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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

Spotlight_PUNTStudents in the undergraduate Sport Management and Master’s Sport Administration (MSA) programs at Canisius College raised $1,400, which they presented to Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation in a ceremony on Wednesday, March 23. Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration, and the Institute for Research in Sport (IRIS), along with students from the two programs, presented the check to Gwen Mysiak, executive director of the foundation. The charitable foundation, started by the former Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman and his wife, Amber, helps families of children with pediatric cancer. It is headquartered in Western New York and has been helping families in Western New York since 2004.

IMG_8476The funds were raised through the Micro-Tyco Challenge, in which students were placed in teams of four and each team was given $1 of seed capital with the challenge to take their ideas, operate a business and generate as much real wealth as possible in one month. During the month of February, 32 students from SPMT 420, Economic and Finance in Sport Industry, as well as MSA 560, Moral and Ethical Issues in Sport classes participated in the Micro-Tyco Challenge. Business plans were judged and executed, real money changed hands and the resulting proceeds were targeted for the foundation. Projects among the different teams participating included a team who managed their ‘network’ and auctioned off sport memorabilia, while another team created a bottle and recycling drive.

The joint efforts of the faculty in developing this assignment and the students in taking up the challenge shows how students and faculty can collaborate to make a difference. As O’Rourke explains, “One of the visions for our SPMT/MSA programs is about developing sport leaders for a sustainable world.  Experiential learning is a key priority for us, and Micro-Tyco certainly delivers on that; it is active learning.”  For more information about this project, contact Shawn O’Rourke, at Ext. 3179.

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

Women’s Lacrosse and Baseball Home This Weekend

N5H2520EvansYour Canisius women’s lacrosse and baseball teams are home this weekend to celebrate the start of Easter break.

Coach Scott Teeter’s women’s lacrosse team begins defense of its regular season conference title on Friday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. when rival Fairfield visits the Demske Sports Complex.

On Saturday, March 26, the baseball team commences conference action as St. Peter’s travels to Buffalo for a three-game set. The teams will play a noon doubleheader on Saturday before finishing the series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

For information on all of this weekend’s events, visit

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

College of Arts and Sciences 2016 Faculty Award Ceremony

TK8A1557On Monday, March 21, the College of Arts and Sciences held its 2016 Faculty Awards ceremony and reception to honor its faculty award winners.

Please congratulate the winners for their outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Picture from left to right: Rick Falkenstein, PhD, Becky Krawiec, PhD, Tony Weston, PhD, Dave Koteras, Tom O’Malley and Eric Gansworth.


Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award

David P. Koteras, adjunct professor, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice    

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award

Thomas F. O’Malley, adjunct professor, English

Faculty Service Award

Richard K. Falkenstein, PhD, associate professor, fine arts

Faculty Scholarship Award

Eric Gansworth, professor, English

Faculty Scholarship Award

Rebecca Krawiec, PhD, professor, religious studies and theology

Faculty Teaching Award

Anthony Weston, PhD, professor, mathematics and statistics

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate, college of arts and sciences

Passports on the Move Event

PassportsontheMove_Canisius-College-04192016-1The Erie County Clerk’s Office will hold Passports on the Move on Tuesday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Frisch Hall 005, the International Student Programs Office. Canisius students, faculty and staff are invited to apply for a new passport or renew an existing one.  Applicants will be able to take their passport photo at the event. Anyone interested in participating should call the Erie County Clerk’s Office at 716-858-8866 to schedule an appointment.

A list of required documents can be found on the attached flier. If you have any questions, contact the International Students Program at or with any questions.

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, international student programs