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Reeds Honored at Western Zone Holiday Celebration

(L-R) Dave Sardo 88, MS97; Clancy Seymour, EdD, director of physical education/teacher education; Andy Grine, Western Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, physical education teacher, Buffalo Public Schools; Kelly Strong99 and Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology.

 

P.S. 64 Frederick Law Olmsted & P.S. 65 Roosevelt ECC-Buffalo Public Schools

With more than 60 local physical and health educators in attendance, the Western Zone New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) honored Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, as the Higher Education Teacher of the Year on Monday, December 11 at its annual holiday banquet.  Canisius College physical education teacher education (PETE) alumni Dave Sardo (B.S. M.S.) and Ms. Kelly Strong (B.S.) were also honored with the Secondary Physical Educator of the Year and Western Zone’s Amazing Person Awards, respectively.  Current Canisius PETE students Annie Draves᾽18 and Eric Gold ᾽18 received the WNY zone’s PETE Majors of the Year award.  Click on each photo to make it appear bigger.

 

Submitted by: Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

 

Campus Candid

Palisano Pavilion transformed into a winter wonderland on December 5 for Christmas in the Quad. The event kicked off with a tree lighting and blessing by Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant from Campus Ministry. There was a hot chocolate bar and cookies courtesy of Chartwells and students played games and created gifts including candy jars, decorated ornaments and pictures in a snow globe. Students also enjoyed a performance by the CrescenDON’Ts. Christmas in the Quad was coordinated by the Student Programming Board (SPB). A special thank you to Claudia Hojnacki for donating the tree and the Facilities Department for helping with the set up.

Submitted by: Phil Cialella, assistant director, Student Events

Childhood Christmas Photo Contest

Check out these adorable photos!  See how many of your colleagues you can identify.   Simply match the names below to the numbered photos and send your guesses to pubrel@canisius.edu by end of day on Friday, December 15.

Note, you can click on the photos to enlarge them.

In the case of a tie, we will hold a random drawing.  The winner will be announced in the Monday, December 18 edition of The Dome.   Good luck and thank you to all who submitted photos.

Submitted by:  College Communications

  • Patricia Creahan, director, Student Health Center
  • Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund
  • Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry
  • Eileen Herbert, director, College Communications
  • Diane Kelly, medical assistant, Student Health Center
  • Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology
  • Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology
  • Monika McFoy, senior counselor/Tutoring Services, Griff Center for Academic Engagement
  • Laura Montaro, executive associate to the president
  • Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, Alumni Engagement
  • Donna Ortolani, Center for Global Education assistant
  • Courtney Sullivan, assistant director, Advancement Events
  • Michael Wood, PhD, chair/associate professor of physics

Submitted by: College Communications

Julie Daniel Named Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Julie Daniel is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for November 2017! Julie was nominated by Kevin Kwitzer, building services manager.

Julie currently works as the operations office manager in the Facilities Management Department. She has worked at the college for 12 years. Julie was selected based on her kind and compassionate interactions with faculty, staff and visitors of the college, as well as her understanding and practice of the college’s mission and values.

Please join us in congratulating Julie on this achievement! Don’t forget that next month’s nominations for Employee of Distinction are due by this Friday, December 15, 2017. To nominate a coworker, click here.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Student Athletes Honored at Hockey Game

The Canisius Athletics Department saluted its major award winners from the 2016-17 campaign at HARBORCENTER on Saturday, December 9.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Athletic Director Bill Maher ᾽89; Female Student-Athlete of the Year Erica Evans ᾽18 (lacrosse); Female Rookie of the Year Cassidy Ceriani ᾽18 (volleyball); Male Rookie of the Year David Hanes ᾽18 (golf) and President John Hurley. Male Student-Athlete of the Year Charles Williams ᾽17, was unable to attend due to his professional hockey commitments. Ironically, Charles posted his first professional shutout that same evening!

The presentation took place during the first intermission. Canisius defeated Niagara, 8-2.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

Getting Started in D2L

As fall 2017 courses come to an end, many faculty are already preparing their spring 2018 courses.  Here’s a quick video from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation with tips for setting up your upcoming courses in D2L, including merging sections for the spring 2018 semester.

And here’s COLI’s handy checklist for end of/beginning of semester tasks in Desire2Learn.

Just after the spring 2018 semester, D2L is getting a new look!  See our sneak preview!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

KAC Winter Break Hours of Operation

The Koessler Athletic Center has adjusted hours of operation during the upcoming winter break. They are as follows:

  • Friday, December 15 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday; December 16 and Sunday, December 17 – closed
  • Monday, December 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19 through Thursday, December 21 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 23 – Monday, January, 1 – closed
  • Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 5 from 8 a.m.‒ 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 – closed
  • Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 – closed
  • Monday, January 15 from 5 p.m.‒10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 16 from 7:45 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director of athletic facilities, Koessler Athletic Center

Help Desk Winter Break Hours

The Canisius College Help Desk hours for the winter break through the first week of the spring semester are as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 13 – Thursday, December 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 23 – Monday, January 1: Closed for Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 2 – Friday, January 13: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 15: Closed for Martin Luther King Day
  • Tuesday, January 16 – Thursday, January 18: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Friday, January 19. They are: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, you may visit the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell room 016, by email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or by calling Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, Help Desk Manager, User Services

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Celebrate the Holidays with Sew REDI Buffalo

Shop local and support resettled refugees

Sew REDI Buffalo invites Canisius friends to our open house to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, December 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 228 Albany St. (enter from Herkimer street– look for the sign).  Meet Sew REDI clients, share international refreshments provided by our clients and volunteers, and shop at our pop-up store.

Submitted by Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor, Economics

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Basketball Back at the KAC

Team hosts Morehead State

Your Canisius women’s basketball team returns to the Koessler Center this Saturday afternoon, December 16 when they host Morehead State at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $5.00 and parking is always free.

For additional information, visit GoGriffs.com.

Don’t forget, every home women’s basketball game concludes with an autograph session for fans of all ages.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

Canisius Magazine Hits Mailboxes

The latest issue of Canisius Magazine began hitting mailboxes over the weekend.

Featured on the cover of the fall 2017 publication, “Family Ties,” a story about the grand collection of legacy families who have seen the tradition of a Canisius education passed down from one generation to the next.  (Special mention goes to Art Director Cody Weiler who designed the illustration featured on the cover of Canisius Magazine.)

Also included in this issue, “A View from the Border.”  Canisius students share their perspectives following a trip to the border city of Nogales, where they witnessed the realities of immigration.  Alumnus Damon Young ’02 (English) is profiled about co-founding what is now a nationally recognized daily digital magazine that uses commentary, essay and yes, the occasional obscenity to probe black experiences in pop culture.  Mary Roberts ’77 (accounting) talks about overseeing one of Buffalo’s greatest architectural assets: The Martin House.  This latest issue also includes the 2016-17 Annual Report of Donors.

Submitted by: College Communication

 

Winter Safety Tips

With this season’s winter weather upon us, it is important to remember to walk slowly and carefully in icy conditions to avoid injury. Please click the link below for tips on how to remain safe and healthy this winter season. As always, feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

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Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director, Human Resources

 

Town Hall Meeting

If you were unable to attend President John Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on December 6, you can read the recap below.

President Hurley began his Town Hall by reporting that the Boards of Trustees and Regents met earlier in the week. Work continues on every major issue of the financial picture of the college and restoration of the college’s eight percent contribution to the employee retirement plan remains a top priority.

Rev. James Miracky, SJ, provincial assistant for higher education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, was on campus recently to visit with faculty and staff and talk about how the Jesuit mission is integrated into all areas of the college.  Father Miracky summed up his visit for President Hurley noting that while people are concerned with the financial picture at Canisius, they continue to work hard and are committed to enhancing and solidifying the college’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution.

On the enrollment front, President Hurley said that everywhere he goes people continue to inquire about Excellence within Reach.  While it is early in the cycle, the Office of Enrollment Management reports that campus visits are up 25 percent from last year. This is important, he noted, because the yield from campus visits is traditionally the highest.  President Hurley asked faculty and staff to encourage anyone interested in the college to visit the campus, as it is the best way to get a feel for our atmosphere and culture.

Enrollment Management and Marketing hosted a forum for faculty on November 17. The two-hour, interactive session was well-attended. The challenge now, said President Hurley, is for these areas to digest and implement suggestions into the current marketing strategy for the college.

The search for the dean of the Wehle School of Business is in progress, with the hope of interviewing candidates in the spring. The challenge remains to find an academic leader who is also networked into the business community.

President Hurley outlined several important items in the federal tax reform legislation which are crucial to higher education, and could prove to be harmful to Canisius College.  He also outlined these items in an email yesterday to faculty and staff asking that the campus community contact members of Congress to urge them to reject the provisions that will harm institutions like Canisius  (See the pdf below).

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Submitted by: College Communications

Winter Break Hours

I am pleased to announce that Winter Break hours will be in effect from Monday, December 18 through Friday, January 12, 2018. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meal break.  Adjustments may be made where workloads require different hours.

With early dismissal on Friday, December 22, please note that employees who have scheduled that day off need to charge a full day of vacation or personal leave, and should record this as a full day in the web time entry system.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

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

 


 

Santa is Coming to Canisius!

Old St. Nick is making a stop at Canisius on Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Student Center Dining Hall. The event includes a continental breakfast, a 5×7 photo with Santa, arts and crafts, and cookie decorating. The cost is $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. RSVP is required by contacting Connie Pileri at pileric@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: College Communications

Share Your Childhood Christmas Photos

Don’t forget to email your favorite childhood Christmas photos to pubrel@canisius.edu by Monday, December 11.  We will publish all photos in the Wednesday, December 13 edition of The Dome and ask you to identify your colleagues.  Don’t worry, we’ll provide the names of those who submitted photos to narrow your options.  Just match the names to the photos!

A prize will be awarded to the person who correctly identifies the highest number of his/her colleagues.

Please note, this photo contest replaces the Blue and Gold Fridays photo contest for the month of December.

Thank you to all who have submitted photos. We look forward to additional entries!

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Institutional Advancement Adopts a Family from St. Luke’s

The Institutional Advancement Team adopted a family of seven from St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for Christmas. If you would like to contribute, there is a list on Amazon with some items taken from the family’s wish list, which can be found here.

The shipping address for the items on the list is Canisius College, Lyons 206.

If you would like to purchase items that are on the list but from a different retailer, please notify Kim Walkow, annual and leadership giving coordinator, so she can remove them from the Amazon list. If you would like to help the family but are unable to purchase items from the list, donations of soap, shampoo and deodorant are also appreciated and will be added to a basket of goodies for the family.

Thank you so much for all that you do for Canisius throughout the year and for helping a family in need during this season of giving!

Submitted by: Alison Nowak, alumni engagement coordinator

 

 

 

 

Gifts to the College

We have always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gifts on their 2017 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services AG202 Attention: Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2017.   This is an ongoing policy and as we get to the end of the calendar year, time is critical.

If you have any questions, please call Katie Huck at ext. 8211 or email huckk@canisius.edu.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director, Advancement Services

Holiday Half-Price Ticket Sale for Men’s Basketball

Faculty and staff can enjoy the next three men’s basketball games for 50 percent off the normal price. Reserved seats ($18 regular price), which faculty and staff can purchase for $10, are now only $9. General admission tickets, regularly priced at $10, may be bought for $5. That’s a $3 savings off the $8 faculty/staff price.

The eligible games include the December 19 contest vs. Elon; the December 29 doubleheader featuring the women against Fairfield and the men vs. Rider and the New Year’s Eve battle against league favorite Iona.

To purchase your 1/2 price holiday tickets, please call 716-888-TIXX, or stop by the KAC box office during normal working hours.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

Help! My Adobe Suite Entered Trial Mode

ITS encourages faculty and staff to check their existing Adobe creative Cloud applications (i.e., Adobe Acrobat DC, Photoshop, etc.). If any programs show signs of having entered “Trial Mode,” please contact the Help Desk to resolve this issue (Ext. 8340 or helpdesk@canisius.edu). The sample applies to student employees and graduate assistants who utilize Adobe programs on a Canisius-owned device.

Full-time faculty and staff will be issued an Enterprise Adobe ID allowing users to download and update their Adobe programs on demand.

Student employees and graduate assistants will have their Adobe programs reserialized.

More information on this program can be found here.

Submitted by: Greg Rusch, computer support technician, ITS

Urban Leadership Learning Community

It is my pleasure to announce that Michael Forest, PhD, will begin a three-year term as the new director of the Urban Leadership Learning Community, beginning June 1, 2018. Dr. Forest will succeed the co-founder of the program, E. Roger Stephenson, PhD, who together with Ken Sroka, PhD, developed ULLC as a “team learning” community to recruit, support and mentor first-generation college students from under-served communities.

I would like to thank Dr. Stephenson for his 17 years of service and both he and Dr. Sroka for their unwavering dedication and mentorship of so many ULLC students who are now proud Canisius College graduates.

Submitted by: Margaret Cain McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs

 

 

 

 

 

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Town Hall Meeting is Today, Wednesday, Dec. 6

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Hurley today, Wednesday, December 6 in the Regis Rooms from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

President Hurley will provide an update on a number of topics and respond to any questions you may have.

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Pray with the Presidents

All faculty and staff are welcome to pray with President John J. Hurley and USA President Amelia Greenan at Mass on Monday, December 11 at 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Take this opportunity to pray for the needs of our community.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director of Campus Ministry

 

Mason Authors First Children’s Book

Will Mason, a Leadership Society gift officer for the Canisius Fund, released his first children’s book, The Boy with the Rainbow Heart, in late November.  The book is dedicated to Mason’s sister, Jessica, who was bullied in high school as a gay teenager. The book addresses what it means to be LGBTQ.

“My hope is that the book will help children who feel different in some way,” says Mason. “I would like to see schools include more diverse literature in their curriculums. The book’s message is subtle so that elementary school children can learn about acceptance.”

The Boy with the Rainbow Heart tells the story of a happy boy who lives in the “Town of Gray,” where no one understands him and the residents live in fear of those who are different. Eventually the boy’s feelings of joy, love and acceptance become infectious. The town shines under the glow of a rainbow and the residents become happy, too, and no longer fearful. The lesson is to accept all types of people as long as they are kind.

“So many LGBTQ kids don’t feel accepted within their families, homes and communities and that needs to change,” says Jessica Lake Mason, Will’s sister. “I believe that the book will make kids feel like they can see themselves as role models.”

Mason published the book thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. His initial goal was $4,000, but he raised more than $12,000. The idea caught the attention of Ray Ganoe, president and chief executive officer of Evergreen Health and the Evergreen Association, which includes The Pride Center of WNY.  The Pride Center sponsored the book, as well as the book launch party.

“I am eternally grateful for all of Ray’s support,” says Mason. “This book would not have been possible without him.”

To further his goal of increasing the diversity of literature in schools, Mason donated copies of The Boy with the Rainbow Heart to school districts in Cleveland, OH, Syracuse, Rochester, East Aurora and Orchard Park. He has plans to donate to additional local districts in the future.

The Boy with the Rainbow Heart is available at local bookstores including Talking Leaves, Burning Books Buffalo and the Western New York Book Arts Center. It is also available on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

40 Under 40

A luncheon to celebrate the 40 Under 40 honorees was held December 1. The Canisius alumni group is pictured here with President John Hurley.

Buffalo Business First recently named 14, yes 14, Canisius graduates to its 40 Under 40 list! This is easily the largest group of Griffs since the list’s inception in 1992. Congratulations to the honorees, who are leaders in our community!

The full list of Canisius honorees:

  • Jessica Baker ᾽99, associate counsel, health services, SUNY Office of General Counsel, University at Buffalo
  • Peter Cimino ᾽03, founder/CEO, Lloyd Taco Trucks and Catering
  • Joshua Hutter ᾽01, partner/owner/dentist, Western New York Dental Group
  • Sarah Knodel ᾽03, director of quality measurement and improvement, Independent Health
  • William Moore ᾽00, senior partner, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambira LLP
  • Thomas Muraca MBA ᾽10, vice president of sales and marketing, KATZ Americas
  • Lori Overdorf ᾽17, director of development and youth services, Valley Community Association Inc.
  • Mary Owusu ᾽03, director of analytics, Eric Mower & Associates
  • Amy Polowy ᾽01, managing partner, Gross Polowy LLC
  • Suni Stachura ᾽01, manager, Rural Transit Service
  • Patti Stephen ᾽11, executive director, Buffalo Prep
  • Cord Stone ᾽09, executive director, Community Access Services of WNY
  • Susan Was ᾽03, MS ᾽06, director of human resources, Curbell Inc.
  • Katherine Zoratti ᾽01, MS ᾽04, MBA ᾽10, senior marketing manager, Ivoclar Vivodent Inc.

More than 160 nominations were received this year. The class was selected by a six-person panel of former 40 Under 40 winners led by James Morrell, deputy director of public transit at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

                                                                                                                  

Employee Reimbursements

With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to let everyone know that the last time employee reimbursements will be processed before the Christmas break is Tuesday, December 19. Any paperwork received in the Controller’s Office after that date will be processed in January 2018.

Thank you.

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

Beginning/End of Semester Procedures in Desire2Learn

As fall 2017 courses come to an end, many faculty are already preparing their spring 2018 courses.  Here’s a quick video from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation with tips for setting up your upcoming courses in D2L, including merging sections for the spring 2018 semester.

And here’s COLI’s handy checklist for end of/beginning of semester tasks in Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

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Campus Ministry Holiday Open House is Today

Stop by, visit with the staff and have a treat

Campus Ministry invites you to its Holiday Open House today, Wednesday, December 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Old Main 207.

Stop by for a treat!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

 

 

 

Christmas Caroling in Old Main Today

Hear Cantio Sacra perform

 

Come hear the sounds of the season when Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Bradley Wingert, sings Christmas carols in the Old Main Atrium. The free concert is today, Wednesday, December 6 at 1 p.m. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la!

Submitted by: Bradley Wingert, director, Cantio Sacra

 

 

 

 

 

Last sale of the year at the bookstore!

Grab some great Griffs gear and save big

So we are serious this time. This is it! One last sale. We will not have another sale in 2017. So what’s on sale? EVERYTHING! Well almost everything. We are discounting all clothing, drinkware and baseball caps by 25 percent. We will also take an additional 25 percent discount off our $11.99 crewnecks. That’s a seriously low price of $9! So stop in Wednesday, December 6 or Thursday December 7 and stock up! Can’t make it to the store? That’s okay, you can still save by going to our website here. So get your holiday shopping done early!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, store manager, Canisius College Bookstore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Two Teams in Atlantic Hockey Meet This Weekend

Watch Griffs battle Niagara

This weekend’s two-game Battle of the Bridge series, featuring your Canisius Golden Griffins against Niagara, is setting up to be the clash of the Atlantic Hockey season as the two rivals meet with first place on the line.  Games are scheduled for Friday night, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Niagara and Saturday, December 9 at 4:35 p.m. at HARBORCENTER. The Purple Eagles lead Atlantic Hockey with 17 points, while your Griffs sit in second with 16 points. Niagara has a game in hand.

Tickets for the game at HARBORCENTER are available in advance by calling 716-888-TIXX. Saturday afternoon’s game will be the final appearance by the Griffs at HARBORCENTER until January 12-13 when AIC visits.

It’s Hockey Jersey Night with fans encouraged to wear their favorite team’s hockey jersey.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

50th Annual German Christmas Mass

Offered in memory of Peter Boehm, PhD

Canisius will host its 50th Annual German Christmas Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. The German American Musicians will perform a concert of German Christmas music before Mass at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome.  An Advent breakfast reception will be held in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room following Mass, at approximately 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Mass will offered for the late Peter Boehm, PhD, professor of German at Canisius, who organized the Mass for many years.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will be spoken entirely in German.

For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages at Ext. 2835.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

 

Campus Candid

Students in the physical and health education teacher/education (PHETE) program collaborated with the physical education (PE) program at Buffalo Public School 17 on Tuesday, November 28. The theme of the event was “planning for the unexpected.” PHETE majors were given little notice to teach four consecutive PE lessons to K-2 children. The students of School 17 were enthusiastic and the exercise proved to be a great learning experience for PHETE majors.  Special thanks to PE teachers Tricia Vezina and Phil Smith ’13 for coordinating this event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor, director, Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education

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Team Jamaica Holds Bake Sale and Gift Wrapping Station

Proceeds support service-immersion trip

Support Team Jamaica’s bake sale and gift wrapping station tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5 from 9 a.m.‒ 5 p.m. For a small donation, students will wrap your presents while you enjoy delicious baked goods.

Proceeds support students traveling to Jamaica in June 2018 to live and work in a mustard seed community near Montego Bay.

If you have any questions, contact Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu or Ext. 2424.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

 

Bona Visits the KAC on Wednesday Night

Reserved seating is limited

Get your tickets soon as your Griffs host St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, December 6 and reserved seating is extremely limited. Tickets are discounted to $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission for all faculty and staff, with a college ID. Call 888-TIXX to order.

Wednesday’s game will be the 166th meeting between the two Big 4 combatants. Canisius has four players averaging in double figures with sophomore Isaiah Reese leading the way with 16.4 point per game. The Bonnies are led by Matt Mobley’s 21.8 points per contest.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Campus Ministry Holiday Open House

Stop by, visit with the staff, and have a treat

Campus Ministry invites you to its Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Old Main 207.

Stop by for a treat!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

 

Campus Candid

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Canisius College and Academic Talent Search welcomed 72 students from McKinley High School and Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts for Canisius College Day ᾽17. The students attended informative workshops focusing on the college experience here at Canisius. The group received information about the application process, enjoyed a tour of the campus and had lunch in the dining hall.

Academic Talent Search is one of five federally funded TRiO programs established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Academic Talent Search at Canisius College serves approximately 600 youth who are recruited from area schools and community service organizations. Its mission is to assist and support underrepresented youth in realizing the educational opportunities that lead to enrollment in post-secondary institutions of higher learning.

Suzanne Johnson, administrative associate, Academic Talent Search

Employee Christmas Mass and Luncheon is December 21

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, December 21, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economou Dining Hall. Please take time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers. No RSVP is necessary. Thursday will be a full work day and all but essential employees will be released at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 to begin their holidays.

In the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the luncheon are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Food Pantry. Look for the drop off bins inside the dining hall.

St. Luke’s is an independent mission based in the Roman Catholic tradition that provides a variety of services to those in need. In addition to the pantry, St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people each day in their dining room and also operates a Mission Mall, homeless shelters and a Catholic grammar school. For more information on St. Luke’s and how you can help, please contact Campus Ministry at Ext.2420.

Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

 

Wehle School Dean

I am pleased to announce the formation of the search committee for the next dean of the Wehle School of Business (WSB). The work of the committee is underway and I am very grateful to each member of the committee for their service on behalf of the college.

The WSB Search Committee includes: Kathleen Brucato, director of international student programs; Nelson Civello, chair of the Finance Council, Canisius College;  Beth Gill, PhD, dean of arts and sciences,  co-chair; Craig Rogers, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, co-chair; Paul Sauer, PhD, professor of marketing and information systems; Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor of management; Thomas Vogel, PhD, associate professor of accounting and Julie Zulewski, director of graduate enrollment and corporate engagement.

Submitted by: Margaret Cain McCarthy, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs

College Announces Two Promotions

I am pleased to announce two promotions at the college.

Lisa Fischer is the new assistant registrar in the Student Records and Financial Services Center. This position reports to Deborah Prohn, assistant director of the Student Records and Financial Services Center and Registrar.

Lisa’s main responsibilities include semester course scheduling, course classroom assignments, final exam schedule, and assisting with curriculum management and incoming transfer student credit evaluation.

Lisa graduated from Canisius in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in management. She is also currently working toward a graduate degree at Canisius. Prior to accepting this position, Lisa served as the academic affairs support manager.  Lisa’s office is located in Bagen Hall Room 106 and she can be reached at Ext. 2995 or at fisher7@canisius.edu.

 

 

 

I am also pleased to announce that Kelly Schultz is the new associate director of tax, endowment and grant accounting. This position reports to Ron Haberer, controller.

Kelly is responsible for financial and tax reporting, accounting controls, and leading grant accounting and compliance efforts. She also advises, educates and serves as a resource for departmental managers and senior management on budget and financial issues.

Kelly graduated from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting. Prior to accepting this position, Kelly served as the assistant director of financial services. Kelly’s office is located in Old Main Room 004 and she can be reached at Ext. 8526 or at schult34@canisius.edu.

Please join us in congratulating Lisa and Kelly on their new positions!

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

United Way Campaign Concludes!

Thank you to the 57 donors who have helped us exceed our United Way Campaign total from last year! Our campus community has raised $24,209 to date to benefit the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

This year United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is celebrating 100 Years of Working Together and your support ensures we can serve our community for the next 100 years.

If you have not made your pledge, you can still do so through December 8! Make your pledge online today!

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Your support of this year’s campaign will truly make a difference to our Western New York community!

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

Banner Training Announced

In response to feedback received through the Employee Engagement team, we are pleased to offer Online Banner Training. These courses are designed for beginners, new hires and anyone who needs a refresher.

Banner Navigation (Banner GE 8.0) introduces you to Banner and teaches you how to navigate in and personalize Banner. To get started:

  • Login to the Canisius Portal
  • There is a link for all staff members called ‘Ellucian Hub.’ The icon is on the right hand side of your home page, under the My Campus heading.
  • This link will take you directly to the Ellucian login screen where you can register for a HUB account.
  • It may take up to five business days to process your request. Once your registration is verified, an email containing an activation link will be sent to you from noreply@okta.com. Please make sure that this email will not be blocked or sent to your spam (Junk Email) folder.
  • Your registration will not be completed until you click on the activation link and follow the instructions to complete the registration process. The activation link will expire in seven days after it’s sent.
  • Once your account is activated you will be able to log into the HUB (Ellucian Hub) and you will gain access to various Banner resources.

For Training Videos:

  • Click on the button entitled “Education Svsc New”
  • Click on “Learning Paths,” then select Banner from the dropdown.
  • Canisius is currently on Banner version 8, so scroll down and select a course appropriate to the banner module you will be working in. For example, “Banner Financial Aid (8.x) Learning Path.” Canisius will be moving to Banner 9 in 2018.
  • Most Learning Paths only contain access to Banner Navigation courses. This is due to our current maintenance level with Ellucian. The “Navigating Banner 8” course will be available in all module specific Learning Paths.

The Ellucian Support Center is where you can find Banner documentation and open cases when Banner is not working as expected.

eCommunities is the social networking application where you can ask others how they are using Banner and to learn about newly released enhancements or mandatory updates.  There are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos in each of these Ellucian Resources to get you connected with other banner users and to keep informed about your particular Banner Module.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at Ext. 8340.

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

 

A Message of Gratitude

As director of Sew REDI Buffalo, I want to express my deep appreciation for the Canisius community’s support of our clients exhibited on Wednesday, November 29, through purchases of their products.

If you missed the sale, we will be hosting an open house at our classroom at the Catholic Charities ESL Building at 228 Albany at the corner of Herkimer, on the West Side on Saturday, December 16  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Just look for the sign outside the building on Herkimer St. to direct you inside.

As many of you know, I am retiring at the end of the academic year.  The rewards of directing Sew REDI Buffalo is second only to the opportunity I have had since 1981 to help Canisius students develop their logical and critical thinking skills.  Following our Wednesday sale, I attended the oral defense of the last senior honors thesis that I am likely to supervise at Canisius.  It was superb.  It reminded me that our students’ outcomes are the result of the input of so many and you should be very proud of what you do and what our students achieve.

I had very mixed emotions about accepting the retirement incentive.  I was well aware that success will mean new and exciting possibilities for Canisius.  Yet, I was also aware that I cannot reinvent myself again and I did not, and do not, believe that I can contribute to that revitalization.  Sew REDI Buffalo is an opportunity for me to apply what I have learned as an academic to improving the well-being of those who are most vulnerable and in need in the WNY community and is an exciting opportunity for me in my retirement.  Sew REDI Buffalo will remain, in the future,  a service-learning site for Canisius students and a project supported by the Canisius Enactus team which is responsible for its beginning.

