December Newsletter All college honors program 2017-2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Honors Community!

December faculty spotlight

Dr. Barbara Burns

Dr. Burns came to teach at Canisius in 2001, and has been teaching students with a smile ever since. She went to Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, and received her Masters and PhD at the University of Buffalo. Currently, she is part of the Teacher Education Department and is beloved by her students. She also teaches an Honors course, Mathematics: Patterns, Problems, and Puzzles.

Her nominator writes: Dr. Burns always comes into class with a smile and a new, stylish outfit! She teaches with such patience and she really loves her job. Math Patterns, Problems, and Puzzles was such a fun and interesting class, and I would highly recommend it!

Thank you, Dr. Burns, for being such a wonderful part of the Honors Program!

December Student Spotlight

Amanda Popovski

Amanda is a sophomore studying Adolescent Education with a Spanish concentration, and a double minor in Creative Writing and English. She is the Commuter Assistant representative, the secretary for the Teacher Education club, secretary of Women and Gender Studies club, and last but certainly not least, a sophomore representative for the Honors Student Association. She also assisted in the organization of our Honors Student Orientation this past summer.

In Amanda's spare time, she loves to read and write, and has written multiple heart warming, moving, creative articles for The Griffin. She is currently a nanny for a one-year-old and a nine-year-old and loves her job with them! This winter break, she is also traveling to Argentina for three weeks with a small group to study Spanish as a short term study abroad. Thank you Amanda for all your hard work!

Don't forget about the Honors Christmas Party!


Honors Christmas Party

When: Friday, December 8th, 2pm - 4pm

Where: Grupp Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor Student Center)

Come enjoy food and friends this Friday at our annual Christmas Party! There will be food, refreshments, and did we mention food? Relax before your finals, and join us to enter into the holiday spirit! We are happy to continue this tradition for our Honors community and all who come!

Questions? Contact Matt Pernick at pernick2@canisius.edu

Cookies and cram

When:  Tuesday, December 12th, 5pm

Where: Honors Lounge

Enjoy cookies, company, and a break from finals! You may be done or you may be preparing, so feel free to study hard or take a break in the Honors Lounge! All with the comfort of food and friends.

Travel and Learn


Our travel and learn this year is to Philadelphia! Enjoy the city pass for Philadelphia, with all of its rich history and a small group of Honors students! The trip will take place in mid-April, so keep watch for the January newsletter for more information!

Congratulations to the Freshman Representatives of 2021!

Freshman elections

Congratulations to our Freshman representatives of 2021, we are excited to have you on board!

  • Jacob Dollendorf
  • Olivia Orevec
  • Anna Gullo
  • Claire Rosenecker

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!

november riddle answer:

Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk? To hatchet!

Congratulations to our November riddle winner, Trevor Ralph! Thank you to all who submitted an answer!

december riddle

How much did Santa pay for his sleigh? Email faraccao@my.canisius.edu to submit your answer!

May finals treat you well and have a wonderful Christmas break! Much love, the Honors Student Association.


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Olivia Faracca


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