All-College Honors Newsletter Early December EDITION: 2015

Check out our Riddle Contest at the end of your newsletter. While there are no riddles for this edition of the newsletter, we do have for you the Fall 2015 Honors Post Journal. Find out more information below.

Thank you for your attention and time in opening this email. The All-College Honors Program's Student Board and newly founded Honors Student Association are proud to present our third bi-weekly newsletter.

This is an effort to increase effective communication within the Honors Program without having an excessive number of emails.

During the academic year, we anticipate disseminating this newsletter at the beginning and middle of every month.

Important to Know

Honors Student Association Office Hours: Come visit your E-Board members, study for an exam in a quiet spot, or ask questions about the club! SC 212

  • President- Liz Piotrowski Sunday 7-8pm
  • Vice President- Vince Bargnes Monday 1-2pm
  • Treasurer- Matt Pernick Monday 3-4 p.m.
  • Secretary- Jess Dieter Thursday 4-5pm
  • Communications Chair- Jeremy Michalski Tuesday 4-5

Please invite any of your qualified 1st & 2nd year friends to join the All-College Honors Program, especially if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Previously invited to join the Canisius Honors Program, but declined at that time
  2. Have a SAT score of 1300 or a SATV score of 700 or an ACT score of 28 (1st-year students)
  3. Graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of your class (1st-year students)
  4. Have a cumulative 3.5 GPA (sophomores)

Qualified & interested students will be given credit in the Honors curriculum for the Core courses they have taken or are taking, up to a certain maximum.

If you don't meet any of these admissions criteria, you may petition to join Honors by contacting Dr. Dierenfield directly.

Upcoming Events

4th General Body Meeting - December 3rd from 7-8 pm Regis Room (2nd Floor Student Center)

In our final meeting of the semester, committees will be meeting as well as we looking towards the Spring semester. Free pizza will be served! Contact: Liz Piotrowski (

Honors (Ugly) Christmas (Sweater) Party - Friday, December 11th Time 2pm-4pm in Grupp Fireside Lounge (2nd floor of Student Center)

See you there! There will be plenty of great food and festivities. This is a proud tradition in the Honors Program and fun is always had by professors and students alike.

BE SURE TO come dressed with your ugliest Christmas sweater and be entered to win a prize!

Riddle Contest

Last week's riddle: How far can you run into the woods?

Solution: Half way, after that point you're running out of the woods!

Last week's winner was Tim Utz! Congratulations! Come pick up your Tim Hortons gift card at any of the office hour times listed above or email Vince at to arrange a better time for pick-up. Riddles will start back up next semester.

Fall 2015 Honors Post Journal

Wearing Two Different Shoes: A Psychological Analysis of Sylvia Plath’s Novel The Bell Jar

By: Connor Tumiel

Plath described her novel, The Bell Jar, as “an autobiographical apprentice work which [she] had to write in order to free [herself] from the past.” In fact, this remarkable novel was the result of a suggestion made to her by her psychiatrist that she write as a method of treatment. Consequently, The Bell Jar contains a hidden, yet psychologically compelling, language which Plath wove throughout the novel – a language that I have deciphered and translated into the signs and symptoms of Bipolar II disorder.

Northern Adirondacks

By: Christian Binns

Untamed wildlife resides deep within the wilderness of the Northern Adirondacks. Taken on 7/15/15

Reflection on mass at St. John Baptist Church

By: James Rutowski

As a member of the course African American Lives and Culture, co-taught by Dr. Bruce Dierenfield and Dr. Robert Butler, I recently attended mass at a historically African American church. My experience at St. John Baptist Church was an enlightening one and I hope to share some of my reflections and insights here.

Praça do Comércio

By: Joseph Lesh

Located by the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal, the Praça do Comércio is an international destination displaying beautiful, traditional Portuguese architecture. The original Praça do Comércio was constructed in the early 16th century under the orders of King Manuel I. It was rebuilt in 1755 after its destruction in an earthquake that was closely followed by a tsunami and, ironically, a massive fire. Here is a small portion of it as seen by local rooftops!

A special thanks to all of our Honors-Post Journal artists. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. And of course, thank YOU for reading! We hope you enjoyed. The Newsletter will resume next semester. Best of luck to all on your final exams. Warm wishes to you and your family this holiday season.


The Honors Student Association, Board, and Newsletter Committee

P.S. Be on the look out for survival bags heading to lucky students in the library during final exam week and the week prior.

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