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Get Fit For Spring With “Healthy Weight Healthy Me”

After reviewing the results of the Readiness to Change survey, Canisius and Independent Health are excited to present the “Healthy Weight Healthy Me” program.  This eight week program is a self-driven program, designed to give Canisius faculty and staff the accountability and resources needed to successfully achieve a healthy weight. Throughout the program, participants will learn to incorporate specific strategies to create positive lifestyle changes.

Participating in the program is easy.  The first step is attending the initial individual consultation to receive a Healthy Weight Healthy Me Kit and be weighed to obtain initial numbers.  A representative from Independent Health will be on campus Tuesday (February 28) and Wednesday (February 29) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge for these 10-15 minutes consultations.

To ensure that Independent Health brings enough kits, please contact Dawn Rotterman at Ext. 3151 or Email to participate.  Employees do not need to sign up to participate in the program.  Appointments are not needed for the initial consultations.

After registering with Independent Health, participants will receive weekly Emails with tips to help everyone stay motivated.  A representative from Independent Health will return within four weeks to weigh participants and review progress, and again at eight weeks for a final weigh.  And, everyone completing the program will be entered into a drawing for some fabulous prizes!

Please note that the college never receives individual health information.

Submitted by:  Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources

Future of Zoos Symposium Grabs National Media Attention

Experts say Zoos Could Have Woolly Mammoths, DoDo Birds

Woolly Mammoth

The “Future of Zoos” symposium held at Canisius last week garnered national and international media attention.  More than 50 media outlets picked up the story, including, the Wall Street Journal/,,,,,,, and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums/  The event was co-hosted by the college’s Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR) and the Buffalo Zoo.

Professor of animal behavior Michael Noonan, PhD, invited 21 experts including zoo directors, animal behavior experts, conservationists and world-renowned zoo architecture visionaries, to tackle the question of how zoos will look 50 and even 100 years from now.

One of the many topics discussed was the idea that rapidly growing technological advances will play a key role in the future of zoos.  “Computer ‘wetware’ and robotics will likely be part of zoos of the future,” said Noonan.  Jeffrey Yule, PhD, coordinator of the Environmental Science Program at Louisiana Tech University, discussed the possibility that species that are currently extinct could have representatives in zoos if we are able to clone them from existing tissue samples.

The notion that zoos of the future may include DoDo Birds and Woolly Mammoths got people tweeting.  Tweets from the Science Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery News, Earth News and Fox News SciTech reached a potential 700,000 followers.

“Our future zoos will have an ever-increasing role in conveying respect for nature, the promotion of human-animal connectedness and the animal welfare implications that follow,” said Noonan. “The fact that the topics of animal welfare, education and conservation permeated the symposium, speaks well to where we now are as a species.  It reflects well on our humanity.”

Future Zoos to Have Woolly Mammoths and Tiger Robots –

Submitted by:  Office of Public Relations

Employees Receive Discount For Buffalo Home, Garden Show

All Canisius College employees, families and friends have been offered a 50 percent discount on tickets for the Buffalo Home & Garden Show at the Buffalo Convention Center March 9-11 & 16-18.  To order tickets, click here and use CANISIUS as the code.

More information can be found here (Adobe Acrobat PDF).

Submitted by:  Kathy Kelly, administrative associate, human resources

Play4Kay Night Highlights Final Weekend

The Canisius women’s basketball team plays its final games of the regular season this weekend in the Koessler Athletic Center.  On Friday (February 24), the Griffs meet Manhattan at 7 p.m.  On Sunday (February 26), recent Canisius Hall of Fame inductee Gina Castelli and her Siena Saints come for a game at 2 p.m.

Jenn Morabito

Friday is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness night.  Originally branded as a Pink Zone event, it has been changed in honor of legendary coach Kay Yow to “Play for Kay.”  For additional info on the initiative, click here (  Donations will be accepted at the game and the first 150 women in attendance will receive a complimentary pink cap, courtesy of New Era.

Senior day festivities will not be held Sunday because coach Terry Zeh has no seniors on his Golden Griffin roster.  However, the bookstore is sponsoring Fan Appreciation Day with plenty of prizes available throughout the game.

For additional information, visit

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

Chorale Performs At St. Margaret’s Church

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2011-2012 Sacred Spaces Concert Series with a performance on Monday (February 27) at 7:30 p.m. in St. Margaret’s Church, 1395 Hertel Avenue.

The program, which will feature works of Mendelssohn, Lotti, Lauridsen, Bernstein, Dawson and others, is free and open to the public.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed six years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our region’s present and former churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 30 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Submitted by:  Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts