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Canisius Care Open Enrollment Deadline December 9

Just a reminder that open enrollment for Canisius Care ends December 9.  Anyone wishing to enroll for 2012 must complete an enrollment form and return the form to Human Resources.  Enrollment forms can be found here or in the Human Resources Office.

Current participants in the plan should not discard their PowerPay card from Independent Health.  The card will be reloaded at the end of 2011 with the amount elected for 2012.  An enrollment form must be completed.  Those who do not wish to re-enroll should Email Dawn Rotterman at stating their intentions for 2012.

Questions regarding Canisius Care Flexible Spending Accounts should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at Ext, 3151 or via Email at

Submitted by:  Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day December 4

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Canisius College Athletics will host its annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day on Sunday, December 4 when the Griffs host a college basketball doubleheader at the Koessler Athletic Center.  All faculty and staff will receive two free tickets with a copy of a voucher that was sent to all employees last week.  Those who did not receive a voucher and want to attend should Email Katie Kapanek at

The Canisius women begin the day’s activities with a 2:45 p.m. contest versus the Red Raiders of Colgate.  At 5 p.m., the Canisius men host one of the MAAC’s top teams, Fairfield University.  The game is the first of six WYRK Golden Griffin Fan Slam events and two faculty/staff members will receive $50 dinner certificates from Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.

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

Chamber Orchestra Concert Sunday (December 4)

The Canisius College Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ansgarius Aylward, performs Sunday (December 4) at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The program features the music of Handel, Piazzolla, Britten, Copland and a movement of JS Bach’s E Major Violin Concerto No. 2 featuring Nicholas Baldauf as soloist.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius;

First Year Students Host Visit From Hamlin Park Students

Students in grades 7 and 8 from Hamlin Park Elementary School visited the college on Tuesday, November 22 to tour the Canisius campus and to have lunch in the cafeteria.  Their visit was part of a community-based learning experience for Canisius students enrolled in FYS 101: Freshman Year Seminar, Exploration of Academic Writing: Teaching for Equity and Social Justice taught by Karen Dutt-Doner, PhD.  Through their visit to campus, the Hamlin Park students were able to gain a better understanding of the college environment as the FYS students experience it.

A student from Hamlin Park Elementary School (left) enjoys lunch with two Canisius students from FYS101.

Canisius students in FYS 101 partnered with two teachers at Hamlin Park Elementary School to support classroom learning.  Students evaluated their own experiences and the community service experience against the writing of authors related to issues such as diversity, race, socio-economic status, culture, and gender and the social justice movement that promotes educational and socio-economic equity for all learners in all educational settings.

This experience was facilitated and supported by Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, community-based learning; Elizabeth Brandjes, director, educational partnerships; and Karen Dutt-Doner, PhD, professor of education, School of Education & Human Services.

Submitted by:  Elizabeth Brandjes, director, educational partnerships