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Campus Candids

Michael Christie ’13 and Tanya Rodgers ’15, this year’s Classics Department inductees into the Delta Beta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Honor Society for students of Greek and Latin.

Submitted by: Kathryn Williams, associate professor, Classics

Honors “Last Lecture”

The All-College Honors Program continues its annual “Last Lecture” series with Dr. Chris Lee, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies & Theology and a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to India. The “Last Lecture” series provides a member of the Honors faculty, who is chosen by the Honors student body, an opportunity to give a presentation that is insightful and/or inspirational. The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, at 7p.m. in the Montante Culture Center, and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history; director, All-College Honors Program

Video Institute’s “East Side: A Community of Hope” Airs on WNED TV Tonight

The Canisius College Video Institute’s film “East Side: A Community of Hope” will air on WNED-TV Channel 17 tonight,  April 15 at 10:30 p.m.

The 30-minute film, produced by Erik Taheri (DMA/CSC ’14) and Rich Lunghino (DMA ’13) under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, examines the East Side of Buffalo – a community plagued by violence, poverty and suffering – and the faith-based initiatives being undertaken in an effort to revitalize this once-thriving community.  The inspiration for the film came from Taheri’s own lifelong devotion to helping those less fortunate who live on the East Side, and a summer 2012 immersion trip to the East Side led by Michael Gent, PhD, retired professor of management, and Devonya Havis, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy.

The Video Institute is co-directed by Irwin and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and director of the Digital Media Arts Program. “East Side” is just one of 75 social documentaries and service-oriented videos produced by the award-winning Video Institute, which provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.  It provides students with a context for real-world learning and for doing social justice.  The Video Institute received two Bronze Telly Awards for East Side in the social issues and student categories.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies

Softball Home On Wednesday Afternoon

After a weekend conference road trip, your Golden Griffin softball team returns to familiar ground for a mid-week doubleheader against Robert Morris. Canisius will host the Colonials at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.

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 Submitted by: John Maddock, associate director, Athletics

2014 Commencement Volunteers Are Still Needed

Canisius College commencement ceremonies are a memorable experience for our students. Please consider volunteering at our 2014 commencement ceremonies:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

There are many new volunteer opportunities this year. We are counting on our veteran volunteers and are looking forward to working with all newcomers. For more information about commencement volunteer opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to the myCanisius portal under the Academic Affairs Community page. The Commencement tab is located on the top blue bar. Please let us know by Monday, April 21 if you are available to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Peter Ext. 2121 or Lisa Fischer Ext. 2120 in the Academic Affairs Office.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs