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(L-R) Jennifer Hyder, senior admissions processing associate and Lauren Kicak, assistant director graduate admissions.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hyder and Lauren Kicak, who are among the members of the Class of 2018. Hyder, senior admissions processing associate, received her MBA, and Kicak, assistant director graduate admissions, obtained her MS in sport administration.

Submitted by: College Communications

National International Relations Honor Society Inducts 10 Students

International Relations Honor Society Inducts 10

Group joins nationwide network of like-minded professionals

Pictured here among participants in Dr. Jonathan DiCicco’s international relations senior seminar are seven of the 10 Sigma Iota Ro (SIR) inductees. Front row, (L-R): Brianna Wrobel ᾿18, Moriah Harris ᾿18, Toria DiStefano ᾿18 (SIR), Allecia Hirtreiter ᾿18, Peyton Richmond ᾿18, Jonathan DiCicco, PhD, associate professor of political science and director, International Relations Program; Charlotte Bamford ᾿18 (SIR), Desmond Metzger ᾿18 and Caitlin Orgek ᾿18 (SIR). Back row, left to right: Patrick Murray (SIR), Tyler Gates (SIR), Jenna Grainer ᾿18  (SIR), Ellen Hamlett ᾿18, Nathan Baumgartner (SIR), Paul Castricone ᾿18 and Therese Coward. Not pictured: SIR honorees Asher Havis-Walton ᾿18, Megan Poynter ᾿19 and Rachael Sparacino ᾿19.

Canisius College’s International Relations Program is proud to announce that 10 high-achieving international relations majors were inducted into Sigma Iota Rho (SIR), the national honor society for international studies. With the induction of this inaugural class of eight graduating seniors and two juniors, Canisius College joins more than 170 other colleges and universities across the United States and Europe as an institutional member of SIR. Student members of the organization benefit from participating in a network of like-minded professionals who share a background in international relations.

The newly-established Eta Iota chapter of SIR is led by founding president Caitlin Orgek ᾿18.  Orgek and seven other seniors ‒ Charlotte Bamford ᾿18, Nathan Baumgartner ᾿18, Toria DiStefano ᾿18, Tyler Gates᾿18, Jenna Grainer ᾿18, Asher HavisWalton ᾿18 and Patrick Murray᾿18 – will proudly wear their SIR honor cords at commencement exercises this Saturday. Megan Poynter ᾿19 and Rachael Sparacino ᾿19, inducted as juniors on the strength of their exemplary academic performance, will return from study abroad to lead Canisius College’s Eta Iota chapter of SIR for the 2018-19 academic year.

The International Relations Program and the Political Science Department offer our enthusiastic congratulations to these newly-inducted members of SIR and wish them well in all of their future endeavors!

Submitted by: Jonathan M. DiCicco, PhD, associate professor of political science and director, International Relations Program



Online Faculty Development Course Begins Next Week

Learn to teach hybrid and online courses

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is running its Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) beginning on Monday, May 21 (This course runs for five weeks and is entirely online).

The OFDC helps prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.  Discover new methods, tools and techniques for building course content and teaching online.

The course is available to all Canisius College faculty.  Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online, or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity.  Please enroll by contacting

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

COLI Lunchtime Workshop

Google Sites on May 29

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) will host a workshop on Google Sites on Tuesday, May 29 at noon in Old Main 119 . Lunch will be served.  Google Sites is a simple website builder that’s part of the Google toolset supplied to all Canisius faculty, staff, and students, and it requires a lot less time than other web-building tools.  Google Sites is ideal for creating online lessons that contain all sorts of media and even interactive elements.  Other Google Apps-generated media, including forms and slides, and embed nicely within a Google Site.  Students can create sites themselves, for assignments that foster critical analysis of web-based presentation.   Google Sites is also great for creating training content outside of courses.

In this workshop for Canisius faculty and staff, learn the basics of using Google Sites and related apps to create interactive lessons and training modules.  The summer is a good time to pick up skills for and experiment with quick and easy technologies for teaching and learning.   Please RSVP by emailing  Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurial Workshop

Find out if you have what it takes to run your own business!

It’s time for you to take that first step and find out if you should start your own business!  Our Entrepreneurial Workshop will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. ‒ 8:00 p.m. at the Women’s Business Center, Science Hall Room SH 063.

The workshop includes a comprehensive skills assessment, advice and guidance from our experienced business mentor and time for your questions!  During this workshop you will….

  • Explore the mindset and lifestyle of an entrepreneur
  • Understand the rare talents of an entrepreneur
  • Assess your personal entrepreneurial talents and identify ways to build on your talents for business success
  • Discuss principles of small business success
  • Consider your business idea and the vision for your business
  • Identify the next steps in your entrepreneurial journey

The investment into your future (course fee) is $30.

Fee includes your own hardcover entrepreneurial book to take home, a customized profile listing your entrepreneurial strengths, suggestions to manage your challenges, as well as the opportunity to engage and network with a roomful of like-minded women.  Light refreshments will be served and free parking is provided.

Call 888-8280 or register online here.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, coordinator, Women’s Business Center