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Farewell Event for Sara Morris

The Canisius community is invited to a drop-in send off for Sara Morris, PhD, on Thursday, January 25, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of Old Main.

Sara’s last day at the university will be Friday, January 26, 2024.

Sara has been an integral part of the Canisius community since joining the Biology Department in 1996. Throughout her tenure, Sara has made substantial contributions to our academic community in a variety of roles. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs, implementing significant enhancements to our academic operations, and over the past four and a half years, has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs, playing an integral role in leading the institution through a global pandemic and supporting the transition of a new president.

Please join us on Thursday to congratulate Sara on her years of service and to wish her well in her next chapter at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine.

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Submitted by: Denise Flannery, Executive Associate, Office of the President

CEEP 2024-25 Applications

Students can submit applications for the 2024-25 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards beginning Monday, January 29 through Wednesday, February 28.

The Canisius Earning Excellence Program awards students with funding for intellectually demanding projects that create opportunities for applied learning outside the classroom. The work completed through this program is closely related to a career or scholarly field and directly related to faculty scholarship. By working alongside faculty on research-focused projects, students are able to achieve a high level of preparedness for maintaining professional working relationships and for continued studies at the graduate level.

Canisius University undergraduates in any major may apply for a CEEP award if they have a 3.2 or higher overall GPA and if they have a faculty or university administrator sponsor with an appropriate CEEP project. Please note: Students with an overall GPA below 3.2 may apply for a CEEP award, but awards will only be granted if the student’s overall GPA is higher than 3.2 at the end of the spring semester and/or if their semester GPA was 3.4 or higher in the past two semesters.

CEEP students receive stipend payments deposited into their accounts with student records at the end of each semester. This allows students to receive federal work-study (if eligible) in addition to their CEEP project.

More information and current online applications (opening on Monday, January 29) are available on the Academic Affairs CEEP Information Page on the myCanisius portal. Students will also receive an email notification with details regarding the application process. Please note, current CEEP award recipients interested in continuing their project next year will need to fill out new applications for the 2024-25 award. Renewal is not automatic.

If you have any questions regarding the award and application process, contact Amy Beiter ( or Yvonne Widenor (

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

PA Student Awarded Prentice Family Foundation Fellowship

The PA program is very proud to announce the first Prentice Family Foundation Fellowship recipient of Canisius University from the PA program.

Aspen Flynn is a member of the class of 2025, joining us from sunnier California. She has a very impressive background in health initiatives prior to joining us. She is the founder of JustMilk, a 501(c)3 nonprofit developing a novel method of infant medication delivery. She also spent several years working on international health care projects and research in South Africa, Tanzania, India, and Peru. She then spent time in the federal government, working on drinking water quality at the Environmental Protection Agency and documenting racial disparities in cardiovascular outcomes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Prentice Family Foundation was created by its generous benefactors, Bryant H. Prentice, III and his wife Joan P. Prentice. Its goal is to promote the economic development of the Western New York area by combining support for college and graduate students who demonstrate an entrepreneurial drive with investments in businesses located in Western New York.

Aspen joins a number of very impressive fellows from Canisius University in other areas such as business, finance, and education. To read more about them, visit:

Submitted by: Dr. Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

Faculty Meetup: AI and Teaching


Generative Artificial Intelligence presents new challenges and possibilities for curriculum.  The AI and Society Initiative and the College of Arts and Sciences offer a series of meetups for faculty to discuss AI and its relationship to their courses and disciplines.  Our next AI and Teaching Meetup is 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the Old Main Faculty Lounge.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

COLI Staff and Faculty Development

This semester, COLI is offering a variety of virtual workshops where faculty and staff can pick up some technology skills. This may be using D2L for course management, Panopto for course videos, or for engaging student – student interaction via the internet. Or you may finally get around to learning the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, that can enhance your productivity and prepare you to learn more specialized uses for Excel. Best of all, these workshops are via Zoom and so you can attend from your home or campus office.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI