How an Anthrozoology Online Class Operates

How an Anthrozoology Online Class Operates

If you have never taken an online class at Canisius, you may wonder what you should expect. Canisius utilizes two software programs in their Anthrozoology program. These programs are Desire2Learn (D2L) and GoToMeeting (GTM).

Desire2Learn is an eLearning program that offers many capabilities. The Anthrozoology professors use this as one of their main classroom tools. The following is a list of the most commonly used functions of D2L.

  • Content – This is where professors upload course readings, assignment instructions, and any other material needed tor the class.
  • Discussion – A blog where the professor and students can collaborate, exchange ideas, and talk about the current class topic.
  • Dropbox – A repository to submit papers and other assignments to the professor.
  • Grades – View the grades for your assignments and any feedback the professor left.
  • Classlist – View the names, email addresses and profile picture of your professor and the students in your class.


GoToMeeting is a tool used to hold interactive, online meetings. Your professor and fellow classmates are able to join the same meeting and collaborate in real time. You are able to dial in with your phone to listen and participate in voice conversations. For the full experience, connecting with an internet enabled device allows you not only voice, but also video, chat, and desktop sharing. If you miss a meeting or want to listen to part of the conversation again, meetings are able to recorded to be saved as an mp3 file.


Even if you typically struggle with technology, GoToMeeting and Desire2Learn are easy to learn. You will spend less time worrying about the technology, and more time focusing on your classwork.


Are You a Graduate Student with a Special Diet?

Are You a Graduate Student with a Special Diet?

In the nutrition world, there is a lot of discussion if going on a gluten free diet is really necessary for peoples’ health. For people with celiac disease, it is medically necessary and for people with a gluten sensitivity, it is advised to avoid certain gluten containing foods. For me personally, having celiac disease, I miss crispy French bread and NYC style pizza but my body is happier now that I am not eating gluten/wheat.

For years I went to many doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with my body. Everyone thought I had seasonal allergies and no one thought to take a blood test! Anyway, long story short, I was tested for every allergy under the sun where I live in Europe. In 2011, I was finally correctly diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Celiac Disease. I also have several other allergies: peanuts (legume family), all nuts, apricots, peaches, celery, paprika and chamomile to name a few! It is a bit challenging to eat and be sure that I am not eating something that would harm me. Both Celiac Disease and the nut allergy I have to carry an epinephrine pen because of the severity of the immune response my body does when the food enters my body.

So, what is celiac disease? “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small finger like projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.” (Celiac Disease Foundation,

“Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. People living gluten-free must avoid foods with wheat, rye and barley, such as bread and beer. Ingesting small amounts of gluten, like crumbs from a cutting board or toaster, can trigger small intestine damage.” (Celiac Disease Foundation,

Should you be concerned that you have Celiac Disease? No, this is a hereditary disease but if you are worried that you may have an allergy or an intolerance. You should check with your doctor and get tested.


What Canisius College has to offer students on special diets:

There are icons to help you choose the right foods for you on the “what’s on the menu” link on you D2L dashboard

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or you can access the special diet page at

Use this symbol when you are on a gluten/wheat free diet or look at the product and make sure its states that it is certified gluten free.

I wish I could attend Canisius College’s fantastic dining facilities. There are so many options for people with special diets and requests or concerns can be brought up to the dining hall staff at anytime.

In my undergrad, it was hard because the special diets weren’t common in 2002 and I had to get a lot of my food from care packages.

If you are on a special diet: always read the food product labels so you know it’s safe for you and if you don’t feel a food is safe for than don’t eat it.

How many have tried the vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options at Canisius College? Are they good? What are your favorites? I would love to hear what you recommend?

Graduate Information Night!

Graduate Information Night!

This Saturday’s Graduate Information Night at the Harbor Center was a huge success and a great time! The event gave current undergraduate students an insight into what to expect as a future graduate student at Canisius.


The group posing with Petey!


We had current graduate students on hand to answer questions about each of the specific programs offered both on campus and online.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share my experiences with the Advanced Special Education program thus far.


Canisius vs Mercyhurst


Halftime…Go Griffs!














After the event, we all stayed to watch the men’s hockey team take on Mercyhurst on the ice.  It was Senior Night and each of the current seniors were recognized for their accomplishments the past 4 years. Each and every senior had a hand in the 3-1 win against Mercyhurst.  Nice job boys!

Check out for more information about the game!

Petey sighting!

For more information on all graduate programs offered at Canisius, please visit the graduate website or contact one of our writers!

Living abroad and finding Canisius College

Living abroad and finding Canisius College

The search for the best graduate program that fits all the criteria in my life has been a three year search. I started with Canisius College’s online graduate studies program in September 2014. The program I am in is Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity & Eating Disorders and I am a 100% happy with my decision to choose Canisius College.

I started looking for graduate programs back in 2011 but I was struggling with finding a program overseas (I reside in Germany) that fits everything I wanted in a future profession. I am currently a contractor for the United States Army and my husband who is a United Air force Service member suggested checking out one of the college fairs that we have here. So, in 2013 I went to the college graduate fair on Rhein Ordinance Barracks in Germany and found a few schools that I was interested in.

