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Canisius in the News

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, discusses the political impact that the missiles strikes on Syria could have on the United States and around the world on WBEN 930 AM on Friday, April 7.

“The relationship between Russia and the U.S. is going to change because of what happened and it’s not a bad thing.” Hardwick reinforced, “Not a bad thing politically with everybody thinking Trump is Putin’s puppet.”

Listen to the full interview here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kudos to Canisius’ GGF Team

Congratulations go out today to the five-person Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team, which finished in the top two percent, worldwide, at the CFA Institute Research Challenge (America’s Regionals) that took place in Seattle, WA on April 6 – 7. A total of 1,100 universities competed in 100 regions of the world.  The GGF team was comprised of the following students: Jesse Caulkins ’16, MBA ’17 (team captain), Cory Cullen ’17, Meghan Federico ’17, Auston Ingram ’17 and Jeffrey Spencer ’17. 

IMG_0637The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  Specifically, the competition tests the analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance and economics. Teams are challenged to research a publicly-traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition.

The subject company for this year’s Canisius GGF team was Columbus McKinnon Corp.  The company is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure material.  Key products include hoists, cranes, and lifting and rigging tools.  Columbus McKinnon is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the CMCO ticker symbol.

“The Canisius team did an outstanding analysis, report and PowerPoint presentation on Columbus McKinnon Corp.,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of finance and the Canisius team advisor.  “They spent four months and hundreds of hours, each, outside of class – with no academic credit attached to it – preparing for this competition.”  Wall continues, “Their preparation included a carefully coordinated presentation script, presented as a team and choreographed to translate months of research into a 10 minute delivery that informs judges about the foundations for their recommendation.”

Established in 2003, the GGF is one of the region’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate finance majors.  GGF students select potential companies in which to invest, manage and analyze portfolio holdings, and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio.  In February, this same GGF team took home first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held at Canisius College.  This was the seventh consecutive win for Canisius at the WNY challenge.  The team secured its WNY win over the University of Rochester (second place) and SUNY Geneseo (third place), as well as Cornell University, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Oswego.  In 2015, a five-person team from the Golden Griffin Fund placed first over more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the CFA global championship.

The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute is a global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. The institute has approximately 142,000 members in 159 countries, and membership societies in 73 countries around the world.

Submitted by: College Communications

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences will confer its 2017 Faculty Awards during a ceremony on Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Regis Rooms.  Please join us to congratulate the outstanding accomplishments of the following faculty members:

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award
Adam J. Fix, adjunct professor, Philosophy  

Faculty Service Award
R. Mark Meyer, associate professor, Computer Science

Faculty Scholarship Award
Susan W. Margulis, associate professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) and Biology        

Faculty Teaching Award
Jennifer A. Desiderio, associate professor, English

Faculty Teaching Award
Melissa Bekelja Wanzer, professor, Communication Studies

All faculty and staff are welcome! Refreshments will be serviced.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts and Sciences

This Week in the Griff Center

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Today, April 10, in the Griff Center, attendees can learn about federal jobs, including civilian contracting, during a presentation at 2:30 p.m. in Old Main 423. The Veterans Community Series begins at 5:00 p.m. and features Alex Hight and Steward Meeker from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Veterans Lounge, Old Main 320.

The Career, Internship & Graduate School Research Workshop will now be held on Tuesday, April 11 in the Employer Services Suite from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Resume Wednesday will be held on April 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Employer Services Suite.

As always, check out Handshake to RSVP for these great events!

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Griff Center

Final Informally-Formal Chamber Recital

Don’t miss the final Informally-Formal Chamber Recital Series this Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  This performance features Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) violinist Megan Prokes, joined by pianist Alison d’Amato, in a recital featuring the music of Veracini, Ysaye, Mallonnee, Dvorak and Brahms.  Tickets are $15 general admission and $7 for students.

Prokes is a five-year veteran with the BPO. She is a member of the first violin section and grew up here in Western New York. Her father is also a violinist in the BPO.  Prokes performs as a chamber musician with the Buffalo Chamber Players and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and featured as a soloist with the BPO and the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. She is also a former member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Allison d’Amato is a gifted and virtuosic collaborative pianist. She is the artistic co-director of the Florestan Recital Project, assistant professor of vocal coaching at Eastman School of Music and a lecturer in voice at the University at Buffalo.

More information is available about this concert by calling the Fine Arts/music office at Ext. 2535.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius