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Spotlight on Student Learning

SL-PSY exit examThe true indication of learning must be demonstrated though more than temporary mastery of course material that permits a student to achieve high scores on course exams or a high GPA. Retention and synthesis of facts, ideas and skills should be carried into post-graduate life, whether that includes the pursuit of advanced degrees or immediate employment in an area for which the student has been prepared.

The Department of Psychology takes this philosophy very seriously and continuously seeks to improve the program to ensure students are indeed ready for their next steps in their careers. Students who intend to graduate with a degree in psychology must complete a senior exit exam that assesses mastery of coursework and application of material learned. These exams are based on the learning goals of the department program and include knowledge in the various areas of psychological science, ethics and statistical and research principles.

The department tests on sub-discipline areas every other year with nationally standardized tests. In the alternate years, it uses homegrown tests for mastery of ethical/professional standards and research design/statistics. Results of this testing indicate areas in which students may be performing under our standards and careful analyses of areas of weakness permit the department to develop coursework to continuously strengthen the program. In this way, the Department of Psychology helps insure that its students are truly equipped to be men and women for and with others.

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

Funeral Arrangements Set for Professor Jesse E. Nash Jr., HON ’93

Services for Jesse E. Nash, Jr., HON. ’93, professor emeritus of anthropology and sociology, who died last week at the age of 90, are as follows.

The wake will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex Street, Buffalo, NY and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The wake will conclude with a vespers service at 7:30 p.m. President John Hurley will attend the wake and offer remarks on behalf of the college at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church.
Final visitation hour will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Mass of the Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The family will continue to receive condolences after the Mass in the Lower Parish Hall of St. Phillip’s, located at 15 Fernhill Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

The St. Phillip’s Memorial Fund
15 Fernhill Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215


The Nash House Museum
36 Nash Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, campus ministry

Retirement Reception for Marge Harrington, PhD, and Cathie Kersten

The campus community is invited to come celebrate the retirements of Marge Harrington, PhD, associate professor of graduate education and leadership, and Cathie Kerstens, instructor for graduate education and leadership, from the Canisius College Graduate Deaf Education Program. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in wishing Marge and Cathie well as they embark on their next chapters!

Submitted by: Ginny Carver, administrative associate, Graduate Education and Leadership