28, directed by Bradley Wingert, closing out his first year as the new ensemble director.  Sunday, April 29 features the Chamber Orchestra in their year-end performance conducted by Ansgarius Aylward.  All of these events are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Submitted by, Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

The New D2L Coming in May

New features based on feedback

Staff in the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) are hard at work crafting a new set of D2L tutorial videos.  This is in part because D2L is getting a new interface in mid-May, in between the spring and summer semesters, but also because D2L has gradually added new, minor features over the past several years. The new videos are crafted based on feedback we’ve received from faculty.

Right now COLI has more than a dozen new videos and more on the way.  Periodically check back on our wiki page to see these as they appear.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Campus Candid

The Canisius Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) inducted 43 students at a ceremony held in the Regis Room on Sunday, April 15. In addition, Matthew K. Enstice MBA ’04, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), Beth A. Gill, PhD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Ronald M. Rivas, associate professor, of management were inducted.

Students ranking in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are eligible for this honor.

Click on the images twice to make them appear full-sized.

Beta Gamma Sigma inductees join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned the BGS recognition.

Congratulations to all of our inductees.

Submitted by: Mary Ellen Carver for Richard A. Wall, PhD, interim dean, Wehle School of Business

Canisius in the News

On Saturday, April 14, President John Hurley was a guest on r-House radio show hosted by Peter Hunt on WBEN-AM 930 radio.  The discussion involved the cost and value of a private education, financing private education and Canisius’ impact in the community.

Listen to the program here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Town Hall Meeting on April 19

At the suggestion of a member of our campus community, the vice presidents and I will change the format for our upcoming Town Hall meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 19 at 2:30 pm in Regis. Instead of my usual report followed by Q&A, the vice presidents and I will host a series of round table discussions.  This will give us a chance to talk with you about some of the key priorities in our respective areas and discuss, as a smaller group, any thoughts or questions you may have on your mind. We will do these in 15-minute sets to give you an opportunity to talk with several groups.  I hope this new approach will lead to informative and engaging conversations.

Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, President

Ignatian Scholarship Day is Today!

The 11th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day is today, Wednesday, April 18. Presentations are underway and continue until 4:30 p.m.

The day includes poster, oral and multi-media presentations in various locations in Science Hall. There will also be performances in Christ the King Chapel, as well as two- and three-dimensional art showcased in both the Alumni Gallery and Science Hall Atrium.

You can view the Ignatian Scholarship Day schedule to plan your visit. This schedule is posted on the ISD portal page within the Academic Affairs community page in myCanisius.

We hope that you plan to attend this event and encourage your students to attend as well.

As a reminder, Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes do not meet today. Monday/Wednesday and Wednesday only classes do meet today.

Thank you for supporting our Canisius students and faculty mentors.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

Giving Day 2018

Get ready…. #CanisiusGivingDay is one week away (4.25.18)! This year’s Giving Day is all about celebrating the students who call Canisius home and the people and programs that make Canisius an exceptional place.

Here’s what you need to know about #CanisiusGivingDay 2018:

The goal: 2,398 donors in 24-hours. One donor for every undergraduate student.

  • This year we have six overall donor challenges, with each challenge unlocking $10,000 or more! These donor challenges are reflective of current Griffins (i.e., 1,066 in honor of the number of graduate students).  View this year’s challenges!
  • You are invited to celebrate with us all day on 4.25.18! Check out our on-the-go events.
  • Buffalo is lightning up! In celebration of #CanisiusGivingDay, the Peace Bridge, Electric Tower, Phillips Lytle, LLP, One Seneca Tower and City Hall will light up blue and gold between 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. on 4.25.18.
  • The 2018 #CanisiusGivingDay video was unveiled last week.  The video highlights student responses to the question, “What does Canisius mean to you?” If you missed the video, watch it here.
  • We need you to help make noise on social media leading up to and on Giving Day. Check out our Giving Day Toolkit which has graphics, sample social media content and email templates.
  • Visit canisiusgivingday.com to make your Giving Day gift in support of the Canisius Fund or the area on campus that means the most to you – the leaderboards will go live at 12:00 a.m.!

Thank you so much for helping to make #CanisiusGivingDay 2018 the most impactful yet! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Canisius East West Community Garden

All members of the college community are invited to a dedication ceremony and groundbreaking for the new Canisius East West Community Garden this Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at 1032 Lafayette Ave. The community garden is a cooperative garden on Canisius’ campus in partnership with Oxford Square Block Club, PS #17, PS #74, The Congolese Refugee Communities and others. The garden is at the center of the college’s sustainability initiative. It is a place where Canisius community members, students, neighbors can meet, play, work on their raised beds, grow food, eat food and get to know one another. Read more about the garden here.

Before the groundbreaking, come take a look at the seedlings currently awaiting warmer weather for transplant (meet outside the mail room in Science Hall at approximately 1 p.m.). Following the dedication, get your hands dirty by helping to prepare the grounds for the community beds. Please join us in celebrating the start of this endeavor in sustainability between Canisius and local community organizations. Stay for light refreshments and an opportunity to lend a hand in construction of our garden!

Submitted by: Canisius College Sustainability Initiative

Wadkins Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius College Alumni Association will confer the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Timothy H. Wadkins, PhD, during Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, May 18 at 2 p.m. The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

As a professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius since 1992, Wadkins is highly respected by his peers. An accomplished researcher and scholar, he is well-known for the academic rigor of his in-class courses, his transformative international seminars, and a long list of publications, including his recent book, The Rise of Pentecostalism in Modern El Salvador:  From the Blood of the Martyrs to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Baylor University Press, 2017).

In 2001, Wadkins founded the Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR), which was created to promote interest in the study of religion within the Canisius College community and the wider community of Western New York.  One continuing product of IGSOR is the Ignatian Seminar Program, a series of international immersion seminars led by Wadkins and various other faculty that expose students to religion in countries outside of the West, such as the Philippines, El Salvador, Argentina, India, Mexico and Tanzania.

Read more about Wadkins here.

Canisius Student Receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Canisius student Caitlin Orgek ᾿18 is the college’s most recent recipient of a J.William Fulbright Scholarship for 2018-19.

The J.William Fulbright Scholarship is named for Senator J.William Fulbright and is the U.S Government’s premier scholarship program. It is designed to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges, which provide recipients with tuition, fees, travel and research funds for a full year.

Orgek is a senior international relations, German, history and European studies quadruple major in the All-College Honors Program.

Orgek will use her Fulbright to work as an English teaching assistant at a school in Germany. She will also volunteer at a local refugee resettlement agency.  Orgek wants to learn how Germany is handling the refugee and migrant situation beyond language education.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

#Kittens on Campus

Miranda Workman’s Animal Learning (ABEC 220) students are officially entered in the #NationalHighFiveDay contest through The Jackson Galaxy Project (a program of GreaterGood.org) and Halo Pets.

Founded by animal advocate Jackson Galaxy, the star of the hit Animal Planet show “My Cat from Hell,” the project seeks to improve the lives of shelter animals and their dedicated advocates.

Students are utilizing The Jackson Galaxy Project’s transformative Cat Pawsitive program to train kittens to give a high five!

See our students’ entries here.

All entries are judged by Jackson Galaxy himself and winners receive donations of cat food to the shelter of their choice.

Submitted by: College Communications

How Are We Doing?

Now that you’ve had some time to read the latest issue of Canisius Magazine, we’re curious to hear your thoughts.

Take a minute (literally) to tell us what you like (or don’t like) or what you want to read more of (or less) by completing our Canisius Magazine survey.

Your feedback matters, as we’re continually trying to improve the alumni publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

EVENTS

Fire Drills

Scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018

Fire drills will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. The buildings included are:

  • 23 Agassiz
  • Bagen Hall
  • Bouwhuis Library
  • Christ the King Chapel
  • Churchill Tower
  • Demerly Hall
  • Health Science
  • Horan O’Donnell
  • Loyola Hall
  • Lyons Hall
  • Koessler Athletic Center
  • Montante Cultural Center
  • Old Main
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • Richard E. Winter ᾿42 Student Center
  • Science Hall

Regulations forbid announcing the exact times of fire drills. When the alarm sounds, please leave buildings by the nearest exits as shown on the posted emergency exit routes. Generally, a drill lasts no more than six or seven minutes. Everyone must leave the building they are in when the alarm sounds. One person may remain in each office or suite to answer phones. Elevators may not be used.

Please note: If you are involved in an event which cannot be interrupted without serious complications, please notify Lt. Rick Miller in the Public Safety Office at Ext. 2330 or rmiller@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Crucial Games this Weekend at Demske

Cheer on lacrosse and baseball teams

Both men’s and women’s lacrosse and baseball have crucial home conference contests this weekend that have playoff implications for all three Golden Griffin squads.

Men’s lacrosse gets things started Friday afternoon, April 20 when they host Manhattan at 4 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs are holding onto the final playoff spot in the MAAC with a 2-2 league record, one half game ahead of Marist. Manhattan is 0-4. Each team plays six conference games.

Women’s lacrosse hosts their alumni game Saturday morning, April 21 at 8:30 a.m., before meeting Fairfield at 11 a.m. Your Griffs control their own destiny with a 5-1 MAAC record. Fairfield is 3-2 in conference play. Canisius only has second place Niagara remaining on its schedule after Saturday’s clash with the Stags.

Baseball wraps up the weekend’s activities with a three-game set against league leading Quinnipiac. Canisius is 9-3 in the MAAC while Quinnipiac is 8-1. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 2:30, while the game on Sunday, April 22 begins at noon.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

Canisius in the News

The $2 million gifts from Patrick Lee to Canisius and Roswell were featured in an article in The Buffalo News.

Read more here.

National Catholic Reporter ran an article about Denise Rotondo, PhD, being named the new dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Markdowns at the Bookstore

The bookstore has a huge assortment of clothing for sale at 25 percent off. In addition, some Under Armor apparel is 50 percent off! Stop by, check out the clearance rack and save on these awesome deals. Once the sizes are gone, they’re gone!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, manager, Bookstore

EVENTS

Baseball Hosts Niagara – CANCELLED

The Battle of the Bridge Contest

Please note: the Canisius baseball game vs. Niagara on Tuesday afternoon, April 17 at 3 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex has been cancelled.

For additional information, information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by:John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

Spring Merchandise Sale

April 18 and 19

The annual Canisius College Athletics merchandise sale is next Wednesday and Thursday (April 18 – 19) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main floor of the Koessler Athletic Center. All available merchandise is least 25 percent off and includes a selection of New Era caps, Nike t-shirts, crewnecks and hoodies. For more information, call Ext. 2979.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

Student Loan Repayment Seminar

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend

To help our students prepare for student loan repayment, we are offering a free Student Loan Repayment Seminar on Monday, April 23 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Old Main 403.

This interactive session provides all the information students need to successfully repay their loans. Registration is not required and the session is open to all Canisius College students, staff and alumni.

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, assistant director, Student Records & Financial Services

Online Faculty Development Course

Begins May 21

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation is running its Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) beginning on Monday, May 21. (This course runs for five weeks and is entirely online).

The OFDC helps prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.  Discover new methods, tools, and techniques for building course content and teaching online.

The course is available to all Canisius College faculty.  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.  Please enroll by contacting coli@canisius.edu.

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

 

 

Campus Candid

Students in the physical and health education/teacher education (PHETE) program collaborated with the physical education (PE) program at Buffalo Public School No. 17 on Tuesday, April 10. Teacher candidates from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s Assessment in Physical Education (PED 371/571) class implemented the PE metrics assessment protocol for four physical education classes (K-4 children). The students of School No. 17 were very excited and the exercise proved to be a great learning experience. The classes provided PHETE majors with the opportunity to apply assessment strategies that are useful for grades K-12. Special thanks to Phil Smith ’13 and Tricia Vezina, physical education teachers at BPS No. 17, for coordinating this event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director, Physical and Health Education/ Teacher Education

What Does Canisius Mean To You?

The 2018 #CanisiusGivingDay video is live! This year’s Giving Day video highlights student responses to the question, “What does Canisius mean to you?” From the faculty and staff, to our academic and athletic programs, to the Jesuit mission of service and research opportunities – our students covered every facet of the Canisius experience. Check out the video below and consider sharing it on your social media platforms to help spread the word about this year’s Giving Day on Wednesday, April 25. Together WE CAN, again!

Stay tuned for more information…

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Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Faculty Participation at Commencement Week Activities

Commencement week is around the corner. To reserve your spot for the commencement exercises, Spring Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass, please fill out this brief form. The form must be completed by Wednesday, May 9. It is very important that you reserve your spot to ensure you have a seat at the ceremonies.

The schedules for the Spring Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, commencement exercises and related activities are listed on the Academic Affairs portal page and the commencement website.

All faculty members are expected and encouraged to attend the ceremonies pertaining to the level at which they teach, since students look forward to having their mentors join them in celebration of their academic accomplishments.

Please share this information with anyone who may not ordinarily read electronic information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office of Event Services at Ext. 2180 or Academic Affairs at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

Commencement Photos for Employees

Employees of the college who are receiving a degree or who have a spouse or child receiving a degree are welcome to have a complimentary family photograph taken immediately following the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.

To request a photo, click here and complete the online request form. Your request must be received by Monday, May 7.  You will be notified of your photo time and location at a later date.

Please share this information with anyone who may not ordinarily read electronic information.

If you have any questions, contact the office of Event Services at Ext. 2180 or email commencement@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

EVENTS

Softball Home This Weekend

Doubleheader vs. Siena

After 29 straight games away from home, your Golden Griffin softball team returns to Buffalo for its home opener. On Saturday, April 14, the team hosts a conference twin bill versus Siena. First pitch for game one is slated for noon at the Demske Sports Complex.

For more information, visit ww.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

 

Shoes for the Shelter 5K is This Sunday

20th anniversary of popular race

The 20th annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K is this coming Sunday, April 15. The race starts at 10 a.m. from the corner of Main and Delavan.

There is a pre-race Mass set for 8:30 a.m. with a post-race celebration at approximately 10:20 a.m. (both held in the Patrick Lee Center). Awards will be distributed at 11 a.m. for age groups, male and female, from under 10 to over the age of 90. Awards will also be given to male and female top three finishers for faculty/staff, students and alumni.

Donations of shoes will be accepted for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Registration can be done in person at Room 181 in the KAC  throughout the week or on-line at Go Griffs.com. Packet pickups are slated for Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Koessler Center.

For more information, call Ext. 2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Serious Games Meetup

Group explores science education

The last Serious Games Meetup of the 2017-18 academic year is Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. in the DMA Lounge on the 3rd floor of Lyons Hall. We’ll look at some things related to science education, including simple 3D physics development in Unity, and Kerbal Space Program, a humorous but sophisticated spaceflight mechanics simulator.

Serious Games can serve a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulation, healthcare, therapy, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics.

 

 

The Serious Games Meetup is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Group.  Here, faculty, staff and students explore learning theories and game design and conduct workshops where participants explore digital and analog game use and creation.  And yes, they play some games, too!

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

 

 

Star Paws

Dog walk to benefit The Institute for Autism Research

Grab your pooch and head down to Fredonia for Star Paws: A Dog Walk to Benefit the Institute for Autism Research on Sunday, April 22 from 12 – 4 p.m. Registration for the Star Wars-themed dog walk around the Fredonia State campus begins at 11 a.m. at the SUNY Fredonia clocktower. The event will feature food, raffles, games, live music and more. Registration forms are available at the SUNY Fredonia ticket office. If you are unable to attend the walk, but would like to donate to the Institute for Autism Research, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Members of the college community gathered on Monday, April 9 in the Regis Rooms to recognize the contributions of the following faculty members (from L-R): Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history ‒ Faculty Scholarship Award; Tanya M. Loughead, PhD, professor of philosophy ‒ Faculty Service Award; Johanna M. Fisher, adjunct professor of English and German (accepted by Sr. Pat Brady, director, Center for Service Learning) ‒ Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award and Peter Boehm, PhD, professor emeritus of German (posthumously) (accepted by Kevin Heffernan ᾿08 and Zhasmina Tacheva ᾿14) ‒ Faculty Teaching Award.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mission Examen Forum is Today

The faculty/staff Mission Examen forum is today, Wednesday, April 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Regis Rooms.  Please join your colleagues in structured conversations around three general questions related to the Catholic, Jesuit mission of the college. The questions are:  What does the mission mean to you? How have you experienced the mission? What is missing or what could we do better?  The feedback from this forum will be utilized in the Jesuit Mission Examen self-study the college is currently conducting. Dessert will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Estanek, PhD, chair of the Mission Examen Steering Committee, at estaneks@canisius.edu or Ext. 2760.

Submitted by: Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor emerita, Graduate Education and Leadership and chair of the Mission Examen Steering Committee

President’s Town Hall

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Hurley on Thursday, April 19 in the Regis Rooms from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

CrescenDON’Ts Perform with BPO

The CrescenDON’Ts, Canisius’ student a cappella group, performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. The group will sing If I Ever Fall in Love by Shai with the Buffalo Gay Men’s Choir and Broadway vocalists Michele Ragusa and George Brown. The group’s appearance with the BPO is part of Buffalo Sings, the BPO’s celebration of everyone’s favorite songs.

The CrescenDON’Ts spring concert is Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre. The performances are free and open to the public.

Submitted by: College Communications

Ignatian Scholarship Day

The 11th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day takes place on Wednesday, April 18 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  This event highlights the achievements of more than 130 undergraduate and graduate students in various forms of expression.

Plan your participation in the activities by viewing schedules available online under the Ignatian Scholarship Day tab through the Academic Affairs community page.  Please click here to log in to the Portal. You can then see the schedules and compilation of abstracts.

We hope to see you on April 18.

Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Event Services

The Power of One

Jonah Weiss ᾿21 volunteered at the Saint Mary’s Center after school program, where he tutored children of Somali Bantu refugees in Buffalo as part of his service-learning project for Philosophy 101. He says the experience provided him with a deeper perspective on how he viewed the world and also gave him the skills to think critically and thoughtfully. Wanting to share this experience with his family, Weiss suggested that his mother, local community activist Kristin Heltman-Weiss, get involved. He could not predict the chain of events that followed. Kristin solicited additional volunteers from her activist groups and donations to fulfill some of the Somali Bantu’s greatest needs. The response was so great that it led to the founding of the Somali Bantu Community Farm, which is now a place where generations of families, immigrant and native born, urban and rural, work side-by-side toward a common goal. Last summer, the farm located in East Aurora, fed more than 100 families.

“Getting involved in your community creates invaluable experiences that can lead to things bigger than yourself,” says Jonah Weiss. “I had no idea the change my volunteering could cause. Canisius is truly a unique institution that builds opportunities to further social endeavors with life-changing experiences and outcomes.”

 

Photo above: Kristin Heltman-Weiss and her son, Jonah Weiss ᾿21

Submitted by: College Communications

Fire Inspector On Campus This Month

The New York State Fire Inspector will be on campus from Wednesday, April 11 – Friday, April 27. The fire inspector will check the common areas, stairways, offices, utility rooms, and storage rooms for safety issues including:

Improper Storage – in electrical and sprinkler rooms, such as combustibles piled under, around or in front of electrical panels or sprinkler systems.

Items permanently placed in corridors and hallways – such as equipment, cabinets, desks or chairs. Hallways must allow full passage to fire exits.

Storage placed too close to sprinkler heads – The Fire Code requires an 18” distance from the sprinkler head to the closest item.

Fire doors being propped or wedged open – Fire doors are fundamental to the integrity of fire barriers throughout the building. Fire doors may be held open with automatic releases that close the door when the fire alarm sounds.

Improper storage of flammable fluids and liquids – Flammable fluid storage is limited to quantity, classification and flammability rating. A flame-proof cabinet is essential!

Electrical extension cords being used as permanent wiring – Electrical extension cords are strictly prohibited from use inside Canisius buildings as permanent wiring. Do not run chords under rugs or piles of clothing. Overloading a wall receptacle may cause a fire.

Non-compliant upholstered furniture – Canisius is required to comply with furniture Fire Code Standards.  Furniture that does not comply must be removed!

Non- approved space heaters – Space heaters supplied by the Canisius Facilities Department are approved for use. Please remove all other space heaters!

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Roetter, safety director at  roetterj@canisius.edu.  You may also contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

EVENTS

Women’s Lacrosse Home Today

Team faces Marist

Your women’s lacrosse team will look to get back on the winning track this afternoon, Wednesday, April 11, when Marist pays a visit to Buffalo. Face-off for the game at the Demske Sports Complex is slated for 4 p.m. For game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Canisius Zoological Society Presents Speaker on Rhino Conservation

McMurtrie to discuss on environmental legislation

The Canisius Zoological Society is hosting environmental officer Alan McMurtrie for a talk today, Wednesday April 11 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Regis Room. McMurtrie has 24 years of experience working in environmental legislation and conservation in South Africa, and will share his experience in rhino conservation and rhino management. The talk is free and open to all.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, associate professor, ABEC and Biology

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

Kelly Carpenter, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Canisius College Digital Humanities Speaker Series concludes its 2017 ‒ 18 series by welcoming Kelly Carpenter, digital assets manager at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, to campus.  Carpenter’s presentation is entitled “Digital Technologies are Transforming the Museum Experience.”  The event takes place on Thursday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 418.

Museums are, to a certain respect, inherently constraining. Visitors are invited into the space but are kept at a physical distance from cultural objects and artworks. Over the last decade, museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, incorporated innovative digital approaches, both onsite and online, in order to remove the barrier between the public and their collections. Museums are in a unique position to become leaders in the realm of digital culture.

Carpenter holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Canisius College and master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from Richmond, The American International University in London.

Please join Carpenter as she discusses several examples of how various digital technologies are transforming the physical and online museum experience.

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

Canisius Welcomes Acclaimed Poet Bao Phi

Part of Contemporary Writers Series

Canisius presents award-winning poet Bao Phi, who will read from his works on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a book-signing, question and answer period, and reception.   Phi’s visit is made possible by the Contemporary Writers Series.

Bao Phi was born in Vietnam, grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English. He is a poet, spoken-word artist, community activist, a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist. Phi is the author of two collections of poetry, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, and a children’s book, A Different Pond, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. He is program director at The Loft Literary Center, where he coordinates a number of programs including the Equilibrium series, which was awarded an Anti-Racism Initiative Award.

For more information, call Mick Cochrane, chair and professor of English, at Ext. 2662.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

Moriviví Unveiling and Open House

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend

Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective, puts the finishing touches on the mural in Old Main 314.

The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures hosts an unveiling of a mural by the Puerto Rican Moriviví Collective on Friday, April 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. in OM 314. Canisius Spanish students painted the mural on the wall in the Old Main classroom under the direction of Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective. The permanent mural is of Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Moriviví is a group of young female artists based in Puerto Rico. Its mission is to use art to promote social justice and display the human condition.

The unveiling coincides with an open house where students and faculty will learn about unique opportunities such as study abroad and study tours, dual immersion programs and tertulias (conversations in Spanish)  led by international students from Spain. Also scheduled for the evening is a screening of the exciting new promotional video of the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures program.  Enjoy light refreshments.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Shoes for the Shelter 5K is this Sunday

20th anniversary of popular race

The 20th annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K is this coming Sunday, April 15. The race starts at 10 a.m. from the corner of Main and Delavan.

There is a pre-race Mass set for 8:30 a.m. with a post-race celebration at approximately 10:20 a.m. (both held in the Patrick Lee Center). Awards will be distributed at 11 a.m. for age groups, male and female, from under 10 to over the age of 90. Awards will also be given to male and female top three finishers for faculty/staff, students and alumni.

Donations of shoes will be accepted for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Register in person in Room 181 in the KAC  throughout the week or on-line at Go Griffs.com. Packet pickups are slated for Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Koessler.  For more information, call Ext. 2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

ArtsCanisius Events

Enjoy the final Meet-the-Faculty Recital

Please make note that the Chorale Spectacular originally scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2018, is cancelled.

However, the final Meet-the-Faculty Recital of the year scheduled for Monday, April 16 at noon in the Montante Cultural Center is still a go!  This recital features Karen Schmid, adjunct professor of fine arts/music on piano, along with guest artists in a delightful program of the music of Franz Schubert.  Featured works include Schubert’s Impromptu in G-flat Major for solo piano; Lebensstürme, op.144 for piano-4 hands with pianist Margraet Evans; The Shepherd on the Rock, D.965, for voice, clarinet and piano with soprano Holly Bewlay and Rosann Deni, clarinet; and a movement of the Trio in E flat Major, D. 929, for violin, cello and piano with Rebecca Torres, violin; and Gail Bauser, cello.  This event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Fire Drills

Scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018

Fire drills will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. The buildings included are:

  • 23 Agassiz
  • Bagen Hall
  • Bouwhuis Library
  • Christ the King Chapel
  • Churchill Tower
  • Demerly Hall Health Science
  • Horan O’Donnell
  • Loyola Hall
  • Lyons Hall
  • Koessler Athletic Center
  • Montante Cultural Center
  • Old Main
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • Richard E. Winter ᾿42 Student Center
  • Science Hall

Regulations forbid announcing the exact times of fire drills. When the alarm sounds, please leave buildings by the nearest exits as shown on the posted emergency exit routes. Generally, a drill lasts no more than six or seven minutes. Everyone must leave the building they are in when the alarm sounds. One person may remain in each office or suite to answer phones. Elevators may not be used.

Please note: If you are involved in an event, which cannot be interrupted without serious complications, please notify Lt. Rick Miller in the Public Safety Office at Ext. 2330 or rmiller@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

Business First reporter Dan Miner interviewed Denise Rotondo, PhD, regarding her hire as the first female dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

Click the link below to the read the article.

RotondoBusinessFirst

 

College of Arts and Sciences 2018 Faculty Awards Ceremony

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold its 2018 faculty awards ceremony and reception to honor its faculty award winners in the Regis Rooms today (Monday, April 9) at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the following faculty members:

  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award: Johanna M. Fisher, adjunct professor, English and German
  • Faculty Service Award: Tanya M. Loughead, PhD, professor, Philosophy
  • Faculty Scholarship Award: Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD, professor, History
  • Faculty Teaching Award: Peter Boehm, PhD, professor emeritus, German (posthumously)

All faculty and staff are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate, College of Arts & Sciences

Employee of Distinction

President John Hurley presents Kristin Hall with her Employee of Distinction Award.

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Kristin Hall is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for March 2018! Kristin was nominated by Lindsay Miller, senior assistant director for admissions.

At Canisius for three years, Kristin currently works as a senior admissions counselor. Kristin was selected for her attentive focus on the needs of prospective students, her ability to stay calm and organized under pressure, and her involvement in countless successful student events.

Please join us in congratulating Kristin on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for future months, click here.

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

Our Past, Our Progress

It’s been 50 years since a group of five African-American students founded the Afro-American Society at Canisius.  A student club, yes, but one with an infrastructure focused less on social activities and largely on advocacy initiatives aimed at diversifying the student body, diversifying the academic curriculum and introducing diversity to the campus community.

The latest issue of Canisius Magazine commemorates this milestone in college history, reflecting on the origins of the Afro-American Society, examining its progress over the past half-century and considering what the future holds for diversity at Canisius – and on college campuses everywhere.

Also in this issue: A new study by Ann Marie Lenhardt, PhD, identifies some of the greatest risk factors for school violence and suggests a new framework for school safety; Neurosurgeon Erin E. Biro ’02, MD, practices medicine’s most difficult art; and John Brinkworth Jr. MBA ’96 revs up Buffalo Harley-Davidson while fueling the spirit of a family business.

Read Canisius Magazine here.

Submitted by: College Communication

 

 

Second Act

Baby Boomers may be heading into retirement in droves but not all are interested in boundless years of leisure. Many, in fact, embark on encore careers.

Some repurpose their professional experiences and put them to work for the greater good. Others revisit an earlier passion they perhaps put aside for more practical career paths. There are also those who simply seek ways to make their golden years more meaningful.

If you know a Canisius alumnus/a who is currently pursuing an encore occupation, Canisius Magazine wants to hear from you.

Share his/her story with us at ccmag@canisius.edu. Responses will be published in a future issue of Canisius Magazine and at www.canisius.edu/magazine.

Submitted by: College Communication

EVENTS

Moriviví Unveiling and Open House

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend

Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective, puts the finishing touches on the mural in Old Main room 314.

The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will host an unveiling of a mural by the Puerto Rican Moriviví Collective on Friday, April 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. in OM 314. Canisius Spanish students painted the mural on the wall in Old Main 314 under the direction of Sharon Nicole González Colón, a member of the Moriviví Collective. The permanent mural is of Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Moriviví is a group of young female artists based in Puerto Rico. Its mission is to use art to promote social justice and display the human condition.

The unveiling coincides with an open house where students and faculty will learn about unique opportunities such as study abroad and study tours, dual immersion programs and tertulias (conversations in Spanish)  led by international students from Spain. Also scheduled for the evening is a screening of the exciting new promotional video of the Modern Languages, Litetraures and Cultures program.  Light refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

 

Fire Drills

Scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018

Fire drills will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. The buildings included are:

  • 23 Agassiz
  • Bagen Hall
  • Bouwhuis Library
  • Christ the King Chapel
  • Churchill Tower
  • Demerly Hall Health Science
  • Horan O’Donnell
  • Loyola Hall
  • Lyons Hall
  • Koessler Athletic Center
  • Montante Cultural Center
  • Old Main
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • Richard E. Winter ᾿42 Student Center
  • Science Hall

Regulations forbid announcing the exact times. When the alarm sounds, please leave buildings by the nearest exits as shown on the posted emergency exit routes. Generally, a drill lasts no more than six or seven minutes. Everyone must leave the building they are in when the alarm sounds. One person may remain in each office or suite to answer phones. Elevators may not be used.

Please note: If you are involved in an event, which cannot be interrupted without serious complications, please notify Lt. Rick Miller in the Public Safety Office at Ext. 2330 or rmiller@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

 

Campus Candid

 

 

Physical and health education/teacher education (PHETE) majors assisted in the production of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Physical Education Show on Thursday, March 29.  This annual event for constituents and the local community marks its 45th consecutive year.  Teacher candidates were involved in all facets of the presentation including video editing, physical spotting of special needs children, and the opening act.  PHETE majors included Anthony Diflavio ᾿18, Rachael Bielmeier ᾿19, Tyler Perna ᾿19, Anthony Forcucci ᾿19, Kenny Johnston ᾿19, Anna Purdy ᾿19, Abigail Guzzino᾿19, Cameron Race ᾿19, Mike Torrillo Jr. MS ᾿19, Allie Cornacchia ᾿19 and Frank Briandi MS ᾿19. A special thanks to St. Mary’s physical educators Jim Carmody, BS ᾿97, MS ᾿02, and Bryan Booke for coordinating this opportunity.  The experience provided PHETE majors with an up-close and personal chance to work with diverse children and also sent a strong message about the importance of quality physical education in the well-rounded growth of each child.

Submitted by: Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

50th Anniversary of Assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, April 4, 1968, an assassin shot civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, TN. He was 39.

Fifty years later, Canisius College joins churches and houses of worship, nationwide, along with the King family, to mourn him. On Wednesday April 3, as a mark of respect, the bells of Christ the King Chapel tolled 39 times for Dr. King’s age at the time of his death.

Next week, when classes resume, the commemoration continues. Please join together to hear Dr. King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The event will take place Thursday, April 12 in the ALB Library Learning Center, 1st floor, at 2 p.m.

His speech, given the night before he died, reveals Dr. King’s mood, motive, feelings of futility and the need to restore hope, civil rights and equality for the poor and people of color. He was called to Memphis to lend support to striking sanitation workers whose colleagues had lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the speech and share their thoughts about Dr. King and his legacy.

These events are coordinated through the Office of the President, the ALB Library and Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives & Special Collections, Campus Ministry, members of the Immersion East Side Ignatian Seminar and All-College Honors program.

Light refreshments will be served.

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

Kermis ᾿70, PhD, is Accountant of the Year

George F. Kermis, ᾿70 PhD, CPA, professor emeritus of accounting, will be honored as the Accountant of the Year at the 62nd annual Canisius College Accounting Society Banquet on Thursday, April 26 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.

The society will also recognize David M. Schmidt ’90, CPA, partner, Ernst & Young LLP (EY), during the organization’s annual dinner. Schmidt will receive the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of a Canisius College accounting alumnus.

Kermis has been a faculty member in the Department of Accounting for 40 years. He maintains an active consulting practice with national presentations and more recently developed an online accounting program focused on learning management systems, which he presented internationally. During his long tenure at the college, Kermis leveraged his practical experience gained from six years in public accounting and community involvement, for the benefit of his students. He is a past recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. Presented annually the award recognizes one faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mark Your Calendars!

The 11th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) is Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m .– 5:00 p.m. in Science Hall and Christ the King Chapel. This event is an opportunity for every student to showcase accomplished work from the current or previous semester as an exhibit, presentation or performance in a conference-style environment.

Schedules for ISD will be available the week of April 9 on the Academic Affairs portal page through myCanisius.

For more information, contact the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

30 Under 30

Congratulations to three Canisius alums who were named to Business First’s 30 Under 30 list. They are:

Sean Balkin ᾿11, MBA ᾿12, attorney, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Alex Severyn ᾿13, co-CEO, Ambitious Enterprises Inc.

William Severyn ᾿13, co-CEO, Ambitious Enterprises Inc.

The ‘30 Under 30’ honors Western New Yorkers in the early stages of their careers who are achieving at high levels at work and in the community.

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony May 23 at the Tralf in downtown Buffalo.

Submitted by: College Communications

What Loyola’s Final Four Run Can Teach us About Catholic Schools and Sports

The unlikely journey of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers put Catholic education and sports in the spotlight during March Madness.  The team’s Final Four run became about more than just rebounds and three-pointers.  It put the school, its high-achieving student-athletes and its Jesuit/Ignatian tradition center stage.

In an article published by America, Michael P. Murphy, director of the Hank Center at Loyola University Chicago, outlines the Jesuit university’s approach to living and learning and examines whether Jesuit colleges and universities can utilize athletics as an extension of the classroom to extol the values of faith, reason and justice.

Read the article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

PHETE Majors Take Second in State-wide Video Contest

Matt Chase MS ᾿18 and Kevin Caputi from Starpoint Schools earned second place in the Get Moving New York contest, an advocacy initiative sponsored by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD). Caputi, a physical education teacher at Fricano Elementary, currently hosts Chase for his practicum field hours.

New York State K-12 physical and health educators are asked to demonstrate unique and innovative ways for K-12 children to ‘get moving.’  This year’s theme was cooperation.  Students from Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh’s Movement and Elementary Activities (PED 311/PEG 511) and Dr. Clancy Seymour’s Assessment in Physical Education courses (EDU 498/PEG 594) submitted video entries to the contest.   Overall, there were nine entries from Western New York, with seven from Canisius College PHETE majors.

To see the winning videos, click the flyer to the left.

Submitted by: Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director, Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

 

EVENTS

Bending the Arc Documentary Screening

Learn about those fighting for accessible healthcare for all

The Canisius community is invited to attend the “Bending the Arc” documentary screening on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Science Hall Room 1013.

“Bending the Arc” is a documentary about a team of young people — Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl — whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high-quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the existing charity and medical establishments, these crusaders took their fight from the village to the world stage, to ensure that healthcare is a right for all, and that geography should not determine destiny.

The screening is hosted by The Canisius Society of PreHealth Professionals.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, PreMed Center

 

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

Kelly Carpenter, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Canisius College Digital Humanities Speaker Series concludes its 2017 ‒ 18 series by welcoming Kelly Carpenter, digital assets manager at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, to campus.  Carpenter’s presentation is entitled “Digital Technologies are Transforming the Museum Experience.”  The event takes place on Thursday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 418.

Museums are, to a certain respect, inherently constraining. Visitors are invited into the space but are kept at a physical distance from cultural objects and artworks. Over the last decade, museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery incorporated innovative digital approaches, both onsite and online, in order to remove the barrier between the public and their collections. Museums are in a unique position to become leaders in the realm of digital culture.

Carpenter holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Canisius College and master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from Richmond, The American International University in London.

Please join Carpenter as she discusses several examples of how various digital technologies are transforming the physical and online museum experience.

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

George to Deliver Raichle Lecture

Princeton professor is renowned Catholic thinker

The Canisius College Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society welcomes Robert P. George to campus on Thursday, April 12 at 7:15 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event, “Constitutional Structures, Civic Virtue and Political Culture,” is free and open to the public.

Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served as chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. George also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.  George is a former judicial fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Canisius in the News

Bill Maher ᾿89, director of athletics, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article that examined whether the formation of an NCAA basketball commission would achieve real reform in men’s basketball.

Read more here.

Campus Candids

President John J. Hurley and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-NY) are pictured at the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) Celebration of Independent Higher Education in New York City on March 5, 2018. Presidents of New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and New York State elected officials gathered for a reception to commemorate milestone anniversaries of critical student aid programs, as well as the historic partnership between New York State and its private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

Submitted by: College Communications

Stephen Miller ᾿15 poses next to the 2015 Canisius CFA Institute Research Challenge Champions Banner while attending this year’s America’s Regional competition in Boston.  Miller and Ryan Zimmer ᾿15 were members of the CFA team that placed first out of 865 universities from 70 countries in 2015.

Submitted by: College Communications

Timekeepers Needed for Ignatian Scholarship Day

We are in need of faculty, staff and administrator volunteers to serve as timekeepers for this year’s Ignatian Scholarship Day on Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Timekeepers introduce the session and the student scholars and keep time during the presentation.  Students have 10 – 15 minutes to present with approximately three minutes allotted for fielding questions before audience and presenters rotate out of the venue.

Concurrent sessions run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), and each session is 20 minutes in length.  Volunteers have successfully made this happen like clockwork at past events.

If you are a faculty mentor for a student presenter, it is customary that you serve as the timekeeper for that paper or presentation.  If you have a conflict, please let Connie Pileri know at your earliest convenience (Ext. 2192 or pileric@canisius.edu) so that another timekeeper can be assigned.

If you are interested and available to assist, please send your availability, preferably in 20-minute intervals, to eventmgt@canisius.edu or by calling the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

2018 Corporate Challenge is June 14

As part of our engagement initiatives for 2018, we are pleased to announce that Canisius College will participate in the 2018 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Buffalo! The 38th annual run in Delaware Park will be held on Thursday, June 14 with a 6:45 p.m. race start. It’s time to put winter in the rear-view mirror and plan for one of the staple events of a Western New York summer!

The Corporate Challenge continues to thrive. The 2017 attendance was 12,508 runners and walkers from 359 companies. That was the third-largest Corporate Challenge in the last 18 years, the fifth-largest overall, and the biggest crowd since 2013.

The Corporate Challenge is truly a celebration of the Western New York workforce.  The participating companies are an eclectic mix of large corporations, locally-based businesses and retailers, school districts and entrepreneurial companies. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the planning of this event. Please contact Mary Braun at braun5@canisius.edu if you are interested.

Watch for additional details!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance

 

Canisius Student-Athletes Receive National Recognition

Crumpton ᾿18 Earns AP All-America Honors; McLaughlin is Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year

The Associated Press recognized Canisius senior forward Jermaine Crumpton ᾿18 with honorable mention honors to the Associated Press All-America team. Crumpton is the fifth player in school history to earn All-America honors, and he is the first Golden Griffin to receive the national distinction since Billy Baron was recognized after the 2013-14 season. Crumpton was also named the 2018 MAAC Co-Player of the Year, as voted on by the conference’s 11 head coaches.

For the first time in 24 years, the Canisius men’s basketball team scored a share of the MAAC regular season championship. The Golden Griffins rolled past Marist, 98-74, in the regular season finale at the Koessler Athletic Center on February 25. The win secured a second seed spot for the Griffs (behind Rider) in the MAAC Tournament – the best conference seeding for the Blue and Gold since 2001. No. 7 seed Quinnipiac went on to upset the Griffs, 72-69, in quarterfinals play in Albany.

