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On Friday, February 3, the Serious Games Meetup Group had a fantastic meetup as faculty, staff and students came to experience Virtual Reality (VR). Using PC- and Sony Playstation-based VR technologies, attendees sampled a variety of applications ranging from immersive entertainment to educational and exploratory simulations.  Participants considered the many possibilities of the new technology for education!

Special thanks to P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts and Andrew Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of biology for supplying the Virtual Reality equipment!  Stay tuned for more Serious Games Meetups, on the first Friday of every month during the fall and spring semesters!

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

Banners Honoring Local Literary Luminaries Line Washington Street

Banners along Washington Street’s literary corridor now display the names of 15 diverse novelists, poets, and playwrights with Buffalo connections.  Eric Gansworth, professor of English and Lowery-Writer-in-Residence, is among those honored.  Others include Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joyce Carol Oates.

Part of the LIT CITY campaign, the project will also include a mural honoring Robert Creeley, a sculpture celebrating Lucille Clifton and poems and writing excerpts engraved in the sidewalks.

Read more here.

Submitted by College Communications

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

The Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 MLK awards.  This honor recognizes Canisius community members, student and non-student, who demonstrate qualities promoting social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, advocacy for the poor, or change through non-violence.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10, 2017. 

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and current students of Canisius College.  Please make a nomination here. MLK Awards will be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by: Gary Everett, chief, Canisius College Public Safety (retired) and chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee

Griffin Week Kicks Off with Swimming and Diving Championships

swim-dive-3Griffin Week, presented by UNYTS, begins Wednesday, February 8 with a week full of athletic-related activities!

Kicking off the event is the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Several of your Griffs are favored to capture events including diver Travis Wright and women’s swimmer Becca Anthone. Qualifying swims start at 10 a.m. each morning with finals slated for 6:00 p.m.

Check out or for additional information plus daily results and schedules.

Griffin Week t-shirts are on sale daily at the C-Block office and student tickets to the basketball double-header against Niagara will be distributed beginning Wednesday evening. Limited tickets remain for those games. Don’t forget, faculty and staff  receive a discount with their Canisius ID’s. Call 888-TIXX for your seats to hoops and hockey.

Here is the complete list of events:

February 8-11 – MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships (ECC Flickinger Center)

February 10 – W. Basketball vs. Niagara – 5:30 p.m. (Free pizza for students in between games)

February 10 – M. Basketball vs. Niagara – 8:00 p.m.

February 14 – M. Basketball vs. Iona – 7:00 p.m. (Anderson’s Ice Cream at halftime)

February 15 – Hockey vs. Niagara – 7:35 p.m. (HARBORCENTER)

February 15-16 – UNYTS Blood Drive 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Palisano

February 16 – W. Basketball vs. St. Peter’s – 7:00 p.m. (Play4Kay event)

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

CEEP Applications Close Friday

The online application for 2017-2018 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards will close on Friday, February 10. Renewal is not automatic and students must apply each year. Any office on campus can employ a CEEP student with an appropriate project.

A 3.33 or higher GPA is required and undergraduate students in all majors may apply to work in academic departments and administrative offices. The rate for CEEP is $10.50 per hour minus taxes, for a maximum of 150 hours.

More information and current online applications are available on the myCanisius portal under the Academic Affairs Community Page. Please direct any questions to Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president of Academic Affairs or Kathy Peter, executive associate in the Office for Academic Affairs at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs