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Michael Noonan, PhD, chair of animal behavior, ecology and conservation, was interviewed by WGRZ – TV’s Terry Belke about the extinction of elephants by the ivory trade for the “2 The Outdoors” program. Watch the story in its entirety here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Second VPAA Search Forum Today and Finalist Evaluation Form Available Online

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

Please remember, a campus forum for the second of three finalists for the Vice President for Academic Affairs position will be held today at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Dr. Sharon D. Nell, currently Dean for the School of Humanities and a professor of French at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, will present her thoughts on approaching the challenges facing higher education, generally, and more specifically, the issues most relevant to Canisius College.

The remaining finalist, William “Jeff” Welsh, PhD, currently Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education and Professor of History at Scranton University, Scranton, PA will present on the same topic at a one-hour forum on 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

El General- A Story of the Mexican Revolution

You’re invited to a free screening of “El General” (2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award), a film by Natalia Almada on Monday, January 26 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium with a discussion led by History Professor Dr. Rene’ de la Pedraja.

In 1910 the Mexican Revolution rallied around the right to vote. Nearly a century later, “Sufragio Efectivo” is heard again as thousands take to the streets. Filmmaker Natalia Almada draws on her legacy as the great-granddaughter of Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico’s most controversial revolutionary figures. He is accused of having been a “Dictator” or “Iron Man,” yet is also acclaimed for having been the “Father of modern Mexico.” “El General” is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past.

Almada has received prestigious MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. She currently lives in Mexico City.  Her feature documentaries have all broadcast on the award-winning PBS series- P.O.V.  Click here for more information on her films.

This screening is co-sponsored by Canisius College Latin American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures, and by the Latin America Solidarity Committee of WNY Peace Center. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact, Dr. Terrence Bisson at Ext. 2497, or Dr. Fernanda Astiz at Ext. 3724,

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

Big Week of Events for Battle of the Bridge

Although the games are not on campus, this is a big week in the Battle of the Bridge competition.

Your Canisius women’s basketball team travels to Monteagle Ridge on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. clash against the Purple Eagles. Canisius and Niagara enter the game tied for fifth in the MAAC with 4-4 league marks.

Thursday and Saturday night your Canisius hockey team ventures north to renew its rivalry with Niagara. The teams square off each evening at 7 p.m. Canisius is in second place in Atlantic Hockey, while the Purple Eagles are in 11th.

Tickets are still available for all three games. Canisius leads the Battle of the Bridge competition this year by a 7-5 margin.

For more information, visit

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