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Spotlight on Innovation in Teaching and Learning

itl-shakespeare-spotlightApril 23 marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. This anniversary provided Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor in the English Department, and her Shakespeare class (ENG 323) the opportunity to connect the academic study of the plays, service learning and research to share the words of the bard with the Canisius community, as well as the greater Buffalo community.

itl-shakespeare-1The anniversary showcased how various departments on campus can cooperatively support student-centered learning. As part of the requirements for the Shakespeare course, students work in groups and select their favorite plays, acts and scenes for a reading/performance in the Bouwhuis Library. The library staff affectionately dubbed this “Random Acts of Shakespeare.”

itl-shakespeare-3Not only did students make directorial decisions as well as scenery and artistic decisions about costuming and props, they also researched the various flowers and plants that are present in the plays. Students then helped design plaques for the Shakespeare Garden in Buffalo. The Shakespeare Garden Association will be planting flowers that were researched by the students. The plaques will be donated to the Shakespeare Garden this week after being displayed in the library.

Many thanks to the library staff and Mark Hodin, PhD, chair of the English department, in helping to make this event possible and for supporting the students in this opportunity to bring Shakespeare out of the classroom.

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

Pat Coward Accepts Position in Library

Patricia Coward, PhD, will join the staff of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library as assessment coordinator effective May 31. Coward earned her PhD at Bowling Green State University. She came to Canisius in 2005 as the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Coward taught numerous courses, specializing in teaching first-year students. She will move from her current position of director of developmental writing to fill her current role in the library.

Coward brings extensive experience working with students and faculty, as well as expertise in the field of assessment to the position in the library. Please join me in welcoming Pat to this new position.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, academic affairs

Administrative Professionals Day is Today!

Administrative Professionals Day is today, April 27!  We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the college’s administrative associates for all the good work they do and the value they add to our campus community.

Enjoy this special recognition day!

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance

Spring 2016 Celebration of Service

The college community is invited to attend the spring 2016 Celebration of Service on Friday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

The college takes pride in the commitment of its faculty, administration and staff, and will recognize those individuals who have reached 20, 25, 30, 35 or more years of service and those who have or will retire. Canisius is the excellent institution it is today because these colleagues gave their time and talents over the years.  This event is a way to celebrate their successes and achievements and to honor them.

Please click here to view the 2016 list of honorees.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance

2016 WNY Prosperity Fellowship Recipients

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship is proud to announce 12 new fellowship recipients and seven returning Fellows for the 2016-2017 year.

The Canisius College Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship Program is an innovative program for students in their junior or senior years or graduate studies who show entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York. It combines fellowship assistance with credit-bearing internships, and skill and networking building to provide students with academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Students receive significant financial assistance based on need, so they can fully focus on making the most of their internships, educational experiences, and networking and skill building opportunities. In return, students commit to working and giving back economically to Western New York for at least two years within a 10-year period upon graduation.

The Prosperity Fellowship Program is made possible by support from the Prentice Family Foundation, established in 2007 by Bryant and Joan Prentice.

This year, the Fellows will take part in a weeklong orientation process to prepare them for the year ahead.  By combining business etiquette training workshops, community service, tours of local companies, and activities with their counterparts at the University at Buffalo, the students will be fully immersed in the Prosperity Fellowship program as well as the Western New York.

The following students were awarded fellowships:

Kate Anticoli, Latrel Citizen, Lauren Courtade, Haley Edwards, Erik Ferguson, Brannon Jones, Greg Kopra, Lee Locklear, Marc Mallare, Katherine McCarley, Jack McGuire , James Moscato, Caitlin Orgek, Sarah Owen, Amber Quinney, Connor Rosenecker, Daphne Sietz, Jeffrey Spencer, Chen Zhang

Submitted by: Emma Pastori, management graduate assistant