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Kimberly A. Leavitt-Noble, PhD Passes Away

Kimberly A. Leavitt-Noble, PhD with her husband Matt

Canisius College lost a dear colleague on February 12. Kimberly A. Leavitt-Noble, PhD, assistant professor of education, passed away following her battle with cancer. She was 40 years old.

Leavitt-Noble joined the Education Department in 2004 and quickly became a valued educator and colleague. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, and used technology and student book clubs to further engage her students. Leavitt-Noble played an important role in the school’s NCATE accreditation, and took care to design her teaching load around the needs of the department. As coordinator of the Graduate Special Education Program, Leavitt-Noble refined the program to meet the needs of students, as well as the special education community. Her affiliation with the non-profit organization Access Buffalo helped the agency to promote accessibility for individuals with disabilities. She even piloted its community projects in her graduate classes.

Leavitt-Noble earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Buffalo State College. She held a doctorate degree in special education from the University at Buffalo.

A wake for Dr. Kimberly Leavitt-Noble will be held on Wednesday, February 15, from 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, February 16, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 5453 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. Funeral services will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3487 North Boston Road, in Eden, NY.

Leavitt-Noble leaves behind her husband, Matt, and many family members.

Submitted by: Office of Public Relations

Third Candidate For VP Of Academic Affairs On Campus Tomorrow (February 15)

The final candidate for the open vice president for academic affairs position will visit the Canisius College campus tomorrow (February 15).

Matthew Poslusny, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Widener University, will be on campus on tomorrow (February 15).  There will be two opportunities for the campus community to engage in conversation with Poslusny.  The first opportunity will be tomorrow (February 15) from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center where he will be introduced and available to answer questions from the campus community in an open forum.  The second forum will be held tomorrow (February 15) from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Regis North where Poslusny will speak more directly about faculty matters with faculty members.  Both forums are open to the campus community.

A link to the evaluation survey is found in Angel where the candidate resumes and schedules are posted.

Submitted by: Maryann Wayne, executive associate, vice president, business & finance on behalf of Mariusz Kozik, PhD and Patrick Richey, co-chairs, VPAA search committee

Exercise, Brain Injury Lecture Kicks Off Kinesiology Seminar Series

A seminar entitled “Using Exercise as a Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome” by Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, ATC, assistant professor of kinesiology, will begin the Department of Kinesiology’s Spring 2012 seminar series on Thursday (February 16) at 4 p.m. in G21 Koessler Athletic Center.  The seminar series is free and open to all who wish to attend.

Seminar Abstract:
Brain injury and the resulting disability is a major public health concern, with 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries reported each year in the United States. One of the most common brain injury diagnoses is that of a concussion.  Symptoms from concussion typically resolve within seven to 10 days; however, up to 33 percent of persons with a concussion will be diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS).  Exercise may have a therapeutic benefit to those experiencing PCS.  There is evidence that a structured aerobic exercise program may reduce the occurrence and frequency of symptoms related to PCS and that this program will alter the physiologic response to exercise of individuals with PCS such that they can exercise to volitional fatigue without symptom exacerbation.

Additional seminars will include “Can Surfing Affect the Social Skills of Students with Autism?” by Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology on March 22, and “Professional Options Available as a Health/Wellness Professional” by Mr. Chuck Pelitera, MS, CSCS on April 19.

Submitted by:  Karl Kozlowski, PhD, ATC, assistant professor, kinesiology

Six Sigma White Belt Workshop

The Center for Professional Development will offer a free one day workshop for any staff or faculty interested in Six Sigma White Belt training on Friday (February 17) from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact Amy Diati at Ext. 8490 or to register.

Submitted by:  Stephanie Cattarin, executive director, Center for Professional Development

Griffs Hockey Hosts Niagara On Valentine’s Day

Dan Morrison

The Canisius hockey team hosts Niagara tonight (February 14) at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in a Valentine’s Day special.  A free rose will be given to the first 25 couples in attendance.  The Griffs and Eagles tied in their first encounter this season, and the two teams conclude their regular season series on Thursday (February 16) at Niagara.

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