March Newsletter All-College Honors program 2016/2017

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March Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Michael Forest

Dr. Michael Forest has been a beloved member of the Philosophy Department since the turn of the millennium. After he received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Detroit, he continued his Jesuit education at Marquette University, where he received his PhD in Philosophy. His scholarship has mainly focused on issues in American philosophy and ideas, but he has been recently shifting his attention towards issues in aesthetics, including philosophical ideas in music, film and literature.

This semester he is teaching Beauty Matters and next fall he will offer Sights and Sounds: The Philosophy of Music and Film.

His nominator writes: Dr. Forest uses his course to address current issues such as appropriation and social change in the context of music and movies. He sets up out-of-class movie screenings and brought us popcorn for the first one! All around stellar example of what an honors class should be doing--mixing academia with current issues and interesting topics and runs a really fun class!

Fun fact: "I have been lucky to receive two Fulbright grants in 2007-2008 and in 2014-2015 both times teaching at universities in the People's Republic of China. My family came with me both times and we experienced the joys and frustrations of living abroad in a very different culture from ours."

Thank you, Dr. Forest, for providing a stellar experience for students!

MarchStudent Spotlight

Thomas E. Radder

Tom grew up in West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, New York and is currently, a senior political science major. As a junior, he spent the fall semester interning in Congressman Brian Higgins' Washington, DC office and studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in the spring. It is during this time that Tom discovered his passion for brunch and hard cider. He is currently an intern at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, where he is a writer. After graduating, Tom hopes to return to Capitol Hill and work before attending graduate school in public policy.

Tom was one of the first Canisius students to participate in the Honors program's study abroad agreement with the University of Glasgow. As a visiting student in the Principia Consortium, he studied the cultural heritage and intellectual movements of 18th-Century Scotland alongside Honors students from other American universities. In addition, he took a course is U.S. economic history at Glasgow's School of Social and Political Sciences and an introductory course in the School of Law.

Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which is often regarded as the U.K.'s equivalent to the Ivy League, and is consistently ranked within the top 100 universities in the world. Despite Glasgow's academic rigor, Tom was recognized for his performance in the Principia program with the Adam Smith prize, named after prominent Scottish political economist Adam Smith, a professor at Glasgow well-known for his essays on free-market economics. The award is presented to the student with the highest mark in the Scottish Enlightenment course. He is one of only five students -- and the first Canisius student -- to have received the prize since the program's inception.

Beyond his time at the university, Tom felt Glasgow was an equally rewarding place to live. "I felt at home in Glasgow," he said. "The city has a lot to offer -- it's home to a handful of great restaurants, three professional soccer teams and stunning 19th-Century Victorian architecture that is nearly ubiquitous -- while the West End, where the university is located, is known for its small pubs and eclectic atmosphere."

Would he do it again? "Definitely," Tom said, adding that he would "definitely recommend it to any student in the Honors program."

If you'd like to learn more about the Principia Consortium program at the University of Glasgow, or study abroad in general, please visit the Office of International Student Programs in the basement of Frisch Hall.

Fun Fact: He once ordered a cheeseburger with current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan.

Thank you, Tom, for your excellent representation of the Honors Program at home and abroad!

Winter at University of Glasgow

We love to recognize students and faculty who are making an impact on the Canisius community. If you would like to nominate a student or a professor who has impacted you or makes a difference in the Honors community, we would love to hear about it!

Don't forget about the Riddle Contest at the end of your newsletter. We will be announcing February's Winner and announcing the next riddle! You could be our next winner. Scroll for more.

Important to Know

Honors Student Association and Board contacts are listed below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email them.


  • President - Matt Pernick
  • Vice President - Vince Bargnes
  • Treasurer - Cameron Rosenecker
  • Secretary - Dave Krasinski
  • Communications Chair - Jeremy Michalski

Class representatives

Class of 2017 Representatives: Vince Bargnes, Christian Binns, Alexandria Iwanenko, Courtney Kramer, and Mark Lawler

Class of 2018 Representatives: Dave Krasinski, Jeremy Michalski, Matt Pernick, and Taylor Rabadi

Class of 2019 Representatives: Joshua Canavan, Kayla Murphy, Lauren Reno, Cameron Rosenecker, and Morgan Tyson

Class of 2020 Representatives: Justin Bengley, Pat Collins, and Hannah Kralles, and Amanda Popovski

Coming Up

Dr. Ellen dierenfeld "animal nutrition and conservation"

Thursday, March 23 from 7pm to 8pm

Join us as Dr. Ellen Dierenfeld presents on "Animal Nutrition and Conservsation" in the Grupp Lounge on the second floor of the Student Center on Thursday, March 23 from 7pm to 8pm.

2017 Honors banquet

Wednesday, April 5, from 6pm to 9pm

The annual Honors banquet will again take place in the historic Hotel Lafayette (convenient Metro stop), W April 5th, 6p (social hour), 7p (dining & program), subsidized cost $5/student (nonrefundable). You may bring non-Honors guests for $10/person. There will be a band, a speaker, door prizes, awards--always a nice time. In the past, some students have done skits. If someone would like to perform some sort of presentation, please contact me. Paid reservations can be made in CT 515 with Joan Wadsworth, a new administrative associate working for the All-College Honors Program and for the Marketing Department. It's important to reserve & pay a week prior to the banquet, so that we can adjust our catering order accordingly.

2017 HONORS Student association easter egg hunt

April 10th-12th

Keep an eye out for Easter Eggs hidden throughout campus. Surprises will be present in every egg! More information to follow on the grand prizes.

Don't forget!

Gregory Boyle, April 6th

Breakfast - 8:30am to 10am

Montante - 7:30pm

Gregory Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart, is coming to Canisius on April 6th. He will be at a breakfast that morning from 8:30am to 10am, and then will stay to talk to the Canisius community that night at 7:30 in the Montante Cultural Center. You won't want to miss it!

Thanks to Dr. Wadkins and Campus Ministry, the All-College Honors Program is distributing a limited number of tickets to any Honors student who would like to have breakfast with Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, on Thursday, April 6th from 8:30 am-10:00 am in Loyola Hall. You'll recall that Fr. Boyle wrote Tattoos on the Heart, the affecting book about LA gangs which was part of the Honors 1st-year orientation. This breakfast is a great opportunity to discuss this powerful book and hear more about Fr. Boyle's unforgettable experiences in an informal Q&A format.

The RSVP deadline for this breakfast is Thursday, March 30th.

Contact Alice Steltermann (HO 206) for reservations. First-come, first-served.

Riddle Time!

Congrats to Connor Rosenecker for his excellent, correct, and joyful response! The ideal response to any riddle! Connor, you'll be contacted shortly to claim your prize.


Accepted answers: I love you watts, you light up my world, you turn me on


Answer: Mount Rushmore

Check out March's Riddle Below!
Why is everyone so tired in April?

Email Vince at to be entered for the gift card drawing. Stay tuned to find out the winner and answers!


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