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United, Even While We’re Apart

No question, this is a spring semester like none other. But our Canisius students rose to the challenge of moving to remote learning. They’ve shown that it’s possible to remain united even while we’re apart.

To show their appreciation, Canisius faculty members came together (virtually) to send students their well wishes through a series of video messages. Multimedia Producer Brianna Blank edited the individual faculty submissions into one collective video, which serves as a testament to how special a place Canisius College is. Take a look.

Submitted by: College Communications

Economics Students Share their Canisius Experience with Prospective Students

Students in Julie Anna Golebiewski’s economics class are sending some reassuring messages to potential Canisius students, during this time of pandemic. In a series of video clips, the Canisius students share their experiences about the transition from classroom to remote learning and the support they continue to receive from professors and the campus community.

Golebiewski combined all the video clips into one, which can be viewed by clicking on the video above.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kinesiology Alumna Awarded Scholarship

Health and Wellness alumna Lindsay Heck ’17 was recently awarded the Clyde M. Berry Scholarship from the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHA). Heck is currently enrolled as a graduate student in public health at the University of Iowa.  She is a past winner of the Paul Demartinis Health and Wellness Major of the Year Award at Canisius.

The AIHA is a non-profit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace, which may result in injury, illness, impairment or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community.

The scholarship is named for Clyde M. Berry, PhD, who entered the field of industrial hygiene in 1941 after receiving a doctorate degree from the University of Iowa. His career track included roles as a public health service officer and a corporate industrial hygiene manager before he returned to the University of Iowa, where he established a research institute dedicated to agriculture health and safety.

A certified industrial hygienist and member of AIHA, Berry served as association president in 1967. He received the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award and the Distinguished Service Award from AIHA.

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

Conservation Biology Poster Session Goes Virtual

Every year, for more than 10 years, the conservation biology class has hosted a poster session offering ideas for things that we can all do to support conservation efforts. Of course this year, the poster session had to be virtual.

Still, the students did a wonderful job and provided some new insights into how to bring conservation initiatives home.

You can view some of poster presentations by clicking here: conservation biology poster session. 

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, professor, ABEC and Biology

Education Students (Virtually) Engage Elementary School Students

Students in Dr. Fernanda Astiz’ “Foundations in Education” continue to find new ways to engage their primary and elementary school students at North Park Community School and St. Monica’s.

Matthew Veckich (above) put together this circuit-based “Superhero” exercise video based on the popular Marvel superhero movies.


Above is a video submitted by Connor Doran, explaining Empathy, a game that students (young and old) can play with their families.  For a print version of the Empathy game and scenario cards, click here. 

Graduate student Abbey Staebell (above) engages her students with a reading of the book Warthog’s in the Kitchen. Along the way, Staebell asks the students questions and counts out different illustrated objects throughout the book.

Finally, a group of Astiz’ students joined together to read the book Big Red Barn to North Park children.  The Canisius students included in the reading are: Erika Eyssen (Brunswick, OH), Matthew Vekich (Niagara Falls, NY), Alexandria Fazio (Depew, NY), Jared Stahli (Lockport, NY), and Katie Bray (Clarence, NY).

Submitted by: Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor, Department of Education & Human Services; Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute