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Honors Thesis Defense Week

The All-College Honors Program hosts its Honors Thesis Defense beginning Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28. Canisius faculty, staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend any of the sessions listed in the attached schedule.

Topics include trans-racial adoption, the social functions of humor, medical marijuana, drones in warfare, alternative theories in autism treatment and genetic discrimination in employment. Others have created short stories, interactive media and original music.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history and director, All-College Honors Program

Sacred Spaces Concert Series Concludes Monday

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, concludes its 2016-2017 Sacred Spaces Concert Series with a performance on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville.

Monday’s program, which is free and open to the public, features works of Vivaldi, Ticheli, Parker, Lauridsen, Dawson and many others.

Now in its 20th season, the Canisius College Chorale remains one of Western New York’s most active collegiate music ensembles. Composed of 100 undergraduate and graduate members, the chorale regularly presents concert programs to school, church, and community audiences throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. In recent years, the chorale has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Please join us for this wonderful collaborative music experience in one of our region’s most historic sanctuaries.

For more information, contact the Canisius College Music Office at Ext. 2536.

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, Fine Arts

Campus Fire Drills

Fire drills will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 3:00 p.m. The buildings included are:

  • Bouwhuis Library
    • Churchill Tower
    • Old Main
    • Bagen Hall
    • Horan O’Donnell
    • Richard E. Winter Student Center
    • Palisano Pavilion
    • Christ the King Chapel
    • Loyola Hall
    • New Science Hall
    • Health Science
    • Koessler Athletic Center
    • Lyons Hall
    • Montante Cultural Center
    • Demerly Hall
    • 23 Agassiz

Regulations forbid announcing the exact times. When the alarm sounds, please leave the building by the nearest exit as shown on the posted emergency exit routes. Generally, a drill lasts no more than six or seven minutes. All persons must leave the building they are in when the alarm sounds. One person may remain in each office or suite to answer phones. Elevators may not be used.

Please note: If you are involved in an event, which cannot be interrupted without serious complications, please notify Lt. Rick Miller in the Public Safety Office at Ext. 2330 or, who will discuss an exemption for your event.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

PHETE Partners with BPS #17

Students in the physical and health education teacher education (PHETE) program collaborated with the physical education program at Buffalo Public School 17 on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. PHETE majors implemented different assessments to four consecutive physical education classes (K-2 children).

The students of School 17 were very excited and the exercise proved to be a great learning experience. The classes provided PHETE majors the opportunity to apply assessment strategies useful for grades K-12.

Special thanks to Phil Smith ’13 and Tricia Vezina, physical education teachers at BPS #17, for coordinating this event.

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

Chemistry Club Gets Hands-On

On Tuesday, April 18, chemistry and biochemistry majors in the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) traveled to Windermere Boulevard Elementary School in Amherst to conduct hands-on science experiments with fourth grade students.  Trevor Tumiel ’17, Ben Russ ’19, Anthony Berardi ’19, Filippo Gentile ’19, Ben Swanson ’17 and Gary Johal ’18 taught students about crystallization, density and batteries. The fourth graders made their own borax crystals, lava lamps and lit up an LED with a home-made battery!

Submitted by: Phillip Sheridan, PhD, professor, chemistry and biochemistry