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College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences will confer its 2017 Faculty Awards during a ceremony on Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Regis Rooms.  Please join us to congratulate the outstanding accomplishments of the following faculty members:

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award
Adam J. Fix, adjunct professor, Philosophy  

Faculty Service Award
R. Mark Meyer, associate professor, Computer Science

Faculty Scholarship Award
Susan W. Margulis, associate professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) and Biology        

Faculty Teaching Award
Jennifer A. Desiderio, associate professor, English

Faculty Teaching Award
Melissa Bekelja Wanzer, professor, Communication Studies

All faculty and staff are welcome! Refreshments will be serviced.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts and Sciences

This Week in the Griff Center

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Today, April 10, in the Griff Center, attendees can learn about federal jobs, including civilian contracting, during a presentation at 2:30 p.m. in Old Main 423. The Veterans Community Series begins at 5:00 p.m. and features Alex Hight and Steward Meeker from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Veterans Lounge, Old Main 320.

The Career, Internship & Graduate School Research Workshop will now be held on Tuesday, April 11 in the Employer Services Suite from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Resume Wednesday will be held on April 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Employer Services Suite.

As always, check out Handshake to RSVP for these great events!

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Griff Center

Final Informally-Formal Chamber Recital

Don’t miss the final Informally-Formal Chamber Recital Series this Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  This performance features Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) violinist Megan Prokes, joined by pianist Alison d’Amato, in a recital featuring the music of Veracini, Ysaye, Mallonnee, Dvorak and Brahms.  Tickets are $15 general admission and $7 for students.

Prokes is a five-year veteran with the BPO. She is a member of the first violin section and grew up here in Western New York. Her father is also a violinist in the BPO.  Prokes performs as a chamber musician with the Buffalo Chamber Players and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and featured as a soloist with the BPO and the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. She is also a former member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Allison d’Amato is a gifted and virtuosic collaborative pianist. She is the artistic co-director of the Florestan Recital Project, assistant professor of vocal coaching at Eastman School of Music and a lecturer in voice at the University at Buffalo.

More information is available about this concert by calling the Fine Arts/music office at Ext. 2535.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

The Politics of Drug Violence in Colombia and Mexico

On Thursday, April 27, Angélica Durán-Martínez, PhD, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, will present The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops and Politicians in Colombia & Mexico. The lecture will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Latin American Studies Program.

A native of Colombia, Durán-Martínez researches the relations between organized crime, violence and the state in Latin America, as well as the interconnections between democracy, rule of law and citizen security. Her research in Colombia and Mexico received funding from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Social Science Research Council (IDRF-SSRC) and the Open Society Foundation through the Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship. Durán-Martínez served as a Fulbright Fellow at the United Nations Secretariat and a consultant for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Development Program and Global Integrity.

For more information, contact Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, director of the Latin American Studies Program, at

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, administrative associate, Political Science

College Suspends Admission to Deaf Education Program

After careful analysis and consideration, the college’s Academic Program Board (APB) voted to suspend admission to the Deaf Education Program for fall 2017.  Low enrollment in the program and the need to re-evaluate the curriculum led to the decision.

Students currently enrolled and adjunct faculty members teaching in the program have been informed. The college is committed to offering the classes, experiences, and support for NYS certification necessary for students in the program to graduate and pursue certification.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Submitted by:  Jeffrey Lindauer, dean, School of Education & Human Services