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Canisius Hosts 30th Annual NYS Science Olympiad

More than 500 high school students from throughout the state will participate in the 30th Annual New York State Science Olympiad this Saturday, February 1 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Science Hall. The competition, which is free and open to the public, includes several dozen exciting and visually interesting science demonstrations, including:

  • Boomilever – students will test the strength of their strategically-designed wood structures, which will be attached to a wall from a single point or an area that holds weight
  • Elastic Launched Glider – students will test homebuilt gliders launched using an elastic band
  • Mission Possible  – students will demonstrate homemade Rube Goldberg-like machines to perform a series of energy transfers

An awards ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The top performing junior at the Olympiad will be offered Canisius College’s top scholarship for the incoming freshman class in fall 2015. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry

Retiring? HR Wants to Celebrate Your Service

Canisius College’s Celebration of Service Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The college would like to honor those faculty and staff members who will be retiring.

If you are planning on retirement from Canisius College in 2014, either before or after the April ceremony, please contact human resources at or ext. 2247.

Submitted by: Deborah Winslow-Schaber, director of human resources

Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture

The Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture Series presents Peter Phan, PhD, inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. Phan is the founding director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies. He has earned three doctorates: doctor of sacred theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana, Rome and doctor of philosophy and doctor of divinity from the University of London. In 2010, he was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic Theological Society of America, for outstanding achievements in theology. His publications in theology are wide-ranging. Phan’s lecture, “Vatican II and the Asian Catholic Churches: Reception, Renewal, Revival”, will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Philip Reed PhD, at or 716-888-2609.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, admin. associate, religious studies

CPD Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Workshop Open to Campus Faculty and Staff

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
February 5, 2014

This workshop explores two of the most important skills desired in today’s workforce that are often unmistakably absent. How can you grow your own ability to problem solve and think critically in the face of any challenge? Why are these skills important for success in the 21st century? Participants will explore the creative problem solving process, and gain new tools and strategies that will encourage the growth of these skills. Hands-on, interactive activities will stimulate new ways of thinking and doing.
For more information, visit or call Ext. 8490 to register.

Submitted by: Stephanie Cattarin, executive director, Center for Professional Development