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Canisius Students Engage in More Community Outreach

Noel Maciolek

Students in Dr. Fernanda Astiz’ “Foundations of Education” class continue to engage in more community outreach with primary and elementary students at North Park Community School, Just for Kids, Our Lady of Hope home school program, St. Monica Scholars, and Lafayette Community School.

The Canisius students had established relationships with young people at those schools before the coronavirus forced the move to online learning and they were prevented from continuing their community-based learning and social action project required in the course, which is part of the core curriculum and has a justice attribute designation.

Julia Barth

Astiz’ students decided to keep the relationships going by making videos for their students.

Some produced videos about stress relief and how to stay active and healthy during these times.  Others were read-aloud videos for their young students to view at home.  Click the YouTube links to watch videos produced by Canisius students Noel Maciolek, Julia Barth and Grace DeRoo.

Grace DeRoo

Submitted by:  M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor, School of Education and Human Services; Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute

Beta Gamma Sigma Welcomes 22 Inductees

The Canisius College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society for AACSB accredited schools, recently inducted 22 new members: 7 juniors, 7 seniors and 8 graduate business students.

The junior inductees were Jacob Dollendorf, Lowell McCarthy, Daniel Mosher, Claire Rosenecker, Nicholas Ruszczyk, Lauren Thorne and Benjamin Trotman.

The senior inductees were Christopher Adams, Anna Costa, Alexander Enright, Daniel Kuznetsov, Megan Rooney, Nicholas Spinosa and Tucker Weppner.

The MBA student inductees were Thomas Boeck, Rachelle Cidziel, Ivan Dimov, Kenneth Kamholz, Msaada Nankumba, Gregory Staebell, Chelsea Swanekamp and Mark Tortelli.

Congratulations to the new members!

Submitted by: Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, assistant professor, Economics and Finance; chapter president, Beta Gamma Sigma



Stay Active During Quarantine

Looking to find new ways to stay active during this time?

Chuck Pelitera, EdD and his daughter, Shannon ’17, created a series of workout videos that demonstrate different movements that can be done at home!

The workout offers a range of movements covering the legs, arms and chest and shoulders, and can be completed with or without additional weights.

Don’t have weights at home?  Dr. Pelitera suggests using items that you can find around the house, such as water bottles or paint cans, which can be used to help increase resistance on different movements.



Thank you Dr. Pelitera and Shannon for your program and insight!

Submitted by: Rich Kennedy, assistant director, Student Life

Micro-Tyco Challenge

Sport management students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are taught how to create and manage businesses in the sport industry.  They are also increasingly being taught how to create and manage businesses as a force for good.  What would happen if they were given one month, one dollar, to see how much money and how much good they could create?

During the month of February, undergraduate students in SPMT 420-Economic and Finance in Sport Industry and graduate students in MSA 560-Moral and Ethical Issues in Sport participated in the Micro-Tyco Challenge. Students are placed in teams of five, given $1 of seed capital and challenged to take their ideas, operate a business and generate as much real wealth as (legally) possible in one month.

One of the visions for the sport management programs is to develop sport leaders for a sustainable world.  Experiential learning is a key priority and Micro-Tyco certainly delivers on that-it is active learning.

Working with Victory Sports Global Outreach Inc., in Clarence, the two classes comprised of 30 students raised more than $20,000 worth of new and used equipment.  Victory Sports takes this equipment and distributes it to underprivileged kids, enabling them to get in the game and compete, and ultimately providing them with an opportunity to experience the many benefits that sport participation provides.

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Submitted by: Mike Seaman, senior counselor, Graduate Admissions

Creative Writing Capstone Senior Reading

Professors in the Creative Writing Program were sad to have to cancel their in-person senior reading this year but still wanted to honor their fantastic seniors.  So the team, comprised of Mick Cochrane, Eric Gansworth and Janet McNally, held the reading on Zoom.

We missed being together in Grupp, as we would have been otherwise, but we followed the lead of so many writers around the world who’ve moved their in-person readings online.

It turned out to be a beautiful celebration of the hard work students have done; “a little more low-key but no less lovely,” said McNally.   “It was surprisingly meaningful to feel so connected from separate places. It also served to remind all of us that part of the job of a working artist is to be flexible and resilient. It’s great to find ways to continue our mission and be together while apart,” McNally concluded.

Submitted by: Janet McNally, associate professor, English Department