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Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News on Thursday about how the Omicron variant may affect job recovery in the WNY area.  

To read more on the Buffalo News, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

In Memoriam

Canisius College is saddened to report the loss of Rev. Paul J. McCarthy, SJ. Father McCarthy passed away on January 18. He was 97.

An emeritus professor of chemistry, Father McCarthy came to Canisius from St. Peter’s College in 1960, and remained at 2001 Main Street for the remainder of his teaching career.  Throughout his tenure, he maintained an active interest in spectroscopy research and co-authored nearly 50 articles on the subject in various chemical journals.  His sabbatical leaves in Copenhagen and Bern were an especially rewarding part of his teaching years. 

Read more about Father McCarthy by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

How Did the Pandemic Affect Pet Acquisition?

Americans began experiencing numerous lifestyle changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Some reports have suggested that pet acquisition and ownership increased during this period however, a recent study published in collaboration with Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, associate professor of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) at Canisius and Melissa Thibault, senior manager for research strategy & research for the ASPCA, may have proved the contrary.

To find out more from the study click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Panopto Tutorials

You can use Panopto in your D2L Courses. Panopto is a Video Content Management System that allows you to quickly and easily create, edit, and share videos with your class.

You can add videos hosted on Panopto to your course in three different ways:

Use the Add Existing Activities Tool. This will be the easiest and fastest way to add videos to your course module. It will add a link to the video you select that students can then click on to view the video.

Use the Insert Stuff Tool. The Insert Stuff Tool can be found anywhere the HTML Editor is such as Module Descriptions, Activity Descriptions, Discussion Threads, and so on. This will install a YouTube-like video player into the activity or description and allow students to watch the video by simply clicking on the Play button in the middle of the video.

The final way is to use the Panopto LTI Link. The LTI link will allow you to access the Panopto Dashboard and use advanced features of Panopto, like the Panopto Video Editor. If you choose, you can also direct your students to view videos from the LTI link rather than putting videos in individual modules or activities. Otherwise, simply hide the module if you want to use the LTI link for yourself.

Bookmark the Panopto Wiki Page for future tutorials on Panopto and transcripts of the above videos:

https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/FacTS/Panopto

If you have suggestions for other Panopto Tutorials, please let me know!

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

Upcoming OFDC

Updated for 2022, the OFDC (Online Faculty Development Course) offered by COLI is for full-time and part-time faculty, whether new to D2L, or experienced with technology for teaching. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach online and hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students, either for all-online courses, or hybrid courses that feature limited use of the classroom. This spring semester, we are offering two courses, one starting on January 31st and ending on March 4th, and a second one starting on March 28th and ending on April 29th. To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here. While you are there, be sure to sign up for our Online Teaching and Learning Updates Workshops and Panopto Workshops too!

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

Mother Cabrini Foundation Awards 2nd Grant to PA Studies Program

Canisius College is the recipient of a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The $330,000 grant will be directed to the recently established Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program; the funding will support the program’s goal to boost diversity in the allied health workforce across Western New York by providing scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds who pursue PA graduate degrees at Canisius. 

To learn more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Save the Date

SAVE-THE-DATE: #CanisiusGiving Day is Wednesday, April 6!

Started in 2016, this annual 24-hour celebration of giving is an opportunity for the Canisius community  – alumni, friends, students, parents and faculty & staff – to rally together, celebrate the spirit of the blue & gold and unite in giving back to support the areas of Canisius we all love.  Stay tuned for future announcements leading up to Giving Day as this year’s celebration is going to be the biggest yet!

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, Sr. Director, Annual Giving & Stewardship

 

Griffs Weekend Schedule Includes Hockey and Basketball

The Canisius hockey team returns to home ice this weekend (January 21 and January 22) when the Golden Griffins play host to Bentley for a pair of key Atlantic Hockey games at LECOM Harborcenter.

Canisius has earned a point in three of its last four games and the Griffs stand one-point ahead of Bentley in the league’s standings.

The Canisius men’s basketball program also returns home for a pair of MAAC games this weekend, starting tonight (January 21) when the Golden Griffins host Rider on “Tropical Night” – presented by Anderson’s. Get out of the cold and cheer on your Griffs, and then enjoy free ice cream postgame, courtesy of Anderson’s.

The Blue and Gold is set to close out the weekend home set with a league game against Saint Peter’s on Sunday (January 23) at 1:00 p.m. That game is presented by Delta Sonic.

For tickets or more information, call the Ticket Office at (716) 888-TIXX or log on to GoGriffs.com.

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

 

Suicide Prevention Training

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The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, January 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main 203.

QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person to help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Those who have previously participated in this training are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Registration for QPR training is encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome! To register for this training or for more details, email Megan Valery at valerym@canisius.edu.

Panopto Video Tutorials

You can use Panopto in your D2L Courses. Panopto is a Video Content Management System that allows you to quickly and easily create, edit, and share videos with your class.

You can add videos hosted on Panopto to your course in three different ways:

Use the Add Existing Activities Tool. This will be the easiest and fastest way to add videos to your course module. It will add a link to the video you select that students can then click on to view the video.

Use the Insert Stuff Tool. The Insert Stuff Tool can be found anywhere the HTML Editor is such as Module Descriptions, Activity Descriptions, Discussion Threads, and so on. This will install a YouTube-like video player into the activity or description and allow students to watch the video by simply clicking on the Play button in the middle of the video.

The final way is to use the Panopto LTI Link. The LTI link will allow you to access the Panopto Dashboard and use advanced features of Panopto, like the Panopto Video Editor. If you choose, you can also direct your students to view videos from the LTI link rather than putting videos in individual modules or activities. Otherwise, simply hide the module if you want to use the LTI link for yourself.

Bookmark the Panopto Wiki Page for future tutorials on Panopto and transcripts of the above videos:

https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/FacTS/Panopto

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

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC)

Updated for 2022, the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) offered by COLI is for faculty new to D2L and pros. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical types for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This spring semester, we are offering two courses, one starting on January 31 and ending on March 4, and a second one starting on March 28 and ending on April 29.

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here. While you are there, be sure to sign up for our Online Teaching and Learning Updates Workshops and Panopto Workshops too!

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

Campus Candid

Dr. Steve Chanderbhan (right) is pictured alongside host Ken Jennings on the set of Jeopardy!

Answer: This popular Canisius philosophy professor and St. Thomas Aquinas scholar appeared on “Jeopardy,” last week.

Question: Who is Steve Chanderbhan, PhD?

That’s right. Chanderbhan put forth a valiant effort on America’s favorite quiz show. For those who missed it, he had the last Daily Double under the $1,200 clue and his correct answer landed him in 2nd place, behind champ Amy Schneider.

Way to make #CanisiusProud Steve!

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Robert Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center and adjunct professor of political science, provided perspective to reporter Jay Moran from WBFO-FM 88.7 Radio, about Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal in her State of the State address, that term limits be imposed upon statewide elected officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor and controller positions. Her proposal would require amending the New York State Constitution. the call for

Click here to listen to the story.

Spectrum News 1 interviewed Mary Rockwell, PhD, director of the New Buffalo Institute, about a workshop the college recently hosted to garner feedback from community stakeholders about the Jefferson Avenue streetscape project. Click here to read the story.

Emeritus Professor of Political Science Peter J. Galie, PhD, weighed in with PolitiFact about whether New York Governor Kathy Hochul can be considered an interim governor, as some of her opponents have referred to her. The story, titled “Suozzi is Calling Hochul an ‘Interim Governor’ – That’s Wrong” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Receives $500,000 Grant from Oishei Foundation

Canisius received a $500,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to support the completion of Science Hall.

“The college is proceeding with its strategic vision to create a modern, urban campus connected to its community,” said Canisius President John J. Hurley.  “The completion of Science Hall is key to that vision and our commitment to academic excellence and we are extremely grateful to the Oishei Foundation for this generous gift to help make this happen.”

The $17.6 million Science Hall project includes development of 60,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space on the second floor to house three of Canisius’ highest enrolled undergraduate majors – biology and animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC). This final phase will be completed over the next two years.

Read more here.

Submitted by College Communications

Canisius Accepted into U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network

Canisius was accepted into the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network (AEN).  U.S. Cyber Command collaborates with academia to engage the future workforce, increase cyber-applied research, expand cyber-focused analytic partnerships and enrich strategic cyber dialogue. 

“We are extremely proud to be accepted into the Command’s Academic Engagement Network,” said Jeffrey J. McConnell, PhD, professor and program director of Computer Science and interim program director of Cybersecurity.  “This partnership will provide excellent collaborative opportunities for our students and faculty through direct engagement with the Command.”

Read more here.

Submitted by College Communications

Historian’s Book Wins Recognition

Choice magazine named Dr. Bruce Dierenfield’s co-authored book, Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in Education: The Story Behind Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District, an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2021. This book was published by the University of Illinois Press as part of its Disability Histories series.

Dierenfield, a professor emeritus of history, has written seven books and received several other awards and prizes for his scholarship.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, professor emeritus, History

Lodi-Smith Named Associate Editor, Journal of Personality

Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, is the new associate editor of the Journal of Personality. The assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology began her three-year term with the publication on January 1, 2022.

The Journal of Personality is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes scientific investigations in the field of personality. It focuses particularly on personality and behavior dynamics, personality development, and individual differences in the cognitive, affective and interpersonal domains. It is among the top journals in the field of personality science with an impact factor of 5.12, and has been in existence since 1932.

Submitted by: College Communications

Virtual Shelter Medicine Rotation Positively Impacts Veterinary Students

Access to veterinary care has implications for both companion animal and human health and well-being. While strategies and resources exist to improve access to veterinary care in underserved communities, this information is typically not covered in veterinary school curricula in the United States.

Results of a recent study coauthored by Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC), shows that a virtual shelter medicine rotation increases veterinary students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding access to veterinary care. Learn more about the results of the study here

Access the full study coauthored by Terry G. Spencer, DVM, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Florida, and Kathleen V.  Makolinski ’90, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University.

Submitted by College Communications

Mileage Rate for 2022

Canisius College Community:

As of January 1, 2022 the IRS changed the Mileage Rate to 58.5 cents per mile. The change will be made to the travel expense report.

Thank you!

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, accounts payable/payroll specialist, Controller’s Office

Employee of Distinction Nominations

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the month of January 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 reviews all nominations and votes each month.

Please have all January submissions completed no later than Friday, January 28.

Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of February. Once a decision is made for January, 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

Go Move Challenge 2022

It’s that time of year again! Calling all faculty and staff at Canisius College to join other Jesuit institutions in the 10th annual Go Move Challenge by recording your minutes of intentional physical activity that gets the heart pumping to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. The challenge runs from February 1 – February 28, so make sure to get registered so you can begin tracking your minutes right away. See below for further details.

Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant, and the university with the highest average number of minutes per region.

Canisius College faculty and staff also have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius Bookstore. If faculty and staff meet the goal of at least 600 minutes for the month of February with at least 150 minutes per week of intentional, heart-pumping exercise, their name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that you fit in at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity every week.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE

  • Register at GoMoveChallenge.org, even if you participated last year
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “REGISTER” box, enter your university email address and other required information, including your university
  • In the “Division/College” box, click on your division/college (ie School of Law, School of Ed, Student Life, Provost Office…) from the drop down. If you don’t see your Division/College, choose “Other” and enter the name of yours
  • Click the “SUBMIT” button when finished
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your user email and password

HOW TO LOG MINUTES

  • Starting February 1, visit GoMoveChallenge.org
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “LOG IN” box, enter your email address and password
  • In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the intensity of your workout and description and enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days
  • Click the “LOG IT” button when finished
  • Users can delete minutes that were entered in error

CHALLENGE RULES AND TIPS

  • Challenge runs from February 1 – 28. Minutes will not be accepted after challenge ends.
  • Get inspired and motivated by creating a team of up to 4 (including yourself) to compete against other teams at your university to see which one averages the most number of minutes!
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos, tag photos #GoMoveChallenge
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go!
  • Read the challenge FAQ at GoMoveChallenge.org/FAQ

Learn more by watching the video at https://youtu.be/xk8YPf3pgto.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to the president, at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Summer Faculty Fellowship

The deadline for Summer Faculty Fellowships, sponsored by Academic Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences and Mission & Identity, is coming up on January 24. Applications are open to faculty in all three schools!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology

Skill Building Webinar

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Take some time out of your busy schedule to participate in this skill building webinar, offered by Guardian and Uprise Health, focused on learning how personal values can support your goals and help create a happier, more fulfilled life. To register, click here.

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

TIAA Webinars

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Get your finances in check with the help of the above webinars offered by TIAA from January through March.

Take a look at the list for days, times and how to register to attend.

Click here to get started!

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

Guardian & Uprise Health – January Newsletter

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Take some time to read through Guardian & Uprise Health’s January newsletter to learn more about reducing financial stress, saving for retirement, and the connection between money, mental health and physical health.

This month’s newsletter also features a webinar titled “Achieving Harmony: How to Maintain a Healthy Work/Life Balance.”

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

Thank You!

Many thanks to those who donated hats, scarves, mittens and coats to the clothing drive for None Like You/ We Care.  The items were distributed to campus community neighbors.

Also, a thank you to helpers from the pre-health and women’s basketball programs for working at the First Fruits food pantry at Lincoln church during the Christmas season.

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

Campus Candids

 

Pictured (l-r) Bennie Williams, Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, graduate assistants Mariama McCoy and Hannah Davis, and Craig Rogers

The minority faculty and staff affinity group hosted a happy hour social on Thursday, December 16 at The Rose Bar & Grill in downtown Buffalo. This affinity group exists to help support faculty and staff members from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Pictured (left): Bennie Williams and Stephanie Masood; Pictured (right): Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson and Craig Rogers

If anyone is interested in more information about the group please contact co-chairs, Wil Green, director of school and community partnerships or Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students. A special thanks to Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, for sponsoring the gathering.

Pictured (l-r): Stephanie Masood, Gwen Baggs Ito and Reggie Witherspoon and Yanick Jenkins, African American Staff Association, Buffalo State College

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

 

Early Closure and Holiday Shutdown

As announced by President Hurley, the college will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021. The College will be closed from December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022. Following the holiday shutdown, administrative offices will resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  Essential operating personnel will continue to follow their schedules.

You may now access the 2022-23 holiday calendar under the Human Resources home page in the portal.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday!

