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Nearly 60 fourth graders from Buffalo Public School #17 visited campus on Thursday, January 29 to participate in a STEM Career Fair, hosted by Biology Professor Ann Wright, PhD.

Fourth graders participated in various hands-on activities, which focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The activities were led by undergraduate members of Dr. Wright’s Mentor Resource Lab (MRL). The MRL is an afterschool program within the Buffalo School District that promotes STEM learning through inquiry-based “experiments” designed to engage students and generate interest in the sciences.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Next, On “Crossroads”

Tune in to “Crossroads” this Sunday, February 1 when Peg McCarthy, PhD and Sr. Pat Brady serve as guests on the monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities.

The topic of conversation for the associate vice president for academic affairs and director of community-based learning will be “The Apostolic Visitation of Catholic Women Religious.”

McCarthy chronicles the 2008 event in a new book, entitled The Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation.

“Crossroads” is hosted by Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., professor of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9 FM).

In case you miss it, you can always catch “Crossroads” on the college’s iTunes site.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Griffs Hockey Picking Up Votes in National Poll

The recent hot streak experienced by your Golden Griffin hockey team has national pundits taking notice. For the first time since the team’s run to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, Canisius has picked up votes in the latest Top 20 poll. The Griffs five points place the team 26th in the country.

Canisius is not in action this weekend. The team returns to the ice February 6-7 when the Griffs play a two game series at 20th ranked Robert Morris. The schools currently hold the top two positions in the conference. The Griffs next home games at HARBORCENTER are February 13-14 vs. Army.

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

Retirement Party for Roger Draper

Facilities management employees are hosting a retirement party for Roger Draper, on Friday, February 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Roger was an electrician for the college for 36 years. Come wish Roger well as he retires from the College.

Submitted by: Facilities Management

Canisius Hosts Lake Erie/Niagara Regional NYS Science Olympiad

More than 500 high school students from throughout Western New York will participate in the Lake Erie/Niagara Regional NYS Science Olympiad hosted by Canisius College and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on Saturday, January 31from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Science Hall. The competition, which is free and open to the public, includes many exciting and visually interesting science events, including:

  • Bridge – students will test the strength of their strategically-designed wood bridge structures
  • Bungee Drop – students will drop a mass attached to an elastic cord from a given height and attempt to get the mass as close to the ground without letting it touch the ground
  • Mission Possible – students will demonstrate homemade Rube Goldberg-like machines to perform a series of energy transfers
  • Game On – students will create their own video game using basic programming skills
  • Scrambler – students will design and build a device that safely transports an egg a specified distance and path

An awards ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The top four teams will advance to the New York State Science Olympiad competition to be held at LeMoyne College on March 13-14, 2015.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry