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Capstone in Kinesiology Class Visits Museum of DisABILITY History

Students in the capstone in kinesiology (KIN 494) course receive a tour of the Museum of DisABILITY History from curator Doug Platt.

Students in the capstone in kinesiology (KIN 494) course visited the Museum of disABILITY History on Tuesday, February 13. Students took a tour of the facility, which included a comprehensive historical analysis of the disabled as a minority group from both a domestic and global context. The presentation closed with a discussion about the role that sport has historically played in the advancement of disability civil rights.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor and director of physical and health education/teacher education

Town Hall Recap

If you were unable to attend President John Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on February 14, you can read the recap below.

President Hurley opened the Town Hall with wishes for the campus community to enjoy a Lenten season filled with happiness and spiritual reflection.

He provided an update about Peg McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, who underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.  Dr. McCarthy will return to work in 4 – 6 weeks.

President Hurley offered an update on new programs, including the master’s program in data analytics.  He indicated that there is significant interest in a part-time program for working adults. The college will now offer both a full-time and part-time program.  The president thanked H. David Sheets, PhD, who will serve as director, for his work establishing the program.  He also noted that the college is in the process of hiring a director to lead and develop a physician assistant master’s program. There is significant market growth and interest in this field, and this program represents an important step for the college in entering the allied heath professions.

Capital improvements on campus include renovations to the lower level of the library, providing comfortable, quiet study space for students.  New drapes in the Grupp Fireside Lounge help control the room’s lighting, and a new soft-serve ice cream machine has been installed in the cafeteria.

Regarding enrollment, President Hurley noted that applications are down due in part to a change in search vendors, which has led to fewer but more serious applicants.  The college also continues to experience the impact of the Excelsior Program. On the upside, he noted that students are visiting the campus at a higher rate and applications are strong in Erie County due to the promotion of the Excellence Within Reach Program.

President Hurley noted two important upcoming events: Accepted Students Day for Honors Students on March 4 and Accepted Students Day on March 18.

President Hurley said the results of the employee engagement survey have been tabulated, and the same process will begin for faculty. He emphasized that he and the vice presidents understand the frustration that some have expressed and the college is doing its best to address the concerns. The faculty survey is underway and the president said he will work constructively with the faculty and Faculty Senate on issues of engagement.

President Hurley closed by acknowledging the wonderful work and dedication faculty and staff bring to their positions every day to make the student experience positive and rewarding.

Submitted by: College Communications

Lorch Award Winners Announced

The Women and Gender Studies program invites you to celebrate and honor the 2018 Dr I. Joan Lorch Award winners. A Lorch Awards Happy Hour will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Watch The Dome for more details.

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women and Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender, and sexuality.

The 2018 winners are:

 Canisius College Student award: Grace Lindsey

Grace Lindsey is described as one of the most committed social justice activists that Canisius has seen in many years on multiple issues. From LGBTQ justice, to feminism, to animal rights, to hosting enlight night on racial justice, to attending rallies and protests for the facilities workers’ rights ‒ Grace demonstrates her commitment to justice for and with others.

Canisius College Colleague award: Sarah Evans, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Dr. Evans is a strong and outspoken feminist who uses social media thoughtfully to respond to national and cultural events. The topics she takes up and sparks spirited dialogue on include the gendered nature of the presidential campaign and media coverage, the #MeToo movement, and issues surrounding science and the place of women within it. Dr. Evans has also made an enormous contribution in the area of animal welfare in the region. She works at the Buffalo Animal Shelter as a volunteer and fosters cats. Dr. Evans has also, for the last few years, served as a board member for the Canisius Women & Gender Studies Program.

Canisius College Colleague award: Marvin Henchberger

Marvin Henchberger was the executive director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services for the eight counties of Western New York. She worked through Trinity Church where she counseled  LGBTQ youth. Marvin also helps to serve many of the gay-straight alliances (GSAs) at local high schools and holds conferences of all of the GSAs in the eight-county area. She specializes in psychosexual health and ran the first transgender conference on the Canisius College campus and participates in the All Our Children Campus Ministry retreats supporting our LGBTQ students.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, PhD, professor, Philosophy

Headline: Yoga with Koga

Yoga with Koga

The Buffalo Zoo is collaborating with the Canisius College Ape Research Team and Yoga Parkside to host Yoga with Koga, a fundraising event for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) on Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For $20, you receive admission to the zoo, up to two hours of yoga classes, healthy snacks and a basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the Limbe Sanctuary, our partner PASA Sanctuary in Cameroon. There may also be some gorilla paintings for sale!

Tickets are on sale now here. Please join the zoo, Canisius College Team Ape, and of course the gorillas for this wonderful event.

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

Compliance Hotline Announced

Faculty and staff members, contractors, volunteers, and others have an ethical responsibility to report any violations or possible violations of the college’s Standards of Ethical Conduct Policy or federal, state and local laws. To address this responsibility, the college provides a dedicated Hotline to report compliance issues, suspected violations or questionable conduct. Read the college’s Standards of Ethical Conduct policy here.

  • The Hotline number is (716) 888-5999 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number and available hours will be displayed on bulletin boards and in the Portal.
  • The associate vice president for human resources and compliance responds to Hotline calls when the callers identify themselves. When the associate vice president for human resources is not available, the assistant director of human resources will respond.
  • Calls may be placed anonymously.
  • Information provided to the Hotline is treated as privately as possible.
  • Callers are informed that if the incident requires government authority involvement, the caller may have to reveal his/her identity.
  • Intentional false accusations are prohibited. Offenders may be subject to termination.
  • When submitting a concern, please be as specific as possible. Provide specific dates and times if known, names of violators (if applicable).

The associate vice president for human resources and compliance summarizes reports on Hotline activities and provides periodic updates to the compliance committee. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance