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Datelines - 2004

January 7

The Western New York Writing Project at Canisius College received a $10,000 grant from the National Writing Project of the University of California at Berkeley.

January 27

Canisius College Named Melinda Rath Sanderson Executive Director of Women’s Business Center.

February 3

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, and President of SUNY College at Westbury spoke as part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

February 4

Civil Rights pioneer and past president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Rev. James Lawson Jr. gave a lecture in the Richard E. Winter Student Center as part of the Program in the African American Experience.

February 6

The Permanent Polish Chair at Canisius College is sponsoring a lecture entitled, “The Life and Works of Paderewski" on Saturday, February 21st at 7 pm in the CC Montante Cultural Center.

February 22

ArtsCanisius in conjunction with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation presented Award winning pianist Jonathan Ware in concert in the Montante Center.

March 1

David Hollenbach, S.J., from Boston College, gave a lecture entitled, "The Global Common Good in a Divided World."

March 4

Author and Activist Daniel J. Flynn spoke on March 29th the Palisano Pavilion. Flynn discussed his book, “Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation’s Greatness.” 

March 5

Celebrated poet, Sharon Olds read from her works at a lecture as part of  the 2003 Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series.

March 22

The Distinguished Teaching Professors Program awarded three   

professorships to faculty members: Dr. Keith Burich, Dr. Michael Dolan, and Dr. Timothy Wadkins.

March 24

Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart, director and president of the Takini Network Inc., a professor of social work at the University of Denver, and an expert on social issues affecting the Lakota Indians spoke at Canisius College.

March 31

Melba Patillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, spoke on campus as part of the Canisius College Program in the African American Experience.  

April 15

Deborah Richter past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and Health Care Reform Advocate, spoke under the auspices of the Canisius College Corporal Works of Mercy Lecture Series.

April 20

James Q.Wilson, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, gave a talk entitled, “Was the war in Iraq a Just war?"

April 30

The Brown sisters, Linda and Cheryl Brown, who were at the center of the landmark case Brown vs.The Board of Education, spoke at Canisius College as part of the Program in the African American Experience.

May 5

Canisius College student Daniel Centinello was unanimously elected chair of the New York State College Republican State Committee at the group’s recent annual convention in Albany.

May 14

Dr. Linda Volonino, professor of Information Systems, received the Faculty Scholarship Award this year.

June 18

Anne Marie C. Moscovic and Jill M. Atkinson have been promoted to co- directors of Admissions at Canisius College.

July 5-Aug 6

The Annual National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) was held at Canisius College at the Koessler Athletic Center.

July 22

Amy M. Johnson has been named director of Canisius College Annual Fund.

August 5

Parrish Kelley spoke at Canisius about his participation in the Civil Rights movement and Freedom Summer of 1964. His talk was sponsored by The Canisius College Program in the African American Experience.

August 30

Canisius appointed two Academic Affairs administrators: Christine Dulski Ryan, PhD is the new director of Academic Advisement, and J. Patrick Mizak is the new director of Institutional Research.

August 31

Chuck Pustelnik, web editor at Canisius College, was the recipient of the 2004 George M. Martin Advancement Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the college's advancement staff.

September 15

Canisius College hosted  a Women's Leadership Conference held at the Buffalo Convention Center, with key note speaker Anne Sutherland Fuchs, senior advisor to Solera Capital and director of Latina Media Ventures.

September 17

Clio Cresswell, Ph.D, nationally known expert in the field of mathematics and sex spoke at Canisius.

September 29

Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.gave a lecture entitled,"Frontiers in the Search for a Living God" as part of the Canisius College Center for the Global Study of Religion.  

September 30

Acclaimed author, Ron Hansen spoke at Canisius, sponsored by the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series.

September 30

Canisius College named Brian R. LaValley, APR, director of the Master's program in  Organizational Communication and Development and Assistant Professor of Communications at Canisius.

October 18

Christopher A. Kojm, deputy executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the U.S. gave a lecture at Canisius entitled, "The Findings and Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission." This lecture was presented under the auspices of a lecture series created by the Hon. John LaFalce, Peter Canisius Distinguished University professor.

October 19

Dr. Lillian Serece Williams, associate professor and chair of the African American Studies department at SUNY Buffalo presented a lecture entitled, "Buffalo and the Great Migration."

October 21

Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gave a lecture at the Montante Cultural Center entitled,"The Governmental Role in Welcoming the Stranger." The talk was part of the the Canisius Lecture Series on the Governmental Role in Effectuating The Corporal Works of Mercy.

October 24

ArtsCanisius in conjunction with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation presented award-winning pianist Matthew Graybil at the Montante Cultural Center.

October 28

Best-selling novelist Susan Power spoke at the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Power is a past recipient of the PEN/Hemingway prize for fiction as well as the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.

November 3

Canisius College Office of Campus Ministry together with JUSTICE and Amnesty International sponsored a panel discussion, "Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other: A panel Discussion on Human Rights and Social Justice" featuring four prisoners of conscience who spent time in prison for protesting the  School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia.

November 5 and 6

Canisius College hosted the  joint meeting of the Mathematicians Association of America (MAA) Seaway Section and Region I of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (NYSMATYC).

November 8

Canisius College announced it will offer a minor in Catholic Studies beginning Fall 2005. The minor is offered through the Religious Studies Department and is designed to prepare students for leadership positions within the Catholic Church and church-affiliated organizations.

November 9

Dr. Shawn Lay, leading authority on the Ku Klux Klan, spoke at the Richard E. Winter student center. He spoke on the subject of his book, "Hooded Knights on the Niagara: The Ku Klux Klan in Buffalo, New York."

November 18

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia, gave a lecture in the Montante Cultural Center entitled, "American Arts and Public Policy." The lecture was co-sponsored by the college's Departments of Fine Arts and English, and the lecture series created by the Hon. John J. LaFalce, Peter Canisius Distinguished University  Professor.

November 19-22

A delegation of 15 students and staff from the Canisius Office of Campus Ministry traveled to Fort Benning, GA to participate in the annual Ignatian family teach-in and protest at the School of the Americas. The delegation traveled with students from Niagara University, John Carroll University, Buffalo State College and volunteers from  the Buffalo Diocesan Service Corps.

December 12

Canisius  hosted its annual German Christmas Mass at the college's Christ the King Chapel. Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S.J., associate professor of Religious Studies was the principal celebrant and the German American Musicians provided all of the music, as well as performing a concert of Christmas music prior to the mass.