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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

sfc-phete-majors-during-western-zone-conference-spotlightThe Department of Kinesiology’s Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program hosted the spring Western Zone Conference for the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) for the sixth consecutive year in March. This is a professional development opportunity for local educators and professionals in physical and health education, recreation and dance.  With approximately 100 participants each year, in addition to guest speakers and presenters, the conference provides PHETE majors a chance to meet and network with area experts.

sfc-phete-majors-during-western-zone-conference-extraAll faculty and PHETE majors attend and collaborate on the organization of this event.  Students enrolled in PED 371/PEG 571 – Assessment in Physical Education are asked to submit a proposal and present at the conference.  This year’s student conference presentations included Incorporating Common Core in an Elementary Basketball Unit and Games and Activities with an Omnikin Ball. A PHETE faculty member also delivered a session entitled Somewhere Between Politically Correct and Incorrect.

Students and faculty use the Western Zone Conference as a spring-board for a presentation at the NYSAHPERD state-wide convention in November where this past year, a Canisius College PHETE candidate presented a session entitled New Technologies and Web-Based Resources in Physical Education.

In the spotlight: PHETE majors – Logan Aikins ’17, Travis Denman ’17, Matt Francisco ’17 and John Occhiuto ’17 lead an Omnikin Ball session.

Additional image: PHETE majors – Ryan Carberry ’17, Darian Kinney ’16, Chris Juergens ’17, Mindy Odrobina ’16, and Andrew Romano ’16 lead a common core session

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

Congratulations to our 2016 CFA Team

Canisius-CFA-3Congratulations to the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team who advanced to the Americas Finals in the 2016 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. The competition was held in Chicago, IL yesterday, April 13.

More than 4,000 students from nearly 1,000 universities from all over the world competed in the challenge to show they have what it takes to be a successful investment management professional. Competing in the Americas Finals put the team in the top 2 percent in the world.

The Canisius team is comprised of five members: Richard Kubiak ’16 (team captain), Mallory Murdie MBA ’17, Daniel Suarez ’16, Lee Huber ’16, and Alexander Vienne ’16.

The team advanced to the Americas Finals after winning the semi-finals.

“This competition provides our students with an opportunity to integrate their academic training in a team environment and become polished professionals at the very start of their careers,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance and faculty advisor to the Canisius team. Wall is joined by Matthew Krajna ’12, MBAACC ’12 who is serving as the Canisius team’s CFA mentor throughout the competition. Krajna is a portfolio advisor with Nottingham Advisors.

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Submitted by Public Relations


Softball Will Host Huge MAAC Weekend

harris_man_8212It’s a huge weekend for the Canisius softball team as it hosts four games at the Demske Sports Complex in a span of 24 hours.

Canisius opens weekend play on Saturday, April 16 for a doubleheader against Fairfield. The first game will begin at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, April 17, the Griffs battle Iona at noon for the first of two games.

Fairfield comes to Buffalo with a 3-1 conference mark, while Iona is 1-3. Canisius lost its first two conference contests to Siena.

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

Buffalo Spree Discount

Buffalo Spree Magazine is offering a 25 percent discount to alumni and members of the Canisius community for a year subscription.  Buffalo Spree is dedicated to showcasing Buffalo as an exciting and desirable place to live, rich in great neighborhoods, distinguished architecture, unique entertainment destinations and natural beauty.

To obtain your 25 percent discount, visit, click “Subscribe,” select “New Subscription” and enter GRIFF2016.

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, alumni engagement officer, office of alumni engagement