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

Your Holiday Traditions

Our sincerest gratitude to all who shared their holiday traditions with us.  This was a fun project to learn more about our fellow Canisius family and get us in the Christmas spirit! 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we hope everyone enjoys a safe and relaxing break! 

Submitted by: College Communications

Announcing the Employee of Distinction for November!

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Lisa Sullivan is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for November 2021. Lisa currently works as a librarian for Collection & Instructional Services and has worked in the library for more than 20 years. Lisa was nominated for this award by Matt Kochan, who shared the following:

“Lisa Sullivan pretty much does everything here at the library. If you’ve ever checked out a book from our shelves, read an E-book online or used our databases, odds are that Lisa had a hand in getting that to you. Lisa has essentially been the modern languages librarian for about 10 years now. Sometimes finding non-U.S. resources is difficult but Lisa seems to be able to find them with ease. She scours the internet to locate these hard-to-find foreign items, and when the college had to pivot to online classes; Lisa was able to find electronic versions of resources so that professors didn’t have to worry about their students not being able to access what they needed. Lisa’s department has also seen a lot of turnover recently, and due to this, more responsibility has been given to her. Being the resourceful person she is, Lisa has been able to handle these new responsibilities with ease and grace. Her coworkers also appreciate her work ethic and personality..”

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

To nominate a co worker for the upcoming months, click here. The deadline for December nominations will be Friday, January 7.

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

 

In Memoriam

Canisius College is saddened to announce the passing of Rev. Michael R. Pastizzo, SJ. The former adjunct professor of religious studies and theology and user services specialist in IT, passed away on Thursday, December 16 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. He was 87.

Father Pastizzo arrived at Canisius in 1996. He taught courses related to theology and Christian art, Christian faith through art, and theology and film. His scholarship focused on the legacy of American painter William G. Congdon, whose works became renowned for the persistent spiritual element that underpinned his art.

Father Pastizzo authored several books about Congdon, including The Works of William G. Congdon from 1935 – 1962, William Congdon: atlante dell’opera, and The Movement Toward Union with God in the Life of William G. Congdon.

Outside the classroom, Father Pastizzo was a great fan of the men’s basketball team and a longtime season ticket holder. He was also lover of foreign films, particularly Dekalog (pronounced [dɛˈkalɔg], also known as Dekalog: The Ten Commandments, a 1988 Polish drama series of films, which Father Pastizzo often incorporated into his classes.

Father Pastizzo earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, and a master of arts degree in teaching (mathematics) and licentiate in philosophy both from St. Louis University. He also held master and doctorate degrees in theology and spirituality, respectively.

Father Pastizzo remained at Canisius until spring 2017, when he moved to California.

Submitted by: College Communications

COLI’s End of Semester Checklist for Instructors

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

  • Enter your Final Grades through MyCanisius. Click here for a brief video tutorial.
  • If you want students to see their Final Calculated Grade, click here to see a tutorial on how to do that.
  • Export your gradebook to archive the grades for your personal record. See this tutorial here to do that.
  • Archive your entire D2L course in the Brightspace format at the end of each term for your personal record. Click this link to see how to do that.
  • If you are teaching courses in the next semester, copy course content so you do not have to rush through it and have time to work on it in between semesters. Click here to see how. Text instructions are available here.
  • If you have not already, inform the Canisius Bookstore of any books or Cengage Unlimited products you intend to use. If you are not planning on using books or Cengage Unlimited products, let the bookstore know that as well. See their page here for more contact information.

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources. View the video below for a quick overview of the End of Semester Checklist here.

Campus Candids


Undergraduate Admissions

The Canisius community ‘decked the halls’ with its favorite festive fashions on Friday. Donned in red and green – and a whole lot of tinsel – staff and administrators put their holiday spirit on display for a chance to win a department pizza party.

Their Christmas cheer was undeniable, making the decision to select just one department as the most holly-jolly a real challenge.

So, we’re picking two. Yes, two offices will receive pizza parties! They are: the Undergraduate Admissions team (pictured above) and the Controller’s Office (pictured below). Though the departments differ greatly in size, they both demonstrated that Christmas is not just a season … but a state of mind.

Thank you to all who participated!


JoAnn Feary and Denise Flannery, the Controller’s Office


Student Records & Financial Services Office

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News on Thursday, December 16, about the current state of the economy. She wants to say the area has turned a corner but is hesitant to do so, due to the new Omicron variant.

To read more on The Buffalo News click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Goes on Holiday

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With the college shutdown upon us, The Dome will go on a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

This Wednesday, December 22 will be the last issue of The Dome published in 2021 (so plan now if you want something to appear before year’s end). The Dome will return to its regular publication schedule on Wednesday, January 19.

As always, please be sure to have submissions in by 2:00 p.m. the day prior.

Submitted by: College Communications

Share your Holiday Traditions

As the holiday season approaches, the College Communications team invites you to share your Christmas traditions with the Canisius community. Simply Email us a sentence or two about a ‘few of your favorite things.’ We’ll share your traditions in our December 22 edition of The Dome and spread that holiday spirit on the college’s social media channels, as well.

To be featured, Email your Christmas tradition along with a photo of yourself to Johnson Ly, college communications graduate assistant, at ly1@canisius.edu.

We can’t wait to hear your holiday stories!

Submitted by: College Communications

Q & A with Dr. Sara Morris

Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, will be available for a question and answer session this morning at 11:00 a.m.  She will be on hand via Zoom to answer questions submitted in advance or via Zoom chat.

To RSVP for this event and submit your question for the Q & A, click HERE.  When you RSVP, you will receive the zoom link.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

 

Food Donation Collection for Petey’s Pantry

For those who RSVP’d to the Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 22, please remember to bring a non-perishable donation item to for Petey’s Pantry!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Deacon Greg Feary at deacon.greg.feary@gmail.com. Thank you!

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

Vision Project 2022

In President John J. Hurley’s fall 2021 convocation address, he announced that the college will assist the next president through the development of two initiatives: The Vision Project 2022 and the development of a situation analysis, coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Thomas R. Chambers, PhD. Through a series of task forces, Chambers will work to develop a report to hand the next president about the state of the college and some immediate strategies or questions that should be considered to help move the college forward.

The Vision Project 2022 is a parallel process to the development of the situational analysis and seeks to understand how all members of the Canisius community see the future of the college based on a framework that is grounded in the college’s mission and oriented through a S.O.A.R. lens – Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. SOAR is a strengths-based approach to strategic planning and the college’s Strategic Planning Committee has developed a series of reflection questions in the areas of (1) teaching and learning (2) the student experience (3) mission and identity and (4) diversity and inclusion.

The campus community is encouraged to visit the Google site for more information, and to submit thoughts on these reflection questions under the Reflection & Input tab. Respond to as many questions as you like and be as specific or visionary as you prefer but along the way, please attempt to describe:

1.Goals that should be considered

2.Actions that could be taken to arrive at those goals

3. How those goals shape the college’s educational mission and position it for success in the future

Submitted by: College Communications

Thank You for Your Generous Support

Congratulations to our final United Way prize basket winners, Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director of Career Development, and Deborah Owens (picture above), Title IX coordinator and associate Dean of Students.

The 2021 Canisius United Way campaign raised $17,529, which is a 15 percent increase over last year!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the members of our Canisius workplace family who made a pledge this year.  Your generous support will help our community to build a future that is more equitable and where everyone can thrive.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

 

Submit Your Thoughts on Campus Culture & Mission

The Campus Culture and Mission Subcommittee of the Situational Analysis Taskforce is interested in gathering the campus’ input on issues currently facing our campus and suggestions for addressing them. 

We are using a modified version of the Post-it comments that the campus used successfully during the campus meetings on racial equity. We are using a google form survey that mimics the collection of “Post-it”  notes to allow people to express whatever thoughts or concerns they have about the broad topic of “Campus Culture and Mission,” which may mean many things to the different members of our community. We do not want to limit anyone’s ability to express their concerns and have thus left the topics very “open.”  Our survey asks community members to briefly:

1.      Share their thoughts on some aspect of the Campus Culture and our Mission by stating an issue that we need to address,

2.      Provide a solution or suggestion of how we might address the issue you have raised–a positive statement about how we might collectively move forward to strengthen our culture, community, and/or mission, and

3.      Share with us some thoughts on the college’s Strengths and Weaknesses in this area and the available Opportunities and possible Threats we may face (a SWOT analysis style response).  These comments will be helpful for our committee’s efforts, particularly if you can address at least two of these areas (S,W,O,T).

We have developed a Google form to collect the suggestions anonymously.  The survey is available at https://forms.gle/SyrFrNB2HGU9fx846.

For anyone who would prefer to provide their answers in hard-copy, written responses can slipped under Dave Sheets’ office door (OM 103) or left with Student Life in the Lower Level of Dugan Hall.  Because of the timeline of our project, we ask that all responses be submitted by January 4. If you have comments on multiple issues, please make multiple submissions of one idea or comment each.

Submitted by: David Sheets, professor and program director, Data Analytics and Mark Piatkowski, associate director, Student Life

Recruiting Tutors for Spring Semester

The Tutoring Center is currently recruiting tutors for the spring semester. Please feel free to share this flyer with students you think would be interested. You can also refer them to me at mcfoym@canisius.edu and I can reach out to students directly to encourage them to apply. We are especially looking for math tutors. Thanks so much for your help!

Submitted by: Monika McFoy, assistant director, Support Services, Griff Center for Student Success

Donations to Canisius

We have always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors.  In order to ensure continued support,  and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2021 taxes,  please forward any donations  that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention:  Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2021.  If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email huckk@canisius.edu.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director, Advancement Services

Winter Break Help Desk hours

ITS Help Desk hours for the winter break between semesters –  Monday, December 20 through Friday, January 14, will be as follows:

Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed for campus shutdown Friday December 24 – Monday January 3

On Tuesday January 18, we will commence regular hours:

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions,  contact the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell, Room 016, by Email helpdesk@canisius.edu or call Ext. 8340

To create a help desk ticket please visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS

Campus Candids

The Griff Center for Student Success hosted a Sophomore Surprise on Thursday, December 9, to celebrate the end of the fall semester with Paula’s donuts and plenty of giveaways. The Class of 2024 has had a unique and challenging start to their collegiate career due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important for the college community to recognize their continued determination in pursuit of their academic goals.

Submitted by: Mark R. Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president, Student Development and Academic Success; program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

Women’s Basketball Begins Guest Coach Program

Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president for student development and academic success/HESAA program director/assistant professor of education and leadership, was invited by Canisius’ Women’s Basketball (WBB) Head Coach Sahar Nusseibeh and the WBB team to be the first guest coach for the Griffs game against Youngstown State on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The purpose of the program is to see the student-athlete game day experience. From watching film, practice, shoot arounds, warms-ups, stretches, pre-game meal, and sitting on the bench, guest coaches get an insight on the day in the life of a student-athlete and Division I basketball coach.

Harrington had this to say about his experience, “I truly enjoyed my day with the WBB team and coaching staff. While day-to-day I am more involved in their academic success and services, it was insightful to see and be a part of game-day routine. Our new WBB Coach Sahar is dynamic, positive, and brings tons of energy! We are lucky to have her passionate leadership for this program and she’s built an incredible team culture after only a few months! She has hired two outstanding assistant coaches Coach Jared and Coach Krista who are equally outstanding. I encourage you to come down to the KAC, meet the coaching staff, and cheer them on in the stands this season. Go Griffs!”

Submitted by: College Communications

A Gift for You

As we celebrate the season of joy, gratitude and reflection, we THANK YOU for being a faithful member of our giving community.

The collective generosity of faculty and staff donors provides essential funding for scholarships and tuition assistance, academic and athletic excellence and programs that animate our Jesuit educational mission.

As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to gift each faculty and staff donor with a Canisius branded reusable shopping bag (pictured). Our hope was to hand deliver this gift and personally thank each of you but due to unforeseen circumstances we were only able to deliver a limited number of bags. As such, if you have not already received your bag, you can pick one up from the Canisius Fund Office, located on the second floor of Lyons Hall, any time Monday – Friday. This special gift is for faculty and staff who made a gift last academic year, on #CanisusGivingDay or during this year’s 2021-22 campaign.

Thank you so much for all that you do on behalf of Canisius and our students. You are truly wonderful!

If you have not yet made a gift and would like to, you can do so by visiting www.canisius.edu/faculty-staff.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, senior director, Annual Giving & Stewardship

Canisius Men’s Basketball Returns to KeyBank Center Dec. 18

The Canisius men’s basketball team will return to KeyBank Center on Saturday, December 18, when the Golden Griffins play host cross-town rival Buffalo in the final game of a college basketball tripleheader event.

The Griffs will take to the floor at 5:00 p.m. that evening in the team’s annual battle against UB.

Tickets for the entire event cost $25 for adults, $10 for fans 18 and under, and for college students with valid school ID cards. One ticket gives fans their seat for all three games.

To purchase tickets, call the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-TIXX, or CLICK HERE.

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

Final Day for the Athletic Department’s Christmas Flash Sale!

Give the gift of the Griffs this holiday season!

Today is the final day of the Athletic Department’s “Canisius Christmas Flash Sale” in the lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center, adjacent to the ticket office. The sale will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This event, which is open to the public, features officially-branded Canisius merchandise varying from sport-specific gear to general athletic department items.

As a reminder, you can always shop online for officially-licensed Canisius gear by visiting the department’s official online store, GriffsGear.com.

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

Spanish Celebrates Inaugural Eric Stenclik Scholarship Winners

The four students pictured are the inaugural recipients of the Eric Stenclik Scholarship for Spanish Studies.  This annual award, launched mid-Covid, supports Spanish majors in good standing with an award up to $2,500.  This year’s inaugural awardees are (pictured front row left to right): Max (Thomas) Chew, Emma Sekuterski, Emma Marzec, and Emma Radel.

We are proud of our students and congratulate them on this achievement and look forward to working with them as they continue to grow in their Spanish studies.  Also pictured (l to r, rear): Drs. Richard Reitsma, Margaret Stefansk, and Eric Stenclik.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

 

Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

Here are some opportunities to help at the First Fruits Food Pantry.  It is located steps from the KAC at Lincoln Church, 641 Masten Ave., corner of Main St.

Need volunteers to fill grocery bags

Friday,  December 17,  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday, December  20,  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December  21,  3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Pantry open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December  27  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 28  3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Pantry open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please contact Mary Rockwell at rockwel3@canisius.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

 

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

 

Q & A with Sara Morris, PhD

Dr. Sara Morris, vice president for academic affairs, will be available for a question and answer session on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.  She will be on hand via Zoom to answer questions submitted in advance or via Zoom chat.

To RSVP for this event and submit your question for the Q & A ,click HERE.  When you RSVP, you will receive the zoom link.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

 

Last Day to RSVP for the Christmas Mass & Luncheon

President John J. Hurley cordially invites Canisius faculty and staff to attend the Annual Canisius College Christmas Mass & Luncheon on Wednesday, December 22.

For further details and to RSVP by today, Wednesday, December 15, please click here: View details and reply

If you run into any issues with the link, please send Bethany Voorhees an Email at voorheeb@canisius.edu to RSVP instead.

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

 

Sign up for the Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week!

A quick reminder to all interested faculty that the Academic Affairs Office is organizing the Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week (W’22FDW).

Kicking off the W’22FDW is “Supporting Scholarship: A Panel Conversation,” starting 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2022.

Other fantastic opportunities are listed below!

For longer descriptions of the sessions and activities below, click on this link here! To sign up for the Winter 2022 Faculty Development week, click this link!

The “Week” is longer than a Week! 

  • January 4 – 7 features scholarship support sessions and a writing retreat.
  • January 10 – 13 features sessions focused on pedagogy, including practical methods and resources for improving your courses.

Sessions and Activities include:

  • Supporting Scholarship: A Panel Conversation
  • Session: The Engaged Scholarship Initiative
  • A two-day Writing Retreat hosted by the Canisius College Writing Center
  • Session: Building Inclusivity: Awareness and Intention in Classroom and Community
  • Session: Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness: Characteristics and Recommendations for the College Classroom
  • Panel Discussion: Grading for Equity
  • Session: Ignorance Is No Longer an Excuse: Understanding the Indigenous and American History You Were Never Told… On Purpose
  • Workspace: Crafting an Inclusive Syllabus
  • Session: Title IX/Clery/VAWA: “I Have So Many Questions”
  • Session: Resources for Teaching Information Literacy in the Disciplines
  • Session: Academic Integrity at Canisius: Past, Present, and Future
  • Session: Using Case Studies in the Classroom
  • Session: Stay Golden, Griffins: Supports for Student Success
  • FYE Session: Debriefing for FYE Faculty

Breakfast and lunch will also be served each day in the Faculty Lounge. Tuesday, January 11th concludes with an appetizer event.

 

Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Mrs. Sarah Galasso

Episode 9 of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast is available now! In this episode, we are joined by Mrs. Sarah Galasso, associate professor of Digital Media Arts. Galasso reflects on her experiences transitioning from the Private Sector to freelancing, and then to higher education. She also shares some tips for new and incoming faculty.

Listen to it now by clicking on the following link:

Pedagogy Primer Podcast Episode 9: Mrs. Sarah Galasso

Or Listen & Subscribe on

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Google Podcasts

Relevant Links and Resources

Mrs. Sarah Galasso’s Faculty Page

August Productions

Guide for New Faculty

The Dome Goes on Holiday

With the college shutdown fast approaching, The Dome will go on a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Wednesday, December 22 will be the last issue of The Dome published in 2021 (so plan now if you want something to appear before year’s end). The Dome will return to its regular publication schedule on Wednesday, January 19.

As always, please be sure to have submissions in by 2:00 p.m. the day prior.

Submitted by: College Communications

Annual Christmas Mass & Luncheon

President John J. Hurley cordially invites Canisius faculty and staff to attend the Annual Canisius College Christmas Mass & Luncheon on Wednesday, December 22.

For further details and to RSVP by December 15, please click here: View details and reply

If you run into any issues with the link, please send Bethany Voorhees an Email at voorheeb@canisius.edu to RSVP instead.

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

Festive Holiday Sweater Contest this Friday

The holidays are a time of joy and peace but sometimes a little competition is fun too! Let’s spruce things up this holiday season by wearing festive holiday sweaters on Friday, December 17.

Submit your photos as a department to Audrey Browka at browkaa@canisius.edu, and the department that is selected for having the most festive showing of holiday sweaters will win a pizza party!

 

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

Vision Project 2022

In President John J. Hurley’s fall 2021 convocation address, he announced that the college will assist the next president through the development of two initiatives: The Vision Project 2022 and the development of a situation analysis, coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Thomas R. Chambers, PhD. Through a series of task forces, Chambers will work to develop a report to hand the next president about the state of the college and some immediate strategies or questions that should be considered to help move the college forward.

The Vision Project 2022 is a parallel process to the development of the situational analysis and seeks to understand how all members of the Canisius community see the future of the college based on a framework that is grounded in the college’s mission and oriented through a S.O.A.R. lens – Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. SOAR is a strengths-based approach to strategic planning and the college’s Strategic Planning Committee has developed a series of reflection questions in the areas of (1) teaching and learning (2) the student experience (3) mission and identity and (4) diversity and inclusion.

The campus community is encouraged to visit the Google site for more information, and to submit thoughts on these reflection questions under the Reflection & Input tab. Respond to as many questions as you like and be as specific or visionary as you prefer but along the way, please attempt to describe:

1.Goals that should be considered

2.Actions that could be taken to arrive at those goals

3. How those goals shape the college’s educational mission and position it for success in the future

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

A light afternoon snowfall made for a perfect backdrop as Cantio Sacra performed a selection of Christmas carols for visitors to the library. The collective voices of the singing ensemble were just what we needed to get us in the joyous spirit of the holidays. Passersby were filled with cheer as they entered the library to the sound of classic Christmas songs. Thank you!

Submitted by: College Communications

United Way Campaign Prize Winner

Congratulations to Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, who was selected as the fourth United Way prize basket winner!  In the spirit of giving, Michele donated her basket back, allowing us to draw another winner from the list.  That is a win, win!

When you donate to the 2021 Canisius campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize basket.

To make a pledge, simply click the United Way icon on the portal page and follow the instructions listed.

With generous support from people like you, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County can serve under-resourced communities, make sure everyone has access to health care, receives a quality education and can build a financially stable path forward.

If you have any questions about the process of making your E-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser (Ext. 2244); Bethany Voorhees (Ext. 2100) or Maggie Burkard (Ext. 2120).

Thank you again, Michele, for your donation to the United Way and congratulations!

 

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

Take the Employee Engagement Survey

Please take this opportunity to complete the 2021 Employee Engagement Survey!  The survey addresses areas including communication and collaboration, growth, leadership and overall engagement.

The Employee Engagement Team worked diligently since 2017 to develop recommendations based on survey results that are shared directly with the Senior Leadership Team of the College.

Access the link to the survey through the announcements section of the portal.

The survey will be open through Friday, December 17.

Please contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance at Ext. 2244 with any questions. Thank you for your participation.

 

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

 

 

Athletic Department Holds Flash Sale

Give the gift of the Griffs this holiday season!

The Athletic Department is holding a three-day “Canisius Christmas Flash Sale” Dec. 13-15 in the lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center, adjacent to the ticket office. The sale will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on all three days.

This event, which is open to the public, will feature officially-branded Canisius merchandise varying from sport-specific gear to general athletic department items.

As a reminder, you can always shop online for officially-licensed Canisius gear by visiting the department’s official online store, GriffsGear.com.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, Athletics

Men’s Basketball Returns to KeyBank Center

The Canisius men’s basketball team will return to KeyBank Center on Saturday, December 18, when the Golden Griffins play host cross-town rival Buffalo in the final game of a college basketball tripleheader event.

The first game of the day starts at 11 a.m. and the Griffs will take to the floor at 5 p.m. that evening in the team’s annual battle against UB.

Tickets for the entire event cost $25 for adults, $10 for fans 18 and under, and for college students with valid school ID cards. One ticket gives fans their seat for all three games.

To purchase tickets, call the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-TIXX, or CLICK HERE.

Panopto, D2L and Canisius

Starting next semester, instructors will be able to use Panopto for their courses.

Panopto is a video content management system (CMS) that will be available to you right inside of D2L, without any additional sign-ins on your part. This means that you can record or upload, edit, and curate videos for your courses without needing to leave D2L. This makes Panopto much easier to use than Google Drive or YouTube. Instructors do not have to use a separate program to record videos or go to a different website to upload videos. Also with Panopto, you can insert the video (without jumping through too many hoops) directly into the module or activity so that students see a video player instead of clicking a link.

Panopto has simple editing tools that will allow you to remove portions of your video quickly and painlessly. For those that want more out of the editor, you can also include multiple screens at the same time, other videos from other sources or website pages, and create in-video quizzes. For most users, the web app version of Panopto will be enough. The web version will automatically upload the video to Panopto. Users that want more control over their recordings or users with weak/no internet access can use the desktop version of Panopto. Regardless of whether or not you have internet access, the desktop app will create a video file of your recording on your PC. Otherwise, the desktop app will also try to upload the video to Panopto when you have internet. If you already have videos that you want to re-use or videos recorded using Screencast-o-Matic or other screen-recorder, you can also choose to upload these videos to Panopto through D2L.

Each course will have its own Panopto folder, allowing you to quickly find videos for the course you are in when you access it in D2L. If you want to, you can even get videos from previous versions of the course or other courses and share the videos with the current D2L course.

Stay tuned to the COLI Blog and the Dome to keep for more information on when tutorials and workshops will be available.

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News on Sunday, December 5, about the local labor shortage.  Golebiewski sees it as a lasting trend ,as people are rushing into retirement and causing the local labor pool to shrink. 

To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Christmas Carols to Welcome the Holiday Season

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Cantio Sacra will perform a selection of favorite Christmas carols in the library vestibule on Wednesday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m.  Under the direction of Mason Cancilla, Cantio Sacra will fill the hallway entrance with song and the joyous spirit of Christmas.

Let Cantio Sacra help you reduce your stress and engage the spirit of Christmas!

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Do you have questions about the Covid Vaccine for the Kids in your Life?




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Many families are now making decisions about whether they should get the children in their lives vaccinated against Covid.  The following opportunity is being shared to allow members of our community to hear from an expert in children’s health.

Because parents, families and educators have new questions and concerns due to the continued increasing spread of Covid-19 throughout our schools and community, Dr. Stephen J. Turkovich, MD, will offer valuable information, via a free webinar, on Monday, December 20, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Turkovich is vice president and chief medical officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital, and serves as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Turkovich will discuss the most current information surrounding the virus and vaccines, discuss what parents need to know for their children and directly answer questions about COVID-19. During this webinar, he will also discuss the new Omicron variant, the appropriate ages for children to become vaccinated, how to respond to challenges for children in school, and how to keep the entire family safe.

Representatives from the Parent Network will inform parents about the “vaccinate, educate, graduate” vaccine incentive provided by New York State, and the collaboration of the YMCA and Lyft to offer free transportation to/from COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

To register for this FREE Live Webinar on Zoom, click here: Register
Once you register, you will receive a notification with the meeting link.  

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

TIAA Virtual Counseling Sessions

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Curtis Cluster, a financial consultant for TIAA, is scheduling appointments for December 10 to discuss TIAA accounts one-on-one.  Register today for a session at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Better Multiple Choice Questions

Even the humble multi-choice question can be a powerful – and cheat-resistant – assessment. While we may not use these questions as our sole means of assessing student learning, they are undeniably efficient, especially for busy faculty.

Traditionally, we think of multiple-choice questions as quizzing students on facts and rewarding memorization. Besides, in the information age, aren’t answers to these sorts of questions readily available on the internet? But what if a multiple choice question asked students to perform analysis, or make judgments, on an example?

Many faculty have academic integrity concerns over online exams and quizzes, although there are plenty of ways to complicate cheating on those assessments. Meanwhile, despite our assumptions and best efforts, classroom exams are shockingly easy to cheat, and cheaters typically know where on the internet to go for tips. (We, um, won’t link those kinds of places here.)

But either online or in the classroom: what if the *questions* weren’t so easy to cheat? Better still, what if the questions challenged them to use higher-level skills in your discipline?

Here are some resources to help you consider how you might build more effective multiple-choice questions, to deploy alongside other kinds of assessments.

COLI has a short guide to making better multiple-choice questions.

Also see Eric Loepp’s recent article in Inside Higher Ed, “The Benefits of Higher-Order Multiple-Choice Tests.”

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

COLI End of Semester Checklist

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

  • Enter your Final Grades through MyCanisius. Click here for a brief video tutorial.
  • If you want students to see their Final Calculated Grade, click here to see a tutorial on how to do that.
  • Export your gradebook to archive the grades for your personal record. See this tutorial here to do that.
  • Archive your entire D2L course in the Brightspace format at the end of each term for your personal record. Click this link to see how to do that.
  • If you are teaching courses in the next semester, copy course content so you do not have to rush through it and have time to work on it in between semesters. Click here to see how. Text instructions are available here.
  • If you have not already, inform the Canisius Bookstore of any books or Cengage Unlimited products you intend to use. If you are not planning on using books or Cengage Unlimited products, let the bookstore know that as well. See their page here for more contact information.

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources. View this video here below for a quick overview of the End of Semester Checklist.

 

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Vision Project 2022

In President John J. Hurley’s fall 2021 convocation address, he announced that the college will assist the next president through the development of two initiatives: The Vision Project 2022 and the development of a situation analysis, coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Thomas R. Chambers, PhD. Through a series of task forces, Chambers will work to develop a report to hand the next president about the state of the college and some immediate strategies or questions that should be considered to help move the college forward.

The Vision Project 2022 is a parallel process to the development of the situational analysis and seeks to understand how all members of the Canisius community see the future of the college based on a framework that is grounded in the college’s mission and oriented through a S.O.A.R. lens – Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. SOAR is a strengths-based approach to strategic planning and the college’s Strategic Planning Committee has developed a series of reflection questions in the areas of (1) teaching and learning (2) the student experience (3) mission and identity and (4) diversity and inclusion.

The campus community is encouraged to visit the Google site for more information, and to submit thoughts on these reflection questions under the Reflection & Input tab. Respond to as many questions as you like and be as specific or visionary as you prefer but along the way, please attempt to describe:

1.Goals that should be considered

2.Actions that could be taken to arrive at those goals

3. How those goals shape the college’s educational mission and position it for success in the future

Submitted by: College Communications

Hartman Wins Outstanding Paper in Emerald Literati Awards

Kudos to Rosanne Hartman, PhD, professor of communication, who received the 2021 Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Paper. Hartman was recognized for her article “Women in the Workforce: The effect of gender on occupational self-efficacy, work engagement and career aspirations,” which was published in the journal Gender in Management.

According to Hartman’s research, while women perform as well as their male counterparts at work they are drastically underrepresented in the on-boarding process to senior leadership. To shed some light on this disparity, Hartman and Emily G. Barber MS ’19, director of contract staffing at StraussGroup Executive Search Consultants, examined the potential differences of occupational self-efficacy, work engagement and career aspirations between women and men.  The study originated from Barber’s capstone research paper.

Results showed that occupational self-efficacy has a positive effect on career aspirations of women in the workplace. Further, there was no statistically significant difference between occupational self-efficacy and work engagement between men and women. However, the research found men to have statistically, significantly higher career aspirations than women.

Individuals who are high in occupational self-efficacy may set their own path in advancing within their career. However, individuals who are low or moderate in occupational self-efficacy may require further encouragement and development using additional resources as a catalyst for advancement guidance.

Much more on Hartman’s and Barber’s findings can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Sign Up for Faculty Development Week!

The “Week” is longer than a Week! The Academic Affairs office is organizing the 2022 Winter Faculty Development Week, taking place on campus in January, prior to the start of the spring semester. This will be a fantastic set of opportunities in faculty and staff development. We also added more sessions! Click here for more information on events, panels, workshops, and sessions! Click here to access the sign-up sheet!

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

Annual Christmas Mass & Luncheon

President John J. Hurley cordially invites Canisius faculty and staff to attend the Annual Canisius College Christmas Mass & Luncheon on Wednesday, December 22.

For further details and to RSVP by December 15, please click here: View details and reply

If you run into any issues with the link, please send Bethany Voorhees an Email at voorheeb@canisius.edu to RSVP instead.

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

 

 

Christmas Carols to Welcome the Holiday Season

Cantio Sacra Sing Christmas Carols Dec 2021

Cantio Sacra will perform a selection of favorite Christmas carols in the library vestibule on Wednesday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m.  Under the direction of Mason Cancilla, Cantio Sacra will fill the hallway entrance with song and the joyous spirit of Christmas.  Let Cantio Sacra help you reduce your stress and engage the spirit of Christmas!

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Mittens, Hats and Scarf Drive

The New Buffalo Institute is collecting mittens, hats and scarves for the organization None Like You/We Care.  They are hosting a giveaway on December 11.  Please help them distribute warm clothing to our neighbors.  See more details on their flyer.  

A bin for donations is located outside of the Library.

Thanks for your contributions!

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

 

The Magis Podcast Episode 6: The Constructive Uses of Humor

Students in Barbara Irwin, Ph.D., and Jamie O’Neil’s communication classes are teaming up this semester to create episodes of “The Magis Podcast,” featuring student-faculty dialogues at Canisius College. 

In this week’s episode, Connor Beals (COM ‘23) and Dr. Melissa Wanzer sat down to discuss the constructive uses of humor.  In this thought-provoking conversation, the idea that humor can be a valuable and strategic communication tool in a variety of situations is discussed.

Students involved in the production are Brayden Fuller (CSC ‘23), Connor Beals, David Dobrasz (SPMT & JRN ‘23), Jordan Read (DMA ‘22), and Matt Kwiakowski (DMA ‘22)

Watch the trailer:

https://youtu.be/Dl1GF8GUjkc

Listen on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/7JA4g7PADZOxqkhTp00wlT

Submitted by: Katie McMahon, graduate assistant, Communication Studies Department

 

Guardian & Uprise Health

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With the holidays just around the corner, Guardian & Uprise Health have shared their December Newsletter, which focuses on managing holiday stress, holiday safety and prioritizing your mental health during the holidays. Take some time to read this article to find steps that you can take to keep you and your loved ones mentally and physically healthy this season.

Additionally, please note that IBH Population Solutions has now rebranded to Uprise Health. You can visit their website for further details at https://www.ibhworklife.com.

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

 

TIAA December Webinars

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Get your finances in check with the help of the above webinars offered by TIAA for the month of December.

Take a look at the list for days, times and how to register to attend. 

Click here to get started!

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

 

D2L Quiz Submission Views

You may have received emails in the past from students questioning a grade they got for a quiz. Or maybe you want students to be able to refer back to those quiz questions for future study. Whatever your motivation, editing the submission view in D2L will be helpful in this regard. The submission view is used by D2L to provide a nice informational web page to your students when they submit their quiz. By default, they get a quick message saying that they have successfully submitted their quiz and gives them some other miscellaneous information like the date and time of the submission.

However, when you edit the submission view, you can customize nearly everything that students see when they submit their quiz. You can change, for example, the message and provide a bit more of a personal touch, whether or not to show their overall score, the questions they got wrong, the ones they got right, both, share the answer to the questions with them, and so on. Take a look at this video here if you are interested in learning how the submission view works and how to edit it. Click here to go to the self-paced tutorials page provided by COLI.

D2L Quizzes- Creating a Question Pool

Question Pools are a little-known but incredibly powerful feature for creating randomized quizzes in D2L. You can use newly created questions stored in the Question Library or use questions from previous quizzes to create a pool of questions. D2L will then draw from this pool a certain number of questions, as you specify in the options.

For example, let’s say you created a pool of 10 questions. You can then tell D2L to select 3 questions from this pool. Each student will get a randomized set of 3 questions based on your pool. The question pool can also be useful for a cumulative final exam with sections from various modules or weeks. Check out this video here to learn more or click here to view other tutorials provided by COLI.

Campus Candid

Pictured (l-r) Library Director Kristine Kasbohm, Mary O’Sullivan, Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Morris, Bruce J. Dierenfield, Terrence P. Bisson, Christine Kinsey, Rev. Daniel Jamros, SJ, Coral Snodgrass, Ricardo Marable (for Michelle Marable), Edward C. Kisailus, George M. Palumbo, Canisius President John J. Hurley

The campus community turned out on Thursday, November 18 to recognize 13 Canisius College faculty members who have been awarded emeritus status. The ceremony took place in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. A brief reception followed. The emeritus honorees included:

Terrence P. Bisson, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Statistics


Betsy M. DelleBovi, PhD

Professor Emerita of Teacher Education


Bruce Dierenfield, PhD

Professor Emeritus of History

Rev. Daniel Jamros, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies & Theology


L. Christine Kinsey, PhD

Professor Emerita of Mathematics & Statistics


Edward C. Kisailus, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Biology


Michele Marable, PhD

Professor Emerita of Teacher Education Posthumous Recognition


George M. Palumbo, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Economics & Finance


Mary C. O’Sullivan, PhD

Professor Emerita of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Richard A. Shick, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Economics & Finance


Coral R. Snodgrass, PhD

Professor Emerita of Management


Timothy H. Wadkins, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies & Theology


John Zeis, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News regarding the high demand in the housing market as it relates to the “work from home” trend.  To read more click here.

Golebiewski also spoke with The Buffalo News about how higher wages in a scarce worker pool has affected how jobs are being filled and why that is causing the unemployment rate to be higher than pre-pandemic levels. To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Festive Holiday Sweater Contest

The holidays are a time of joy and peace but sometimes a little competition is fun too! Let’s spruce things up this holiday season by wearing festive holiday sweaters on Friday, December 17.

Submit your photos as a department to Audrey Browka at browkaa@canisius.edu, and the department that is selected for having the most festive showing of holiday sweaters will win a pizza party!

Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Canisius College is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment and is partnering with Everfi to provide “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination.”

This course prepares our faculty and staff to cultivate and maintain a workplace culture resistant to discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the information and skills that promote intervention, empathy, and allyship. This course includes a section specific to requirements under Title IX and the Clery Act.

To comply with the New York State deadline, we ask that you complete Preventing Harassment and Discrimination by December 31

Everfi Training Invitation

Your training invitation will be sent directly from Everfi later this week or you can use the “Everfi Training Platform” link in the portal, found in Human Resources Home, under Important Documents/Compliance.

The self-paced, interactive course takes most people about 45 minutes to complete. The Everfi support team is available here to provide assistance by phone, Email or chat. If you have any other questions about this required course, please contact the Human Resources Office at 716-888-2240.

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

 

United Way Campaign Prize Winner – Sharon Federico

Congratulations to Sharon Federico, support manager for business and student affairs, who was our third United Way prize basket winner.

When you donate to the 2021 Canisius campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize basket.  To make a pledge, simply click the United Way icon on the portal page and follow the instructions listed.

With generous support from people like you, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County can serve under-resourced communities, make sure everyone has access to health care, receives a quality education and can build a financially stable path forward.

If you have any questions about the process of making your E-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser (Ext. 2244); Bethany Voorhees (Ext. 2100) or Maggie Burkard (Ext. 2120).

Thank you again, Sharon, for your donation to the United Way and congratulations!

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs

Jefferson Ave Streetscape Improvements

Don’t miss the chance to provide your thoughts and feedback to planners from the city of Buffalo as they prepare to make improvements to the Jefferson Avenue streetscape between Main St. and E. Utica St.  With the demolition of the Canisius parking ramp, we have an opportunity to beautify Jefferson Avenue and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. 

The public meeting will be held at Canisius College Science Hall, Room 1013A at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December  8.  

See the flyer above for more details. Masks are required. If you have questions, contact Mary Rockwell at rockwel3@canisius.edu.

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

 

Every Bottom Covered Donation Drive

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As the holiday season approaches and in the spirit of the Jesuit value of men and women for and with others,  please consider donating to Every Bottom Covered – the first and only diaper bank in Western New York.  Items that are being collected include diapers, pull-ups, wipes, diaper rash cream and feminine hygiene products.  

You can make your donation to one of the bins located in the Communications Department (Lyons 314), the Commuter Student Association Club Room, the Commuter Lounge, the library, and the ROTC Office (Health Science).  Donations are being accepted until December 10.  All donations are greatly appreciated.  Happy Holidays!

Questions? Please contact: Melissa Wanzer wanzerm@canisius.edu or Kyra Laurie lauriek@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Katie McMahon, graduate assistant, Communication Studies Department

 

December Makerspace

Please join us for another Makerspace on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. At this event, students, faculty and staff are invited to work on knitting, crochet and sewing projects that will be collected and donated to the Mitten Fence in the People’s Park, north of our campus.

Participants will be introduced to Bible journaling with artist Nichole Auquier. Examples from Nichole’s practice have been on display in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Library this semester.

Materials will be made available thanks to the generous donations of Taheri and Todoro PC, and Makerspace will be hosted by Professor Yvonne Widenor from the Art History program.  We also welcome you to bring your own Bible, journal or favorite book for the journaling practice.

For more information about this event, please Email Professor Widenor at widenory@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, M.A., visiting assistant professor and art history program director, Fine Arts Department

COLI’s End of Semester Checklist for Instructors

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

  • Enter your Final Grades through MyCanisius. Click here for a brief video tutorial.
  • If you want students to see their Final Calculated Grade, click here to see a tutorial on how to do that.
  • Export your gradebook to archive the grades for your personal record. See this tutorial here to do that.
  • Archive your entire D2L course in the Brightspace format at the end of each term for your personal record. Click this link to see how to do that.
  • If you are teaching courses in the next semester, copy course content so you do not have to rush through it and have time to work on it in between semesters. Click here to see how. Text instructions are available here.
  • If you have not already, inform the Canisius Bookstore of any books or Cengage Unlimited products you intend to use. If you are not planning on using books or Cengage Unlimited products, let the bookstore know that as well. See their page here for more contact information.

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources. View the video below for a quick overview of the End of Semester Checklist:

https://youtu.be/8bIEBVDhm8M

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

Sign up for the Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week!

The Academic Affairs office is organizing the 2022 Winter Faculty Development Week, taking place on campus in January, prior to the start of the spring semester. This will be a fantastic set of opportunities in faculty and staff development. We also added more sessions! Click here for more information on events, panels, workshops, and sessions! Click here to access the sign-up sheet! The “Week” is longer than a Week! 

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

Panopto, D2L and Canisius

Starting next semester, instructors will be able to use Panopto for their courses.

Panopto is a video content management system (CMS) that will be available to you right inside of D2L, without any additional sign-ins on your part. This means that you can record or upload, edit, and curate videos for your courses without needing to leave D2L. This makes Panopto much easier to use than Google Drive or YouTube. Instructors do not have to use a separate program to record videos or go to a different website to upload videos. Also with Panopto, you can insert the video (without jumping through too many hoops) directly into the module or activity so that students see a video player instead of clicking a link.

Panopto has simple editing tools that will allow you to remove portions of your video quickly and painlessly. For those that want more out of the editor, you can also include multiple screens at the same time, other videos from other sources or website pages, and create in-video quizzes. For most users, the web app version of Panopto will be enough. The web version will automatically upload the video to Panopto. Users that want more control over their recordings or users with weak/no internet access can use the desktop version of Panopto. Regardless of whether or not you have internet access, the desktop app will create a video file of your recording on your PC. Otherwise, the desktop app will also try to upload the video to Panopto when you have internet. If you already have videos that you want to re-use or videos recorded using Screencast-o-Matic or other screen-recorder, you can also choose to upload these videos to Panopto through D2L.

Each course will have its own Panopto folder, allowing you to quickly find videos for the course you are in when you access it in D2L. If you want to, you can even get videos from previous versions of the course or other courses and share the videos with the current D2L course.

Stay tuned to the COLI Blog and the Dome to keep for more information on when tutorials and workshops will be available.

Campus Candid

Pictured (l-r) Katie Costanzo, Daniel Haeusser, Veronica Serwacki, Mark Meyer and Sue Margulis

On Saturday, Veronica Serwacki, Katie Costanzo, Daniel Haeusser, Mark Meyer and Sue Margulis prepared the raised beds and closed up the East West Community Garden for the winter.

Many thanks to all of the faculty and staff who worked spring, summer and fall to create a beautiful and productive green space in our neighborhood.  And a special shout out to our work-study student Jennifer Guzman!

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

Canisius in the News

Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, was interviewed by Business First in a story about giving employers advice on hiring new employees. To read more click here.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News about how the economy may struggle amidst the recent Covid spikes.  To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Goes on Break for Thanksgiving Holiday

Just a friendly reminder that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Dome will not publish this Friday, November 26 or Monday, November 29. The employee E-letter will resume its regular schedule on Wednesday, December 1. All submissions must be received by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to publication.

Thank you … and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Submitted by: College Communications

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