March Newsletter All college honors program 2017-2018

As we await the arrival of Spring, here's what's happening...

March faculty spotlight

Dr. Kevin Hardwick

Dr. Hardwick was raised in the Binghamton area, in Susquehanna Valley. He went to Binghamton University, and came to Canisius in 1989 after working for the State Senate until 1988. He looked all over the country for jobs, and was glad to find one in New York State, where he was already familiar with the State government.

Dr. Hardwick teaches classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and is part of the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday and Thursday. "I practice what I preach", Dr. Hardwick says. He tries to instill involvement in the government in all of his students. Politics matters! (No, not matter.) He enjoys his Public Administration course (only in spring semester) because his students become his staff, in which he gives projects to his groups, such as researching the opioid crisis in Western New York. He enjoys the Honors program because there is such a large mix of students, who may not picture themselves as getting involved in politics when they register for his honors course, American Government: A User's Guide. His primary goal is to emphasize that the government has an enormous effect on many professions, and that public awareness is very important.

When he was a senior in high school, Dr. Hardwick was the Student Council's representative for the Board of Education. After rumors of another teacher strike, he decided to run for a seat of the Board of Education, and was elected to a 3-year term on his last day of high school - and also on the only day he has ever had detention.

Thank you Dr. Hardwick, for always making your students laugh and teaching a terrific class!

March Student Spotlight

Connor Rosenecker

Connor Rosenecker chose Canisius because of the opportunity to excel. Between Canisius and Boston College, he believed Canisius could help him figure out what he wanted to do at an expense much lower than Boston could, and he also appreciated how connected Canisius was to the career opportunities in our community. He also almost chose the University at Buffalo, but after attending a meet and greet at an Honors event, Connor decided Canisius was the best decision for him.

Now a senior, Connor has certainly excelled. Connor is currently the Vice President of Business and Finance for the Undergraduate Student Association, part of the Golden Griffin Fund, President of Alpha Sigma Nu, Vice Student Master of Di Gamma, and also part of the Canisius Chorale. As for his majors, Connor is majoring in Economics, Finance, Management, and Psychology.

Connor has benefited from the experiential learning he has received through the Honors program, in classes or service learning. His favorite class by far was City Suburbs and Spaces taught by Dr. Reed. He loved studying architecture and its philosophical implications in cities; studying how our environment impacts our emotions and the questions that were raised.

Fun Fact: Connor is a leap year baby, so he's technically 5 1/2 years old! Thank you Connor for everything you have done at Canisius!

Don't forget about our events! Keep scrolling for more information...


Honors Banquet

When: Thursday, March 15th, 6-9pm

Where: Hotel at the Lafayette, Greenhouse Room

Cost: $5 for Honors, $10 for non-Honors students

Join us for our annual Honors Banquet this year, with good food, conversation and company! There will be a prize raffle, Honors Board roast, an alumni speaker, and student awards. There will also be a ceremony for Dr. Butler and everything he as done for his students. If you haven't given your money to Joan Wadsworth (CT 516, M-R, 8am-3pm) yet, please make sure to do so as soon as possible, as it is overdue. We always enjoy celebrating our students and celebrating the school year, and we look forward to seeing you! Honors Alumni are also welcomed.

Questions? Contact Matt Pernick at pernick2@canisius.edu

Last Lecture

When: Thursday, April 12th, 6pm

Where: Palisano Pavilion

Dr. Robert Butler will present his last lecture, "Living Deliberately" on April 12th. Please consider joining us as we listen in to Dr. Butler, and support everything he has done for this school and his students. There will be a dinner following the lecture, celebrating Dr. Butler's career at Canisius. We hope to see you there!

Lasertron Game Night

When: Friday, March 16th, 7pm-11pm

Where: 5101 N. Bailey Ave.

Do you miss getting intense with your friends in laser tag? Have no worries, we didn't leave that behind! Friday, March 16th, don't miss out on a night of intense sport and dinner afterwards! Students may be asked to contribute to the dinner.

HSA Game Night

When: March 27th, 6pm

Where: Honors Lounge

Join us for video games, board games, and any games that we acquire through out the night! Unwind and refuel with competition and good company on March 27th at 6:00pm.

HSA Easter Egg Hunt

When: March 22-23rd all day

Where: Canisius (main) Campus

Find the eggs hidden in the library, in the quad, wherever you may see festive eggs.. filled with the chance to win gift cards!

Travel and Learn


When: April 20-22

Our travel and learn this year is to Philadelphia! Our ventures may include, but are not limited to, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rocky steps, Franklin Square, the Museum of the American Revolution, and so much more! Space is extremely limited to 10 students, and students are asked to contribute $210 in cash towards the trip, which will be due on Friday, February 16th. This cost includes airfare, lodging, transportation around the city, and a pass to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Meals are partially covered, but students will be responsible for all personal purchases and some meals. Please contact Patrick Collins at collin71@canisius.edu or Taylor Rabadi at rabadit@canisius.edu for any questions or concerns. We would love to have you!

Questions? Contact: Patrick Collins, collin71@canisius.edu & Taylor Rabadi, rabadit@canisius.edu

Hugs & Kisses

Thank you to everyone who helped buy out hugs and kisses packages over Valentine's day week. With your help, $145 was raised to help the ENERGY program, which helps tutor refugee children in Buffalo. Thank you for your support!

Important to Know

If you have any questions please email our Honors Student Association and Executive Board members listed below!

Executive Board

  • President: Matt Pernick
  • Vice President: Taylor Rabadi
  • Secretary: Dave Krasinski
  • Treasurer: Cameron Rosenecker
  • Communications Chair: Jeremy Michalski

Class Representatives

Class of 2018: Class of 2018: Matt Pernick, Jeremy Michalski, Dave Krasinski, Sarah Dollendorf, Taylor Rabadi

Class of 2019: Class of 2019: Kaylee Konczal, Morgan Tyson, Cameron Rosenecker, Lauren Reno, Joshua Canavan

Class of 2020: Amanda Popovski, Olivia Faracca, Salvatore Zarrella, Patrick Collins, Justin Begley

Class of 2021: Jacob Dollendorf, Anna Gullo, Olivia Orevec, Claire Rosenecker

Check out the monthly riddle below!

February Riddle Answer:

What do snowmen call their offspring? Chill-dren.

Congratulations to our January riddle winner, Emily Augugliaro! Thank you to all who submitted an answer!

March Riddle

How can you tell if a leprechaun is having a good time? Email faraccao@my.canisius.edu to submit your answer! As a reminder, no repeat winners are allowed.

In hopes that Spring arrives soon! Much love, the Honors Student Association.


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