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PeterPeter Bergenstock is an instructor in the Department of English. He previously served as an adjunct professor in the college’s Department of Criminal Justice and English. Bergenstock specializes in composition, English, legal writing and advocacy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a juris doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.





IMG_1761Secil E. Ertorer, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice. She comes to Canisius from York University in Toronto, ON, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Ertorer has designed and taught introductory sociology, social research and theory courses and conducted interdisciplinary research on ethnicity, refugees, acculturation and diversity. She obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s in sociology from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) and a PhD in sociology and interdisciplinary program in migration and ethnic relations from the University of Western Ontario.




IMG_1760A clinical instructor of journalism, Daniel Higgins is an editor and journalist with expertise in narrative and multimedia journalism. He previously served as a faculty adviser/lecturer at Hilbert College and an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Higgins’ journalistic experience includes work as a producer for YNN (Time Warner) in Buffalo and as a staff writer for the Times Union in Albany, NY. Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in creative non-fiction writing from Goucher College.





The Department of Military Science has added three new faculty members. They include:

IMG_1757Master Sergeant Alfredo Burgos is an instructor of military science. He has held numerous leadership positions in field artillery. Most recently, he served as the 3rd ID Division Fire Support Sergeant, where he assumed the role of the Division Fires SGM, serving as the Regional Command South Afghanistan Collateral Damage Estimate manager. MSG Burgos’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in general studies and is pursuing a master’s degree in business information management.

Master Sergeant Burgo entered the Army in June 1994.



IMG_1758Captain Dennis Harris is an assistant professor of military science. His assignments include Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI, 35th Air Defense, Osan, Korea; 4th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Carlson, CO; and 534th Signal Company, Fort Carlson, CO. Captain Harris deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Captain Harris enlisted in the Army in September 2003 as a medical laboratory specialist. He attended Officer Training School at Fort Benning, GA and was commissioned in May 2009 as First Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Keene College.




IMG_1759Assistant Professor of Military Science Major David Hankins is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corp upon graduation from Montana State University in 2002. Major Hankins’ decorated service includes deployments to Turkey in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2014, he became the Brigade (logistics officer) for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ansbach, Germany.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak-leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak-leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal.

New Online Course Development Workshop Begins Sept. 19

coli_canisius_left_revThe Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering an online course development workshop beginning Monday, September 19 with an introductory webinar scheduled for Friday, September 16. The workshop is designed for those looking to teach online or hybrid courses at Canisius College. This session of the workshop will be led by COLI faculty fellow Dr. Dennis Mike. Professor Mike has been teaching literacy education and instructional technology courses at the higher education level since 1991. Since coming to Canisius as an Associate Professor in 2009, he has been teaching almost exclusively online. The focus of his recent scholarly work has also been in this area.

This six-week, virtual workshop guides instructors through the online course and online content creation process. Attendance is highly encouraged for those who intend to teach fully online, blended or hybrid courses – especially in the fall (term II) and spring semesters.

This workshop is not limited to faculty. If you are an interested staff member, we also welcome your participation!

Sign up now for this and other workshops offered this fall by the Center for Online Learning & Innovation. For more information about the Online Course Development Workshop, contact Leah MacVie at Ext. 8355.

Submitted by: Leah MacVie, director, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Zoom Webinar Trainings Scheduled for June

zoomCanisius will migrate its web conferencing service from GoToMeeting to Zoom on June 19. Webinar training sessions are scheduled over the next few weeks to assist in this migration. Please try to attend one of the following:

  • Thursday, June 9, 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23, 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.

Click here to sign up for one of the webinars on Zoom. Also, please visit the Zoom Wiki for more information or to sign up for Zoom.

Submitted by: Leah MacVie, instructional designer, academic affairs