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Be Ready for Canisius Fire Inspections Today

The New York State fire inspector will be on campus for the next two weeks starting today until April 10. The fire inspector will check the common areas, stairways, offices, utility rooms, and storage rooms. Some of the safety issues inspectors look for include:

Improper storage, in electrical and sprinkler rooms, such as combustibles piled under, around or in front of electrical panels or sprinkler systems.

Items permanently placed in corridors and hallways, such as equipment, cabinets, desks or chairs.

Storage placed too close to sprinkler heads. The fire code requires an 18” distance from the sprinkler head to the closest item.

Fire doors being propped or wedged open. Fire doors are fundamental to the integrity of fire barriers throughout the building. Fire doors may be held open with automatic releases that close the door when the fire alarm sounds.

Improper storage of flammable fluids and liquids. Flammable fluid storage is limited to quantity, classification and flammability rating.

Electrical extension cords being used as permanent wiring.  Electrical extension cords are strictly prohibited from use inside Canisius buildings as permanent wiring. Do not run cords under rugs or piles of clothing. Overloading a wall receptacle may cause a fire.

Non-compliant upholstered furniture. Canisius is required to comply with furniture fire code standards. Furniture that does not comply must be removed.

Non-approved space heaters. Space heaters supplied by the Canisius facilities department are approved for use. All others must be removed.

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director

Attend the Canisius College Chorale’s “Sacred Spaces” Concert

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014-2015 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in St. Benedict Church, located at 1317 Eggert Road (at Main) in Eggertsville, NY.

The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission to the event is free.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed nine years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Please join us for an evening of great choral singing!

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Listen to Honors “Last Lecture” by Mick Cochrane Tonight

This year’s All-College Honors “Last Lecture” – the third in our series – will be given by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program. The idea for this series comes from a lecture by Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch, who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and gave, literally, the last lecture of his short life. It was his chance to inspire his audience with the experience, wisdom, and humor that he had gathered. Cochrane, an award-winning novelist and coordinator of the Contemporary Writers Series, will give his “Last Lecture” – not literally, of course – tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information on Cochrane, visit here.

To view Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” visit here.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, All-College Honors Program

Don’t Miss the 2015 Lorch Awards Ceremony & Guest Lecture on Human Trafficking

The Women & Gender Studies Program invites you to the annual Lorch Award celebration. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for drinks (cash bar) and appetizers. The event is free and open to the public.
This year we celebrate three outstanding award winners in the following categories:

Canisius Student Award: Emmalene Carberry, class of 2015
Canisius Colleague Award: Susan Gruttadauria, student records and registration
Community Award: Amy Fleischauer, director of Victim Services-International Institute

Each of the award winners will deliver a brief speech, followed by a longer guest lecture to be presented by Fleischauer. Fleischauer works to combat human trafficking through the International Institute in Western New York. The International Institute has won many awards and grants for its work. The Institute has a comprehensive strategy including efforts to both prevent human trafficking and to assist trafficking victims.

Pictured is Fleischauer receiving an award from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III from 2010.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, associate professor, philosophy, co-director, women & gender studies.