I have enjoyed a wonderful career at Canisius and am so grateful for what I have received from all of you.  I hope that you will welcome Sew REDI Buffalo to the campus in future years and continue to support it.

I give to all of you my sincerest wishes for a wonderful holiday season and success in the New Year that exceeds all previous success.

With much gratitude, Pat Hutton.

Submitted by: Patricia A. Hutton, PhD, professor of Economics

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Lions, Pandas and Polar Bears, Oh My!

Attend an information meeting for the Education First (EF) College Study Trip to Berlin

Next year’s Education First (EF) College Study Tour to Berlin has added a day trip to the Berlin Zoo! Please join us for an information meeting on Thursday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. or Friday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Lyons 303. Cookies and hot cocoa will be available as we discuss the details. The trip is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Canisius. Please contact Professor Yvonne Widenor at widenory@canisius.edu for additional information.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Student Ensemble Concerts this Weekend

Enjoy the sounds of the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Canisius Chorale

Don’t miss the end of semester student ensemble concerts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  All three performances take place in the Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Friday, December 1, features the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble with Russell Scarbrough as director and the Canisius College Concert Band, directed by Paul Biddle.

The performance on Saturday, December 2 marks Bradley Wingert’s debut on campus as the director of the Canisius College Chorale.

Wingert takes over for long-time director Frank Scinta who retired in spring 2017.

On Sunday, December 3, the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra performs under the baton of Ansgarius Aylward.

We hope to see you at one or all of these performances.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius director

 

Get to Know…

 

 

All who know Luis R. Ayala say he is by far one of the friendliest people on the Canisius campus.  Perhaps this is because Luis loves his job!  “Canisius is a great place to work and I enjoy the many friendships I formed at the college.”

Born in the Bronx, NY, Luis was raised in Puerto Rico.  He came to Buffalo in 2011 after living in Syracuse for 18 years.

Few know that Luis is a gifted singer who performed in a Meringue band for many years. It was during that time that he received a higher calling. “I was singing near a church at the time and God said ‘Luis, I need you to come inside.’”

Luis now tours year-round singing gospel music and preaching at churches across the country. He is assistant pastor at La Iglessia de Dios Pentecostal Church in Lackawanna where his father is pastor. Luis has two CDs and is at work on a third. The most recent, “Cristo mi luz en las Tinieblas” (Christ, My Light in the Darkness), can be heard on YouTube here.

When not performing, Luis enjoys attending Golden Griffins men’s basketball games. He also enjoys working out.

Did you know…? Luis is also a construction worker by trade and builds homes during the summer.

Submitted by: College Communications

Welcome New Hires

Canisius welcomed five new staff members during the month of November.

Lynn Incardona is a payroll associate. Previously, she was as a finance account manager at Fantasy Island.

Bryan Mayer is an overnight public safety officer.  He also currently works as the supervisor of safety and security at Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity.

Julie Almendinger is a customer service specialist in the Student Records and Financial Services Center. She came to Canisius from Niagara University, where she worked as a student service generalist.

Kaitlyn Buehlmann ’14 is an associate campus minister. She also currently works as the program foundation coordinator at Amate House in Chicago. Kaitlyn is working as associate campus minister remotely from Chicago until June 1 when she will join the staff full-time.

Patrick Hoar is a public safety dispatcher. Before joining Canisius, Patrick was a dispatcher for the Grand Island Fire Company.

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

Sew REDI on Campus Today

Sew REDI Buffalo, a project started by the Canisius Enactus team serving refugees resettled in Buffalo, will sell gift items in the Science Hall Atrium today, Wednesday, November 29 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sew REDI Buffalo products include key fobs, zipper pouches, totes and purses, in three fabric collections: “Buffalo” themed, authentic ethnic and upcycled (creative use of unwanted materials).

Submitted by: Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics and finance

Public Safety Gift Drive Concludes Fri., Dec. 1

The Public Safety Gift Drive to benefit the Ladies of Charity concludes this Friday.

Please help make Christmas brighter for those less fortunate.

Donations needed include toys, new and gently used clothing and bedding, small working appliances and bicycles.  Gift cards, cash and checks are also greatly appreciated.  Please make checks payable to The Ladies of Charity, and drop off all donations to the Public Safety Office in Bosch Hall, lower level. All gifts go directly to those in need in our community, including displaced families from Puerto Rico.

Submitted by: Wil Johnson, director, Public Safety

Crewnecks are Just $11.99 at the Bookstore!

Just in time for the holidays, our promo crewnecks are reduced to a ridiculously low price off $11.99!

Want an even lower price? Go online to www.canisiusshop.com and save an additional 20 percent. Stock up and save for the holidays!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, store manager, Canisius College Bookstore

Desire2Learn

As fall 2017 courses come to an end, many faculty are already preparing their spring 2018 courses.  Here’s a quick video from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation with tips for setting up your upcoming courses in D2L, including merging sections for the spring 2018 semester.

And here’s COLI’s handy checklist for end of/beginning of semester tasks in Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

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“I Am Not Your Negro”

Attend the film screening and discussion

Join us in watching the acclaimed 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” on Friday, December 1 at 5 p.m. in Old Main 314. The event is free to all Canisius community members and snacks will be provided. Break the humdrum Friday afternoon routine for a great film and excellent discussion!

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies and theology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoops and Hockey Home on Saturday

Cheer on your hot Golden Griffin teams this weekend

It’s a busy Saturday schedule for the Golden Griffins as both the men’s basketball and hockey teams are defending home turf.

Your Canisius basketball team, finally home after playing five games in eight days over three time zones, hosts Dartmouth at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 in the Koessler Athletic Center. Later on, the hockey team meets third-ranked Clarkson at 7:35 p.m. on HARBORCENTER ice.

Coach Reggie Witherspoon’s hoopsters are 3-4 and paced by Isaiah Reese’s 16 points per game. Canisius begins a stretch of playing five home games in eight days between Saturday and New Year’s Eve. The Big Green were 1-2 prior to playing Loyola, MD, Tuesday night. Pepsi is sponsoring the game.

 

Your ice hockey team, which is receiving votes in the latest hockey poll, meets one of the best squads in the country following the basketball contest. Clarkson sits at 10-3-1 overall and 6-0, for first in the ECAC. Canisius (8-4-1) moved into first place in Atlantic Hockey with its recent sweep of Army West Point this past weekend.

Tickets for both games can be purchased at the KAC box office, or by calling 888-TIXX.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

 

Watch December’s Episode of Kaleidoscope

Program highlights religious diversity

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

In the first segment, host Stan Bratton, PhD, talks with Deacon Dave Velasquez of St. Anthony’s Parish about the history and celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which occurs each December.

In the second segment, Dr. Bratton speaks with Jabbir Harris, educator and founder of Muslim Pray-n-Play, about his devotion to the Prophet Muhammed and how he honors the prophet through Rap music.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Catch “Crossroads” Sunday, December 3

This month’s program examines the religious history of Erie and Niagara counties

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, December 3 when program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, examines the religious history of Erie and Niagara counties.

Father Lynch’s guest is Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology.  Lawrence is currently engaged in a study of religious diversity in Buffalo and is compiling an online map of the region’s religious communities via oral histories and historical data.

“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 miss Sunday’s broadcast, the December edition will be available on the Canisius SoundCloud beginning Monday, December 4.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

 

50th Annual German Christmas Mass

Offered in memory of Peter Boehm, PhD

Canisius will host its 50th Annual German Christmas Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. The German American Musicians will perform a concert of German Christmas music before Mass at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome.  An Advent breakfast reception will be held in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room following Mass, at approximately 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Mass will offered for the late Peter Boehm, PhD, professor of German at Canisius, who organized the German Mass for many years.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will be spoken entirely in German.

For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages at Ext. 2835.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Students from the Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (PHETE) program attended the 80th annual New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) conference from Thursday, November 16 to Saturday, November 18 in Verona, NY.

PHETE major Annie Draves ’18 was honored as a Jay B. Nash Award nominee during the Amazing Persons Ceremony. The award is given to one male and one female undergraduate student for outstanding performance relevant to his or her preparation for the profession in the areas of health, physical education, recreation or dance. Draves is pictured with Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Physical & Health Education/Teacher Education.

Submitted by: College Communications

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Your Canisius women’s basketball team hosts Oakland (not the A’s, Raiders, or for you old-timers in the Dr. Dan Starr class, the Golden Seals) this Wednesday evening, November 29 at the Koessler Center. Tip-off against the Division I Golden Grizzlies is set for 7 p.m.  Oakland owns a win over Niagara and they have already played in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State, plus Northwestern and Illinois State. Tickets for all women’s games are just $5.00.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Campus Candid

Students enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings served by faculty and staff at the RHA Thanksgiving Sit-Down Dinner on Wednesday, November 15.

Submitted by: Phil Cialella, assistant director, Student Life

Canisius in the News

An article about the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius ran in the November issue of Connections, the monthly newsletter of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Co-Directors Christopher Lopata PsyD, and Marcus L. Thomeer, PhD, were quoted.

Read the article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

 

Madonna Privetere McKernon teaching her Wednesday night Hatha Yoga class to faculty and staff in the Regis Room.

Madonna Privetere McKernon is known for her caring and compassionate attitude, listening ear and problem-solving ability.   An executive associate for student life and public safety, she provides administrative support to residence hall students, the general student population through activities and clubs and public safety officers. Madonna previously worked for the vice presidents of student affairs and business and finance.

“I love being a part of a community that values learning and illuminates our students’ personal paths so they can blossom,” she says. “Everyone at Canisius travels in our students’ journeys, from timid freshmen beginnings to joyful graduation and beyond.”

Madonna is the proud mother of five children (and their significant others). Three of them serve in the Army and one is an Army veteran.

A Hatha Yoga instructor, Madonna currently teaches a course to faculty and staff at Canisius. She is pursuing her 500-hour certification at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo.

“I found healing through my yoga studies and I see many of my students find peace as well,” says Madonna.

In her spare time, Madonna enjoys quilting, cooking, knitting and baking.

Did you know…? Madonna holds three Canisius degrees: a bachelor’s degree in English and communication studies (1983), a bachelor’s degree in art history (2009) and a master’s degree in education (2012).

Submitted by: College Communications

McCarthy Selected for Irish Education 100

Congratulations to Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, who is included in the 2017 Irish Education 100. Those on the list are honored for leadership in education across the United States.

McCarthy will be recognized, along with the other recipients, at an awards ceremony in December in New York City.

Submitted by: College Communications

Reese is College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week

For his efforts over the past week, Golden Griffins sophomore Isaiah Reese ᾽20 was selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 13-19, 2017.

During the men’s basketball home opener for the Canisius Golden Griffins  vs. Youngstown State on Saturday, November 18, Reese recorded the first triple-double in the program’s 114-year history. He went for 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the win. Reese also recorded three steals for an all-round strong performance.

The home fans were treated to quite the performance from Canisius. Not only did the team put up 104 points in a 20-point win over the Penguins, they saw one of the best performances in Canisius basketball history.

Reese received a commanding 86 percent of the fan vote in College Court’s weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Toledo), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell) for the weekly honor.

Read more about Reese here.

Submitted by: College Communications

All-College Honors Program Announces Thesis Defense Week

The All-College Honors Program is pleased to announce its fall schedule for thesis defenses next week. The topics range from the movie industry in China to the treatment of adult schizophrenia to tattoos in the workplace. All are welcome to attend these public events, which constitute the culmination of the Honors experience at Canisius. Each defense will be held in Science Hall 1017 and last no more than 45 minutes. Questions and comments are encouraged. See the complete schedule below.

Honors thesis defense schedule (F2017)a

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history and director of the All-College Honors Program

Help Locate Missing Donor Checks

We are asking the campus community for assistance in locating missing mail pieces containing donor checks intended for Institutional Advancement.   Please inspect inter-office envelopes and other mail routed in error to your office or department mailbox. If you should find any such mail, please re-direct it to Attention: Mailroom. Your help is appreciated.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

Prepare Your Spring 2018 Courses in D2L

As fall 2017 courses come to an end, many faculty are already preparing their spring 2018 courses.  Here’s a quick video from Center for Online Learning & Innovation with tips for setting up your upcoming courses in D2L, including merging sections for the spring 2018 semester.

And here’s COLI’s handy checklist for end of/beginning of semester tasks in Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

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Time for Tonight’s Basketball Game Has Changed

Tip Off is Now 1 p.m.

The game time for the women’s basketball game tonight, Wednesday, November 22 vs. Cornell has been switched from a 7 p.m. start to a 1 p.m. tip off at the Koessler Athletic Center. Tickets remain $5.00 for fans of all ages. Canisius students are admitted at no cost with an ID. Fans with tickets for Wednesday’s game who cannot attend the 1 p.m. tip off can redeem their ticket(s) at the Koessler Athletic Center ticket office for any future women’s basketball game.

Canisius was 1-1 on the young season prior to playing at Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. Cornell is 0-3 going into this evening’s home game versus Lehigh.

For additional information on the game, please visit www.GoGriffs.com. For ticket information, call 716-888-TIXX.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Campus Candid

Noble Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly visited Dr. Erin Robinson’s Introduction to Sociology class on Wednesday, November 15 to discuss her work in creative non-violence.  Students had the opportunity to discuss peace and justice issues in the context of current global unrest, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, is quoted in The National Catholic Reporter regarding the Center for Urban Education’s new Western New York Teacher Residency program.

Read the story here.

Submitted by: College Communication

Next Town Hall Meeting is December 6

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President John J. Hurley on Wednesday, December 6 in the Regis Rooms from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

President Hurley will provide an update on a number of topics and respond to any questions you may have.  Faculty and staff are also welcome to submit questions in advance of the meeting online by clicking here.  Submissions are completely anonymous and are due by close of business on Tuesday, December 5.

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Travel with President Hurley to El Salvador and Guatemala

President John J. Hurley, and his wife, Maureen, invite you to explore faith and social justice on a global scale with a trip to El Salvador and Guatemala from June 3-13, 2018.

Entitled Faith, Tradition and Modernization in Central America, the trip includes visits to Mayan ruins and an examination of Catholic and Mayan spirituality in the ancient villages along Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

“The experience enables alumni and life-long learners to fulfill their interests in other cultures, forge deep bonds with other globally conscious adults and in-country experts, and have enriching, international educational experiences that connect them to people and places not available on a typical tour,” says Timothy Wadkins, PhD, director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), who will lead the trip. “Most importantly, these trips illuminate and challenge the traveler’s own spiritual journey.”

The group will also travel to Guatemalan and Salvadoran civil war memorial sites where Catholic bishops, priests and peasants were martyred. They will visit Catholic cathedrals, Pentecostal mega-churches and congregations engaged in social service.

Participants will hear presentations from topical experts and enjoy a concert by a renowned Salvadoran folk singer. The seminar also includes opportunities for hiking, shopping, golf and a coffee plantation tour.

For more information, contact Timothy Wadkins, IGE director, at wadkins@canisius.edu or (716) 2824 or click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Tom Wolf ’86 Offers Family Portrait Sessions

Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas card photo? On Tuesday, November 28, Photographer Tom Wolf ᾽86 will offer 10 – minute portrait sessions in Lyons Hall 411 from 2:00 – 8:30 pm. The cost is a $50 donation that will benefit the international service-immersion trips through Campus Ministry. Sign up at canisiuslocalservice.10to8.com or contact Darby Ratliff in Campus Ministry at ratliffd@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

 

Blue and Gold Fridays

We have a weekly AND monthly winner! This energetic Boomerang below from members of the Advancement Division was the only submission received this month so the group earned the weekly and monthly titles. Congratulations to Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund; Matt Gorczca, assistant director, Canisius Fund; Will Mason, Leadership Society Gift officer, Canisius Fund; Courtney Sullivan, assistant director, advancement events; and Alison Novak, alumni event coordinator, alumni engagement.

Thank you to all who have participated in Blue and Gold Fridays. Remember, during the month of December our Childhood Christmas Photo Contest replaces Blue and Gold Fridays.

Submitted by: College Communications

United Way Campaign Extended

The United Way Committee would like to remind you that our campaign will continue this year through Thanksgiving. Thank you to the 50 employees who already donated to this year’s campaign. With this support, Canisius College is already helping to make a big difference in the Buffalo community!

However, there is still work to be done to help us achieve our goal of 70 donors. As a reminder, a donation of as little as $1 per week can provide tax representation services for up to eight families. Two dollars per week can provide 10 hours of tutoring for 25 local children. Please consider making your online pledge today.

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Thank you for your support!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Planning Essential When Using Qualtrics and Google Forms

If you conduct a survey or plan to create a sign-up sheet via the web, you should know that there is more to the project than simply firing up Qualtrics or Google Forms and typing in some questions.  The Center for Online Learning & Innovation is building tutorials to help you plan, build, deploy and manage online data-gathering projects.  See our introductory video “Data Gathering Basics” for tips on how to prepare your next survey, sign-up sheet or web-based form.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

 

 

 

Laptop Usage Tips

There are some quick and easy ways to make laptop usage more comfortable and productive. Click on the link below for some tips. If you have any questions contact the Human Resources Department at Ext 2240.

5 Tips for Using a Laptop Computer

Submitted by: Joe Roetterer, safety director, Human Resources

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Time for Wednesday’s Basketball Game Has Changed

Tip Off is Now 1 p.m.

The game time for the women’s basketball game on Wednesday vs. Cornell has been switched from a 7 p.m. start to a 1 p.m. tip off at the Koessler Athletic Center. Tickets remain $5.00 for fans of all ages. Canisius students are admitted at no cost with an ID. Fans with tickets for Wednesday’s game who cannot attend the 1 p.m. tip off can redeem their ticket(s) at the Koessler Athletic Center ticket office for any future women’s basketball game.

Canisius was 1-1 on the young season prior to playing at Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. Cornell is 0-3 going into this evening’s home game versus Lehigh.

For additional information on the game, please visit www.GoGriffs.com. For ticket information, call 716-888-TIXX.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Sew REDI to Sell Products for Small Business Saturday

Start your holiday shopping and support resettled refugees

On Small Business Saturday, November 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sew REDI Buffalo will sell products at Ashker’s Juice Bar located at 1002 Elmwood Avenue. Items include key fobs, wine bottle gift bags, zipper pouches, totes and purses.  All products are handcrafted by resettled refugees in Buffalo.  Sew REDI Buffalo presents products in three fabric collections: Buffalo-themed fabrics, authentic ethnic fabrics and upcycled fabrics (creative reuse of unwanted materials).

Sew REDI, a project started by Canisius ENACTUS students, serves resettled refugees in Buffalo. It is supported entirely by volunteers and refugee clients keep 100 percent of profit from sales of their products.

So, if you are out and about on Small Business Saturday and looking for something unique, come support resettled refugees and the service of Canisius students.

Submitted by: Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics and finance

 

TIAA on Campus in December

Discuss retirement goals

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Thursday, December 7 in Science Hall 1017 for individual counseling sessions. He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

 

Watch the November Episode of Kaleidoscope

Program celebrates religious diversity

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the November episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered Saturday, November 4 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” rebroadcasts each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable Channel 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Spectrum Channel 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, host Stan Bratton, PhD, talks with Talvir Singh, secretary of the Gurdwaras Sahib, and Amarjit Singh, MD, a surgeon with Buffalo Medical Group, about the essential beliefs of  Sikhism, Guru Nanak and the Sikh community in Western New York.

In the second segment, Dr. Bratton talks with Michael Martin, executive director of the Native American Communities Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, about the history, culture, traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Haudenosaunee.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

 

 

Campus Candid

 

In conjunction with KidsLit Week and the WNY Children’s Book Expo, students in Dr. Barbara Irwin’s COM 385 – Media & Children course visited elementary schools this week to read to students. Canisius students pictured at St. Luke’s Our Lady of Hope School, are (back row from L-R) Selvedin Planincic ᾽17 and A’Lea Jackett ᾽18.

Submitted by: College Communications

Catholic Community Delivers Climate Change Letter to President Trump

President John J. Hurley was among the leaders of more than 150 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations and health care providers to sign a climate change letter issued to the Trump Administration and Congress asking them to do the following:

  • Support the Senate’s request to provide $10 million to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Participate meaningfully in the deliberations of the UNFCCC
  • Honor our nation’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

In the letter, the Catholic leaders also affirm the Church’s longstanding commitment to care for creation and reiterate the U.S. bishops’ call to act upon the widely-accepted understanding of climate change science.

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

Submitted by: College Communications

Adopt-a-Family from St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy provides gifts to families in need during the Christmas season. Adopting a family is a great way to spread cheer.

When you adopt a family, you’ll receive information regarding that family (ex. boy, age 7; girl, age 12, etc.) so you have an idea of what to purchase. Please drop off gifts in Campus Ministry by December 19.

You can also join us at St. Luke’s on December 20 at 6:00 p.m. to distribute gifts!

To adopt a family, please contact Darby Ratliff at ratliffd@canisius.edu or Ext. 2875. To sign up to help with distribution, please visit canisiuslocalservice.10to8.com.

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

 

Clothing Drive for Students of Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy

Please join Latin American Students and Friends (L.A.S.A.F.) and Campus Ministry in gathering donations for the students of Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy (School 76).

  • The school is accepting donations of warm, winter children’s clothing, particularly coats, hats, scarves and boots, which can be dropped off at Campus Ministry.
  • We’ll be delivering donations on December 16, so please bring them by December 15!

If you have any questions, contact Darby Ratliff in Campus Ministry (ratliffd@canisius.edu or (Ext. 2875) or Alexa Valdez, president of L.A.S.A.F., (valdeza@canisius.edu).

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

Final United Way Basket Winner Announced

Congratulations to our final United Way basket winner, Shelly Baronich, accounting associate in the Controller’s Office. Shelly is pictured here with the basket donated by ROTC.

We are extending our United Way campaign through Thanksgiving, which is on November 23. Therefore, there is still time to make a donation! Please consider giving a gift this year.

Your donation can be designated directly back to Canisius College. Help us to achieve our goal to increase participation from 72 to 100 donors! Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources associate, Human Resources

College Closing and Class Cancellation Policy

 

With winter quickly approaching, please take a moment to review the College Closing and Class Cancellation Policy by clicking the link below. Feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

 

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

Blue and Gold Fridays

Just a reminder that today is Blue and Gold Friday. Sport your blue and gold and submit a photo or video using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post to Instagram or email to braun5@canisius.edu.

Deadline for submission is 2 p.m. today. Weekly winners are chosen on Mondays.

On the last Monday of the month, we choose a monthly winner and showcase all submissions.

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Submitted by: College Communications

KAC Building Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

The Koessler Athletic Center hours will be reduced during Thanksgiving Break. They are: Tuesday, November 21 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, November 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Thursday, November 23 – Saturday, November 25, closed; and Sunday, November 26 from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.  Please note that open swimming will not take place when the building is closed.

Submitted by: Tim Sei, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Campus Candid

Reading Rainbow creator Tony Buttino and his wife, Sue (center), visited Dr. Barbara Irwin’s COM 385 – Media & Children class to talk about the history and development of the children’s reading motivation series that aired on PBS for 26 years. Buttino brought one of the five Emmy Awards he earned as executive producer of the series.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

President John Hurley discussed how Canisius is combating shrinking enrollment at private colleges with the Excellence Within Reach initiative. The Buffalo News article ran on the front page of today’s paper.

Read the story here.

Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, spoke about the college’s new teacher residency program in a story that aired on WBFO radio.

Listen to the story here.

Steve Gattuso, executive director of the Golden Griffin Fund, discussed General Electric’s investment strategy on NPR’s Marketplace program.

Listen to the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

Traci Murphy, associate athletic director

Traci Murphy oversees programs to help ensure student-athletes succeed in the classroom and in sports. She appreciates being part of a collective mission to shape the future of Canisius students.

“I truly value the college’s commitment to the development of the whole student, the effort everyone makes to help students be successful and the genuine level of caring for one another,” says Traci.

She is known among her colleagues for her strong convictions but also for being receptive to collaboration.

“My door is always open,” says Traci. “I am always working and striving to make the department better.”

She attends all Canisius athletic events, concert band and jazz band concerts as well as lectures on campus. Traci volunteers for the RHA Thanksgiving Dinner and works with Mary Wilson, wife of the late Ralph Wilson, for the United Way’s Western New York Girls in Sports program. The effort encourages girls to get involved in sports to learn life lessons.

In her spare time, Traci enjoys reading, camping and traveling with her family.

Did you know..? A transplant from Louisiana, Traci is an experienced tailgate caterer.  The athletics staff looks forward to the Cajun Jambalaya that Traci and her husband, Pat, make for their famous Bills Tailgate Parties.

Pictured left from L-R: Sarah Murphy (12), Traci Murphy, Pat Murphy (Traci’s husband) and Sean Murphy (16).

Submitted by: College Communications

Volunteers Needed for RHA Thanksgiving Sit-Down Dinner Tonight

The annual Residence Hall Association (RHA) Thanksgiving Sit-Down Dinner will take place tonight, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Economou Dining Hall. We are still in need of  volunteers to assist. This event brings our Canisius family closer together by uniting staff and students for a festive Thanksgiving dinner.

Seating will rotate continuously from 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In keeping with tradition, we are asking the Canisius College faculty, staff, administrators and alumni to assist us in serving dinner to the students.

If you have already signed up to volunteer…THANK YOU.  If you are able to assist, please contact Lauren Semo by email at semol@canisius.edu at your earliest convenience so we can prepare a list of volunteers and assign tasks.

On behalf of the students of RHA, I hope that you will consider participating in this event and help to make it successful, exciting, and enjoyable for the Canisius community.

Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!

Submitted by: Phil Ciallela, assistant director, Office of Student Life

Share Your Childhood Christmas Photos

We all have them…those favorite Christmas photos from our childhood.  Maybe you and your siblings are sporting matching pajamas. Perhaps your family is celebrating a holiday tradition.  Or, maybe you were snapped in the ever popular photo on Santa’s lap. We want to see them all!

Email your favorite Christmas photos to pubrel@canisius.edu by Monday, December 11.  We will publish all photos in the Wednesday, December 13 edition of The Dome and ask you to identify your colleagues.  Don’t worry, we’ll provide the names of those who submitted photos to narrow your options.  Just match the names to the photos!

A prize will be awarded to the person who correctly identifies the highest number of his/her colleagues.

Please note, this photo contest will replace the Blue and Gold Fridays photo contest for the month of December.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

 

2018 403(b) Limits Announced by IRS

On October 19, 2017, the IRS announced that the limits for 403(b) plans will change for 2018. The 2017 annual limit is currently $18,000 and will increase to $18,500 in 2018.  The catch up for employees over age 50 remains at $6,000.  This allows for a potential contribution of $24,500 for 2018.

You are eligible to change your TIAA contributions up to four times in a calendar year at any time.

If you would like to change your contributions for calendar year 2018, download and return the completed form below to Human Resources by December 11, 2017 in order to have it take effect for the first paycheck in 2018.

2018 Salary Reduction Agreement

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

 

EVENTS

Faculty and Staff Stress Less Day Today

Enjoy a variety of activities

Don’t forget that the Faculty and Staff Stress Less Day is today, Wednesday, November 15 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m in the Regis Room!  Please note: The Campus Candid that ran in Friday’s Dome was from the Students’ Stress Less Day and NOT from the Faculty and Staff Stress Less Day. We apologize for any confusion.

Everyone is welcome to join us and take some time out of their day for a series of activities that promote relaxation. Activities will include a Make Your Own Stress Ball station, a massage therapist ($1 per minute; 10 minutes maximum), Legos, Play-doh, coloring and more! Water and tea will also be provided.

Please feel free to stop by at any time and stay for as long as you are able! If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources office at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

The Bookstore’s Biggest Sale of the Year

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping

The Canisius College Bookstore’s biggest sale of the year is today, Wednesday, November 15. Take 25 percent off almost everything in the store including all outerwear, long-sleeved tees, polos and fleece jackets. Take 25 percent off all drinkware, diploma frames and blankets, too. Stop in, start your holiday shopping early and save! Can’t shop at the store? Simply go to www.canisiusshop.com to find the same great savings!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, store manager, Canisius College Bookstore

Free Ice Cream at Women’s Basketball

Team hosts rival St. Bonaventure

How can anyone pass up free ice cream, especially when it comes from Anderson’s?

Tonight, Wednesday, November 15, your Canisius women’s basketball team hosts Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure at the Koessler Athletic Center.  All fans will receive free ice cream after the contest, courtesy of Anderson’s. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

For additional information, visit GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

Leveraging On-the-Job Opportunities to Grow Your Employees

Attend an EAP workshop for supervisors

The Employee Assistance Program presents a seminar for supervisors regarding employee growth and development on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

One of the key reasons employees leave organizations is a lack of opportunity to grow and develop. Managers who understand how to empower their employees to take on new challenges not only build organizational capability but ensure their employees remain engaged and motivated to contribute. In this session, you’ll learn how to listen in a way that identifies opportunities to encourage employee growth and tips for overcoming barriers to employee development.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Hockey Returns Home This Weekend

Two hosts two game series

After splitting four games on the road the past two weekends, your Golden Griffin hockey team returns home on Friday, November 17 to begin a two game series versus Bentley. Game time on Friday is set for 7:35 p.m., while Saturday’s game begins at 4:35 p.m. to allow fans the opportunity to get back to the KAC in time for the men’s basketball home opener.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

 

Free Hats at Men’s Basketball Home Opener

Griffs square off against Youngstown

Your Canisius men’s basketball team opens the home portion of its schedule Saturday, November 18 when they host the Youngstown Penguins at 7 p.m. in the Koessler Center. Free hats will be given to the first 250 ticketed Griffs fans, courtesy of New Era Cap.

The Griffs are led by senior forward Jermaine Crumpton and sophomores Isaiah Reese and Malik Johnson. Freshman sensation Takal Molson poured in 25 points last Saturday at University at Buffalo, shattering the school record for most points by a freshman in his first collegiate game.

Tickets are on sale throughout the week at the KAC box office, or by calling 888-TIXX. Game information can be accessed at GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

 

 

 

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Holds Information Sessions

Encourage students to attend and learn more

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship at Canisius College will hold information sessions for all undergraduate students and business graduate students interested in applying on Monday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. in SH 1004 and Thursday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. in SH1013B. The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship is seeking entrepreneurial-minded students who have a desire to stay in Western New York to make a difference.

Please encourage your students to join us to learn more about the fellowship and hear from current students and alumni about their experiences!

Submitted by: Robyn Brouer, PhD, director, WNY Prosperity Fellowship

 

 

 

Campus Candids

Members of the college community gathered to honor those who have served in the armed forces on Friday, November 10 in commemoration of Veteran’s Day. The observance included remarks by President John Hurley and a ceremonial wreath laying at the Greatest Generation Memorial.

Sydnie Perkins, counselor in the Griff Center for Academic Engagement, sang at the ceremony.

 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Establishes WNY Teacher Residency Program

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The Center for Urban Education at Canisius College is proud to announce the establishment of the Western New York Teacher Residency program. Slated to launch in fall 2018, the program is supported by a two-year grant from the Cullen Foundation. Through this new residency program, aspiring educators in the college’s graduate education programs complete master’s level coursework while building their skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and leaders in high-need schools and districts.

“Similar to medical school residencies, where physicians are trained in hospitals alongside practicing clinicians, residents in this new program will co-teach for a full year alongside veteran educators who will coach and gradually ease them into more responsibilities throughout the school year,” says Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education & Human Services. He explains that urban teachers need extended experiences in the field to meet the needs of school-dependent students. “The Cullen Foundation grant enables Canisius to develop an effective and sustainable teacher residency program and we are extremely grateful for its support.”

The Western New York Teacher Residency program requires interested graduate students apply for a residency position. Approximately 10 individuals will be selected for the first year and an additional 10 will be selected for the second year.

Click here to learn much more about the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Employee of Distinction Program

Just a reminder that all nominations for this month’s Employee of Distinction are due by Wednesday, November 15. This program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for your coworkers and to recognize them for a job well done. The Employee of Distinction nomination form is located here.

To nominate a coworker, explain why you think your candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination are the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, and motivation and interpersonal skills. Upon supervisor approval, all nominations will be reviewed by the college’s Employee Engagement Team, which will use the information provided in the application to make a fair and objective selection. Each month, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome. He or she will also receive a non-monetary incentive and will be presented with the award by the president and his/her supervisor.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Campus Candid

Students (not faculty and staff as The Dome email previously stated) enjoyed free enjoyed free chair massages as part of Stress Less Day sponsored by the Counseling Center on Wednesday, October 8. The event also included paraffin hand waxes, arts and crafts, tea and snacks.

Watch The Dome for information on the upcoming Stress Less Day for faculty and staff.

Submitted by: College Communications

Veteran’s Day Observances Today

Today, Friday, November 10, please join the Griff Center for Academic Engagement as it hosts a variety of events to remember and honor those who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces.

From 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m., outside of Old Main 013, the Griff Center will host a giveaway for veterans. All veterans on campus are eligible to receive FREE exciting giveaways, as well as an opportunity to win Sabres tickets for the November 20 game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Griff Center will also host “Rock It for Veterans.”  Please stop by Old Main 013 and write a message of patriotism, hope and thanks to our veterans on a rock. These rocks will be placed around the garden of the VA Hospital. All members of the college community are invited to participate.

The Veteran’s Day observance with a wreath laying will take place at the Greatest Generation Memorial in front of Old Main/ next to Bagen Hall at 11:45 a.m.  The rain location will be in the Veteran’s Lounge, Old Main 320.  All are welcome to join the Griff Center for refreshments and desserts after the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact Sierra Bonerb, assistant director of the Griff Center at Ext. 2476.

Submitted by: Sharon Sicignano, administrative associate, Griff Center

Employee Engagement Team

We are looking new members of the employee engagement team to promote continuous engagement opportunities as we move into 2018. The team will meet every other month for one hour. Take this opportunity to share your insights and work in collaboration with other colleagues!

Our Employee Engagement Team has been working diligently in developing recommendations for improvements based on the engagement survey administered in December 2016.

This engagement team was formed to further review the results and recommend new initiatives that would help improve employee engagement at Canisius. These initiatives are categorized in four critical areas:

  • Recognition and appreciation of employees
  • Communication
  • Building trust
  • Professional development

You see many new initiatives introduced including Blue and Gold Fridays, employee recognition programs, increased leadership communications, the employee appreciation luncheon, enhanced training and development opportunities and additional health and wellness events.

Our leadership team is committed to administering the survey annually to enhance our engagement strategies and measure our progress. Our next survey is scheduled for after Thanksgiving.

Please RSVP to Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu if you are interested in participating.

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

 

 

Fifth United Way Winner Announced!

Congratulations to our fifth United Way basket winner, Brian Smith, director of study abroad! Brian chose the admissions basket for his prize.

The United Way committee features a basket raffle each Friday. When you donate to the 2017 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the last remaining basket donated by ROTC, which includes a cooler on wheels, water bottle, tumbler, mug, padfolio and a nylon drawstring bag.

When you give to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, not only does your gift help those in need in our community, it also allows the United Way to do the work that no one nonprofit can do alone. Thanks to you, the United Way can identify the areas of most need, tackle those issues head on, and promote volunteerism and engagement throughout the community. Please consider giving a gift this year.

Also, please note that your donation can be designated directly back to Canisius College! Help us to achieve our goal to increase participation from 72 to 100 donors!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

HEOP Honors Adams-Dudley

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) recognized Lilly-Adams Dudley, associate dean and director of COPE, for more than 40 years of service at its statewide conference held in Verona, NY, November 1-3.

Adams-Dudley, who also delivered the keynote address at the event, is currently the most senior HEOP professional staff person in New York State.

She began her career in HEOP at the college in January 1975 as a language arts specialist in the COPE Office. Adams-Dudley was promoted to assistant director in 1977 and later to director in 1980.  She is one of the founding members of the Conference on Minority Affairs in Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

In 1994, Adams-Dudley wrote and won a federal TRIO grant (Talent Search) and has directed that grant since then, along with HEOP and the Martin Luther King (MLK) Scholarship. She also directed two GEAR-UP grants as well as the Liberty Partnership Grant during her tenure at Canisius.

A member of the Canisius Class of 1972, she was accepted into the very first class of MLK Scholarship winners when it was a full academic scholarship for students of color from Buffalo inner city schools who met Canisius College criteria for regular admissions. Adams-Dudley went on to obtain her master’s degree in education in 1976 and a master’s degree in educational administration in 1984.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Chartwells Rolls Out New Catering Menu

Canisius’ dining service, Chartwells, is pleased to announce an all-new menu for its catering service called “The Gathering.” We are always striving to grow and improve and we feel this menu showcases what our chefs do best ‒ creating delicious food with the freshest ingredients.

Our mission is to provide our guests with exceptional quality and service along with a creative cutting-edge dining experience. We are offering an even more diverse array of cuisine from around the country and the world, featuring a wide selection of plant-based and vegetarian items. We’ve added some exciting new artisan sandwiches, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, local, national and international theme meals, box lunches and salads, staffed carving stations and authentic signature desserts from our pastry chef, Allison Hannon.

View our complete menu and place orders using our new online ordering platform here:

You can also download a printer-friendly menu by logging on to our website here:

If you have questions or need assistance in planning your event, call us Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ext. 2325.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing director, Chartwells

Submit Software Requests for the Spring 2018 Semester

ITS is currently making plans for the computer labs and instructional technology centers (ITCs) for the spring 2018 academic term.

Please note the following:

  • ITS will install the packages found here on all lab and ITC computers.
  • Software requested for the fall 2017 semester will continue to exist in the labs for the spring 2018 term.
  • Use the form here to make new software requests.

Software requests are due by Friday, December 15.

If you have any questions, please review the following contacts:
– Windows software – Matt Gleason (Call Ext. 8343 or email gleason5@canisius.edu)
– Macintosh software – Greg Rusch (Call Ext. 8347 or email ruschg@canisius.edu)

Submitted by: Greg Rusch, computer support technician, ITS

Blue and Gold Fridays

Don’t forget to sport your blue and gold and submit a photo or video using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram, or email to braun5@canisius.edu.

Deadline for submissions is 2 p.m. today.

Weekly winners are chosen on Mondays.

On the last Monday of the month, we will announce our monthly winner and showcase a gallery of all submissions.

Submitted by: College Communications

EVENTS

EVENTS

Dads and Daughters Dollar Day is Tonight

Women’s basketball hosts an evening of inexpensive fun

Attention dads and daughters of all ages: Looking for a fun and inexpensive night to spend some time together? Tonight, Friday, November 10, when your Canisius women’s basketball team opens its 2017-18 season against Colgate is Dads & Daughters Dollar Night. All tickets are only $1.00 and all concession items (hot dogs, popcorn, etc.) are just $1.00. In addition, the merchandise stand will run Dollar Day sales throughout the game for selected items such as hats and t-shirts.

Coach Terry Zeh and his staff welcome back 10 letter-winners, including all-MAAC second team preseason pick Sara Hinriksdottir.

Game time at the Koessler Center is slated for 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 716-888-TIXX. Game information can be found at GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Upcoming ArtsCanisius Events

Enjoy two recitals by and for the Canisius college community

ArtsCanisius presents the Student-Faculty Recital on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  This concert features student performances from the studios of Melissa Thorburn and Bryan Eckenrode, adjunct professors of fine arts.

On Monday, November 13, at noon in the Montante Cultural Center is the Meet-the-Faculty Recital. It is a true showcase of the talents of the college’s faculty and staff, featuring a performance by Cantio Sacra under the direction of Bradley Wingert.  Cantio Sacra is a vocal ensemble made up of members of the college’s faculty and staff.

Both of these events are free and open to the public.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius director

Inspiration for the Musical “Come from Away” to Speak at Canisius

Tuerff to present “How Kindness to Strangers Can Heal the Divide”

Kevin Tuerff, whose story was the inspiration behind the Tony Award-winning musical Come from Away, is coming to Canisius.  He will give a talk entitled “How Kindness to Strangers Can Heal the Divide” on Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. All are welcome to attend.

Tuerff was on a flight from Paris on September 11, 2001 after U.S. airspace was closed in the wake of the attacks. His plane, among many others, was diverted to Gander, Newfoundland.  The welcome that he and the others stranded in Gander received is a continual source of inspiration for him.  Now, Tuerff sees a parallel situation in the global refugee crisis and thinks we can learn much from Gander when it comes to welcoming refugees.

This talk is sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Be the Light Youth Theology Institute (BTLI) at Canisius.  For more information, contact the co-directors of BTLI: Stephen Chanderbhan (chanders@canisius.edu  or Ext. 2223) or Sarah Signorino (signoris@canisius.edu or Ext. 2424).

Submitted by: Stephen Chanderbhan, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy and co-director of Be the Light Youth Theology Institute

 

 

Digital Humanities Speaker Series

November 14 event features Dr. Jonathan Lawrence

On November 14, the 2017 Digital Humanities Speaker Series continues!  Join us in Lyons Hall, Room 418 at 4:00 p.m. to hear Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, an associate professor of religious studies at Canisius College, speak about his journey in digital scholarship and his latest project.

What does digital humanities mean and how does it relate to research and teaching in higher education?  Professor Lawrence will describe the impact of changing technology in his experiences as a student, teacher and scholar.  He will share examples of how technology allows us to do traditional research activities in new ways as well as examples of new options that are possible with technology.  Lawrence’s Religion in Western New York Project examines religious diversity through oral histories, statistical data and archival materials.  He will also share some examples of ways he has incorporated digital humanities into course activities.

Lawrence is currently engaged in an ethnographic study of religious diversity in the Buffalo area.  He is an ordained minister serving a small protestant congregation in North Tonawanda and working with Buffalo’s interfaith community.

The Digital Humanities Speaker Series highlights pioneering work in digital humanities, and inspires faculty and students to consider, experiment with and collaborate on new research projects or pedagogical methods employing digital technologies.  For more information, visit www.canisius.edu/dh

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

COLI Brown Bag Meetup

Bring your lunch and share tech tips

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) hosts its next Brown Bag Meetup on Wednesday, November 15 at noon in Old Main 115.  We will be discussing Google Apps: Drive, Docs, Forms and even YouTube and Calendar.

On most Wednesdays in the fall and spring semesters, COLI hosts a Brown Bag Meetup.  Keep an eye on The Dome for announcements of upcoming specific meetups. Bring your lunch!  Meet with other Canisius faculty and staff to share tech tips. Share your latest project, completed or otherwise, for feedback and suggestions.  Show us what you’re doing in your classes or in your research, using web-based technologies.  As always, COLI staff will be on hand to answer questions, and share the latest tips, resources and other things we’ve recently discovered.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

 

 

 

 

Campus Candid

The first Makerspace event was wonderful fun! Students, faculty and staff participated in a rock painting event.

Makerspace is a place where students can create physical and digital items in a common workspace using shared resources and equipment. Makerspaces are meant to be a mechanism for encouraging students to explore and learn outside the classroom.

Once the rocks are sealed, keep an eye out for them on campus and across the city. Many thanks to those who participated, the library staff for their help and the Fine Arts Department for its sponsorship. There will be many more to come!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor visiting assistant professor and program director, art history

 

Canisius in the News

Peter J. Galie, PhD, professor emeritus of political science, discussed the pros and cons of a Constitutional Convention with WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Town Hall Meeting Recap

If you were unable to attend President Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on Monday, you can read the recap below.

President John J. Hurley hosted his third Town Hall meeting of the fall semester on Monday, November 6. He began his campus update on a high note reporting that Sunday’s open house attendance was 248 – a 25 percent increase from last year’s turnout.  He said that Excellence Within Reach continues to be well known and well received and noted that many parents seemed hopeful that the tuition reset initiative will enable them to send their children to Canisius.

President Hurley announced that the college will embark on a Mission Examen Priority process as directed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Provincials of the USA and the Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). This is a self-study and peer review process based on the document Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-evaluation Instrument, which the provincials and the presidents developed and approved to assure the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the colleges and universities in the United States.  The effort will be led by Sandra Estanek, PhD, chair and professor of graduate education and leadership.  Preliminary work will begin in spring 2018.

President Hurley reported that the college is in the process of developing a new campus master plan.  Marco Benedetti, vice president for business and finance, is leading the effort with the services of Cannon Design, and has recently held information sessions for faculty about the process.  There will be several more opportunities for the campus community to provide input to the planning process over the next two months.  The campus master plan will be used to identify and prioritize capital improvements to the campus based on a set of guiding principles and goals that lay out a vision for the campus for the near and long-term future.

Following his talk, President Hurley answered questions from the audience.

Regarding the New York State Excelsior program, President Hurley said that the impacts are not fully known but he expects to have a clearer picture after he attends a Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) meeting later this week. Larger schools that draw from outside New York State, such as Cornell and Columbia, are not as affected as much as smaller schools such as Canisius.  He reiterated that 22,000 students received Excelsior scholarships. He mentioned that a transfer student from Niagara County Community College to Canisius shared her experience with the Excelsior Program. She received several conflicting letters, including one that said she would receive the scholarship. In the end, she didn’t receive the scholarship because she changed majors.

One staff member asked how current students have reacted to their tuition reset letters. While the Office of Student Records and Financial Services fielded many phone calls to clarify the itemized breakdown of student financial aid packages, President Hurley emphasized that in every case students will pay less beginning in fall 2018 under Excellence Within Reach.

Regarding an update on the retirement incentive, he noted that 34 professors applied and the college reached its financial goal. How that translates into salary savings can’t be calculated until it is determined how many faculty members will need to be replaced.

President Hurley added that he continues to urge Marco Benedetti to prioritize the restoration of the eight percent contribution to the employee retirement plan as circumstances allow.

President Hurley outlined plans for new programs including a new master’s program in data analytics, which he is confident will draw interest and funnel jobs into the financial services and health care industries.  Academic Affairs began the lengthy process of developing a physician’s assistant program, which will help the college break into the allied health fields where there is great demand and opportunity.  The college continues to work with Hanover, a market research firm, to determine additional new programs that would be feasible.

After the Town Hall, the group continued the conversation over donuts and cider.

Submitted by: College Communications

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, November 22

The college will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. All but essential personnel are included in this early dismissal. Please note that the college is also closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 and Friday, November 24. The college will reopen on Monday, November 27.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources & compliance

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