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The Imagine Canisius campaign comes to a historic conclusion. Pictured (l-r) are: Lillian Levey MS ’67, HON ’03, James McNicholas ’68, MS ’97, Hugh Neeson ’55, John J. Hurley ’78, Campaign Chair R. Carlos Carballada ’56, HON ’81 and his wife, Virginia, Jerry Castiglia ’55, HON ’94, Martin M. Breen ’52 and Chet Pawenska ’52.

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 2000 when the college’s largest-ever capital campaign, Imagine Canisius, concluded with a total of $38.8 million raised, surpassing the goal by $8.8 million. Highlights of the campaign included 13 gifts of $1 million or more to Canisius. The campaign also attracted 65 gifts of $100,000 or more, saw the creation of 95 new endowed scholarships and the enhancement of several existing scholarships. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

On Tuesday, June 2, a contingent of 20 Canisius students and faculty volunteered at Mt. Olive Church on Delavan Avenue to fill grocery bags with food that will be delivered to neighborhood residents.  Pastor Kinzer Pointer coordinated the event.  Students in the Western New York Teacher Residency program, who are enrolled in Dr. Marya Grande’s Inclusive Strategies class, participated, along with students from Allyson Backstrom’s pre-health programs.  Combined, the group pitched in to fill close to 800 grocery bags.

Canisius alumni, faculty, staff and friends later joined in to make quick work of distributing the pallet loads of staples into bags for individual families. Raisa Mehltretter, a student in the WNY Teacher Residency program who was not able to attend, sewed 60 cotton face masks for adults and children, and donated them to the church.

Pastor Pointer indicated that this is an ongoing project and volunteers will be needed every week.  If you would like to join in, please contact mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley was one of several college and university presidents recently interviewed by The Buffalo News about plans for face-to-face classes in the fall. President Hurley spoke about scenario planning on campus and what students should expect when classes resume. Click here to read the full story. 

Also, Business First reported on the college’s transfer of ownership of two college-owned houses at 6 and 16 Glendale Place to Zambito Realtors. Canisius purchased a vacant home at 64 Florida Street from Zambito’s 64 Florida Trust. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Public Safety Director Kim Beaty participated in a live panel discussion hosted by WKBW-TV Channel 7 on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The half-hour special, titled “Buffalo Strong Conversations: Perspective on Racial Tension in WNY,” featured discussions with several religious leaders, local law enforcement and public safety experts who addressed concerns and proposed solutions to the local and national reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Click here to watch the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Business Center Receives Grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation awarded the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College a six-month, $47,000 grant to support small businesses harmed due to COVID-19.  The WBC will use the funding to expand capacity and provide additional technical assistance and support services to women-owned businesses in Western New York.  Small businesses, moreso women-owned small businesess, have been disproportionately harmed by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many need additional assistance to develop recovery plans, to work through Small Business Administration funding opportunities and to support their employees.

The Women’s Business Center at Canisius College empowers entrepreneurs to succeed and grow their businesses through education and engagement with and in the community.  The professionals at the WBC work with women business owners at every stage of their business growth to help them build relationships with experts and agencies in the area and to bring a wide and strong network of support to the business owners.  It develops leaders through fostering opportunities and building collaboration.  As reported by the WBC in its 2018-2019 Impact Report, the center assisted 286 distinct clients that year, supported 363 jobs, helped launch 19 new businesses and contributed to $3.89 million in revenue growth.

Click here to read more about the grant.

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Institutional Advancement

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the June episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30 minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, Stan Bratton, PhD, Executive Director of the Network of Religious Communities, talks with Buxees Singh about the life and significance of Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru and a martyr who was known for contributing to and compiling the Sikh Scriptures, as well as for his teaching that Sikhism is open to all, regardless of caste.

Pentecost is the commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, and it marks the beginning of the Christian Church. Dr. Bratton talks with Rev. Jeff Carter, Ephesus Ministries, about Pentecost and the Pentecostal movement.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of Digital Media Arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Department of Communication

Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe

The Office of Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe on Monday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend.  You can join the service using the following call details:

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For more information please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann at buehlmak@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry

Courseleaf Review Sessions

CatalogScreenPrint.pngThe 2020-21 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live the first week of July and all catalog page and program curriculum edits are to be completed by Tuesday, June 30. To help users make these changes, Academic Affairs has set up virtual review sessions and linked instructions on the Academic Affairs wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses) and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the “courseleaf” button found on the myCanisius portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula or any staff member currently assigned to a catalog page. Contact Emily McGorry for the list of assigned pages.

The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. Click here for Zoom link.
  • Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. Click here for Zoom link.

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Emily McGorry at mcgorrye@canisius.edu or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Canisius played its first televised college football game in Western New York in 1948 against what school?

(a) Xavier University

(b) College of the Holy Cross

(c) St. Francis University

(d) John Carroll University

Congratulations to Mike Rappl, last week’s winner of Trivia Tuesday. It’s probably not too surprising that the former head coach of softball scored the correct answer to last week’s contest, considering the question (see below). We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for him when the campus returns to normal operations.

Which sports team has had the most NCAA appearances in postseason up until 2018?

(a) softball

(b) women’s lacrosse

(c) men’s basketball

(d) women’s basketball

The correct answer was: (a) Softball

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley spoke with Business First Reporter Paul Lane about the college’s commitment to reopening the campus to students for the fall 2020 semester. In the article, President Hurley outlines a five-point plan that the college is working on to ensure the health of everyone on campus. Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe

The Office of Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe on Monday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend.  You can join the service using the following call details:

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 939 9563 7721
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Find your local number: https://canisius.zoom.us/u/aqGit0MVU

For more information please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann at buehlmak@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry

 

Canisius College Video Institute Receives Two Telly Awards

The Canisius College Video Institute earned two Telly Awards for student-produced films.  The Telly Awards is a New York City-based organization that honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. 

The Canisius College Video Institute received a bronze Telly Award in the student non-broadcast category for its film “Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.”  Produced by digital media arts majors Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, the film premiered at Canisius in April 2019 and focuses on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants in the film are from Buffalo’s international high schools, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson.

The Video Institute also received a bronze Telly Award in the social issues non-broadcast category for the film “NewBorn: Maternal Resources in New York State.” The film was produced by Kathryn MacConnell ’19 (digital media arts), Emyle Watkins ’20 (journalism and digital media arts), Elaine Stickney ’20 (digital media arts and communication studies) with assistance from Deysha Johnson ’18 (business economics).  “NewBorn” premiered at Canisius in March 2019 and focuses on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York.  From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care.

Click here to read more about these films and the Canisius College Video Institute.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Athletics Earns Record-Setting Semester

The Canisius Athletic Department recorded its best semester on record, as all 20 varsity programs posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2020 spring session. Sixteen teams recorded a team grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and the school’s 345 student-athletes combined to post a department grade point average of 3.41 for the term.

The spring semester had 58 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  Those 58 student-athletes were part of a group of 236 Canisius student-athletes to record a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. That breaks down to 68.4 percent of the college’s student-athlete population.

The rowing team led all Golden Griffin programs in the spring semester with a 3.772 team grade point average. The women’s soccer team (3.768) just edged out the women’s swimming and diving program (3.767) for second overall in the spring session, followed by softball (3.760), women’s indoor/outdoor track (3.72) and women’s cross country (3.719).

The college’s hockey (3.714), volleyball (3.617) and women’s lacrosse (3.542) teams were all better than 3.50 for the semester, while men’s swimming and diving (3.496), men’s soccer (3.482) men’s indoor/outdoor track (3.460), men’s cross country (3.451), baseball (3.395) and men’s lacrosse (3.381) programs all finished with a team GPA higher than 3.35. The golf program (3.333), women’s basketball (3.201) and the men’s basketball team (3.061) round out the list of varsity programs over 3.00 for the term.

Last week, the NCAA announced that all of the Canisius’ varsity athletic programs are in good standing, and two teams posted perfect single-year scores according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics release.

In all, 17 of Canisius’ 18 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points. For this data report, the NCAA counts men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track as one program.

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

Professional Development at NativityMiguel School of Buffalo

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Congratulations to Betsy DelleBovi, PhD, on her publication in the latest issue of A Journal about “Professional Development: Ignatian Principles at Work with Teachers of Underserved Students.”  The article explains how she helped teachers at the NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo to learn and employ Ignatian values in their work with students. The article also explores how Jesuit colleges and universities currently work to maintain Ignatian ideals as the presence of Jesuit priests diminishes.

Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Professor Emeritus Religious Studies & Theology

Faculty Meetups on Thursdays

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., faculty can meet via the web to discuss past teaching experiences, present teaching problems and triumphs, as well as future possibilities in teaching courses during the fall 2020 semester.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to gallimom@canisius.edu and he will send you the link!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday (formerly Flashback Friday)!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1972 when Canisius senior Terrance R. McKnight was named the top debater in the country. McKnight placed first in a field of 108 debaters at the National Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT.

He and his teammate, sophomore Mary Grace Diehl, also placed first in the National Debate Tournament of Champions held that same spring at Illinois State University. It was the fourth consecutive time the Canisius debate team finished among the top 10 in the National Tournament. In 1970, the debate team of David J. Goss ’70 and David L. Wagner ’71 took home first place in the tournament.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius College President John J. Hurley discussed what the fall 2020 semester may look like in a lengthy interview with WGRZ-TV Channel 2. During the wide-ranging interview, President Hurley provided insight into how the college is planning to adapt to ensure safety and social distancing measures in the classrooms, the residence halls and in the dining areas. 

Click here to watch the interview. 

Also, Economics Professors Mark Zaporowski, George Palumbo and Julie Anna Golebiewski are all quoted in today’s Buffalo News. The article, titled “As Reopening Gains Speed, Buffalo Niagara’s Recovery Will be Slow,” is written by Reporter David Robinson and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications 

WNY Economic News

The coronavirus pandemic has ended the 42 quarter national economic expansion that began in 2009.  Advanced estimates of GDP growth for 2020 show the economy contracting by 4.8% in the first quarter and that contraction likely to continue – and be much worse – during the second quarter.  

The latest edition of Western New York Economic News explores how long this economic downturn will last, and how quickly the economy can be re-opened. 

The quarterly publication provides analysis and forecasts of economic trends in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area and contrasts these trends with those in New York State and the nation. The newsletter is prepared by George Palumbo, PhD , Mark Zaporowski, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, of the economics and finance faculty at Canisius. 

Click here to read the latest volume of WNY Economic News.

Submitted by: College Communications

Emergency Food Assistance

Due to loss of employment, hundreds of families in our community are without food.  Through the efforts of Pastor Kinzer Pointer and the Health Equity Task Force, a food supply is available and ready for packaging and delivery.    But volunteers are needed to help with this.

Please come to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 701 E. Delavan Avenue in Buffalo (14215), on Tuesday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. to help sort and package groceries for needy families.  Masks and gloves will be provided for all volunteers.  For more information, contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, director, New Buffalo Institute

Volunteer Opportunities – Local to International

The New Buffalo Institute is once again updating its list of ways to support the larger Canisius community while recognizing the need for social distancing.  Volunteering online lets you donate your virtual time to a cause that matters, which means you can make a difference even if you cannot go physically volunteer somewhere.

New opportunities for volunteering locally:

  • Say Yes to Education The Say Yes Buffalo Internship & Career Pathways Program is launching a certificate program to provide professional development for our scholars and engagement opportunities with our local workforce.  To obtain a certificate, each scholar must complete two informational interviews with local professionals. Interviews should be 45 – 60 minutes in length and Say Yes Buffalo staff will assist with connecting students with volunteers. They will begin in June and conclude by mid-August. We are seeking volunteers to participate in these informational interviews. As a professional volunteer, you are welcome to sign-up for more than one interview if you choose. We are accepting volunteers until May 28.
  • City Year AmeriCorps Member Food Pantry As this period of social distancing continues, we want to find ways to offer additional support to our AmeriCorps members. While all of our AmeriCorps members are continuing to receive their healthcare and living stipend for the remainder of their term of service, we know this will place extra strain on them and their support networks. To that end, we’ve developed a wish list on Amazon to help us create a Food Pantry for any of our members to access non-perishable items during this critical time. If you are interested in purchasing any items to be distributed to our members, please click here.

Opportunities to volunteer nationally or internationally (thanks to First Lady Maureen Hurley and the Newman Center for sharing these ideas):

  • United Nations Volunteers If you are looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.
  • Catchafire This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help non-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.
  • Amnesty Decoders Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights violations. Volunteers have used their phones and computers to verify the location of oil spills, find evidence of drone strikes and flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India.
  • Translators Without Borders For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health and education.
  • Crisis Text Line Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If you are at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.
  • Zooniverse Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that would not be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you would like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.
  • Project Gutenberg Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they have amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form or proofreading others’ work.
  • All for Good Points of Light’s database includes thousands of volunteer opportunities. To find virtual opportunities, enter “virtual” in your search under “more options.”

Go to the New Buffalo Institute website to find additional volunteering suggestions. Click here for more information.

Submitted by:  Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Global Ignatian Pentecost Vigil this Saturday

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COVID-19 has affected the entire community. What better response than to pray together? “Come, Holy Spirit, and Renew the Face of the Earth” is a 30 minute online Pentecost prayer vigil which will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. It will bring together the Ignatian family and our Jesuit and Ignatian networks throughout the world in more than 100 countries. Please join these brothers and sisters of yours, in spirit and in prayer, at this unique moment in human history.

The details:

  • The 30-minute prayer vigil will take place at three separate times to accommodate the global Ignatian family across different time zones. Join us at either 8:00 p.m. (Asia Pacific, Manila time), 8:00 p.m. (EMEA, Rome/Madrid time), or 8:00 p.m. (the Americas, New York/Santiago Time).
  • Find more information at http://pentecost.jesuits.global
  • Come to the vigil with an open heart, your prayer intentions and a candle that you will light.
  • Between now and May 30, pray daily for God’s Holy Spirit to come powerfully among us. Invite your friends and networks to join the vigil. Share your own prayers in advance on social media with #IgnatianPentecost and #TogetherAMDG

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Drawn into Friendship: An Interactive Art Retreat

 

Jesuit scholastic Christopher Alt, SJ, in collaboration with The Jesuit Post, invites you to join him for an interactive art retreat based on the creation story found in Genesis.  “Drawn into Friendship” guides participants through a series of scripture passages, drawing exercises and meditations, which can be viewed in one, hour-long setting or broken up according to reach respective day of creation.

This free retreatis available in English and Spanish. The retreat particulars and a supplemental guide can be viewed at your convenience here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Prayer in the Jesuit Community

One of the graces for the Jesuits at Loyola Hall during these difficult days has been the opportunity for all of us to gather together for Mass in our community chapel each day. The students, faculty, staff, alumni and benefactors of the three schools we serve – NativityMiguel Middle School, Canisius High School and Canisius College – are always remembered in our prayers.

During these challenging times, we invite you to let us know of any particular intentions you or any of your family and friends would like us to remember at Mass.

Intentions can be sent to us at prayers@canisius.edu and we will remember them both at Mass and in our personal prayers.

May God bless you with peace and consolation today and every day.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Campus Ministry/ New Buffalo Institute

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays” (formerly Trivia Wednesdays), which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Which sports team has had the most NCAA appearances in postseason up until 2018?

(a) softball

(b) women’s lacrosse

(c) men’s basketball

(d) women’s basketball

And here’s a first … There was no winner in last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. Several people made guesses but no correct answer was submitted.

Last week’s trivia question was:

What 1977 event forced Canisius to postpone commencement ceremonies in May of that year?

a. A fire destroyed part of the Student Center Auditorium

b. New York enacted extreme budget cuts on all independent colleges across the state

c. The Blizzard of 1977

d. Canisius hosted the New York State Championships for women’s gymnastics

The correct answer was: (c) The Blizzard of 1977

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News interviewed Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for two separate stories that appeared in the Friday, May 22 edition.

Golebiewski weighed in on those industries that should see improvement as the region begins to reopen in a story by Reporter Patrick Lakamp titled “Jobs Vanish but Businesses Plot Their Comeback from the Coronavirus Shutdown.” The story can be read by clicking here.

Golebiewski also spoke with Reporter Matt Glynn about those industries hit hardest by COVID-19. The story, titled “Buffalo Niagara’s Jobs Plunged 23% but Not Every Industry Hit as Hard,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry

The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar today, Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m., titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.

Click here to read more about this upcoming webinar.

To register for the webinar, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Laudato Sí After Five Years

Five years ago, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Sí, the first papal encyclical to focus on care for creation as a central moral obligation. His groundbreaking letter brought together the call to protect the environment and to defend the “least of these” through an integral ecology that challenges all of us. The letter is a hopeful call to action, holding that climate change is a moral test as well as a scientific reality and policy challenge.

In cooperation with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Initiative is hosting an online dialogue on the powerful message, continuing importance and future implications of Laudato Sí with the following leaders:

  • Cardinal Peter Turkson is prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, a leader in the development and implementation of Laudato Sí, and the leader of the new Vatican COVID-19 Commission.
  • Dan Misleh is the founder and director of Catholic Climate Covenant, which engages the U.S. Catholic community at the national, state, and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change.
  • Kim Wasserman is the executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, Illinois which has led several campaigns, including one that resulted in the closure of two local coal power plants. She is the 2013 recipient of the Goldman Prize for North America.
  • Christiana Zenner is an associate professor of theology, science, and ethics in the department of theology at Fordham University. Her research has focused on emerging and established fresh water ethics and its intersection with the ecological turn in Catholic social teaching.

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental… Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

—Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 2014

This online session is an Initiative Public Dialogue, Salt and Light Gathering, and Latino Leader Gathering and is held in cooperation with the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Click here to RSVP

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday (formerly Flashback Friday)!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1991 when the academic mace was carried for the first time at commencement ceremonies. Created by craftsmen at Kittinger Furniture in Buffalo, the highly ornamented wood staff was presented as a gift to Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, on the anniversary of his 25th year as president of Canisius.

The mace is traditionally carried before official academic ceremonies such as graduation, honors convocation and presidential inaugurations, and serves as a visible sign that a formal session is being called to order.

The staff of the mace is constructed of cherry wood, as is the emblematic Griffin that sits atop the standard. The mythological mascot is stylized with the body and paws of a lion and the wings of an eagle. Surrounding the staff below the Griffin standard is a commemorative brass ring.

Submitted by: College Communications

Former Superior General Passes Away

The General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome announced yesterday that the former Superior General, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, passed away on Wednesday, May 20 in Tokyo, Japan. The Jesuits in Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region, his family and compatriots in Spain, as well as his many friends around the world, deeply regret his loss.

Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the present Superior General, expressed his sorrow and condolences in a public message on Wednesday:

“Fr. Nicolas gave of himself throughout his life. It was a life marked by intense service, serene availability and a profound ability to live inculturation in Japan, where he went as a young Jesuit. It was a culture that he loved very much and in which he invested himself. The period of his Generalate was marked by his sense of humour, courage, humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis. Due to current travel restrictions, I am unable to travel to Japan for the funeral, but I assure all his many friends there of my closeness, compassion and condolences.”
“All those who worked with Father Nicolás at the General Curia greatly appreciated his presence during his term as General. He will be greatly missed throughout the Society as a wise, humble and dedicated Jesuit, a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious,” Father Sosa also said.

The funeral of Father Adolfo Nicolás will take place in Tokyo on Saturday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. The celebration will be broadcast live, in English, on the internet.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Rome in the Church of the Gesù at a date to be determined. It will be available live on the General Curia’s YouTube channel.

Click here to learn more about the life of Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ.

Submitted by: College Communications

WellNow Urgent Care – COVID 19 Testing

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COVID-19 virus and antibody testing is now available at all WellNow Urgent Care locations for anyone who has symptoms of or has been exposed to Coronavirus.

All WellNow facilities are doing car-side triage for patients, have socially-distanced waiting rooms, are reinforcing disinfecting practices and providing protective gear for staff and patients in need. Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, marketing coordinator, Athletics 

Pray for the Class of 2020 through Friday’s Examen – Live

This week, we pray the Examen Live! with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and we pray for the class of 2020, especially those who are #JesuitEducated.

Friday, May 22, 4:00-4:20 p.m. EST.

Stephanie Russell, Jeanne Lord and Joe DeFeo will lead us in prayer. Russell is the vice president for Mission Integration at AJCU. Lord serves as director of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar and associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students at Georgetown University. DeFeo is the executive director of AJCU’s Ignatian Colleagues Program.

Sign up and you will receive a quick reminder a few hours before the event.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry

The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.

Click here to read more about this upcoming webinar.

To register for the webinar, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Physics Professors Present at National Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop Erden Ertorer, PhD, and his colleagues from presenting their research on ultrafast lasers on May 14 at a national conference.

The CLEO Conference (www.cleoconference.org) is a prominent meeting for the field of photonics or the technical applications of light.  The laser is the most recognizable example of photonics.  Ertorer and his colleagues at the University of Toronto are studying the application of ultrafast lasers to medical procedures, as well as precision manufacturing.  An ultrafast laser concentrates the laser’s power in quick bursts on time scales of attoseconds (one quintillionth of a second) to picoseconds (one trillionth of a second).  Having a laser on for such short periods of time reduces the damage to the material or tissue.

The virtual CLEO talk, titled “Femtosecond Laser Nano-Filament Explosion: Opening Fiber Bragg Gratings for Opto-Fluidic Sensing,” was presented by Peter Herman, a professor at the University of Toronto.  Ertorer’s work was partially funded by a Dean’s Summer Grant.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics

Register for an Ignatian Virtual Retreat

 

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The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies invites you to participate in 12 Weeks in Manresa: Spiritual Exercises for Our Times, a virtual retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises, using a text offered through Jesuit Sources: “Finding Christ in the World: A Twelve Week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life.” The book, written by Rev. Joseph Tetlow, SJ and Carol Atwell Ackels, is an extended adaptation for praying with the Exercises. It provides daily content for prayer and space for taking notes.

In addition to the book, which will guide daily prayer, there are two additional components of the retreat: presentations on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, led by Rev. Casey Beaumier, SJ and optional small group faith sharing.

The Institute’s involvement in the retreat is minimal. The organization distributes the text and assigns participants to small groups, which are facilitated by one or two fellow retreatants. The facilitators’ role is simply to schedule the timing of the small group meetings, ensure that everything is set in place to hold the virtual meetings and then to start the weekly meetings on time. There will be five presentations by the Institute that will be available to all participants.

The deadline to register is May 29. The retreat will begin on June 7 and concludes on August 30. Those who are interested can register below. To ensure that you receive the book by June 7, please order as soon as possible, especially given the potential shipping delays related to COVID-19.

All of this information and more can be found at The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies website. If you have questions, please contact the Institute, at iajs@bc.edu.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Finding God in Architecture

“The Catholic imagination,” wrote the late Rev. Andrew Greeley in his aptly named book The Catholic Imagination, “can appropriately be called sacramental. It sees created reality as a sacrament, that is, a revelation of the presence of God.”

This “religious sensibility,” Greeley said, “inclines Catholics to see the Holy lurking in creation.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola would certainly agree. The idea that God is everywhere, that everything can reveal to us something about God is foundational to Ignatian spirituality.

It is a reassuring reminder during this time of social distancing that God does not solely reside in church buildings and sacred spaces. All of creation is holy – is sacramental – because it reveals something of the Creator.

This thinking was the inspiration for the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s new video series entitled “God in 5 Things.” Throughout the series, viewers are asked to reflect on where they find God – and why.

In the first installment, Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, professor of architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy, finds God in five different buildings. Click the YouTube link above to start the series.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

ITS Server Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be applying security patches to a few operating systems on Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, there will be interruptions to Self Service Banner 8 applications such as employee time sheets, grade entry or any portal links that have the (SSB) designation.

As always, if anyone encounters any issues accessing resources from within the portal or with Self Service Banner, please email helpdesk@canisius.edu for resolution.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director, Administrative Computing, ITS

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays” (formerly Trivia Wednesdays), which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

What 1977 event forced Canisius to postpone commencement ceremonies in May of that year?

a. A fire destroyed part of the Student Center Auditorium

b. New York enacted extreme budget cuts on all independent colleges across the state

c. The Blizzard of 1977

d. Canisius hosted the New York State Championships for women’s gymnastics

Pictured: Grant Guzda, help desk manager for ITS, is a previous trivia winner. He’s pictured here receiving some Canisius swag in November 2019.

Congratulations to Grant Guzda, help desk manager for ITS, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! Guzda will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s trivia question was:

What Canisius event drew nearly 80,000 people to the Main Street campus in 1923?

(a) Commencement

(b) Presidential Inauguration

(c) Blessing of the Koessler Athletic Center

(d) The Passion Play

The correct answer was: (d) The Passion Play

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid…Sort Of

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Members of the Psychology Department gathered virtually to celebrate and congratulate the 2020 senior psychology majors.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD and Charlie Goodsell, PhD, Psychology Department

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD, Mark Zaporowski, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, are quoted in a May 14 Buffalo News story titled “Will the Value of Your Home be the Next Coronavirus Casualty.” The article is written by Reporter David Robinson who sat in on last week’s live economic webinar, hosted by the professors, and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Congratulations to Canisius Class of 2020!

 

Canisius President John J. Hurley and Dan Dentino, PhD, vice president for Student Affairs accompanied Petey on Friday, May 15 in delivering the first senior packages to members of the Class of 2020 who live in the college neighborhood.  (They’re pictured here with, l-r, Ryan Boorum, Thomas Williams and Michael Kerr.)

The packages consisted of the items seniors would have received during their senior week activities, including a Canisius photo frame, a Class of 2020 blanket and pillow and a Canisius pennant.  More packages will be delivered this week and the remainder will be mailed to students outside the area.

While we can’t be together to celebrate now, we look forward to celebrating with our graduates in October!

Submitted by: Rich Kennedy, assistant director, Office of Student Life

Physician Assistant Program to Begin Admissions Process

The Canisius College Physician Assistant Studies program is pleased to announce it received permission from the New York State Education Department to begin the process of accepting applications for its first cohort, which is expected to start in January 2021. The program had an accreditation site visit February 27-28 and is expected to hear a final decision regarding approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) sometime in early July. The program will not offer interviews or make selections for admittance until after it receives provisional accreditation but will begin accepting and reviewing applications through the central application site (CASPA). Information about the program can now be found at https://www.canisius.edu/academics/programs/physician-assistant, including information about accreditation, admissions requirements and curriculum.

Canisius College has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the (ARC-PA). Canisius College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achievement of Accreditation-Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting and New York State Department of Education program registration.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. In the event that ARC-PA withholds accreditation, the Canisius College PA Program will not admit students to begin in January 2021 and will continue development and pursuit of accreditation in the next available cycle.

For more information, please email the program at pastudies@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, program director, Physician Assistant Studies

Online Faculty Meetups: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

COLI’s Online Faculty Meetups will continue into the summer!

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., faculty can meet via the web to discuss past teaching experiences, present teaching problems and triumphs, as well as future possibilities in teaching courses face-to-face, hybrid or online.  This Thursday, May 21, we will discuss course design possibilities for Fall 2020.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to gallimom@canisius.edu, and we will send you the link!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Zoom Update Available

All Zoom users should be updating their Zoom video conferencing software regularly.  If you have not already done so, please select the “Check for Updates” option in your Zoom settings menu.  This will ensure that you are using the latest and most secure version of the Zoom software.   This new version includes a lot of new security measures and features.  For more information on using these features, check out this video from Zoom: https://youtu.be/OeFdlssWeuk

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, via Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or by visiting the Help Desk website at http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

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

Flashback Friday (Soon to be Throwback Thursday)

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1988 when Canisius College welcomed political satirist and comedian Mark Russell to serve as the college’s commencement speaker. At the time he spoke to graduates, Russell was best known for his series of comedy specials on PBS, and his routines that mixed political stand-up humor with current events and musical parodies. Russell is pictured (above) playing the piano and singing with Canisius President Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, on trombone. The pair performed a duet for students at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.

Reminder: Flashback Fridays become Throwback Thursdays next week when The Dome begins its summer publication schedule. Starting Tuesday, May 19, the employee E-letter will publish every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer until the first week of classes for the fall semester.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

Faculty from the School of Education & Human Services wanted to do something special for their seniors to show support for their hard work and commitment over the past four years. So, they printed and hand-delivered lawn signs to those graduates living in the immediate area. The signs read: Congratulations Graduate – Class of 2020 – Home of a Future Teacher & Golden Griffin.

WIVB-TV Channel 4 reported on the special delivery to education graduates on Wednesday, May 13. Click here to watch the story by Angelica Morrison.

And that’s not all.

Professors from the School of Education & Human Services, with a little help from Canisius President John Hurley, also produced a video of each reading an excerpt from the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go. This book has become a classic keepsake gift, often given to students at graduation time. Click the video link above to watch.

Submitted by: College Communications

Department of Communication Recognizes Seniors

The Department of Communication couldn’t let this week go by without recognizing its outstanding seniors. The department is honoring several graduates in Communication Studies, Journalism and Digital Media Arts each day. Below are just a few profiles. To read them all, visit the Communication Studies Facebook page where every senior is being recognized.

Andrew Phelan

A talented writer, COM major Andrew Phelan has a passion for theater and enjoyed his time with the Canisius College Little Theatre and at his internship at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo. He’s this year’s recipient of the Thalia Feldman Memorial Award in Art History and earned an Academic Achievement award in Communication Studies.  Andrew shared two of his favorite quotes on the occasion of completing his degree:

  • “I did it all by myself … okay, nothing further from the truth.” (Allison Janney accepting her Oscar)
  • “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” (Lucille Ball)
Rebecca Brandel

Rebecca Brandel is always going somewhere. She managed to get six separate internships, studied a semester in London and served as USA’s executive vice president senior year. It’s no surprise she was president of the Commuter Student Association. Now, Becca … just take a deep breath and get ready to jump into your new life. Let us know where you land.

Noah Cliff

JRN/COM major Noah Cliff worked as an intern for the Buffalo Bills Media Relations Department for two seasons, and also completed internships with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Uniland Development. You can hear him on the “What the BUF” podcast that he started with fellow COM major Tessa Pszonak. Noah is president of the Canisius chapter of Lambda Pi Eta and this year’s recipient of the Academic Excellence in Journalism Award and an Academic Achievement award in Communication. He’s built life-long relationships with his professors in the COM department, and we look forward to the great things Noah will accomplish!

Christie Connelly

COM/PSY major Christie Connelly is the recipient of the Communication Studies Academic Excellence Award, which is given to the COM major with the highest grade-point-average. Christie was the secretary of The CrescenDON’Ts this year and has been an active member of this a cappella group since she transferred to Canisius in 2018. As part of a Gender class project, Christie was instrumental in helping to raise over $3,000 and collect over 100 sports bras for The Kitenga Girl’s School. Christie delivered an impressive standup comedy routine in her Humor class and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta. Congrats Christie!

Submitted by: Barbara Irwin, PhD and Melissa Wanzer, EdD, professors, Communication Studies

HESAA Celebrates Class of 2020

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) celebrated the Class of 2020 on zoom through tuning into the master’s degree conferral ceremony, announcing the annual awards winners (pictured below), and watching a video of congratulations from faculty, supervisors, administrators, student affairs staff, mentors and colleagues across campus. We are so grateful to the HESAA graduates for their hard work and dedication in their roles as graduate assistants across campus supporting student engagement and success.

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

The Future of Jesuit Education

Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit universities, hosted a (virtual) Lunch & Learn Series on Tuesday, May 12 featuring Michael Sheeran, SJ, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Father Sheeran focused his talk on the future of Jesuit higher education and the challenges it faces in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

To view Father Sheeran’s talk, click the video link above.

Submitted by: College Communications

Examen Live!

The Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to pray the Examen Live today, Friday, May 15, from 4:00 – 4:20 p.m.

Kelly Swan and Brenna Davis will lead the prayer. Swan is communications director for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. Davis is director of Education for Justice and environmental initiatives for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Boston College and served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

This is an opportunity at the end of the week to take a deep breath, recall that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection on our experiences.

Click here to participate in the Examen Live!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

What Canisius event drew nearly 80,000 people to the Main Street campus in 1923?

(a) Commencement

(b) Presidential Inauguration

(c) Blessing of the Koessler Athletic Center

(d) The Passion Play

Mark Piatkowski, associate director, Student Life

Congratulations to Mark Piatkowski, associate director of student life, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! Mark will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

The rose window over the main entrance of Christ the King Chapel features the figure of Christ the King in the center. Twelve petals radiate out from the center. What do they represent?

a) the 12 months of the year

(b) the 12 Apostles

(c) the power and authority of God

(d) Scriptural numeral

The correct answer was: (b) the 12 Apostles

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Switches to Summer Schedule

Starting Tuesday, May 19, The Dome will publish every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, until the first week of classes for the fall semester. At that time, The Dome will then return to its regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule.

The deadline for summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Monday and Wednesday before publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

Highlights from Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, May 4, 2020 via Zoom.  Highlights from the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president; assistant to the president; secretary, Board of Trustees

Graduates Commit to Year of Service

Seven members of the Canisius College Class of 2020 have committed to a year of post-graduate service work. The students will dedicate the coming year to living simply, working for social justice and serving those who live on the margins of society, with such organizations as AmeriCorps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

The Jesuit Volunteer Corp assists in education, advocacy and direct and community service for low-wage earners, homeless, unemployed, refugees, street youth, former gang members, the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and others who strive to find justice in their lives.

AmeriCorps tutors and mentors disadvantaged youth; fights illiteracy; helps build affordable housing; works to improve health services; manages or operates after-school programs; and helps communities respond to disasters.

Those Canisius graduates who have committed to a year of service are:

  • Madeline Beaulieu, a biology major.  Beaulieu will devote a year of service to the Loretto Volunteer Program and assist at the Women’s Bean Project in Denver, CO.
  • Henry Burton, a biology major.  Burton will devote a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, helping at St. Katharine Drexel Academy in San Diego, CA.
  • Ashley Dittrich, a biology major. Dittrich will complete her year of service with AmeriCorps, volunteering at the National Civilian Community Corps in Aurora, CO.
  • Rachel Joachimi, a Spanish major.  Joachimi will complete a year of service with AmeriCorps, assisting at Posada Esperanza in Austin, TX.
  • Hanna Kralles, a chemistry major.  Kralles will complete her year of service with the AmeriCorps Health Corps Team, volunteering at the Washington AIDS Partnership in Washington, D.C.
  • Simon Pratt, a biology major.  Pratt will devote a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, assisting at the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington in Washington, D.C.
  • Wesley Rider, an economics major.  Rider will complete his year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, helping at the organization Back on My Feet, in Los Angeles, CA. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Online Zoom Recordings to be Deleted

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit to total online storage for all users. Periodically, the Zoom administrators at Canisius must delete old videos within the Zoom account. In most cases, videos still stored in Zoom accounts are no longer in use or haven’t been viewed recently.

After Wednesday, May 20, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Wednesday, January 1, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

 

Updating Web Pages

As a quick reminder, to make an edit to your department’s existing web page, please use the form on the portal under “Creative and Web Services” and located on the left-hand side, under the heading “Web Request Form,” which can also be found by clicking here: https://my.canisius.edu/group/1574519

Recently, a new form was added to submit for creating new web pages. The process for creating new web pages is different than editing an existing one, so the questions on the new form will help the web services team understand the thought process behind the submission and create a collaborative process from the onset.

The form can be found right under the Web Request Form.

Any questions can be directed to krukj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Josh Kruk, director, Digital Marketing

 

The Art of the Selfie

The final project for FAH-481A Art of the Selfie: Self Portraits – A Critical Inquiry allows students to research many aspects of self-portraiture. While some write about the impact of selfies on self-esteem and narcissism, others present insightful studies about self portraits by Sofonisba Anguissola, Caravaggio, Vincent van Gogh, and Flora Borsi.

For his paper, Kieran Sommer ’20 wrote about the self portraits created by Vivian Maier. Dubbed the “Nanny Photographer,” Maier’s works were only recently unearthed from storage sites, developed and printed, and exhibited. As a part of his experience, Sommer and his family decided to mirror some of Maier’s work as they recorded their experiences in 2020.

He wrote, “Looking especially at Vivian’s self-photographs in the windows of buildings, it reminds me of what society is going through today. Through all of the social distancing and self-quarantine, we are behind walls and restricted to our own living spaces. My family and I had the opportunity to take pictures of ourselves inside our house with the photographer being outside. It gave my mother the great idea when I had told her about my paper topic to include this. I definitely do see the similarity and when I think about Vivian taking the same pictures 70 years ago, she was so far ahead of the times she was living in. (Above) is a picture of my family and I inside our house playing cards in black and white in 2020 (Figure 9) and next to it is an image that is similar in structure that Vivian took of two women inside a waiting room in 1954 (Figure 10).”

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

 

 

Online Faculty Meetups

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COLI’s Online Faculty Meetups will continue into the summer!

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., faculty can meet via the web to discuss past teaching experiences, present teaching problems and triumphs, and future possibilities in teaching courses face-to-face, hybrid or online.

This Thursday, May 14th, we reflect on the recently-completed spring 2020 semester: how we managed to complete the semester remotely, our initial observations and student feedback we may have received along the way.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu, and we’ll send you the link!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

ITS Banner Upgrades/Web App Server Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be applying Banner Software upgrades, along with some application server maintenance, on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 6:00  – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits and custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management, etc.) will be unavailable.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director, Administrative Computing ITS

Engagement Team Zoom Meeting-5/19

I hope that you are your families are safe and well. It is time for our Employee Engagement Team to reconnect with a different focus for this quarter.

As we continue to work remotely, our team will be meeting to discuss best practices from our individual remote work experiences and other virtual event opportunities that can assist us as a campus community in remaining connected during these challenging times. Our engagement survey results will be tabled until we have the opportunity to review these with our leadership team.

Our meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please Email Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu if you are interested in joining us. We look forward to sharing and hearing your ideas.

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

 

 

 

The Economic Impact of COVID-19

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College will present a live webinar on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. titled “The Economic Impact of Covid-19 and What it Means Going Forward.”

The webinar is being hosted by Canisius College Professors of Economics George M. Palumbo, PhD and Julie Anna M. Golebiewski, PhD, both of whom are scholarly experts on the local, regional and national economies. Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of Palumbo and Golebiewski. 

To register for the webinar, click here.

To learn more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Life Imitates Art: Hispanic Edition

Students in Dr. Richard Reitsma’s SPA 217: Introduction to Composition spent the semester studying economics, political and social movements, women’s and indigenous rights, and music and art.

Once we transitioned to online learning, students explored how art and music reflect human experiences, shape political and social reality, and provide solace.  They also explored how lessons of suffering and deprivation during dictatorships, wars or other tragedies served to remind them to be strong and persist in their resolve, to recognize their relative privilege, and find inspiration in figures as diverse as Sor Juana and Frida Kahlo to Bad Bunny.

Students were also given the opportunity to recreate an artwork of impact and meaning to them, from any artist from the Spanish-speaking world.  These are some of the inspiring results.  More images (and the brief essays) can be viewed by clicking here, although they are written in Spanish.

Submitted by: Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

One Jesuit Buffalo Hosts First Live Event

On May 12, One Jesuit Buffalo will offer its first “live” virtual event featuring speakers Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless from the podcast “Jesuitical.”

Davis and McKinless are also associate editors at America Media. They developed their podcast with young Catholics in mind but have attracted a very broad and diverse group of listeners.

So please mark your calendars,  invite your friends, grab your favorite beverage and join the (Zoom) conversation on May 12 at 6:00 p.m at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/s/86341375980 .

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Spiritual Exercises for Our Times

The Institute for the Advanced Jesuit Studies will offer the virtual retreat: Manresa: Spiritual Exercises for our Times, starting tonight, Monday, May 11 from 8:00-8:45 p.m. and continuing each evening at the same time, through Thursday, May 14.

It was in a cave in Manresa, Spain, where Saint Ignatius composed the Spiritual Exercises. In this time of seclusion, he came to know God in a profoundly intimate way. In our time of seclusion, we too, can find God in a deeper, more profound way.

The retreat will consist of:

  • Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Faith Sharing in Zoom breakout rooms (20 minutes)
  • Closing Prayer (5 minutes)

To register for this virtual retreat, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1940 when two outstanding bequests made it possible for Canisius to grow its campus plan with the construction and dedication of the Horan-O’Donnell Science Building.

Buffalo school teacher Marian A. Horan bequeathed $100,000 to Canisius in 1936, specifically “to build and equip a scientific laboratory … in memory of the Patrick Horan family.”

Shortly thereafter, neurologist William J. O’Donnell, MD, bequeathed one third of his estate to Canisius for the erection of a science building.

The design of the three-story, $250,000 structure included an ample number of windows for its day in order to “afford sufficient lighting for scientific research.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in on the challenges working parents will face when Western New York businesses reopen, in the Thursday, May 8 edition of The Buffalo News. Click here to read the story.

WBEN-AM Radio 930 interviewed Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, about a decision by a U.S. District Judge to put New York’s Democratic presidential primary back on for June 23. Listen to the story by clicking here.

Canisius student Julia Cornwell is working to make sure mothers on the front lines have a special Mother’s Day. She and a friend from high school are raising money to feed the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital this Sunday. WKBW-TV Channel 7 did a feature on their efforts. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Teacher Residency Program Graduates First Class

The Western New York Teacher Residency (WNYTR) program will graduate its first class of six on May 13, 2020. Graduates of the master’s degree program receive New York State certification in childhood and special education (grades 1-6).

The WNYTR program, partially supported by a grant from the Cullen Foundation, was established in fall 2018. Through this teacher residency program, aspiring educators complete master’s level coursework while building their skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and leaders in high-need schools and districts.  

The 2020 WNYTR program graduates are:

  • Briana Williams
  • Phoenix Brown
  • Savannah Jonathan ’18
  • Jessica Dillon
  • Gabrielle Threet
  • Seth Ehrenberg

The Western New York Teacher Residency program requires interested graduate students to apply for a position. Candidates will also be eligible for a Western New York Teacher Residency Scholarship and receive a living wage stipend during their residency year.

To learn more about the WNYTR program, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Justice for Migrant Families

The conditions within the Batavia Federal Detention Center (BFDC) are worsening with 49 confirmed cases of Covid 19.    An Investigative Post article, dated April 28, reports on the inhumane conditions of release from the BFDF.  “Immigrants are freed from the federal detention center in Batavia, dumped at a gas station and left to fend for themselves.”  Senator Kristin Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins called out ICE, and are asking for greater federal oversight of detention facilities across the country.  Here are some actions you can take to help.

  • Justice for Migrant Families (JFMF) is desperately in need of short and long-term housing options for people being released from the detention center who need to quarantine or whose long-term housing placements have been impacted by the coronavirus. If anyone has a rental space that is not being rented at this moment that a nonprofit could use for temporary housing (2 weeks – 1 month) for a reduced fee, please be in touch.  You can reach them at justiceformigrantfamilies@gmail.com
  • Watch a Facebook event with stories from those who are detained, an attorney and a public health expert. You can watch the (recorded) event here.
  •   If you are interested in getting involved with JFMF, please let them know by filling out this form. Some of the current needs are listed below.

1.) Becoming a pen-pal to someone detained in Batavia
2.) Answering the phone lines
3.) Direct support (gathering donations, delivery, emotional support)
4.) Housing Committee
5.) Legal Connection Committee
6.) Fundraising Committee
7.) Social media /website team
8.) Policy & Advocacy Committee
9.) Visitation (currently suspended)
10.) Interpretation/translation
11.) Lawyers, accountants or graphic designers who would like to volunteer their skills

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

 

Students Make Medical Informatics Internship Presentations

Pre-med and pre-health students made their final internship presentations to their site supervisors at the medical informatics company PEPID. Interns assist in several aspects of developing content for clinical decision support tools.

Interns trained in person at company headquarters in Phoenix, AZ prior to the semester and then conducted their work remotely throughout the term. This semester, they were able to see in real-time how the company adapted to the pandemic. One intern’s final presentation focused on COVID-19. Another intern’s writing was featured in the company’s blog.

Started by PEPID’s president and Canisius alumnus John Wagner ’76, in 2013, the internship is currently supervised by the director of product management Sean Wagner ’16. Since this program’s inception, 45 Canisius pre-med/pre-health students have completed this internship.

This semester’s interns were Henry Burton ’20, Madeline Beaulieu ’20, Wasiq Khawar ’21 and Marianthi Vasiliadis ’21.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

 

The Show Must Go On

The Canisius College Little Theatre group performed a dramatic reading of the play “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire on Friday, May 1.  The play revolves around a family’s response to a tragic loss.

Little Theater usually performs twice per semester but was unable to hold its final performance on campus at the end of the year due to the Covid-19 crisis.  As they say in theater, the show must go on!  The group decided to stream its table read to viewers on Little Theatre’s Facebook page, utilizing Zoom’s live stream feature.  The performance was viewed live by family and friends at home, as well as many of the Little Theatre alumni.

“Rabbit Hole” was performed by Claire Bingaman, Ethan Wood, Andrew Phelan, Lydia Sulaiman, Brianna Propis, with audio run by Kyra Lewis, and directed by Eileen Dugan.

Check out the performance on the Canisius College Little Theater Facebook Page!

Submitted by: Rich Kennedy, assistant director, Office of Student Life

MCAT Exam Prep Moves Online

                                                   Canisius pre-med students meet with their Kaplan MCAT Prep Course instructor

The coronavirus pandemic forced students preparing for the MCAT exam to move their in-person class online. Now they must wait until testing sites open up again to actually take the MCAT exam. Wish them all luck.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, Schreiner Pre-Medical Center 

 

 

Griff Center Career Hosts Job Search Boot Camp

 

The Griff Center’s career development team is hosting a Job Search Boot Camp all next week for senior students.  Check out the schedule (above) and then go to Handshake for more details on the events and Zoom links.

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, senior associate director, Griff Center Career Development

 

Help Desk Starts Summer Hours

The ITS Help Desk will begin its summer hours schedule on Monday, May 11.  The Help Desk will be open Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 21.

In this period of Academic Continuance, the Help Desk is operational and can assist with any technology needs.  Please call 888-8340 during business hours, Email helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

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

Physiology Students Become Wikipedia Authors!

The 30 juniors and seniors enrolled in Dr. Justine Melo’s physiology course (Bio340) all became “published” authors this week – on Wikipedia, which is in fact a peer-reviewed resource!

Despite the teacher’s maxim that “Wikipedia is a great place to start and a terrible place to end up,” Wikipedia Science has become a valuable and reliable resource in recent years.  The students of Bio340 undertook a semester-long project, working in groups of two and four in size.  At the beginning of the term, each group selected a rare human physiological disorder for which no Wikipedia article (or only a very short article) previously existed. By spring break (from which we sadly did not return), students had submitted the first draft of their articles and since then it has been revision, revision, revision.  As an instructor, one of the upsides of remote education has been having the opportunity to work closely with each student group on Zoom for about one hour each week, which would have been difficult to orchestrate otherwise.

The mission of the Wikipedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.  Because the ethos of Wikipedia is centered on service to the community, individual authors are anonymous.  This professor felt that our young authors deserved credit in The Dome, however!  Please take a moment to view their articles!

DISORDER/DISEASE                                       STUDENT AUTHORS

Wrinkly Skin Syndrome Lauryn Rudin, Max Chrzanoswski, Joshua Bobak & Ethan Wood
Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis Tony Carrero, Connor Davies & Marcus Brown
Chylomicron Retention Disease Caleb Graham, Eisa Hashmi, Patrick Eugeni
Tyrosinimia Christian Rottner, Chris Fisher & Joel Fernando
Uncombable Hair Syndrome Alex Brenan, Nico Hernandez, Ashley Chapman & Sean Gibson
Rubinstein-Taybe Syndrome Katlynn Crossley, Kari Seep, Jaci Wallace & Kelsey Voelker
Darier Disease Simon Pratt & Ashlyn Kornetz
Coffin-Lowry Syndrome Giovanna Aquilina, Teresa Gerth & Natalie Lizarazo
Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Madison Chapin & Ashlynn Gilfillan
Neutral Lipid Storage Disease Madeline Beaulieu & Cassidy Ceriani

Submitted by: Justine Melo, PhD, assistant professor, Biology

Chemistry Graduate Receives 2nd Prestigious Award

W. Benton Swanson, who graduated with the chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society, ACS, from Canisius in 2017, was awarded the 2020 Hatton Award by the American Association for Dental Research, a prestigious young investigator’s award. Swanson received the 1st place award in the Hatton Competition for his research on the design of tissue engineering scaffold guides in craniofacial surgeries. Since 2017, Swanson has been studying and working in the DD/PhD program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is the second time that his extraordinary abilities were recognized at the national level. Last year he was awarded the most prestigious National Institute of Health funded Fellowship for graduate students in DD/PhD programs.

Swanson demonstrated for the first time his extraordinary research abilities, while working for three summers on CEEP and Chemistry Department-funded projects in Dr. Mariusz Kozik’s laboratory on carbon dioxide activation by transition metal substituted polyoxotungstates. His work included working with extremely “dry” solutions, which in order to remain dry, needed to be kept away from any contact with air, while being handled in the laboratory, without being kept in the sealed containers. His mentor often commented that Swanson’s solutions were kept “drier than a bone” and that he was one of the very few people who were capable of doing it consistently. His nickname eventually became DBB, “Drier than a Bone Ben.”

According to  Kozik, through his work at Canisius, Swanson made major contributions to establishing the structures of polyoxotungstates by 2D-DOSY, two-dimensional diffusion ordered NMR spectroscopy. He carried out all DOSY experiments using state-of -the-art NMR spectrometer owned by Canisius. Swanson presented his findings as a Canisius undergraduate student at the National Meeting of the ACS in San Francisco in 2017. At present his work at Canisius is in the process of being published in the Journal of Coordination Chemistry.

Meantime, at U. of Michigan, Swanson has already submitted three patent applications concerning tissue regeneration in craniofacial surgery.

Submitted by: Mariusz Kozik, PhD, professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

The rose window over the main entrance of Christ the King Chapel features the figure of Christ the King in the center. Twelve petals radiate out from the center. What do they represent?

a) the 12 months of the year

(b) the 12 Apostles

(c) the power and authority of God

(d) Scriptural numeral


This is Barb Irwin’s second win in the Trivia Wednesday contest. The picture above is from her first win, in October 2019.

Congratulations to Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! Barb will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

Which former All-American basketball player from Canisius went on to make NBA history as one of only three players to record a triple-double in a playoff debut?

(a) Michael Smrek ’85

(b) Johnny McCarthy ’56

(c) Leroy Chollet ’50

(d) Andrew Anderson ’67

The correct answer was: (b) Johnny McCarthy ’56

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter Jay Tokasz recently spoke with several college presidents, including Canisius President John Hurley, about how they are struggling to piece together finances in the wake of COVID-19. The story, which appeared on the front page of the May 5 edition is titled “Colleges Struggle with Enrollment Uncertainty: They Might Not Show Up,” and can be read by clicking here.

President Hurley also spoke at length with Griffin Editor Mike Pesarchick for a comprehensive article in which the college leader reflected on 10 years as president, 150 years of Canisius and the college’s future. The full story can be read here.

Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of the sport administration program, joined “Buffalo Early News with Randy Bushover” on WBEN-AM Radio this past Sunday, May 3 to talk about COVID-19’s impact on college athletics. Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Campus Update

Just over a year ago, I started in my role as the associate dean for diversity and inclusion.  This was in the midst of discussions regarding the findings of the 2018 campus climate study.  I would like to update the Canisius community on our progress.

As you know, Canisius College is an educational community comprised of students and employees with varied backgrounds and life experiences.   Together, we can help make diversity and inclusion a priority in our daily work and interactions.  While the role of associate dean for diversity and inclusion may serve as a focal point for this work, the responsibility for putting our values into action belongs to each of us.

As demonstrated below, the goal is to work collaboratively with others to create and support a truly inclusive experience throughout all aspects of campus life while helping members of the college community understand and appreciate how diversity and inclusion on campus strengthens us:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee, formerly known as the Racial Diversity Team, has been working to develop a campus climate on race strategic plan to ensure that diversity and inclusion efforts are a fundamental part of the College.  This emphasis on race also recognizes the intersections of identities and experiences essential to our institutional goals. The committee will continue to work in partnership with the associate dean for diversity and inclusion to monitor institutional progress, and implement programs, and initiatives.

  • Campus Climate on Race Strategic Plan

The campus climate on race strategic plan has been submitted to the senior leadership team.  Goals include creating opportunities to build capacity for diversity and inclusion by offering workshops, trainings and programs, increasing interdepartmental communication and collaboration, addressing issues of access and equity in employment, and improving the experience of all students and employees of the College.

  • Diversity & Inclusion Statement

A subcommittee, with representation from accessibility services, administrative associates, facilities, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association, and international education, drafted a campus wide statement for diversity and inclusion.   The draft statement has been accepted by the senior leadership team and strategic planning committee.

The campus climate on race strategic plan and diversity and inclusion statement will be made available for campus comment and feedback.  After the commenting period, both documents will be presented to the board of trustees. 

  • Campus Climate Workshop Series

The campus climate workshop series provides opportunities for all members of the college to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills vital to transforming the culture of our institution.  In collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs, we were able to offer the following:

  • Talk About, Think About, & Act on Implicit Bias, presented by Dr. Nathan Arbuckle, Department Psychology (Fall 2019)
  • Faculty Teaching Retreat in collaboration with the Office Mission & Identity, There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content (Fall 2019)
  • Talk About, Think About, & Act on Implicit Bias, hosted by Facilities Management (2 Workshops, Spring 2020)
  • Microaggressions Are Not So Subtle: The Verbal, Behavioral, and Environmental Indignities!, presented by Isabelle Oritz, University at Buffalo, Intercultural & Diversity Center (postponed)
  • Facilitating Difficult Conversations: Calling One Into A Conversation, Not Calling One Out, presented by:  Robbie Routenberg,  InciteChange  (postponed)
  • Bias Resource & Response Team (BRT)

The divisions of academic and student affairs have convened a bias resource and response team.  The purpose of the group is to develop proactive strategies and response protocols that support a positive campus climate.  The BRT has participated in a bias response training, reviewed our process for addressing bias incidents reported by our students and staff, and researched best practices to improve our policy.

  • Additional Initiatives

The office of diversity and inclusion is excited about the opportunity to continue this work with campus partners that include:

  • Kathleen Brucato, associate dean of students and coordinator for Title IX, to provide programs that scaffold diversity beyond new student orientation.
  • Thomas Chambers, dean of the college of arts and sciences, to meet with the Minority Faculty and Staff Affinity Group to develop a critical race studies/ethnic studies minor.
  • Rich Kennedy and the Undergraduate Student Association to expand the capacity of the Diversity Committee.
  • Melissa Mosko, associate professor of philosophy, with the support of Mark Gallimore, director COLI and Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, to develop a resource directory for teaching race in the classroom.
  • Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources, to develop a diversity in hiring policy and training for search committees.

Click here for a printable version of this document.

Canisius is a special place and I am honored to be a part of this important work.  I would like to thank the students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members who have laid the foundation for promoting diversity and inclusion at Canisius.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

Kinesiology Students Help Each Other Stay Fit While at Home

What do kinesiology students do when they need to social distance and their gym spaces are all closed? Write their own home-based workouts!

Students in HED337: Exercise Principles were given an optional task of creating an at-home workout for their classmates. They then recorded instructional videos of their own workouts and also videos performing other student’s exercise prescriptions. Using what they have around the house including back packs full of books and games to gallon jugs of water, from patios, driveways, bedrooms and kitchens, ingenuity prevails. After all, we are #CanisiusStrong!

Click the video link above to check out a montage of the students’ work, which even features a few special guests.

Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology

 

Pandemics Then and Now

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In order to make the past relevant to the present and help students recognize that history repeats itself, Davide Salvo, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Classics, encouraged students in his CLS 205 – Greece: Society & Culture and CLS 104. Roman History courses to compare the COVID-19 emergency with outbreaks of diseases in the ancient world. Among the readings scheduled in these two classes were Thucydides’ account of the plague that ravaged Athens in the years 430-426 BCE (in CLS 205) and Procopius’ description of the Justinian plague that devastated Constantinople in 541-542 CE (in CLS 104)

Students were asked to discuss the passage of Thucydides, which describes the social response of ancient Athenians to the Plague and compare it to our response to COVID-19. The students noticed similarities in how the outbreaks impact human relations and the economy. Abbreviated answers to this assignment are below. To read the full compilation of student answers, click here.

Some of students’ answers comparing the Greek response to plague in Greece: Society & Culture are below:

  • People fell into despair when they found out they had it, similar to how many people are acting with COVID-19. People were isolated, with absolutely no visitors, which is exactly true today …. In Athens, people became lawless and dishonorable. I think some people have acted dishonorably, like the man hoarding hand sanitizer, but generally law and order has been maintained… I think Thucydides’ account can be read as a warning, not so much a suggestion of how to act.
  • During the plague you begin to see a decrease in lawlessness meaning people have begun to just get the supplies that they need without a care of the law. You see a similar correlation to the COVID-19 epidemic mass purchasing supplies without a care for other people’s needs. We also see the connection between the Plague and Covid-19 that neither discriminate by social class or any other social structure issue.
  • One of the similarities I see with the social response to COVID-19 is Thucydides describes the plague as undiscriminating. This is similar to COVID-19 because this virus does not discriminate either.

 

 

Michael Sweert, Plague in an ancient city 1652-4. jpg.jpg

Some of the student responses comparing the Justinian plague to today are below:

  • These exact social responses (of the Byzantines) are happening today, albeit at a different rate in certain states compared to others. We are practicing social distancing, experiencing a meat shortage, a drop in the workforce… The economy did suffer as a result of people staying inside, but it undoubtedly saved lives. There is a similar debate raging in the United States currently, and it weighs the cost of human lives versus saving the economy. Clearly, the plague would have been much worse if the citizens of Constantinople didn’t stay inside, and that should be a warning to us all.
  • The response to the plague was the same measure taken today with COVID-19 – isolation.  Although at the time this was not instructed by government officials like ours, the pandemic scared enough people to go into hiding within their homes. The economy of Constantinople, like the United States, started to decline dramatically. What we can learn from this previous plague is that for one thing: it will eventually come to an end. Another thing is to avoid contact with others to contain the spreading of the disease.
  • There are similarities in the two pandemic responses, as the emperor gave out funds to the people during that time. Our government is also sending out a stimulus check to those who need it the most… Like New York State, the economy of Constantinople also suffered as no one was buying anything and no one was leaving their homes.

Submitted by: Davide Salvo, PhD, adjunct professor, Department of Classics

Classics Tea@2 Celebrated Reading Day and Graduates!

It was with pomp and circumstance that the faculty and students in Tea@2 met up on Friday, May 1, 2020 to celebrate students who are graduating and to continue our most cherished time together. Kathryn Williams, PhD, chair of the Classics Department, sent Katie Pabody ’20 a diploma written in Latin to celebrate her graduation.  Erin Warford, PhD, played her flute as part of the ceremony.

We hope to keep up our Tea@2 over the summer and everyone is most welcome to join. To be added to the Email invites, simply send an Email to Kathryn Williams at willia94@canisius.edu.

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

 

WNY Teacher Residency Highlighted in Prepared to Teach

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The Canisius College Western New York Teacher Residency (WNYTR) program is highlighted in the spring 2020 Prepared to Teach publication, “Making Teacher Preparation Policy Work.”  WNYTR continues to work collaboratively with Bank Street College and its Prepared to Teach initiative through the New York State P-20 Collaborative, a network to transform teacher preparation.

Submitted by: Joyce Fanning, assistant director, Western New York Teacher Residency

Mount St. Mary Academy Hosted Erden Ertorer

Mount St. Mary Academy hosted Erden Ertorer, PhD, as part of the high school’s Career Speaker Day on April 30, 2020.  Ertorer, who is a clinical instructor of physics, spoke with students about careers in STEM fields and relevant programs offered by Canisius, and answered students’ questions.

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, PhD, clinical instructor, Physics

One Jesuit Buffalo Hosts First Live Event

On May 12, One Jesuit Buffalo will offer its first “live” virtual event featuring speakers Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless from the podcast “Jesuitical.”

Davis and McKinless are also associate editors at America Media. They developed their podcast with young Catholics in mind but have attracted a very broad and diverse group of listeners.

So please mark your calendars,  invite your friends, grab your favorite beverage and join the (Zoom) conversation on May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/s/86341375980 .

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Meditation and Mental Health

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Maintaining your mental health during these uncertain times can be challenging.  However, now is the time to prioritize your mental health and well-being and meditation can help reduce the stress.  The attached document provides information on how to start practicing meditation and provides tips for successful meditation.

Currently, Headspace is offering free resources to NY residents during the pandemic: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19. More information can also be found here: https://help.headspace.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045743594-New-York-State-of-Mind.

Need more information to help with these trying times, see the list below for some apps around mental health, mindfulness and work-life-balance.  Please note not all of these apps are free.

Talkspace iPhone & Google Play Online/virtual counseling and therapy
Headspace iPhone & Google Play Guided meditation and mindfulness app
Happify iPhone & Google Play Mental health and well-being
Insight timer iPhone & Google Play Meditation and sleep app
Calm iPhone & Google Play Meditation app for stress reduction and sleep help
Aura iPhone & Google Play Mindfulness app for managing stress, anxiety and increasing happiness
Breathe iPhone & Google Play Guided deep breathing app
Live Happy iPhone & Google Play App to increase happiness
Sleep Cycle iPhone & Google Play Smart alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you during your lightest sleep phase

 

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

Canisius Alumna Appointed Director of Science and Technology Policy Institute at IDA

Canisius College alumna Kristen Kulinowski ’90, PhD, is the new director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

Since 2015, Kulinowski has been a Senate-confirmed member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and she served as the board’s interim executive authority for the last two years. She also previously worked at Rice University where she held several roles, including director of the International Council on Nanotechnology; executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology; and instructor of chemistry. Before that, she was a Congressional Science Policy Fellow.

Kulinowski served as a research staff member at IDA’s STPI from 2011-2015. She led multidisciplinary teams and served as STPI’s liaison to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Kulinowski earned a doctoral degree in 1995 and a master’s degree in 1992, both in chemistry from the University of Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Canisius College in 1990.

IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers in the public interest. IDA answers the most challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Tune into “Crossroads”

A discussion of people who refer to themselves as “spiritual but not religious” was the focus of this past Sunday’s edition of “Crossroads.”

Program host Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, interviewed Rev. Dr. Lori Keller-Burns, pastor of Kenilworth United Church of Christ, about this group of individuals who value spiritual ideas but may not identify with one particular religious group. Keller-Burns wrote her thesis on this topic and studied certain traditional nomadic groups as a source of comparison for those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you missed the Sunday, May 3 broadcast, you can catch it now on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

TIAA Advice Sessions Available

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TIAA continues to offer 1:1 advice sessions to assist with your retirement and other financial goals. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, advice sessions are being held over the phone or via video conference. You can sign up for a session at TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353.

TIAA also continues to provide live webinars.  See above for more information on the May webinars.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

Campus Candid … sort of

The college’s annual GriffFest had to be sidelined this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis but all was not lost.

Jeff McConnell, PhD, chair of computer science, hosted his own virtual GriffFest for students in the department. Coordinated via Zoom, the online gathering took place on Friday, May 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., and included some pretty impressive moving parts. Among them, a working LEGO roller coaster and Ferris wheel. McConnell also put together a COVID-themed playlist for the party with hits such as “Don’t Stand so Close to Me,” by the Police and Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter G. Scott Thomas interviewed Economics Professor George Palumbo, PhD, about how virus-related changes will hit Western New York’s business community. The article, titled “Future Shock,” appeared in the Friday, May 1 edition. Click here to read the story.

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson also spoke with George Palumbo about the current and potential economic toll COVID-19 may have on Western New York. The article, “More Economic Hits Expected as 1 in 4 in Buffalo Niagara is Unemployed,” was published in the May 2 edition. Click here to read the story.

As a reminder, Economics Professors George Palumbo and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, will host a live webinar on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 and what it means going forward. To register for the webinar, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Emergency Relief Fund Surpasses Initial Goal

On Wednesday, April 22, the Emergency Relief Fund was launched with the hope to raise funds in support of students and staff facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the first day of this campaign, the initial $50,000 goal was surpassed and currently, more than 220 donors – alumni, friends, faculty, staff and trustees – contributed over $65,000.

Donors include all members of the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership team, who were among the first to commit to the fund.  In addition, President John Hurley donated back 20 percent of his salary to the college, a portion of which was directed into the Emergency Relief Fund.

Thank you to those who have supported this fund and have shared a positive message in conjunction with this campaign.  It is an incredible reminder that the Canisius community is always here to support one another.

Please watch the video above that showcases some of the wonderful messages of support from members of the Canisius community – trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

If you’d like to support this campaign, you can do so by visiting www.canisius.edu/relief-fund.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

 

 

Online Faculty Meetups: Thursday at 2:00 PM

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore hosts a virtual meetup during which professors can discuss techniques, troubles and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending the COLI Remote Teaching Meeting.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1, 2011 when the women’s lacrosse team won its first MAAC Championship against top-seeded Fairfield. The Golden Griffins defeated the Stags, 13-8, and extended its best season in school history (14-5) by qualifying for the NCAA Tournament play-in round.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid … sort of

The ABEC Department had a special visitor at its Zoom gathering for graduating seniors on Wednesday, April 29. Notice the llama?

Special thanks to Hemstreet Llama Farm for helping out. A good time was had by all.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC and Biology

 

Canisius in the News

WKBW-TV Channel 7 interviewed Steve Gattuso for a story about ways in which people affected financially by the COVID-19 crisis can make ends meet. Gattuso is an assistant professor in the Economics & Finance Department and director of the Golden Griffin Fund.

Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Blessing of the Brains

Join Campus Ministry on Sunday, May 3 at 8:30 p.m. when it hosts “Blessing of the Brains” on Facebook Live.

Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, will preside over the (virtual) Mass, at which he’ll ask God to bless students with wisdom and understanding as they enter finals week.

Do you have any intentions you would like the campus community to lift up in prayer during the Mass?   If so, we invite you to submit them here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ho95voboWDI3dhQr_-IHedFBZ95wdMo5x11EwZD-dUo/edit?ts=5ea707a0.  

All prayer intentions will be printed out and placed in front of the altar in Christ the King Chapel during Mass on Sunday.  Please note, your prayers will be kept anonymous and not read aloud.

“Blessing of the Brains” is a time-honored tradition at Canisius. Interested participants can watch the livestream by visiting Campus Ministry’s Facebook page at @CanisiusCollegeCampMin.

Submitted by: College Communications

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Announces 2020-21 Recipients

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The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship (WNYPF) is proud to announce the fellowship recipients for the 2020-2021 year (see names above).

Generously supported by the Prentice Family Foundation, Western New York Prosperity Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York. The fellowship program identifies the most promising talent in Western New York and immerses students in a robust educational and professional development program, with the goal of developing economic leaders within this community.

The Fellowship Program combines financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, with paid, credit-bearing internships to assist Fellows in acquiring both academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Fellows intern in their chosen fields of interest, where they work alongside, and are mentored by, leaders in upper-level management. Lastly, the Fellowship provides a yearlong series of events designed to enrich skill and network development.

Canisius College is one of two participants in the program. The Prentice Family Foundation’s gift is the largest annual gift to the college.

Submitted by: Robyn Brouer, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Management; director, WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program at Canisius

United, Even While We’re Apart

No question, this is a spring semester like none other. But our Canisius students rose to the challenge of moving to remote learning. They’ve shown that it’s possible to remain united even while we’re apart.

To show their appreciation, Canisius faculty members came together (virtually) to send students their well wishes through a series of video messages. Multimedia Producer Brianna Blank edited the individual faculty submissions into one collective video, which serves as a testament to how special a place Canisius College is. Take a look.

Submitted by: College Communications

Economics Students Share their Canisius Experience with Prospective Students

Students in Julie Anna Golebiewski’s economics class are sending some reassuring messages to potential Canisius students, during this time of pandemic. In a series of video clips, the Canisius students share their experiences about the transition from classroom to remote learning and the support they continue to receive from professors and the campus community.

Golebiewski combined all the video clips into one, which can be viewed by clicking on the video above.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kinesiology Alumna Awarded Scholarship

Health and Wellness alumna Lindsay Heck ’17 was recently awarded the Clyde M. Berry Scholarship from the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHA). Heck is currently enrolled as a graduate student in public health at the University of Iowa.  She is a past winner of the Paul Demartinis Health and Wellness Major of the Year Award at Canisius.

The AIHA is a non-profit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace, which may result in injury, illness, impairment or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community.

The scholarship is named for Clyde M. Berry, PhD, who entered the field of industrial hygiene in 1941 after receiving a doctorate degree from the University of Iowa. His career track included roles as a public health service officer and a corporate industrial hygiene manager before he returned to the University of Iowa, where he established a research institute dedicated to agriculture health and safety.

A certified industrial hygienist and member of AIHA, Berry served as association president in 1967. He received the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award and the Distinguished Service Award from AIHA.

Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology

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