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Synchro Team Kicks off Griffin Week

Your Canisius synchronized swimming team kicks off Griffin Week activities with a big dual against Incarnate Word. The two squads will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night in figures competition and then battle again at noon on Saturday with solo, duet, trio and team routines. Incarnate Word, a relative newcomer to the sport, placed second in the country last year behind Ohio State. Canisius was fifth in 2012.

There is no admission charge for either day. For additional information, visit

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

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Nominations are open until February 8th

Through the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Award, Canisius College would like to acknowledge a student and/or a non-student (faculty, staff or administrator) who represent the ideals of Dr. King. Toward this end, nominations are being solicited for the award(s) to be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation. The nominee(s) must demonstrate a commitment to qualities in one or more of the following areas:

• Social justice (a society which affords individuals and groups dignity and a just share of the benefits of society)
• Racial harmony
• Civil rights (the equal protections and privileges given to all citizens by law)
• Human rights (the basic rights of individuals to life, liberty and justice)
• Advocates for the poor
• Change through non-violence or advocates non-violence

Please take a moment to nominate college members for this honor by using the on-line form available at or by clicking here. MLK Award nomination forms are also placed around campus. Nomination submissions are accepted from faculty, staff, and current students of Canisius College only.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2013.
Please note that members of the MLK Awards Selection Committee are ineligible to be nominated for the award. A list of Committee members appears on the website along with the on-line nomination form. Bruce J. Dierenfield,PhD., professor/History Department, and director of the Canisius College All-College Honors Program, is chairman of the MLK Awards Committee.

Submitted by:  Kathleen Mathews, administrative associate, ALANA Student Center

New Book Published

Neil O’Donnell, academic skills coordinator, COPE/adjunct professor of anthropology recently published a historical fiction novel set in the Western New York region (circa A.D. 1650). The book, based on his archaeological research and historical documents, is titled Calling Wren (A-Argus Publishing, 201).

A son of the Erie Nation, ‘Calling Wren’ called the Niagara Frontier home until his capture at the hands of the Seneca and their Haudenosaunee brethren. In time, after rising from servant to adopted son of the Seneca’s Bear Clan, Calling Wren must make the ultimate decision: join the England-backed Haudenosaunee Confederacy in annihilating the Erie or die standing with the remnants of his Erie kin.

Visit here to purchase the book.

Submitted by:  Neil O’Donnell, academic skills coordinator, COPE/Adjunct, Anthropology

The Golden Griffin’s Counseling Seminar Series

The Department of Counseling & Human Services at Canisius College will host another all-day counseling workshop on March 2, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Joe Clem, MA, LMFT will be the presenter for this all-day counseling workshop on “Discovering the Power of Positive Psychology and Paradigm Shifts in Couples Therapy”. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

There are three ways to register for the workshop:

1)      Registrants can follow the link provided below for information on the presenter, workshop, and to register electronically;

2)      Registrants can download and print a hard copy of the registration (page 3). This can be mailed to Canisius College with cash or check.

3)      Registration forms can also be picked up outside of the Canisius College Counseling Department office (CT-802). Please save the date and consider helping us spread the word regarding this excellent opportunity!

For further information, please feel free to contact Ms. Rosemary Evans, our administrative associate in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Ext. 3298 or Dr. Holly Fetter at

Submitted by:  Stephanie Hill, graduate assistant, Department of Counseling and Human Services