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Canisius in the News

Channel 4 News featured Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science on Thursday, March 3. See what he had to say about Romney and Trump here.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Michael Haselwerdt, PhD, professor of political science. The story was also picked up by 16 other media outlets including Yahoo News, The Detroit News and Naples Daily News.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

FS-Financial-modeling-using-R-spotlightCanisius faculty members strive to both educate their students and add to broaden knowledge in their fields.  For Paul Yan, PhD, assistant professor of economics and finance, these two activities are tightly linked.

Dr. Yan has found that several open source (free) software packages provide powerful tools for financial modeling and uses them extensively in his finance classes.  He has since written books on using these tools in finance.  His first book, Python for Finance, was published in 2014. The book was adopted at Westminster College for the course of “Financial Analytics” and at Pennsylvania State University for the course of and “Data Science in Finance”. This year, Dr. Yan published Financial modeling using R. This book has been adopted as a textbook at Loyola University Maryland, Roman University, University at Buffalo and Canisius.

The books describe how two different powerful software packages can be used in different ways to help with finance, including a variety of useful measures like building financial calculators, exploring price options, developing financial models, risk management, and statistical testing.  By learning how these software packages can be used in finance and by making them more accessible for students and professionals, Dr. Yan is truly modeling the teacher-scholar ideal.

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

Get to Know…

IMG_8077It is said that every good building starts with a solid foundation.  Julie has been one of the rocks in the Facilities Department’s foundation.  As the facilities operations office manager, Julie juggles a multitude of tasks including fielding phone calls, dispatching technicians, generating purchase orders, processing invoices, compiling the department payroll, analyzing budgets and managing work study students.  The best part is Julie handles everything with a smile on her face and a cheerful voice, even when things get hectic.  Julie is an important part of the Facilities Department operation.  We are blessed to have her on our team.  Canisius can claim Julie and her three children, Lauren, Emily and soon Karl, as alumni, something of which she is very proud.

Did you know…that Julie is known for her famous coffee cake which she sometimes shares with the office staff when “they are good.” When Julie is not at work, she and her husband, Karl, spend as much time as they can with their two grandsons, Henry and Jack, who live in Cincinnati.  They are the loves of her life.

Submitted by: Public Relations

MLK Award Recipients

Each year, the Canisius College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Award recognizes members of the Canisius community who represent the ideals of Dr. King. This year, Canisius College is recognizing three individuals who embody these principles: Paula Castro-Uruburo ’16 (student), Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, campus ministry (faculty/staff) and Terri Mangione, PhD, vice president, student affairs (administrator).

The recipients were chosen for demonstrating a commitment to qualities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Social justice (a society which affords individuals and groups dignity and a just share of the benefits of society)
  • Racial harmony
  • Civil rights (the equal protections and privileges given to all citizens by law)
  • Human rights (the basic rights of individuals to life, liberty and justice)
  • Advocates for the poor
  • Change through non-violence or advocates non-violence

Congratulations to Paula, Barb and Terri!

Submitted by: Gary Everett, chair, MLK selection committee

Griff Fair in Science Hall Tomorrow!

GriffFairLogo-1Griff Fair 2016 is tomorrow, March 9! Visit the Science Hall Commons and Atrium from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. There will be 66 employers looking to meet with Canisius students and alumni, to recruit them for full-time and part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Please encourage your students to attend this event so that our employers may #hireagriff!

Canisius students and alumni may register ahead of time in Handshake. Registering ahead of time and checking in at the event will earn each student two entries into our Griff Fair Giveaway, which includes an iPad Air!

The full list of employers can be found here.

Submitted by: Allison Suflita, assistant director, Griff Center for Academic Engagement