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Biology majors Hannah Sorge ’15 and Vincent Bargnes ’17 are among 11 Canisius College undergraduates working with BPS 31 students to build a community of urban science learners.

The Canisius students use various inquiry-based activities to teach science, technology, engineering and math to students within the Buffalo Public School District.

Submitted by: Ann W. Wright, PhD, professor, Biology

Campus Forum Today for the First of Three Finalists for VPAA

A campus forum for the first of three finalists for the Vice President for Academic Affairs position will be held today at 1:00 p.m. in the Regis Rooms.

Dr. Margaret C. McCarthy, currently Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Graduate Education and Leadership at Canisius College, will present her thoughts on approaching the challenges facing higher education, generally, and more specifically, the issues most relevant to Canisius College.

Remember, the remaining finalists will host a one-hour forum on this same topic at the following times and locations:

  • Sharon D. Nell, PhD, currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of French at St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX: January 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge
  • William “Jeff” Welsh, PhD, currently Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education and Professor of History at Scranton University, Scranton, PA: January 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge

Each of the candidates will present for 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

The position description, cover letters and CVs for the candidates are available for review on the myCanisius portal at the “VP Academic Affairs” link posted at the top blue boarder of the portal’s main page. A web-based evaluation has also will been posted there for you to submit feedback on the candidates. Evaluation forms for each of the candidates will be open until 5:00 p.m. the day following the forum.

Please consider attending the open session and completing the web-based evaluation.  Your input is very important to the search process.

Thank you on behalf of President Hurley and the Search Committee:

Dr. Mary C. O’Sullivan Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, co-chair
Dr. Terri L. Mangione Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, co-chair
Marco F. Benedetti Vice President for Business & Finance
Anne Marie Dobies Assistant VP/Director, Griff Center for Academic Engagement
Dr. Kristin E. Finn Professor, Teacher Education
Blair W. Foster Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar
Dr. Michael V. Haselswerdt Professor, Political Science
Dr. Mark Hodin Professor, English and Chair of English Department
Leah M. MacVie Instructional Designer
Dr. Sarah R. Morris Professor, Biology
Dr. Mary E. Shea Professor, Graduate Education & Leadership
Dr. Richard A. Shick Dean, Wehle School of Business
Dr. Coral R. Snodgrass Professor, Management

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, assistant to the president

Red Thread Theatre to Present “Snake in the Grass”

Red Thread Theatre will perform “Snake in the Grass,” a play by Alan Ayckbourn, now through Sunday, February 1. Red Thread Theatre is the production company of Canisius College Theatre Artist- in-Residence Eileen Dugan. She acts in the play along with Pamela Rose Mangus and Adria Ryan. Dugan also co-directs “Snake in the Grass” with Josephine Hogan. Canisius alumnus Hannah Alt ’13 serves as the stage manager.

In “Snake in the Grass,” two sisters reunite after their father’s death to face death threats of blackmail, ghosts of the past and their complicated feelings for each other in this dark comedy that keeps audiences guessing until the last minute.
Performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors, $10 for Canisius faculty and staff, and FREE for students.
For tickets or more information call 445-4653 or send an e-mail to

 Submitted by: Eileen Dugan, theatre-artist-in-residence, Fine Arts

FacTS Center: Workshops for Faculty and Staff

In the spring 2015 semester, the FacTS Center is offering technology workshops for faculty and staff. Our D2L workshops help you get the most out of Desire2Learn for teaching. “Where it should be” offers an introduction to cloud storage and Google’s suite of free applications. The Online Course Development Workshop is a multi-week introduction to online teaching at Canisius College. Whether you plan to teach all-online, hybrid or blended courses, or are just curious about internet-based pedagogy, this workshop will be helpful to you.

You can sign up for FacTS Center workshops here:

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist, ITS

TIAA-CREF Representative to be on Campus

Anne Anderson, individual consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus, Tuesday, January 27, in the Student Center Executive Conference Room for individual counseling sessions.

She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources