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It’s Trivia Wednesday!

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

Canisius College is the only area institution to house which of the following:

(a) Bloomberg Terminal (b) Seismograph (c) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (d) NewTek TriCaster Switcher

Congratulations to Tracy Wass, senior programmer analyst/DBA for ITS, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

Which two current professors have been teaching at Canisius the longest and have the same start date at the college? George Palumbo, PhD – Economics and Finance and Richard Shick, PhD – Economics and Finance

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Biology major Lillian Wozniak ’22 presented her work titled “Feasibility of Non-Exercise Science Majors to Direct an Exercise Program for High Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Hershey, PA on Friday, November 1. Her work was completed during the summer of 2019 at the Institute for Autism Research under the direction of Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology; Adam Booth, postdoctoral research fellow; Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology; Marcus Thomeer, PhD, professor of teacher education; and Christopher Lopata, PsyD, professor of teacher education. Physical education major Samantha Crane ’21 was also involved in the project. Wozniak is the first student to be selected to present at this prestigious conference.

Submitted by: Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology

Canisius in the News

Emyle Watkins ’20 is a news intern at WGRZ Channel 2 this semester. There, she works side-by-side with Steve Brown ’83, WGRZ’s award-winning investigative reporter.

On Thursday, October 31, WGRZ broadcast Brown’s story “Dead and Gone.” The story tells the tale of a Cheektowaga family on the hunt for the remains of a deceased relative, whose body was one of more than 900 that were exhumed and reburied in the 1950s as part of a land deal between a cemetery and railroad.

Through dogged reporting, Brown’s story helped uncover a possible final resting place for John Slomczewski, and also revealed the mystery of what happened to many of the other bodies.

Brown didn’t work alone. The Murrow Award-winning reporter, who teaches investigative reporting at Canisius, credited Watkins’s weeks of research, writing and journalistic legwork as invaluable to getting the story accomplished.

“Emyle is always thinking, always working, always doing the extra things that make stories richer and stronger. Her fingerprints are all over ‘Dead and Gone,” Brown said.

He praised Watkins as hard-working and focused. Ultimately, Brown said, “Emyle Watkins is in a class by herself. I believe she is destined to be a difference-maker as a journalist.”

Watkins is the managing editor of The Griffin. She majors in journalism and digital media arts.

Submitted by: Daniel Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, Communication Studies 

It’s National First-Generation Celebration Week

This is the third year that higher education institutions across the country have been encouraged to celebrate first-generation college students on their respective campuses through the Center for First-Generation Student Success (an initiative by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Suder Foundation). This is the first year Canisius is participating. Campus efforts are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) Diversity Committee, Alpha Kappa Delta and the Griff Center for Student Success. Please see below for more information on how you can join Canisius’ first-generation student community in its inaugural year.

Why celebrate first-gen?

Being a first-generation college student is an important part of a student’s identity on a college campus. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. As the first in their family to attend, it is critical that first-generation college students are advised, celebrated and encouraged throughout their collegiate experience to showcase a supportive learning community as the student pursues their educational goals.

Why this week?

Friday, November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The legislation made key investments for access within institutions of higher education including increased support for matriculation of first-generation college students.

Are you first-gen?

If you are a first-generation college student and are willing to be highlighted as part of our social media campaign, please Email Mark Harrington, interim senior associate dean for student success and program director for higher education and student affairs administration (HESAA), at We are looking to showcase our first-generation faculty, staff, administrators and students throughout the week. #FirstGenGriffs

How can you support?

There are a few events throughout the week leading up to the National First-Gen Day. On Friday, November 8, we encourage you to stop by the table outside of the Library between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and be part of our photo campaign supporting for our first-generation college students. We also will have the cards (photo) below available for the campus community at the table. If you cannot attend but want a card to hang within your workspace, notify Mark Harrington and one will be delivered to you.

What’s next?

As we think about supporting first-generation college students at Canisius moving forward, we can continue to build upon this week’s programming and provide additional resources and initiatives to support our students. If you are interested in joining a working group to begin in the spring semester, notify Mark Harrington.

Thank you in advance for celebrating our first-generation faculty, staff, administrators and students this week!

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, interim senior associate dean, Student Success; program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA)

Thursday Night Volleyball Clash

The Canisius women’s volleyball team competes in its biggest regular season volleyball game tomorrow, Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. against Niagara University at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Both teams are in a three way tie with Marist College for third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Canisius, Niagara and Marist sit 1/2 game behind second place Rider University. Tomorrow is Athletes for Athletes Night and MAAC Choice Night with pre-game activities starting at 5:00 p.m.

There is no admission charge for volleyball. For more information on the game, visit

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics