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Canisius in the News

Sara Vescio, executive director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC), discusses the WBC in this October 16 article of The Buffalo News.

Vescio discusses the state of women-owned businesses in the Buffalo-Niagara Region stating “Women have been starting up businesses at a faster rate than any other population, and Western New York is at the same pace as the rest of the country.”

Vescio also adds that the biggest issue is that women-owned businesses are starting up with less capital. “They’re getting less in loans and they’re getting less venture capital than male-owned firms.”  Vescio states that the WBC includes training as well as a support network to assist in business growth.

Click here to read the full interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Meet the Faculty Recital POSTPONED

nicole-mcpherson-headshotThe Meet the Faculty Recital for Monday, October 17 is being postponed to a later date.

Come hear Nicole McPherson, PhD, adjunct professor of flute at Canisius College, in a recital in the Montante Cultural Center. McPherson will be joined by pianist I-Fei Chen, of SUNY Fredonia, in a performance of works by Ian Clarke, Yuko Uebayash, and Henri Dutilleux.

This performance is free and open to the public.  Contact the Fine Arts/Music Office at Ext. 2536 for more information.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Professional Development Opportunities

This week, there will be two different workshops sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs that are designed to assist in advising students.

  • Navigating Canisius: Advising and iAdvise (presented by Sara Morris, PhD)  This is an opportunity to learn or review the different types of information available in iAdvise and how it can be used to help with advising students or reminding yourself of information when writing letters of reference.
    • Monday, October 17 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in OM Room 119
    • Wednesday, October 19 (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) in OM Room 119
  • Navigating Canisius: Using the New Catalog (presented by Sara Morris).  Learn the ins and outs of the new catalog and how it can be used in advising students.  This workshop will include finding out what information is available and where to find it related to majors, minors, the core curriculum, the honors program and academic policies.
    • Thursday, October 20 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.) in OM Room 119
    • Friday, October 21 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in OM Room 119

These workshops will be offered in a computer lab (PC), so there will be ample opportunity for hands-on experience.  Participants who would prefer to work on their own computers are welcome to bring their laptops (or tablets for the catalog workshop).

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

Save The Date: Canisius College Wellness Fair

On Wednesday, October 26, Canisius College will host a Wellness Fair to promote a healthy workforce and encourage healthy choices. The fair will take place in the Richard E. Winter Student Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The fair will provide the Canisius community with educational resources and ideas for how to live a better and healthier lifestyle.

Vendors attending the event include: the American Heart Association, Niagara Climbing Center, Wegmans Pharmacy Flu Shots, Nine Round and an appearance from Twiggy, the therapy dog.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Canisius College Archives Speaker Series

The 2016-17 Canisius College Archives Speaker Series will present a multi-faceted program with local professors from Buffalo and prominent Catholic and public universities on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history and director of the All-College Honors Program at Canisius, will be joined by David Gerber, PhD, professor emeritus of history at the University at Buffalo, for a presentation entitled: “Catholic and Profoundly Deaf: Jim Zobrest, Disability and the Delicate Balance between Church and State.”

The program will look at the U.S. Supreme Court Case of Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (1993), in which parents of a “profoundly deaf” young man from Arizona won the right to have the government pay for his sign language-interpreter in a Roman Catholic high school. In particular, there will be an examination of how people understand the justice system and why they seek its assistance; the shifting boundary between church and state; and the relatively new field of disability studies.

Drs. Dierenfield and Gerber will also consider the challenges of investigating contemporary history, including conducting first-person interviews, using records of Supreme Court case participants and sifting through archival materials.

The Archives Speaker Series showcases scholars who have a special understanding of archival research, based on their own experiences; and who have completed a book or other expression of scholarship reliant on archival research.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at or at 888-8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, ALB