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Students with Autism and the Benefits of Surfing

The department of kinesiology’s hosts its spring 2012 seminar series on Thursday (March 22) at 4 p.m. in G21 Koessler Athletic Center. Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, presents “Can Surfing Affect the Social Skills of Students with Autism?” The seminar series is free and open to all who wish to attend.

Children with autism demonstrate poor social skills, social competence, and a lowered self-esteem. For the past 3 years, a surf camp in Texas has incorporated a social skills curriculum to assist in the improvement of social skills for their campers. This presentation will provide a brief description of the surf camp, its curriculum, as well as a review of the research.

An additional seminar entitled, “Professional Options Available as a Health/Wellness Professional” will be presented by Chuck Pelitera, MS, CSCS on Thursday, April 19.

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

Lenten Reconciliation Service

The Catholic faith believes that the season of Lent is a time of penance and preparation for Easter. On Thursday (March 22) at 5:10 p.m., in Christ the King Chapel, there will be a brief Reconciliation Service of scripture music, and an examination of conscience. Our Jesuit priests will be available for you to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

Submitted by:  Susan A. Fischer, associate campus minister, campus ministry

Women’s Studies Awards Luncheon (March 23)

Christine Ambrosone, PhD

The Women’s Studies (WST) department is pleased to announce the I. Joan Lorch award winners for 2012. The award is given to those members of the Canisius College community whose work has furthered the causes of women on campus and in the community.

We extend an invitation to the Canisius College community to join us in honoring our winners at the WST Spring Luncheon on Friday, March 23 from Noon – 2 p.m. in Regis North. Christine Ambrosone, PhD, from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute will present her research in disparities in breast cancer treatment of African-American women at the luncheon. Congratulations to the following awardees:

  • Faculty: Ellen Barnum, adjunct professor, fine arts
  • Administrator: Luanne Firestone, associate campus minister, campus ministry
  • Staff: Susan Sedia, administrative associate, management
  • Student: Margaret Zimmer ’12

The cost for the luncheon is $10. Reservations for the luncheon can be made by contacting Susan Keller Sedia at by Thursday, March 22.

Submitted by:  Johanna Fisher adjunct professor, English/women’s studies

Spring 2012 Online Course Development Workshop

There is an upcoming Spring Online Course Development workshop session recommended for those looking to teach online in the Spring.  These workshops were created to guide instructors and staff through the online course creation process. It is highly encouraged for those who attend if they intend to teach online.

For more information and to register, click here (Adobe Acrobat PDF).

Submitted by:  Leah MacVie, instructional designer, ITS