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Seymour and Garrison Present to Diocese of Buffalo Physical Educators

Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the physical and health education teacher education program alongside colleague, Mark Garrison, PhD, professor of education policy and research and director of the educational leadership program at D’Youville College, co-presented at the Diocese of Buffalo Educator’s Convocation on Friday, September 28. Hosted locally at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY, there were close to 1,000 teachers representing the eight counties of Western New York. Drs. Seymour and Garrison’s presentation entitled “Thinking about the Purpose and Value of Physical Education in the Era of Physical Literacy” explored the various ways the purpose and value of physical education can be framed, and how teacher evaluation, physical literacy models and national PE standards are related to the role physical education plays in the lives of K-12 students. Several alumni were on hand including Nate Longbine ᾿17, Jon Fiegl ᾿07, Robert Duggan ᾿09 and Adam Wolfley ᾿18. The experience provided Drs. Seymour and Garrison the opportunity to share their current research endeavors with present K-12 physical education professionals.

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

The Buffalo Silver Band Comes to Canisius

ArtsCanisius welcomes the Buffalo Silver Band, the 716 Trombone Ensemble and the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble for a program that promises to shake the rafters. Music of Meredith Wilson, Philip Sparke and Richard Strauss will be featured on Saturday, October 13 in Montante Cultural Center. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History


Art Exhibits on Display this Semester

Stop by one or both Vogt Galleries on campus to admire the wonderful exhibits curated by Emily Mangione ’12, the new studio art galleries and college art collection director, and be sure to save the date for the Artist Talk with Patrick Foran and closing reception on Friday, October 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

Katharyn Ketter-Franklin | Nathan Deganis Librera

October 1–December 14, 2018
Vogt Gallery, Lyons Hall

This two-person exhibition features recent works on paper, sculptural installations and screen prints by Canisius College alumni from the Class of 2013. Katharyn Ketter-Franklin’s current areas of focus include minimalist illustration—an aesthetic they often bring to their movie posters for North Park Theatre—and cut paper artwork. For this exhibition, Ketter-Franklin is debuting a new sculptural installation that plays with the gallery’s unique architecture alongside recent works on paper.

The works on view by Nathan Deganis Librera surveys the past two years of his development as a screenprinter. Many of these prints depict significant places for the artist; as he has explained, “by capturing moments with small, sometimes hidden detail, I show a personal relationship I have with the spaces.”

Patrick Foran: Other Internments

October 1–October 26, 2018
Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Galleries, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

In the meticulous, monochrome drawings featured in Patrick Foran: Other Internments, the artist captures the representational hallmarks of the contemporary state of exception: the traditions of symbolic ritual that present heads of state to the public, the voracious media apparatus dependent on a steady stream of fresh crises for its survival and the militarization of the police under a regime in which the definitions of “citizen” and “enemy” have become fluid. The characters in these scenes, however, are rendered as anonymous voids in the image—these bodies could easily belong to us, our loved ones, or our enemies. Taken as a whole, the installation opens up questions about the limits of empathy, who counts as the “common” in “common good,” and what it means to allow fear to guide our decision-making.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History


2018 Paul G. Gassman Memorial Seminar

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Canisius College is delighted to announce that Emily Weiss, PhD, professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, will be presenting the 2018 Paul Gassman Memorial Seminar on Thursday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The title of the seminar is “Visible Light Photocatalysis with Colloidal Quantum Dots.” Professor Weiss will also be presenting a more advanced seminar for Canisius junior and senior chemistry and biochemistry majors at 3:30 p.m. in Horan-O’Donnell Room 107 (“Hierarchical Photocatalysis”).

Paul Gassman, PhD, was a distinguished alumnus of the college and a major benefactor who established an endowment for a lecture series. Dr. Gassman died prematurely in 1993 and this seminar series was established in his honor. The Gassman Memorial Seminar series provides opportunities for science majors in the beginning of their college studies to meet with and hear a renowned chemist discuss their research and the impact of their work on our environment and society.

Professor Weiss is a leading researcher in understanding the mechanisms by which energy is converted from one form to another within inorganic nanostructures, and how organic molecules can be used to control which pathway the system takes. The model system that she uses most often in her research is a colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal, or quantum dot (QD). Recently, she developed new reaction schemes that take advantage of the unique properties of QDs and designed novel quantum dot – based sensors that enable “fast” (nanosecond to microsecond) sensing of biological processes. In addition, she has made major contributions to lowering the cost of solar energy by replacing inefficient crystalline silicon in photovoltaic cells with more efficient and less expensive mixed dimensional (MD) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure materials.

Professor Weiss has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing her outstanding accomplishments in chemical research. During the past few years, some of the awards she has been presented include: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Department of Energy Early Career Research Award, ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, A.P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry and Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator. In addition, she received several awards recognizing her outstanding teaching, including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Dow Chemical Company Teacher-Scholar Award and Distinguished Teaching Award by Northwestern Undergraduate Chemistry Council.

Submitted by: Mariusz Kozik, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

This Week’s COLI Workshops


The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will be running two workshops this week on getting started in data gathering and analysis.

On Thursday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. in SH 002C, there will be a workshop entitled “Qualtrics: Introduction to Data Gathering” on how to use Qualtrics, our advanced online survey and form toolset.

On Friday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. in SH 002C, there will be a workshop on Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets to learn the basics of using spreadsheets to organize, sort, filter and calculate.

You can find details about these and other workshops at

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