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Campus Candid

Candidates in the graduate Teacher Education program hosted a panel of students from The Gow School on Monday, April 24. The course, Inclusive Strategies, prepares candidates for the challenges of working with diverse students. The class is informed about the laws governing special education, research-based materials and strategies, as well as how to utilize the latest technology. Students gain a positive attitude towards working with students who have special needs and a newfound empathy for the students and their families.

The Gow School is an independent, residential, internationally-acclaimed school specifically for students with dyslexia. These young men and women shared their inspirational personal stories and offered advice for the upcoming educators.

Submitted by: Nicki M. Calabrese, PhD, associate professor, education

Canisius in the News

Cindy Skrzycki ’76, senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, wrote a viewpoints piece for The Buffalo News entitled “Fake news harms us all.”

Skrzycki spoke at the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series on April 24 with David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, about how to stay informed and recognize fake news.

Read the article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

2017 Celebration of Service

Colleagues, friends and family gathered Friday afternoon in the Montante Cultural Center for the college’s annual Celebration of Service. New this year, the Celebration of Service honored all employees who reached five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years of service at the college. The event also honored those who have retired or will be retiring from the college this year.

More than 100 employees celebrated 1,712 years of service!

Bill Collins, vice president of institutional advancement and Kathleen Davis, vice president of admissions and enrollment management, assisted President John Hurley in the presentation of the awards.

Attendees also enjoyed a musical interlude by Cantio Sacra under the direction of Bradley Wingert.

To cap off the awards, Collins presented President Hurley with his own award, as he celebrated 20 years of service to college. Hurley then thanked all honorees for their outstanding contributions to the campus community.

A benediction by Joe Van Volkenburg, senior associate campus minister, concluded the event.  Guests continued the celebration at a reception.

This year, we asked honorees to share some of their favorite memories. Enjoy this walk down memory lane.

Back before the era of cell phones, I was teaching an afternoon summer course which happened to coincide with the end of my wife’s pregnancy. Although I warned the students that I might get called away, I did not really expect it to happen. Sure enough, during the middle of a class, campus security stopped in to inform me that they had received a phone call that my wife was in labor. I made my apologies to the class and as I left to get to her side, the students cheered. Upon returning to the next class, stories were shared and my euphoria permeated the rest of the semester. To this day when I run into students who were in the class, they invariably note the memory of that experience.

David Farrugia, EdD

Professor, Counseling and Human Services, 35 Years of Service

The answer to the question about a favorite memory at Canisius for any faculty member is always going to be the students. They’re what we’re here for, they are why we teach. There’s an old saying that the best gifts that parents can give their children are roots and wings – roots so that they know where they came from, and wings so that they can fly wherever their bright futures take them.

We’re not their parents, but to a great extent, that’s our job as faculty as well, and I hope that they know that is our aim. Their wings come from the talents and abilities that they develop here at Canisius, and those wings will take them far. But they also have roots here. After they’ve gone, we still think about them, wonder how they’re doing, and take delight in hearing of their accomplishments and progress. After 10 years at Canisius, I have several hundred “children” out there in the world, and I continue to wish them all much success and happiness. They are, and will continue to be, my favorite memory at Canisius.

S. Catherine Foster, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, 10 Years of Service

When I taught physical education in the KAC gymnasium, we bused in children from school #53 to engage in movement activities. The children were paired with our Canisius students to undertake the lessons. I recall seeing the faces of the young children as our students helped and taught them. Times have changed, I teach only online now. But I remember the bustling times of the gymnasium full of school children and our Canisius undergraduates. Wonderful memories of times gone by.

Timothy M. Sawicki, PhD

Associate Professor, Director, Online Physical Education, 20 Years of Service

Students, too many to remember, all those who challenged and rewarded me.  And almost any conversation with my colleague Girish Shambu, many of which were neither academic or work-related.

Gordon Meyer, PhD

Professor, Department of Management, Retiree, 23 Years of Service

plane in bagen ajaxhelperI remember the plane crash on Main Street. I was sitting in the car with my lieutenant on Delavan and he said “A plane just went through the intersection.” To which I replied, “Yeah, right.”

Sure enough we turned the corner and there was a plane sticking out near Bagen.

Rick Miller

Lieutenant, Public Safety, 35 Years of Service

Giving Day! It was inspiring to see so many members of the Canisius community come together and show their love for 2001 Main Street.

Erin Hartnett

Director, Canisius Fund, 15 Years of Service

Watching students develop into such nice young adults. While working in the Office of Disability Support and COPE, I’ve seen the obstacles that these students have overcome and the progress they are making within the community.

Christine Blum

Administrative Associate, COPE Office, 30 Years of Service

After our office moved from Health Science until about three years ago, I saw many names but I didn’t always meet the employees on our payroll. Since moving to the main campus, I have been able to put faces to many of the names and I am still meeting new people.

The storm of 2000 kept us here over night and we were able to process the payroll and get everyone paid on time. Again in 2016, with driving bans in place, Gary Everett drove me to Canisius to get the job done.

My proudest moments were the commencement ceremonies for my three children. I continue to work graduation and know how proud parents feel when their child walks across the stage.

I have always enjoyed working at Canisius College and will continue to enjoy the friendships I have made along the way.

Natalie Klyczek

Payroll Supervisor, Retiree, 31 Years of Service

I graduated from Canisius in 1972. Don Tollefsen, PhD, who was the chair of the Psychology Department at that time, was my mentor. He used to have two to three students and another faculty member to his home and we would talk about psychology and listen to music.  He encouraged me to go to graduate school and work on a doctorate in psychology.  We kept in touch over the four years I was at Syracuse University and then doing my clinical internship at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital.  When it came time to apply for teaching positions, Canisius had a developmental psychology and gerontology position which fit me perfectly.  I interviewed for the position.  While also interviewing at the University of Rhode Island (URI), I received a phone call from Tollefsen.  He offered me the Canisius position and seriously encouraged me not to take the URI job.  It was very funny looking at it in retrospect.  Needless to say, I took the Canisius position and have been here ever since.

Marguerite D. Kermis, PhD

Professor, Psychology, 40 Years of Service

During winter, the college has a “Walk Like a Penguin” program to encourage safety when walking on ice and snow. I received an incident report where a staff member reported that they had slipped and fallen. The employee reported that they had slipped and suffered a bit of black and blue in the affected area. When I asked how this accident may be prevented, the individual replied “I am sorry, I forgot to walk like a penguin and I promise to do that the next time!”

Joe Roetter

Safety Director, Human Resources, 15 Years of Service

Working at the Canisius Women’s Business Center has been a complete thrill for the last (almost) five years.  The team I work with is innovative and completely dedicated.  The success stories and business development that we support and create are so exciting and motivates us daily!

Sara Vescio

Director, Women’s Business Center, Five Years of Service

Simply choosing one memory in a 20-year span is nearly impossible. My best memories lie with student experiences. My teaching involved work with special education teacher candidates from the freshman to senior levels. The best memories came from the privilege of watching teacher candidates interact with their students. I am fortunate that this memory occurred time and again throughout my career. After each observation, I would return to campus with my heart singing. These feelings of pride and respect have sustained me throughout my career at Canisius and will remain as treasured memories throughout my life. I am honored to have had this opportunity – to me it was never a job.

Michele Marable, PhD

Chair and Professor, Teacher Education, 20 Years of Service

One of my favorite memories was winning the 2005 MAAC championship here in Buffalo with an incredible group of awesome women!

Terry Zeh

Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, 20 Years of Service

A few years ago, when I first began teaching at Canisius, I was on campus and there were piles of early spring snow on the ground.  I was finished for the day and I pulled out of my parking space when my back wheels slid and my car skidded very close to the vehicle next to me.  Picture this now, I’m talking too close, not more than an inch.  I was basically stuck because if I hit the gas more, I would have slid into the vehicle next to me causing an accident.  I could call a tow truck – ugh.  I could wait until the other driver came out and maybe they could move their car forward – ugh.  I got out of the car and I’m sure I had an interesting look on my face and I think a few choice words may have slipped out of my mouth.  A group of young male students noticed what happened. They came on over, stood back, inspected the perplexing situation, and one looked at another with a large grin.  I thought, he must have a good idea. They began working together to physically lift the back end of my car up and moved it over.  I just stood there, not believing these kids just picked up my car, with my jaw open, shaking my head because it actually worked!  I still laugh to this day when I pass that parking spot behind Old Main because it always reminds me of their creative and helpful intervention that truly touched my spirit.

Belinda Westfield

Adjunct Professor, Counseling and Human Services, Five Years of Service

$100,000 Giving Day Challenge Unlocked

We made it! #CanisiusGivingDay may have ended on April 26 but Golden Griffins kept giving. As a result, the $100,000 Giving Day Challenge was unlocked! A special thank you to members of the Reunion Class of 1967 for their generosity in establishing the challenge.

Giving Day 2017 officially concluded with nearly $445,000 in support from 2,008 donors – WOW! THANK YOU for all you did to help make Giving Day 2017 a success.

Submitted by: Erin Hartnett, director, Canisius Fund

This Week in the Griff Center

Today, May 1, the Griff Center will be taking part in the Commuter Student Association’s PB&J Monday outside of Old Main 013 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by for some free lunch made by your friendly neighborhood Griff Center staff!

Additionally, Resume Wednesday will take place Wednesday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Employer Services Suite, Horan O’Donnell 014.

To wrap up on Thursday, May 4, all note takers are welcome to stop by Old Main 317 for Note Taker Appreciation Day.  The campus community is invited to take place in Melting into the Floor,  a relaxation techniques workshop, at 4:00 p.m. in Palisano Pavilion presented by the Counseling Center.

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Finally, here are some tips as you prepare for finals week:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a high protein breakfast.
  • Don’t study right before the test. Concentrate on being calm
    and mentally accessing the information that you have already studied.
  • Get to the test a little early.
  • Sit as close as possible to the area where you first learned the information in class.
  • When you first get your exam, skim through the entire exam and mark off questions you know you can answer or questions that you don’t know right off the bat.
  • Be sure to pace yourself to make sure that you finish on time.
  • Make a decision to ignore students who finish the test before you.
  • Use any extra time you have to double check your answers, make sure you’ve followed all directions and haven’t skipped any answers.
  • Attend review sessions or meet with a tutor to review topics for the exam and discuss strategies to approach test questions.
  • Visit the Tutoring Center for a comprehensive list of review sessions as well as for a listing of tutor hours for finals week.

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Griff Center for Academic Engagement