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Gansworth to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius College Alumni Association will confer the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Niagara Falls resident Eric L. Gansworth, during Spring Honors Convocation on May 15.  The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. 

A professor of English at Canisius and director of the college’s creative writing program, Gansworth embodies the ideal of teacher-scholar. Described as “inspiring” by his students, Gansworth shares his love of literature through such coursework as Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing and Advanced Poetry Writing.  He also teaches the important course titled Native American Literature.  Each of his classes is marked by rigor and high standards but also care and attention, which Gansworth is careful to give to each student. 

In addition to his vocation as an educator, Gansworth is a prolific creative artist whose rich body of work has garnered him a national reputation as one of the most original and important voices in Native American literature.  An enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, Gansworth is the author of 10 books of fiction, poetry and memoir/non-fiction.  His most recent young adult novel, Give Me Some Truth, captures the difficulties of reservation life for teenagers and was selected for numerous Best Books of 2018 lists, including National Public Radio’s Book Concierge.  That same year, Gansworth was one of only 18 writers to be awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

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Submitted by: College Communications

The 2020 I. Joan Lorch Winners

The Canisius College Women and Gender Studies Program presents the 2020 Dr. I Joan Lorch Award Winners. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person (or persons) who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. Receiving the Community Award is Family Promise of Western New York. The Student Award recipient is Morgan Morris, ’21. The Canisius Employee Award recipient is Matt Kochan, librarian.  This year we also celebrate a special career achievement recognition for Dr. Barbara Porter, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Save the date!  Please join us in honoring all of our award winners on March 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge located in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.  Appetizers, beer and wine provided. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English and co-director, Women and Gender Studies

Borders and Migrations Week

Please join us for the spring 2020 Borders & Migrations Week from March 24- April 2.

A variety of events including talks, film screenings and presentations are scheduled.  For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages

14th Ranked James Madison Visits Demske Sports Complex

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team continues its current home-stand Friday, March 13 afternoon when 14th ranked James Madison leaves itsVirginia home to travel to Buffalo. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is slated for 4:00 p.m. The Dukes have knocked off #21 Penn State and #23 Virginia Tech and are en route to a 5-1 record.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

March is National Nutrition Month

What is considered a healthy portion size? Learn how to keep your daily intake within the general guidelines set by the USDA. This article from Lawley provides recommendations on serving size per major food group, as well as tips for breaking down the meals you eat on a daily basis.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources