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In Memoriam: Michele Marable, PhD

I am saddened to report the passing of our dear friend and colleague Michele A. Marable, PhD, emerita professor of teacher education.  Michele died on Monday, September 28, at the age of 62.

Michele joined the ranks of our teacher education faculty in 1996 and retired from the college in 2017.  Countless graduates have benefited over the years from Michele’s commitment to helping improve the education and lives of children with disabilities. She helped to prepare many of the special education teachers in the Western New York area. Upon her retirement, alumni of the program expressed their thanks to Michele for her “strength and passion.” 

Michele served as chair of the Teacher Education Department and as NCATE coordinator. As special education program director, Michele worked closely with adjunct faculty soliciting their crucial feedback on how well our program would prepare graduates for the field. An advocate for social justice and equity in our community, Michele created the Ignatian Scholars Program as part of an Oishei grant, which gave candidates an in-depth look at urban education.  She was a co-principal investigator for the JUSTICE (Justice for Underserved Students: Teaching in Inclusive Classroom Environments) Project, which in 2011 garnered Canisius a $1.5 million grant, the college’s largest grant at that time.

Michele was inducted into the Cradle Beach Legends Hall of Fame and was a long-time partner of Tapestry Charter School, serving as a board member.

Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main Street, near Harlem Road, on Thursday, October 1, from 2-5 and 7-9 pm and Friday, October 2, from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 3, in St. Joseph University Heights Church, 3269 Main Street, at 10 am.

Requiescat in pace!

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, President

Thinking of You/Get Well Card Drive

The School of Education and Human Services wants to make the campus community aware of a need from Michele Marable, PhD, professor emeritus of teacher education, who retired in fall 2017. She was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and is currently undergoing treatments at Roswell Park Cancer Center. She remains positive and upbeat but the process is scary, lonely and grueling.

If you know Michele, we are asking you to write her a note of encouragement. Notes can either be sent to Michele at her home address listed below or by bringing it to the dean’s office (BA 201) and we will send all of them to her. Please give your cards to the dean’s office by Monday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m. so that they are included in the shipment.

Your letters and cards will be a blessing to Michele and her family. Please keep Michele, her husband, Rick, and their two children, Olivia and Julian, in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

Michele Marable

12780 Moran Lane

Silver Creek, NY 14136

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, dean, Education and Human Services

Campus Candid

Some of the honorees from the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Ceremony pose for a picture with Canisius President John J. Hurley and Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD. Photo courtesy: Kristine E. Kasbohm, director, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

Congratulations to the 34 faculty members recognized for promotions, tenure status, emeritus status or retirement on Friday, September 21, during a ceremony in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  In commemoration of their professional milestones, each faculty member selected a book that has particular significance to him/her, which the library displays for several weeks.  The books are later added to the library’s permanent collection.  Congratulations to all the honorees:

Benjamin Dunkle, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Digital Media Arts Department;

Christy Hoffman, PhD, in honor of receiving tenure in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Susan Margulis, PhD, in honor of her promotion to professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and the Biology Department;

Melissa Mosko, PhD, in honor of her receiving tenure in the Philosophy Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Ronald Rivas, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Management Department;

Michael Wood, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Physics Department;

Khalid Bibi, PhD, professor of professional studies, on his retirement from the Professional Studies Department;

Donald Bosshardt, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Michael Braunscheidel, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Robert Butler, PhD, professor of English, on his retirement from the English Department;

Robert Davis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Patricia Erickson, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Janet Ferguson, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Catherine S. Foster, PhD, professor of communication studies, on her retirement from the Communication Studies Department;

Edward Gress, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

James Huard, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics, on her retirement from the Economics Department;

George Kermis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Judith Larkin, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Larry Lichtenstein, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, on his retirement from the Religious Studies and Theology Department;

Michele Marable, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Candalene McCombs, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Gordon Meyer, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Stephen Molloy, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Rosemary Murray, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Harvey Pines, PhD, professor of psychology, on his retirement from the Psychology Department;

Susan Putnam, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Ronald Reiber, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Mary Shea, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

David Snyder, PhD, professor of marketing, on his retirement from the Marketing Department; and

Richard Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Tenure and Promotion Ceremony

Congratulations to the 34 faculty members who will be recognized for promotions, tenure status, emeritus status or for their retirement during a ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21 in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. To honor faculty, each member selects a book that has particular significance to him/her, which the library displays for several weeks. The books are then added to the library’s permanent collection.

Congratulations to all honorees:

Benjamin Dunkle, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Digital Media Arts Department;

Christy Hoffman, PhD, in honor of receiving tenure in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Susan Margulis, PhD, in honor of her promotion to professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and Biology Department;

Melissa Mosko, PhD, in honor of her receiving tenure in the Philosophy Department and a promotion to associate professor;

Ronald Rivas, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Management Department;

Michael Wood, PhD, in honor of his promotion to professor in the Physics Department;

Khalid Bibi, PhD, professor of professional studies, on his retirement from the Professional Studies Department;

Donald Bosshardt, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Michael Braunscheidel, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Robert Butler, PhD, professor of English, on his retirement from the English Department;

Robert Davis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Patricia Erickson, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Janet Ferguson, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Catherine S. Foster, PhD, professor of communication studies, on her retirement from the Communication Studies Department;

Edward Gress, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

James Huard, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics, on her retirement from the Economics Department;

George Kermis, PhD, professor of accounting, on his retirement from the Accounting Department;

Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, on his retirement from the Mathematics and Statistics Department;

Judith Larkin, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Larry Lichtenstein, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, on his retirement from the Religious Studies and Theology Department;

Michele Marable, PhD, professor of teacher education, on her retirement from the Teacher Education Department;

Candalene McCombs, PhD, professor of sociology/anthropology/criminal justice, on her retirement from the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice Department;

Gordon Meyer, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Stephen Molloy, PhD, professor of management, on his retirement from the Management Department;

Rosemary Murray, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

Harvey Pines, PhD, professor of psychology, on his retirement from the Psychology Department;

Susan Putnam, PhD, professor of psychology, on her retirement from the Psychology Department;

Ronald Reiber, PhD, professor of economics and finance, on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department;

Mary Shea, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, on her retirement from the Graduate Education and Leadership Department;

David Snyder, PhD, professor of marketing, on his retirement from the Marketing Department; and

Richard Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance,on his retirement from the Economics and Finance Department.

Submitted by: College Communications

Dean’s Exceptional Achievement Awards

(L-R) Armand and Kim Petri and Laura and Troy Hillman, supporters and friends of the Institute for Autism Research; Dennis Koch, PhD, associate professor, Office of Professional Studies; Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology; John Breckner, PhD, adjunct professor, Counseling and Human Services; Michele Marable, PhD, professor emerita, Teacher Education; clinical supervisor, Office of Educational Partnerships; Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, assistant professor, Kinesiology and Elizabeth Turner, clinical supervisor, Office of Educational Partnerships.

Faculty, staff and community partners of the School of Education and Human Services gathered on Friday, April 20 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of their peers.

Congratulations to the following individuals for their contributions to the School of Education and Human Services:

  • Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award: Dennis W. Koch, PhD, associate professor, Office of Professional Studies
  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award: John A. Breckner, PhD, adjunct professor, Counseling and Human Services
  • Outstanding Clinical Supervision Award: Elizabeth J. Turner, clinical supervisor, Office of Educational Partnerships
  • Faculty Scholarship Award: Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology
  • Service Award Faculty: Michele A. Marable, PhD, professor emerita, Teacher Education
  • Service Award Staff: Shawn M. O’Rourke, PhD, assistant professor, Kinesiology and director, Sport Administration Program
  • Community Partnership Award: Laura and Troy Hillman and Kim and Armand Petri, supporters and friends of the Institute for Autism Research

Submitted by: College Communications

2017 Celebration of Service

Colleagues, friends and family gathered Friday afternoon in the Montante Cultural Center for the college’s annual Celebration of Service. New this year, the Celebration of Service honored all employees who reached five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years of service at the...

Julie Henry, PhD, Receives Recognition Award

Pictured: Julie Henry, PhD, chair, teacher education and Jeff Lindauer PhD, dean, School of Education and Human Services

Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD., dean of the School of Education and Human Services, (SEHS) presented an award to Julie J. Henry, PhD, in recognition and appreciation of her nine years as department chair in teacher education. The plaque was presented on Tuesday, May 14 in the presence of Dr. Henry’s colleagues on the Dean’s Advisory Council for SEHS at the last meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Dr. Henry will continue her professorial work in the Department of Graduate Education and Leadership as director of the Differentiated Instruction Program. Dr. Michele Marable will become chair of the Teacher Education Department in the 2015-2016 year.

Submitted by: Kathleen Mathews, executive associate, school of education and human services

Chili Cook-Off a first for SEHS

The School of Education and Human Services held a Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, March 4 as a friendly competitive winter diversion. Seven members of the department each cooked a crockpot of chili, and tasters at the event sampled and voted. There was also a mystery judge circulating and sampling.

The winner of the Tasters’ Award was Clancy Seymour, PhD, for “The Snowblower” chicken and bean white chili. The judge’s award winner was Michele Marable, PhD, for a tasty traditional beef and beans red chili. Thanks to our discreet guest mystery judge, Roger Herle, for lending his well-trained taste buds to the cause. Proceeds of a free-will donation will benefit Cradle Beach.

Submitted by: Kathleen Mathews, executive associate, School of Education and Human Services

Campus Candids

Members of SEHS pictured left to right: Dr. Marya Grande, Dr. Karen Dutt-Doner, Dr. Michele Marable, Dr. Jeffrey Lindauer, and Dr. Kelly Harper; on November 8 at the Cradle Beach gala honoring the Marable family.

Michele Marable, PhD, professor of teacher education, and her family were honored Saturday at the Cradle Beach Celebration of Legends Gala held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Michele and Rick Marable have been involved with Cradle Beach for more than 50 years. They both started out as camp counselors and continued to serve and support Cradle Beach in numerous capacities over the years, including Michele’s involvement on the board of directors. Michele and Rick credit Cradle Beach for inspiring lifelong careers in special education and bringing them together in marriage. Their two children, Julian and Olivia, continue the Marable legacy of service to Cradle Beach by volunteering as summer camp counselors. Congratulations to Michele and her family for this deserved honor.

Submitted by: Kathleen Mathews, executive assistant to the dean, School of Education and Human Services

School of Education and Human Services Reads and Discusses Books on Diverse Students

Dr. Pardales, the CAEP Diversity Committee and the JUSTICE Project invite everyone to participate in a Book Talk this fall. Choose one book to read and participate in a rich discussion on November 9, 2012. The Book Talk will take place in the Regis Rooms from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Book titles include: ” Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., “Class Warfare” by Steven Brill and “Literacy with an Attitude” by Patrick J. Finn.

Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP to this event, please click here.

Submitted by: Michele Marable, professor, special education

JUSTICE Project Sponsors Summer Institute

The Canisius College JUSTICE (Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments) Project will sponsor a Summer Institute on Thursday – Friday (June 28 and 29) at the Montante Cultural Center.

College faculty from the Education Department will collaborate with teachers and administrators from local schools to design curricular materials that incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a methodology that provides evidence-based practice to improve instruction and promotes inclusion for students with high incidence disabilities. This approach promotes accessibility for all learners and provides various options for learning and demonstrating knowledge; allowing for a just and equitable classroom where all children have access to the content and are more likely to succeed.

George Van Horn and Michelle Arneson, faculty members from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) Institute will present at the two-day conference. The focus will include an in-depth analysis of UDL principles and the opportunity to create lessons and curricula that will be shared on the JUSTICE Project’s website.

The JUSTICE Project is funded by a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. Marya Grande, PhD, Kelly Harper, PhD and Michele Marable, PhD are co-directors of the project. Grant funds support professional development for general and special education teachers and professors to ensure that college graduates meet the highly qualified standards and all children have access to curriculum and can meet New York State academic standards. For more information about the JUSTICE Project, contact Marya Grande at grandem@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Michele Marable, professor, special education

Panel Presentation Of Spiritual Exercises Participants

All are invited to attend a complimentary luncheon and panel presentation of faculty, staff and students who will share their experiences of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.  The event will take place Thursday (May 5) from noon to 1 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Sharing their experience of “Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life” (SEEL) with the completion of the Jesuit 30 Day Retreat gradually over eight months are: Sandra Estanek, PhD; Matt Mulville; Deborah Winslow-Schaber; Danielle LaMarre; Barbara Wozniak; Justine Price, PhD; Terri Mangione, PhD; Eileen Abbatoy; Rachel Flammer and Hunter Dudkiewicz.

Sharing their experience of “The First Experience,” the more flexible and somewhat less demanding way of praying, are: Michele Marable, PhD; Lisa Fischer; Erica Sammarco and Sharon Kasperczyk.

A third group, participants in the Ignatian Urban Scholars Program, will share how they have regularly done the Examen Of Consciousness or the Online Three-Minute Retreat, and how this has affected their lives and their decisions to work with high-needs students.  They are Theresa Ansbrow, Colleen Kielich, Bridget McPhelin, Lauren VanWie and Allyson Matlock.

Please RSVP to Lisa Fischer fischer7@canisius.edu.  Come and take time to hear the impact that the Spiritual Exercises have had the our campus community.

For more information, contact Rev. Thomas Colgan, S.J. at Ext. 2488.

Submitted by:  Lisa Fischer, executive associate to the vice president for academic affairs, academic affairs

Faculty, Staff Share Experiences Of Spiritual Exercises

All are invited to attend a panel presentation of faculty and staff who will share their highlights of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola on Tuesday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to Noon in the Student Center Conference Room.

John Zeis, PhD, Betsy DelleBovi, PhD, Michele Marable, PhD, Pat Mizak, PhD, Devonya Havis, PhD, Kathy Peter, Kirsten Reppert, John Prizner, Hunter Dudkiewicz and Rev. Pat Zengerski have been accompanied on their journeys by spiritual companions (traditionally called spiritual directors) Patricia Van Verth, PhD, the Reverend Barbara Price, Kathy Wrobel and Rev. Tom Colgan, S.J.

They will speak about how they have grown and what they have experienced.  The Spiritual Exercises are a method to deepen one’s relationship with God and one’s calling, however one labels this process.  One does not have to be Catholic or Christian to partake in the Spiritual Exercises.

For more information, contact Father Colgan at Ext. 2488.

Submitted by: Rev. Tom Colgan, S.J., campus ministry

Update On Search for Dean of Education & Human Services

The search committee for the next dean of the School of Education & Human Services began meeting shortly before Christmas to begin work on a position description. The final version along with other information may be reviewed here. A shorter print version of the advertisement appeared in the January 8, 2010 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Candidates are advised to submit their material by February 12 for full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The committee plans to begin telephone interviews in late February or early March followed shortly after with campus interviews for finalists. The committee is meeting regularly and has developed a rubric for evaluating candidates. As of January 19, nine applications have been received.

“I want to extend a special thank you to the many individuals who graciously offered to assist in the search,” said Joe Alber, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to accommodate everyone who volunteered, but the committee has broad representation from School of Education & Human Services as well as faculty from Arts & Sciences and the Wehle School of Business.”

The search committee consists of Joe Alber, PhD (chairperson), dean, Wehle School of Business; Elizabeth Brandjes, M.Ed, director, Office of Educational Partnerships; David Devereux, PhD, associate professor, international relations; Annie Dobies, associate dean and director of disability support services; Michael Dolan, professor of sports medicine and health and human performance; Sandy Estanek, PhD, associate professor, graduate education and leadership; Kristin Finn, PhD, associate professor, adolescence education; Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, associate professor, physical education, health and sport studies; Michele A. Marable, EdD, associate professor, education; Patrick Mizak, PhD, director of institutional research; Michael E. Rutter, associate professor of counseling and human services; Richard Shick, professor, finance, and dean emeritus; and Ann Wright, professor, biology.

Submitted by: Joe Alber, PhD, dean, Wehle School of Business