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The Canisius United Way Campaign committee hosted a chili cook-off on Thursday, October 25 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Participants prepared their best chili recipes, which were then judged by members of the senior leadership team. This year’s winners were chosen from three categories:

Most Creative (judges’ vote): Jennifer Skowron, assistant director, Human Resources – Vegan Chili

Best Overall (judges’ vote): Linda Walleshauser, AVP HR & compliance/interm Title IX coordinator, Human Resources – Tailgate Steak Chili

People’s Choice: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletics – Genesee Steak Chili

The total amount raised was $261.14. All proceeds go towards the United Way campaign.

Pictured (l-r): Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs; Jennifer Owen, account representative, United Way

Submitted by: College Communications 

PHETE Majors Assess Childhood Fitness

The Canisius Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (P/HETE) program hosted students from Stanley Makowski BPS No. 99 on Tuesday, October 23 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Alongside the assistance of Kristin Finn, PhD, professor of teacher education, P/HETE majors from Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Clancy Seymour’s PED 441/541: Teaching Methods of Physical Education class collaborated with Tony Lafornara ᾽88 and Ashley Caputa MS ’07, MS ’10 to assess fourth grade student fitness levels using several different methods. Lafornara and Caputa’s students will return in the 2019 spring semester for follow-up testing.

With more than 140 students in attendance, the experience is enjoyable for the fourth graders and allows the P/HETE program to conduct research while cultivating local BPS partnerships. In addition, teaching majors are provided the opportunity to analyze pre- and post-test data and conduct fitness assessments in an authentic environment.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director, Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (P/HETE)

International Relations Program to Host 40th High School Model UN Conference


On Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 a.m. the Canisius College International Relations Program will welcome 400 students from 21 area high schools to campus for the 40th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference. Student-delegates will represent countries from around the world and discuss, debate and attempt to formulate resolutions on pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to the migration crisis, the destabilization of Venezuela, the plight of Rohingya Muslims and the effect of European secularism on religion minorities.

The conference features eight concurrent simulated sessions of international deliberative bodies including the United Nations Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Human Rights Council, as well as a historic simulation of the UN Security Council in 1948. A volunteer staff of nearly two dozen members of Canisius College will moderate and adjudicate the proceedings, which challenge participants to learn rules of parliamentary procedure as well as information about specific countries’ positions on controversial international issues. The volunteer staff is largely drawn from the new student club, the Model UN Diplomacy Organization (MUNDO).

Please take special care when driving near Montante Cultural Center and the Student Center between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. as there may be student delegates and school buses present in these areas. Thank you in advance for showing Canisius College hospitality to our guests.

The International Relations Program also thanks the Canisius College staff (including events management, public safety, dining services, admissions and especially Amy Beiter of the Political Science Department and the work-study students there) and our hardworking college volunteers for making this stimulating and educational experience possible for our guests.

Submitted by: Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; director, International Relations Program