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Kittens on Campus

Kittens will be taking up residence in the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior Laboratory in Science Hall on Monday, March 27 and the campus community is invited to view training and enrichment sessions. In cooperation with the SPCA of Erie Country, Miranda K. Workman’s ABEC 220: Animal Learning class is welcoming the kittens for enrichment and training. The sessions will include teaching the kittens to walk into a carrier on their own and complete a small agility course, which makes them attractive adoption candidates and encourages positive relationships with humans that will help the kittens transition to their new families. Stress and anxiety attached to the act of catching and putting cats in a carrier is a major reason why cats are seen less often at the veterinarian. For these kittens there will be no stress or anxiety, as they will choose to enter the carrier by themselves! The kittens will be on campus until Friday, May 5.

This is the third year that the college is partnering with the SPCA. Each year, all of the kittens have been adopted.

Workman, clinical assistant professor of animal behavior (ABEC) and anthrozoology, invites faculty, staff and students to stop by during the following times:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Every day (Sunday – Saturday) – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Interested in adopting a kitten? Email Workman at for adoption information.

Watch a video of last year’s kittens during training and enrichment here.

Submitted by: College Communications


Troubled International Relations

On Monday March 27, two guest speakers will discuss the relations between the United States, Mexico and Canada from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Science Hall Room 1013.

Troy Lundblad is a staff and research representative with United Steelworkers – Canada and works on Canada’s approach to “continentalism” with the U.S. and Mexico.

Stuart Schussler previously worked many years with the Mexico Solidarity Network, leading U.S. university student groups to Mexico to learn from social movements there, including peasant organizations in central Mexico and urban squatter organizations in Mexico City.

Lundblad and Schussler will also discuss the failure of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), from the perspective of progressive labor.

The event is co-sponsored by Peace Action-Canisius, the Western New York Peace Center and its Latin American Solidarity Committee taskforce.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Canisius Welcomes Acclaimed Poet Diana Goetsch

GoetschCanisius presents acclaimed poet Diana Goetsch who will read from her works on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a book signing, question and answer period, and reception.

Goetsch is the author (as Douglas Goetsch) of Nameless Boy, The Job of Being Everybody and several other volumes of poems. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Among Goetsch’s honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Donald Murray Prize. She taught English and creative writing in the New York City public schools and to incarcerated teens in the Bronx. Goetsch is the founder of Jane Street Press. She currently writes a column entitled “Life in Transition” for The American Scholar, lives in New York and works as a freelance teacher of writing.

For more information on Goetsch’s visit or the Contemporary Writers Series, contact Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English, at Ext 2662.

Submitted by: College Communications

COLI Google Apps Meetup

This semester, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a meetup series focused on Google Apps for Education, a set of tools ideally suited for teaching, learning and collaboration via the web. The next meetup will take place Thursday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your lunch! We’ll meet in Old Main 115, where computers, internet and collaborative spirit are plentiful.

gafecanisiuslogo60At this meetup, COLI staff will introduce a new feature recently made available to Canisius College users: Team Drives!  These make collaborating on common documents within departments and offices even easier!

If you use Google Apps to teach, help students, make administrative work less burdensome or facilitate research, please show us!  Bring your questions for the group!  Complete novices, casual users and power users all welcome!

COLI produces a variety of technology support resources for faculty.  At any time, you can see what we have by going to our home on the web, at  You can find information about our regular workshops, book a consultation meeting with our staff, and find additional resources, such as our blog and YouTube channel.

As always, if you have any questions concerning technology for teaching, learning and research, set up a one-on-one virtual or in-person consultation with us!

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

Alumni Engagement Request Forms on Portal

The Office of Alumni Engagement kindly reminds faculty and staff about the request forms on the portal for promoting events, sending emails or requesting alumni lists.  Due to the volume of requests, we require at least two weeks’ notice.  These forms ask for all of the criteria that you would like to include with your request.  The forms can be found on the portal at

Kindly submit all form requests to Sharon Kasperczyk, alumni engagement officer, at

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, alumni engagement officer, Alumni Engagement