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Human Resources Introduces PageUp

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that its new recruitment management system, PageUp, will go live on Monday, February 27. PageUp will automate and streamline the position requisition, application and hiring process.  The utilization of PageUp will enhance the college’s ability to recruit a highly talented and diverse workforce.

Going forward, all open positions or new positions shall be requested using the PageUp system.  Human resources will no longer use or accept the personnel requisition form to initiate replacement or new position requests.

All searches that began on the paper process will conclude through the paper process.

For additional information, contact Jenn Skowron in human resources at

Submitted by: Jennifer Skowron, assistant director, human resources

Female Firefighting Pioneer Speaks on Campus

BerkmanCanisius College presents Brenda Berkman, a retired captain of the New York City Fire Department, who will speak on Wednesday, March 1 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Regis Room. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1977, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lifted a hiring freeze and began seeking new recruits who needed to pass a physical test in order to be considered. Of the 90 women who took the test, zero passed including Berkman, a marathon runner. Berkman, also an attorney at the time, filed and won a lawsuit against the city of New York on the basis of gender discrimination. In 1982, 40 women were hired by the New York City Fire Department as tests were changed to be more job-related.

For years afterwards, the women faced mental, physical and sexual abuse. The PBS documentary Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City chronicles the journey of Berkman and others in the FDNY. Berkman is a proponent that women can save lives as well as men, a controversy that still exists today.

Berkman received the Susan B. Anthony Award, which honors grassroots activists dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in New York City, from the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1984. In 2002, NOW also presented Berkman with the Women of Courage Award, as she was one of the first responders to the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. Berkman rose to the rank of captain and retired in 2006.

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Submitted by: Kate M. Dierenfield, adjunct professor, history

Learn to Build a Video Game Environment

On Friday, March 3, the Serious Games Meetup Group convenes at 10:30 a.m. in Lyons Room 122 for a very special opportunity: learn to build a game environment! Attendees will learn how to build a basic structure of a First Person Shooter (FPS) game, minus the shooting, using Unity game engine. No knowledge of programming is required.

bj_blazkowiczBJ Blazkowicz is an American spy of Polish decent and protagonist of the Wolfenstein 3D computer game ( id Software, 1992). His goal in the game is to fight the Nazis behind enemy lines and save the world from their evil. The game is considered to be the starting point of the First-Person Shooter (FPS) genre which is still dominating the game industry today.

PJ Moskal, PhD, associate professor in digital media arts, will conduct a workshop on how to build a FPS game prototype that could be utilized for educational purposes such as architectural visualizations, training applications and others.

Bring your own computer with Unity installed (free download at or use a lab computer.

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