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Town Hall Meetings

President John J. Hurley will host a Town Hall Meeting today (Wednesday, October 30) from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

These Town Hall Meetings are intended to carry on an open dialogue among faculty, staff and the administration about the opportunities and challenges facing Canisius. President Hurley and the vice presidents will provide regular updates on the status of the college, including progress with the Strategic Assessment and other important developments.

Last semester, the Town Halls proved to be not only informative, but also an excellent opportunity exchange ideas among colleagues.

If you have any questions, please contact the President’s Office for more information.

Thank you.

Submitted by Erica Sammarco, assistant to the president; secretary, Board of Trustees

High School Model United Nations (MUN) Conference on Thursday November 7

On Thursday, November 7 the Canisius College community welcomes more than 350 high school students and their advisers for the 35th annual High School Model United Nations Conference. High school delegates represent the countries of the world in simulated diplomatic sessions that approximate the deliberations of United Nations (UN) councils and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The delegates prepare research on their countries and on vital international issues that they will debate in one of six concurrent sessions of the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and the OIC. Contemporary sessions deal with issues arising from the crisis in Syria, among others. A historic simulation of the Security Council, set in 1974, confronts the Turkish military intervention in Cyprus and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombings in London.

Delegates are challenged to negotiate peaceful solutions to problems and to encourage international cooperation on controversial issues. Each session involves between 40 and 100 high school delegates and is moderated by Canisius College student volunteers, who also adjudicate the proceedings and recognize outstanding delegations with awards.

The conference is organized by the International Relations Program at Canisius College, home to the multidisciplinary international relations major, which requires study in history, political science, modern languages and cultures, and international business, along with international educational experience and cultivation of skill sets in research, writing, foreign language, and cross-cultural analysis.

Please join us in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our honored guests!

Submitted by:  Jonathan M. DiCicco, associate professor of political science, director of International Relations Program

Astiz Hosts Olmsted Elementary Students

Photo Courtesy: Matthew Kochan, Public Services Supervisor, Library

M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, and students enrolled in the Latin American Studies and Teacher Education programs hosted kindergarten and first-grade students from Olmsted Elementary School #64 on campus this past weekend.

Canisius faculty and students read to the children in both Spanish and English. They also played games and participated in an arts and crafts project.

The event was organized in support of the dual language instruction of classroom teachers, and to promote the importance of early literacy among children.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

November 2: Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries

Smoke alarms help save lives but only if they contain a working battery!

Did you know:

  • If every home had working smoke alarms, almost 900 lives could be saved each year.
  • Most people die in the first five minutes of a fire. Smoke Alarms provide an early warning in the event of a fire – where seconds count!
  • You can’t smell smoke when you’re sleeping. If anything, smoke will put you into a deeper sleep.

How to keep your smoke alarm working:

  • Test all smoke alarms once a month by briefly pressing the test button.
  • Hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backup still need to be tested monthly.
  • Never remove working smoke alarm batteries for ANY reason, such as a child’s toy, etc.
  • If your smoke alarm starts to “chirp,” the batteries are low. Promptly replace the
    batteries and reset the alarm
  • Replace batteries in all your smoke alarms 1-2 times a year.

A good rule of thumb is to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clock.

Don’t gamble with your life or the lives of your family.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement and in all sleeping areas.
  • If your smoke alarm goes off while you are cooking – DO NOT DISABLE IT! Some smoke alarms have “hush” button, but if yours does not, wave a towel near the alarm to clear the air.
  • Make sure all household members know the sound of the smoke alarm. If children are not awakened by the sound, establish a plan for waking them in case of fire.

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director