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Campus Candids


Faculty from the physical and health education teacher education program hosted the Orientation Olympics on Saturday, August 26 on the Lyons Hall lawn. More than 300 new students took part in cooperative activities to break the ice and get to know one another.

Student orientation leaders, Ronnie Rivas ᾿18, Phil Ciallela, assistant director of student life and Clancy Seymour EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical & Health Education Teacher Education, organized the event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical & Health Education Teacher Education

Canisius in the News

Host Peter Hunt interviewed President John J. Hurley regarding the Excelsior Tuition Program and its impact on the college’s enrollment during Hunt’s weekly “r-house” radio program on WBEN 930 AM. The program aired on August 26.

Listen here. 


PeterPeter Bergenstock is an instructor in the Department of English. He previously served as an adjunct professor in the college’s Department of Criminal Justice and English. Bergenstock specializes in composition, English, legal writing and advocacy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a juris doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.





IMG_1761Secil E. Ertorer, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice. She comes to Canisius from York University in Toronto, ON, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Ertorer has designed and taught introductory sociology, social research and theory courses and conducted interdisciplinary research on ethnicity, refugees, acculturation and diversity. She obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s in sociology from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) and a PhD in sociology and interdisciplinary program in migration and ethnic relations from the University of Western Ontario.




IMG_1760A clinical instructor of journalism, Daniel Higgins is an editor and journalist with expertise in narrative and multimedia journalism. He previously served as a faculty adviser/lecturer at Hilbert College and an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Higgins’ journalistic experience includes work as a producer for YNN (Time Warner) in Buffalo and as a staff writer for the Times Union in Albany, NY. Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in creative non-fiction writing from Goucher College.





The Department of Military Science has added three new faculty members. They include:

IMG_1757Master Sergeant Alfredo Burgos is an instructor of military science. He has held numerous leadership positions in field artillery. Most recently, he served as the 3rd ID Division Fire Support Sergeant, where he assumed the role of the Division Fires SGM, serving as the Regional Command South Afghanistan Collateral Damage Estimate manager. MSG Burgos’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in general studies and is pursuing a master’s degree in business information management.

Master Sergeant Burgo entered the Army in June 1994.



IMG_1758Captain Dennis Harris is an assistant professor of military science. His assignments include Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI, 35th Air Defense, Osan, Korea; 4th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Carlson, CO; and 534th Signal Company, Fort Carlson, CO. Captain Harris deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Captain Harris enlisted in the Army in September 2003 as a medical laboratory specialist. He attended Officer Training School at Fort Benning, GA and was commissioned in May 2009 as First Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Keene College.




IMG_1759Assistant Professor of Military Science Major David Hankins is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corp upon graduation from Montana State University in 2002. Major Hankins’ decorated service includes deployments to Turkey in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2014, he became the Brigade (logistics officer) for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ansbach, Germany.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak-leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak-leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal.