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Students Share Some Good News!

In an effort to spread some “virtual sunshine” and help each student recognize the good around them, Karl Kozlowski, PhD, of the Department of Kinesiology and Institute for Autism Research, asked students in his HED 337: Exercise Principles course to answer a simple bonus question on their last online exam.

Students were asked, “What is your good news? (You can’t use anything about this exam either!)“.  From the simple to the profound, students overwhelmingly responded with all the positives happening in their lives.  Students remarked on their personal achievements, their family member’s health improvements, their pets and even the purchase of a guitar and attempt to learn to play the ukulele!

See all of their answers and shared “good news” below:

  • I am growing another new plant because one of the leaves fell off one of mine!
  • We are getting our backyard redone this week, super excited about that.
  • My good news is that I taught both of my grandmas how to get and use Zoom on their phones and laptops so we can all keep in touch!
  • My good news for today is that I helped paint my dad’s room because we are re-painting our house and we have accomplished a lot so far and made a lot of progress in quarantine.
  • I am officially up to biking about 5-8 miles per day! I have not biked in years and I wanted a fun way of exercising and I have been loving it.
  • I set goals for myself everyday and if I complete what I set out to do I reward myself. I have been hitting my goals everyday
  • The weather in Southern California is beautiful. This encourages me to workout outside.
  • They gave every employee at Wegman’s (where I work) free washable masks to wear.
  • As I am taking this exam, my sister is currently in the hospital in labor with my nephew!!! So hopefully, by the end of today he will be born!
  • I got my tax return and I am going to buy a new guitar!
  • My good news is that it is a law that my work now has to provide me with a mask at work! Before the law was passed, my work said that we weren’t allowed to wear masks because it might scare the customers and make them think that one of us could be sick. Now I feel much safer going to work and being around so many people all the time.
  • The gyms are still open here so I go to the gym every morning.
  • It was my dog’s birthday yesterday and we had a mini party.
  • My aunt has coronavirus but she isn’t doing too badly so that’s a positive. Also, I ordered a stand for my punching bag so I’ve finally got that all set up to workout in the back garden.
  • My good news is that I bought two new pairs of sneakers. It is exciting waiting for a package to come during these times. The worst part is getting the sneakers in the mail and then not having anywhere to go.
  • My mom is a nurse at the County Health Department and they are all staying safe and healthy! Chautauqua County has very little amount of active cases! I also painted my bedroom and I am learning how to play the ukulele (maybe).
  • The golf course that I worked at last summer is going to re-hire me to help out with the grounds! I didn’t think I would be able to get a job this summer!
  • My grandma is still cancer free.
  • My good news is that I am week five, post-op, from knee surgery No. 3 and have regained all mobility in my knee so I am now cleared to do all exercises until pain tolerance! Which means I can start to get back in athletic shape.
  • I had my nerve discomfort down my leg since my surgery and today I woke up without nerve pain.
  • I started working out and I have been losing a little weight.
  • My good news is that my sister just got a new French bull-dog puppy that I met for the first time! He’s so cute and fun to have around during this crisis.

The “good news” sharing idea was adapted from an in-class exercise utilized by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, in the Department of Kinesiology.

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

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 2020

The Canisius College chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, recently inducted 35 new members: 18 juniors, 7 seniors, 4 graduate students, and 2 MBA students.

Four honorary members were included in this number:  Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder and director of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy; Thomas Chambers, PhD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Marvin LaHood, PhD, a graduate of Boston College and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus; Susan Margulis, PhD, chair of the Department of Animal Behavior & Environmental Conservation and professor in the departments of Animal Behavior and Environmental Conservation and Biology.

The two MBA students inducted were Chelsea Swanekamp and Msaada Nankumba.

The graduate students were Teresa Kurth, Ursula Magsayo, Samantha Shaffner and Conor Shea.

Maxwell Chrzanowski, Christie Connelly, Abigail Hughes, Dylan Huston, Andrew Sagun, Ethan Wood and Joseph Yakovac were the seven seniors inducted.

The junior inductees were Jesse Brodka, Bridget Brogan, Emily Corigliano, Turner Dirrigl, Jessica Dmitrova, Deanna Garwol, Isabella Jankowski, Zara Kazmierczak, Megan Leight, Daniel Mosher, Nicole Newton, Michael Pesarchick, Rebecca Praetzel, Claire Rosenecker, Lauren Thorne and Kaitlan Van Kessel.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, chapter adviser, Alpha Sigma Nu

Athletic Department Staff Assisting FeedMore WNY


Pictured here is Head Baseball Coach Matt Mazurek, and Director of Project Play WNY Bridget Niland

Members of the Athletic Department have been assisting FeedMore WNY in delivering meals to senior citizens in the North Buffalo area, who are unable to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meal requests into FeedMore WNY have risen dramatically since the start of the crisis. The Community Foundation of Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation have joined forces to work with local groups in and around Buffalo that have delivery vans and drivers who are willing to volunteer their time to assist in the meal distribution efforts.

Numerous members of the Athletic Department have helped deliver meals, and more of the staff is signed up to distribute meals over the next month or so. Pictured in the photo is head baseball coach Matt Mazurek, joined by Bridget Niland, the Director of Project Play WNY.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics

Solidarity on Tap with Molly Burhans ’14

Mark your calendars for 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 when Canisius alumna Molly Burhans ’14 hosts an Earth Day conversation in the latest Solidarity on Tap series. Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, this virtual weekly gathering features powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice.

Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. To do this, Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development and research to address pressing issues from environmental destruction to mass human migration. The goal, Burhans explains, is to have Catholic conservation and sustainability operate at the same scale as Catholic healthcare, aid and education, as the largest, non-governmental network of its kind globally.

To learn more about Burhans or to register for the (free) Facebook Live event, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Into the Cave: An Ignatian Digital Retreat for a Pandemic

During this time of isolation, lockdown and quarantine, it is more important than ever to continue finding God in all things. Therefore, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States has prepared a four part digital retreat to accompany people through this time of pandemic. Each module begins with a short audio reflection. Participants are then invited to meditate on images, short videos and Scripture, as well as reflect on discussion questions and contemplative activities.

The beauty of this digital retreat is that it can happen anytime, anywhere and with any number of people.

To participate, simply click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity