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Banchich Lecture in Classics

Michael McCormick, PhD, professor of medieval history at Harvard University, will be the guest speaker for the 2nd annual Thomas M. Banchich Lecture in Classics on Thursday, October 10.

His talk, titled “Ancient DNA, Ice Cores and Data Science: Studying the fall of the Roman Empire in the 21st century,” will discuss how new technologies are revolutionizing our understanding of the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) and the Classics Department.

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

P/HETE Majors Assess Childhood Fitness


The Canisius Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (P/HETE) program hosted students from Stanley Makowski Buffalo Public School (BPS) No. 99 on Tuesday, October 8 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Alongside the assistance of Kristin Finn, PhD, professor of teacher education, and her students, P/HETE majors from assistant professor of kinesiology Clancy Seymour’s classes collaborated with Tony Lafornara ᾽88 and Ashley Caputa MS ’07, MS ’10 to assess fourth grade student fitness levels using several different methods. With more than 120 students in attendance, the experience was enjoyable for the fourth graders and allowed teacher education programs to conduct research while cultivating local BPS partnerships. In addition, teacher candidates are provided the opportunity to analyze pre- and post-test data and conduct fitness assessments in an authentic environment.

A special thanks to the entire women’s basketball program who surprised the 4th graders with a small warm-up and team picture following the event.

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

Center for Urban Education Symposium

The Center for Urban Education will host a symposium entitled “Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity” on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

The event includes keynote speakers John Brittain, JD, professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia and Peter W. Cookson Jr, PhD, senior researcher for the Learning Policy Institute located in Palo Alto, California.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Urban Education at Ext. 3294.

Submitted by: College Communications

Hughes Club Surf ‘N’ Turf


Chartwells Dining will host its inaugural Hughes Club Premium Night on Wednesday, October 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center Economou Dining Hall.

Chartwells will feature Louisiana Style Surf ‘N’ Turf and Bayou flavored vegan entrées. In addition, Sam Marabella and His Band will showcase live New Orleans-style blues.

Sam Marabella and His Band offer authentic roots music performed by seasoned professional musicians with a strong focus on New Orleans blues and jazz, bluegrass, country and much more.

This evening of culture and cuisine is open to the campus community. If you have any questions, please contact Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager for Chartwells, at

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Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

All-College Honors Fall Lecture

The All-College Honors Program will welcome David O’Connor, PhD, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, to campus on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge for its fall lecture. O’Connor will discuss “Love and Self-Sufficiency in Ancient Greek Thought.”

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored the Philosophy and Classics departments.

For more information, contact Philip Reed, PhD, professor of philosophy, at

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Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative assistant, Sociology/Criminal Justice/Environmental Studies