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Campus Candid

Canisius physical education/teacher education majors hosted the Stanley Makowski (BPS #99) fourth grade physical education students of Anthony Lafornara ᾽88 on March 6 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Students from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s Assessment in Physical Education course (PED 371/571) collaborated with Lafornara’s students to assess fourth grade student fitness levels using several different methods.  This is the second visit to campus for Lafornara and his students this academic year.  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 and Health Education/Teacher Education



Canisius in the News

Jenel Stevens ᾿04 went from hoops to Hollywood. The former Canisius basketball star is now a stunt person for “Black Panther,” a film that is shattering box office records – and stereotypes. In an article in The Buffalo News, Stevens discusses how a career in personal training and martial arts eventually led to her considering stunt roles.  But she never expected to be part of such a groundbreaking movie.

Read more here.

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, expressed his disapproval of the “golden parachute” the Erie County Water Authority recently gave its executive director in an article in The Buffalo News. Erie County legislators have little authority over the deal Earn Jann signed, which guarantees him full salary through 2020 unless fired with cause.

Read more here.  

Submitted by: College Communications

Search for Physician Assistant Studies Director

On behalf of the search committee for the director of the new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, the campus is invited to two additional open forums on the current and future roles of physician assistants in U.S. healthcare, with an emphasis on Western New York and developing a Canisius PA program infused with the Jesuit mission.

  • Aimee S. Larson, MPAS, PA-C,  will present today, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Old Main 203 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Keith Young, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA will present on Monday, March 12, 2018, in in Old Main 403 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The community will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, acting vice president for academic affairs

Help Keep Private Colleges Accessible

Student aid programs, which make college more affordable for all students, need your help! State leaders have proposed eliminating a program called Bundy Aid that provides financial aid to students at nearly every independent college in New York, including Canisius. They have also proposed cutting funding for opportunity programs like HEOP, STEP/C-STEP and the Liberty Partnerships Program, which are critical for ensuring underrepresented students have the chance to pursue their college dreams.

Please help us rally to restore these student aid funds by participating in our e-advocacy campaign!

Participation is simple and will only take a few minutes. Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Click here to visit our e-advocacy campaign page.
  2. Input your campus address (using your campus address rather than your home address will ensure your message is heard by the policymakers who represent our campus).
  3. Personalize the pre-written email by identifying yourself as a student, faculty, staff, alumni, parent, trustee or other supporter of Canisius College who cares about student aid.
  4.             Fill in the short form
  5.             Click submit

Once you hit submit, your email will be automatically sent to the policymakers who represent our campus, as well as other key state leaders who are making state budget decisions that will impact student aid for our campus.

Looking for extra credit?

  • Tell a friend or family member to participate in the e-advocacy campaign – share the link and simple instructions via email or social media to reach your entire network.
  • Tell policymakers why student aid matters to you by using the hashtag #StandUp4StudentAid on social media.

If you have questions about participating in this e-advocacy campaign, please email Sandy Miller at

Thank you for supporting student aid at Canisius College!

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations, Institutional Advancement