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Spotlight on Student Learning

SL-DMA-spotlightThe Digital Media Arts (DMA) Program, offered through the Communication Studies Department, focuses on the converging fields of digital design, video and interactive media. The program is organized into four concentrations to help students focus on a specific area of study: graphic design, web design, digital filmmaking and game design.  Quite often, DMA students will dual major or minor with computer science, fine arts, communication studies, business and marketing, and others. It’s an approach that is highly encouraged by the DMA faculty, because it develops important cross-functional skill sets and content-specific expertise.

SL-DMA wins serious game competitionIn their senior years, students take an advanced course within their concentration that qualifies as a senior project and portfolio course. The portfolios and senior projects are assessed each year for two goals: 1. Majors will design and construct effective messages through the use of digital tools; 2. Majors will evince technical ability in digital media. Additionally, DMA students gain valuable experience by working with faculty on creative research projects through CEEP, community-based learning projects and the Video Institute. Whether it’s a graphic design or web design piece for a local non-profit, a documentary film, or a serious video game, the experience gained by the students often translates into exciting opportunities after graduation. DMA assessment reveals that students consistently meet and exceed program goals, and the successes of our alumni in the industry confirm these findings.

Pictured above: DMA students win the city of Buffalo’s Serious Game Competition, spring 2015

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

Music Lecture “Desegregating the Metropolitan Opera in the 20th Century”

Met_dancerCarolyn Guzski, PhD, assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State, will present a music Lecture at noon today, March 7 in the Regis Room as part of the Women in the Arts Festival.  Dr. Guzski’s talk is entitled “Manhattan Project: Desegregating the Metropolitan Opera in the 20th Century.” Her research interests include American music, opera and national cultural institutions during the Progressive Era.

Dr. Guzski is also a pianist and opera coach. She has performed throughout the United States and has been heard in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the Juilliard Theater. Past seasons have included concerts in Japan, Italy, Switzerland, South Korea and the Caribbean, as well as broadcasts over RAI television (Italy), WFMT (Chicago), WNCN (New York), and the Voice of America network. As an opera coach, she has participated in seasons of the Florida Grand Opera, the Lake George Opera Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Orvieto Musica festival in the Umbria region of Italy.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Canisius Presents Bosco Hogan in “I am of Ireland”


Canisius College presents “I am of Ireland: An Entertainment of W.B. Yeats” by Edward Callan, a one-man play with Irish actor Bosco Hogan, tomorrow, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Bosco Hogan’s consummate skill and wide versatility have made him one of the most sought after and respected actors in Irish theater and television. His range has stretched from roles in the repertoire of classic writers such as Shakespeare, Chekov and Wilde, to the innovative contemporary work of Frank McGuinness and Jennifer Johnston. Hogan’s rich and powerfully effective speaking voice has been a distinct feature of all his work and particularly admirable in his approach to the speaking of verse. In his one-man show “I Am of Ireland: An Entertainment of W.B. Yeats,” he brings together a unique blend: a clear understanding of the nuances of Yeats’ language with a distinct interpretation of well-known and much loved verse. He also conveys, with brilliant ease, the humor and indomitable spirit of a man whose place as one of the great Irish figures of the 20th century is undisputed.

The event is sponsored by the Hassett Family Endowment, which also supports the college’s annual Hassett Reading. The Hassett Reading has brought writers to campus such as Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and Eavan Boland. Part of the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series, the Hassett Family Readings are supported by the distinguished Buffalo family that includes attorneys Joseph M. Hassett ’64, PhD, and Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62.

For more information, contact Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English, at Ext. 2662 or

Submitted by: Public Relations