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Institute for Autism Research Launches Webpage

Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) invite everyone to visit the newly launched Canisius IAR webpage.  The webpage describes the work of the research team, ongoing projects and studies, participant recruitment, clinical and community programs, and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  Also featured are upcoming events including a Canisius College visit and lecture from Temple Grandin, PhD on Wednesday April 20, 2011.

Please take a minute to visit the webpage and forward the link to others who might be interested in the work of the IAR research team –

Special thanks to Chuck Pustelnik for his work developing the IAR webpage and to the Canisius College administration and faculty for their support of the IAR.

Submitted by:  Christopher Lopata, PhD, co-director, Institute for Autism Research

Pink Zone Highlights Women’s Basketball Weekend

The annual Pink Zone game highlights a busy weekend of action for the Golden Griffin women’s basketball squad.

Canisius hosts Iona Friday (February 18) at 7 p.m. and then meets Rider at 2 p.m. on Sunday (February 20).  Iona currently resides one game ahead of the Griffs in the MAAC standings, while Rider is one game behind.

Friday’s game is Pink Zone presented by WNY Breast Health.  The first 150 women in attendance will receive a complimentary pink, knit cap made by New Era.  The Canisius women will wear pink shoelaces and a pink sneaker will be passed through the audience to collect money to battle breast cancer.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink, along with their blue and gold.

For more information go to or call the ticket office at Ext. 2885.

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

R.A.I.N. Training

Gary Everett, director of public safety, will conduct R.A.I.N.(Respond, Assess, Isolate, Notify) training for all interested faculty and staff.  The dates, times and locations are:

Thursday, February 24, 10 – 11 a.m. in Regis North
Tuesday, March 15, 2 – 3 p.m. in KAC Room G21
Tuesday, April 19, 2 – 3 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room.

To reserve a seat, contact Kathy Kelly at Ext. 2240 or

Submitted by:  Kathy Kelly, administrative associate, human resources

Composer-in-Residence Lecture Today (February 17)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Canisius College Composer-in-Residence Persis Parshall Vehar will present a lecture entitled “Musical Aspects of Love” today (February 17) 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  This lecture will include various kinds of love that inspire composers.  Vehar will illustrate the different types by playing her own music based on love.  She will also talk about the initial emotional spark behind the work and how the music is developed from it.  Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius

Spring Mission SoftChalk Sessions Begin March 6

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that SoftChalk is finally at Canisius College.  SoftChalk creates interactive, professional looking webpages for E-learning courses quickly and easily.  It is an ideal tool for those who use ANGEL in any capacity.

Softchalk helps faculty to easily engage their students through the creation of interactive content including games, quiz questions and pop-up text annotations.  Specialized training sessions will be held beginning March 6 with a three-week “Mission Softchalk” seminar for all levels of users ranging from beginners to advanced users.

Softchalk is available to all faculty and staff. For information about Softchalk and the Spring training session that starts March 6, click here.

Submitted by:  Leah MacVie, instructional designer, ITS