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Physical and health education teacher education (PHETE) majors presented to Catholic Diocese K-8 physical education teachers on Thursday, March 8.  The presentation, entitled “Addressing Special Needs in Physical Education” provided useful strategies and interventions for physical educators to consider for a wide range of K-12 students.  Student presenters included Kate Boutet ᾿18, Matt Chase ᾿18, Melanie Linsmair ᾿19, Amber Schiele ᾿18 and Kaley Vazquez-Regan ᾿18. Several alumni were on hand including Nate Longbine ᾿17, Jon Fiegl ᾿07, Robert Duggan ᾿09, Brandon Bratek 16, and James Luppens ᾿16.  The experience provided PHETE majors and program faculty the opportunity to share new ideas with more than 15 physical education professionals from the Western New York area.  Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Physical and Health Education led the group of Canisius students.

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

Canisius in the News

Business First and WKBW-TV announce Patrick Lee’s gift of $4 million to Canisius and Roswell. 

Read more here.

Watch the WKBW-TV story here.

Tara Cicatello ’13 is participating in the Iditarod.   She completed a year in JVC in Alaska and then stayed.

WIVB-TV reports about Tara Cicatello ’13 participating in the Iditarod. Watch it here.

Father Moleski is quoted in The Buffalo News regarding the history of Lent in an article about Lent and the fish fry tradition in Buffalo.

Read more here.





Avoid Email Phishing Scams

Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Online Learning (COLI) have some tips for avoiding email phishing scams. Periodically we all receive emails in our Canisius inboxes that look vaguely like they were sent by ITS, insisting we click links or reply promptly before our “accounts” are suspended. Or, people we don’t know tell us they’ve tagged us in a Facebook feed or sent us some sort of goods in the mail (with a link to click for details). These are phishing scams, designed to get us to reply or click a link in some way, and at some point, supply them with sensitive information that allows them to access our accounts or data.

Click here for a COLI Quick Tip video with advice for identifying and avoiding phishing scams.

Submitted by Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Aging Affinity Group

The Canisius community is invited to join the Aging Affinity Group to explore topics related to aging. The Aging Affinity Group may include but is not limited to those who engage in scholarship or service with older adults, are interested in reaching out to non-traditional students in lifelong learning opportunities, or personally face the aging of-loved ones. The Aging Affinity Group will be focused on social justice issues around inequities and challenges in aging from our community to our world.

Please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology, at Ext. 2513 with any questions.

Submitted by: Beth Gill, PhD, dean, Arts and Sciences


National German Honor Society Announces Frühlingsfest

Come celebrate the beginning of spring

What better way to celebrate than Frühlingsfest, or “spring festival,” a tradition throughout Germany commemorating the beginning of spring. Canisius College’s chapter of the National German Honor Society will host its unique take on this celebration on Monday, March 19, 2018 from  6 – 8 p.m. in Grupp and Regis.

In cooperation with Chartwells, we will offer a variety of German foods with several vegan-friendly options. Best part of all, it’s FREE for the Canisius community!

In addition, alcoholic beverages including beer, will be available for purchase with valid ID.

There will be raffles and various activities as well! Try your hand at German trivia, unwind from a stressful day of classes with some bingo and have a good time and some great food.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Orgek at, Bryce Tramuta at or Nathan Baumgartner at

We look forward to seeing you there.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, instructor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Attention Administrative Associates

Learn Web Meetings and Conferences via Zoom

A few seats are still available in the next (and last) workshop exclusively for administrative associates on how to schedule and conduct web meetings and conferences. It will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  RSVP by emailing Mark Gallimore.

Meeting via the Internet is now popular across campus as more faculty and staff adopt web conferencing to save time and expense, and bring guests from around the world into classes.  In general, knowing how to schedule and manage web meetings is a valuable business skillset.

In this workshop, you will become familiar with Zoom, our web meeting and conference provider here at Canisius.  Learn how to schedule meetings, invite participants, and make subsequent changes to meeting plans when needed, even on short notice.  Plus, you will discover the various things you and your meeting participants can do, such as turn on and off webcams, present a slideshow, and ensure meetings run smoothly and professionally.

Web conferencing is useful across a wide variety of jobs, from day-to-day communications, to special projects, impromptu meetings to big events.  While the technology will likely evolve, most software for running web meetings is quite similar or will be in the future, so learning it now means learning new features or other applications will be easier.

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

COLI Faculty Meetup

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

This spring, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity. The event is on Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But in courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty, rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns.  Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students?  What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome.  COLI will supply the refreshments.

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI

Are You Ready for Some Spring Cleaning?

Ditch the Chemicals in Your Life

The Environmental Studies Department is sponsoring a Norwex open house party on Friday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in OM314.  This event is free and open to the public.

Please join us to find out how to clean your house without using harsh chemicals that can harm you, your children and your pets!

Norwex is a company that created recycled, washable microfiber cloths that use only water to clean your house. This may sound crazy but these cloths have been tested to remove up to 99 percent of bacteria from any surface so that your home stays cleaner with fewer chemicals.

Norwex also has washcloths that have helped people with eczema and other skin related issues.

For more information about these cleaning materials, go to the Norwex website here.

Place your order online here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice & Environmental Studies