Canisius College won my heart. Their entry requirements for the graduate program did not require a GRE or GMAT (I don’t test well) and they had online graduate programs. A lot of the programs I had looked at had a hybrid/online format and I was worried how I’d swing that with living and working overseas. Another plus to Canisius College is that they are a “yellow ribbon” school. They are dedicated to veterans and military service members. Canisius ranks seventh among 50 northern regional universities according to the G.I job magazine & US news. I was able to use the GI bill to complete my master’s degree.Post-9/11 GI Bill Logo The veteran & financial aid staff at the school is outstanding. They have been a great support with all my concerns and questions since this was my first time using the GI bill. The veteran affairs department has lots of events and socials on the campus; this is something I wish I could attend.

I am in my spring semester with Canisius College and I have to say the teachers and their dedication in the Applied Nutrition program have been outstanding. My job in the army requires me to be ready for a temporary duty assignment (TDY) and the teachers have understood my situation with the military and I have been able to turn assignments in early or get advance notice on readings and projects.

If you are looking for a university that has versatile teachers, challenging courses to prepare you for career, online courses and excellent veteran support program, then Canisius College is for you!

Is Online School Right For You?

Is Online School Right For You?

Hello Friends!

THE INTERNET! What a wonderful thing, right?! We can Google anything we want to know and get a fairly accurate answer in less than five seconds. We can Skype with friends around the world! We can keep in touch with everyone and know what they had for breakfast via status updates. This is so great! The internet has become particularly important to me this past year. I decided to start my journey through graduate school. Today, I’m here to tell you the about the start of my journey in online graduate school, why it works for me, and what I’ve learned so far.

My Undergrad Graduation

So a little about myself and my educational background: I graduated from a really small private school in Central New York in May of 2014. I got my degree in Inclusive Elementary Education, which is a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. The school was great! It was small and it had a really tight community. The professors really cared about our personal lives and succeeding in their classes and beyond. I knew that I wanted to go straight onto grad school. I applied to SUNY schools and went through the process of trying to figure out where I was going to fit best. These schools had great programs but the thought of going to college and sitting through more classes really caused me to have a lot of anxiety. I thought about taking a semester off, but knew that it would be difficult for me to pick back up where I left off. One day, my prayers were answered. My friend in my major mentioned that she got into this school called Canisius and it was an online program. I checked it out, did the quick and easy application process and was accepted a few weeks before graduation. Zip! Zap! Boom! Today, I am in my second semester at Canisius working on my Master’s in Literacy Education. It is the first time I have done online classes and I am loving it.


Here are some discoveries I have made while doing an online program:

1. Structure and Deadlines: When I first talked about doing online classes everyone seemed to have this relaxed response to it that usually said, “Oh great! You’ll get to make your own deadlines and work when you have time….” That is partly true. You do get to work around your own schedule, which is great! If you work, you can just hop on after work and get work done. But, there ARE deadlines. I don’t think an online program would work well without deadlines. You can’t just work on all your work at the end of the semester and expect to do well. I personally need the deadlines or else I try to do too much work all at one time. You know exactly what you have to do each week and you can easily schedule it around your own schedule.

2. Email Communication: While taking on campus classes, you see your professors at least every other day. But in online classes, you potentially never see your professor. Because of this, it is VERY  important to check your email everyday and to stay in contact with your professors.

3. Teaching Yourself: It can be difficult to stay motivated if you aren’t dedicated to the fact that you have to teach yourself for most of the material. Some of the professors make presentations with voice incorporated and you can go through it as if you were sitting in class with them, except in the comfort of your own house, at your own pace. But other professors just provide you with materials that you have to read through in order to learn it and apply that knowledge. Personally, I really like that I can take charge of my own education and go at my own pace. The professors are always there to ask questions through email as well, which may be easier for people who are shy to ask questions in class.

4. Location and Comfort: This is my favorite part of online college courses. I can wake up, make a cup of tea, turn on my computer and do my school work in my pajamas if I feel like it. There isn’t the requirement to show up to class with your hair brushed. Another great thing is if I’m awake at 2 am because I can’t sleep, I can get on my computer and just start on some school work. There is no set time and place that you need to do your classes. I think that makes it pretty magical.

5. Strengthens Online Skills, Communication, and Networking: Within online classes, you connect with professors and other students in an online forum. It really strengthens your knowledge about the internet and what is available for you to utilize. It gives you a chance to do some networking too. Students come to do online programs from all over the country. You may meet someone you have something in common with or someone you can talk to to get more information about your career field. It may not be the face to face friendships and interactions that you are used to, but it really helps you learn to communicate on the internet.

As I continue my online coursework, I’m sure I will learn so much more. If you take an online class, what have you learned and what is your favorite part? If you are thinking about online classes, what would you like to know more about?

Thanks for reading Griffs! Stay Golden!