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View “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Bronx Tale”

On Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Canisius College Department of Modern Languages, Sigma Delta Pi and Hip Hop Dance Crew will host director Henry Chalfant for a screening of his documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Bronx Tale”. The event will be held in the Language Resource Center, Old Main 314.

The film presents a panoramic view of the music that blossomed in the Latino community of the South Bronx from the late 1940s, when mambo burst onto the New York cultural scene, through the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. The film chronicles two generations that grew up, literally, on the same streets and both used rhythm as their form of rebellion. For the older generation it was the pulsating rhythms of Cuba; for their children it was the rhythms of rap.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Dr. Richard Reitsma at for more information.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages, Lit. & Cultures

Catch the Rowing Team This Weekend

Your Canisius rowing team takes to the water this weekend when it hosts Florida-based Stetson University at the West Side Rowing Club on Saturday, April 18. Races are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m., however, water and weather conditions could impact the race times.

As race day nears, be sure to check for additional information.

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

CPD Offers Intro to Critical Thinking Seminar

The Center for Professional Development has seats open for Canisius employees to participate in its Introduction to Critical Thinking seminar. The seminar will be on Wednesday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it. ~Henry Ford

This quote by Henry Ford still rings true to this day. As humans, we all think, but our thinking often lacks in depth and critical reflection. We learn to come up with one right answer and not to consider other options. We tend to jump on the first idea instead of taking the time to discover if the problem we are trying to solve is actually the real problem. We blame time, lack of resources and our already overwhelming workload. However, learning to think more critically can actually save time, money and provide new, more efficient ways of doing things. Participants will take part in activities that will demonstrate how simple it can be to grow this skill and make critical thinking a part of your daily life.

Who Should Attend:
The content in this workshop is easily transferable to any field. All are encouraged to attend!

For more information on this program, click here or contact Colleen Lyons at or extension 8490 to register.

Colleen Lyons, manager of sales operations, CPD

April is Autism Awareness Month

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 80 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This group of disorders includes Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Delay – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Each of these disorders has its own unique symptoms and treatment but all ASD’s effect three main areas of development: communication, socialization and cognition.

Since ASD’s are becoming more prevalent, many people know someone with an ASD or someone who has a child with an ASD.  The following tips and information are intended to help you better understand or interact with someone who has an ASD:

  • People with an ASD often have difficulty communicating. Those diagnosed may speak very slow or very fast. Some people use pictures to communicate. It is helpful to listen carefully, speak at a slow pace and to speak clearly when communicating.
  • Socialization and social settings are difficult for people with an ASD.  Many people will often have difficulty understanding jokes, sarcasm or idioms. It is helpful to avoid using such nuances when talking to someone with an ASD.
  • ASDs can make processing ideas, problems or situations difficult. It is helpful to break down ideas, processes or situations into smaller parts or steps; many people do best with a written schedule or flow chart that shows each step.
  • ASDs effect a person’s senses, so some people are overly sensitive to lights, sounds, smells or physical sensations. If you see a person with an ASD rocking, moving their hands quickly or fidgeting they may be overly stimulated. It is often helpful to reduce the lights, background noise or level of activity in the environment.

People with an ASD live and work amongst us in the community. If you would like to know more about these disorders, including more ways to successfully work with someone with an ASD, contact EAP.

Buffalo/Erie County (716) 681-4300
Outside of Erie County (800) 888-4162
Click on Employees, Family Members

Submitted by: Kathy Kelly, administrative associate, Human Resources

Become a Savvy Supermarket Shopper

Canisius is committed to the health and wellness of the college community but shopping for healthy food can be a challenge. The link below can help.  Click on it to find out some great supermarket tips; learn about nutritional information to help you make healthier purchasing decisions; and to get some clarification on those confusing nutrition labels and sometimes deceptive product marketing tools.

Please take a few minutes to review this information. It may help you become a healthier you!

Supermarket Savvy (Duration: 18 minutes)

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources