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Temple Grandin Lecture Tomorrow (April 20)

World-renowned animal behavior scientist, autism advocate and author, Temple Grandin, PhD will speak at the Montante Cultural Center tomorrow (April 20) at 8 p.m.  Her lecture, entitled “Animal Behavior, Autism and Sensory Based Thinking,” is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  This lecture is presented by the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations, the Institute for Autism Research and the Fitzpatrick Institute for Public Affairs and Leadership.

For more information about this lecture, click here.

Submitted by:  Lainey Pate, assistant director events and stewardship, institutional advancement

Update On Federal, State Budget Actions Affecting Higher Education

The legislative budget actions in Washington and Albany will have an impact on colleges and universities.  While the New York State budget is in place through March 2012, final action for the federal fiscal year 2011 that began on October 1, 2010 was just completed last week, and work is underway for the 2012 budget year that will begin next October.

Federal Budget
The prolonged battle to conclude the 2011 budget, a process begun in February 2010, finally ended on April 14 after down-to-the-wire votes.

Congress approved a budget that maintains the maximum Pell award at $5,550 for now, although the year-round Pell option, which offered the opportunity for Pell awards for summer attendance, was eliminated. Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) were preserved in the completed budget with a small cut. Approximately one-third of Canisius’ undergraduates (1,044) currently receive Pell grants. Nearly one in six also received SEOG awards this year.

Work on the 2012 federal fiscal year also began in earnest last week with the House’s approval of a budget plan. The House version of the 2012 budget could reduce the maximum Pell grant by up to $550 annually. Democratic leadership in the House has offered an alternative 2012 budget that would maintain the $5,550 annual maximum Pell award. The House’s 2012 budget vote is just one step on the road that will lead to specific appropriations for next year. Final action is months away.

State Budget
Although Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators wrestled with a $10 billion gap in the 2011 budget, student financial aid was not generally affected. In fact, the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award was restored to $5,000 annually, after having been cut by $87 last year. While other minor changes in TAP were implemented in the budget, cuts in higher education funding were made mainly to direct funding for colleges and universities. A 10 percent cut in Bundy direct institutional aid to independent colleges and universities will mean a $40,000 cut to Canisius during the next year. Major operational cuts of approximately ten percent were made to the SUNY and CUNY budgets.

Submitted by:  Ken Kruly, director, government relations

Softball Hosts UB Today (April 19), Baseball Hosts Youngstown Tomorrow (April 20)

Paige Freiburger

The Golden Griffin softball team hosts the University at Buffalo today (April 19) at 5 p.m. in the Demske Sports Complex.  The game is a rescheduled contest from one that was not played in late March due to inclement weather and temperatures.

Tomorrow (April 20), the Canisius baseball team concludes its week-long homestand with a doubleheader against Youngstown State at 3 p.m. on the Demske Sports Complex diamond.  The baseball Griffs will be on the road for nearly a month after Wednesday’s twin bill with stops at Manhattan, St. Bonaventure, Rider, LeMoyne and Siena for a total of 12 games before coming home the weekend after finals to meet Fairfield.

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

What To Do With Unused Medications

The Office of Human Resources reminds Canisius faculty and staff that the Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring its second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day on Saturday, April 30.  There are nearly 20 sites throughout Western New York that will be accepting unused and unneeded prescription drugs.  To find the nearest drop-off location, click here.  It is widely known that unused medications in households are contributing to growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans.

Submitted by:  Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Fourth Annual Ignatian Scholarship Day A Success

Russell Algera ‘12 (above, left) explains his poster presentation entitled “Chiral Silyl-Allenes as Substrates for Cyclopropanation: a Means to Two-Fold Stereospecificity” to attendees of the fourth annual Ignatian Scholarship Day on Friday (April 15). The annual event was held at various locations on campus and culminated with a concert by the Canisius Chorale in the Montante Cultural Center.

Evan Morgan ‘13 talks about WNY Sibshop at Canisius College in his poster presentation.

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