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Canisius To Host Veterans Day Events

The Canisius College Office of Veterans Services and Army ROTC invite the campus community to join in remembering the sacrifices of America’s 25 million veterans by participating in the following events to mark Veterans Day:

On Friday, November 11 at Noon, Canisius will hold a Veterans Day observance in front of Bagen Hall at the college’s Greatest Generation Memorial.  In addition to remarks by President John J. Hurley and Rev. John P. Bucki, S.J., director of campus ministry, the Canisius community will pay special respect to the more than 6,000 service members, who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, by conducting a reading of the names of those who died in these conflicts.   The roll call is expected to last more than six hours.  Anyone who is interested in being a reader is encouraged to contact Sarah McMahon (Army ROTC) at Ext. 3235 or Andrew Overfield (Veterans Services) at Ext. 8259.

As part of the National Roll Call, Canisius will also observe a “minute of silence” at 2 p.m. to honor the fallen.  Canisius is one of 177 schools nationwide, and the only school in Buffalo, to participate in the Roll Call.

President Hurley will cut the ribbon on the Canisius Veterans Lounge earlier in the day, to mark the official opening of the college’s Veterans Center on the first floor of Lyons Hall.  The Veterans Center will provide a lounge for veteran students to relax, study and socialize with other veteran students, and have access to the coordinator of both on- and off-campus support resources.  Watch Under the Dome for details of an upcoming open house for the campus community.

As a show of service and pride, all Canisius faculty and staff who are veterans are encouraged to wear their ribbons or medals on Veterans Day.  Medals tell a story of service, sacrifice, honor and accomplishment.  By wearing them on Veterans Day, Canisius veterans can tell their story to the entire college and help teach students the true meaning of citizenship and freedom.  For those who do not have their military decorations, yellow ribbons will be available at the Greatest Generation Memorial event. Canisius veterans can also contact Andrew Overfield at Ext. 8259 to arrange delivery prior to November 11.

On Saturday, November 12, those interested in learning more about leadership are encouraged to attend a discussion facilitated by LTC Brian Gibson entitled “A Time to Serve, a Time to Lead” at 8:30 a.m. in the Regis Room.  LTC Gibson is a U.S. Army Air Defense Officer, who is currently attending the prestigious US Army War College.

Submitted by:  Andrew Overfield, coordinator, veterans services

Canisius Awarded 10 AmeriCorps Opportunities For Students

The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services has been awarded 10 minimum-time AmeriCorps member positions with the 2011-2012 AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program.  This year was a very competitive year, as The Service Collaborative of Western New York received 30 percent more requests than they had available slots.

The ABLE program has partnered with Canisius to provide ten-week service opportunities for Canisius students in Lackawanna Middle and High Schools; Sweet Home Middle and High Schools; Tapestry Charter School; Tapestry Charter High School; The Nativity Miguel Schools (St. Monica’s and St. Augustine’s); St Joseph’s University School; and the Charter School for Applied Technologies.

ABLE allows for individuals to serve at a school focusing on the needs of students in K-12 grade.  Through this meaningful experience, individuals receive a living allowance of $440 bi-weekly and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,175 which can be applied to tuition or payment of student loans.  Members will commit to completing the service requirement of 300 hours of service (30-35 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks) in the spring semester, specific dates to be determined in collaboration with the school partners.

Interested Canisius College students should send a resume and general cover letter to Elizabeth C. Brandjes, director of educational partnerships, at by November 30 for consideration.  Click here (Adobe Acrobat PDF) for more information.

Submitted by:  Elizabeth Brandjes, director, educational partnerships

Upcoming ArtsCanisius Musical Performances

The student/faculty recital is Sunday (November 13) at 2:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel and includes vocal and instrumental performances by Canisius College students and faculty members.  The program includes performances by the Canisius College Brass Quintet, vocal, string and woodwind performances by students including music majors, and closes with a performance by the Canisius Drum Club.

A Meet-the-Faculty recital will be Monday (November 14) at noon in the Montante Cultural Center.  The program features flute and harp faculty members Betsy Reeds and Suzanne Thomas performing works by Ibert, Persichetti, Andres and Schocker.

Both events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius

Chorale To Perform At St. Louis Church Monday (November 14)

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2011-2012 “Sacred Spaces” concert series with a performance on Monday (November 14) at 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis Church, Main and Edward Streets in downtown Buffalo.  The event is free and open to the public, and will feature works of Mendelssohn, Lotti, Lauridsen, Bernstein, Dawson and others.

Submitted by:  Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Discounted Bills Tickets

The Buffalo Bills extend to all Canisius faculty and staff a discount on tickets to the three remaining home games.  Click here (Adobe Acrobat PDF) for more information.

Submitted by:  Kathy Kelly, administrative associate, human resources