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Virtual Town Hall

Faculty and staff are invited to join President Hurley and members of the Senior Leadership Team for a virtual Town Hall next Tuesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. They will give a year-end update and provide information on enrollment, the budget and plans for the fall semester. There will also be time for Q&A.  Zoom webinar information, including the link, is available below.

When: May 18, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Town Hall with Senior Leadership Team

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://canisius.zoom.us/j/97815003449

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Webinar ID: 978 1500 3449

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Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president, President’s Office

April’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Michele Folsom is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for April 2021. Michele was nominated for the award by Mary Koehneke, associate director of student records and financial services.

At Canisius for a little more than 29 years, Michele currently works as director of administrative computing for the ITS Department. She was selected for this award because of her constant willingness to help, her pleasant demeanor and her extensive knowledge and experience in IT. Specifically, Michele was praised for her assistance with a recent project in the Financial Aid Department where she figured out a way to improve a process which ended up saving the department a great deal of time.

Michele genuinely cares about the student experience through her desire to simplify processes and make things run smoothly. Financial aid is just one of many offices that have benefited from her expertise. Michele has made a positive impact on the entire campus community through her strong work ethic and dedication to the college.

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Michele on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for future Employee of Distinction, click here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

EID Mubarak

EID Mubarak is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Join the ALANA Student Center for a gathering to support the members of our community who have observed this holy month.

Stop by the lower level of Frisch Hall (Room 008) today, May 14 between 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. to enjoy food and community. There will be a T-shirt giveaway and participants will have the opportunity to win door prizes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Annual Shredding Event

It’s time to start thinking about the annual shredding event. Materials will be collected from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 28. Place materials to be shredded in boxes with the top taped closed and clearly marked “SHRED.” Obtain boxes by logging into the portal and submitting a Facilities Work Request under the My Application menu. When the boxes are ready, please submit a Facilities Work Request to schedule a pick-up.

Shredding is reserved for materials that are confidential, sensitive or private in nature. Materials that are not considered confidential, sensitive or private in nature should be placed in recycle bins located throughout the campus. This event is for college-related materials only. Personal material will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Facilities office. Work requests will not be taken over the phone. A Facilities Work Request must be submitted.

Submitted by: Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

The college has made the difficult decision to suspend the fall 2021 study abroad programs. While the global Covid-19 pandemic appears to be improving, the virus is still quite prevalent in many areas of the world. The United States Department of State recently raised the travel advisories for most countries to a level 4 (Do Not Travel).

We know that the opportunity to study abroad is a transformative experience, however the health and safety of our students is always a priority. We hope to be able to resume these opportunities in the spring 2022 semester when it is safer for international travel and individuals will be able to have the best experience possible.

The Center for International Education is working to accommodate students’ study abroad plans in future semesters if possible. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students, at willi100@canisius.edu or Brian Smith, director of Study Abroad & International Student Programs, at smith@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

ITS Banner Server Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing Banner server maintenance Saturday May 15, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, only Banner 9 will be unavailable.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post maintenance period, please contact the help desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu or at 888-8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, ITS

End-of-Semester Checklist

  • Let students see their calculated overall or average grade within D2L’s grades area. See our Tutorial.
  • Do students need access to course content after the end of the semester in order to complete an incomplete? Here’s how to make that happen.
  • Make your course space available to all students after the end of the semester so they can review their grades and even course content. Set an end date for D2L course spaces later than the default here.
  • Export your gradebook to archive in your personal records by the week after grades are due. See our tutorial on Exporting Grades.
  • For safe-keeping, download an archival copy of D2L course content at the end of each term. See our tutorial on Archiving a Course.
  • Copy course content into class spaces available for fall 2021 courses. Some faculty do this in May and accidentally copy it again in July, which creates an extra step of deleting duplicate content. Additionally, sometimes course and section organization changes in the summer. We recommend waiting to copy course content until you are ready to prepare it for the fall. We have a tutorial that can help.

Summer is also a good time to take care of digital chores. Here are some tips:

  1. Some “low-attention” items are great for multi-tasking while watching TV. Delete or file Emails you want to keep. Remember, Emails stored in your inbox disappear after 120 days. Click here for more information. Summer is generally used to clean out online storage of old unused files that clutter up the college’s Google Drive or OneDrive screen and search results. Download or delete files that aren’t likely to be used in future.
  2. Change passwords and experiment with multi-factor authentication.
  3. Backup, backup, backup! If any digital file is essential, save a copy of it in multiple places. We like the 3-2-1 backup plan, which can be found here.
  4. Get started on a tenure or promotion portfolio. Here is a guide to building a navigable PDF.
  5. Summer is a great time to pickup some tech skills, especially at a leisurely pace. COLI has a variety of workshops and plenty of tutorials on our wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Summer Faculty Development Week 2021

The Academic Affairs office is organizing a Summer Faculty Development Week, for August 16 – 19. These are based on our previous popular workshop weeks, except this time we’re hoping to have them on campus.

Save the date! We already have plans for some great workshops and webinars that can help you get up to speed for your fall 2021 courses.

If you have an idea for a workshop you would like to lead, let us know. If you would like to help and have some ideas you think other faculty might use or benefit from, but aren’t sure how to package that into a workshop, Email coli@canisius.edu. Let’s discuss it!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

How To Create a Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway (MS Sway) is a powerful, web-based presentation program available to all faculty, staff and students through Microsoft 365 (MS365). It is a quick and easy way to make a usable website without all the hardships and complexities that normally come with this type of program.

Use MS Sway to create interactive presentations on a topic or a step-by-step guide on accomplishing a course task or activity. It can create an easily navigable course syllabus to shared with your course and quickly edit.

The video below highlights how to get started with Sway. It shows how to access the Sway landing page via MS365, some terminology and how to create a basic Sway, including adding content and sharing your Sway with others.

Click here to watch the video.

Learn more advanced Sway features and content creation tools, such as adding various content cards to Sway and customizing the theme. Additionally, there are some steps to take before publishing your Sway and allowing students or colleagues to access it. You do not need to view this video to have a fully functional Sway. This video goes more in-depth on the various tools available to you in. Click here for some advanced steps.

Click here to view and interact with the Sway created in this video.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Canisius in the News

Buffalo Business First mentioned Canisius College’s physician assistant graduate program in a recent article about the shifting landscape of health care education. Aimee Larson, MPAS, PA-C, noted the hybrid learning methods that give students both hands-on and telemedicine experience.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Sesquicentennial Magazine Receives Platinum Award

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The Canisius Magazine team received a Platinum 2021 Hermes Creative Award for the 150-page sesquicentennial edition. Hermes is an international competition administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

Congratulations to Eileen Herbert, executive editor; Audrey Browka, managing editor; and Cody Weiler, former art director for Creative Services. Click here to view the Sesquicentennial Magazine.

Entries are judged on concept, story development, writing and design. AMCP judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Vaccine Pop-Up Open to All

Canisius College is hosting a pop-up vaccination clinic today, Wednesday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The pop-up site is located at the Spillman Lot, located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Florida Street (behind the Koessler Athletic Center). The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be distributed to anyone in need, including those at Canisius, friends and neighbors.  It is customary to bring an insurance card and photo i.d. if you have one but if you do not, just show up. No appointment is needed.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

James Lyon Memorial Service

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Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for James Lyon ’21 on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  James passed away on April 26.  A senior student, he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society).  He planned to attend law school in the fall. .

If you would like to help in planning the service, please contact Campus Ministry at campmin@canisius.edu or Ext. 2420.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Ascension Thursday Mass Schedule

Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation, is tomorrow, Thursday, May 13. Masses will be held at 12:05 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. All are welcome.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Sigma Delta Pi Initiation

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Chi Tau, the Canisius chapter of the national collegiate Hispanic honor society Sigma Delta Pi, welcomed new students into its organization last week.

The ceremony was conducted remotely. All the candidates, chapter officers participated, as did professors Margaret Stefanski, PhD and Richard Reitsma, PhD, the organization’s advisers.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

WBC Announces Building Allyships Program

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The Women’s Business Center (WBC) partnered with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) WNY and contracted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team members, Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, PhD, and John Davis, to create a 6-week class. These classes will foster creative problem-solving, networking and partnership.
The Building Allyship program seeks to pair 50 women-of-color entrepreneurs with 50 decision makers/influencers. Applications open today and will close on May 21, 2001. Interested participants can learn more about the program and apply by clicking here.
The goal is to help women-of-color entrepreneurs to level up their businesses while helping to diversify business opportunities and lead to more inclusive work. This program will build action items that will be geared towards supporting greater social capital in the short term for the participating women-of-color entrepreneurs working towards greater financing or contract opportunities.
Submitted by: Rahim Melon, graduate assistant, WBC

Preserve Our History

As the end of the academic year approaches, this is a reminder of the need to preserve all non-current records of departments, programs and administrative offices of Canisius College. The Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives at Bouwhuis Library is charged with preservation of the history of Canisius College. In order to do that, areas of the college must contribute documents, records and other materials that are covered by the College Retention Policy adopted May 08, 2012.

Before discarding documents no longer used, it is important to assess them for content of enduring significance. These are the records not needed for day-to-day administration of the office in which they originated that are of importance to the history of the college.

To discuss what materials are covered under this policy and to avoid loss of important records, please contact Kathleen De Laney, college achivist at 716-888-8421 or delaneyk@canisius.edu.

A list of materials appropriate for transfer to the Archives can be found here on the Library’s website.

Please note, the Archives do not serve as the official records management program for the college in terms of financial, legal or operating material pertaining to student accounts, personnel or employment information. Those records are maintained by other departments as part of their daily business.

Find other policies, guidelines and forms governing Archives collection, care and use here. The guidelines provide tips about preparing documents for transfer to the Archives, including proper labeling of boxes or files.

Please do not send materials to the Archives without first contacting Kathleen De Laney at Ext. 8421 or delaneyk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathleen De Laney, archivist

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of HEOP

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the college’s participation in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, Canisius will host a virtual event on Thursday, June 3. The event will take place on Zoom from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 716-888-2575 or Email Branwyn at wilkin14@canisius.edu. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Canisius College was one of the first private institutions to receive funding from the New York State Education Department to support the creation of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP is designed to support students who have the potential to be successful in college but due to academic and economic circumstances, would not be able to pursue a college education. The HEOP program became a model for access programs across the country and significantly increased the numbers of Black and Latinx students attending colleges and universities.

The celebration will recognize the first graduating class of 1973, which consisted of six students: George Benson, Amanda Cordero, Dorothy Cordelius, Michael Norwood, George Robinson and Dwight Tate. In addition, Canisius will honor HEOP graduates: George Robinson ’73, the Honorable Kevin Carter ‘86, Paula Prince ’91 and Aimiamia Amadasu-McCray ’03.

To date, there are more than 44,000 HEOP graduates across New York State including 400 graduates from Canisius College.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, Canisius Opportunity Programs for Education (COPE), the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the HEOP Student Organization.

Submitted by: Branwyn Wilkinson, administrative associate, COPE Office

 

May Submissions for Employee of Distinction Program

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The Employee of Distinction has been selected for the month of April. Stay tuned for that announcement to be made in The Dome later this week.

Submissions for May nominations are now open. Nominate a co-worker for a job well done by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here.

The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all they do. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection.

Upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team will review all nominations and vote each month.

Please have all May submissions completed no later than Friday, May 21. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of June.

Once a decision is made for May, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 or Bethany in the President’s Office at Ext. 2100 with any questions.

Submitted by Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Third-Party Integrations in D2L

This summer, as you prepare your courses for the fall 2021 semester, consider having third-party integrations for textbooks, online activities or exam tools added to D2L Course Spaces.

Before requesting this, carefully read COLI’s policy on these integrations, which can be found here.

These integrations vary widely in quality and the extent to which vendors or providers support students and faculty. COLI and ITS’ first priority is the health and reliability of course spaces and tools used by all faculty, and we will reject any tool we think potentially threatens any or all courses.

Plan to request these integrations as soon as possible. The last date to submit requests will be Thursday, July 15, 2021. COLI’s successful implementation of these integrations depends on the process according to the third-party content providers’ instructions.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Pop-Up Vaccination Site

On Wednesday, May 12, from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m., there will be a pop-up vaccination site at the Canisius College Spillman Lot. The lot is located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Florida Street behind the Koessler Athletic Center (KAC).

All are welcome to come and get vaccinated.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

2021 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

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The Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) at Canisius College will commission 14 cadets as second lieutenants during a private ceremony on Thursday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. Eight students attend Canisius College.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Registration Now Open for the 24th Annual Blue and Gold Golf Tournament

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The Canisius Athletic Department invites all faculty and staff to register and take part in the 24th Annual Blue & Gold Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Monday, July 26 at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg, NY.  All proceeds from this event go directly to the Canisius Blue and Gold Fund, which helps support the College’s 400 plus student athletes.

Click here to register online.

For more information, please contact Todd Hummel at hummelt@canisius.edu or by phone at Ext. 2885.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics

Religious Studies and Theology Announces Alumni Award

The Department of Religious Studies and Theology is pleased to announce the formation of an alumni award. This award recognizes a graduate who has worked to promote the educational and ethical mission of the department’s former major, particularly in the face of injustice.

The inaugural recipient of this award is Sarah Signorino ’12. The department will host a ceremony honoring Sarah on Friday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m., on Zoom.

RSVPs for the Zoom link should be sent to the department chair at krawiecr@canisius.edu.

Please join us in our celebration!

Submitted by: Rebecca Krawiec, professor, Religious Studies and Theology

Jane’s Walk in Hamlin Park

Jane’s Walk is named in honor of Jane Jacobs, the pioneering writer, activist and urbanist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighborhood planning and city building.

The walks take a community-based approach to city building using volunteer led tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play.

Mary Rockwell, PhD, will lead a walk of Hamlin Park on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The walk will begin at 60 Hedley Place. The walk is free and all are welcome!

Click here to register.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Faculty Meetups Each Thursday

A reminder that there are a faculty meetups every week on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Meet fellow faculty and academic staff in an informal atmosphere, where we discuss pedagogy and ways to make our teaching more effective and courses more manageable. Bring your questions for fellow colleagues!

If you are interested, please Email coli@canisius.edu to receive the Zoom information.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Third-Party Integrations in D2L

This summer, as you prepare your courses for the fall 2021 semester, consider having third-party integrations for textbooks, online activities or exam tools added to D2L Course Spaces.

Before requesting this, carefully read COLI’s policy on these integrations, which can be found here.

These integrations vary widely in quality and the extent to which vendors or providers support students and faculty. COLI and ITS’ first priority is the health and reliability of course spaces and tools used by all faculty, and we will reject any tool we think potentially threatens any or all courses.

Plan to request these integrations as soon as possible. The last date to submit requests will be Thursday, July 15, 2021. COLI’s successful implementation of these integrations depends on the process according to the third-party content providers’ instructions.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Campus Candid

Dr. Barbara Irwin, Professor of Communication Studies, was interviewed this weekend for an upcoming documentary about Reading Rainbow, the children’s reading motivation series co-produced by WNED-TV, Buffao’s public television station.  Dr. Irwin worked at WNED in the mid-1980s, helping with local and national promotion, community outreach, and the production of book review segments featuring local children.  She is currently writing a book about the early history of the show with series co-creator Tony Buttino. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter Jay Tokasz interviewed Dan Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs, and Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, for its May 3 edition. Both vice presidents were interviewed about whether Covid-19 vaccines should be required on college campuses. To read the story, click here.

Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, also weighed in with The Buffalo News on May 3 for an article titled “The Tangled Web of Erie County Politics.” Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

HESAA Grad Students Present Masters Thesis Findings

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On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, seven students from the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) presented their masters thesis findings to the campus community. Below are the names and thesis titles of the masters candidates (pictured above from left to right) who presented their research findings:

Zoey Maggiore ’21: Covid-19 and the Disruption of Student Engagement

Angelina Yearwood ’21: Intercultural Interactions that Impact Latina Student Adjustment

Jenny Rose Anacan ’21: Food Insecurity at Canisius College

Cliff-Simon Vital ’21: Influence of Foreign-Born Parents on the Undergraduate Experience

Stephanie Wolcott ’21: Proactive Advising in Jesuit Higher Education: Impact of Academic Mentorship

Michael Stilson ’21: How Career Planning Professionals Work with First Generation Students

April Henry ’21: Institutional Strategies for Effective Reentry of Study Abroad Participants

Sandy Estanek, PhD: adviser and professor emerita, Graduate Education & Leadership

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president, Student Success; graduate program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration; assistant professor, Graduate Education and Leadership

ALANA Graduation

Today, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, the ALANA Student Center will host the 2021 ALANA Graduation Ceremony, recognizing our graduating students of color. Campus community members are welcome to support the event by attending the ceremony in person or viewing it virtually. Below, please find the Zoom meeting information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

https://canisius.zoom.us/s/97872393280
Webinar ID: 978 7239 3280

Phone one-tap: US: +16465588656,,97872393280# or +13017158592,,97872393280#
Join by Telephone

For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
Dial:
US : +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Canisius to Host Conference on Diversity and Equity

Canisius College will host the 2021 annual meeting of the AJCU’s Conference on Diversity and Equity.

Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center, is vice chair of the conference. This year’s meeting will take place on June 2 – 3, virtually, and focus on anti-racism efforts at our Jesuit Institutions. The conference is free of charge and individuals can register here.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bennie Williams at willi100@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Get Healthy with these Virtual Classes

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Independent Health has been continuing to offer free virtual classes throughout May until the end of June. The above flyer provides detailed descriptions of each class along with the date, time and the link to join via Zoom. To join, click on the “Join Us!” link, which is found underneath each respective class.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Celebrating the Centenary of Pope St. John Paul

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College is hosting a benefit concert at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo 14203 on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.  The concert, originally scheduled last year to celebrate the Centenary of Pope St. John Paul II’s birth, features young artists including soprano, Jena Abati and members of the Music Academy of WNY, Maria Chomicka and members of the Cantate Omnes Choir with featured soloist, Chelsea Brodka, and trumpeter Nathan Oehler, accompanied by Ivan Docenko who will also perform.

In addition to celebrating St. John Paul’s Centenary + 1, we are happy to kick off events for the celebration of St. Michael’s 170th anniversary.  The concert benefits the Leokadja Dombroska/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship Fund which has awarded scholarships to WNY artists, Emily Helenbrook, Michael Hawk, Haley Brunstad, and Anna Pascucci, among others.  Seating is limited to 150 and the concert will be live-streamed on St. Michael’s website for those hesitant or unable to attend in person.

The concert will feature classical, sacred and Polish folk music.  A collection of photos of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla’s (St. John Paul II) visits to Buffalo will be on display; and to prepare for the Polish Singers Alliance 52nd International Convention to be held in May of 2022 in Buffalo, the Cardinal Hlond trophy, a gift of the inter-war Polish Government will also be on display.  Cardinal Hlond, the former Primate of Poland, holds the distinction of being the only Cardinal to have been arrested by the Germans during WWII.  The trophy, which was recently refurbished, contains the names of the top-scoring choirs at the competition held at the Convention, a singers version of the Stanley Cup!

Off-street parking is available at St. Michael Church.  A free will offering will be accepted for the Scholarship Fund.  Checks may be made payable to the Polish Singers Alliance, a 501c3 charity and offered that day or sent ℅ 20 Brookfield Lane #4, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures 

 

Schedule Your One-on-One Session with TIAA

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Curtis Cluster, financial consultant for TIAA, is scheduling individual appointments for individuals who want to discuss their TIAA accounts.  Meetings will be held either by phone or virtually. Click here to see dates available for consultations and to schedule an appointment.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Artist Talk with Jacqueline Welch

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ArtsCanisius is pleased to promote the work of regional artists on our campus. The Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library has been home to “Empty Nest,” a collection of recent paintings by Studio Art Adjunct Professor Jacqueline Welch this spring.

If you aren’t able to visit the exhibit, Jacqueline Welch, assistant professor, recorded an artist talk to discuss the themes, animals and people that have inspired her work.

Please visit canisius.edu/artscanisiusevents to enjoy her talk as well as other activities hosted by ArtsCanisius during the 2020-21 season.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

 

ICMS Brown Bag Seminar

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Join the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) on Tuesday, May 4 for the final event of the 2020-21 semester. Between 11:50 – 12:50 p.m., Thomas Banchich, PhD, professor emeritus of classics, will discuss the Legacies of Hellenistic Paideia.

Paideia is the ancient Greek curriculum for educating the ideal citizen. The training involved combining mental education, such as rhetoric, grammar, philosophy, mathematics and geography, with an education in the arts and physical exercise to produce an enlightened and complete individual.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion! This Brown Bag seminar will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public.

Click here to register.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media & website administrator, ICMS

Changes Coming to Qualtrics

Qualtrics has reorganized it’s Survey Editor feature, as well as some other screens. The new New Survey Builder is organized differently, although it has all the features of the old Survey Editor. Qualtrics believes these changes “make the survey building experience easier to navigate and more intuitive, especially for our first time users.”

Until the end of May, you have the option to opt out of the new Survey Builder.

Also new (as we’ve covered before):

  1. Triggers replaced by new actions tool set: Users are no longer able to create triggers within surveys. Old triggers will still be operable and editable. Qualtrics now directs users to their new Actions toolset, which has more features. Find that here. The Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) has done a little experimentation with the new Actions tool set, and suspect there’s a lot of new things that can be done with it in survey projects.
  2. A New Reporting Toolset: Qualtrics has replaced its on-board reporting toolset. Read more about the Reports Tool change here.
  3. Catalog replaces the Create New UI for projects and actions, and is activated when users attempt to “Create new project” or “Create new action” from the projects or actions lists, respectively.

Click here for a number of free webinars to learn more about Qualtrics in general.

VP for Business & Finance Forum Video and Survey

As a reminder, Tim Balkin, interim vice president for business & finance, has interviewed for the permanent position.

His presentation and survey about his fit for the position are available on the myCanisius portal under the “VP for Business Finance Search” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page.  Please complete the survey about his candidacy by Monday, May 3, 2021. Your feedback will help the search committee determine the outcome and your input is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun, human resources generalist, at 716-888-2247.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Dyanna Moreira Elected to CSPA-NYS Executive Board

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Dyanna Moreira, student engagement coordinator for the Office of Student Affairs, was recently elected to the College Student Personnel Association of New York State (CSPA-NYS) Executive Board as vice president for communications.  Moreira will serve a two-year term and is responsible for establishing and maintaining all communication outlets for the association, including web and print Annual Conference announcements, professional development opportunities, E-mail communication and social media platforms. Please join us in congratulating her!

To learn more about CSPA-NYS, please visit their website.

Submitted by: Kathleen Farley, associate dean of students & Title IX coordinator

Beta Gamma Sigma Welcomes New Inductees

The Wehle School of Business welcomes 13 new inductees into Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society.  Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International are eligible for this invitation.

New members join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

The new inductees are Antonina Albertina, Sachin Bhargava, Jason Donner, Vincent Graber, Brianna Horn, Matthew Johnson, Steve Leising, Rachelle Matthys, Daniel Meyer, Lauryn Saldana, William Scherer, Meghan Swiatek and Eleanor Tucker.

Submitted by: Wehle School of Business

 

ALANA Graduation

The campus community is invited to attend the ALANA Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Montante Cultural Center. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the in-person capacity is limited. Information on how to access the event virtually will be available next week.

The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of our graduating students of color, from both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students will receive a stole that they can wear during their respective commencement walks.

This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at asc@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

The Five Pillars of Islam

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We are currently in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration. As an effort to continue to educate the community around cultural differences, the ALANA Student Center wanted to bring attention to The Five Pillars, which are the core beliefs and practices of Islam:

  1. Profession of Faith (shahada): The belief that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” is central to Islam.
  2. Prayer (salat): Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day – at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and after dark. Prayer includes a recitation of the opening chapter (sura) of the Qur’an, and is sometimes performed on a small rug or mat used expressly for this purpose.
  3. Alms (zakat): In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need.
  4. Fasting (sawm): During the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, all healthy adult Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink. Through this temporary deprivation, they renew their awareness of and gratitude for everything God has provided in their lives, including the Qur’an, which was first revealed during this month. During Ramadan they share the hunger and thirst of the needy as a reminder of the religious duty to help those less fortunate.
  5. Pilgrimage (hajj): Every Muslim whose health and finances permit it must make at least one visit to the holy city of Mecca, in present-day Saudi Arabia.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Become More Efficient in PowerPoint

PowerPoint users may want to use formatting features to make slides more instructive or visually interesting. This does not need to take a lot of time to do.

Understanding two basic formatting toolsets in PowerPoint, the Slide Master and Themes, will help efficiently create characteristic slides for your teaching or presentations. These allow users to rapidly format entire slidedecks. After creating a set of common formatting, and boilerplate content if needed, users can create a PowerPoint template that allows them to pre-install those elements into any slidedeck subsequently created.

See the following links to better understand different PowerPoint features.

Understanding Layouts and the Slide Master

  • 00:57 Introduction to Slide Layouts
  • 02:25​ Editing the Slide Master (and Layouts)
  • 03:36 Simple Default Text Format Changes in the Slide Master
  • 04:51​ Adding a “Permanent” Graphic to Slides via the Slide Master
  • 08:07​ Change the Default Fonts for Your Slidedeck
  • 09:25​ Modifying Layouts and their Placeholders

Using and Modifying Themes

  • 00:56 Themes Basics
  • 02:08 Resize Your Slides
  • 02:26 Basic Theme Variants
  • 03:32​ Edit Theme Elements
  • 03:52​ Change Theme Background
  • 05:11 Change Default Color Set
  • 06:58 Change Default Font Set
  • 07:55 Save a Theme for Use in Other SlideDecks

Creating and Using Slidedeck Templates

  • 00:34 Using a Custom Template
  • 01:02​ Creating a Template
  • 02:54​ Pin a Template to Easily Find and Use It
  • 04:03 Modify an Existing Template

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Canisius in the News

Kimberly Beaty, director of Canisius Public Safety, wrote an opinion piece for The Buffalo News regarding the outcome of the David Chauvin trial. She speaks to her 34 years of experience in law enforcement and highlights the steps she believes should be taken in the future.

Read the article here.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, professor of finance and economics, was also mentioned in The Buffalo News, in a recent article by reporter David Robinson about the economic rebound in Western New York and how vaccination distribution will potentially affect job recovery.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Eta Sigma Phi Induction 2021

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Pictured left to right, front row: Maria Bienko and Veronica LaPort; left to right, back row: Dr. Thomas Banchich, Ian Hoock, Keith Powers, Matthew Walker and Dr. Kathryn Williams

On Monday, April 19, the Canisius Classics Department inducted six new members into the Delta Beta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for students of Latin and Greek.

The new inductees are Maria Bienko, Ian Hoock, Veronica LaPort, Cameron More, Keith Powers and Matthew Walker. Thomas Banchich, PhD, professor emeritus of classics and Kathryn Williams, PhD, chair of the Classics Department and Eta Sigma Phi advisor, welcomed the new members.

Submitted by: Kathryn Williams, chair, Classics Department

Student Art Now Viewable

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ArtsCanisius and the Fine Arts Department invite you to enjoy examples of student art in the Alumni Gallery and on the Makerspace Wall in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

“Arrivederci a presto!” is a collection of photographs taken over the past few years by students in FAS142 Travel Photography. Led by adjunct professor Tom Wolf, students spend their spring break in Italy putting into practice the skills they have learned in the classroom. These stunning works on are view in the Alumni Gallery as they would be each year during Ignatian Scholarship Day.

The Origami Makerspace Menagerie in the Library is the culmination of three Makerspace events this year. Students, staff and faculty created animals to populate the space. We even received animals from friends of the Canisius College community. Materials are next to the display if you wish to create an animal to add to the collection or take with you.

In addition to the marvelous Makerspace work, passenger pigeons folded by students in FAH272A Animals in Art are also on display. This was a class project coordinated with the viewing of “The Lost Bird Project” and the foldtheflock campaign to raise awareness of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk and Heath Hen. Sculptor Todd McGrain began this project and continues to add to it. You may learn more about McGrain’s work and the foldtheflock campaign at lostbird.org.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

 

 

 

Virtual Border Immersion

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

The immersion will take place Sunday, June 6 through Thursday, June 10 via Zoom. It will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration, as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration. Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk and daily reflections.

Each session will last no longer than 60 – 90 minutes. The sessions are spread out over the course of the week.  You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost but participants do need to complete a brief application since there are a limited number of spots available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students.

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, at buehlmak@canisius.edu, for more information.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Campus Candids

Today is the last day of Ignatian Scholarship Days (ISD) at Canisius. The academic tradition celebrates student scholarship via exhibits, presentations and performances. Though the event was completely virtual this year, students did an outstanding job of showcasing their very best!

Pictured above: Top row, left to right: Ryanna Taylor (who presented with Eliana DeGlopper, not pictured);
Jennifer Sescil and Matthew Forney. Bottom row, left to right: Taryll Sigler, Charlotte Kacprowicz and Sierra Boucher.

Submitted by: College Communications

Congratulations to the Canisius CFA Team!

Canisius CFA team left to right: Nick Szabo, Deu Awuok, Mike Steffan (team captain), Tucker Weppner and Timothy Shubsda .

Congratulations to our Golden Griffin Fund CFA Research team for a job well done! The students put forth an outstanding effort in their presentation of National Fuel Gas at the Americas Finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge but fell just short of advancing to the global competition. 

The Canisius team was one of just five universities in North/South America to reach the regional finals, beating out about 500 schools. This now makes Canisius one of only two universities in the world to reach its regional (continental) finals 6 of the past 7 years!

The CFA Team includes Mike Steffan (team captain), Deu Awuok, Timothy Shubsda, Nick Szabo and Tucker Weppner.  The faculty advisors are Richard Wall, professor of Economics and Finance and Steve Gattuso, executive director of the Golden Griffin Fund. 

Canisius stands proud of their amazing accomplishments! 

Submitted by: College Communications

VP for Business & Finance Interviews Next Week

Canisius College is in the final stages of recruiting a new vice president for business and finance. The person in this position will provide leadership for all financial and administrative functions of the college, including finance, audit, facilities, information technology, human resources and business services. 

On behalf of the search committee, I am pleased to announce that two finalists, Tim Balkin and Melissa Woodin, will participate in on-campus interviews next week, Monday, April 26, and Thursday, April 29, respectively. 

Information about each finalist will be posted on the myCanisius portal under the “VP for Business Finance Search (VPBF)” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page.  An online evaluation form will also be posted here for any campus community members who wish to submit feedback.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Campus Forums by these candidates, scheduled from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Montante Cultural Center as follows:

Monday, April 26 – Tim Balkin

Thursday, April 29 – Melissa Woodin

Although the presentation will not be live-streamed, it will be recorded and the recordings will be linked in the portal. 

I would like to thank members of the search committee: Co-Chair Dr. David Sheets, Professor of Physics, Director of Data Analytics Program,; Dr. James Goldstein, Associate Professor of Accounting; Sandy Miller, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations; Dr. Denise Rotondo, Dean, Wehle School of Business; Linda Walleshauser, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance; and Bennie Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Programs.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, vice president Academic Affairs

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 2021

The Canisius College chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, recently inducted 36 new members: 11 juniors, 17 seniors, 2 graduate students and 1 MBA student.

Four honorary members were included in this number: Eric Gansworth, professor of Creative Writing and Literature; Fatima Rodriguez Johnson MS ’98, associate dean for diversity and inclusion; Rev. John J. Mattimore, SJ, chief mission and ministry officer; Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of the department of modern languages, literatures and cultures and associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies; Melissa Bekelja Wanzer, EdD, professor of communications, integrated marketing communications and women and gender studies.

The graduate students inducted were Lauryn Saldana, Harley Buczkowski and Samantha Makowski.

Sarah Batt, Brian Cornell, Andrew Erdman, Jenna French, James Garvey, Erin Guntrum, Eisa Hashmi, Charlotte Kacprowicz, Zacahry Lundy, James Lyon, Martha Marquez Luna, Cameron More, Sanjoy Paul, Nicholas Ruszczyk, Taryll Sigler, Michael Steffan and Joseph Wood were the seven seniors inducted.

The junior inductees were Alyssa Deacon, Heather Gotro, Matthew Johnson, Veronica LaPort, Dylan Lis, Vivian Mundschau, Michael Peppy, Keith Powers, Cara Smith, Meghan Swiatek and Alexander Yunke.

Submitted by: College Communications

Thank You from Undergraduate Admissions!

Thank you to the staff, faculty, current students and campus community members who participated or helped with the coordination of Accepted Student Days this spring! Your involvement was critical to the success of our event and we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from accepted students and parents. Over and over again we heard that the interactions with all of you was the highlight of their time on campus.

Thank you for your support and for helping to make our events so successful!

Submitted by: Lindsay Miller, interim director, Undergraduate Admissions

Students Read Stories for Community Partners

During Virtual Service Week, Canisius students recorded themselves reading children’s stories, which will be shared with non-profit organizations and local schools. Rebecca Praetzel (left) read Where the Wild Things Are and Morgan Morris read The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Free Science Policy Workshop

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The Buffalo of 500 Women Scientists is hosting its second annual Science Policy Workshop. This year’s topic is communicating science. The event is Saturday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The event, being held virtually, is free and open to all. Registration is required. See the flyer above for more information.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC

 

Father Jamros Contributes to New Book

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor emeritus of Religious Studies and Theology, served as a translator for the new book The Moment is for Me: An Ignatian Guide to Prayer. Authored by Rev. Christof Wolf, SJ, the book offers a version of the Spiritual Exercises for “people who would like to make the Exercises by themselves in their daily lives,” explains Rev. Jamros.

Rev. Wolf originally published The Moment is for Me in German. Upon deciding to publish the book in English, he reached out to Rev. Jamros to assist with the translation from German to English.

The retreat experience outlined in The Moment is for Me follows four classical Ignatian themes: Principle and Foundation, the Life of Jesus, the Passion of Jesus and the Resurrection of Jesus.

Click here to learn more about the book.

Submitted by: College Communications

April Employee of Distinction

EE of Distinction photo.gifThis is a reminder to please have all April submissions for the Employee of Distinction Program in by Wednesday, April 28.

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form. The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all that they do.

Click here to complete the nomination form. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection.

Each month, upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations. Submissions after Wednesday, April 28 will be considered for the month of May. Once a decision is made for April, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

NYS Fire Inspection 2021

The Annual New York State Fire Inspection is scheduled to take place over the next several weeks. The Inspector will be visiting common areas, stairways, offices, classrooms, dorm rooms, utility rooms and storage rooms confirming whether we comply with the Fire Code of NYS.  Some of the items that have come up in the past include:

  • Items blocking access to electrical panels: There must be a minimum of 36 inches of clear space in front of electrical panels.
  • Items blocking corridors and hallways: Corridors and hallways must be kept clear for exiting. Equipment, cabinets, desks and chairs must not be stored in these areas.
  • Storing items too close to the ceiling: The fire code requires an 18 inch distance from the sprinkler head to the closest item or 24 inch distance when there is no sprinkler system.
  • Fire doors that are propped: Fire doors must be closed at all times, unless they are held open with automatic releases that allow the door to close when the fire alarm sounds.
  • Improper storage of flammable fluids and liquids: The quantity of flammable fluid storage is limited by its classification and flammability rating.
  • Electrical extension cords: Electrical extension cords are strictly prohibited inside Canisius buildings. Overloading a wall receptacle can cause a fire.
  • Furniture: Canisius is required to comply with furniture fire code standards. Furniture that does not comply must be removed.
  • Space heaters: Space heaters supplied by the Canisius facilities department are approved for use. All others must be removed.

If you have any questions regarding fire safety, please contact Joseph Snodgrass, safety coordinator, at snodgra2@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Joseph Snodgrass, safety coordinator, Facilities Department

In-Person Service Opportunities on Saturday and Sunday

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Virtual Service Week continues this weekend with in-person opportunities available on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in participating in the Waterkeeper clean sweep effort on Saturday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., we have five spaces left at Erie Basin Marina and two spaces at Hoyt Lake.

If you prefer to help on Sunday, meet at Christ the King Chapel at 10:00 a.m. for a campus and neighborhood clean-up.

Contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu to reserve your place.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Campus Candids

Another successful in-person Accepted Students Day weekend is in the books! Tailored exclusively for admitted students, the weekend event provides an opportunity for them to learn about programs, meet professors and current students, and explore different campus clubs and organizations. Thank you to all faculty and staff who helped make the weekend great.

Submitted by: College Communications

GGF Team Competes in Americas Regional Final – Today

Tune in today, Wednesday, April 21, to (virtually) cheer on Canisius’ Golden Griffin Fund team, as it competes in the Americas Regional Final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge.

The competition gets underway around 2:00 p.m. with the following teams presenting in this order: Appalachian State University, Canisius College, FUCAPE Business School, Stetson University and the University of Waterloo.

To watch the competition, viewers must first set up a free account on the CFA Institute website, which can be found by clicking here.

Next, click on the “Create an Account” icon, located in the top, right-hand corner.

Once an account is created, viewers must visit this event registration link to register to watch the Americas Regional Final.

The top two teams from this event will be crowned the Americas Regional champions and then move on to compete against the winners from the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions in the Global Final on Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m. (ET). Interested viewers in the Global Final must complete this separate event registration form.

Submitted by: College Communications

Join Us for Virtual Service Week – Happening Now!

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Virtual Service Week started this Monday! The week of service will continue to Sunday, April 25. Each day of the week will feature community partner spotlights, service challenges, advocacy activities and donation suggestions based on select themes.

Check out the website to see what activities are happening. In-person service activities are scheduled for Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.  Please register on our site and participate!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Important Year End Dates

As we approach the end of our 2020-21 fiscal year, please review the important information, below, from the Controller’s Office:

Requisitions

  • All requisitions are to be submitted by the end of business day on Thursday May 20, 2021 to allow for sufficient approval and processing time. Related invoices should be submitted as soon as possible.

Visa/Center Suite

  • All VISA charges posted to the bank by Monday, May 31, 2021 will be charged to the 2020-21 budget.
  • Any charges that post after Monday, May 31, 2021 will be charged to the 2021-22 budget.
  • Please note that it can take up to 1-7 business days for charges to post.

AP Checks

  • All invoices and check requests are to be submitted by end of day on Thursday May 27, 2021 to allow for sufficient approval and processing time. AP checks will be issued on Friday May 28, 2021.

Please contact Accounts Payable at 888-8525 with any questions.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, office manager, Controller’s Office

MLK Panel Discussion on Education

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Join the Canisius College Center for Urban Education and Juneteenth Inc. this Thursday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m., for the fourth and final discussion in a series about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Each discussion measures the relevancy of Dr. King’s message with current times. View the virtual panel discussion here. See the flyer above for more information.

Email Wil R. Green, director of school and community partnerships for the School of Education and Human Services, at green50@canisius.edu to get involved.

Submitted by: Wil Green, director of school and community partnerships, School of Education and Human Services

Summer Hours Update

As announced earlier this year, the college will continue to offer summer hours for 2021 starting Friday, June 4 and running through Friday, July 30. These are the hours for that period:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Depending on New York State’s public health directives, we may have the ability to extend the program through the beginning weeks of August. A decision will be made as more information becomes available. Some offices may be required to staff their offices on Friday afternoons to meet the needs of students. As we have in past years, alternative scheduling options will remain available.

Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

Using an Authenticator App at Canisius

With the ITS Department’s latest update to how we log in to MyCanisius, we now have access to Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). This puts an extra layer of security on your account in the form of answering personal questions or getting codes sent to you via another, non-Canisius Email address, text messaging/SMS or using an Authenticator App. The tutorial below focuses on using the Authenticator App, which is the most secure

With the ITS Department’s latest update to how we log in to MyCanisius, we now have access to Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). This puts an extra layer of security on your account in the form of answering personal questions or getting codes sent to you via another, non-Canisius Email address, text messaging/SMS or using an Authenticator App. The tutorial below focuses on using the Authenticator App, which is the most secure version of MFA. For a written overview on MFA at Canisius College and how to set it up, please read the documentation on the Canisius Wiki by ITS here.

When you connect an Authenticator App to your account, it establishes a secure and encrypted connection between the app and the account. In the app, if everything is set up properly, you will receive a 6-8 digit code that only the authenticator and the website have access to. A new code is generated often. If a hacker has your password and is attempting to access your account from a device other than the trusted devices set up, they would not be able to without access to the most current version of the authenticator code.

View the video here to learn how to set-up an Authenticator App.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Become More Efficient in PowerPoint

PowerPoint users may want to use formatting features to make slides more instructive or visually interesting. This does not need to take a lot of time to do.

Understanding two basic formatting toolsets in PowerPoint, the Slide Master and Themes, will help efficiently create characteristic slides for your teaching or presentations. These allow users to rapidly format entire slidedecks. After creating a set of common formatting, and boilerplate content if needed, users can create a PowerPoint template that allows them to pre-install those elements into any slidedeck subsequently created.

See the following links to better understand different PowerPoint features.

Understanding Layouts and the Slide Master

  • 00:57 Introduction to Slide Layouts
  • 02:25​ Editing the Slide Master (and Layouts)
  • 03:36 Simple Default Text Format Changes in the Slide Master
  • 04:51​ Adding a “Permanent” Graphic to Slides via the Slide Master
  • 08:07​ Change the Default Fonts for Your Slidedeck
  • 09:25​ Modifying Layouts and their Placeholders

Using and Modifying Themes

  • 00:56 Themes Basics
  • 02:08 Resize Your Slides
  • 02:26 Basic Theme Variants
  • 03:32​ Edit Theme Elements
  • 03:52​ Change Theme Background
  • 05:11 Change Default Color Set
  • 06:58 Change Default Font Set
  • 07:55 Save a Theme for Use in Other SlideDecks

Creating and Using Slidedeck Templates

  • 00:34 Using a Custom Template
  • 01:02​ Creating a Template
  • 02:54​ Pin a Template to Easily Find and Use It
  • 04:03 Modify an Existing Template

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Canisius in the News

Canisius Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, was quoted in The Buffalo News in a recent interview with David Robinson. Golebiewski commented on the uneven recovery in Western New York from the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: College Communications

2021 Summer Faculty Fellowships

Many congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 summer faculty fellowships!

Faculty Fellowship:

• Mary Becker, Financial Distress: Higher Education and Employee Satisfaction and Stock Returns
• Robyn Brouer, A Qualitative Exploration of Experiences of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Melissa Wanzer, Predictors of Former Cancer Patients’ Knowledge of Survivorship Care Plans and Use of Survivorship Programs

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Grant:

• Secil Ertorer, Xenophobia and Social (Re)Construction of the “Other” in the Covid19 Era
• Rosanne Hartman, Occupational Self-Efficacy & Career Aspirations of Men and Women
• Sue Margulis & Joshua Russell, Development of New Programs: Undergraduate Anthrozoology and Graduate Informal Education
• Janet McNally, Writing Grief

Mission & Identity Fellowship:

• Steve Chanderbhan, The Call to Discernment in Times of Fake News: Insights from Ignatian and Thomistic Thought to Combat Conspiracy Theories and Drive Dialogue

Thank you to all of the applicants for the 2021 fellowships and to the members of the 2020-2021 Summer Fellowship Selection Committee (Lynn Fish, Marya Grande, Jenn Lodi-Smith, Mariusz Kozik, and Jean Gregorek). There were many excellent proposals that capture the depth and breadth of scholarship at Canisius. Stay tuned in the fall for information on the 2022 summer fellowship application cycle and reach out to Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs, at lodismij@canisius.edu if you have any questions about summer fellowships or other ways to support scholarship at Canisius.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

CEEP Scholarship Recipients Announced

On behalf of the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) Review and Recommendation Committee, Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 CEEP Scholarships. CEEP is an exciting learning and earning opportunity that pairs students with Canisius faculty for educational and rewarding experiences. These positions are intellectually demanding, create opportunities for applied learning outside the classroom, are closely related to a career or scholarly field and directly related to faculty scholarship. By working with faculty on research-focused projects, students are able to achieve a high level of preparedness for maintaining professional working relationships and for continued studies at the graduate level.

The scholarships were granted to 69 students with 34 faculty members serving as mentors. Click here to view the list of this year’s recipients, faculty mentors and their projects.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA, associate professor, Psychology

Canisius Website Survey

In an effort to continually improve the Canisius website while involving the campus, please complete a brief survey about the website. It should take less than 10 minutes.

Click here to take the survey.

Your feedback is incredibly valuable and will be used to further improve the website’s design and functionality as part of a larger website upgrade project. Thank you in advance for your help.

Submitted by: Josh Kruk, director, Digital Marketing

Engaged Scholarship Recognition

Scholarship at Canisius is often engaged in meaningful ways with our community and our mission. The Offices of Academic Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion and Mission & Ministry want to recognize this scholarship as well as encourage the community to think about the ways in which scholarship may now or in the future be connected to specific engagement priorities.

Click here to see the students involved with Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) projects and Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) presentations who self-identified the ways in which their scholarship reflects targeted engagement priorities.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA, associate professor, Psychology

Virtual Service Week is Here!

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Virtual Service Week runs from today, April 19 to Sunday, April 25. Each day of the week will feature community partner spotlights, service challenges, advocacy activities and donation suggestions based on select themes.

Check out the website to see what activities are happening. In-person service activities are scheduled for Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.  Please register on our site and participate!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Introduction to Microsoft365 and OneDrive

Those using Google Drive to create and share documents and files will be right at home using Microsoft365 to compete similar tasks.

Microsoft365 (MS365) is a powerful service by Microsoft that Canisius College faculty, staff and students have access to. It includes Office365 (web-based, online Microsoft Office and other programs) and OneDrive (cloud-based storage with some Office365 integration).

MS365 is accessible to students and useful for those who primarily use Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. As noted before, MS365 allows access to online versions of these products. The online versions are hardly different from the ones located on the Desktop version.

Another useful tip is to use PowerPoint to record audio or video. Record right on the Office365 version or upload the PowerPoint to Office365 and share it with students without losing recordings. There are many other tools to integrate into courses to make them more interactive for students.

If you are interested in an introduction to and navigating around MS365, view this following video.

For an introduction to OneDrive, view this video.

For tutorials and resources on MS365, click here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, COLI

Erin Robinson, PhD, to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

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Sociology and Environmental Studies professor Erin E. Robinson, PhD, will lead the academic procession during commencement ceremonies in May, an honor reserved solely for the recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. Conferred by the Alumni Association, the award recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. 

A scholar, educator and prevailing environmental steward, Robinson has coalesced her expertise in environmental sociology and the study of social movements to grow the college’s environmental studies program at Canisius and mobilize meaningful change in the community. Her holistic approach with students fosters thought-provoking conversations and encourages them to observe, experience and reflect on the potential for social change. 

Outside the classroom, Robinson engages students in the full scope of her scholarship, which focuses on issues of conservation and has had a broad and sustainable impact on the local community. She advanced groundwater remediation practices with the support of a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and examined air quality among residents living in and around the Tonawanda Coke Plant and other industrial facilities. With assistance from the New York State Department of Conservation and undergraduate research students, Robinson also redeveloped a nearby urban setting into a sustainable community garden. 

Robinson holds a PhD in sociology from SUNY at Buffalo, an MA in sociology from the University of Tennessee and a BA from SUNY at Geneseo. 

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Office of Alumni Engagement

Announcing the Employees of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the Employees of Distinction for the months of January, February and March.

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Rachel Emmons, career development coordinator, Griff Center

Rachel Emmons was selected as the Employee of Distinction for January. She currently works in the Griff Center as a career development coordinator. Rachel has been at Canisius for almost two years. Her strong skill set in resume and cover letter writing, as well as her excellent ability to develop rapport with the students makes Rachel an asset to the department and a great candidate for this award. Rachel has also demonstrated significant creativity in her marketing efforts, which has helped the department solidify its brand and increase followers across all social media accounts. Rachel is helpful, positive and engaging with faculty, staff and students alike. She has been a wonderful addition to the Griff Center team.

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Audrey Browka, senior associate director, College Communications

Audrey Browka was selected as the Employee of Distinction for February. Audrey is current the senior associate director of college communications and managing editor of Canisius Magazine, the college’s alumni publication. She was selected for this award due to her integral in the social media channels for the college, most recently with the social media strategy around Canisius Giving Day and in helping produce award-winning pieces such as Canisius Magazine, which has been an essential tool in highlighting the success and mission of the college. Audrey has a positive attitude and a constant willingness to help, great attention to detail and serves as an inspiration to others through her incredible work and skills in storytelling.

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Cynthia Longboat, housekeeper, Facilities Management

Cynthia Longboat was selected as the Employee of Distinction for March. Cindy currently works in Facilities Management as a housekeeper and has been at Canisius for a little more than two years. She was selected for this award for her commitment to keeping the college clean and safe during a pandemic as well as making it a point to go beyond her role by asking if anyone needs extra help. Cindy manages to put a smile on everyone’s face (behind masks) with her positive attitude! Cindy is motivated, hardworking and considerate of others’ needs, which is very much appreciated by all who have met her.

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Rachel, Audrey and Cynthia on their well-deserved achievements!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Canisius CFA Team Advances to the Americas Finals Again!

The Canisius CFA Institute Research Challenge team won the semi-finals bracket and advanced to the Americas Finals yesterday afternoon! This marks six out of seven years reaching the Americas Finals! The Americas Finals is composed of the final five teams in the Americas out of roughly 500.   

On Wednesday, April 21, Canisius presents in the Americas Finals with 4 other universities, 2 of which will advance to the Global Final Five on Thursday, April 22. 

The Golden Griffin Fund team that competed in the CFA Research Challenge is comprised of Deu Awuok ’21, Tim Shubsda ’21, Michael Steffan’21 (team captain), Nicholas Szabo ’21 and Tucker Weppner ’21.

The subject company for this year’s CFA Research Challenge was National Fuel.  Headquartered in Williamsville, NY, National Fuel is a diversified energy company with $6.2 billion in assets distributed among the five operating segments, including Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, and Energy Marketing.

Submitted by: College Communications

Queer Literature Across the Spanish Speaking Americas

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Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of Modern Languages and associate professor of Spanish, was invited to present on “Queer Literature in the Spanish Speaking World and the Diaspora” for Una Casa de Palabras/Una Sala de Lectura (House of Words/Reading Room), a government initiative designed to foment reading in Mexico.

Guadalupe López, a former student of Reitsma’s from the master’s degree program in applied literature at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, one of Canisius’ sister schools in the Jesuit network, extended the invite. Rather than speak alone, Reitsma organized an international panel that included the Afro lesbian author, activist and educator Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the polyglot poet and scholar Fabián O. Iriarte from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina.  Both authors have participated in the Canisius LatinX/LGBTQ Speakers Series, which at Reitsma founded.

The international conversation was live-streamed through Facebook and had audience participants from across the Unites States and the Americas, from Seattle to Buffalo, down to Santiago de Chile and Mar del Plata, Argentina. The conversation is viewable here. Note that it is in Spanish without subtitles.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Mass Celebration on Accepted Students Day

Members of the campus community who plan to volunteer for Accepted Students Day this weekend, are invited to celebrate Mass on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, will be the Mass celebrant.

Submitted by: Sharon Federico, business manager, Student Affairs

Reflection Space

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In light of current events, the ALANA Student Center will have time for students and faculty to gather and reflect on Friday, April 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. See the flyer above for more information.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

New Hours at Tim Hortons

Effective today, Friday, April 16, Tim Hortons will have new hours.

Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.

These new hours will continue through the rest of the semester.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WKBW-TV Channel 7 Reporter Ala Errebhi interviewed Canisius College students on Monday, April 12, for a story about New York State’s efforts to vaccinate college students.

Click here to watch the story.

Canisius received approximately 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which it began distributing on Sunday, April 11. The college discontinued its vaccination clinic on Tuesday, in compliance with recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following the emergence of a rare blood clotting disorder in six recipients.

Submitted by: College Communications

2021 Ignatian Scholarship Days

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The 14th Annual Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) will take place virtually from Monday, April 19 through April 23. This event highlights the achievements of more than 45 students in various forms of expression including poster and long presentations and artistic performances.

This year, the Ignatian Scholarship Day projects are both a pre-recorded video presentation and a synchronous virtual question and answer session.

Beginning April 14, view the available online schedules to plan participation for the event. Schedules can be found on the ISD Google site or through the ISD portal page.

All participants and attendees are asked to view the asynchronous, pre-recorded, materials before attending the live Zoom Q&A sessions.

For more information, contact Event Services at Ext. 2190 or eventmgt@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean, Student Affairs; director, Event Services

 

Africa Network for Animal Welfare Webinar

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Please join the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) for a webinar today, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. Use this link to join via Zoom.

ANAW is a Kenya-based organization that supports wildlife conservation, farm animal welfare and pet welfare throughout Africa. Please join us for this very special opportunity.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC)

Joshua Russell Releases First Book

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Joshua Russell, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and director of the anthrozoology program, has published a new book titled Queer Ecopedagogies: Explorations in Nature, Sexuality, and Education. This is Russell’s first book.

The book emphasizes new connections between environmental education research and the growing bodies of literature dedicated to queer deconstructions of categories such as nature, environment and animal. Chapters engage with existing literature from queer ecology, queer theory and various explorations of sexuality and gender within the context of human-animal-nature relationships. The book deepens and diversifies environmental education by providing new theoretical and methodological insights for scholarship and practice across a variety of educational contexts. Queer ecopedagogies provide important critical points of view for educators who seek broader goals centered around social and ecological justice by encouraging counter-hegemonic views of bodies, nature and community.