Junior forward Dylan McLaughlin ᾿19  was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, the third player in program history to win that honor. McLaughlin was also named a Hobey Baker Award Top-10 Finalist prior to the start of the conference’s semi-final game. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award, college hockey’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, is the highest award an NCAA Division 1 hockey player can receive.

The Golden Griffin ice hockey team skated into the post-season after defeating Niagara, 3-2, in the regular season finale. The win secured the Griffs a second place standing in the Atlantic Hockey Conference and a No. 2 seed in the league’s postseason tournament. The Griffs defeated AIC in a best-of-three playoff series March 9-11, which earned the Blue and Gold a trip to the AHC semifinal round for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Griffs lost in the semifinal round to Air Force.

Submitted by: College Communications

Art History Program Art Show and Fundraiser

Please consider submitting a piece of artwork for the Art History Program Art Show and Fundraiser. This silent auction and juried exhibit takes place on April 18, 2018 from 5:00 ‒ 8:00 p.m. in the Regis Room. Any format of artwork will be accepted. The submission deadline is April 10. Please contact us at canisiusartshow@gmail.com for more information.

This event runs after Ignatian Scholarship Day and continues the campus-wide celebration of students’ accomplishments, as well as the creative pursuits of faculty and staff. There will be refreshments served and awards presented. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Proceeds from the event will go to the Buffalo Arts Studio and A Blade of Grass.

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

What is Google Drive?

Your Google Drive is an online space to store and easily share files.  All Canisius College faculty, staff and students have one.  You might have heard colleagues mention it and wondered how it works.  Check out our new “Basics of Google Drive for Faculty and Staff” video to get a quick, simple introduction to this easy-to-use storage space.

We have plenty of other tutorials for various features and jobs using Google Drive and other apps.  Check out our Google Drive for Faculty and Staff Resource to learn more.

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

“Crossroads” Examines the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, is this month’s guest on the April edition of “Crossroads,” which examines the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The former professor of religious studies and theology and current pastor of St. Michael’s Jesuit Church in Buffalo joins the program to share the history of the initial announcement of the resurrection in the New Testament (I Corinthians 15). Father Fiore also informs listeners of the roles of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus, the presence of women at the crucifixion and the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and is hosted by Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor 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).

Submitted by: College Communications

EVENTS

Weekday Masses not held during Spring Break

Resume April 9

For the week of Spring Break, Sunday Masses will not be held in the chapel.

Masses resume Sunday night, April 8, at 7 p.m. Weekday Masses resume on Monday, April 9 at 12:05 p.m.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure and Experiential Learning are Out There!

Hear about educational trips for students

An Education First (EF) College Study Tour consultant who helped faculty in the art history program organize trips to Europe is coming to campus on Monday, April 9, 2018. She and another representative are eager to meet with faculty who would like to learn more about the company and the varied travel and learning experiences they offer. This invitation is for both full-time and adjunct faculty.

If you would like to meet and discuss travel opportunities for your students and other members of our college community, contact Laura O’Shea at
617-619-2386 or laura.oshea@ef.edu .

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

Athletics Announces Easter Break Schedule

Take in lacrosse and baseball games

Athletics has several outdoor activities for you to attend during Easter break. To attend any of the games listed below, please check www.GoGriffs.com or follow athletics @GoGriffs to get current information on any weather delays or postponements. Tickets for men’s lacrosse can be purchased at the door or by calling 716-888-TIXX. All of the following games will be held at the Demske Sports Complex.

Saturday, April 7

  • Baseball vs. St. Peter’s – 10:30 a.m. (doubleheader)
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Detroit Mercy – 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 8

  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Monmouth – 11 a.m.
  • Baseball vs. St. Peter’s – 2:30 p.m.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

 

 

 

 

Campus Candids

From left to right:  Tim Utz ᾿18, Mary O’Sullivan, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Matt Smardz ᾿19 and Marissa Rizzo ᾿20.

From left to right:  Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, David Filion ’19 and Ben Russ ’19.

Mary O’Sullivan, PhD, and Phil Sheridan, PhD, professors of chemistry and biochemistry and five chemistry and biochemistry majors attended the 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans, LA to present posters on their latest research results.

Tim Utz ’18, Marissa Rizzo ’20 and Matthew Smardz ’19 presented two posters based on their research in Mary O’Sullivan’s laboratory:  “Synthesis of Guanidino Derivatives of Aryl-Substituted Polyamines as Inhibitors of Trypanosoma cruzi Trypanothione Reductase” and  “N-Isopropyl Derivatives of Aryl-Substituted Polyamines:  Synthesis and Inhibition of Trypanothione Reductase.”  David Filion ’19 and Ben Russ ’19 presented two posters based on their research in Phil Sheridan’s laboratory:  “Laser Ablation/Molecular Jet Laser Excitation Spectroscopy of CaNCO” and “Computational Study of Aluminum Monoisocyanate Isomers.”

In addition, these students accepted the Commendable Student Chapter Award on behalf of the Canisius Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SCACS).  This is the second highest award given by the national ACS to student chapters.  This marks the 10th consecutive annual award that the Canisius SCACS has received.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rotondo Named New Dean of Wehle School of Business

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to inform you that Dr. Denise Rotondo has accepted the position of dean of the Wehle School of Business, effective June 4.  No doubt some of you reviewed her credentials as the search process unfolded and, I hope, had the chance to meet her and/or hear her presentation. She comes to us with more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and an administrator, most recently as dean of the School of Business at the State University of New York, Geneseo. In this role, Dr. Rotondo led the school through a successful Continuous Improvement Review with AACSB in 2017. Her strong history of involvement with AACSB, including serving on peer-review teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, will serve Canisius very well as we enter our next accreditation cycle.

Her orientation and values fit beautifully with our Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and commitment to the whole person. She will bring a high level of energy and creativity to the role and I look forward to working with her.

Based on Dr. Rotondo’s extensive experience, I am confident that her knowledge, expertise, and commitment will assure the continuity of current initiatives and the development of new opportunities.  Many thanks to the search committee and all who participated in the process.

All the best,

Peg

Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs

The Dome

Due to the Easter holiday break, The Dome will not publish on Good Friday, March 30 or Monday, April 2. The Dome will return on Wednesday, April 4. Happy Easter!

Submitted by: College Communications

College of Arts and Sciences 2018 Faculty Awards Ceremony

On Monday, April 9 at 3:15 p.m. the College of Arts and Sciences will hold its 2018 Faculty Awards ceremony and reception in the Regis Rooms to honor our faculty award winners.

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the following faculty members.

  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English and German
  • Faculty Service Award: Tanya Loughead, PhD, professor, Philosophy
  • Faculty Scholarship Award: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor, History
  • Faculty Teaching Award: Peter Boehm, PhD, professor emeritus, German (posthumously)

All faculty and staff are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate, College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Help Desk Spring Break Hours

Beginning today, Wednesday, March 28 the ITS Help Desk will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect until Friday, April 6.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk by visiting Horan O’Donnell Room 016, by email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or by calling Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, help desk manager, User Services

KAC Building Spring Break Hours

The Koessler Athletic Center will adjust its hours of operation for the upcoming break. Open swim takes place during open hours of operation.  Hours are: Wednesday, March 28 from 8 a.m. ‒ 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. ‒ 1p.m., Friday, March 30 ‒ Sunday, April 1: Closed, Monday, April 2 ‒ Friday, April 6: 8 a.m. ‒ 4 p.m., Saturday, April 7: Closed, Sunday, April 8 from 5 p.m. ‒ 10 p.m. and Monday, April 9: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

EVENTS

Baseball Battles Cornell on April 3

Take in a doubleheader over Easter break

Looking to spend a relaxing afternoon at the ballpark during Easter Break? Then check out the Griffs doubleheader against Cornell, Tuesday afternoon, April 3 at the Demske Sports Complex. First pitch for game one is at 1:00 p.m., with an expected start time for game two at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Canisius is off to a 13-7 start with wins over Ohio State, NC State and West Virginia, while The Big Red is 2-9 with games at Penn State and Princeton before travelling to Buffalo.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

 

What Have We Learned About War

Naples Conversations Series welcomes O’Brien Steinfels

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture is proud to present a lecture by Margaret O’Brien Steinfels on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. O’Brien Steinfels is a writer and editor who edited a number of magazines and journals including Commonweal and Church, Christianity & Crisis. She retired as co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture in 2012 and currently writes a column for Commonweal. The event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, Religious Studies and Theology

 

 

 

President Hurley featured in St. Michael’s Speakers Series

Education is the Key to Success

President John Hurley is among the featured speakers in The Downtown Jesuits Speakers Series at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington Street in Buffalo on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. President Hurley will give a talk entitled “The Promise & Challenge of Higher Education in Buffalo-Niagara.” The event, which takes place in the church, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. To register, email thedowntownjesuit@gmail.com. Additional speakers include Canisius alumni Anthony Colucci ᾿55 and Nancy Ware ᾿78. Click the flyer to the left for more details.

Submitted by: College Communications.

 

 

 

Campus Candid

Inspired by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, last month that killed 17 people, a contingent of Canisius students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. They joined thousands of people across the United States and around the world who marched in support of gun control on Saturday. The group was led by Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry.

Submitted by: Phil Ciallela, assistant director, Student Life.

Turnitin is now in D2L!

 

This spring, ITS integrated Turnitin into D2L.  Turnitin software includes an originality checker that can help students avoid plagiarism.  Turnitin also provides tools so faculty can provide detailed feedback to students about their writing. You can easily employ Turnitin within your D2L dropboxes.  Both you and your students can access Turnitin features and feedback through D2L, rather than having to login at Turnitin’s separate site.  Within the D2L dropbox editor, you will see the Turnitin toolset on a new tab.  Even if you prefer to read and grade paper copies, you can still instruct students to upload papers to Turnitin via D2L.

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

EVENTS

Tim Hortons Sponsors Lacrosse Game on Tuesday

Team Hosts Regional Rival

Your Golden Griffins men’s lacrosse team will host regional rival Hobart Tuesday evening, March 27 at the Demske Sports Complex. Game time is set for 7 p.m. with the game carried on ESPN3. It’s also Tim Horton’s Night with fans receiving free coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits.

