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P/HETE Partners with Buffalo Public Schools

Students in the physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) program completed a partnership project with two Buffalo Public Schools. Throughout the semester, teacher candidates from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s PED 371/PEG 571: Assessment in Physical Education and PED 311/PEG 511: Movement Education and Elementary Activities courses implemented teaching strategies and assessment protocols to kindergarten – grade four children.

The students of BPS No.17 and BPS No. 54 were very excited and the collaboration proved to be a wonderful learning experience for all partners. The joint venture allows P/HETE majors to apply best practices in pedagogy and assessment in authentic learning environments. Special thanks to Phil Smith ’13, Tricia Vezina, physical education teachers at BPS No. 17, Karin Seymour ᾿98, MS ᾿08, and Erin Hughes ᾿12, MBA ’17, physical educators at BPS No. 54, for their help in coordinating this event.

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

Honors Thesis Defense Week Underway

The All-College Honors Program announces its end-of-the-semester thesis defense week which takes place through Wednesday, May 1. The topics range widely and include autism in the media, the ancient world’s reception of Heraclitus, mental health and mental illness, social media, the opioid epidemic, homelessness in modern democracies, Alzheimer’s disease, a popular Korean boy band (BTS), antimicrobial misuse and human disease, the impact of the college student loan crisis, gender differences in co-rumination, televangelism and Frederick Law Olmsted’s unprecedented park system in Buffalo. All are welcome to attend these defenses and ask questions.

Click here to view the schedule, which provides the names of the presenters, their topics,and the date, time and place of the defenses.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, professor, History; director, All-College Honors Program

Jaime Manrique Presents Latest Novel

Canisius College will welcome Colombian novelist, poet, essayist and translator, Jaime Manrique, to campus on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main 314. The event is free and open to the public.

Manrique will discuss his latest novel, entitled Like This Afternoon Forever, a parable influenced by Colombian drug cartel motives, which takes readers through their battle for control and its lasting impacts.

Manrique is the author of several novels including Our Lives are the Rivers, Cervantes Street and My Night with Federico Garcia Lorca. He has received accolades such as Colombia’s National Poetry Award, the 2007 International Latino Book Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of modern languages, at  

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Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Meetup: Building Communities in Online and Hybrid Courses

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a meetup tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 219. The meetup will focus on online and hybrid courses (this was rescheduled from Thursday, April 11).

Jennifer Stowe, professor in the School of Education and Human Services’ Literacy Program, will lead the discussion to examine power and respect for different voices and community in teaching. The starting point is the face-to-face classroom. Consulting critical theories in education, the meetup will explore new teaching relationships that build virtual, rich and productive communities in online and hybrid courses.

Join the conversation and discover new ways to develop strong social and teaching presence in online or hybrid courses! All faculty members are welcome!

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

Grant Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to participate in a Grant Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The Grant Workshop is for those with grant experience, those who are interested in submitting a grant proposal and those who have never thought about submitting a grant proposal.

For 2019, the format of the workshop will include presentations and discussions by grant active Canisius faculty members and administrators. Topics at the workshop will include:

  • How and when to fit a grant into your academic life
  • Demystifying the IRB process
  • Design and measurements
  • Tips and techniques

Prior to the workshop, attendees are encouraged to submit questions and/or topics that they would like addressed.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please reserve your seat by contacting Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Langlois or Sara Morris, associate vice president for academic affairs, at A working lunch will be provided.

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Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs