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PHETE Students Travel to New York State Conference

Students from the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program traveled to the Turning Stone Convention Center in Syracuse, NY for the annual New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) conference from Thursday, November 17 to Saturday, November 19.  Conference highlights included PHETE major Mindy Odrobina ’16 honored as a Jay B. Nash Award Nominee during the Amazing Persons Ceremony.

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

Witherspoon Era Begins Tonight

New men’s basketball head coach Reggie Witherspoon makes his home debut tonight, November 21. The Griffs host the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at 7:00 p.m. in the KAC. The Griffs opened the season with three straight road games.

To reserve your seat, call 888-TIXX.

The first 500 fans will receive a free Buffalo News fanny pack and New Era schedule posters will be distributed at the end of the game.

Canisius hosts Tennessee State on Wednesday, November 23 in the KAC. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Annual Report of Donors

Scholarship support enabled Joyson Thomas ’03 to attend Canisius.  Now, through a gift to the Leadership Society, he is helping the next generation of students receive a Canisius education.

Thomas contributes annually to the Geraldine G. and James S. Valone, PhD, Endowed Scholarship, named after his late academic advisor; the Aaron Bender ’03 Accounting Scholarship, established in memory of Thomas’ former classmate; and the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, Endowed Chair in Ethics.

Joyson Thomas is featured in the newly-released Canisius College Annual Report of Donors.  You can read his story – and many more – in the Annual Report of Donors.

Submitted by: College Communications

November Peace Coffeehouse

On Monday, November 28, Canisius will host the November Peace Coffeehouse: NAFTA, GMO Corn and Land: Resistance in Rural Mexico from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Science Hall.

The guest speaker, Luz Rivera Martínez, an organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano Y Campesino (CNUC), has 20 years of experience working on human rights, women’s movements, and peasant and labor movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico.  Martínez will speak about building autonomous community, organizing outside the electoral system and protecting millennia-old varieties of corn.

The event is sponsored by Peace Action-Canisius, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Latin American Solidarity Committee and the WNY Peace Center.

Submitted by Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor, mathematics and statistics