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Canisius physical education/teacher education majors hosted Anthony Lafornara’s fourth grade physical education students from Stanley Makowski (BPS #99) on October 17 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Students from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s teaching methods of physical education course (PED 441/541) collaborated with Lafornara’s students to assess fourth grade student fitness levels using several different methods. Lafornara ᾽88 and his students will return in the Spring 2018 semester for follow-up testing.  The experience is enjoyable for the fourth graders and allows teaching majors the opportunity to analyze pre- and post-test data and conduct fitness assessments in an authentic environment.

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

Get to Know…

Get to Know…

Chris Lee, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology

Although he teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Chris Lee, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist by training. He examines the impacts of globalization on two different South Asian communities: working class weavers in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi, India and white-collar expatriates from India and Pakistan who work in the Arabian Gulf.

“I primarily work with poets in both of these communities because they are sophisticated in articulating the realities of their situations but also because, since 1994, I have studied and performed Urdu poetry myself,” says Chris.

Chris also serves as director of the college’s Graduate Scholarship Office. In this role, he assists Canisius students in the application process for Fulbright Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and Boren Scholarships.

In the classroom, Chris teaches courses in Asian religions, Islam, Hindu and the Anthropology of Religion.  His popular “Magic, Science and Religion” course features a unit on zombies.

“While zombies may seem like a frivolous thing to study in a college class, they are a great way to show how useful anthropology can be,” says Chris. “Given that zombies don’t exist, why are they so popular now? What do they mean? We discuss these and many other questions in the context of movies and literature.”

The Contemporary Writers Series and the Institute for Global Study of Religion lectures are among Chris’ favorite on-campus events.  He enjoys fly-fishing, reading cookbooks and cooking (which he incorporates into many of his courses).

Did you know…? Chris plays blues harmonica and coached the women’s rugby team at Canisius.

Submitted by: College Communications


The Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 19

The United Way Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow, Thursday, October 19, from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Regis Room. For a $5 donation, you can taste all of the entries in the cook-off. A vegan chili will be offered as well as oyster crackers and cheese. All proceeds will be donated to this year’s United Way campaign.

Click here to purchase tickets. For planning purposes, if you would like to purchase tickets with cash at the door, please RSVP to Mary Braun at and bring exact change on the day of the cook-off.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Blue and Gold Fridays

Sport your blue and gold and submit a photo or video using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram, or email to

The deadline for submissions for October Blue and Gold Fridays is 2 p.m. on Friday.  The winner(s) will be announced in The Dome on Monday, October 30.

Submitted by: College Communications



 Men’s Soccer Home Today

Team squares off against Monmouth

Your Golden Griffin men’s soccer team returns to the Demske Sports Complex for a MAAC showdown this afternoon, Wednesday, October 18 against Monmouth. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. With wins in three of their last four games, Canisius is 9-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in league play. The Griffs trail third place Fairfield by a point in the conference standings with a game in hand. Monmouth is 4-7-2 on the season and 1-3-1 in the MAAC.

For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events



Hocktoberfest @ HARBORCENTER Continues This Weekend

Saturday is annual Pink Out game

Canisius hockey continues its six-game season opening home stand this weekend as the Colgate Red Raiders make their first-ever visit to HARBORCENTER. Colgate, a proud and long-standing member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, comes into Buffalo with a 2-2-1 record and a number 18 spot in the weekly Pairwise rankings. Game time on Saturday, October 21, is slated for 7:35 p.m.

Canisius is 1-1 after its season-opening split with Robert Morris this past weekend.

There are two special treats on Saturday. First it’s the Griffs annual Pink Out game, presented by the American Cancer Society. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and the first 500 fans will receive pink Thundersticks. In addition, the Canisius Blue & Gold Brigade Pep Band will welcome the Colgate Raider Pep Band to Buffalo. The two squads will battle throughout the game for musical supremacy. Even if you are not a hockey fan, you will enjoy the Battle of the Bands on Saturday night.

For tickets, call 716-888-TIXX. Game information can be found at

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

International Archaeology Day is Oct. 20

Design your own hieroglyphic

Have you always secretly wanted to be Indiana Jones? Well, we can’t help you with that ‒ Indiana Jones was actually a pretty terrible archaeologist! However, you can visit Grupp Fireside Lounge on Friday, October 20 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn more about what archaeologists do. In honor of International Archaeology Day, students from the Introduction to Archaeology class will present posters on famous sites such as Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, the tomb of King Tutankhamun and much more. Also come by to design your Egyptian hieroglyphic cartouche, snack on some ancient foods, and see how the Digital Media Arts program works with archaeologists on a 3D reconstruction of Old Fort Niagara! Students will be present from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. to answer questions but the posters will be up until 3:30 p.m.

Submitted by: Erin Warford, PhD, adjunct professor, Classics





Physics Seminar on Robotics is Oct. 23

Lanighan ᾽12 to speak on his belief space planning research

The Department of Physics will present a robotics seminar by Michael Lanighan ᾽12 on Monday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Science Hall Room 1028.  Refreshments will be served.

Lanighan graduated from Canisius with degrees in physics and computer science.  Currently, he is in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst working on his PhD.

Lanighan’s belief space planning research examines how robots reason before they perform a task. He developed robot software for NASA as an intern and hopes to develop robot applications for the healthcare field.

Lanighan was featured in the Griffs Under 40 issue of Canisius Magazine. Read more about him here.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics/Pre-engineering

Join Yoga with Koga Nov. 5

 Help save African apes!

Are you a yoga fan? Do you want to support an important conservation effort? Here’s your chance to do both. The Buffalo Zoo and the Canisius College Ape Research Team are collaborating to host a fun-filled event at the Buffalo Zoo on Sunday, November 5. Tickets for “Yoga with Koga” are now on sale. For $20, you receive zoo admission, a one-hour yoga class (at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.), healthy snacks, and access to a basket raffle. All funds raised will benefit the Limbe Sanctuary in Cameroon, a member of the Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA). PASA supports collaborative efforts amongst sanctuaries throughout Africa that care for animal orphans whose mothers were killed for meat, and primates confiscated from the pet trade. Tickets are available from Sue Margulis ( or Ext. 2773, cash only) or online here (credit only).

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, associate professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation



Digital Humanities Speaker Series Nov. 14

Lawrence to speak on technology in research

On November 14, the 2017 Digital Humanities Speaker Series continues!  Join us in Lyons Hall, Room 418 at 4:00 p.m. to hear Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, speak about his journey in digital scholarship and his latest project.

What does digital humanities mean and how does it relate to research and teaching in higher education?  Professor Lawrence will describe the impact of changing technology in his experiences as a student, teacher and scholar.  He will share examples of how technology allows us to do traditional research activities in new ways as well as examples of new options that are possible with technology.  Lawrence’s Religion in Western New York Project examines religious diversity through oral histories, statistical data and archival materials.  He will also share some examples of ways he has incorporated digital humanities into course activities.

Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, is an associate professor of religious studies at Canisius College.  He is currently engaged in an ethnographic study of religious diversity in the Buffalo area.  He is an ordained minister serving a small protestant congregation in North Tonawanda and working with Buffalo’s interfaith community.

The Digital Humanities Speaker Series highlights pioneering work in digital humanities, and inspires faculty and students to consider, experiment with and collaborate on new research projects or pedagogical methods employing digital technologies.  For more information, visit

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation