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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

SFC-SPA film festivalEach year, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures presents the Ibero-American Film Festival to engage students, faculty and the Hispanic community in Buffalo with the latest films from Latin America and Spain. Richard Reitsma, PhD and Margaret Stefanski, PhD, work with their Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) and work study students to select the films and promote the events. The festival (which is partially sponsored through Pragda and the Embassy of Spain) runs during mid-September to mid-October to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month.  The films are shown in the Language Resource Center, Old Main Room 314. The genres of the films range from political documentaries, to dramatic thrillers, and comedies.

Faculty members of the Spanish Department also use films in class to immerse students in the language and teach cultural themes, politics, history, art and linguistic differences throughout the Spanish speaking world. Students enrolled in Reitsma’s SPA 453, Almodovar and La Movida, learn about the mixing of the social and political atmosphere in Spain after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco.  The class focuses on the films of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar who has been directing films since the late 1970’s.

This year, Nick Grostefon ’18, CEEP assistant for Reitsma, incorporated films from the Almodovar class as well as the Ibero-American Film Festival into his student teaching at Tapestry Charter High School. The Spanish C-level class explores the Spanish language and culture through literature and film. The films often explore mature themes and situations such as sexuality and political turmoil, but allow students to see what is actually occurring throughout the Spanish speaking world. The class explores some of the very texts that Nick was taught for the first time at Canisius, such as Almodovar’s 1999 film, Todo sobre mi madre, of Spain, and Alvaro Brechner’s Mr. Kaplan, directed in Uruguay in 2014.

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

Welcome the Golden Griffin!

WingThe college community is invited to attend the unveiling of the Golden Griffin statue during an informal ceremony on Friday, May 6 at Noon outside the Science Hall Commons area.

The majestic mascot trekked more than 1,200 miles from its creator, sculptor Mark Palmerton, owner of Crucible Foundry in Norman, OK. The Golden Griffin will permanently and prominently nest outside Science Hall.

The 1,500-pound bronze sculpture is a gift from the Undergraduate Student Association and will serve as a permanent symbol of Canisius pride for generations of students and alumni. Hjckrrh!

Submitted by Public Relations

Campus Dining Hours Extended

The dining venues on campus will have extended hours of operations leading up to and through exam week.

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The Tim Horton’s on campus also has extended hours of operations from now to the end of exam week.

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Submitted by: Molly Cummings, marketing director, Chartwells

Sign Up Now for the Immersion East Side Program

The 2016 Immersion East Side Program extended the application deadline to Friday, May 6. Students interested in a two-week immersion experience living and learning on the East Side of Buffalo should apply.


For more information, contact Melissa Mosko, PhD, at or Devonya Havis, PhD, at

The application can be found online here.

Submitted by: Melissa Mosko, PhD, assistant professor, philosophy

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

kaleidoscope-pictureThe Canisius College Video Institute production of the May episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean.

In the first segment, host Stan Bratton, PhD, speaks with Imam Hamid Nasir Mali and Nasir Khan, PhD, of the Buffalo Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The group will discuss their community’s history, essential beliefs, the establishment of the Buffalo Chapter and Khilafat Day, which is commemorated this month.

In conjunction with the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein sits down with Holocaust survivor Sophia Veffer, in honor of Yom HaShoah, which commemorates the systematic extermination of approximately six million European Jews during the reign of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Sarah Seiler, graduate assistant, communication studies