February Newsletter All-College Honors Program - 2016/2017

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February Faculty Spotlight

Dr. René De La Pedraja

René De La Pedraja, PhD of the History Department has been at Canisius College since 1989. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1977. Throughout his life he has been passionately concerned with Latin America and its many problems. He has spent over two decades living in Latin America, primarily in Colombia and Cuba. Much of his academic efforts is specifically focused on war and trade. He has published over ten books and many scholarly articles. Recently he has been able to revive his life-long interest on the history of Russia.

His nominator writes: he is an awesome teacher, and has been part of the Honors program for many years. Dr. De La Pedraja has introduced popular new courses, including Intellectual History of the West. He makes an effort to be at every single Honors event, encouraging inspirational academic endeavors, and helping students throughout their careers at Canisius.

Fun Fact: Dr. De La Pedraja is one of those few Hispanics who do not like to dance and who do not know how to dance.

Thank you for being an incredible asset to the Honors Program!

February Student spotlight

Taylor Rabadi

Taylor is a biology major in the class of 2018, looking to go to medical school. In addition to being an Honors Student Board Class of 2018 Representative, she is involved as a Frisch Resident Assistant and serves as the Member at Large for Phi Sigma Sigma

Her nominator writes: Taylor has become incredibly committed to the betterment of the Honors Program. Her efforts in organizing New Student Orientation exemplify her commitment to the program's long-term success. On top of that, Taylor has taken on a new role by organizing the Honors Travel and Learn trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.

Fun Fact: She loves sheep and goats

Thank you for your dedication to Honors!

March Spotlight Submission

We would like to recognize outstanding Honors faculty and students. Take some time to think about peers and/or professors who have bettered your Honors experience, invested a great deal of dedication towards Honors, or maybe who have received a remarkable achievement recently. Applications for the March Newsletter will be due on Wednesday, March 1st.

Riddle Contest

Check out our Riddle Contest at the end of your newsletter. We will be announcing November'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.

Executive Board

  • President - Matt Pernick
  • Vice President- Vince Bargnes
  • Treasuer - 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

Upcoming Events

Hugs & Kisses Fundraiser for ENERGY

Wednesday, February 8th - 10th from 10am-2pm

Richard E Winter '42 Student Center (outside of Dining Hall)

Stop by to chat with fellow Honors students and buy a hug (and maybe even a Hershey's kiss) for the special someone in your life (yes, yourself certainty counts). All proceeds will be donated to the ENERGY afterschool program that many of our peers volunteer through to help youth from Buffalo's West Side.

Contact: Matt Pernick (pernick2@canisius.edu)

Sam's Club

HSA General Body 1st Spring 2017 Meeting

Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00pm

Old Main 223

Join us for our first general body meeting of Spring 2017. Come hungry, leave happy!

Contact: Matt Pernick (pernick2@canisius.edu)

Brenda Berkman on Campus

Wednesday, March 1st, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Student Center (Regis Room)

Come hear a captivating speech by FDNY Captain, attorney, and the first female firefighter in NYC. Brenda Berkman has been featured in the film, Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City.

Contact: Dr. Bruce Dierenfield (dierenfb@canisius.edu)


Dinner & Escape!

Friday, March 3rd Dinner @ 6pm, Escape Room @ 9pm

300 Pearl St #125 Buffalo, NY 14202

Free admittance to Escape Room. We'll meet at Pearl Street for dinner on your own.

Friday, March 3rd Dinner at 6pm. Escape Room at 9pm

An "Escape Room" game is a real life, interactive puzzle filled environment that challenges you to think your way out of a locked room in 60 minutes or less!

An Escape the room game is a real life, interactive puzzle filled environment that challenges you to think your way out of a locked room. It’s an escape from the ordinary world. An adventure inside four walls. It’s not about your team’s survival, it’s about meeting a mental challenge and testing your skills.

Escape games can have all kinds of themes, goals, puzzles and stories, but they all conform to a certain set of rules. You are in an unusual space. You have to explore. You’re under time pressure. You must solve your way out!

Contact: Matt Pernick (pernick2@canisius.edu)

Tampa Bay Online

LA Times

New Honors Course Schedule (F2017) Unveiling

Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30pm

Location: Grupp Fireside Lounge (Student Center)

Attend this event and be among the first to find out what Honors courses will be offered next semester. Food and drink provided!

Contact: Dr. Bruce Dierenfield (dierenfb@canisius.edu)


Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00pm

Old Main 223

Come join us for our second general body meeting for the semester. Details to follow. Make like these dogs and get your party hats ready.

Contact: Matt Pernick (pernick2@canisius.edu)

"Animal NUTRITION & Conservation" presented by:

Dr. Ellen Dierenfeld

Thursday, March 23rd from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Dr. Dierenfeld obtained her PhD in animal nutrition from Cornell University. She has over 20 years in experience in comparative animal nutrition. Specializing in wildlife nutrition, zoo nutrition, sustainable agriculture programs, and field world on six consents, Dr. Dierenfeld is the developer and owner of Zootrition, the most widely used global zoo animal diet and records keeping system. Join us as we welcome such a distinguished leader in the field of animal nutrition.

Contact: Dr. Bruce Dierenfield (dierenfb@canisius.edu)


November's Riddle Winner!

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

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

Of course, 'G' always comes at the end of ThanksgivinG!

Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize?

Because he was outSTANDING in his field.

February's Riddles

Both riddles must be answered correctly to be entered to win a Tim Horton's gift card.

What did the light bulb say to his lover on Valentine's Day?

What rock group has four guys who don't sing?

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

Thank you for your time in reading our newsletter. If you have any comments, concerns, or suggestions please email Vince at bargnesv@canisius.edu.
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