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Brand Agency Presentations Tuesday & Wednesday

Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback in the selection of a brand agency for the college. This work is the next step that follows the market research completed earlier this year by Simpson Scarborough. In addition to Ologie, which presented last Tuesday (October 25), two other national agencies will present this week.

Mindpower, from Atlanta, will present Tuesday (November 1) at 2:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

160over90, from Philadelphia, will present Wednesday (November 2) in the Regis Room, also at 2:00 p.m.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend these presentations. There will be opportunities to participate in a question and answer session following the formal presentations. Refreshments will be provided.

One of these agencies will be selected to partner with Canisius to aid in the development of a brand marketing plan designed to enhance and extend the visibility and reputation of the college. This work, which is part of the college’s strategic plan, is intended to help Canisius better define and manage our reputation, further differentiate the college from various competitors, and to support, among other priorities, our enrollment and fundraising efforts. The results of this work will begin to be incorporated into our marketing and communications next summer.

Submitted by: Robert Hill, director, marketing

Dramatic Recital Tells Story of Great Irish Famine

Canisius presents Hunger: A Dramatic Recital on Tuesday (November 1) at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Hunger tells the story of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1850) through the voices of those who experienced it. With songs and poems, speeches and oral memories, the piece immerses the audience in the unspeakable landscape of this historic catastrophe. Hunger is devised and directed by Eamon Grennan, and performed by Tegolin Knowland and Seán Coyne.

For more information, contact Mick Cochrane, PhD at Ext. 2662.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Visit African Wildlife on Campus

The Canisius College Zoo Biology Program announces the opening of its eighth mini-zoo, “Safari Canisius: a celebration of African wildlife.” Located in Room 102 of the college’s Health Science Building, Safari Canisius is free and open to the public. It runs Monday through Friday, November 7 – November 18, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Naturalistic exhibits constructed by Canisius College students display nine species on loan from The Buffalo Zoo, including the black and white ruffled lemur, serval, African crested porcupine, rock hyrax, ring-necked dove, African cichlid fish, pancake tortoise, sand boa and the Egyptian spiny-tailed lizard. Their habitats were designed by students in the Canisius College Zoo Biology Program, under the guidance of Susan Margulis, PhD, assistant professor of biology and animal behavior, ecology, and conservation; Gerry Aquilina, curator at The Buffalo Zoo and Frank Ferrelli, carpenter for Commercial Service Construction.

The mini-zoo group project began in September. Students studied the principles of exhibitry and husbandry in class, at The Buffalo Zoo, and at several out-of-town zoos, which they traveled to throughout the semester. Based on their studies, students then converted a first-floor storage room and adjoining plant-growth room into a simulated African habitat, including grasslands, lakes and a tropical rainforest. Click here for the live webcam of Safari Canisius.

For more information about “Safari Canisius,” contact the Office of Public Relations at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Honorary Degrees, Commencement Speakers Announced

From John J. Hurley, president

I am happy to report that the Board of Trustees approved resolutions at a meeting last week that will bring an inspiring array of commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients to the May 2012 Canisius College Commencement Exercises.

Sr. Margaret “Peggy” O’Neill, S.C., peace activist and founder of Centro Arte para la Paz in Suchitoto, El Salvador, will serve as the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker and receive an honorary degree. She has been a gracious and inspirational host to our students and staff who have participated in the Campus Ministry service immersion trip to El Salvador. Her compassion is matched equally by her energy, as she works to bring peace, justice, and education through the arts to the impoverished people in her region.

For the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Donald K. Boswell, president and CEO of WNED-Buffalo, will serve as the keynote speaker and receive an honorary degree. He is responsible for bringing dynamic programming to our region’s public broadcasting station and making it one of the nation’s best. His leadership in Buffalo is broadly felt.

Canisius will also take pride in conferring honorary degrees upon:

  • Peter C. and Joan K. Andrews, long-friends of Canisius College and patrons of the arts and education. Both are retired journalists for the Buffalo Courier Express, for which Peter was the former Washington Bureau Chief. Joan is a past member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.
  • Robert T. Brady, chairman and CEO of Moog Inc., which is headquartered in East Aurora and one of the world’s leading designers of precision motion control products and systems. Brady is among the most respected leaders in his industry.
  • Brian Concannon, Jr., director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, which he founded to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for democracy, justice and human rights, and legal support.
  • Rick Jeanneret, broadcaster for the Buffalo Sabres, whose unmistakable voice and charisma are legendary in the NHL and the pride of Buffalo hockey fans.

Leadership, service, and integrity are at the core of their accomplishments in the world and premier examples for our graduates. I am certain that they will enrich our commencement celebrations.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president