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Spotlight on Student Learning

EnvSciThe Environmental Science Program at Canisius provides students with an interdisciplinary background in a variety of scientific fields including ecology, chemistry, geology and hydrology. All students take a common series of required courses and then use electives and internships to gain more background in their areas of interest. Not only do the required courses provide background in the different disciplines, they also offer students the opportunity to develop skills in interpreting data, presenting data, and reading scientific literature.

Students’ knowledge and skills are assessed in individual courses and again at the end of the program in an exam that was created by the faculty who teach in the program. Because the same exam is used each year, the students’ performances can be compiled across years. Faculty use the exam results to identify areas of the program that could be improved and determine which courses can incorporate additional practice with the material and/or skills. Thus courses in the program are able to change to ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. For example, recent results suggested that students could improve their ability to develop appropriate, testable hypotheses. This skill is now being emphasized in field ecology and reinforced in several of the electives.

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

Come Celebrate Petey’s Birthday

PeteyBDayFaculty and staff are invited to join students and Alumni on Friday, February 5, 2016 for the Canisius College Men’s basketball game vs. Iona.  Prior to the game there will be a tailgate party for Petey’s Birthday from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Patrick Lee Center with food, inflatables, cake and a DJ.

A free Canisius pillowcase will be given out to the first 30 faculty and staff to pick up tickets in advance.  The cost for Canisius College faculty and staff for the tailgate party is $10 and children 12-and-under are free.  The ticket to the basketball game is complimentary.

To pick up your ticket and tailgate vouchers, please come to the Office of Student Life (Dugan Hall, lower level) during normal business hours.  You are welcome to pick up just a complimentary ticket for the game, if you are not interested in attending Petey’s Birthday Party.

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

2016-2017 CEEP Application Process Is Now Open

Students who are interested in applying for Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) funding for the 2016-17 academic year may submit an application between today, February 1 and Friday, February 26. To be eligible for CEEP funding a student must have a 3.25 or higher GPA, develop an appropriate project and have the sponsorship of an appropriate mentor. Current CEEP-funded students must submit a new application each year. Renewal is not automatic.

More information and current online applications are available on the myCanisius portal under the Academic Affairs Community Page here. The rate for CEEP is $9.50 per hour minus taxes. Students may apply for up to 300 hours, although actual numbers of hours awarded are generally lower than this maximum.

Please direct any questions to Sara R. Morris, PhD or Kathy Peter in the office of Academic Affairs at x2121.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, academic affairs