Your Griffs were 3-3 heading into Saturday’s conference opener at Siena, while the Statesmen were 3-4, including a win versus Colgate, before they played St. Joe’s on Saturday.

For additional information, visit GoGriffs.com. For tickets call 888-TIXX.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

#CanisiusGivingDay is Coming

Please consider becoming a Giving Day Ambassador

On Wednesday, April 25, the Canisius Community will once again come together to make a collective impact for our students. This year’s Giving Day will celebrate the students who live and learn at 2001 Main Street by striving to reach a goal of 2,398 donors in 24 hours. That equals one donor for every undergraduate student.

We need your help to make Giving Day 2018 a success. Please consider signing on as a Giving Day Ambassador and help us spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay! You can sign up by completing our  Giving Day Ambassador form or by emailing Kim Walkow at walkowk@canisius.edu.

What is a Giving Day Ambassador? 
Giving Day Ambassadors have a simple, yet very important mission – spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay!

What do Ambassadors do? 
Spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay via social media and email.  Wondering what to post? We’ve got you covered! Giving Day Ambassadors will have access to our Ambassador Toolkit, which provides easily customizable, click and paste social media posts and graphics, as well as a communication timeline (we’ll send you reminder emails along the way, too). Giving Day Ambassadors help build the #CanisiusGivingDay movement through actively sharing and recruiting new Giving Day Ambassadors and encouraging others to participate in and donate on Giving Day.

Thank you so much for helping to make #CanisusGivingDay 2018 the most impactful yet! Together WE CAN, again!

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

 

Campus Candid

The CrescenDON’ts perform at a benefit concert for the Buffalo City Mission.

The Canisius Music Scholars, an organization consisting of students who are recipients of music scholarships at the college, presented a concert on Friday, March 16 at the Montante Cultural Center. The performance consisted of a varied program of popular and classical music to benefit the City Mission and raised enough money to cover more than 100 meals for individuals who use the services of the Buffalo City Mission.

Submitted by: Richard Falkenstein, PhD, chair, Fine Arts Department

PA Director Candidate – Renee A. Andreeff

All members of the campus community are invited to an open forum on Monday, March 26, 2018  from 9 ‒ 10:00 am in Old Main 403 by Renee A. Andreeff, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA, a candidate for the founding director of the Physician Assistant Studies program at Canisius.  Dr. Andreeff will present on the current and future roles of physician assistants in US healthcare, with an emphasis on Western New York and developing a Canisius PA program infused with the Jesuit mission.  The community will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

2018 Commencement Volunteers Needed

Save the date and join in the celebration of our students’ successes at the 2018 Canisius College commencement ceremonies. Please consider volunteering at one or both of these memorable events for our students:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

We are counting on our veteran volunteers and looking forward to working with all newcomers. For more information about commencement opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to myCanisius and look for the link in the Need to Know section

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Affairs office at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

#CanisiusGivingDay is Coming

On Wednesday, April 25, the Canisius Community will once again come together to make a collective impact for our students. This year’s Giving Day will celebrate the students who live and learn at 2001 Main Street by striving to reach a goal of 2,398 donors in 24 hours. That equals one donor for every undergraduate student.

We need your help to make Giving Day 2018 a success. Please consider signing on as a Giving Day Ambassador and help us spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay! You can sign up by completing our  Giving Day Ambassador form or by emailing Kim Walkow at walkowk@canisius.edu.

What is a Giving Day Ambassador? 
Giving Day Ambassadors have a simple, yet very important mission – spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay!

What do Ambassadors do? 
Spread the word about #CanisiusGivingDay via social media and email.  Wondering what to post? We’ve got you covered! Giving Day Ambassadors will have access to our Ambassador Toolkit, which provides easily customizable, click and paste social media posts and graphics, as well as a communication timeline (we’ll send you reminder emails along the way, too). Giving Day Ambassadors help build the #CanisiusGivingDay movement through actively sharing and recruiting new Giving Day Ambassadors and encouraging others to participate in and donate on Giving Day.

Thank you so much for helping to make #CanisusGivingDay 2018 the most impactful yet! Together WE CAN, again!

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

The Dome

Just a reminder that The Dome publishes three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Submissions must be received by 2:00 p.m. the day prior to publication. Please submit flyers only when accompanied with additional copy. If you need to submit a PDF, email it directly to Kristin Etu at etuk@canisius.edu. It will appear as a link within the copy.

When submitting an event, please be sure to include the date, time and place. Lectures should include the title for the speaker.

If you have any questions regarding submissions to The Dome, please contact Kristin Etu, associate director, College Communications, at Ext. 2795 or etuk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: College Communications

Retirement Seminar Series

Have you been contemplating retiring in the next three to five years but have questions? Then consider attending the Retirement Seminar Series on Friday, April 13 from 1 – 4:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Presenters will be Greg Tedone, Financial Consultant, TIAA; Jennifer Campas from Social Security Administration; and Laryssa Domagala from Independent Health.

Register for the TIAA session here. Please email Dawn Rotterman at rottermd@canisius.edu if you will be attending the Social Security and/or the Independent Health sessions.

EVENTS

Earth Hour

Take action for our planet by turning off lights for one hour

Once again the world will celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 ‒ 9:30 p.m. This event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, but is now observed in more than 180 countries around the world.

It’s simple. Everyone is asked to shut off all non-essential lights for this one hour.  Be part of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and join millions of other people to take action for our planet and nature.

Submitted by: Sister Pat Brady, director, Service Learning

Softball Schedules Home Opener for Sunday

Robert Morris visits

Your Canisius softball team is scheduled to play their first home games of the season this weekend when Robert Morris pays a visit to the Demske Sports Complex for a doubleheader. The games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, however that time could change depending on weather and the length of the baseball game scheduled earlier in the day. Visit www.GoGriffs.com for more up to date information this weekend.

Gianna Degaltini is the Griffs top hitter with a .269 batting average. Erika Mackie leads the pitching corps with a 2.88 ERA.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

Meet-the-Faculty Recital this Monday

Wingert to perform

Bradly Wingert, director of the Canisius College Chorale and Cantio Sacra, will perform a recital of music for harpsichord on Monday, March 26 at 12 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The program features the music of Caccini, Couperin, Handel, and Torelli and includes works for solo harpsichord, works for soprano and harpsichord.  In addition, guest soprano Lisa Surace and a sonata for flute and harpsichord with Julia Coty, flute, will be featured.  Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the Fine Arts/Music Program office for additional information at Ext. 2536.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

WordPress Workshop

Ben Dunkle, professor of digital media arts, to present

 

Ben Dunkle, professor of digital media arts, presents “Getting Started in WordPress,” a Digital Humanities workshop, on Monday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in Old Main 115.

WordPress is a web development toolset powering almost a third of the internet.  It is used for big-traffic professional websites but is surprisingly user-friendly for beginners.  Faculty, staff and students use WordPress to create and maintain websites for offices, projects, blogs and professional portfolios.

In this workshop, Dunkle helps participants get into the basics of building and maintaining websites and blogs.  Learn how to author attractive, functional content on the web, and develop skills useful for presenting yourself, your work and your organizations to the world.

Dunkle teaches courses in graphic design, web design and fine arts.  He oversaw the development of numerous interactive projects, designed and coded web-based applications, created custom fonts, icons, logos and graphical assets used on millions of websites, and built curricula for educating future web designers and developers.  Dunkle works on the WordPress open source project, designing icons for the administration environment. He is committed to empowering individuals who want to learn web design, and organizes bi-monthly meetup groups and conferences focused on WordPress and web design.

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

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

President Hurley praises the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for her passion for higher education

In a Buffalo News letter to the editor, President John Hurley wrote about how the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter tirelessly advocated for higher education in Western New York and beyond.

Read more here.

Palumbo weighs in on the impact of Toys “R” Us closing

George Palumbo, PhD, professor of economics and finance, spoke with Spectrum News about how the closing of Toys “R” Us could affect the local economy.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Alumni Headed to Cannes Film Festival

CJ Gates ᾿16 and Tori Claflin ᾿14 are pictured among the award winners from the Buffalo 48-hour Film Project. Back row: Claflin is first on the right. Gates is pictured third from the right. Jordan Lema ᾿05 is front row, first on the right. Lema served as the city producer for the Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project and organized the event.

Congratulations to CJ Gates ’16 and Tori Claflin ’14 who won first place in the Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project for their film, “Partially Submerged Elephants.” The team had 48 hours to conceptualize, shoot, edit and produce a short film.

After their victory in Buffalo, the team headed to Paris to compete in “Filmapalooza.”

Out of more than 4,000 films from 130 cities, Gates and Claflin won the award for best cinematography and were recognized as one of the top five 48-hour films in the world. They are one of two teams from the United States to have their film screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Read more here.

Submitted  by: College Communications

EVENTS

Video Institute Documentary Premiere Tonight

Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere its latest documentary tonight, Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. The event is free and open to the public with a question and answer session, followed by refreshments.

“Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina,” produced by Nicholas Foraker ’18 and Justin Fague ’19, follows a group of Canisius students as they travel to Argentina with the college’s Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR).  Travel and production were made possible by funding from the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, IGSOR and the Video Institute.

IGSOR promotes interest in the study and practice of religion within the Canisius College community and the wider community of Western New York.

The Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Canisius Welcomes Bentley Hart Tonight

Noted philosophical theologian to speak

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series presents David Bentley Hart, PhD, American Orthodox Christian philosophical theologian and cultural commentator, tonight, Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. His lecture is entitled “The Gospel According to Melpomene: Theology and Tragedy.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phillip Reed, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, at Ext. 2609 or click here.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, Religious Studies and Theology

COLI Faculty Meetup 

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity on Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty, rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns.  Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students?  What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome.  COLI will supply the refreshments.

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI

Phi Alpha Theta Welcomes Local History Expert

Dr. Caitlin Moriarty to Speak

Caitlin Moriarty, PhD, director of architectural history at Preservation Studios, will speak on “Buffalo History as Local History” in the Regis Room on Thursday, March 22 at 4:15 p.m.   Moriarty’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Canisius Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.  Moriarty graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in urban studies and has her doctorate in architecture (buildings-landscapes-cultures) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Moriarty moved to Buffalo in 2011 to pursue dissertation research about the relationship between commercial spaces and neighborhood identity within the dynamics of post-World War II urban change. Her approach to architectural history emphasizes the cultural and social meanings of the built environment. She views historic preservation as an avenue for encouraging others to discover the rich history of buildings, neighborhoods and cultural landscapes in which we all live. Moriarty is active in the women’s leadership initiative and marketing committee for Western New York’s Urban Land Institute satellite and is a board member of The Friends of the Buffalo Story, a nonprofit that facilitates place-based heritage programs in Buffalo.

Refreshments will be served following Moriarty’s talk.

Submitted by: Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD, professor, History

Norwex Open House

Learn how to clean without chemicals

The Environmental Studies Program is sponsoring a Norwex open house party Friday, March 23 from 1 ‒ 3:00 p.m. in OM 314. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Light refreshments and cookies will be served. Stop by anytime between 1 – 3 p.m.

Norwex is a company that created recycled, washable microfiber cloths that use only water to clean your house and cut down on waste involved in cleaning. Their products are not only great for the environment, but make housework a breeze!

Please join us to find out how to clean your house without using harsh chemicals that can harm you, your children, pets and the environment!

Norwex also has body wash cloths that have helped people with eczema and other skin or allergy related issues.  For more facts and information about these cloths, visit their website website here.

Place your order online here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

Women’s Lacrosse Returns Home

Team to Face Manhattan

Winners of two straight games, your Canisius women’s lacrosse team returns home this weekend to open conference play versus Manhattan. The two clubs face off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 on the Demske turf. The Griffs are 3-4, while the Jaspers are 3-5.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball Home Opener This Weekend

Griffs host three-game series with Fairfield

After playing its first 17 games on the road, your Canisius baseball team hosts a three-game series with Fairfield this weekend to open conference play.

Saturday’s doubleheader on March 24 starts at 2:20 pm, while Sunday’s single tilt on March 25 begins at noon. Canisius has won two of the previous five MAAC titles, while Fairfield won in 2016.

Canisius is the only MAAC team to finish the preseason portion of its schedule with a winning record, as the Griffs are 11-6 with wins over #24 North Carolina State, West Virginia of the Big 12 and the Big 10’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Fairfield was 4-11 prior to a game Tuesday at St. John’s.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

 

 

 

Campus Candid

Nearly 15 faculty members from the School of Education joined Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education, at BPS #66 North Park Academy on Friday, March 16 for “A Day in the Life of an Urban Student/Teacher/Administrator.” Faculty members shadowed teachers or students to further their knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of being an urban student, teacher or administrator. The event was hosted by the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College in conjunction with BPS #66 North Park Academy. Click the images below.

 

Patrick P. Lee HON ᾿99 Gives $2 Million to Canisius

Patrick P. Lee HON ᾿99 made a gift of $2 million to Canisius College to create the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center also received $2 million to support its Palliative and Supportive Care program. The gifts were made in memory of Lee’s late son, Patrick “Pat” Warn Lee.

“These gifts made in memory of my son, Pat, will allow Canisius and Roswell to have greater impact and will align with the Lee Foundation’s commitment to mental health and post-secondary education,” says Lee. “The scholarship fund at Canisius will provide academic opportunities for science and math students. The endowed chair at Roswell will expand the emotional and psychological supports for cancer patients and their families. My family and I are proud to have Pat’s legacy carried forward by these outstanding community institutions.”

At Canisius, the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program will support students studying in the areas of finance, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and physics. Two scholarship awards of $10,000 each will be awarded annually to freshmen with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to excel in one of the targeted majors.  Scholarships will be renewable over four years.

Also in the inaugural year of the program, eight junior and senior scholarship awards will support students in the targeted majors who are at risk of not completing their education at Canisius due to financial circumstances.  The program will provide $10,000 per student per academic year to relieve a portion of unmet financial need and reduce post-graduation debt. Students in their junior years of study may receive scholarships for a second year as long as they remain in good academic standing.

“Patrick Lee is a long-time benefactor and dear friend to Canisius College,” said President John J. Hurley.  “We are extremely grateful to Patrick for his continued commitment to the future of the college, and it is a privilege to honor the memory of his son in this way. The Lee Foundation Scholarship Program will be a key part of our strategy to recruit the best possible students to Canisius who can truly enhance the intellectual life of the campus,” added Hurley.

Lee has a long history of support for Canisius College. He has served in a variety of roles including the Board of Trustees (2000 – 2006) and as a member of the Board of Regents (1980 – 1986). The Patrick P. Lee Student Athletic Center on the Canisius campus was dedicated in 1998 in honor of Lee’s gift to the Imagine Canisius Campaign.

Read more here.

Subhead: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Higher Ed News, the weekly newsletter of the Association of Jesuit College’s and Universities (AJCU), featured two stories about Canisius in its March 16 issue.

An article by sports reporter Erik Brady ’76 in USA Today about the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s visit to campus, and President John Hurley quoted in Georgetown’s Future Ed blog about future models for higher education.

Read Higher Ed news here.

Regents Scholarship Ball is May 5

 

The Canisius College Board of Regents will host its 52nd annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 5 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.  Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m.  The event is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education.  Independent Health is the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Regents Scholarship Ball includes dinner and dancing to the sounds of Nik and the Nice Guys, as well as valuable prize packages, which are raffled off throughout the evening.

The Scholarship Ball also includes the presentation of the Canisius College Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Award.  The award recognizes an individual who has enriched the Western New York region through his or her civic, economic and/or cultural contributions.

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Award recipient is Candace S. Johnson, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Johnson is the center’s 15th president and CEO and the first female leader in its 120-year history.

She assumed the role in 2015 and has since re-energized Roswell Park.  Under Johnson’s strategic vision, the center has focused on bringing the very best physicians and scientists from around the world to Western New York.  Her leadership style, described as effective and results-oriented, is evident in the groundbreaking innovations and compassionate, patient-centered care delivered by the Roswell Park team.

Canisius College Board of Regents member Mary Perna Greenwald ’84, MBA ’96 and her husband, Tom Greenwald ’82, are co-chairs of the 52nd annual Regents Ball, tickets for which are now on sale:  Tables of 10 are available at the Magis Level for $5,500, the Ignatian Level for for $3,500, and the Griffin Level for $2,500.  Individual tickets are also available at the following prices: $550 (Magis), $350 (Ignatian) and $250 (Griffin).  Tables for young alumni (2008-2017) are available for $1,250.  Individual tickets for young alumni are $125.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit canisius.edu/RegentsBall or contact Courtney Sullivan, assistant director of advancement events, at 716-888-2710 or at sulli121@canisius.edu.                                                       

Submitted by: College Communications

Donor Profile

Elizabeth sees first-hand how important a Canisius education is to students.  She gives back so the opportunity of a transformative education is available to more students who might not otherwise be able to pursue their educations at Canisius.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

As assistant director of the Canisius Academic Talent Search Program and the After School Partners Program, I love the opportunity the position provides me to work with urban students in Buffalo Public Schools, who are low-income, first-generation students.

What motivated you to make your first gift?

My gift helps to provide services to those students who need it most. I feel blessed to be able to pay it forward!

Why is supporting students through the Canisius Fund important to you?

Supporting students through the Canisius Fund is important to me because of my personal commitment to help students be the best of their generation.

Why do you think it’s important for faculty and staff to support Canisius?

Supporting Canisius demonstrates commitment to the Jesuit mission and cura personalis.

What is your favorite campus event to attend each year?

I look forward each year to the Annual Black History Month event.

What is your fondest memory as a Canisius employee?

I love reaching out to the community and spreading the word about the quality of a Canisius College education.

How would you describe Canisius using only three words?

Academic excellence, always.

Fun Fact: Where is your favorite place to get chicken wings in Buffalo?

Buffalo Pizza

If you have not yet made a gift, please click here to join Elizabeth and nearly 220 of your colleagues who have. Once you log into the portal, it will take you directly to the faculty and staff giving page.

Submitted by Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Estanek Receives JASPA Scholarship Award

The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) honored Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor emerita of graduate education and leadership, with the 2018 JASPA Scholarship Award.  The award “recognizes distinguished contributions to scholarship and literature in the areas of Jesuit and Catholic student affairs work and higher education.” Estanek served as the lead editor and contributor to Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice, which was published in 2017.  Estanek also received this award in 2008 for her leadership in the creation of the Principles of Good Practice in Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities. Estanek retired as director of the master’s program in higher education and student affairs administration in December. She currently is chairing the college’s Jesuit Mission Examen self-study process.

Submitted by: College Communications

ALANA Achievement Award

ALANA Achievement Award

Deadline for submissions is March 24

The ALANA Achievement Award is a popular way to honor a graduating senior within the ALANA paradigm who exhibits the Jesuit value of magis. The senior selected to receive this award is given a Canisius College diploma frame during Honors Convocation.  “I am honored to be chairing this year’s ALANA Achievement Award Committee,” said H. David Sheets, PhD, director, Graduate Program in Data Analytics.

Please help to identify worthy candidates for this award.  To do so, review the award criteria/nomination form below.

ALANA_Achievement Award 2018 Nomination Form

Once you are confident the senior you have in mind matches the criteria for the award, submit the nomination form to me in the Physics Department in OM103 or send it via e-mail to sheets@canisius.edu.  Please Note that students are also allowed to self-nominate, or to nominate other students.  The deadline for nominations is Saturday March 24.

The nomination form may also be accessed at:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RUxxi0zS4ljbU3HE2UGM7iQEcAUwm_WK

“On behalf of the ALANA Achievement Award Committee, I thank you for your time and support,” added Sheets.

Submitted by: H. David Sheets, PhD, director, Graduate Program in Data Analytics

 

Enactus Video

The Canisius Enactus student group created a video to showcase their work in the community.

Enactus’ three main projects include Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase (or YES), REDI and Sew REDI.

Learn more about Enactus in the video here.

Submitted by: Mary Ellen Carver, executive associate, dean of the Wehle School of Business

EVENTS

EVENTS

Pool Update

Reopens tomorrow, March 20

The Koessler Athletic Center pool reopens for regular hours on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Hours of operation are: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Submitted by: Matthew Ferguson, equipment manager, Athletic Facilities

Video Institute Documentary Premiere

Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere its latest documentary on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. The event is free and open to the public with a question and answer session followed by refreshments.

“Jesuits in Latin America: Argentina,” produced by Nicholas Foraker ’18 and Justin Fague ’19, follows a group of Canisius students as it travels to Argentina with the college’s Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR).  Travel and production were made possible by funding from The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, IGSOR and the Video Institute.

IGSOR promotes interest in the study and practice of religion within the Canisius College community and the wider community of Western New York.

The Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Canisius Welcomes Bentley Hart

Noted philosophical theologian to speak

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series presents David Bentley Hart, PhD, American Orthodox Christian philosophical theologian and cultural commentator, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. His lecture is entitled “The Gospel According to Melpomene: Theology and Tragedy.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phillip Reed, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, at Ext. 2609 or click here.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, Religious Studies and Theology

 

 

 

Campus Candid

Physical and health education teacher education (PHETE) majors presented to Catholic Diocese K-8 physical education teachers on Thursday, March 8.  The presentation, entitled “Addressing Special Needs in Physical Education” provided useful strategies and interventions for physical educators to consider for a wide range of K-12 students.  Student presenters included Kate Boutet ᾿18, Matt Chase ᾿18, Melanie Linsmair ᾿19, Amber Schiele ᾿18 and Kaley Vazquez-Regan ᾿18. Several alumni were on hand including Nate Longbine ᾿17, Jon Fiegl ᾿07, Robert Duggan ᾿09, Brandon Bratek 16, and James Luppens ᾿16.  The experience provided PHETE majors and program faculty the opportunity to share new ideas with more than 15 physical education professionals from the Western New York area.  Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Physical and Health Education led the group of Canisius students.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

Canisius in the News

Business First and WKBW-TV announce Patrick Lee’s gift of $4 million to Canisius and Roswell. 

Read more here.

Watch the WKBW-TV story here.

Tara Cicatello ’13 is participating in the Iditarod.   She completed a year in JVC in Alaska and then stayed.

WIVB-TV reports about Tara Cicatello ’13 participating in the Iditarod. Watch it here.

Father Moleski is quoted in The Buffalo News regarding the history of Lent in an article about Lent and the fish fry tradition in Buffalo.

Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Avoid Email Phishing Scams

Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Online Learning (COLI) have some tips for avoiding email phishing scams. Periodically we all receive emails in our Canisius inboxes that look vaguely like they were sent by ITS, insisting we click links or reply promptly before our “accounts” are suspended. Or, people we don’t know tell us they’ve tagged us in a Facebook feed or sent us some sort of goods in the mail (with a link to click for details). These are phishing scams, designed to get us to reply or click a link in some way, and at some point, supply them with sensitive information that allows them to access our accounts or data.

Click here for a COLI Quick Tip video with advice for identifying and avoiding phishing scams.

Submitted by Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Aging Affinity Group

The Canisius community is invited to join the Aging Affinity Group to explore topics related to aging. The Aging Affinity Group may include but is not limited to those who engage in scholarship or service with older adults, are interested in reaching out to non-traditional students in lifelong learning opportunities, or personally face the aging of-loved ones. The Aging Affinity Group will be focused on social justice issues around inequities and challenges in aging from our community to our world.

Please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology, at Ext. 2513 with any questions.

Submitted by: Beth Gill, PhD, dean, Arts and Sciences

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National German Honor Society Announces Frühlingsfest

Come celebrate the beginning of spring

What better way to celebrate than Frühlingsfest, or “spring festival,” a tradition throughout Germany commemorating the beginning of spring. Canisius College’s chapter of the National German Honor Society will host its unique take on this celebration on Monday, March 19, 2018 from  6 – 8 p.m. in Grupp and Regis.

In cooperation with Chartwells, we will offer a variety of German foods with several vegan-friendly options. Best part of all, it’s FREE for the Canisius community!

In addition, alcoholic beverages including beer, will be available for purchase with valid ID.

There will be raffles and various activities as well! Try your hand at German trivia, unwind from a stressful day of classes with some bingo and have a good time and some great food.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Orgek at orgekc@canisius.edu, Bryce Tramuta at tramutab@canisius.edu or Nathan Baumgartner at baumgarn@canisius.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, instructor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Attention Administrative Associates

Learn Web Meetings and Conferences via Zoom

A few seats are still available in the next (and last) workshop exclusively for administrative associates on how to schedule and conduct web meetings and conferences. It will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  RSVP by emailing Mark Gallimore.

Meeting via the Internet is now popular across campus as more faculty and staff adopt web conferencing to save time and expense, and bring guests from around the world into classes.  In general, knowing how to schedule and manage web meetings is a valuable business skillset.

In this workshop, you will become familiar with Zoom, our web meeting and conference provider here at Canisius.  Learn how to schedule meetings, invite participants, and make subsequent changes to meeting plans when needed, even on short notice.  Plus, you will discover the various things you and your meeting participants can do, such as turn on and off webcams, present a slideshow, and ensure meetings run smoothly and professionally.

Web conferencing is useful across a wide variety of jobs, from day-to-day communications, to special projects, impromptu meetings to big events.  While the technology will likely evolve, most software for running web meetings is quite similar or will be in the future, so learning it now means learning new features or other applications will be easier.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

COLI Faculty Meetup

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

This spring, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity. The event is on Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But in courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty, rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns.  Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students?  What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome.  COLI will supply the refreshments.

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI

Are You Ready for Some Spring Cleaning?

Ditch the Chemicals in Your Life

The Environmental Studies Department is sponsoring a Norwex open house party on Friday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in OM314.  This event is free and open to the public.

Please join us to find out how to clean your house without using harsh chemicals that can harm you, your children and your pets!

Norwex is a company that created recycled, washable microfiber cloths that use only water to clean your house. This may sound crazy but these cloths have been tested to remove up to 99 percent of bacteria from any surface so that your home stays cleaner with fewer chemicals.

Norwex also has washcloths that have helped people with eczema and other skin related issues.

For more information about these cleaning materials, go to the Norwex website here.

Place your order online here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice & Environmental Studies

 

 

 

Campus Candid

Makerspace on campus is a place where students can create physical or digital items in common work spaces using shared resources and equipment. Makerspaces are meant to be a mechanism for encouraging students to explore and learn outside the classroom. Thanks to the generous support of Taheri and Todoro, P.C., the January Makerspace participants knitted and crocheted a warm and colorful scarf for the bronze griffin sculpture outside of Science Hall! Please stop by to admire their work and take a selfie or two. Use the hashtag #Makerspace@CanisiusCollege if you like.

The Makerspace event in January 2018 was sponsored by the Art History Program.

Stay tuned for future Makerspace events!

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

Canisius in the News

USA Today article by Brady ’76 chronicles alumna’s confrontation with Muhammad Ali during the boxer’s campus visit fifty years ago

USA Today sports writer Eric Brady ᾿76 wrote an article about the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s visit to Canisius. During Ali’s talk, the legendary boxer and Sharon Tolbert-Glover ᾿68, a history major and former nun, squared off in a fiery exchange.

Read more here.

Vescio outlines WBC’s expansion into Niagara County in an article in the Niagara Gazette

Sara Vescio, executive director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College, spoke with the Niagara Gazette about her efforts to bring the center’s programs to clients in Niagara County. Successful programs are now in place thanks to scholarship funds contributed by Yahoo and the Greater Lockport Development Corporation.

Read more here.

Hardwick weighs in with Spectrum News regarding President Trump’s comments during a rally that hints of a run for re-election 

In a story for Spectrum News, Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, said a rally for Rep. Rick Saccone, a Republican Congressional candidate from Western Pennsylvania, was perfectly timed for Trump to hint at a possible run for re-election in 2020.

Watch the story here.

Woodruff ’18 explains human interference in animal communication on WGRZ’s 2TheOutdoors

Mary Woodruff ᾿18, an animal behavior, ecology and conservation/psychology dual major, discussed how animals communicate (and it’s not always vocal) on WGRZ-TV Channel 2’s 2TheOutdoors program. She also elaborated on the many ways that humans interfere with animal communication, .

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Hockey Advances to Semi-Finals in Rochester

Your Golden Griffin hockey team defeated American International College two games to one this past weekend, holding the Yellow Jackets to only three goals in three games. As a result, the second seeded Griffs advance to Friday night’s semifinals against No.5 seed Air Force at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Game time will be approximately 7:45 p.m. Friday’s other semifinal pits No. 1 seed Mercyhurst versus No.7 Robert Morris. That game starts at 4:30 p.m., with the Canisius game to start one hour after the completion of game one.

Should Canisius win Friday night,tickets for Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game are $16 for adults, $12 for students and $6.75 for children ages 2-12.

They may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Ben Cerow, box office manager, at (585) 758-5382 or Josh Swan, assistant manager, at (585) 758-5384.

For additional information on Canisius hockey, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

MLK Award Winners

James Phillips, a security officer with the Department of Public Safety and Malik Stubbs ᾿18, a political science/urban studies dual major, are recipients of 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards from the college. Congratulations!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards recognize Canisius community members, students and non-students who demonstrate qualities promoting social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, advocacy for the poor or change through non-violence.

Honorees will be recognized during the Spring Honors Convocation.

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee of Distinction

As a reminder, all nominations for this month’s Employee of Distinction are due by Thursday, March 15. This program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for your co-workers and to recognize them for a job well done. The Employee of Distinction nomination form is located here.

To nominate a co-worker, explain why you think your 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. Upon supervisor approval, all nominations are reviewed by the college’s Employee Engagement Team, which will use the information provided in the application to make a fair and objective selection. Each month, the Employee of Distinction is featured in The Dome.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Responding to Acts of Violence

Acts of violence occur everywhere, every day.  Do you know what you would do if an act of violence occurred on our campus?  What is your plan?

As a reminder, all members of the campus community are invited to attend one of the upcoming informational sessions to learn how to develop a response to violence plan:

  • Today, Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in Grupp
  • Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Old Main 203

All of the trainings are conducted by Wil Johnson, director of public safety.

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

 

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