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DATE CHANGE: Hill Harper To Speak At Black History Month Celebration

Hill Harper, actor, bestselling author and philanthropist, will speak at 12:45 p.m. at the Canisius College presentation of “We Can’t Wait,” an education, economic and health Ehmpowerment summit on Thursday, February 16 from 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The event takes place at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road in Williamsville.  Sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search program, the event is free and open to the public.

Harper is the author of three New York Times bestsellers and currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes.  For more information, click here.

Submitted by:  Office of Public Relations

Health Assessment Deadline Approaches

For those who have not done so, all Canisius employees are encouraged to complete the heath assessment questionnaire.  Participation in previous health initiatives is NOT required.  The confidential assessment provides information that will help Independent Health identify programs that best meet the health needs of the college community.  Please note that the college never receives individual health information.

The wellness initiative is important to everyone.  This is evidenced by the generosity of campus individuals and Independent Health.  Everyone completing a health assessment will be eligible to enter three drawings: four tickets to the Sabres vs Montreal on February 17; five personal training sessions with Chuck Pelitera, assistant professor of physical education, health and sport study; or ride time on the Department of Public Safety’s Segway. (The winner will not be required to patrol the campus).  To be eligible for the drawing, please complete the health assessment by February 14, 2012.

In addition to the prizes listed above, the Department of Athletics has generously offered a gift four free tickets to the Canisius Men’s Hockey Game (Canisius vs Mercyhurst) on Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo State Sports Arena OR four free tickets to the Canisius Women’s Basketball final game (Canisius vs Siena) on Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center for anyone who completes the health assessment questionnaire.  Tickets for the hockey game may be picked up at the ticket table with a Canisius ID card; tickets to the women’s basketball game may be picked up at the Will Call Window with a Canisius ID card.

For those who are Independent Health participants, please click here for instructions on the assessment. The link to the website is listed below the instructions.  Paper copies are available from the Office of Human Resources, which can be sent directly to the Wellness Department at Independent Health.

Thank you for support of this initiative… benefits all of us.

Submitted by:  Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Scream For Ice Cream Saturday (February 11)

Alshwan Hymes

Saturday (February 11) is the big day with free Anderson’s ice cream following the Golden Griffins basketball game versus MAAC rival Siena.  Game time at the Koessler Athletic Center is 2 pm.  Arrive early and catch the senior ceremonies for the cheer and dance teams, watch P.I.P. perform their tremendous dribbling routine at halftime.

Tickets may be purchased at a significant discount with your AAA card.  Lots of fun and entertainment for everyone.  Call Ext. 2885 for more information.

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

CTE Sponsors Teaching Teas: Engaging Students

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will continue to sponsor the “Teaching Teas” this semester.  These informal, open discussions are opportunities for faculty and staff to share ideas for engaging students in courses.

The “Teaching Teas” will be held in the Faculty Dining Room on the following dates and times:

Mondays from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – March 5 and April 16
Tuesdays from 2 – 3 p.m. – February 28, March 27 and May 1

Contact the CTE for further information at Ext. 3720 or

Submitted by:  Pat Coward, PhD, director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Arts Promotion Club Holds Recital

The Canisius College Arts Promotion Club presents a recital Sunday (February 12) at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The recital features solos, duets and ensemble performances by members of the Arts Promotion Club.   Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students. Proceeds benefit the Hamlin Park Elementary music program. For more information, call the music office at Ext. 2536.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius