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Employees of Distinction Honored at Men’s Basketball Game

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Pictured (l-r): Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance; employees of distinction – Erik Schneider, housekeeper, Facilities Management; Tom Prince, computer support specialist, ITS; Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund; Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund; Tracy Callaghan; assistant director, Griff Center and President Hurley

Several members of the college’s faculty and staff who were recognized this past year as Employees of Distinction were honored during halftime at the men’s basketball game on Monday, February 4. President John Hurley and Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, were also in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of these employees.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals once again on their hard work and dedication to the Canisius community!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Dean of Arts and Sciences Search

Lynne Texter, PhD, associate professor of communication and special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at La Salle University, will meet with the Canisius community on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12. All are invited to attend her open forum scheduled for Monday, February 11 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Regis.

Information about each finalist is posted on the myCanisius portal under the “Dean of Arts and Sciences Search” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page. Please take time to review their curricula vitae and application letters prior to attending the open forums.

Electronic surveys are also available for each candidate. As you interact with a candidate by attending an open forum or in any other scheduled meetings, please take the time to provide thoughtful feedback by filling out the appropriate survey. There will also be an opportunity to evaluate the candidates in a summary survey after interviews are complete.

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Submitted by: Jennifer Desiderio, PhD, associate professor, English

Colloquia on African-American World War I Soldiers One Hundred Years Later

Join the College of Arts and Sciences to communally celebrate the work of Jane Fisher, PhD, associate professor of English, at the next colloquia presentation and wine and cheese reception on Tuesday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Regis Room. Fisher will present “Return From Fighting, Return Fighting:” African-American World War I Soldiers One Hundred Years Later.

Fisher’s talk will focus on the intrinsically hybrid nature of the World War I African-American experience, the heroic achievements of the soldiers who fought (albeit under the French flag) and their often unrecognized legacy that provided a foundation for later 20th century Civil Rights endeavors, using representations from the World War I era (including photographs and propaganda posters) as well as Harlem Renaissance paintings, essays, poetry and narratives.

All are welcome to attend.

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Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate, College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series will welcome James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Smith will present a talk entitled “Augustine our Contemporary: A Saint for a Secular Age.”

Smith holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview at Calvin College. The award-winning author’s popular writing has appeared in periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Philip Reed, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, at Ext. 2609, or visit the Conversations in Christ website.

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The event is co-sponsored by Nickel City Forum.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, associate professor, Philosophy

Brown Bag Seminar Series Continues

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) continues its spring 2019 Brown Bag Seminar Series on Thursday, February 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Student Center room 207 with a presentation by Matthew Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology.

Mitchell will discuss lost Jewish writings about Jesus and look at how over a span of centuries Christian writers spoke of encountering gospels written in Hebrew that were used by groups that thought of themselves as ‘both Jews and Christians’. Their confusing and often contradictory statements about the Jewish gospel tradition continue to fascinate modern scholars, many of whom still hope to find traces of the lost Hebrew gospel and the Jewish traditions from which it emerged.

Be sure to bring a lunch and engage in this interesting and informal conversation. For more information, visit the ICMS website.

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Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies