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Suicide Prevention Training To Respond To Distressed Students

The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for the Canisius College community on Wednesday (February 9) from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Regis South.  Students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to participate in a 90 minute suicide prevention training program QPR, the CPR for suicide prevention.  QPR stands for Question… the student about suicide, Persuade…the student to get help, and Refer…the student for help.

Please call the Counseling Center to reserve a seat as space is limited.  To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by:  Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

From Death Row To Freedom Lecture

All are invited to attend a lecture by death row exoneree Juan Melendez of Witness to Innocence on Wednesday (February 9) at 7 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Melendez will share his story of serving nearly 18 years on death row in Florida for a crime he did not commit, then host a question and answer session.  Through Melendez’s story, attendees will hopefully emphasize with the humanity embodied in all, and thus for people to become more compassionate.  He will present an alternative viewpoint to the death penalty and the perhaps unknown reality of our justice system.

This event is being made possible by collaboration between students, faculty and staff, in order to make a firm statement that social justice is an issue that the Canisius College campus not only cares about, but is dedicated to.  Emma Fabian ‘10 is currently serving a year as a Jesuit Volunteer with Witness to Innocence (WTI), the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.

This event is sponsored by Witness to Innocence, JUSTICE, Justice in Action, the Office of Campus Ministry, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Sociology and the Canisius College Chapter of Amnesty International.  For more information, contact TJ Rogers at

Submitted by:  Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, campus ministry

Synchro Hosts Penn State Sunday

The Canisius College synchronized swim team hosts its only regular season meet of the season this Sunday when Penn State visits the Koessler Athletic Center pool for an 11 a.m. dual meet.  There is no admission charge to watch the Golden Griffins, who field one of the top varsity programs in the country.

Sunday’s meet is a prelude to the Collegiate Nationals, which Canisius will host in mid-March at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center.  Tickets for that meet, which will feature Ohio State and Stanford, are available at  The meet is expected to sell out well in advance.

The synchro team won its initial competition of the season last weekend at Lindenwood (Mo.).  For additional information, go to

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Spring 2011 Instructional Design Initiatives Scheduled

The Spring 2011 Instructional Design initiatives have just been announced.  These include such projects as Mission Softchalk, laptop seminars, the Digital Mind Quest, Online Course Development workshops and more.  All faculty and staff to participate in these events and utilize these resources. To learn more, download this document (Adobe Acrobat PDF).

Submitted by:  Leah MacVie, instructional designer, ITS

Sixth Annual Digital Day February 11

On Friday, February 11, Canisius College will hold its sixth annual Digital Day, an afternoon devoted to looking at teaching technology and finding new ways to bring technology into the classroom to enhance and enrich the teaching and learning process.  Educators from across the region are welcome to attend.

Please click here to access the web page on the conference, which includes a schedule of presenters, a list of demonstrations and posters, parking and location information, and a registration page.  There is no charge to attend this year’s conference.

Submitted by:  Patricia Coward, director, Center for Teaching Excellence