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Serious Games Meetup Group

SeriousGamesMeetup2On Friday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall Room 122, come to the first meeting of the Serious Games Meetup Group.  Our goal is to familiarize faculty and staff with theories and tools for design and development of serious games, or games for purposes other than pure entertainment.

Serious games can serve a wide variety of purposes: educational topics, scientific simulations, healthcare and therapeutic processes, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics. The group will explore learning theories, game design, and conduct workshops using various applications and “game engines” that will aid faculty and staff in the development of serious games…and yes we will play games too!

The group, facilitated by P.J. Moskal, associate professor of communication studies and Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer in the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI), will meet on the first Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. for one-hour sessions.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Canisius Receives Designation from Society of Actuaries

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) granted Canisius College with the Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) designation. Canisius is the first institution in the Buffalo area to be awarded this designation. Details regarding the designation may be found here.

The new UCAP designation means that prospective students who visit the SOA website and search for schools with actuarial programs will see Canisius listed, with links to the college website and the Math/Stats Department website. They will also be able to see Canisius’ position on a map, as well as any nearby schools that also have UCAP designation.

Actuary is a highly-regarded profession and employment opportunities exist wherever managing risk is a concern. Actuaries use mathematics, probability and statistics to help organizations plan for the future and protect themselves from loss. Recently, Careercast ranked actuary as number one on its list of the top 200 jobs. Read more here.

For more information, please visit the Society of Actuaries (SOA) main webpage here.

Submitted by: Byung-Jay Kahng, chair, mathematics and statistics