Campus Candid

Remember that beautiful bird spotted earlier in the week, hiding out in the greenery near Bagen Hall?  Well, our in-house ornithologist Sara R. Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs, confirmed it was a Tennessee Warbler. The bird breeds across Canada and in a few spots in the northern United States, and winters in Mexico and parts of northern South America.  “Tennessee Warbler’s don’t breed around here so this one is clearly migrating through,” Morris explains.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Tenure and Promotion Ceremony

Congratulations to the 34 faculty members who will be recognized for promotions, tenure status, emeritus status or for their retirement during a ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21 in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. To honor faculty, each member selects a book that has particular significance to him/her, which the library displays for several weeks. The books are then added to the library’s permanent collection.

Congratulations to all honorees:

Benjamin Dunkle, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Digital Media Arts Department;

Christy Hoffman, PhD, in honor of receiving tenure in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Susan Margulis, PhD, in honor of her promotion to professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and Biology Department;

Melissa Mosko, PhD, in honor of her receiving tenure in the Philosophy Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Ronald Rivas, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Management Department;

Michael Wood, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Physics Department;

Khalid Bibi, PhD, professor of professional studies, on his retirement from the Professional Studies Department;

Donald Bosshardt, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Michael Braunscheidel, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Robert Butler, PhD, professor of English, on his retirement from the English Department;

Robert Davis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Patricia Erickson, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Janet Ferguson, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Catherine S. Foster, PhD, professor of communication studies, on her retirement from the Communication Studies Department;

Edward Gress, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

James Huard, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics, on her retirement from the Economics Department;

George Kermis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Judith Larkin, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Larry Lichtenstein, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, on his retirement from the Religious Studies and Theology Department;

Michele Marable, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Candalene McCombs, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Gordon Meyer, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Stephen Molloy, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Rosemary Murray, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Harvey Pines, PhD, professor of psychology, on his retirement from the Psychology Department;

Susan Putnam, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Ronald Reiber, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Mary Shea, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

David Snyder, PhD, professor of marketing, on his retirement from the Marketing Department; and

Richard Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance,on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Student Receives ROTC Award and AFCEA Scholarship

Senior physics major and Army ROTC Cadet Shane Moran was awarded the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement ROTC Award and a $2,500 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) scholarship. These awards are two of the top recognitions for ROTC cadets across the nation.

The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement ROTC Award is given annually by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America. The award consists of a bronze cross and certificate, and is given to outstanding military science cadets, in their junior years, for scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects to stimulate their leadership development.

The Legion of Valor is a federally chartered corporation created to promote patriotic allegiance to the United States, fidelity to the U.S. Constitution and popular support for civil liberties and the permanence of free institutions. In June 2018, Shane was one of only nine Army ROTC Cadets across the nation awarded the Bronze Cross for Achievement out of 5,500 eligible cadets.

Additionally, Cadet Moran was one of three Army ROTC cadets in the nation awarded a $2,500 AFCEA Educational Foundation Scholarship. The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines focused on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

A physics major, Shane routinely ranks at the top of his class with a GPA of 3.95. In spring 2018 he, along with his lab partner in the advanced physics laboratory course, built a device that uses Planck’s constant in the definition of the standard kilogram.

Since joining the ROTC Program freshman year, Cadet Moran has completed the air assault course, participated in a very selective internship program in the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command and traveled to Bulgaria under the Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP). This past summer, Shane completed Army ROTC Advance Camp and earned an overall top rating. Cadet Moran is also the recipient of a 3.5 year full-tuition Army ROTC Scholarship.

Submitted by: LTC Daniel J. Gross, chair, Military Science Department, Army ROTC

Volleyball Plays Home Openers This Weekend

After playing their first 11 games on the road, the Golden Griffins women’s volleyball team plays its home openers this weekend at the Koessler Center. The Griffs host MAAC opponents St. Peter’s on Saturday, September 22 and Rider on Sunday, September 23.  Both matches begin at 1:00 p.m.

Canisius is currently 1-1 in conference action having split a series at Marist and Siena this past weekend.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com. There is no admission charge for volleyball.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Fall 2018 Math Circle

Math Circle returns to Canisius this fall.

Math Circle is a friendly gathering for young students where love for mathematics is the driving force. Canisius has been running a math circle for several years, welcoming students from grades 5 – 12 who want to explore mathematical curiosities, have fun with mathematics and hear more about the subject from Canisius faculty, students and local educators.

If you missed the first Math Circle (held Tuesday, September 18), many more are scheduled.  Each will take place from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. in Science Hall Room 1004.  The next Math Circle meetings are:

  • Tuesday, September 25
  • Tuesday, October 2
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Tuesday, November 13

Please help spread the word! If you would like to participate or assist, register by Email at themathcircle@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, professor, Mathematics & Statistics Department