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Spotlight on Student Learning

dome-for-genericStudents in Anthropology 351, Qualitative Research Methods, study issues of urban problems through the method of urban ethnography. Using classical and contemporary case studies, students perform methods in action, where they replicate these methods by doing participant observation, in-depth interviews and historical analysis of a social concern of interest. This provides an excellent tool to assess skills in research methods and global awareness both for majors and for peace and justice minors.

For the students, it helps them develop an understanding of how the ethnography mirrors the urban environment today, full of perspectives and opportunities to study social justice and inequality. These projects are used to assess students’ performances in the class and the programs. They also serve as writing samples for their academic portfolios, which are often needed for graduate school and other opportunities.

For more information about these projects, contact Erin Robinson, PhD, chair of the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department.

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

Magis Medals Awarded

ASN Magis Winners 4 17 2016(l-r) Robert Greene ’66 and Frederick Attea ’61, partners at the law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP; Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, founder and executive director of the Response to Love Center; Christopher Urban, Buffalo Alpha Sigma Nu alumni chapter president; Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology and Cainsius Alpha Sigma Nu faculty adviser; Megan Brenner-Zwara ’10, recruitment coordinator for AmeriCorps Build Lives through Education (ABLE); and Amy O’Neil, Alpha Sigma Nu development director. 


Frederick G. Attea ’61, Robert Greene ’66, and Megan Brenner-Zwara ’10 received Magis Medals during Alpha Sigma Nu’s annual brunch in the Grupp Fireside Lounge on Sunday, April 17.

The Alpha Sigma Nu national Jesuit honor society awarded the medals in celebration of the society’s centennial anniversary. Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF also received a Magis Medal at the event.

Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, Αlpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.

Read more information on the Canisius Magis Medal recipients here.

View more photos from the Alpha Sigma Nu induction ceremony here.

Submitted by: Public Relations

“Not So Different” Available for Download on iTunes and Google Play

365Support the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius by downloading the song “Not So Different” on iTunes or GooglePlay.   All Proceeds from the download will benefit the IAR.

Download “Not So Different” from iTunes here.

Download “Not So Different” from Google Play here.

The song, “Not So Different,” is a new version of a song originally recorded by singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski in 2013 and features John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Mary Ramsey from 10,000 Maniacs and Kubinski. The project is the brainchild of famed music producer Armand Petri, who thought the song would provide a useful vehicle to shine a light on the need for additional autism research. Petri’s son, AJ, is autistic and has benefited from the IAR’s programs.

More than $25,000 was raised for the IAR at the Artists for Autism concert on April 16. The artists performed to a sold-out crowd at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Volunteer for the Commencement Ceremonies

commencement-volunteers-adThe Canisius College commencement ceremonies are memorable experiences for students. All Canisius College faculty (if you are not processing), staff and students are invited to volunteer at our 2016 commencement ceremonies:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 21
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

There are many volunteer opportunities this year and we are counting on our veteran volunteers as well as looking forward to working with all newcomers.

For more information about commencement volunteer opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to the Commencement page located on the Academic Affairs community page.

Please let us know by Friday, April 29 if you are available to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Peter, Ext. 2121, in academic affairs or Connie Pileri, Ext. 2180 in event services.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assitant dean of students; director, event services

Baseball Continues Homestand

stekl81The Canisius baseball team continues its five-game home-stand with a twin bill tomorrow, April 26, against Cornell. The Big Red was 12-16 prior to a weekend series at Penn.

First pitch in game one has been changed to 3:00 p.m. The second game of the doubleheader should start at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The Griffs play 11 of their final 14 games away from home.

For additional information, visit

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