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Canisius in the News

Economics Professors Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD and George Palumbo, PhD, weighed in on a Buffalo News commentary written by reporter David Robinson, which appeared in the Sunday, March 29 edition. The article is titled “Remember When the Steel Plants Closed? This is Twice as Bad” and can be read by clicking here.

Also in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News, a viewpoint article authored by Canisius alumna Cindy Skrzycki ’76. Skrzycki is a visiting professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada who had to make the difficult decision about whether to remain in Canada during the COVID-19 crisis or returning to their permanent home in Pittsburgh, PA. Skrzycki’s article is titled “An Agonizing Decision: Stay in Montreal or return (via Buffalo) to Pittsburgh” can be read by clicking here.

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Campus Candids … sort of

The video chat app Zoom is proving to be a communication lifeline for those of us teaching, learning and working remotely. The images above and below, of department and team meetings, were shared with The Dome by Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor of ABEC and biology, Tom Chambers, PhD, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; and Mark Harrington, PhD, assistant vice president for student success.

Pictures (above): Mark Harrington, PhD, leads a team meeting with the team from Student Success

Keep ’em coming! If you’re finding unique ways to stay connected to your Canisius students, colleagues and friends while we’re apart, share with the campus community by making a submission to The Dome by clicking here.

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Faculty Tenure & Promotions

Let’s all join together in congratulating the eight Canisius faculty members recently promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure status. Their work and scholarly achievements enrich Canisius College and play a significant role in preparing today’s students to become the next generation of leaders.

The following honorees were awarded tenure status and promoted to associate professor:

Shawn M. O’Rourke, PhD, co-chair of the Kinesiology Department and director of sport management and sport administration; and

Joshua J. Russell, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.            

The following honorees were promoted to full professors:

Lorreine DiCamillo, PhD, associate professor of teacher education and interim associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services;

Michael Forest, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC);

Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology;

Matthew W. Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology;

Jamie O’Neil, MFA, associate professor of digital media arts; and

Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor of management.

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Public Safety Swears in Newest Officer

Director of Public Safety Kimberly Beaty swore in the department’s newest officer, Jared Westhoven on Monday, March 20. Westhoven was promoted from full-time dispatcher to full-time officer. He is a 2019 graduate of Canisius College with degrees in criminal justice and psychology.

Congratulations Jared!

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Tea@2 via ZOOM

Faculty and staff from the Classics and Fine Arts departments and members of the Institute of Classical and Medieval Studies continued their Tea@2 tradition – virtually – on Friday, March 27.

‘Medusa’ also joined the conversation, which included lively chats about working and teaching remotely, our students, gardening and the adventures of grocery shopping. Everyone was grateful for the continued connections to the campus and while Medusa was particularly anxious about not sharing snacks, we look forward to next week’s Tea@2, scheduled for Friday, April 3.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of Art History and the Fine Arts Department, at

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department