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Softball Wraps Up Regular Season

The women’s softball team wraps up its regular season this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex with four conference games. The Griffs will host Quinnipiac in a doubleheader on Friday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs will also host Marist in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Canisius sits three games out of the final MAAC playoff spot with four games to play. The Griffs will need to win a minimum of three games, if not four, to have a chance of advancing to the conference tournament.

Canisius seniors will be honored after the second game on Saturday.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Commencement Volunteers Needed

Commencement celebrates the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and the perseverance of our students who are filled with pride, hope and the promise of a bright future. We have all played a part in the transformation of these students and it is our hope that you want to be part of the excitement of their special day. Watching our graduates and their families is a great reminder of what we work for each day. Please see detailed information on commencement events as well as volunteer guidelines here.

To volunteer for either or both of the following celebrations, click here.

Graduate Ceremony – Wednesday, May 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Koessler Athletic Center

  • 4:30 p.m. – Volunteers arrive (pizza dinner will be available)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Graduates, platform party and faculty report to Patrick Lee
  • 7:00 p.m. – Graduate ceremony begins

Undergraduate Ceremonies – Saturday, May 18 – 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Koessler Athletic Center

  • 8:30 a.m. – Volunteers arrive
  • 10:00 a.m. – Marshals arrive
  • 10:00 a.m. – General Ceremony one
  • 12:30 p.m. – Ceremony two – School of Education and Human Services / Wehle School of Business degrees conferred
  • 3:00 p.m. – Ceremony three – College of Arts & Sciences degrees conferred

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs and Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Commencement Volunteer Training Sessions

Commencement volunteer training sessions are listed below and will take place in the Student Center Regis Rooms:

  • Monday, May 13: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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  • Tuesday, May 14: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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Sessions will include a review of important information about the ceremonies, a demonstration of proper robing and a run-through of the procession for those who are marshalling.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs and Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Canisius Ed Tech Free Webinar

The Canisius College Education Technologies Program is hosting a FREE webinar series on Monday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will also earn Continuing Leadership and Leadership Education (CTLE) credits! 

This session will explore websites/iPad apps that are useful when differentiating learning for students with disabilities in a 1:1 or small group setting. Brianna Croce, session facilitator and special education teacher, will share her experience with technology as a transforming force in a special education setting.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Submitted by: Ronald Kotlik, director, Educational Technologies and Emerging Media

Wildlife on Campus


(Canada Geese, photo from WikiCommons)

By now, many people on campus are aware that Canada geese have built a nest and laid eggs on the Main Street side of Science Hall. Many people are excited and enthusiastic about sharing space with the birds and are keenly watching their nest. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when watching or interacting with the geese and with wildlife in general that might be applicable in other locations across campus (there is also a bird nest in Churchill Tower).

  1. Keep your distance! Wildlife that are disturbed by humans will likely flee and return later. However, adult geese can be quite aggressive in defending their nest and young, so if you wish to look at the nest do so from a great distance or through the window (but do so briefly so they do not become stressed out). If you are too close, the geese will swoop at you and hiss.
  2. Do NOT feed wildlife. This past week there was a plastic bag full of bread next to the geese’s nest. Feeding wildlife in general can alter their behavior, causing them to seek food out from any human that may pass by. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also notes that some diseases can affect wildlife that are fed bread and crackers, through the mixing of feces and food. Bread is not part of a natural diet for Canada Geese and it is not nutritious for them. There is plenty of food for them to eat on their own. Plastic bags are a horrendous environmental problem so adding plastic bag waste to their habitat only makes the problem worse.
  3. If you see the goslings moving about outside of the nest, leave them be, there are many other birds around campus. If you find a baby bird of a different species out of its nest, it is okay to pick it up and gently place it back in the nest. With other baby animals (rabbits or squirrels) the best thing to do if you find one is leave it where it is or move it out of harms way if necessary. Do NOT bring them indoors.
  4. Tell other people to follow these rules and if necessary, put up signs encouraging better relationships with wildlife.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you suspect an animal may be injured, contact the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Wildlife department at (716) 875-7360 Ext. 247.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, assistant professor, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation