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Winter Driving Safety

Heavy rain, snow, ice and fog create concerns for all motorists. Regardless of the type of conditions; motorists often encounter reduced visibility, reduced traction, increased stopping distances and traffic congestion. The strategies for dealing with these conditions are simple: reduce speed, increase following distance, turn and break carefully, turn on your lights and be watchful ahead for emerging hazards.

Driving during adverse weather can be demanding for both the driver and the vehicle. It is important to insure that your vehicle is ready for all types of weather.

A number of items can affect your ability to manage adverse weather and should be inspected before the snow falls.

Check your tires, exhaust system lights and reflectors, antifreeze, brakes windshield wipers and washer fluid. Make sure that your heating and defrosting system is working! Be sure to include some personal gear including a snow shovel and an ice scraper.

Listen to the weather reports and stay informed about road and weather conditions. Plan your driving to account for unexpected delays. In extreme weather conditions consider changing your route to avoid the worse traffic conditions. If necessary, postpone your travel until conditions improve.

Most important, keep your cell phone charged!

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, Safety Director

United Way Campaign Update

We have completed the third week of our United Way online campaign, and thank all those who have so generously made their pledges!  Although we have made progress, we are only  at 50% of our goal. There are many we have not heard from, and if you have not made your pledge yet, please click here to make a donation.

To begin your pledge: Do not enter your email address upon initially entering the site, but select “Get a Password” at the bottom of the page. You will then be prompted through the process. Just a reminder that all those that are pledging a donation of $1 or more per week are automatically entered into weekly drawings for a variety of fun prizes. Any questions: please email Madonna McKernon in Student Affairs at

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many!

Submitted by: Madonna Privitere McKernon, executive associate to vice president of student affairs

Canisius Presents Polish Film Festival

Canisius College presents the seventh annual Polish Film Festival from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17.  The event, which is sponsored by The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, will be held at the Montante Cultural Center. All films are in Polish with English subtitles unless otherwise specified.

  • Thursday, November 14 ― Mój Rower (My Father’s Bike, 94’ 2012), directed by Piotr Trzaskalski, at 7:30 p.m. son. Prior to the film, at 6 p.m., Shields Against Evil, recent paintings by Artur Popek will be on display. Popek is chair of the Department of Art at the M. Curie-Sklodowska in Lubin and serves as art director for the Society of Arts in Chicago. Popek will be present for the opening reception on Friday, November 15. The event is co-sponsored by the 29th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
  • Friday, November 15 ― Shields Against Evil: recent paintings by Artur Popek, opening reception at 5:30 p.m.  Pan Tadeusz (124’ 1928), directed by Ryszard Ordynski, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Live music during the film will be provided by Marcin Pukaluk
  • Saturday, November 16 ― Układ Zamknięty (Close Circuit, 100’ 2013), directed by Ryzard Bugajski, at 7:30 p.m. Q&A session with the director and actress Maria Mamona will follow the film.
  • Sunday, November 17  ― Róża (Rose, 98’ 2011), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, at 3 p.m.

Tickets for all screenings are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students. The art exhibit is free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information call the Office of Modern Languages at Ext. 2835. View film descriptions and film trailers at

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Art History Lecture on Thursday

This Thursday, November 14 at 2:30 p.m. ArtsCanisius presents guest speaker Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, department director and associate professor of Art History at Daemen College in Grupp/Student Center. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sommer is an expert on nineteenth-century Italian art and her lecture is entitled “The Pull between Nationalism and Regionalism in Nineteenth-Century Italian Painting.” The struggle between these two approaches manifests particularly in painting between 1840 and 1870, and is well represented in the painting of Francesco Hayez (1791-1882). A review of Hayez’s artistic development which spans the decades before, during and after Unification, demonstrates simultaneously local tendencies and a national iconographic program.

For more information call the Fine Arts office, x2542 or visit

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius co-director

Francesco Hayez, Il Bacio,1859, oil on canvas. Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera

Miyazaki Hayao and Japanese Animation

“Miyazaki Hayao and Japanese Animation” presents Nona Carter, adjunct professor, Asian Studies Program at the University at Buffalo on Friday, November 15 from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, Student Center

This talk explores the techniques and themes used by Japan’s most famous contemporary animation director, Miyazaki Hayao.  The creator of internationally acclaimed motion picture films including “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Miyazaki has popularized the unique style of Japanese animation and has become a household name around the world. The event is sponsored by the Canisius College Anime Club.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor, Mathematics and Statistics