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Critical Incident Response Training

Over the past several years in the United States, there have been a number of incidents of violence in public venues, in workplaces, and in schools, including universities. Being aware of your surroundings and learning what to do in an emergency situation is important. We must prepare ourselves in the event we have an active shooter or any other significant threat to life on our campus. We have one remaining session  scheduled to assist us in addressing these issues on campus:

Tuesday, February 2nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm-Regis North

The training includes a video that contains graphic content of a violent nature and other strategies that are intended to encourage viewers to be aware of these active-shooter incidents and think in terms of planning. The training will be conducted by Wil Johnson, public safety director, and staff from our EAP provider, Child and Family Services. We encourage faculty and staff to attend to learn more about these strategies for awareness and action under these circumstances.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, AVP, human resources and compliance

Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

FS-Putnam-spotlightDr. Susan Putnam’s research primarily investigates physiological measures of stress, competition and individual personality traits, as well as biological and hormonal measures in children with autism spectrum disorders. Her work involves assessing salivary cortisol, salivary alpha amylase and testosterone levels through enzyme immunoassay. This technique provides her and her research team with a myriad of opportunities to explore the relationship of varying physical and psychological circumstances with physiological markers of stress, such as cortisol. One of her recent studies showed children with low functioning autism spectrum disorder had significantly higher mean cortisol levels than both children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children.

She also assesses other physiological measures such as heart rate, blood pressure, galvanic skin response (also a measure of stress) and brain wave activity in study participants using the commercially available BioPac system.

As a professor of psychology, Dr. Putnam is also pleased to have her research demonstrate to her students the value of studying different disciplines – neuropsychology, behavior, statistics and physiology.

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

Get to Know…

JC_GTKPassionate is the best way to describe how Jude Caserta approaches her job responsibilities each and every day. Whether it’s offering advice on budget matters or making sure each student-athlete and coach has the proper amount of meal money, Jude is the consummate advocate for the Athletic Department and the people who work around her.

Since moving from the Controller’s Office where she was the Director of Accounting from 1989-1991, to athletics, Jude has changed titles from athletic business manager to assistant athletic director. The title change is a reward not only for her knowledge of the world of finance and accounting but for her enthusiastic involvement in the day-to-day operations of the growing program. One thing that hasn’t changed is that the student-athletes at Canisius continue to be her top priority and everything she does and accomplishes is in the best interest of the institution. Jude is an alumnus of the college and has earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Canisius.

Did you know…that Jude has sung the National Anthem many times. Her first break came singing for Canisius and she has since sang for the NFL (Bills), NHL (Sabres and Anaheim Ducks), NBA (Toronto Raptors) and MLB (Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and New York Mets). Jude’s goal is to fill a passport with stamps before it expires. She is well on her way as she’s been to wine tastings in the US, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Wehle School of Business Dean Search

Greg Wood, PhD, associate dean of the Wehle School of Business at Canisius, will be interviewing for the dean position today and tomorrow, February 3. All are invited to attend his open forum scheduled for tomorrow, February 3 from 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Horan O’Donnell 109. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the open forum will be available as a link on MyCanisius.

Electronic surveys are also available for each candidate. As you interact with a candidate by attending the open forum, please take the time to provide thoughtful feedback by filling out the appropriate survey. The deadline for Dr. Wood’s survey will be Monday, February 8.

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, dean, school of education and human services

Enjoy Coffee and Donuts from the Canisius Fund!

IMG9525311Canisius Fund staff members, volunteers and students will be visiting campus offices with coffee and donuts to personally thank faculty and staff donors for their commitment and ask for support of those who have yet to make a gift.

In addition, the Faculty and Staff Donor Recognition Wall, located between Tim Horton’s and the library entrance is back, proudly displaying the names of the college’s generous faculty and staff supporters for 2015-16!

All of these initiatives are part of this year’s Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, which provides essential funding for scholarships and tuition assistance, academic and athletic excellence, and programs that strengthen our Jesuit educational mission.

If you have not yet made your gift, you can do so by clicking here, where you can direct your gift to the college’s greatest needs or your favorite campus initiative or academic department

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of Canisius College! You truly are the spark that inspires our students to “go forth and set the world on fire.”

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund