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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

SFC-core-databaseOne of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education is providing service to others. This service can take many forms and often leads to productive collaborations between students and faculty. When it was clear that a definitive list of classes in the core curriculum did not exist and was sorely needed, Mark Meyer, PhD, and two students, Ryan Winnicki ’17 and Angelo Licastro ’18, designed and built a system using the Computer Science Department’s Linux server,

Within a few months, they put together a web application that consolidates the definitive core class list, along with notes, and uploaded documents that the Core Curriculum Committee needs to document its approval decisions. The site has already proved useful to faculty and administrators who want to see how many core classes are “on the books” along with the departments that offer them, the level of instruction, and which fields and/or attributes they satisfy.

All faculty can access the site, using the four-digit “secret” number. Once on the site, they can check on whether their class is in the system, what credit it carries and even when it was offered recently. There is no greater joy to a programmer than seeing other people actually use and rely on their programs, as well as no bigger headache than users who find bugs and call up to report them. However, if any Canisius faculty member does find a bug, please call Mark Meyer at Ext. 2432 or email You can also get the secret number from him, in case you haven’t guessed it already.

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

Borgia Named New Dean of Wehle School of Business

BorgiaCanisius Vice President for Academic Affairs, Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, appointed Daniel J. Borgia, PhD, dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  Borgia brings with him to the position nearly two decades of higher education experience.  He is currently associate dean and professor of finance for the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the University of Idaho.  In this role, he oversaw a significant and challenging update of the CBE’s curriculum to insure sustainability and to increase its flexibility and relevancy.  He also served as the primary author of the college’s AACSB accreditation report, which led to its successful AACSB reaccreditation under the new 2013 standards.

Borgia is set to begin work at Canisius College on July 11.  Click here to read more about him and his background.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Men’s Lacrosse Home Opener is Saturday

Tuttle_Siena4042Head coach Randy Mearns and his men’s lacrosse team open their 2016 season at home this Saturday, March 5 when Boston University makes a visit to the Demske Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased in advance at the Koessler Athletic Center box office or prior game at the gate. For more information on tickets, call 716-888-TIXX.

The Terriers come into Saturday’s game ranked 20th nationally with a 4-1 record. This will be the Griffs first game of the season.

For additional information on men’s lacrosse, please visit

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

Canisius College Concert Band This Saturday

The Canisius College Concert Band, under the direction of Paul D. Biddle, performs this Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.   The program features the French horn section in a performance of Mozart’s Concert Rondo, and includes the humorous work. “Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion, composed by PDQ Bach, as well as some more serious works for wind ensemble to round out the program.  This concert is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

RAISE Benefit Next Week!

All are invited to join Campus Ministry next week Tuesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 10 on the second floor of Old Main for its annual RAISE Benefit. More than 50 raffle and auction items will be available to win!

The RAISE Benefit will conclude in Montante Cultural Center with a dinner on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  A festive night of live music and themed food and cocktails from the countries our teams visit, such as Jamaican jerk chicken skewers, Indian lamb burgers, Polish sour cream cheesecake, Pina Colada rum punch and much more!  Check out our full menu here.

Tickets are $20 for faculty, staff and alumni with all food included and all drinks just $3.  Buy your dinner ticket in the Campus Ministry main office in Old Main 207 today or online here:

Submitted by: Luanne Firestone, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry