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Help Spread The Word To End The “R” Word

On Thursday, March 3 from 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the lower lobby on the first floor of Old Main, candidates in the special education program at Canisius College will be joined be members of People, Inc.’s YALT group (Young Adults Living in Transition) to ask members of the Canisius College community to pledge their support not to use the “R” word.  The word “retard(ed)” hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, and their families and friends.

All Canisius faculty, staff and students are invited to take the following pledge: “I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”  Thank you for your support.

Submitted by:  Marya Grande, PhD, associate professor, education

Immersion Course In Chinese Philosophy

All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend information sessions for an upcoming immersion course in Chinese philosophy.

The course will teach students about Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism in China, and students will visit temples and meet monks and priests of the different religions.  The immersion course counts as a Fall 2010 registered course (PHI 317) and the trip will be held in late May and June of this year with stops to Xiamen and Beijing.

Information sessions are tomorrow (February 24) from 10 a.m. – noon in the Library Conference Room, Friday (February 25) from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, and Tuesday (March 1) from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Churchill Tower 205.

The immersion course is sponsored by the Institute for the Global Study of Religion at Canisius College.

Submitted by:  Michael Forest, PhD, associate professor, philosophy

Women’s Basketball Hosts Niagara Tomorrow (February 24)

Micayla Drysdale

The Canisius College women’s basketball team hosts its final home game of the season tomorrow (February 24) at 7 p.m. when the Niagara Purple Eagles visit the Koessler Athletic Center.  It’s “Pack the House” and “Athletes for Athletes Night” with a special halftime ceremony scheduled to honor the MAAC regular season women’s soccer team.  Faculty and staff are admitted free with their Canisius ID.

Tomorrow’s game will be the final home appearance for seniors Caitlin Krull ‘11, Micayla Drysdale ‘11 and Tauralee Tenn ‘11.  They will be honored prior to tip-off.  The game also marks the final winter event in The Battle of the Bridge competition.  Niagara currently leads 12-11 with Thursday night’s game worth two points.  The competition concludes in the spring with points awarded in softball, baseball, golf and women’s lacrosse.

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

Canisius College Chorale To Visit All Saints Church

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2010-2011 “Sacred Spaces” concert series with a performance on Monday (February 28) at 7:30 p.m. in All Saints Church, Esser Avenue at Henrietta Street, Buffalo.  The Chorale’s appearance celebrates the centennial of the founding of All Saints’ Church.

The program will feature works of Mendelssohn, Lotti, Lauridsen, Bernstein, Dawson and others. Admission is free.

“Sacred Spaces” stems from an idea the choir proposed six years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches.  As a result, the choir has visited nearly thirty houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Submitted by:  Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Memorial Mass For Mel Schroeder April 30

An on-campus memorial mass for Mel Schroeder, associate professor of English, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  All are welcome to join his family and friends in a celebration of his life and his 48 years of service to the Canisius community.

Submitted by:  Rev. John Bucki, S.J., director, campus ministry