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Campus Candids


From Thursday, October 13 – Friday, October 14, students from the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Program in the Department of Kinesiology escorted fourth graders from Buffalo Public School (BPS) 54—Dr. George E. Blackman School of Excellence to Cradle Beach in Angola, NY.

PHETE majors coordinated activities, served meals and camped overnight with the children and staff.  Special thanks to Mark Warner ’84, adjunct professor of physical education, and our partners at School 54, Karin Seymour ’98, MS ’08, physical education instructor and Greg Johnson, assistant principal, for the valuable experiences for our teacher candidates.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of physical & health education teacher education

Canisius in the News

Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, lent his expert opinion in an article “Opting out” in Buffalo Magazine. Reeds discusses the state of youth sports and the additional pressures placed on kids today.

To read the article, click here and flip to page 18.

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

028Mark J. Piatkowski
Assistant Director, Student Life

Over the past 11 years, Mark Piatkowski has dedicated countless hours serving as an advocate for graduate and undergraduate students.  As the assistant director for the Office of Student Life, he has committed himself to supervising, mentoring and developing graduate students in the College Student Personnel Administration Program in becoming professionals and leaders in the field of higher education.

While most days Mark is a vibrant and boisterous cheerleader for students, especially the resident assistants, we cannot fail to mention the most glamorous part of his job, responding to bad decisions made by students at 2:00 a.m. Regardless of the situation, Mark is willing to assist wherever and whenever needed.  From committee work to a new programming venture, Mark’s can-do attitude is present and contagious.

Mark’s commitment to living the Magis extends beyond Canisius.  He is a devoted husband to his wife, Amy, and a father. On most days you can find him taking care of items on his “honey do” list or building a play set for his daughter, Maya.

Did you know… Mark is a three-time Canisius College alum with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/sociology (2001), a master’s degree in college student personnel (2003) and a master’s degree in business administration (2011).

Submitted by: College Communications

Toner Scam Targets Canisius

Several offices on campus received phone solicitation calls from a company claiming to be associated with ComDoc and Xerox.   The company is requesting information about departmental printers and telling users that the cost of toner and supplies is increasing. They then try to sell and ship you their supplies.

Please do not give them any information or agree to allow them to provide services and supplies.  If you question the callers’ motives or intentions, please refer them to the ITS Help Desk.  ComDoc does not give out any information and will never call trying to sell toner.   All toner and maintenance supplies are provided as part of our contract with ComDoc.   Paper is centrally purchased through a common budget.  See this wiki page for more information about ordering paper and supplies.

For more information about these so called “Toner Pirates,” please read this news article.  As always, if you have any questions, concerns or problems please contact the ITS Help Desk at Ext. 8340 or

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

Jericho Road Annual Clothing Drive

Jericho Road Community Health Center is currently holding its annual winter outerwear drive to serve refugees who arrive in Western New York unprepared for our famous winters. (Some of these clients will be experiencing snow for the very first time!)

How Can You Help?

Collect the following new or gently used winter items: coats, boots, scarves, gloves, mittens, hats, and blankets.  Bring them to the Campus Ministry main office in Old Main Room 211 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21. All items will be donated on behalf of Canisius College!

If you have any questions, contact Lu Firestone at

Submitted by: Luanne Firestone, senior associate campus minister, Campus Ministry