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Canisius in the News

Canisius College’s partnership with ESPN and the unique experiences offered to students in the college’s new sports broadcast concentration within the journalism major were featured in an article in Saturday’s edition of The Buffalo News.

Read the entire article here.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Student Learning

SL-ABEC-research-Macy-spotlightIn the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) Program, students are expected to demonstrate scientific literacy and communication about science as demonstrated through the interpretation of data and the ability to clearly articulate scientific ideas. One of the easiest ways to demonstrate these skills is through research with a faculty member. More than 25 percent of the students in the program are involved in research with faculty. These students develop firsthand knowledge of specific areas within ABEC, which can aid in their scientific literacy.

In 2014, the first group of undergraduates that Sue Margulis, PhD, associate professor of ABEC and biology, mentored for four years graduated from the ABEC program. She shared that this was certainly an important and emotional experience for her and she singled out three of these students who were truly a “dream team” for her. All three are currently or are about to be enrolled in PhD programs: Chase LaDue ’14, Matthew LeFauve ’14 and Macy Madden ’14 (pictured in the spotlight). All three have published papers based on the research they did at Canisius; all three have presented posters at national conferences; all three participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Science Scholars Program; and all three developed completely independent research projects during their senior years.

SL-ABEC IMG_0470Margulis explained that her research team structure allows students to learn the basics of zoo-based behavioral research. After several years, students have all the skills to branch out and design their own research projects. This format was due largely to her experiences working with these three incredible students, who taught her so much.

The program prepares the students well for futures in the ABEC fields by helping them develop these critical skills. Although other forms of assessment are also used to demonstrate students’ scientific literacy and communication, student-faculty research in the ABEC program provides excellent learning experiences and the opportunity to demonstrate that students can reach professional levels at Canisius.

Pictured: Members of Dr. Margulis’ research team (Team Ape) take advantage of the opportunity to meet Dr. Margulis’ graduate advisor, Dr. Jeanne Altmann, at the Animal Behavior Society Conference at Princeton University. L-R: Matthew LeFauve ’14; Dr. Jeanne Altmann; Dr. Sue Margulis; Chase LaDue ’14; and Liam Kelly ’15

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

Women’s Lacrosse Home Opener is Tuesday

TK8A0077As the calendar flips to March, the Canisius spring sports teams begin to host games at the Demske Sports Complex. First up is women’s lacrosse which hosts Binghamton on Tuesday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.

The Griffs kicked off its season with a game at Michigan University over the weekend. Canisius is the preseason-favorite in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Sophomore Erica Evans is the preseason pick for MAAC Player of the Year.

There is no admission charge for women’s lacrosse. For more information, visit

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

Women and Gender Studies Present “Olmo and the Seagull”

The Women and Gender Studies Program will premier the film “Olmo and the Seagull” on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium. Not yet released in the United States, the film is a co-production from Brazil and Denmark with French, Italian and Spanish languages spoken throughout. The screening is free and open to the public.

The synopsis of the film is:  “A journey through the labyrinth of a woman’s mind, ‘Olmo and the Seagull’ tells the story of Olivia, a free-spirited stage actress preparing for a starring role in a theatrical production of Chekhovs ‘The Seagull.’ As the play starts to take shape, Olivia and her boyfriend, Serge, whom she first met on the stage of the Theatre du Soleil, discover she is pregnant. Initially, she thinks she can have it all until an unexpected setback threatens her pregnancy and brings her life to a standstill. Olivia’s desire for freedom and success clashes with the limits imposed by her own body and the baby growing inside her. The months of her pregnancy unfold as a rite of passage, forcing the actress to confront her deepest fears.”

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, associate professor, philosophy

Upcoming Seminar: PowerPoint Tips and Techniques

The Canisius College Center for Professional Development (CPD) will host a seminar on Wednesday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The seminar, “PowerPoint Tips and Techniques,” will teach participants how to become more efficient in the daily use of the Microsoft software by learning shortcuts, how to create more visually interesting presentations and how to learn new features. The fee for Canisius College employees is $75.

This training class introduces you to a variety of techniques that can be applied to the real world.  Our instructor will teach basic-to-advanced features to enhance your presentation skills.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Colleen Kowtun, manager of sales operations, center for professional development