Submitted by: College Communications

Chambers to Present on Yorktown Battlefield

Thomas A. Chambers, PhD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of history, will present his research on the Yorktown battlefield and its commemoration this Thursday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the National Park Service, this webinar is part of the series “The Lives of Monuments: Victory and Alliance at Yorktown,” intended to investigate the ways in which Americans commemorate the Revolutionary War, whose 250th anniversary is fast approaching. The talk is based, in part, upon Chambers’ book Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic. Find more about Chamber’s book here.

Click here for more information on his presentation and to register.

In addition to Chambers, the program features Vivien Green Fryd, PhD. professor emerita at Vanderbilt University and Linda J. Williams, park ranger at Yorktown Battlefield Colonial National Historical Park. They will discuss how the Yorktown battlefield became a landscape of shared memory and how the Victory Monument’s statues tell a story about evolving national ideals.

Submitted by: Tom Chambers, dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Ramadan Holiday

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The holy month of Ramadan began on Tuesday, April 13. Please see the flyer above, which outlines important information about the holiday and ways to support members of the Canisius community.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of Students and director of the Multicultural Student Association.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean, Students; director, Multicultural Student Center

Virtual Service Week is Next Week!

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We are only one week away from Virtual Service Week. Scan the QR code or use the link in the flyer above to register and view the website for the week’s events. We are excited about all of the community engagement opportunities, both virtual and in person.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Mass Celebration on Accepted Students Day

Members of the campus community who plan to volunteer for Accepted Students Day this weekend, are invited to celebrate Mass on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, will be the Mass celebrant.

Submitted by: Sharon Federico, business manager for Student Affairs

Immigration & Populism

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The Canisius College Borders and Migration Initiative will host a presentation by Bohdan Szklarski, associate professor of political science at the University of Warsaw, Poland. The talk, titled “Immigration & Populism: Comparing Poland, Hungary and the U.S.,” will be Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be available at canisius.edu/polandhungary.

This is our final event of the spring 2021 season and is sure to be a good one!

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, at reitsmar@canisius.edu or visit the Canisius’ Borders and Migrations page here.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, administrative associate, College of Arts & Sciences

LEGO Makerspace is Back

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Please encourage your students to join us for the next LEGO Makerspace.

Hogwarts Castle is only half-built and the “wizarding” students need their classrooms! The Moving Staircases and Dumbledore’s Office were completed last semester and we hope that more challenging construction awaits us.

This event will be held in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library at a table near the reference desk on Wednesday, April 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

April’s Employee Assistance Program Newsletter

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As a reminder to all faculty and staff, Canisius College offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), which offers a variety of services to promote well-being. This includes free, confidential counseling, assessment and referral services to all employees.

The newsletter above, from IBH, offers advice on a range of topics related to staying emotionally and physically balanced.

For more resources and information related to family support, legal assistance, fitness, mental health resources and work-related help, call 1-800-386-7055 (available 24/7), Email eapcounselor@ibhcorp.com or visit www.ibhworklife.com with the login information below.

  • Username: Matters
  • Password: wlm70101

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Using an Authenticator App at Canisius

With the ITS Department’s latest update to how we log in to MyCanisius, we now have access to Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). This puts an extra layer of security on your account in the form of answering personal questions or getting codes sent to you via another, non-Canisius Email address, text messaging/SMS or using an Authenticator App. The tutorial below focuses on using the Authenticator App, which is the most secure version of MFA. For a written overview on MFA at Canisius College and how to set it up, please read the documentation on the Canisius Wiki by ITS here.

When you connect an Authenticator App to your account, it establishes a secure and encrypted connection between the app and the account. In the app, if everything is set up properly, you will receive a 6-8 digit code that only the authenticator and the website have access to. A new code is generated often. If a hacker has your password and is attempting to access your account from a device other than the trusted devices set up, they would not be able to without access to the most current version of the authenticator code.

View the video here to learn how to set-up an Authenticator App.

Submitted by: ITS

Campus Candid

Last Thursday, the Undergraduate Student Association’s (USA) Student Interest Committee buried a time capsule to commemorate the Sesquicentennial 150-year anniversary of the college. After burying the box, students enjoyed lawn games and sunshine.

Items in the time capsule include a letter from President Hurley, a Sesquicentennial magazine, a Kairos cross and blessing from Fr. Jack Mattimore, Welcome Week items from 2019-21, Athletics rosters from 2019-21, a scrapbook containing Canisius and global news from 2019-21, a few editions of The Griffin, an Honors thesis, hand sanitizer and masks to remember the unique year and a few other items of Canisius memorabilia.

We can’t wait to open this in the future and reflect on Canisius College’s 150th birthday!

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Several media outlets shared the good news that the college received 400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine available to registered Canisius students.  The Student Health Center began administering the vaccines on Sunday, April 11 and will continue through Tuesday, April 13.

Click here to read the story in today’s Buffalo News.

Click here to watch the report that aired on WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Click here to watch the story broadcast on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Click here to watch the story that aired on Spectrum News.

In the case that there are unused vaccines at the end of each vaccination day, the college will then offer them to faculty and staff. Faculty and staff can join a wait list by following the link below and filling out the form. If doses are available, those on the wait list will be called during the vaccination hours outlined below.

The college is proceeding with all the necessary safety measures to ensure a safe campus environment. We encourage everyone in the Canisius community to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

Vaccination Hours

Monday, April 12 – 9 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, April 13 – 9 am – 12 pm

Please complete this form https://forms.gle/LaKSjfaNDHiwUq4J6_if you are interested in being added to the wait list.

Submitted by: College Communications

First Year Experience Informational Sessions

First Year Experience (FYE) programs are a best practice in higher education to assist students with the transition to college and to create a sense of belongingness to the campus community. Upon the recommendation of the Retention Committee to the Senior Leadership Team, an ad-hoc working group was formed this semester in partnership with faculty senate representatives to explore a pilot FYE program. A FYE will likely be even more important this upcoming academic year to address the effects of the pandemic on the student experience over the last year and half and to address both educational and support inequity among our students.

We foresee a one-credit FYE pilot course being offered to first year students this coming fall. This course would not be required. Instead, we anticipate that students would be strongly encouraged to enroll during their freshman class selection process this summer, though some students whose programs already include a similar experience would register for that instead. The goals of this program are to improve academic success and retention by ensuring our students have the opportunity to develop expected college-level academic skills and strategies, reinforce the resources available on campus, develop connections to the college and build community on campus.

We invite you to join us in learning more and providing your input on the preliminary plan for a pilot FYE for fall 2021 by attending one of our informational sessions. If neither of the below times work for you and you are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out to us and we can schedule a time to meet.

We are grateful for your continued support of student success at Canisius!

FYE working group:

  • Debra Burhans, associate professor, Computer Science; faculty senate representative
  • Tom Chambers, dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jen Desiderio, associate professor, English; faculty senate representative
  • Kathleen Farley, associate dean of Students
  • Mark Harrington, assistant VP for Student Success; director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA); assistant professor, Graduate Education and Leadership
  • Mark Hodin, professor, English; faculty senate representative
  • Dennis Koch, associate professor, Kinesiology; director, Professional Studies; faculty senate representative
  • Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant VP, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology
  • Dyanna Moreira, student engagement coordinator, Student Affairs
  • Joe O’Donnell, professor, Accounting
  • Graham Stowe, assistant professor, English; director, Writing Center

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president for Student Success; director, HESAA; assistant professor, Graduate Education and Leadership

April’s Wellness Tip: Complete a Health Care Proxy

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to fill out a healthcare proxy, which is a document that tells your loved ones and doctors your wishes should you become incapacitated. This is just one simple way you can set the minds of your loved ones at ease during an already stressful time. The short article above, from Independent Health, covers the details on how to approach this process.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

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