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Give a Gift of Love this Christmas

Campus Ministry is partnering with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for Christmas. Please read the information below and consider making a difference in the lives of Buffalo families.

Option 1: Adopt-a-Teenager Program:
• St. Luke’s has 200 teenagers in need of adoption for Christmas. The teenagers either live in one of St. Luke’s 24 homes or live in the neighborhood and their families are served by the Mission

• Purchase a gift set of personal care items.  The cost is about $12. All the major stores have these gift sets, which often include deodorant, lotions and cologne.

• If you would like to adopt more than one teenager that’s great. Whatever level is good for you. Just indicate how many teens and whether you prefer a girl or boy.

Option 2: Adopt-a-Family Program:
• St. Luke’s has many families who are in need of adoption for Christmas. These families are large and small. Just indicate the size of the family you want and St. Luke’s will match you with a family. The cost is usually about $100 per person. If you desire to buy a sweater or a few items, we can let you know what items are on a family’s wish list.

St. Luke’s cares for the most vulnerable and those most in need of God’s children with love and with mercy.  The mission does not receive money from the government or the diocese. “Trusting in God’s Divine Providence,” the ministry depends on donations, both big and small, from many individuals who give generously and do so in gratitude of God’s many blessings.

Please contact Joe Van Volkenburg, in campus ministry, for more information: 888-2875 or vanvolkj@

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry

International Student Spotlight

During International Education week, the International Student Programs Office is highlighting some of its bright, talented students.

Today’s student is Olena Spencer Azarova ’15. Olena is from Ukraine and is earning her MBA in Professional Accounting at Canisius.

When asked why she chose to study at Canisius, Olena wrote:

“I was very interested in pursuing a degree in accounting at a graduate level. I was looking for a program that would challenge me to perform at my best and where I could also participate in both academic programs and serve the local community.

When I learned about the MBA in Professional Accounting program at Canisius College, the small class sizes and dedicated professors, I felt that it was the perfect fit for me. After almost two years at Canisius, I’m confident that I made the right choice.”

Submitted by: Christina Martinez, graduate assistant, International Student Programs

PHETE Travels to New York State AHPERD Conference

Students from the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program traveled to the annual New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) conference from Thursday, November 19 to Saturday, November 21.

Senior Nick Zaccarella ’16 and Clancy Seymour, EdD, led a standing room only presentation entitled “New Technologies and Wed-Based Resources in Physical Education.”  The experience was highlighted by PHETE majors Zaccarella ’16 and Victoria Mikulec ’16 who were honored as Jay B. Nash Award Nominees at the Amazing People Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening.  Canisius College was also acknowledged with a 10-year exhibitor award.

Congratulations to Nick and Victoria, and special thanks to Bryan Sibbitts, graduate admissions counselor and Arveal Drummer, director of graduate admissions, for their continued support of this event.










Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, director, physical and health education, teacher education

Webinar on Evidence-Based Teaching

All are welcome to attend a webinar entitled “Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning.” The webinar will be shown in the Regis Room North on Tuesday, December 1, from 2:00 p.m. -2:45 p.m.

The presentation will address the science of learning and indicate what research works in the classroom, and what doesn’t work.

Some of the items that will be covered during the webinar are:
• The learning needs of today’s college students—and the strategies to address them
• Approaches you can use to help your students get the most out of studying
• Practical strategies for evidence-based teaching
• Various teaching practices and learning strategies that promote a deeper understanding of the information provided
• What “desirable difficulties” are, and why they’re so important in the teaching environment
• How to use desirable difficulties when you teach
• Techniques that help students learn more when they read
• Why multitasking doesn’t work—and how to explain that to your students
• How to help students create ideal study conditions for improved learning

The webinar summary also indicates that there will be downloadable materials during the seminar, so attendees may want to have a laptop or tablet during the presentation.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs