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Canisius Wins NACA “Best Campus Tradition” Video Competition

A video of the annual Canisius bonfire is the winner of the second annual Your Best Campus Tradition™ video competition sponsored by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). The video was produced by the Office of Campus Programming & Leadership Development on behalf of the Spirit Committee and created by the Media Center.

Canisius won in Category 2 and was competing against videos from the University of Alabama-Hunstsville and Berry College. Only NACA members were able to vote for their favorite.

The prize for winning includes up to three complimentary registrations to the 2013 NACA National Convention where Canisius will present an educational session about the annual Bonfire. Canisius will also write an article for the Campus Activities Programming magazine and get $1000 to use for next year’s Bonfire.

Submitted by: Katie Martoche, assistant director CPLD,

Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Binghamton, Vanderbilt

The MAAC Champion women’s lacrosse team hosts a pair of non-conference tilts this weekend.  The Griffs meet Binghamton today (March 9) at 4 p.m. and then host Vanderbilt at Noon on Sunday (March 11).  Canisius heads into the weekend with a 2-1 mark, while Binghamton is 1-2 and Vanderbilt owns a 3-1 record with wins over Duke, Stanford and 18th ranked Boston College.

Maria Kotas ‘14

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

Physics Cafe: Rise of the Chess Robot

All are invited to the next Physics Cafe on Monday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in Horan-O’Donnell Room 103 where a demonstration of the chess robot developed by faculty and students in the Department of Physics and Department of Computer Science will be held.

Physics/computer science majors Michael Lanighan and Jerod Sikorskyj, who were supervised by Debra Burhans, PhD, and Robert Selkowitz, PhD, built a robot to play a game of chess against a human component.  The robot is built out of Legos and the “brains” or software was also developed by the students.  The audience is invited to learn about how the robot works and to challenge it to a game.

Submitted by:  Michael Wood, PhD, assistant professor, physics

Annual Shoes For The Shelter 5K Run April 15

The 14th Annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K Run/Walk, presented by Independent Health, is April 15 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The race starts at noon and features live entertainment and plenty of food and awards after the event.

The event is for walkers, joggers and serious runners and benefits both St. Vincent dePaul and Golden Griffin athletics.  Participants can enter either the one mile fun walk or the 5K Run/Walk by clicking here to register for the race.

In addition, used shoes will be collected prior to, and on, race day.  Faculty and staff will find shoe collection bins located throughout campus on their return from spring break.  Last year, more than 4,000 pairs of shoes were collected.

So, clean out those closets and bring in shoes for a good home.  For additional information, or to receive a paper registration form, call Ext. 2977.

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