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Historic AP Photo Exhibit Depicts U.S. Presidents from Lincoln to Obama

Beginning this week, the Communication Studies Department and Journalism Program at Canisius College are co-sponsoring “The American President,” an exhibit of historic photographs by Associated Press photojournalists assigned to cover the Chief Executive. The photos, which depict U.S. presidents from Lincoln to Obama and range from fun (Obama’s throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of a Major League All-Star Game) to frantic (the chaotic scene of an assassination attempt that left President Reagan seriously wounded), will be on display through Nov. 30 on the main floor of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

A series of special events are scheduled to mark the exhibit’s opening:

  • At 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Derek Gee, the award-winning chief photographer for The Buffalo News, will speak on the life of a photojournalist. Gee, who joined the News in 2000, has published photos in Time, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His photos also appear regularly throughout the world via the Associated Press.
  • At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, Kathy Gaye Shiroki, a curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and a lecturer in Art Education Department at Buffalo State College, will lead a discussion exploring the liminal mysteries at the intersection of detail and perception, observation and assumption, fact and essence.
  • At 1 p.m. on Thursday, students in the Canisius Journalism Program will read aloud from stories they’ve written about photos in the exhibit. Enlarged copies of the students’ stories will be displayed on poster board along with the photos.

Since the AP launched its WirePhoto service in 1935, its photographers have followed the president everywhere. Their work has dominated front pages, broadcasts and websites.

AP photographers have won four Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of U.S. presidents.

Submitted by:  Rob Kaiser, assistant professor, communication studies/journalism

Polish Film Festival, Art Exhibit and Book Fair 2012

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture invites you to the following talks and workshops by authorsb held on Thursday, November 15.  Thursday’s afternoon events are free and open to the public.

At 1:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers discuss their book, One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others. The book incorporates Bienkowski’s experiences as a child in exile from his Polish homeland to Soviet Siberia and incorporates his later experiences as a professional psychotherapist.

At 2:00 p.m. Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers will then present a workshop on “Writing Together: The Many Sides of Co-Authorship.”

At 3:30 p.m., author Wesley Adamczyk, a survivor of Soviet labor camps presents a workshop, “Writing from the Heart,” discussing and sharing his insights into writing one’s memoirs whether for professional publication or for leaving a legacy of personal memoirs for one’s family.

Join us for the opening reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center. This year’s festival includes an Art Exhibit and Sale featuring works by Polish-born artist, Andrzej Kozyra. He studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of Jan Szancenbach. His paintings of everyday objects combined with a creative use of depth and dimension provide an intriguing experience of infinity and limitation simultaneously. A moment captured evokes a fragment of the flux of time. The history of the world expressed in these paintings stops in its course the moment we stop looking at it. Two documentaries, Argentinian Lesson and Decrescendo follow.

Submitted by:  Mary Lou T. Wyrobek, adjunct instructor, religious studies

Hockey Hosts Niagara on Friday Night

The annual Battle of the Bridge series between Canisius and the “school to the north” takes to the ice Friday night when your Griffs hosts the “team that wears Purple” at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. The Buffalo Hyatt Regency is sponsoring the evening with free hot chocolate for Griff fans. There will also be complimentary USB Drives for students and foam talons for our younger fans

For tickets or more information, visit or call 888-2885. Follow the hockey team on Twitter@gogriffs.

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

Winter Weather

…will probably arrive unannounced, sooner rather than later. Be prepared.

When walking or driving your car, watch for snowplows. They can’t maneuver like cars and they tend to do unpredictable things. The operator may not even see you.

Facilities Management does a great job clearing our lots and sidewalks. However, some campus areas may be unshoveled or unsalted when you arrive. Wear proper foot gear and take safe steps. Don’t let a slip or fall spoil your holidays.

At home: Employ good lifting techniques when shoveling. Avoid back injuries. Don’t lose a finger or toe to a snow blower. Respect machinery. Don’t forget to winterize your car.

Submitted by David W. Teloh, safety director