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Center for the Global Study of Religion Welcomes Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea

The Canisius College Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series presents Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Frawley-O’Dea is the clinical director at Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center in Charlotte, NC and a specialist in trauma psychology. Her first book, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, has become a classic text in this field.

Frawley-O’Dea is perhaps more well-known for her public role as an advocate for victims in the Catholic sexual abuse scandal. She was the only psychologist invited to address the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as they crafted a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

Her involvement with the scandal resulted in two books: Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church and Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims: The Sexual Abuse Crisis and the Catholic Church.

For more information about O’Dea’s lecture or The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture and Performance Series, click here or contact Timothy Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies and director of Institute for Global Study of Religion, at Ext. 2824.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

DiCicco Honored with Freshman Advisor of the Year Award

Jonathan M. DiCicco, PhD, associate professor of political science and director of the International Relations Program, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Canisius College Freshman Advisor of the Year Award. Christine J. Ryan, PhD, associate dean, undergraduate academic advisement, presented DiCicco with his award on Wednesday, September 26 during a ceremony in Bagen Hall. DiCicco was nominated by his freshman advisees. He was ultimately selected by a committee of academic administrators based on his dedication to freshman advisement and to his students. This is the third year that the college has honored a faculty member with the Freshman Advisor of the Year Award.

DiCicco serves as an academic advisor for international relations majors and is currently in his third year participating in the Freshman Academic Advising Program. In addition to receiving the award for his office, DiCicco’s name has been engraved on a perpetual plaque which is displayed in the Student Advisement Center.

Submitted by Marketing and Communication

Cantio Sacra

Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to join Canisius College’s CANTIO SACRA, a small choral ensemble dedicated to performing music from many periods and composers. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 in Christ the King Chapel. Contact Brad Wingert, conductor, Cantio Sacra, if you are interested or join us for a rehearsal!

Submitted by Bradley Wingert, director, Cantio Sacra; fine arts department

Dirty Lax at Canisius on Saturday

Your Canisius College men’s lacrosse team will host an exhibition contest on Saturday against some of the top lacrosse players in the world. A group calling themselves Dirty Lax and featuring the likes of Buffalo Bandit Jeremy Thompson, former Syracuse players Cody Jamieson and Stephen Keogh and ex-Griffs Adam Jones, Dan Coates, Kevin Ross and Simon Giourmetakis will battle your Griffs at 4 pm on the Demske turf. In all seven MLL and NLL all-stars will be on the field in the greatest collection of lacrosse talent ever to play at Canisius. Admission is $7.00.
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Submitted by John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Kim Awarded Third Coleman Faculty Entrepreneurship Grant

The Coleman Foundation has awarded Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, associate professor of entrepreneurship, an $18,000 Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program Grant. Kim will use the one-year grant, effective for the 2012-2013 academic year, to expand entrepreneurial educational opportunities for non-business faculty and students.

Three Canisius College faculty members will serve as Coleman Faculty Fellows. Under Kim’s guidance, these fellows will develop courses in their respective subject areas to inspire students to gain self-employment skills and experiences. These faculty members include:

• Debra Burhans, PhD, associate professor of computer science and director of the Bioinformatics Program. Burhans will incorporate an entrepreneurial project in her intelligent systems course. Students will work in teams to write programs that automatically generate tweets based on news articles in campus publications. As part of the project, a recent graduate who runs his own computing business will be invited to speak to the class, and some basic principles of entrepreneurship will be covered in the lecture. A panel of computing professionals will judge the projects.

• Robert J. Grebenok, PhD, professor of biology. Grebenok will teach entrepreneurial skills to his core capstone course and have his students debate the need for entrepreneurial training in the developing world considering the current context of food insecurity and global warming. Grebenok will organize an educational forum in which practicing physicians will discuss the need for entrepreneurial training for current pre-professional students in their future careers. Grebenok will teach entrepreneurial skills to his medicinal botany students and have his students develop intellectual property patents on various topics.

• Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology. Lindauer will integrate entrepreneurial concepts and skills in an introduction to kinesiology course taken by health and wellness, physical education/health, and physical education/sport studies majors. The concepts and skills will help students to discover small business opportunities in the teaching, health and wellness, and exercise fields.

This is the third consecutive year that Kim received a Coleman Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program grant.

Read more here.

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