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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

FSC-streeter-from-donnelly-spotlightBrandi Streeter MS ’15 came to Canisius to study mental health counseling. But she never lost interest in Biology, her undergraduate major. As the time came to identify a topic for her Canisius course in Research Techniques, it was only natural for her to explore connections between the fields of counseling and neuroscience.

These connections are highlighted in recent studies examining such phenomena as the neural basis of empathy. Brandi’s interests initially lead to a paper and presentation in her class and then to a presentation at Ignatian Scholarship Day in 2015. Brandi also presented a poster on the topic at the annual conference of the American and Canadian Counseling Associations in Montreal.

FSC-streeter from donnelly extraBrandi and her faculty mentors, Christine Moll, PhD, and Jim Donnelly, PhD, of the Department of Counseling and Human Services, undertook a national study of the integration of neuroscience topics in counselor education programs. The study involved examining and coding of curricular content on the web sites of the 289 master’s and 63 doctoral programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The group found a significant variation in the four CACREP regions, with the greatest proportion of programs in the North Atlantic region offering such coursework (about 15 percent of programs). Brandi remains interested in exploring connections between neuroscience and counseling and intends to pursue doctoral study in the area.

Brandi’s project is an example of how students and faculty can take an idea from the classroom to other contexts with the result being an exciting scholarly collaborations between students and faculty.

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

Introducing the Creative and Web Services Portal Site

To better serve the creative and web needs of the Canisius community, we are introducing a new resource located on MyCanisius.   The Creative & Web Services website is a “one-stop shop” where you’ll find helpful tools and information, including instructions for requesting work from our department, forms, downloadable templates and more. The new Canisius Brand Guide, a document featuring newly-created brand assets with guidelines for proper application, is also available on the site. A link to the new website can be found in the left navigation on the MyCanisius landing page: CWS_PortalPlease visit the site to see new instructions for submitting project requests. Note that we have set up the mailboxes below for new requests: (for creative project requests) (for web-related requests)

These mailboxes are continually monitored and should be used rather than emailing department personnel directly. Please visit the site for other instructions including required lead times and new request forms.

Please don’t hesitate to email or call Ext. 2790 with any questions. We look forward to working with you on your future creative and web needs.

Submitted by: The Office of Marketing and Communication

Mr. Canisius Contest is April 9

Join us for the annual Mr. Canisius contest on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center!  Students will show off their talent and dedication to Canisius College!  Tickets are $2 if purchased in advance and $3 if purchased at the door.  It will be a fun night for all involved!


Submitted by: Jenna Cochrane, student life coordinator, student life

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse in Action on Saturday

N5H2345NelsonThe Canisius men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will host a conference double header on Saturday, April 9 as Manhattan makes a visit to the Demske Sports Complex. The Golden Griffin women host the Jaspers at noon while the men’s team squares off at 3:00 p.m.

The Canisius women’s team is currently tied for first in MAAC play, while the men are in fifth.

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

Kristen Worley on Gender in Sport

Worley2UNITY and the Kinesiology Society are co-sponsoring a guest lecture by Kristen Worley entitled “Gender in Sport:  What Happens When Nature Clashes with the Social Structure of Olympic Sport.”  The lecture will be Thursday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m. in Palisano Pavilion. A question and answer session will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Worley is a transitioned, high performance cyclist and will speak about her own experiences with gender verification at the international level, as well as her current and ongoing human rights case against the International Olympic Committee and several other cycling organizations.  Her case is profiled in several media outlets, including this article in Newsweek.  Worley will also speak about her advocacy work with women whose gender is being questioned, scrutinized and even forcibly tested by various agencies in international sports, as well as the impact of these stories in the media.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, assistant professor, ABEC