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Students in the physical and health education teacher education (PHETE) program collaborated with the PE program at Buffalo Public School 17 on Tuesday, November 29.  The theme of the event was to plan for the unexpected and PHETE majors were given little notice to teach four consecutive PE lessons to K-2 children.  The students of School 17 were very excited and the exercise proved to be a great learning experience for PHETE majors.

Special thanks to both PE teachers Tricia Vezina and Phil Smith ’13 for coordinating this event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor, director, physical and health education

Canisius in the News

More than 100 print and broadcast media outlets, from across the country, reported the latest research by Joshua J. Russell ’03, PhD.  The assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) examined what it means when a child loses a pet.  His findings are featured in the latest edition of Canisius Magazine, and were picked up by media outlets including these The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Science

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

B.Porter“I am blessed—really blessed—to come to ‘work’ every day with people who I respect and love—including fellow administrators, faculty and students. Somehow even on the most difficult and demanding days there is some sort of sunshine, some moment of illumination. And so often we as a group make a difference in someone’s life.”

Barbara Porter
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Barbara Porter has been an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2004.  She holds a PhD in English with a minor in film from SUNY Buffalo.  Barbara has been at the college for more than 30 years and has served in various capacities ranging from teaching in the English Department and Women and Gender Studies Programs to functioning as the associate director of the Career Center.

As an associate dean, she helps students with a wide variety of interests and concerns, and is always moved by what students teach her about their lives and what it means to come of age in today’s world.

In addition to her role as associate dean, Barbara directs the English as a Second language (ESL) Program and assists with academic advisement for international students as well as for students planning to study abroad.

Her professional interests include sociological and ecocritical perspectives on American and global literature and she is also currently teaching for the Environmental Studies Program.

Did you know… Barbara is deeply connected to nature and any activity that takes her outdoors. You can often find her working in her rose garden, walking a woodland path or kayaking in some quiet place.

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Basketball Opens MAAC Play at Home

Your Canisius Golden Griffin women’s basketball team continues its four game homestand this weekend with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests. The two games will be the first league battles of the season for Canisius (1-4).

On Friday, December 2, the Griffs welcome Rider to the Koessler Athletic Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The weekend theme of playing schools from New Jersey continues on Sunday, December 4 with a 2:00 p.m. matinee versus Monmouth. Rider is currently 3-2 overall, while Monmouth is 2-3.

Tickets are only $5.00 and can be purchased by calling 888-TIXX. For game information, visit

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

Serve as One of Santa’s Elves for St Luke’s Mission of Mercy

elf-clip-art-elf-clip-art-2St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Campus Ministry need your help!

Volunteers are invited to move wrapped toys on Sunday, December 18, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The wrapped toys will be moved from a secret location to St. Luke’s Mission Mall.

This is open to faculty, staff, alumni, students, family and friends of the college!

  • Vans will leave for St. Luke’s from in front of the college’s Tower Lot at 6:15 p.m. You may choose to follow us over in your car so you may leave immediately following.
  • The group will meet at St. Luke’s at 325 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, at 6:30 p.m.
  • St. Luke’s will provide pizza for all volunteers.
  • St. Luke’s provides Christmas for 2600 families.
  • It is like working in Santa’s workshop getting the toys ready.

For more information and to sign up, contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry, at 888-2875 or by email at

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, senior associate campus minister, Campus Ministry