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Spotlight on Innovation in Teaching and Learning

itl-johnson-spotlightPatricia Johnson, assistant professor and program coordinator for the forensic accounting graduate program at Canisius, was recently awarded the 2015 Mark Chain/Federation of Schools Accountancy (FSA) Teaching Innovation Award for graduate-level accounting courses.  Her entry, “Detective, Critic, Curator, Investigator—A Novel Approach to Encouraging Student Research and Creativity,” involved a series of activities related to fraud examination. The activities encouraged students to explore topics that complemented the course content, promoted creativity and allowed them to make critical choices.

The model can also be applied to other courses to encourage exploration of new or complementary topics. The prestigious teaching award is sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and Grant Thornton LLP. Johnson’s curricula will be included with those of past winners as part of the AICPA’s Accounting Professors’ Curriculum Resource tool, which is designed to encourage faculty and engage accounting students while furthering their knowledge of the profession.   Congratulations to Johnson on her recognition and her innovation in teaching graduate-level accounting material.

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

Women’s Business Center Presents “Approved, Now What?”

On Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. the Women’s Business Center will host “Approved, Now What?” as part of its contracting series. The program will focus on how you can utilize your certification to gain business growth through government contracts.

The event will cost $50. To register, call Karen Burke at Ext. 8282 or register online here.

For more information on the Women’s Business Center, visit their homepage here.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, coordinator, Women’s Business Center

Match Day 2016

UB-Match-Day-2016Eight Canisius alumni received their first-choice residency placements during Match Day at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Friday, March 18. Pictured (L-R):

Adriana Lynn Meholick ’12, general surgery, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, MA

James Shea ’12, pediatrics, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Charles T. Camp ’12, psychiatry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Nathan Paul Olszewski ’12, orthopaedic surgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Eric Edward Kaczor ’12, emergency medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA

James Patrick Farrell ’12, orthopaedic surgery, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Kara Powalski ’12, pediatrics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Taryn Spencer ’12, internal medicine, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, Pre-Medical center

Canisius Hosts Regional History Day

2016wnyhistoryday22016wnyhistorydayCanisius College and the Niagara Frontier Council for Social Studies hosted the 2016 Western New York Regional History Day Competition on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Canisius College adolescence education history students, along with associate professor Lorrei DiCamillo, PhD, participated as judges and moderators for high school students as they competed in debates and showed off display projects. Top-finishers of each event move on to the national competition.

The Canisius College School of Education and Nancy Wallace, PhD, director of school and community partnerships, have graciously hosted this group for several years. We look forward to hosting again next year on March 11, 2017.

Submitted by: Lorrei DiCamillo, PhD, associate professor, chair, teacher education and Nancy Wallace, PhD, director, school and community partnerships