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Spotlight on New Faculty

nf-schumer-spotlightLizz Schumer is a new assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Journalism programs. She teaches narrative journalism and writing for the public media this semester. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Canisius College and is looking forward to getting more involved with campus life as a full-time professor.

Schumer is a journalist, photographer and creative writer whose work appears most frequently in the food section, The Buffalo News Gusto section and Buffalo Spree, as well as in a wide range of national publications and websites. She also serves as the social media and marketing/public relations director for Resurgence Brewing Company.

Schumer’s work often focuses on the stories behind the news: the people, historical context and sociological issues that live behind the headlines. Schumer’s first book, Buffalo Steel discusses these themes using a blend of reportage, lyrical narrative and poetry.

Schumer received her bachelor’s in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and her master’s of fine arts in Creative Writing (MFAW) from Goddard College.

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

9/11 Remembrance

Canisius College will honor the 15th anniversary of 9/11 today, Friday, September 9, by passing out American flags outside the Griff Center for Academic Engagement, Old Main 013. Please stop by throughout the day and show your support for those who were impacted by this tragic event.

Thank you for joining us and taking a day to remember, reflect and come together as a community.

Submitted by: Sierra Bonerb, assistant director, Griff Center for Academic Engagement

Middle States Monitoring Report Available

UntitledIn response to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s request for a monitoring report, Canisius submitted its report and a series of attachments to the accreditor on September 1, 2016.

A copy of the report is now available on the right hand side of the homepage of the MyCanisius portal.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president , assistant to the president

Employee Tuition Waiver and Tuition Exchange Information

Anyone who currently utilizes the Employee Waiver, Tuition Exchange or plans to with the start of the current academic year, is highly encouraged to attend a demonstration of the new application site on the Canisius portal.

Employees will be required to submit applications and re-certifications on this site, starting this fall.

Demonstrations will be given in the IT Conference Room located in the basement of Science Hall Room 002C on September 15 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Please contact Human Resources at Ext. 2241 to reserve your spot today!

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, assistant director, Student Records and Financial Services

Canisius Presents “Dual Constitutionalism in America”

Canisius College presents a panel discussion on “Dual Constitutionalism in America,” on Tuesday, September 20 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Regis Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Canisius College Raichle Pre-Law Center, the Bar Association of Erie County and the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara.

Panelists will include:

    • Hon. Eugene F. Pigott Jr., NYS Court of Appeals
    • Christopher Bopst ’95, chief legal and financial officer, Sam-Son Logistics
    • Peter J. Galie, former director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center and professor emeritus of political science, Canisius College

Robert A. Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center, will serve as panel moderator. The theme of the event, held in commemoration of Constitution Day, will be the tradition of dual constitutionalism in the United StatesPanelists will examine the national Constitution from the perspective of New York State’s Constitution – how does the state constitution shed light on our national constitution and vice versa? In what ways are they different and how are they similar?  Given that the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention to revise the New York State Constitution will appear on the ballot in November 2017, a focus of the discussion will include the respective models of the constitutional revision found in the two documents.

For more information about “Dual Constitutionalism in America,” contact Robert Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center at (716) 888-2884 or at

Submitted by: College Communications