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Faculty members participated in a four-day, three-night writing retreat from Tuesday, May 21 – Thursday, May 24 at the Spencer Hotel and Spa at the Chautauqua Institute. The Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of Mission & Identity provided this opportunity for faculty to enjoy uninterrupted writing time and colleague fellowship. Participants were given unstructured time to develop their own academic or creative works. Each evening, the group gathered for dinner and conversation. The retreat provided many graces including community building across disciplines, walks around the Institute, yoga, idea sharing and rich productivity.

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Pictured (l-r) top row: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity and Graham Stowe, assistant professor, English; director, Writing Center
Pictured (l-r) middle row: Barbara Burns, chair and professor, Teacher Education; Jean Gregorek, associate professor, English; Anita Butera, assistant professor, Criminal Justice; Sarah Woodside, assistant professor, Management; Fernanda Astiz, professor, Teacher Education; Secil Erteror, assistant professor, Sociology and Mick Cochrane, chair and professor, English
Pictured (l-r) bottom row: Erin Robinson, chair and professor, Sociology; Janet McNally, associate professor, English; Jenn Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology; Peg McCarthy, vice president, Academic Affairs; Jane Fisher, associate professor, English; Jonathan Lawrence, associate professor, Religious Studies and Richard Reitsma, chair and associate professor, Modern Languages
Not pictured: Karl Kozlowski, associate professor, Kinesiology; Mary Becker, assistant professor, Finance and Joshua Russell, assistant professor, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation

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Common meal space at the Spencer Hotel

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Yoga class guided by Erin Robinson

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Polish Villa Food Truck

Polish Villa will be on campus tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5 in the Lyons Hall lot for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The truck will serve homemade pierogi, polish sausage and other authentic Polish dishes. To add this event to your calendar, click here.

Pictured (l-r): Reagan Jewel, graduate assistant, Graduate Admissions and Michael Seaman, senior graduate admissions counselor, enjoy protein shakes from The Blend.

The Blend came to campus yesterday, Monday, June 3, to feature its protein shakes and bites.

Please contact Mary Braun, assistant for human resources, with any questions at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

SSCP Outstanding Student Teacher Award Winners

Samantha Wagner ’15, graduate student in the Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Intimate Relationships at Binghamton University and Sara Blakely-McClure, incoming professor of psychology at Canisius, are the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Student Teacher Award, sponsored by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). The awards recognize outstanding graduate students who are providing exceptional contributions to the science of clinical psychology. Wagner and Blakely-McClure were selected based upon their research contributions to the field of clinical psychology.

Submitted by: College Communications

Reminder: Autism and Aging Lunch & Learn This Thursday

Learn about exciting new research being conducted by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and the Psychology Department at Canisius College at the Autism and Aging Lunch & Learn, hosted by Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology, and Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, on Thursday, June 6 from 12 – 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in older adulthood lags significantly behind that of research in other age groups. This research, funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, seeks to better understand the life outcomes of adults with and without ASD. During this talk, participants will learn more about what ASD is, how the science of healthy aging can potentially benefit this community, and how to get involved in this important line of research. Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches to the event.

Lodi-Smith is a personality psychologist who studies the impact of individual differences on the trajectory of healthy aging across the lifespan. Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, is a school psychologist who studies the neuropsychological, behavioral, personality and social-emotional characteristics of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Lodi-Smith and Rodgers combine their expertise in aging, autism and individual differences to identify potential innovative interventions for older adults with ASD.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Mary Braun, assistant for human resources, at Ext. 2240 or at

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources