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Canisius in the News

Marcus Thomeer, PhD, co-director of the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College and Christin McDonald, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow at the IAR, were guests on Talk of the Town, a 30- minute weekly program on WBBZ-TV in Buffalo.  Drs. Thomeer and McDonald discussed autism awareness and the work of the IAR.

To watch the show in its entirety, click on the links below:

Talk of the Town: Part 1
Talk of the Town: Part 2

The IAR is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism and related developmental disorders, and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. IAR researchers are from diverse backgrounds and work together to address critical questions involving causes, development, assessment, clinical treatment and education. This research work has led to the development of several new and effective treatments, which are provided by the IAR staff, our community partners and schools.  To learn more about the IAR click here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

President Hurley’s Pilgrimage – Day 3

Canisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, continue their pilgrimage through the Holy Land. On day three, they visited Eremos Cave, believed to be a secluded place where Jesus went to pray. The group also visited Bethsaida, the home of Apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip, where they were encouraged to spend some quiet time pondering the call of the Apostles.

The week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land is sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Revs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.

Throughout the week, “The Dome” will continue to share President Hurley’s reflections and photos from his journey (see below).

Also, click here to follow a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links, which also will be posted daily.

Day Three – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reflections from President Hurley

Today, we were on the Mount of the Beatitudes for morning Mass, followed by a walk down the mount to the Eremos Cave.  We visited Bethsaida, the home of Peter, Andrew and Phillip.  After lunch in Magdala, we took a short afternoon cruise on the Sea of Galilee and then finished our day by visiting a new excavation of a village and synagogue at Magdala.

Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. celebrates Mass on the Mount of the Beatitudes assisted by Fr. Brendan Lally, S.J. and Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.

We celebrated Mass outside on the grounds of the Mt. Beatitudes Guest House overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  I am hard pressed to think of a more beautiful setting to celebrate the liturgy.  Our Gospel reading was, of course, the Beatitudes from St. Matthew’s Gospel, each one of which took on new meaning in this special place.

We walked down the hill from the guest house to the Eremos Cave, which is believed to be a secluded place where Jesus went to pray.  Fr. Brendan Lally, as he has done each day, did a wonderful job of centering us on the experience.  He asked us to imagine walking alongside Jesus down this path and to imagine sitting beside Jesus in quiet prayer in the cave.

The path down the Mount of the Beatitudes

We had a similar prayerful time in Bethsaida, the home of Apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip.  We were encouraged to spend some quiet time pondering the call of the Apostles.  In his opening talk this morning, Fr. Jim Martin observed that the Apostles were convinced to follow Jesus after he sent them out to cast their nets one more time.  When Peter sees the fish in the net, he becomes convinced of what God can do and it enables him to say “yes” to God’s call.  And in our own lives, aren’t our own nets already full of the proof of what God can do?  What holds us back from saying yes?

We had lunch in Magdala today, and while the food was wonderful, the company of our fellow pilgrims was the highlight.  We number about 45 and it is a most interesting group that is absorbing every moment of this experience.  The hunger for spiritual nourishment among our group is palpable.  We are blessed to be among them.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Check Out Softball This Week

Outfielder Michelle DelPrince `15

Your Canisius softball team hosts six straight conference games this week with a position at the top of the league on the line.

The Griffs kick off the week’s action by hosting Little Three rival Niagara in a twin bill on Thursday afternoon. First pitch for game one is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Canisius takes a deep breath on Friday before welcoming conference foes St. Peter’s and Manhattan to Buffalo for the weekend. The two games on Saturday versus the Peahens start at 12:00 p.m., while first pitch for the Jaspers doubleheader is slated for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Currently, Manhattan (10-2) and Canisius (8-2) sit atop the MAAC standings. St. Peter’s and Niagara are near the bottom of the standings.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Attend the Independent Health Presentation

Laryssa Domagala, medicare sales audit and training coordinator, will be on campus to present an overview on Medicare Insurance options available through Independent Health. This overview will include the two college-sponsored plans available for full-time faculty and staff when they retire and individual plans offered through Independent Health.

The presentation will be held in the Student Center Conference Room 205 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

To ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please contact Dawn Rotterman by Email at rottermd@canisius.edu or by phone at extension 3151 if you plan to attend.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Watch the FaCTS Center Videos About D2L

As the end of the semester quickly approaches, the FacTS Center has some helpful videos for faculty wrapping up their spring courses and preparing for their summer or fall courses. Take a look at this summary video and the suggestions below.

There are several steps you might consider for end-of-semester course management in Desire2Learn. See our D2L Users Group quick tutorial videos to learn:
– How your gradebook can display students’ final, calculated grades when they log into the grades area.
– How to export your gradebook to print and archive in your personal records.
– How to archive your entire course in D2L format at the end of the term.
– How to copy your course content from a previous semester to a summer or fall course section.

The FacTS Center is running workshops for faculty and staff throughout the summer. These are a great way to acquire technology skills. Sign up here!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

It’s National Financial Literacy Month

During National Financial Literacy Month and annually, TIAA-CREF encourages you to review your retirement strategy and ask yourself three questions.  Click here to view those questions.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Canisius Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize

Adam Zyglis `04

Adam Zyglis ’04 received one of the highest national honors on Monday, April 20, when he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Zyglis is the editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News.  He is also a nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work regularly appears in the USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

In receiving the Pulitzer Prize, the committee recognized Zyglis for his use of “strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words.”

Learn more about Adam Zyglis in this 2009 Canisius Magazine story.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

President Hurley’s Pilgrimage – Day 2

Canisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, continue their pilgrimage through the Holy Land.  On day two, they visited Nazareth, the town of Mary’s home and where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade and grew to manhood.  The group also visited Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle.

The week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land is sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Revs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.

Throughout the week, “The Dome” will continue to share President Hurley’s reflections and photos from his journey (see below).

Also, click here to follow a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links, which also will be posted daily.

Day Two – Monday, April 20

Reflections from President Hurley

Our Holy Land pilgrimage continued today with visits to Cana and Nazareth.  Fr. Jim Martin opened this morning with a reflection in the chapel at Cana, the site of the Wedding Feast at Cana, Jesus’s first miracle.  He told us again that neither he nor any of the other Jesuits with us are directing this pilgrimage; we are in the hands of the Holy Spirit who is directing us.

We all had an opportunity to renew our vows this morning and it was an especially poignant moment when Maureen and I renewed our vows in that chapel after 32 years of marriage.  I joked afterwards that it was like pulling into the repair shop for a little tuneup.  In the courtyard outside the chapel afterwards, one of our party went across the street to the Cana Wedding Wine Shop and got us all samples of red wine to taste and celebrate.

The Basilica of the Annunciation

The Grotto

We traveled on to Nazareth, which at the time of Jesus’s birth, was a town of about 150-200 residents but which today has grown into a diverse, busy city. The highlight of today was our visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation.  We visited the grotto underneath the Basilica where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that Mary was to be the Mother of God.  This is one of the most beautiful stories in the New Testament and it remains a challenge for all of us today.  Both Fr. Martin in his opening remarks this morning and Fr. Brendan Lally in our Mass celebrated at the Basilica this afternoon, asked us to look for places in our lives where God is inviting us to say yes.  To be present at the site where Mary delivered the yes that changed the course of the world was a powerful spiritual experience, indeed.

I remembered in my intentions today my father who died 9 years ago today.  In the course of his 88 years and raising 9 children, I know that he had many opportunities to say, as Mary did to the Angel Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to your word.”  I gave thanks today for his life and his example.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Sit in on the MSA Women in Sport Symposium Lecture

The Canisius College Master of Sport Administration (MSA) Program and the Institute for Research in Sport invite the Canisius community to join them for the MSA Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Women in Sport Symposium. The lecture will be held Thursday, April 23 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons.

The lecture will feature MSA alumae who work at various companies in the Western New York Area.  Super-panelists include:

 

Andrea Gregory `07 – Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Teresa Belbas `05 – Buffalo Sabres
Emily Herr `13 – Buffalo Bills
Nicole Conte `08 – New Era

Subjects that the panel members look to discuss include: advantages to being a woman in the workplace, advice to young women looking to get into the sports industry, various breakthroughs for women in the professional sports industry and how the MSA program helped prepare them for their current roles.

Katy Ryan ’11, senior partnership services manager for the Buffalo Sabres, will moderate the event.  Judith Caserta ’08, assistant athletic director, business operations for Canisius College will be the keynote speaker.

The lecture will be free of charge and open to the Buffalo community.

Submitted by: Shawn O’Rourke, associate dean, School of Education & Human Services

Check Out the Flash Sale at the Bookstore

The Canisius College Bookstore will have another flash sale today, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22. This time, all t-shirts, drinkware and hats will be 25 percent off. Plus, all clearance will be 25 percent off as well!

Stop in early for the best selection and get some great Canisius apparel before time runs out.

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, manager, Bookstore

PR Campaigns Centers on Campus Issues with Events in April

Students in Dr. Catherine Foster’s COM 422 class, PR Campaigns, is staging public relations outreach efforts on behalf of several campus causes and concerns during April as part of their course requirements. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend any and all of the events as time and schedules permit.

On Tuesday, April 21, students will organize a mini-Club Fair to distribute information about campus clubs and organizations to encourage more participation. The event is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Palisano Pavillion.

On Wednesday, April 22, as part of Earth Day, students will host an event encouraging increased recycling of paper, bottles, cans and other recyclables, in an event from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., also at the Palisano Pavillion. The event features a free showing of the film WALL-E.

Submitted by: Catherine Foster, associate professor, communication studies

Read About the Shoes for the Shelter 5K Award Winners

A glorious Sunday morning greeted 357 registered runners as the Athletic Department hosted its 17th annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K. Seth Yernye won the race with a time of 15:51, while Jennifer Boerner was the women’s winner in a time of 18:17.

Tops among Canisius employees were Jeremy Steinbacher, an assistant professor in chemistry and biochemistry, who covered the course in 22:23, and Molly Cummings from Chartwells, who ran the 5K in 32:46.

Top students included Ana Fernandez (19:19) and Stephen Johnson (19:30). The best in the alumni category were Callie Roemer (21:39) and Bob Duggan (18:31).

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

President John Hurley Travels to the Holy Land

Sea of Galilee at Mt. Beatitudes Guest House

President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, are on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Frs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.  Watch The Dome for photos and President Hurley’s reflections from his week-long pilgrimage.

Father Martin also invites all to join a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links that will be posted daily (see below).

Day One – Sunday, April 19

Virtual Video Link – Journeys.americamagazine.org

Photos and Reflections from President Hurley

We arrived here last night after dark at the Mt. Beatitudes Guest House, high on the hill above the Sea of Galilee and near the place where Jesus spoke the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16).  Our pilgrimage leader, Fr. Jim Martin, has stressed to us the need to make this trip a true pilgrimage and to allow God to work with and through us during the week.  We did not choose to make this pilgrimage, he told us; rather, God has chosen us.  And as we got our first view of the Sea of Galilee this morning, he reminded us all of the Apostles who were called by Jesus right here, with words, “Come, follow me.”  He challenged us, “What is our response?”

The Synagogue at Capernaum

Today, we visited Capernaum, the place where Jesus lived after leaving Nazarerth.  We saw the place where he preached in the synagogue (now replaced by a fourth century synagogue).  Adjacent to the synagogue is the excavated village of Capernaum, the site of so many miracles in Mark’s Gospel.  We also visited Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the seashore where Jesus appeared again to the Apostles after the Resurrection and established Peter as the leader of the Church here on earth.

The Gospel reading for Saturday was John’s account of Jesus walking on the water at night while the disciples’ boat was caught in some strong winds.  When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they were frightened.  His words, repeated in many other places in the New Testament, were, “It is I, do not be afraid.”  At the end of this wonderful first day, I pray with these thoughts:  God has called me to this pilgrimage; Jesus called the apostles to follow him; I have now seen the places where Jesus astonished so many with his miracles; life is full of dark and stormy nights which frighten us; and I wonder where I might encounter Jesus this week.  I am consoled with the words in John’s Gospel: “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”

I have the entire Canisius community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – in my prayers and intentions this week.

Submitted by Marketing and Communication

Congratulations World Champions! Canisius Wins Global Finals at CFA Challenge

A team of Canisius students won the Global Finals at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge held in Atlanta, GA, on Friday night.  The Canisius team – Matthew Coad ’14, MBA ’16 (team captain), Carl Larsson ’15, Stephen Miller ’15, Kevin Monheim ’15 and Ryan Zimmer ’15 – competed against students from the University of Florida, and two other regional winners, one from EMEA (Kyiv National Economic University in the Ukraine) and one from APAC (Aateneo de Manila University in the Philippines) for the 2015 global title.

More than 4,000 students from 865 universities from around the world competed for a spot in the Global Finals to show they have what it takes to be successful investment management professionals.

“The competition and talent from prestigious universities from across the globe was fierce,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and the Canisius team advisor.  “The CFA Challenge is one of the most rigorous and competitive financial competitions in the world.  Our students worked extremely hard and their success speaks to the in-depth, forward-thinking training they receive in equity research at Canisius.”

Read more about the competition here.

To watch videos from the competition, click here.  Canisius’ presentation is the second video on the site and begins at the 27:00 mark.  The first video shows the winning announcement at the 2:01:00 mark.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Sit in on the Social Security Benefits Presentation Tomorrow

Lillian Wright, Buffalo claims representative from the Office of Social Security, will present an overview of social security benefits. Wright will discuss how to apply for social security benefits, what impact collecting Social Security benefits prior to your full retirement age, will have and much more.

The presentation will take place tomorrow, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center Conference Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

To ensure that there are enough handouts for everyone, please email Dawn Rotterman at rottermd@canisius.edu, if you plan to attend.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Join the Next Board of Regents Lunch and Learn

The fourth Board of Regents Lunch and Learn took place on Thursday, April 16. Bonnie Cywinski from TOCA Travel joined students for lunch in the Griff Center Employer Services suite to share advice on “Building Your Virtual Identity” and how to develop your personal brand and career path.

Our next Board of Regents Lunch and Learn will be held Thursday, April 23 with Annette Kajtoch from First Niagara. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. To RSVP, email Julie Zulewski at julie.zulewski@canisius.edu.

The Board of Regents Lunch and Learn Series is sponsored by the Griff Center for Academic Engagement and provides students with valuable career insights and connections to professionals in our community.

Submitted by: Julie Zulewski, assistant director, graduate admission

Support Honors Students’ Thesis Defense Presentations

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the Honors Thesis Defense Presentations that are taking place on campus from April 20-24. We hope you are able to support our students as they defend their works.

Audience members are encouraged ask questions and provide feedback to our students following their presentations.

The capstone of the Honors Program is the Honors thesis that is completed in the students’ senior year.  Students can choose the topic to explore which usually draw from their past academic experiences. Students must also possess an excellent understanding of the subject area, its theoretical assumptions, and its research methodology. Thesis presentations require considerable independent thinking and creativity, self-discipline, and effective time management.

The full schedule of presentations can be viewed by clicking here.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, academic affairs

Learn about “Energy Healing in Counseling”

The next installment in the Golden Griffins Counseling Seminar Series will be Tuesday, June 2nd!

Presented by Peg Crawford, (LMHC, CASAC, NCC), the seminar is entitled “Integrating Counseling and Energy Healing.” This seminar will focus on the use of Energy Therapies in conjunction with counseling. There is increasing evidence that various forms of Energy Therapy – including Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Sound Healing, and other vibrational healing techniques – can be helpful in reducing and managing mental health symptoms. In this seminar, participants will be introduced to these techniques with the opportunity to observe and experience various forms of energy therapy. A discussion will be led on how to best integrate these into counseling sessions.

Peg Crawford is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has been practicing for almost 40 years and recently retired as supervisor of PROS at Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment services. She currently has a private practice in counseling, healing and coaching. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and has been teaching Reiki for over 10 years. She has her Level 2 Certification in Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls and has recently completed her certification as a Law of Attraction Coach and Trainer. She regularly practices meditation and EFT.

For more information and online purchases click here.

Submitted by: Parth Kalia, graduate assistant, counseling and human services

Congrats – Canisius Advances to Global Finals at CFA Institute Research Challenge

The Canisius College CFA Team

A team of Canisius College students secured a spot in the Global Finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge taking place in Atlanta, GA this week.  Canisius will compete against the University of Florida and two other schools, representing Europe and Asia, for a chance to win the international competition.  The finals competition begins at 4:00 p.m. today, Friday, April 17.  Watch it live by clicking here. This is the first time Canisius College has advanced to the Global Finals in the CFA Institute Research Challenge.

“The competition and talent from prestigious universities is fierce,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and the Canisius team advisor.  “The CFA Challenge is one of the most rigorous and competitive financial competitions in the world.  Our students worked extremely hard and their success speaks to the in-depth, forward-thinking training they receive in equity research at Canisius.”

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.

Click here to read more about the competition.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Ignatian Scholarship Day is Today!

Canisius presents its 8th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day, today, in Science Hall and Christ the King Chapel. Presentations begin at 11:00 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m.

Students will make poster, oral, and media presentations. There will also be performances, and two- and three-dimensional art.

You can view the Ignatian Day schedule to plan your visit. This schedule is posted on the myCanisius portal under the “Need to Know” section located in the center of the page under Ignatian Scholarship Day.

Plan to attend this academic event and encourage your students to attend as well.

Thank you for supporting our Canisius students and faculty mentors.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Canisius in the News

A piece of London history has been on display at Canisius for more than 30 years. Plenty of people pass it every day and have no idea what it is. It’s the gate from the notorious London Newgate Prison.

Weighing 1,800 pounds, the gate is made of solid oak and iron.  This gate was the last to close behind many condemned prisoners, as they were led to the gallows.

Click the link to watch the story featured on Channel 7 and see librarian Kathleen DeLaney speak on the important piece of history and the connection it has with Canisius College.

http://www.wkbw.com/news/gate-from-notorious-london-prison-at-canisius

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Check Out the Canisius Chorale at the Latest Sacred Spaces Concert

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014-2015 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program on Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in All Saints Church, 76 Church Street, Lockport, NY 14094.

The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed nine years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Admission to the event is free.

Please join us for an evening of great choral singing!

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Catch the Video Institute’s Film Premiere

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere its latest documentary, “The Very Same House: Recidivism in Buffalo,” on Thursday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lyons Hall 418 Screening Room. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. The 10-minute film was produced by David Goodwin COM/JRN, under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today. The Video Institute is co-directed by Dr. Irwin and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor in the Digital Media Arts Program.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Sit in on Independent Health’s Medicare Plan Overview

Laryssa Domagala, medicare sales, audit and training coordinator, will be on campus to present an overview on Medicare insurance options available through Independent Health. This overview will include the two college-sponsored plans available for full-time faculty and staff when they retire and individual plans offered through Independent Health.

The presentation will be held in the Student Center Conference Room 205 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

To ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please contact Dawn Rotterman by Email at rottermd@canisius.edu or by phone at extension 3151 if you plan to attend.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Congratulate Eta Sigma Phi Inductees

Pictured from left to right, Tim Piscatelli `15, Victoria Murty `15, Patrick Clancy `15, and Pat McMahon `15

Patrick Clancy ’15, Pat McMahon ’15, Victoria Murty ’15 and Tim Piscatelli ’15  celebrate with the newest members of the Delta Beta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honor Society. All four graduating seniors received their honor cords at the ceremony held on Monday, April 13.

Submitted by: Kathryn Williams, associate professor, classics

Buy Your Tickets to the Annual Regents Scholarship Ball

Scott Bieler, the 2015 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award recipient.

The 49th Annual Canisius College Regents Scholarship Ball will be held Saturday, May 9 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which distributes more than $80,000 annually in scholarships to deserving students.

The Regents Ball also provides an opportunity to pay tribute to individuals who have been outstanding contributors to the community. This year the Board of Regents will honor Scott Bieler, president of West Herr Automotive Group, with the 2015 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award.

Faculty and staff tickets are currently on sale for $80. Your reservation may be completed by registering online here by Friday, April 24.

For more information, please contact Cece Gotham at (716) 888-8228 or at gothamc@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Cecelia Gotham, assistant director, stewardship & events

Wellness Fair a Big Success

Student Life, the Counseling Center, the Kinesiology and Human Resources departments co-sponsored a Wellness Fair yesterday.  The event was held in the Science Hall Commons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Students, faculty and staff alike stopped by to see the 30+ vendors on campus.  Vendors included Independent Health, which included a great visual of muscle vs fat in the body; Lawley Benefits, which displayed the fat content of popular foods, tasty treats from FANS (Fresh All Natural Smoothies), the BAC for Women, campus ministry and the SHAPE Majors club.

The event included special sessions of yoga at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Read Student Testimonials on Successful Faculty & Staff Campaign

With a 22 percent increase over last year in participation by current faculty and staff and more than $500,000 donated in 2014-15, Canisius celebrated its faculty and staff donors at the annual Faculty & Staff Donor Thank You Luncheon on Wednesday, March 31.

In total, 302 current, former, and retired faculty and staff made contributions this year in support of the Canisius Fund, endowed scholarships, and/or capital projects. “While gifts to the Faculty & Staff Campaign support virtually all areas of campus, it is our 4,181 students who benefit most,” shared Walter Sharrow, PhD, professor emeritus of history, and co-chair of the faculty and staff campaign. “Our philanthropy supports the educational experiences that are part of the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor for our students.”

At the luncheon, Emily Dorward ’17, Megan Teed ’17, and Angel Saldivar ’18, whose pictures have been featured in this year’s campaign materials, as well as on the Faculty & Staff Recognition Wall, shared what about their Canisius education they are most thankful for and expressed their sincere appreciation to the donors for making their Canisius education possible.

“The Jesuit values that define the Canisius experience have shaped my life in the way I know it,” expressed Dorward. “I strive every day to live as a woman with and for others.” Teed shared her appreciation for the opportunity to serve the community with people she loves while Saldivar thanked donors for the institutional aid he receives. “If I did not receive the assistance that I did, I would not have been able to attend Canisius and receive the rich education that is offered,” said Saldivar. “As a first-generation college student, this opportunity means everything to me.”

President John J. Hurley also spoke at the luncheon, conveying his sincere appreciation to faculty and staff donors for their added measure of commitment by giving to Canisius.

With less than two months to go in this year’s campaign, there is still time to support your favorite academic department or campus initiative. Please consider joining your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today at canisius.edu/faculty-staff.

Thank you for all that YOU do each and every day to make a Canisius education possible for our students.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Capstone in Kinesiology Gives Back!

Capstone in Kinesiology (KIN 494) students recently completed a Field Day with local area Special Olympics athletes. Coordinated largely by the efforts of Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, and Clancy Seymour, Ed.D, this event culminated with a Capstone Students vs. Athletes basketball game that was an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all participants.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, Ed.D, instructor, Kinesiology

Check out Helpful D2L Videos from the FacTS Center

We’re coming down to the end of the semester! The FacTS Center has some videos helpful to faculty who are wrapping up their spring courses, and thinking about preparing for summer or fall courses. Take a look at this quick video and the tips below:

– Do you want students to see their calculated grade when they log into the gradebook? (see the D2L Users Group tutorial for turning on grade calculation for students)
– Export your gradebook to print and archive in your personal records. (see the D2L Users Group tutorial on exporting grade data or rosters)
– Archive your entire course in D2L format at the end of the term (see the D2L Users Group tutorial on archiving a course)
– Copy your course content from a previous semester to a Summer or Fall course section (see the D2L Users Group tutorials on copying course content between sections.)

Remember, the FacTS Center will be running workshops for Faculty and Staff throughout the summer. These workshops are a great chance to acquire information and learn technology skills!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

View “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Bronx Tale”

On Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Canisius College Department of Modern Languages, Sigma Delta Pi and Hip Hop Dance Crew will host director Henry Chalfant for a screening of his documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Bronx Tale”. The event will be held in the Language Resource Center, Old Main 314.

The film presents a panoramic view of the music that blossomed in the Latino community of the South Bronx from the late 1940s, when mambo burst onto the New York cultural scene, through the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. The film chronicles two generations that grew up, literally, on the same streets and both used rhythm as their form of rebellion. For the older generation it was the pulsating rhythms of Cuba; for their children it was the rhythms of rap.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Dr. Richard Reitsma at reitsmar@canisius.edu for more information.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages, Lit. & Cultures

Catch the Rowing Team This Weekend

Your Canisius rowing team takes to the water this weekend when it hosts Florida-based Stetson University at the West Side Rowing Club on Saturday, April 18. Races are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m., however, water and weather conditions could impact the race times.

As race day nears, be sure to check www.GoGriffs.com for additional information.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

CPD Offers Intro to Critical Thinking Seminar

The Center for Professional Development has seats open for Canisius employees to participate in its Introduction to Critical Thinking seminar. The seminar will be on Wednesday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Overview:
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it. ~Henry Ford

This quote by Henry Ford still rings true to this day. As humans, we all think, but our thinking often lacks in depth and critical reflection. We learn to come up with one right answer and not to consider other options. We tend to jump on the first idea instead of taking the time to discover if the problem we are trying to solve is actually the real problem. We blame time, lack of resources and our already overwhelming workload. However, learning to think more critically can actually save time, money and provide new, more efficient ways of doing things. Participants will take part in activities that will demonstrate how simple it can be to grow this skill and make critical thinking a part of your daily life.

Who Should Attend:
The content in this workshop is easily transferable to any field. All are encouraged to attend!

For more information on this program, click here or contact Colleen Lyons at lyonsc@canisius.edu or extension 8490 to register.

Colleen Lyons, manager of sales operations, CPD

April is Autism Awareness Month

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 80 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This group of disorders includes Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Delay – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Each of these disorders has its own unique symptoms and treatment but all ASD’s effect three main areas of development: communication, socialization and cognition.

Since ASD’s are becoming more prevalent, many people know someone with an ASD or someone who has a child with an ASD.  The following tips and information are intended to help you better understand or interact with someone who has an ASD:

  • People with an ASD often have difficulty communicating. Those diagnosed may speak very slow or very fast. Some people use pictures to communicate. It is helpful to listen carefully, speak at a slow pace and to speak clearly when communicating.
  • Socialization and social settings are difficult for people with an ASD.  Many people will often have difficulty understanding jokes, sarcasm or idioms. It is helpful to avoid using such nuances when talking to someone with an ASD.
  • ASDs can make processing ideas, problems or situations difficult. It is helpful to break down ideas, processes or situations into smaller parts or steps; many people do best with a written schedule or flow chart that shows each step.
  • ASDs effect a person’s senses, so some people are overly sensitive to lights, sounds, smells or physical sensations. If you see a person with an ASD rocking, moving their hands quickly or fidgeting they may be overly stimulated. It is often helpful to reduce the lights, background noise or level of activity in the environment.

People with an ASD live and work amongst us in the community. If you would like to know more about these disorders, including more ways to successfully work with someone with an ASD, contact EAP.

Buffalo/Erie County (716) 681-4300
Outside of Erie County (800) 888-4162
www.cfsbny.org/programs/eap
Click on Employees, Family Members

Submitted by: Kathy Kelly, administrative associate, Human Resources

Become a Savvy Supermarket Shopper

Canisius is committed to the health and wellness of the college community but shopping for healthy food can be a challenge. The link below can help.  Click on it to find out some great supermarket tips; learn about nutritional information to help you make healthier purchasing decisions; and to get some clarification on those confusing nutrition labels and sometimes deceptive product marketing tools.

Please take a few minutes to review this information. It may help you become a healthier you!

Supermarket Savvy (Duration: 18 minutes)
http://independenthealth.articulate-online.com/5860572856

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

FacTS Center: Information Technology Workshops and Resources

The Canisius College FacTS Center helps faculty and staff get the most out of information technology resources for teaching, scholarship and administrative work.

We offer training workshops for all faculty and staff, covering major productivity and teaching applications which take place in campus lab classrooms. We can also provide training workshops in Microsoft Office, Google Apps or teaching resources tailored for departments and offices.

Here is a list of the workshops we can offer. On our sign-up sheet, you can see upcoming workshops, enroll in as many workshops as you like, or inquire about custom workshops for your office or department.

On our wiki pages, we regularly create or update technology resources, include tutorials and tools for:
– Conducting and continuing your class during temporary circumstances when your classroom isn’t available (such as inclement weather, or while traveling).
– Getting started in teaching online or augmenting your face-to-face classes with powerful online tools.
– Using social media tools and websites effectively for your course, program, project or office.
– Learning about digital scholarly tools and projects, particularly in the emerging field of digital humanities.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

National Financial Literacy Month

Did you know that only 39 percent of Americans prepare a monthly household budget? TIAA-CREF provides worksheets to help people get a better understanding of where their monthly income goes. Click here to read more.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Listen to President Hurley at the Town Hall Meeting Today

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting with President John J. Hurley today from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.

President Hurley will talk about the latest developments at Canisius and take any questions you may have. As always, you are invited to pose questions at the microphone or you may write your questions on index cards, which will be collected during the meeting and presented to President Hurley.

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate to the President

Check out the Wellness Fair

Students, faculty and staff are all invited Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to the Canisius College Wellness Fair. Be sure to stop by as we have over 30 vendors on campus and FREE raffle prizes for students and faculty/staff.

In addition, there will be a special session of yoga at 12:00 p.m. and Melting into the Floor at 1:00 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by Student Life, the Counseling Center, the Department of Kinesiology and Human Resources.

Please be sure to stop by and join us for all your wellness needs! Be Well!

Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, assistant professor, kinesiology

Learn About the Importance of Archives

The SUNY Buffalo State E. H. Butler Library Charles Rand Penney Lecture Series in association with the Canisius College Rev. Clayton J. Murray Archives’ Speakers Series presents: “Archives Matter: A Presentation by Kathleen Roe” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium.

Archives are the essential evidence of the past, the individual and collective voice, the source of action and events, the thread and fabric of our society. Archives often occupy a hallowed but unclear role to people in our communities, universities and schools, places of business, and government. There are pressing issues the archival community must address effectively both to ensure the availability and use of the historical record as well as to ensure that key stakeholders and the public recognize the importance and value of archives. Those issues include: ensuring that a comprehensive historical record survives; concerns over “competition” for prestigious collections; threading our way through the complexities of electronic records; ensuring access to information; and the need for informed stakeholders and the general public to value and appropriately support the functions of archives. This talk will focus on these matters of concern to the archival community, and the need for archivists to promote a strong understanding of why archives matter.

Kathleen D. Roe is the current president of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the oldest and largest national archival professional association in North America with over 6200 members. In that capacity, she has challenged archivists to spend a “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” by getting out of their comfort zone to focus on raising awareness of and advocating for archives. She has also served as president of the Council of State Archivists, the national association for state archives, and on various committees for SAA and regional archival associations. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices and advocating for archival programs. She is the director of archives and records management operations for the New York State Archives where she oversees programs providing services to state and local governments and non-profit historical records programs around the state.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center’s galleries will be open to attendees preceding the presentation. Free parking is available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center lot. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact: Kathleen DeLaney, Canisius College archivist & special collections librarian at 716-888-8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

Get Your Free Tim Horton’s at the Women’s Lacrosse Game

Your Canisius women’s lacrosse team looks to put its undefeated conference record on the line Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. when Niagara visits the Demske Sports Complex. Canisius is two wins away from clinching home field advantage for the conference playoffs and the Purple Eagles are the first roadblock in the Griffs flight path.

The game is also a Battle of the Bridge contest.  With a Griffs victory on Wednesday, they have an opportunity to clinch the Canal Cup in favor of Canisius for the fifth straight year.

There will be complimentary Tim Horton’s coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits, while supplies last, for all fans.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Kittens in Science Hall

Five kittens have taken up residence in the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior Laboratory in Science Hall from Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, May 1. In cooperation with the SPCA of Erie County, Miranda Workman’s ABEC 220: Animal Learning class have welcomed the kittens for enrichment and training.

Workman, adjunct professor of animal behavior, invites the campus community to view the training and enrichment sessions during the following times (beginning March 25):

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Mondays – Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The kittens will be available for adoption through the SPCA of Erie County as soon as May 1. For more information, contact Workman, at workmanm@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Celebrate Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day 2015
Canisius College Campus Ministry
Interfaith Committee presents:
Spiritual Ecology: A Worldwide Movement

Wednesday April 22, 12:00 p.m.
Student Center Regis South

SOUP WITH SUBSTANCE
A free light luncheon will be served.

Moderators: Fr. Tom Colgan, S.J. and Dr. Paul Waldau
Presenters: Dr. Joshua Russell/ABEC,
Katrina Cosgrove ’16, and
Members of Project Conservation

Co-sponsored by: ISHAR (Institute for Human-Animal Relations),
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Mission and Identity
and the Department of Religious Studies and Theology

Learn about the efforts to create a
more sustainable campus community!

Become a Commencement Volunteer

Canisius College commencement ceremonies are a memorable experience for our students. Please consider volunteering at our 2015 commencement ceremonies:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

We are counting on our veteran marshals and looking forward to working with all newcomers. Two informational volunteer meetings will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015. The first one will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Student Center Regis North room. The second meeting will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information on commencement opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to the myCanisius portal under the Academic Affairs Community page. The Commencement tab is located on the top blue bar.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Peter at extension 2121 or Lisa Fischer at extension 2120 in the Academic Affairs Office.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Visit the Conservation Station

Students in ABEC 335 “Conservation Education” have created a museum-style exhibit about water conservation and waterways in Western New York. There are murals, interactive signs, and participatory elements so come to the third floor of Health Science (HS316) and check it out. It will be open daily from 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, assistant professor, animal behavior, ecology and conservation

Register Now for the Shoes for Shelter

The 17th Annual Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K, presented by Independent Health, will be held Sunday morning, April 19, at 10:00 a.m. Registration can be completed online at www.GoGriffs.com, or forms can be submitted in person in Room 181 in the Koessler Athletic Center. Packet pickup in the KAC is slated for 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Cost for faculty and staff is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Walkers, joggers and runners are welcome.

Whether you are participating, or not, please feel free to drop your old shoes off in one of the bins located around campus. We are looking to receive 4000 pairs of shoes this year and every contribution gets us closer to the goal.

For more information, please call John Maddock at 888-2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Enjoy Lacrosse, Ice Cream and Tacos

There will be free ice cream from Anderson’s and Lloyd Food Truck will make an appearance as your Canisius men’s lacrosse team hosts Binghamton Tuesday night at the Demske Sports Complex. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

The ice cream will be available at 6:30 p.m. in the Demske Plaza and Lloyd will be on hand through the first half.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Schedule an Appointment with the TIAA-CREF Representative

Anne Anderson, individual consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on Wednesday, April 15, in the Student Center Executive Conference Room for individual counseling sessions. She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Attend the Unveiling of the 2015 Quadrangle

Canisius College’s literary and visual arts magazine, Quadrangle, will unveil its 63rd issue on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

The issue includes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, artwork and photography. The unveiling will involve readings from selected contributors. This year’s issue contains surprises that any book or art enthusiast simply cannot resist.

For the first time in the magazine’s long-standing history, Quadrangle will be printed on certified post-consumer and post-industrial recycled paper, earning it an eco-friendly designation by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The design of Quadrangle remains a mystery every year but this year’s magazine will be a different shape than previous issues.

The Quadrangle will also unveil a newly-redesigned website, built by Brooke Ballard ’15. The site will not only showcase the literary magazine and serve as an archive of past issues but will provide information about the college’s Creative Writing Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Mick Cochrane at 888-2662.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor, English

Check out Buffalo Film Premier Screening: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

The local premiere of the new movie She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (directed by Mary Dore) will be hosted at Canisius College in the Science Hall Atrium on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m. This documentary film explores and dramatizes the modern women’s movement from 1966-1971.

She’s Beautiful traces the events from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation (Marxist and Black Feminism); from intellectuals like Kate Millett who wrote about sexual politics to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).

This is an important film that shines light on how women banded together to produce a discourse and a plan of legal action that would ultimately result in greater civil rights for women in the educational, social and economic spheres of American society.

This movie premiere is sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies program at Canisius College. Event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor English, co-director, women and gender studies

Canisius Recognizes Employee Milestones at Celebration of Service

Gary M. Everett, with President John J. Hurley, was recognized for his service to Canisius College as he celebrates his retirement.

Canisius College honored the service milestones of more than 60 employees today in the Montante Cultural Center, during the college’s annual Celebration of Service. John J. Hurley, college president; Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs; Kathleen B. Davis, vice president for enrollment management; and more than 200 family members, friends and Canisius community members were in attendance. The event acknowledged faculty, staff and administrator retirements, and those who have reached their 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45-year service anniversaries.The ceremony began with an invocation by Rev. James L. Dugan, S.J., campus minister, and a welcome by Mangione. President Hurley, Mangione and Davis presented the citations.

Sarah Mendola and Thomas Banchich

Sarah Mendola, executive associate for the library, celebrated 20 years of service, and Thomas M. Banchich, PhD, chair and professor of classics, was recognized for 35 years of service.

Following the presentation of 20- and 25-year citations, Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Bradley Wingert, performed several musical selections.

This is the 14th year that the college has held the Celebration of Service. Employees who have reached five, 10 and 15 years of service are honored at the Service Recognition Ceremony, each fall.

Read a complete list of honorees here.

Lilly Adams-Dudley

Lilly A. Adams-Dudley, associate dean and director of COPE, was honored for 40 years of service to the college.

 

Alison Romanowski, adjunct professor of accounting, was recognized for her 20 years of service.

Blair W. Foster, associate vice president for academic affairs and registrar, was honored for his retirement from the college.

 
Brigid Moran

Brigid N. Moran, adjunct professor of philosophy, was recognized for 20 years of service.

Joe Gentile

Joseph F. Gentile, adjunct professor of educational administration, celebrated 30 years of service.

Kevin Smith

Kevin M. Smith, bursar, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.

 

Margaret Kraatz

Margaret M. Kraatz, financial aid associate, was recognized for 30 years of service.

Mark Meyer

R. Mark Meyer, PhD, associate professor of computer science, celebrated 25 years of service to the college.

Michael Rappal

Michael R. Rappl, assistant to the athletic director, was honored for his retirement from the college.

 

Michael Tampio

Michael W. Tampio, senior analyst for research and institutional effectiveness, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.

Patrick Gannon

Patrick J. Gannon, adjunct professor of biology, celebrated 30 years of service.

Paul Sauer (left) and Edward Garrity

Paul L. Sauer, PhD, professor of marketing and information systems, and Edward J. Garrity, PhD, chair and professor of marketing and information systems, were both recognized for 25 years of service to the college.

Thomas Reber

Thomas C. Reber, PhD, associate professor of English, celebrated 20 years of service.

Yvonne Widenor

Yvonne K. Widenor, associate professor of fine arts, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.

Canisius Alumna Places Second on Jeopardy

Canisius alumna, Lindsey Ohmit Love ’08, tested her knowledge on a variety of topics on the popular quiz show, Jeopardy, last night at 7:30 p.m. on WIVB-TV Channel 4. She competed hard against two other contestants, including the reigning six-day Jeopardy champion, Kerry Greene. After the final Jeopardy round, Ohmit Love came in second and walked away with $2,000.

Ohmit Love, a native of Eden, NY, currently resides in Washington, DC.  She is a European Studies-International Relations-French major. Love is program coordinator, European & Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communications

Two ArtsCanisius Events

The Festival of Ensembles is this Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. This event features all of the student performing ensembles: The Canisius College Choral, Frank Scinta, director; Concert Band, Paul D. Biddle, director; Chamber Orchestra, Ansgarius Aylward, director; and the Jazz Ensemble, Dave DeWitt, director. Tickets for this concert are $5 general admission and all proceeds will go to the WNY Pet Emergency Fund.

On Monday, April 13, the final Meet-the-Faculty event of the year will be held in the Montante Cultural Center.  The event will feature a lecture entitled “Music Pedagody in Higher Education,” given by Bradley Wingert, director of Cantio Sacra. The lecture is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.canisius.edu/artscanisius or call the Fine Arts office at 888-2542.

Softball Hosts Four Games This Weekend

It will be a busy weekend on the diamond for the Canisius softball team as they host a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

The Griffs battle Quinnipiac with game one starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The following afternoon finds Canisius meeting Marist in a twin bill that will start at 1:00 p.m.

Canisius currently sits in a tie for first place with Manhattan in the MAAC with a 4-0 conference record. Quinnipiac and Marist are both 2-2 in league play.

For additional information, please visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Watch Canisius Alumna Compete on Jeopardy Tonight

Canisius alumna, Lindsey Ohmit Love ’08, will compete on America’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy, tonight at 7:30 p.m. on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Love’s appearance on the show has been featured in several local news outlets. Alan Pergament, television critic for The Buffalo News, tweeted about it. Read what he wrote here:

A story about Love competing on the popular quiz show also ran on WIVB-TV Channel 4’s website.   Click here to read it.

Ohmit Love, a native of Eden, NY, currently resides in Washington, DC.  She is a European Studies-International Relations-French major. Love is program coordinator, European & Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communications

Johnson is New Director of Public Safety

I am pleased to announce that H. Wilson (Wil) Johnson has accepted the position as director of public safety at Canisius College effective May 1, 2015.  Johnson replaces Gary Everett, who will retire at the end of May after serving Canisius with distinction for 33 years.  We wish Gary all the best in his retirement.

Johnson, a sworn member of the Rochester Police Department since 1982, is currently captain of the Northeast quadrant of the city.  In addition to his expertise as a seasoned police officer, Johnson worked in Rochester neighborhoods where he built relationships with community partners and developed community crime prevention plans.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, specializing in education, from Nazareth College of Rochester and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.  He is an ordained Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Rochester.

Johnson’s experience as a police officer, his expertise in community relations and his pastoral studies background make him uniquely qualified to head the Department of Public Safety and support the mission and identity of the college.

Please join me in welcoming Wil Johnson to the Canisius community.

Submitted by Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students

Faculty & Staff Donor Profile: David Devereux, PhD

As chair of the History Department, David Devereux, PhD, feels deeply connected to Canisius and its educational mission. Because of this and in recognition of the relationships he’s formed with students and alumni, he shows his support for Canisius, above and beyond what he does each day, through his participation in the Canisius Fund.

Devereux made his first gift to the Canisius Fund in 2003 and has been a committed donor ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I love teaching. I love all the things I get to do in my job here. As a faculty member at Canisius, you have the opportunity to do a variety of things and while teaching is the most important, I also enjoy being able to do research at my own pace. As department chair, I am heavily involved in the administrative side, too. I like the balance I have in this position.

What motivated you to make your first gift?

I was motivated to make my first gift, in part, because I feel connected to the institution and its educational mission. When you are hired as a faculty member at an institution, you sometimes think well, “this is just where I do my job.” But for me, there came a point when I realized that in this role I’ve connected with so many students and alumni, and through this I feel like I’m a part of something, a part of what Canisius represents, so I made a gift to show my support.

Why is supporting students through the Canisius Fund important to you?

It’s important to me because our students are so gifted and talented, and gifts to the Canisius Fund help provide those quality students with the resources they need to succeed here.

Why do you think it’s important for faculty and staff to support Canisius?

I think it’s important for faculty and staff to support Canisius because it’s a way of connecting to the institution. We’re more than employees; we’re part of a great community that is very worthy of our support.

What is your favorite campus event to attend each year?

The Celebration of Service event, which takes place every semester, is my favorite campus event. Also, when a person retires or is promoted they are able to dedicate a book in the library. When I became tenured and promoted, that was the first year they did that and it was really nice. There was a reception in the library where all the books were displayed. It’s another way of honoring people. It is deeply appreciated.

Fun Fact: Where is your favorite place to get chicken wings from in Buffalo?

I live in Amherst, so Duffs is right there.

If you have not yet made a gift, please consider joining Dr. Devereux and more than 175 of your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today at canisius.edu/faculty-staff.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Softball Adds Syracuse to Home Schedule

Your Canisius softball team will host Syracuse this afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. The game is a makeup contest originally scheduled to be played on the Orange’s Skytop Field in late March. Due to inclement winter weather, the field was unplayable.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Canisius Alumna to Compete on Jeopardy

Canisius alumna, Lindsey Ohmit Love ’08, will compete on America’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy, this Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Click here to view the promo that teases this week’s contestants. Lindsey is mentioned at 0:52 seconds.

Ohmit Love, a native of Eden, NY, currently resides in Washington, DC.  She is a European Studies-International Relations-French major. Love is program coordinator, European & Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communications

Campus Candids

Lauren Preti ’18 and Matthew Simmerly ’18 have taught TJ Dulski Center students STEM activities every Tuesday afternoon throughout the school year. Some of the activities developed are about tornadoes, volcanoes, and geological strata. Great job Lauren and Matt!

Submitted by: Ann W. Wright, Ph.D., professor of biology

Check out the Baseball Team as they Host Binghamton Today

Your Canisius baseball team wraps up a lengthy home stand that saw them play 9 of 10 contests at home. Weather permitting, the contest versus Binghamton is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex with a 4:00 p.m. start.

The Griffs do not return home until May 2 and will play their next 14 games on the road.

For additional information, please visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Be a Hero For a Day at Relay For Life

Students, faculty, and community members are invited to Canisius College’s 9th Annual Relay For Life event this Friday, April 10, from 4:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. The 12-hour event is hosted by Colleges Against Cancer and will be held in the Koessler Athletic Center in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is a life-changing community event that gives everyone around the world a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

What to Expect:

-12-hour, organized community fundraising walk
-Food, games, activities, prizes and more to provide entertainment and build camaraderie
-Teams and individuals take themed laps around a track
-Teams camp out and line up around the track with specially themed fundraising activities, items, and food
-A fun and friendly atmosphere with a chance to make a difference and save lives

Every year, the Relay For Life movement raises more than $400 million. The American Cancer Society puts these donations to work, investing in groundbreaking research for all cancer types and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Walk-ins and individual participants are welcome but to create or join a team, sign up here.

Be a part of something special and help make a difference in our community! See you there!

Submitted by: Alex Corbelli, vice president, Colleges Against Cancer

Attend the Spring 2015 Celebration of Service

The college community is invited to attend the 2015 Celebration of Service ceremony on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

The college takes pride in the commitment of its faculty, administration and staff and will recognize those individuals who have reached 20, 25, 30 and 35 or more years of service at the annual Celebration of Service ceremony. Canisius is the excellent institution it is today because these colleagues have given of their time and talents over the years. This event is a way to celebrate their success and achievements and to honor them as well those who will be retiring from the college this year.

Please click here to view the 2015 list of honorees.

Submitted by: Deborah Winslow-Schaber, director, Human Resources

Sit in on Intersectionality and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement Discussion

“Whenever a conscious Black woman raises her voice on issues central to her existence, somebody is going to call her strident, because they don’t want to hear about it, nor us. I refuse to be silenced and I refuse to be trivialized, even if I do not say what I have to say perfectly.”
– Audre Lorde

On Friday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 208, please join our Women & Gender Studies program in welcoming Shenita Ann McLean for a discussion surrounding issues of race, gender, sexuality, activism, and liberation. McLean will discuss the herstory of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement founded by three women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tomet. She will also look at the importance of intersectionality in Black radical traditions.

The goal is to have an open discussion about what intersectionality is, as well as looking at its praxis through Black feminism. McLean is an activist and a graduate student in Physical Anthropology.

The event is free and open to the public.

You can follow her on Twitter at: @Pundit_AcadEMIC.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, associate professor, philosophy, co-director, women & gender studies

Join the WBC Speed Networking Event

The Women’s Business Center is holding a “tried and true” speed networking event that has a new twist as they continuously try to help people make the right connections. This themed networking event is specifically geared towards supporting entrepreneurs in the hospitality, tourism and restaurant industries. If you do business with these industries or would like to make new connections, this event is for you!
Fee: $30
Canisius College Center for Professional Development
300 Corporate Parkway
Amherst, NY 14226
April 16, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please call 888-8282 to register

Submitted by: Karen Burke, WBC coordinator

Sign Up for the FacTS Center Classroom Workshops

Each day, the Canisius College FacTS Center is adding to or updating a range of useful technology resources for Canisius faculty. These include procedures, tutorials, and tips for:
– Conducting and continuing your class during temporary circumstances when your classroom isn’t available (such as inclement weather).
– Getting started in teaching online or augmenting your face-to-face classes with powerful online tools.
– Using social media tools and websites effectively for your course, program, project, or office.
– Learning about digital scholarly tools and projects, particularly in the emerging field of digital humanities.
Check out these new or improved resources (and more!) at our wiki pages.

This semester, FacTS Center is conducting classroom workshops on campus for Desire2Learn and Google Drive. Sign up here!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Read About National Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month.

Did you know? In the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey of adults in the U.S., about three in five (59%) gave themselves an A or B on their knowledge of personal finance. How would you grade yourself?

Click here to see how you compare.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Check out the Softball Team’s First Home Stand Today

The Canisius softball team finally makes its home debut today after 22 consecutive games on the road. The Griffs, who are currently on a seven-game winning streak, sit atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings with a 4-0 league mark.  The team hosts Detroit in a doubleheader slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.

The contests will mark the first home games for new coach Kim Griffin, who replaced long-time coach Mike Rappl last summer.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Attend the Banner Procurement Training Sessions

Training sessions will be provided for those new to Banner or others wanting to refresh their Banner skills.

Topics to be covered:

– How to create Banner purchase requisitions
– How to approve Banner purchase requisitions
– Procurement policy and practices

The dates and times for the training sessions are as follows:

– Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Tuesday, April 14, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All training sessions will be held in the Science Hall 002C ITS Conference Room (Lower Level)

Seating is limited. If you wish to reserve a seat, send an Email indicating the specific session you wish to attend to lew@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

Meet Political Science Majors and Faculty Tomorrow Night

Ever wonder what the classes next semester are really like? Catch a quick glimpse tomorrow April 7 in Grupp Fireside Lounge at 5:00 p.m. Every political professor teacher at Canisius will be in attendance to give a brief introduction, along with a minor taste of what is coming next semester.

This is a great opportunity to meet your professors and fellow majors, all while learning about the classes you have to take. Stuck between two classes for next semester? This event will help you decide between the two with input from professors and students.

Free pizza and drinks will be available along with free entertainment. All majors and grade levels are welcome and encouraged to bring friends. There will be enough food, information and laughs to go around! See you there!

Submitted by Thomas Rovito, student, Political Science

Listen to Celebrated Theologian in Conversations in Christ Lecture Series

The Joseph J. Naples ‘4l Conversations in Christ Lecture Series presents Miroslaf Volf of Yale University Divinity School. Professor Volf is one of the world’s most celebrated theologians. He is the founding director of the Yale Center For Faith and Culture and the author of many award-winning books such as Allah: A Christian Response and Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.

Volf has served as an advisor for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has even co-taught a course at Yale on globalization with former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. A native of Croatia, Volf regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and across North America.

This lecture is being held in Grupp Fireside Lounge on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, religious studies

Schedule Your Individual Appointment with TIAA-CREF Representative

Anne Anderson, Individual Consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus, Wednesday, April 15, in the Student Center Executive Conference Room for individual counseling sessions. She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Canisius Librarians Recognized for Service

Canisius librarians Jessie Blum, Matt Kochan, and Lisa Sullivan were once again commended by the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) for their outstanding work providing reference service via the library’s virtual reference service. This is the fourth time this academic year that these librarians have received a monthly service recognition.

The virtual reference service, Ask Us 24/7, provides access to librarians via chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week across the United States and England. The service, provided by a consortium of libraries, ensures students, faculty, and staff have real-time access to the virtual assistance of reference librarian when they need it most. Librarians identify themselves to patrons, and provide recommendations for access to resources at the patron’s home institution, as well as general reference.

Current Canisius students, faculty and staff have access to this service here.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

Meet Political Science Majors and Faculty

Ever wonder what the classes next semester are really like? Catch a quick glimpse Tuesday, April 7 in Grupp Fireside Lounge at 5:00 p.m. Every political professor teacher at Canisius will be in attendance to give a brief introduction, along with a minor taste of what is coming next semester.

This is a great opportunity to meet your professors and fellow majors, all while learning about the classes you have to take. Stuck between two classes for next semester? This event will help you decide between the two with input from professors and students.

Free pizza and drinks will be available along with free entertainment. All majors and grade levels are welcome and encouraged to bring friends. There will be enough food, information and laughs to go around! See you there!

Submitted by Thomas Rovito, student, Political Science

Check out Women’s Lacrosse at Home this Weekend

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team will return to the Demske Sports Complex for an Easter weekend special against Iona. The Griffs and Gaels will face off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. Heading into this afternoon’s game at Marist, Canisius is 2-0 in league play and riding a four-game winning streak.

For additional information, visit www.gogriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News ran an article in its Opinion section by Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Frank J. Dinan, PhD.  Dinan discusses the threat of increasing carbon dioxide levels and what it means for our oceans.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius AMA Chapter Wins International Award

The Canisius College American Marketing Association (AMA) recently traveled to New Orleans for the 37th Annual International Collegiate Conference where they participated in the Collegiate Chapter Exhibits competition as well as seminars, workshops, and presentations by successful marketing professionals.  Canisius AMA didn’t come home empty-handed. For the second straight year they received the Best Chapter Exhibit award and beat out more than 40 other competing schools from around the world. A total of 19 Canisius students participated in the conference.

The exhibits, presented in trade show fashion, gave AMA collegiate chapters the opportunity to be creative and show off their accomplishments. Fellow students, as well as guest judges, selected the winners on criteria such as best use of conference theme (“Be AMA-zing”), best educational value and best communication of chapter activities.

The Canisius AMA Chapter is a professional student organization and one of nearly 300 student chapters nationwide.  Canisius AMA has a main goal to help students prepare for their lives post-graduation, both professionally and personally.  With the guidance of their faculty advisor Gregory Wood, PhD, associate dean of the Wehle School of Business, Canisius AMA has been recognized with numerous awards in the past several years, including its Outstanding Community Service Award, Outstanding Professional Development Award, and first place awards in the exhibit competition.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius in the News

Canisius, in partnership with ESPN, will debut a new academic program next fall in sports broadcast journalism. The Buffalo News ran an article in Saturday’s City and Region section about the new program.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

See Homestory Deutschland: Black Biographies in Historical and Present Times

A project of the Initiative of Black People in Germany is on display in Alumni Hall, between Old Main and Bouwhuis Library. The exhibition will run until Sunday, April 12. There will be a closing reception on Friday, April 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

Submitted by: Katie Sehr, gallery director, fine arts

Be Ready for Canisius Fire Inspections Today

The New York State fire inspector will be on campus for the next two weeks starting today until April 10. The fire inspector will check the common areas, stairways, offices, utility rooms, and storage rooms. Some of the safety issues inspectors look for include:

Improper storage, in electrical and sprinkler rooms, such as combustibles piled under, around or in front of electrical panels or sprinkler systems.

Items permanently placed in corridors and hallways, such as equipment, cabinets, desks or chairs.

Storage placed too close to sprinkler heads. The fire code requires an 18” distance from the sprinkler head to the closest item.

Fire doors being propped or wedged open. Fire doors are fundamental to the integrity of fire barriers throughout the building. Fire doors may be held open with automatic releases that close the door when the fire alarm sounds.

Improper storage of flammable fluids and liquids. Flammable fluid storage is limited to quantity, classification and flammability rating.

Electrical extension cords being used as permanent wiring.  Electrical extension cords are strictly prohibited from use inside Canisius buildings as permanent wiring. Do not run cords under rugs or piles of clothing. Overloading a wall receptacle may cause a fire.

Non-compliant upholstered furniture. Canisius is required to comply with furniture fire code standards. Furniture that does not comply must be removed.

Non-approved space heaters. Space heaters supplied by the Canisius facilities department are approved for use. All others must be removed.

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director

Attend the Canisius College Chorale’s “Sacred Spaces” Concert

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014-2015 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in St. Benedict Church, located at 1317 Eggert Road (at Main) in Eggertsville, NY.

The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission to the event is free.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed nine years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Please join us for an evening of great choral singing!

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Listen to Honors “Last Lecture” by Mick Cochrane Tonight

This year’s All-College Honors “Last Lecture” – the third in our series – will be given by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program. The idea for this series comes from a lecture by Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch, who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and gave, literally, the last lecture of his short life. It was his chance to inspire his audience with the experience, wisdom, and humor that he had gathered. Cochrane, an award-winning novelist and coordinator of the Contemporary Writers Series, will give his “Last Lecture” – not literally, of course – tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information on Cochrane, visit here.

To view Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” visit here.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, All-College Honors Program

Don’t Miss the 2015 Lorch Awards Ceremony & Guest Lecture on Human Trafficking

The Women & Gender Studies Program invites you to the annual Lorch Award celebration. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for drinks (cash bar) and appetizers. The event is free and open to the public.
This year we celebrate three outstanding award winners in the following categories:

Canisius Student Award: Emmalene Carberry, class of 2015
Canisius Colleague Award: Susan Gruttadauria, student records and registration
Community Award: Amy Fleischauer, director of Victim Services-International Institute

Each of the award winners will deliver a brief speech, followed by a longer guest lecture to be presented by Fleischauer. Fleischauer works to combat human trafficking through the International Institute in Western New York. The International Institute has won many awards and grants for its work. The Institute has a comprehensive strategy including efforts to both prevent human trafficking and to assist trafficking victims.

Pictured is Fleischauer receiving an award from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III from 2010.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, associate professor, philosophy, co-director, women & gender studies.

Don’t Miss the 2015 Lorch Awards Ceremony & Guest Lecture on Human Trafficking

The Women & Gender Studies Program invites you to the annual Lorch Award celebration. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for drinks (cash bar) and appetizers. The event is free and open to the public.
This year we celebrate three outstanding award winners in the following categories:

Canisius Student Award: Emmalene Carberry, class of 2015
Canisius Colleague Award: Susan Gruttadauria, student records and registration
Community Award: Amy Fleischauer, director of Victim Services-International Institute

Each of the award winners will deliver a brief speech, followed by a longer guest lecture to be presented by Fleischauer. Fleischauer works to combat human trafficking through the International Institute in Western New York. The International Institute has won many awards and grants for its work. The Institute has a comprehensive strategy including efforts to both prevent human trafficking and to assist trafficking victims.

Pictured is Fleischauer receiving an award from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III from 2010.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, associate professor, philosophy, co-director, women & gender studies

Attend the Canisius College Chorale’s Latest “Sacred Spaces” Concert

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014-2015 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program on Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Benedict Church, located at 1317 Eggert Road (at Main) in Eggertsville, NY.

The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission to the event is free.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed nine years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.

Please join us for an evening of great choral singing!

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Check out the Baseball Team as They Host Fairfield

Your Canisius Golden Griffin baseball team plays its conference home openers this weekend when Fairfied pays a visit to the Demske Sports Complex. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for a 2:00 p.m. start and Sunday’s single game is scheduled to begin at noon.

Check www.GoGriffs.com for any time and date changes, as the schedule could be altered due to poor or cold weather.

Your Griffs are off to a 3-0 league start, while Fairfield is 1-2 after the first week of MAAC action.

Canisius was the preseason favorite to win the league title this year, while Fairfield was picked for second.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Hear Polish Chair Lecture on Religion and Politics Today

Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College hosts Dr. Paulina Napierała, assistant professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Napierla is also a Fulbright Fellow at Boston College and Harvard University. Her lecture, “Religion and Politics in Poland and in the USA: A Comparative Study,” will take place in the Grupp Fireside Lounge today at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Margaret Stefanski, chair, department of modern languages, literatures, and cultures

Enjoy the Upcoming ArtsCanisius Concerts

The Spring Student/Faculty Recital is this Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Students and faculty will perform a variety of music from the Baroque to Contemporary periods for voice, piano, violin, and saxophone. This event is free and open to the public.

A Meet-the-Faculty Recital, “Bach Birthday Celebration,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and is also in the Montante Cultural Center. This recital is a celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and includes performances of a flute sonata, cello sonata, violin sonata, keyboard music and selections of vocal arias for Baritone, as well as a performance of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by the Canisius College Chorale, directed by Frank Scinta. Canisius College faculty performers include Ansgarius Aylward, violin; Ellen Barnum, bassoon; Jane Cary, harpsichord; Bryan Eckenrode, cello; Anna Mattix, oboe; Nicole McPherson, flute; Karen Schmid, keyboard; and James Wright, baritone. This event is also free and open to the public.

Additional program information for these concerts is available in the Fine Arts/Music Office, extension 2536.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Password Reset Email Notice

On Friday, March 27 another password expiration notice Email will be sent to those whose password will expire by April 7. If you received an Email on March 6 and have reset your password, you will not receive this reminder notice. If you have not reset your password and received the mail on March 6, you will receive a similar Email reminder noting that it is 10 days until your password will expire and must be reset.

Beginning April 7, the notices will be automated. Reminders will be sent at 30 and 20 days prior to password expiration. This will be followed by daily reminders from 14 days prior to your password expiration down to expiration. When you reset your password, the new expiration is 180 days from that date, also ceasing reminder messages.

The password reset requirement is in accordance with the password reset policy, which went into effect in October 2014.

Guidelines for resetting you password were posted in The Dome on March 9, or you can contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance if needed.

For password creation tips, check the campus wiki link at:
https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/mIZwAQ

Remember to update any handheld devices (cell phones, iPad/tablet devices, etc) with your new password.

Submitted by: Alan Weitzsacker, system administrator, ITS

Don’t Miss the 2015-2016 CEEP Application Deadline

The online CEEP application for undergraduate students will close on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Any office on campus can employ a Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) student with an appropriate research project. A 3.25 or higher GPA is required and all students in all majors may apply to work in academic departments, administrative offices or off campus. The rate for CEEP is $9.50 per hour, minus taxes, for a maximum of 250 hours.

Faculty and staff who employ students from the Canisius Earning Excellence Program are asked to remind their students to fill out applications for 2015-2016 CEEP awards. Renewal is not automatic.

For more information on CEEP and to access the online application please click here.

Please direct any questions to Kathy Peter in the Office of Academic Affairs at extension 2121.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Listen to Honors “Last Lecture” by Mick Cochrane

This year’s All-College Honors “Last Lecture” – the third in our series – will be given by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program. The idea for this series comes from a lecture by Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch, who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and gave, literally, the last lecture of his short life. It was his chance to inspire his audience with the experience, wisdom, and humor that he had gathered. Cochrane, an award-winning novelist and coordinator of the Contemporary Writers Series, will give his “Last Lecture” – not literally, of course – on Monday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information on Cochrane, visit here.

To view Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” visit here.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, All-College Honors Program

Learn about Digital Resources for Faculty

Each day, the Canisius College FacTS Center is adding to or updating a range of useful technology resources for Canisius faculty. These include procedures, tutorials, and tips for:

– Conducting and continuing your class during temporary circumstances when your classroom isn’t available (such as inclement weather).

– Getting started in teaching online, or augmenting your face-to-face classes with powerful online tools.

– Using social media tools and sites effectively for your course, program, project, or office.

– Learning about digital scholarly tools and projects, particularly in the emerging field of digital humanities.

Check out these new or improved resources (and more!) at our Wiki pages.
As always, FacTS Center conducts classroom workshops on campus for Desire2Learn and Google Drive. Sign up here!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Canisius to Announce Agreement with ESPN

The college is entering into a new agreement with ESPN under which its students will produce live Canisius athletic events for ESPN3. As a result, the college will offer a new program in Sports Broadcast Journalism beginning in the fall 2015 semester.
A state-of-the-art Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center will be built on the first floor of Science Hall, and students in the new program will staff the center. This is an exciting opportunity for Canisius and a unique collaboration between the academic and athletics programs, as well as an introduction of an applied technology presence in Science Hall.
While some learned about this initiative when it was presented by Athletic Director Bill Maher and Communication Department Chair John Dahlberg at the Spring Faculty Meeting, I wanted to be sure that the entire college community heard this good news before it was released to the local media.
Click here to read more about this exciting new endeavor.

Submitted by Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs

Check out the New Undergraduate Student Association Executive Board

The Undergraduate Student Association held its 2015-2016 executive board elections from March 9-12. Nearly 600 students participated in the election process. The winners are listed below:

Richard Kubiak ’16 – President
Elias “Fenoose” Ayoub ’17 – Executive Vice President
Eric Walsh ’16 – Vice President for Business and Finance
Vance Stinson ’16 – Vice President of Student Organizations
Gina Trippe ’17 – Vice President for Communications

The new executive board will take effect at the end of April.

Submitted by: Beth Crvelin, student life