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Attracting and Retaining Physicians in WNY

As Western New York experiences one of the worst doctor shortages in all of New York State, Canisius College – in collaboration with the Erie County Medical Society (ECMS) – is working to counter that challenge.

Tonight, Wednesday, September 5, the two institutions will host pre-medical students from Canisius, Niagara University and the University at Buffalo to educate participants on the Medical Society’s work to support physicians in the area.  The event is part of a new, ongoing effort to attract and retain physicians in Western New York.  The event, which takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Canisius College Science Hall, involves several prominent members of the Erie County Medical Society who will answer questions and address concerns from students pursuing medical careers.  ECMS members will also conduct speed mentoring round-tables with students.

The ECMS members participating in the inaugural forum are:

  • Thomas J. Madejski, MD, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, past president of the American Medical Association and senior associate dean for healthy policy and medicine at UB
  • John Gillespie, MD, president of the Erie County Medical Society
  • Arvind Herle, MD, delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Carlos Martinez, MD, member of the Ethics Committee for the Erie County Medical Society
  • Gale Burstein, MD, Erie County Commissioner of Health
  • Ernesto Diaz-Ordaz, MD, past president of the Erie County Medical Society
  • Julia Faller, MD, co-chair of the Erie County Medical Society Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Gregory Bennett, MD, member of the Health Law Committee of the Erie County Medical Society
  • Moudi Hubeishy, medical student (fourth year)
  • Christine Ignaszak-Nadolny, executive director of the Medical Society of the Counties of Erie, Chautauqua and Orleans

Representatives from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the University at Buffalo, the Erie County Commissioner of Health will also speak at the event.

Submitted by: College Communications



Free Yoga Classes Back This Fall

Are you looking for a way to incorporate activity, mindfulness and stress reduction into your workday? Look no further because the Human Resources Department is once again sponsoring yoga classes during the fall 2018 semester.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the class for an hour of relaxation and restorative Hatha Yoga. Classes, led by Madonna McKernon, executive associate for student life, run each Tuesday for seven weeks, in the Palisano Pavilion, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, September 25 and continuing through Tuesday, November 13.  There is no cost for this program.

If you have never attended yoga classes, this is a great opportunity to learn, as the classes will focus on practicing the fundamentals of yoga.  Of course, those with experience are also more than welcome, as this provides the opportunity to deepen and refine your practice.

Mats are provided for the class but be sure to wear comfortable clothing. To ensure there are enough mats, please RSVP to Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

MAX Charity Challenge Surpasses Previous Year’s Total

Pictured from left to right: Joe McMahon, Troy Hillman, Laura Hillman, Danielle McMahon

The 3rd annual MAX Charity Challenge held on August 12, 2018 at Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Buffalo raised just more than $23,000, beating last year’s challenge by $5,000.

All donations raised go directly towards the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) to help reduce the cost of the program for families of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (HFASD), and to help fund research on the feasibility and efficacy of new programs developed by the IAR.

All funds are critical in ensuring that the IAR is able to continue a central commitment to its work, with a goal that funds will never be a reason that the IAR cannot serve a child and his or her family.

The IAR 2018 summerMAX program consisted of 44 children with HFASD, with a majority of families receiving scholarships. The program also offers Canisius students the opportunity to hold paid clinical internships as well as research positions.

Special thanks to Laura and Troy Hillman, whose son previously took part in the IAR program.  The couple founded the MAX Charity Challenge three years ago, which has since raised close to $60,000 in total. The IAR would also like to thank this year’s generous donors.

Submitted by: Marcus Thomeer, PhD, co-director, Institute for Autism Research

This Week in the Griff Center

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The Griff Center for Academic Engagement is ready to help you get a head start on your coursework, class schedule and career options.  View the schedule above for more details about what’s happening this week in the Griff Center.

For more detailed information, checkout Handshake, the college’s platform for internship opportunities, full- and part-time job openings, or to sign up for on-campus interviews and register for information sessions, career fairs and more!

Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, Griff Center


Information Session Re: Tuition Exchange & Employee Waiver

Faculty and staff interested in taking advantage of program encouraged to attend

Faculty and staff interested in using Tuition Exchange or the Employee Waiver for students starting in fall 2019 are highly encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions:

Wednesday, September 19, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the ITS Conference Room SH-002C

Thursday, September 20, from from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the ITS Conference Room SH-002C

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, assistant director, Student Records & Financial Services

COLI Workshop: D2L Essentials for Faculty

Sign up to learn the basics of this software system

If you are a new professor at Canisius or have been teaching at the college for a while, consider learning (or getting a refresher) on D2L. COLI offers a workshop that is perfect for learning the system.

In this training session, professors get the very basics of teaching in D2L:

  • Upload files so students can get them
  • Organize your course content
  • Set due dates so students can see them (in multiple places)
  • Build a gradebook

This session gets you started using D2L and using the internet to save time and effort teaching. Later, you can discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching classes in your particular discipline.

The next session of the D2L Essentials workshop takes place on Friday, September 7, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main 119.

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

TIAA Representative Returns to Campus

Make reservations now for your individual counseling session

Steve Masciangelo, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 27 in the Student Center Executive Conference Room for individual counseling sessions.  Steve will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Video Institute Produces “Kaleidoscope”

September broadcast celebrates religious diversity in the region

The Canisius College Video Institute’s September production of “Kaleidoscope” premiered on Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. The 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities.

“Kaleidoscope” rebroadcasts each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable Channel 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Spectrum Channel 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment of the September broadcast, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein from the  Congregation Shir Shalom, talks with Yonina Foster, activities director at the Jewish Federation Apartments, about the Jewish Renewal Movement and what Jewish High Holiday services look like in a Jewish Renewal setting.

In the second segment, Rev. Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religion and biblical studies at Canisius College, speaks with David Bentley Hart, PhD, an American Orthodox Christian philosophical theologian, cultural commentator and polemicist, about his recent visit to Buffalo.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, long time senior producer/director at Daybreak TV, now Advancement Director at Notre Dame Academy.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, Communication Studies