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Inaugural Induction for First-Gen Honor Society

Canisius College inducted its first cohort of members into the Delta Gamma Chapter of the Tri-Alpha First Generation Student Honor Society on Monday, April 25th in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Over 20 individuals were inducted including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Front Row: Hawa Saleh, Courntey Johnt, Liana Posella, Sameria Mbili, Hannah Davis, Chief Kimberly Beaty (Director of Public Safety)

Back Row: Dr. Mark Harrington (Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Academic Success), Dylan Tynan, Jesse Pfeiffer, Merce DeJesus, Haley Pond, Katara Willis, Deepthi Krishna, Jason Francey (Director of Student Engagement), Bennie Williams (Assistant Dean/Director of the ALANA Student Center).

Below is a list of all students who were inducted:

Class of 2022
• Eliyas Aman
• Merce DeJesus
• Courtney Johnt
• Sameria Mbili
• Lucas Palmer
• Jesse Pfeiffer
• Haley Pond
• Liana Posella

Class of 2023
• Hawa Saleh
• Dylan Tynan
• Olga-Iris Wanliss-Diaz
• Katara Willis

Class of 2022
• Mason Bowes

Graduate Students:
• Hannah Davis
• Deepthi Krishna
• Mallorie Lynn
• Haley Snyder

• Chief Kim Beaty, Director of Public Safety (also pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration)
• Mr. Jason Francey, Director of Student Engagement
• Dr. Mark Harrington, Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Academic Success
• Mr. Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students

The college’s first generation student initiatives is a collaborative effort between various departments in the Student Affairs division. Congratulations to all of our new inductees. We look forward to inducting more members of our community in the years to come.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center


Beta Gamma Sigma

The Wehle School of Business welcomed 10 new inductees in Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society.  Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the undergraduate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), are eligible for this invitation.   They join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.  

The new inductees are: Nathan Conry; Paul DiNicolantonio; Charles Drolet; Emme Foote; Caitlin Gatta; Thea Keppel; Peter Kinmartin; Peter Lyons; Ryan Miotto; Aubrey Stevenson.

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, executive associate to Dean Rotondo, Wehle School of Business


National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Induction

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society/La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica is the largest collegiate foreign language honor society in the U.S. This year we extend our congratulations to five new members of the Canisius chapter, Chi Tau. 

The initiation took place in Old Main 314 on April 20, 2022 where students received the membership insignia. Sigma Delta Pi’s insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castilla, León and Aragón; its colors are red and gold, its flower the red carnation, and its motto the Greek phrase “Spanías Didagéi Proágomen” meaning “Let’s go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language.”

Sigma Delta Pi honors those who excel in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Its mission is to foster an understanding, appreciation and respect for the peoples, cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world, and to honor those who have promoted and reinforced a better understanding of the contributions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Front row (l-r): Leanne Hanlon ‘22, Joanna Fiorella ‘24, Emma Marzec ‘24, Julianna Falsone ’24, and Max Chew ’24

Back row (Advisers): Dr. Richard Reitsma, Margaret Stefanski

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Phi Sigma Tau

The Department of Philosophy inducted nine new members into its Phi Sigma Tau honor society on April 25, 2022.  Phi Sigma Tau is the Philosophy’s Honor Society.

Pictured above (l-r): Chris White, Dr. John Zeis, Dr. Tanya Loughead, Jayseana Jackson, Mariayah Gonzalez, Dr. Phil Reed, Mason Bowes, Harrison Dodson, Jules Lee.

Pictured (l-r): Mariyah Gonzalez, Mason Bowes, Jules Lee, Harrison Dodson, Alfonso Castillo.

Pictured (l-r): Jayseana Jackson, Patrick Healy, Chris White.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Feedback

In this episode, we discuss ways to improve professor feedback on student work.  Make your feedback commentary another great opportunity for students to learn, and help students get the most from it.

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Great Sources

Brookhart, Susan.  How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students.  ASCD, 2017.

Koehler, Johann.  The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less.  Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, University of California at Berkeley. 2016.

Walvoord, Barbara and Virginia Johnson Anderson.  Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College. Wiley, 2011.

COLI.  Lesson 4 of the COLI Guide for Teaching Online.

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Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI