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Canisius in the News

Buffalo’s NPR news station, WBFO-FM 88.7, interviewed Political Science Professor Michael Haselswerdt, PhD, about the possibility of a key race developing in the New York State primary. Click here to listen to the full interview.

WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Claudine Ewing interviewed Emeritus Professor of Political Science Peter Galie, PhD, about the New York State constitutional provision that protects the pensions for all public workers in the state. Click here to read the article.

WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Dave McKinley interviewed Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, about why New York State isn’t among the first to host a presidential primary.  Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Innovations in Teaching and Learning

ITL-dual-immersion-spotlightHow can a single professor provide foreign language practice for all students in a conversation class? It takes creativity. The Spanish program at Canisius College partners with Jesuit colleges and universities from Latin America (AUSJAL) in a dual immersion program in conversation courses. Canisius students converse with peer learners in Latin America. Half of class time is devoted to Canisius students speaking Spanish with Latin ITL-dual immersion 2American students and the other half of the time they switch to English so that the peer learners in Latin America can practice their English.

Students enjoy this virtual immersion in the language using Skype. Past partners have ITL-dual immersion 1included schools in Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. This program allows students from both countries to speak directly in the target language with native speakers, allowing them to feel comfortable speaking. Additionally, the students learn about the culture, gain unique insight into culinary experiences, develop additional skills and even make contacts for future language practice.  


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

Canisius College’s MLK Event

1.27.16-CC-MLK-Flyer.Please-PostThe college will host its annual MLK Soup with Substance program today, February 3, from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. The program will feature three Canisius alums with a special performance by Western New York gospel singer Bessie Patterson. The president of the Undergraduate Student Association, Rich Kubiak, and the president of the Afro American Society, Joy McBride, will also be in attendance as part of the program. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Therese Bass, assistant director, ALANA student center

Griffs Host a Pair of Hoop Contests

Bleeker_MAAC15There will be plenty of action in the Koessler Athletic Center this weekend as your Golden Griffin men’s basketball team hosts a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.

On Friday, February 5, Canisius hosts league power Iona at 7:00 p.m. It’s also Petey’s birthday with a massive celebration planned at the Patrick Lee Center from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The first 400 students and faculty into the game, from the party, will receive a coupon for a free pillowcase. The pillowcase, featuring Petey, will be distributed at the end of the game. Please note, you must attend the party to have an opportunity to get a free pillowcase.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Griffs meet Rider at 3:00 p.m. Sticking with the football theme, all fans will be eligible to win an autographed football from Bills great Darryl Talley and two Super Bowl 50 caps from New Era. Students can win Super Bowl 50 hoodies and one lucky student will be heading home with a 42″ TV. To win, a student needs to have the BlueGoldWin app.

To purchase tickets, call 716-888-TIXX. For more information, visit

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

Wellness Interest Survey

In an effort to enhance and assess our GrifFit Wellness Program, please take a few minutes to complete the wellness interest survey by clicking here.  This will help us to learn about your wellness interests and allow us to plan and implement future initiatives.

Please note the survey will take less than five minutes.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, human resources