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Canisius in the News

Local media outlet Buffalo Rising has written a story about the college’s  planned community garden.  The article explains how the garden will help the health of local residents and build community cohesion.  It also mentions the organizations that are helping Canisius  maintain and supply the garden with essential items to build it.  

To read the full article on Buffalo Rising click here 

Buffalo Business First wrote an article about new graduate programs in business, science and social justice for 2020 and 2021.  Featured is Canisius’s new master’s in business analytics.

To read the full article click here

Buffalo Business First also included Canisius College in an article about advanced education interests and shifts due to the pandemic.  Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services Mike Rutter, PhD, is featured in the story, which discusses the college’s master’s in clinical mental health counseling.

To read the full article click here

Money Geek interviewed Steven Gattuso, executive director of the Golden Griffin Fund at Canisius, for two separate online stories. 

To read about his story on the cheapest full coverage auto insurance click here

To read about his story on the cheapest liability-only car insurance for 2021 click here

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Teacher Residency Program Receives $75,000 Grant

The WNY Teacher Residency program at Canisius College recently received a $75,000 grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.  This grant will aid in supporting exam costs and living expenses for the students in the program.  This fall, it will have 10 students entering their residency at five different partnership schools and will welcome 15 new students.

To learn more about the WNY Teacher Residency program at Canisius College, follow the link below.  https://www.canisius.edu/western-new-york-teacher-residency

Submitted by: Julie Marzolf, executive administrative associate, School of Education and Human Services

HEOP students Enjoy Albright-Knox Northland

As part of their orientation program, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students enjoyed a trip to the Albright-Knox Northland where they took in the Herve Tullet: Shape and Color Exhibit.  

The Tullet exhibit stresses the importance of the making of art, not just the finished product,  so students engaged in artmaking activities and posted their works on the walls of the exhibit.  They also experienced mural painters in action, whose work will be hung outdoors in the Northland neighborhood in the next few weeks.

Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic

The Upper Room Church of God in Christ, located at 131 Florida St., will host a vaccination clinic on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Canisius College Spillman Parking Lot. 

The clinic is open to anyone from Canisius or from the community who would like to receive the vaccination.  Please spread the word to your networks.

Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week Update

Save the date! From August 16-20 the Center for Online Learning and Innovation and the Office of Academic Affairs will host the Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week on campus in Old Main!  

Join your colleagues for faculty-led workshops. You can view the many workshops we have planned for this Faculty Development Week at this link, including dates and times. 

Watch the Dome and bookmark this link for announcements on when the registration form will be made live.


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

Canisius College Wellness Interest Survey

In line with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, Canisius College is committed to promoting a healthy workplace. In an effort to do so, the Human Resources Department is looking to develop a wellness program that is best tailored to the wellness interests, needs and goals of the Canisius community.

To gather this information, we ask that you please click here to complete a short Wellness Interest Survey. The deadline has been extended for you to submit your responses through  Friday, July 30 at 5 pm.

Thank you in advance for your valued feedback! 

 Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

COLI Workshops

COLI offers workshops on a number of programs including D2L, Zoom, Google Drive, and more. 

A new addition to these workshops also includes an overview of updates and/or new features coming to D2L. You can view a list of these updates by clicking on this link here

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, you can sign-up for them here. For a full description of these workshops, click here

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

D2L Activity Feed

The activity feed is a new option that will be included with this month’s updates. It is a more interactive alternative to the News Feed that allows you to have comments on Messages. This can allow you to discuss the Message right on your Course Homepage. You can also create or link Dropboxes to the Activity Feed. This can allow students to make comments on the Activity Feed if they have questions about the Dropbox.

For more information on how the Activity Feed might be useful in your class, you can read this D2L Article

Click this link for a quick tutorial on how to activate the Activity Feed on your Course Homepage and for an overview of the Activity Feed. 


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

Summer 2021 Lifelong Learning Course

Jeffery Brubaker, PhD, adjunct professor of classics, is offering a new course, “A Brief History of Byzantium.”

It will meet via Zoom for six consecutive Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. Information about enrollment and topics are found on the attached poster. To enroll in the course, click here

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

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics, details the struggles many businesses will face trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic in two separate articles published by The Buffalo News.

In the first, Golebiewski describes the transitions businesses must make when dealing with a shortage in workers, a changed work-place and adapting to a change in wages. Click here to read that story.

In today’s paper, Golebiewski weighs in on a few hopeful signs that sidelined workers in the Buffalo Niagara region are starting to look for jobs again. Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: College Communications

Summer Hours to Continue for Fridays


We are pleased to announce that early closure on Fridays has been extended through Friday, August 13.  Some offices will continue to be required to staff their offices on Friday afternoons to meet the needs of students.

As we have in past years, alternative scheduling options will continue to remain available.  Feel free to contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

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

Canisius College to Establish New Community Garden


The New Buffalo Institute at Canisius College will develop a 20-bed community garden in a vacant lot on Jefferson Avenue with support from three local granting organizations. 

Plans call for a community-engaged effort to cultivate a fresh vegetable garden and create a healthy gathering space for neighbors of the college.  A cross-section of local residents, block clubs, youth groups and members of the faith community will build the garden, plant, manage and tend the vegetables throughout the growing season with support from Canisius College students.  

The initiative is receiving significant support from three local organizations:  Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) Spark, HOPE Buffalo and Love Your Block. 

The cultivated food will provide fresh produce to the neighboring community. Vegetables harvested will also be donated to the food pantry at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ.  

To find out more about the community garden click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Fourth Annual Employee Appreciation Lunch

The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall.

Please RSVP here by tomorrow, July 22.

Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

July Submissions for Employee of Distinction Program

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the month of July by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here.

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

The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection. Upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations and votes each month.

Please have all July submissions completed no later than tomorrow, July 22.  

Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of August.Once a decision is made for July, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.  Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 or Bethany in the President’s Office at Ext. 2100 with any questions.

Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

Degree Works Upgrade Scheduled

On Thursday July 22, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ITS will be updating the Degree Works environment to version 5.0.4. During this time, faculty, staff and students will not be able to run GriffAudits. Degree Works 5.0.4 will have a new look and feel and updated FAQs.  Documentation will be provided closer to the fall semester.

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

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

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

ITS Banner Upgrades Scheduled

ITS will be applying Banner Software upgrades to our production environment, on Sunday July 25, from 5:00 – 11:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, the Banner Application and Self-Service Banner (Student Profile, timesheets, leave balances, etc) will be unavailable.  All other systems will be accessible.

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

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

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

Canisius in the News

Several media outlets shared the news that John J. Hurley, the 24th president of Canisius College, announced he will retire at the end of the upcoming academic year after serving 12 years as president. Hurley will remain in office until June 30, 2022.  A committee will be formed by the college’s Board of Trustees to conduct a national search for Hurley’s successor.

Click here to read the full story in the Buffalo News

Click here to read the full story on WGRZ-Channel 2

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

Click here to read the story on WKBW – Channel 7

Click here to watch the broadcast on Spectrum News

Click here to read the story on Business First

Hurley is currently the longest tenured president among Western New York colleges and universities. He joined Canisius in August 1997 as vice president for college relations and general counsel, after practicing law in Chicago and Buffalo for 16 years.  In 2009, the college’s Board of Trustees selected Hurley to succeed Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, and he became the college’s first lay president in July 2010.

Bob Butler, an emeritus professor of English at Canisius, penned a letter to the editor in Tuesday’s edition of The Buffalo News.  His letter is titled “Critical Race Theory Does not Make Accusations.”

Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: College Communications

4th Annual Staff and Faculty Appreciation Lunch

The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 12:00 –1:00 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall.

Please RSVP here by Thursday, July 22nd.

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

Canisius to be a Leader in Borders and Migrations Initiative

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the bilingual members of the Canisius Borders & Migrations Initiative conducted a training in Spanish of the Immigration Simulation adapted and expanded from the Kino Border Initiative (KBI). Canisius is the only institution to have adapted the simulation into virtual format and we have trained colleagues at KBI and elsewhere in its use.


Led by Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, the team included alumna and campus minister Kaitlyn Buehlmann and Guadalupe Quiroz (both former students of Dr. Reitsma). The team adapted the immigration simulation previously done in person (with the leadership of Sarah Signorino) into a virtual format in response to Covid-19. This is the first immigration simulation conducted in Spanish (Guadalupe Quiroz did the translations of the documents) and is now part of our ever-expanding Borders & Migrations toolkit.

This training was for professionals in the Jesuit network from AUSJAL (the Latin American complement of AJCU) and the AJCU, through the Jesuit Network to Accompany Migrants based in Central America rjmcentroamerica and rjmcentroamerica. Though they were all professionals working in the field of direct accompaniment and education regarding Immigration, the participants found the event eye-opening. Though the number of colleagues working on the Borders & Migrations team at Canisius has shrunk, Canisius continues to lead the way in integrating Mission, Identity, and Pedagogy in creating learning spaces and resources for our community both locally and internationally. We thank our Jesuit partners of the Jesuit Network to Accompany Migrants for this opportunity.

Este viernes pasado, el 2 de julio de 2021, los miembros bilingües del equipo de concientización de la Iniciativa de Fronteras y Migraciones de Canisius College se encargaron de un taller de Simulacro de Inmigración en español, basado en, y expandido de, una actividad educativa de KBI (Iniciativa Kino de Frontera: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/).  Con el liderazgo del Dr. Richard Reitsma, el equipo consistió de la ex alumna y ahora colega del Dr. Reitsma, Kaitlyn Buehlmann, de la oficina de Campus Ministry en Canisius y Guadalupe Quiroz, también ex alumna del Dr. Reitsma del programa de Maestría de Literatura Aplicada en la Universidad IberoAmericana de Puebla, México.  Anteriormente el simulacro se ha hecho en persona (con el liderazgo de Sarah Signorino), pero dado las necesidades de la contingencia de COVID, el equipo lo adaptó al formato virtual. Parece ser que Canisius es la única universidad en adaptar el simulacro a un formato virtual y hemos entrenado a otros colegas en otras universidades de la red Jesuita. Esta es la primera versión del simulacro en español, y le debemos una gratitud infinita a Guadalupe Quiroz por su labor en hacer la traducción inicial.   Ahora forma parte de los recursos de material didáctica suplementaria: Borders & Migrations toolkit https://blogs.canisius.edu/border/border-and-migration-teaching-toolkit/.  Este taller era para profesionales de la red jesuita de acompañamiento al migrante (de la AUSJAL /AJCU), aunque en su mayoría los integrantes venían de organizaciones basadas en Centroamérica.  La red jesuita de acompañamiento al migrante: https://rjmcentroamerica.org/campana-pasos-que-tejen-historias/  y https://rjmcentroamerica.org/.  Aunque el equipo en Canisius se ha disminuido un poco, Canisius sigue los pasos como líder en la campaña de integrar la Misión, Identidad y Pedagogía en el plan de crear espacios integrales para la concientización y aprendizaje tango de nuestra comunidad local como al nivel internacional.  Les agradecemos a Miriam Reyes y a la Red Jesuita de atención al Migrante por su invitación. 

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

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

Clancy Seymour joins NYS APHERD Board of Directors

Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, associate professor and director of health, physical education and sport pedagogy, was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance (NYS APHERD) Board of Directors. Seymour’s professionalism and dedication to service is demonstrated by his long term and active membership and participation in various leadership roles in the association. He previously served as the NYS APHERD association president (2019-2021) and the president of the APHERD Western Zone.

We applaud Seymour for his active participation in professional endeavors, leadership, content expertise and the earned respect within the ranks of his professional colleagues.

To learn more about NYS APHERD, please click on the link: https://www.nysahperd.org/

Submitted by: Julie Marzolf, executive administrative associate, School of Education and Human Services

Parking Permit Registration

If you have not registered for your 2021-22 employee parking tag, please register now. Your current tag expires on August 15, 2021. After signing into myCanisius, click Campus Services. Then Purchase Parking.

To purchase a permit you will need:

  • Vehicle description (year, make, model, color)
  • Vehicle license plate number
  • If not paying via payroll deduction, your credit card or checking/savings account information

You can pay via payroll deduction, credit card or web check. Your tag will be sent to you once you’ve registered and paid, via interoffice mail.

If you pay with cash, you must still register on-line but will need to pay at the Student Records and Financial Services office in Bagen 106, at which time your tag will be given to you. if you have any questions, please call JoAnn Feary, Controller’s Office at Ext 8528.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, Controller’s Office

Independent Health’s Free Virtual Summer Classes

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Independent Health has updated its free virtual healthy living classes this summer, from July until the end of September.

To join a class, just click on the “Join Us!” link found next to it. If you have any questions, please Email HealthHub@IndependentHealth.com or call (716) 505-8555.

Submitted By: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president.

June Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Connie Pileri is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for June 2021. Connie was nominated for this award by the Senior Leadership Team.

At Canisius for more than 27 years, Connie currently works as the assistant dean of student affairs in the Event Services Department. Connie was selected for this award for her long-standing record of great service to the college and in large part due to the integral role she played in the successful transition from in-person events. Events such as Ignatian Scholarship Day and Commencement were transitioned to a hybrid format during the pandemic. Connie went above and beyond what was expected when coordinating major events for the college, while maintaining flexibility to the ever-changing Covid-19 guidelines to keep the campus safe. Connie’s excellent communication and organizational skills, willingness to help, and ability to work quickly and efficiently, all while maintaining a positive attitude, have been deeply appreciated by the college and all those she supports.

Matt Mulville, assistant vice president for  students, also commends Connie for all her hard work, adding the following:

“Connie has been a dedicated employee for 27 years and has held many different roles at the college during that time. Connie always assists students, staff and faculty to meet their needs. Connie has been willing to take on additional tasks and projects and is flexible in making sure the outcomes of these projects benefit everyone at the college. These qualities showed brightly during the Covid-19 response and especially with the shift from a virtual graduation to an in-person event.  Most recently, Connie has agreed to help with New Student Orientation. We thank Connie for all she has done for Canisius.”

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Connie on this achievement, and thanking her for all she has done!

To nominate a co worker for the upcoming months, click here.

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

2022 Honorary Degree and Speaker Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients are now open. The guidelines are listed in the letter below.

Please submit all nominations by clicking here to complete the form by August 1, 2021. Please note, if you submitted a nomination in a prior year but that person has not yet been selected, their name remains on a master list of candidates and will be considered by the Board of Trustees in the next cycle.

Should you run into any issues in completing the form, please contact Erica Sammarco at sammarce@canisius.edu.

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Submitted By: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president.

Start Your Master’s in Higher Ed

The MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) program has spots available for the fall 2021 semester. Part-time study for employees in the HESAA program is flexible to fit your schedule and long-term goals. Click here to visit the program webpage or contact Brandi Banks at banksb@canisius.edu for more information.

Submitted by: Brandi N. Banks, senior graduate admissions counselor

KAC Open Swim

Starting Thursday, July 8, the Koessler Athletic Center will offer open swim every Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Submitted By: Tim Seil, assistant director of athletic facilities.

Library Staff Accepts United Way’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Staff at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library have accepted the United Way’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, in an effort to develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege and leadership. The 21 day challenge is an educational Email series that will deepen the understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our communities.

Campus  members can participate as individuals or as a part of a workplace, place of worship, professional association or more.You can find information and registration at this link: https://www.uwbec.org/21daychallenge

Submitted By: Kristine Esch Kasbohm, director, Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library

Campus Candid

Drs. Christy Hoffman and Malini Suchak, associate professors in the animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and anthrozoology programs, organized and hosted the 30th annual International Society for Anthrozoology conference, which took place, online, June 22-24, 2021. This conference coincided with the 10th anniversary of the anthrozoology master’s program at Canisius College. Numerous Canisius faculty, students, and alumni participated in the conference, which brought bring together more than 400 delegates from 34 countries.

To find out more about the conference, visit www.isaz2021.net.

Submitted by: College Communications

July 4th Holiday!

Just a reminder that the college will be closed on Monday, July 5 in recognition of the 4th of July holiday. The college will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. We wish you a safe and happy July 4th weekend.

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

Bill Davis Scholarship Winner!

The AJCU’s Conference on Diversity & Equity rewards students from Jesuit institutions yearly with the Bill Davis Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Bill Davis, former director of the Upward Bound Program at Loyola University Chicago.

Rosalia Sedano ’22, was one of the full scholarship recipients. Rosalia is a biology major at Canisius, pursing minor degrees in sociology and criminal justice. She has been on the Dean’s List for four semesters and participated in the CEEP program during the 2020-21 academic year.

Please join us in congratulating Rosalia on this accomplishment!

This year, Canisius had eight students submit applications for the scholarships. A completed application consisted of demographic information, a personal statement and an essay on what the global COVID-19 pandemic has taught individuals about a Jesuit education.. The full $500 scholarship was awarded to three students and an additional three students were awarded an honorable mention of $250.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, director of Multicultural Center.

Suchak Receives Grant from The Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare

Malini Suchak, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC), received a $5,520 grant from The Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare.  The Parks Foundation makes annual awards to support projects, research and other activities to advance the welfare of animals. Of the 176 grants competitively reviewed, Suchak was one of only 16 (11-USA; 5-international) or nine percent, awarded funding.

Suchak’s project will develop an automated system for researchers and shelters to monitor cat behavior with the hope of determining what strategies shelters can use to reduce cats’ stress while they are living there, and monitor their day-to-day behavior. The research involves the use of accelerometers, specially designed FitBits for cats, and the development of a computer algorithm to interpret the data from the accelerometer. 

The use of this technology, which can be scaled up, has the potential to improve the lives of the millions of cats surrendered to animal shelters every year in the US.  Improving their welfare while in the shelter is essential for facilitating timely adoption, as cats who are comfortable and well adjusted in animal shelters are more likely to be adopted into new homes. 

The grant is for a multi-institutional collaboration between Suchak and Ruth Colwill, PhD, at Brown University who will partner with two animal sheltering organizations, the SPCA serving Erie County (NY) and the Providence Animal Rescue League (RI). The grant also includes funding to hire an undergraduate research assistant at Canisius to contribute to the data collection.

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

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing a database upgrade Saturday July 3, 2021 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, most administrative software such as Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits, reports (Infoview) and all custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, budget management, timeclock, new student checklist, etc) will be unavailable.

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

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

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

TIAA July Consultations

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

Attached is the PDF that includes the dates and further details.

Submitted by: Bethany J. Voorhees, executive associate to the president

Live Well, Work Well

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Have you been wondering if you suffer from migraine headaches? 

This article, provided to you by Lawley Benefits Group, explains how to recognize types of migraines, as well as the causes and triggers for them. For medical help and advice, please contact your physician.

Submitted by: Bethany J. Voorhees, executive associate to the president

Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week

The Academic Affairs Office is organizing a Summer Faculty Development Week for August 16 – 20. These are based on our previous popular workshop weeks, except this time we’re hoping to have them on campus. Each session will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Save the date!

We already have plans for some great workshops and webinars that can help you get up to speed for your Fall 2021 courses. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on times, places, more workshops, and registration information.

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

Campus Candids

Nearly 60 members of the Canisius community participated in the college’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 18. The day of education, solidarity and service was held in honor of the African-American community. The commemoration began around 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks and an overview of the history of Juneteenth. Faculty, staff and students then divided into groups and dispersed into the neighboring community to participate in various clean-up efforts. Afterwards, participants regrouped on campus to hear stories surrounding the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation from members of Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY.

The commemoration marked the start of an important tradition at Canisius, to inspire conversation and action in the college’s ongoing work towards anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Submitted by: College Communications

President’s Office Hosts Appreciation Lunch

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The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall.

Please RSVP here by Thursday, July 22nd.

 

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

Eat Well, Work Well

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Take Lawley Benefit Group’s health assessment to see where your family stands in eating habits, physical activity and screen time. After the assessment, you will find some follow-up recommendations by category that will help you create an action plan for encouraging your family to maintain a healthier lifestyle going forward.

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

Clancy Seymour Co-Editor on New Publications

Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, is a co-editor on two new versions of the Curriculum and Assessment Guidance Document (CAGD2), recently released by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance (NYS AHPERD).

The CAGD2 is a resource that connects the revised New York State Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) with guidance regarding curriculum and assessment recommendations for K-12 physical education practitioners and administrators in New York. The purpose of the publications is to provide developmentally appropriate content and sample assessments in physical education that will allow students to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and motivation through participation in quality K-12 physical education programs.

The Curriculum and Assessment Guidance Document is broken into two separate guides: an elementary and secondary version. In addition, the CAGD unpacks the revised New York State Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) and includes an amended adapted physical education services section.

Clancy Seymour is an associate professor and director of health, physical education and sport pedagogy at Canisius. He co-edited the CAGD2 with Alisa James, PhD, professor of physical education at SUNY College at Brockport.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Student Wins at “X-Culture” Competition

Canisius College student Josef Preci ‘22 was part of a winning multinational team that competed in the “X-Culture” project, during the spring 2021 semester.  Preci and his peers, who made up Team 133, won the 2021 X-Culture Best Team Award. 

This places them in the Top 1% worldwide out of 5,140 MBA and undergraduate students, from 150 universities in 78 countries, who participated in this year’s X-Culture competition.

Preci is an undergraduate marketing and business economics major at Canisius College with an expected graduation date of spring 2022.  

To read more about the event, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Changes Coming To D2L

There are a few changes coming to D2L. More tutorials will be made available as we get closer to July/August. All of our tutorials will be posted on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff webpage.

  • D2L Accommodations Tool

    • The Accommodation Tool is similar to giving a student Special Access. However, instead of giving a student special access to a quiz every single time, Accommodations allows you to set it and forget it. This is particularly useful if you know the student will require extra time on every quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the classlist by looking for the Accommodations symbol to the left of their names. Learners with Accommodations will also see this symbol in the classlist and while they are taking quizzes. You can override Accommodations for a specific quiz by giving the learner special access on that Quiz. To give a student Accommodations, go to the classlist. Click on the Dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu that appears, scroll down to the bottom and click on Edit Accommodations. This tool will be available with the June Update (later this month).
  • Updates to the Dropbox Grading Screen

    • D2L is making changes to the grading screen in dropboxes and will become standard soon. It will make it easier to view and find important information (ex, the student’s name, submissions, etc.). When you are done making annotations on the student’s assignment, you can now make the evaluation column (the right column) larger so you can easily write feedback and grade easier. If you need to edit the dropbox for some reason or provide a student more time to submit an assignment, you can click on the three horizontal dots to access those menus quicker. Note that how you access the dropbox grading screen and make annotations and view assignments will remain the same. This new version of the dropbox grading screen will be available in July and become standard in August.
    • YouTube Tutorial
  • Dropbox Editor Screen

    • The new Dropbox Editor screen will become standard soon. D2L has moved some of the most useful features so that they are accessed on one page instead of being scattered across different tabs. Many settings are in the drop-down menus in the right column, which also means less scrolling. You can drop a menu when you need to make changes to a setting and zip it back up when you are finished making your changes.
    • YouTube Tutorial
  • The Text Editor Toolbar is Changing

      • Note: The above picture shows the major changes, though some other tools, like Preview, Source Code, Word Count, and the Accessibility Checker have also been moved slightly. To access this larger set of tools, click on the three horizontal dots in either the Old Editor or New Editor.
    • D2L is updating the standard Text Editor Toolbar. This update will include larger icons and rearranging some tools, making it easier and faster for you to find the tool you need. This update currently affects most of the tools (dropbox editor screen, dropbox grading screen, discussions, etc.) in D2L but will eventually be rolled out to the remainder of D2L tools in August.
  • Changes coming to Quizzes

    • Reports Setup

    • If you used Quiz reports, Reports Setup will be moving from its current place as a tab in the Quiz Creation Screen. You will now be able to access reports set up by going to the Quizzes tab in D2L. From there, click on the drop-down menu arrow to the right of a quiz you wish to set up a report. From the menu that appears, choose Setup Reports. Notice as well this is how you will be able to View Reports. Aside from the change in place, how you set up a report will remain the same. This change will occur in July.
    • Introduction Section

      • Due to low usage, D2L is removing the Introduction section from the Quiz creator in July. Instead, you are urged to use one of the other following options:
          • The Quiz Description appears when the student first accesses the quiz and D2L shows the student the summary page for the quiz. Make sure that if you use the Quiz Description, you turn on the visibility for it. Otherwise, you may have written something but students will not be able to view it.
          • Use a quiz Section to create an introduction for students. A section of this type can appear as the first section when students begin taking the quiz.
      • Written Tutorials
  • D2L Rubric

    • For those of you that use rubrics in your course, the new editor will become the new standard starting in August. It is easier to use than the old rubric editor and allows you to quickly update and change rubrics where and when needed.

President’s Office Hosts Appreciation Lunch

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The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall.

Kindly RSVP here by Thursday, July 22nd.

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

Celebrating Juneteenth 2021

Canisius College will host its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 18, 2021.  Approximately 60 faculty, staff and students will engage in a day of education and service with the Hamlin Park community and  Juneteenth Buffalo Inc.  The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and  will conclude after lunch at 12:30 p.m.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery.

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans.

Although registration is now closed,  you can join us on zoom at https://canisius.zoom.us/j/93596015342   for the presentations by Juneteenth Buffalo at 9:00 a.m. and the Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY at 11:45 a.m.

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Canisius College

Canisius Introduces MS in Business Analytics

The Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business will introduce a new master’s degree in business analytics for fall 2021. The program was developed to meet the growing demand for business intelligence analysts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth for business intelligence/business analysts at 11 percent over the next 10 years, a rate much higher than average.

The 31-credit-hour curriculum can be completed as a full- or part-time program of study and a unique feature of the program is the overlap with the college’s MS in data analytics, which provides business analytics students with very strong technical skills.

Find more information about the Canisius College MS in business analytics here

Submitted by: College Communications

Dr. Havis Named Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Devonya N. Havis, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and women and gender studies, was
selected as a 2021-22 University at Buffalo Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting
Scholar. Members are selected based on excellence in their fields, commitment to
student mentoring and ability to have the greatest possible influence on the University at
Buffalo, SUNY and local communities.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars are exceptionally accomplished individuals who, through their
record of scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring and service, as well as
their skills, experiences, under-representation and areas of scholarly and/or creative expertise,
can substantially advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the University at Buffalo.

Please join me in congratulating Devonya on this impressive recognition of her academic work.

Read more here

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

Jazz Ensemble Offers Two Recordings to Enjoy

Click here to listen to the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble’s recordings arranged by Jazz Ensemble Director Dr. Russell Scarbrough.  You are treated to these two works with featured soloists:

“Slow Hot Wind” (Henry Mancini)
Solos: Dominic Manzella, alto saxophone; Gillian Scozzaro, tenor saxophone; Aiden Root, piano
“St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins)
Solos: Dominic Manzella, alto saxophone; Alex Bogart, drums
We await the evenings when the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are able to perform in front of audiences in the Montante Cultural Center.
Check canisius.edu/artscanisius for the 2021-22 season schedule. To be added to our mailing list for postcard reminders, please contact Professor Yvonne Widenor, director of ArtsCanisius, at widenory@canisius.edu or Ext. 2531.
Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Program Director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department, Director and Studio Art Galleries Director, ArtsCanisius

Live Well, Work Well

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The short read, above, from Lawley Benefits Group, provides some helpful tips for living a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the aspects that you can control on a daily basis, such as eating well, exercising, managing your stress, getting routine health screenings, and simply being aware of your risks.

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

TIAA June Live Webinars

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TIAA is offering several live webinars in June to assist with retirement planning and other financial goals. Take a look at the above list for days, times and how to register to attend.

Click here to get started.

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

Changes Coming To D2L

There are a few changes coming to D2L. More tutorials will be made available as we get closer to July/August. All of our tutorials will be posted on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff webpage.

  • D2L Accommodations Tool

    • The Accommodation Tool is similar to giving a student Special Access. However, instead of giving a student special access to a quiz every single time, Accommodations allows you to set it and forget it. This is particularly useful if you know the student will require extra time on every quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the classlist by looking for the Accommodations symbol to the left of their names. Learners with Accommodations will also see this symbol in the classlist and while they are taking quizzes. You can override Accommodations for a specific quiz by giving the learner special access on that Quiz. To give a student Accommodations, go to the classlist. Click on the Dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu that appears, scroll down to the bottom and click on Edit Accommodations. This tool will be available with the June Update (later this month).
  • Updates to the Dropbox Grading Screen

    • D2L is making changes to the grading screen in dropboxes and will become standard soon. It will make it easier to view and find important information (ex, the student’s name, submissions, etc.). When you are done making annotations on the student’s assignment, you can now make the evaluation column (the right column) larger so you can easily write feedback and grade easier. If you need to edit the dropbox for some reason or provide a student more time to submit an assignment, you can click on the three horizontal dots to access those menus quicker. Note that how you access the dropbox grading screen and make annotations and view assignments will remain the same. This new version of the dropbox grading screen will be available in July and become standard in August.
  • Dropbox Editor Screen

    • The new Dropbox Editor screen will become standard soon. D2L has moved some of the most useful features so that they are accessed on one page instead of being scattered across different tabs. Many settings are in the drop-down menus in the right column, which also means less scrolling. You can drop a menu when you need to make changes to a setting and zip it back up when you are finished making your changes.
  • The Text Editor Toolbar is Changing

      • Note: The above picture shows the major changes, though some other tools, like Preview, Source Code, Word Count, and the Accessibility Checker have also been moved slightly. To access this larger set of tools, click on the three horizontal dots in either the Old Editor or New Editor.
    • D2L is updating the standard Text Editor Toolbar. This update will include larger icons and rearranging some tools, making it easier and faster for you to find the tool you need. This update currently affects most of the tools (dropbox editor screen, dropbox grading screen, discussions, etc.) in D2L but will eventually be rolled out to the remainder of D2L tools in August.
  • Changes coming to Quizzes

    • Reports Setup

    • If you used Quiz reports, Reports Setup will be moving from its current place as a tab in the Quiz Creation Screen. You will now be able to access reports set up by going to the Quizzes tab in D2L. From there, click on the drop-down menu arrow to the right of a quiz you wish to set up a report. From the menu that appears, choose Setup Reports. Notice as well this is how you will be able to View Reports. Aside from the change in place, how you set up a report will remain the same. This change will occur in July.
    • Introduction Section

      • Due to low usage, D2L is removing the Introduction section from the Quiz creator in July. Instead, you are urged to use one of the other following options:
          • The Quiz Description appears when the student first accesses the quiz and D2L shows the student the summary page for the quiz. Make sure that if you use the Quiz Description, you turn on the visibility for it. Otherwise, you may have written something but students will not be able to view it.
          • Use a quiz Section to create an introduction for students. A section of this type can appear as the first section when students begin taking the quiz.
  • D2L Rubric

    • For those of you that use rubrics in your course, the new editor will become the new standard starting in August. It is easier to use than the old rubric editor and allows you to quickly update and change rubrics where and when needed.

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

D2L 2015 Courses Will Be Removed in July

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L. On July 22, 2021, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2015 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2015 courses, as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2015.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2015 course content that you wish to save by July 16, 2021.

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

Campus Candids

 

The 2021 Faculty Writing Retreat at Beaver Hollow Conference Center was a wonderful way to come together in connection and productivity at the end of the intense 2020-2021 year! Looking forward to 2022!

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

Canisius in the News

Robyn Brouer, PhD, professor and chair of the Management Department, weighs in on current post-pandemic job market trends in a recent interview with Zippia.  Brouer says that many organizations will stay remote or partly remote and cites the ease-of-use of online meet tools as a reason why.  Another reason, she suggests, is that remote-work is more cost effective. 

Click here to read Brouer’s full interview with Zippia

Submitted by: College Communications.

Juneteenth Celebration

A friendly reminder that Canisius College will host its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2021.  All faculty and staff students are invited to come together as we gather for a day of education and solidarity in honor of our African American community.   The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a campus lunch at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

To participate in this day of education, service and solidarity, click here to RSVP.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery. 

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans, and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans. 

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.  Please look for future communications with program details and registration information.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Canisius introduces BS in Data Science

The College of Arts & Sciences is set to introduce a new undergraduate major in data science for fall 2021. Data science develops in students a core set of technical skills in mathematics, computer science and business intelligence. The program is complemented by experiential learning opportunities in which students use the latest technologies to explore and analyze data sets and anticipate how they might be applied to various problem-solving situations. Rounding out the program is a holistic approach to the ethical issues that guide the use of data in modern life.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

May’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Mark Gallimore, PhD, is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for May 2021. At Canisius for almost 10 years, Mark was nominated for the award by Grant Guzda, help desk manager for the ITS Department.

Mark currently works as director of the Center for Online Learning & Innovation. He was selected for this award because he has been an integral part of Canisius, being able to successfully function during the pandemic. Mark is quick to share his knowledge with the Canisius community. Collaborating with various departments and tailoring his help to their specific needs, while maintaining a patient and positive attitude. Mark is innovative, motivated and has a constant willingness to assist faculty, staff and students with projects and new processes through the use of various virtual tools. His contributions have made the Center for Online Learning & Innovation a successful department and we are very grateful for all he has done.

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

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

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

ITS Server Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing server maintenance Saturday June 12, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. During this maintenance window, most administrative software such as Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits, reports (Infoview) and all custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, budget management, new student checklist, facilities timeclock/timeclockadmin, etc) will be unavailable.

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

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

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

Changes Coming To D2L

There are a few changes coming to D2L. More tutorials will be made available as we get closer to July/August. All of our tutorials will be posted on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff webpage.

  • D2L Accommodations Tool

    • The Accommodation Tool is similar to giving a student Special Access. However, instead of giving a student special access to a quiz every single time, Accommodations allows you to set it and forget it. This is particularly useful if you know the student will require extra time on every quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the classlist by looking for the Accommodations symbol to the left of their names. Learners with Accommodations will also see this symbol in the classlist and while they are taking quizzes. You can override Accommodations for a specific quiz by giving the learner special access on that Quiz. To give a student Accommodations, go to the classlist. Click on the Dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu that appears, scroll down to the bottom and click on Edit Accommodations. This tool will be available with the June Update (later this month).
  • Updates to the Dropbox Grading Screen 

    • D2L is making changes to the grading screen in dropboxes and will become standard soon. It will make it easier to view and find important information (ex, the student’s name, submissions, etc.). When you are done making annotations on the student’s assignment, you can now make the evaluation column (the right column) larger so you can easily write feedback and grade easier. If you need to edit the dropbox for some reason or provide a student more time to submit an assignment, you can click on the three horizontal dots to access those menus quicker. Note that how you access the dropbox grading screen and make annotations and view assignments will remain the same. This new version of the dropbox grading screen will be available in July and become standard in August.
  • Dropbox Editor Screen

    • The new Dropbox Editor screen will become standard soon. D2L has moved some of the most useful features so that they are accessed on one page instead of being scattered across different tabs. Many settings are in the drop-down menus in the right column, which also means less scrolling. You can drop a menu when you need to make changes to a setting and zip it back up when you are finished making your changes.
  • The Text Editor Toolbar is Changing

      • Note: The above picture shows the major changes, though some other tools, like Preview, Source Code, Word Count, and the Accessibility Checker have also been moved slightly. To access this larger set of tools, click on the three horizontal dots in either the Old Editor or New Editor.
    • D2L is updating the standard Text Editor Toolbar. This update will include larger icons and rearranging some tools, making it easier and faster for you to find the tool you need. This update currently affects most of the tools (dropbox editor screen, dropbox grading screen, discussions, etc.) in D2L but will eventually be rolled out to the remainder of D2L tools in August.
  • Changes coming to Quizzes

    • Reports Setup

    • If you used Quiz reports, Reports Setup will be moving from its current place as a tab in the Quiz Creation Screen. You will now be able to access reports set up by going to the Quizzes tab in D2L. From there, click on the drop-down menu arrow to the right of a quiz you wish to set up a report. From the menu that appears, choose Setup Reports. Notice as well this is how you will be able to View Reports. Aside from the change in place, how you set up a report will remain the same. This change will occur in July.
    • Introduction Section

      • Due to low usage, D2L is removing the Introduction section from the Quiz creator in July. Instead, you are urged to use one of the other following options:
          • The Quiz Description appears when the student first accesses the quiz and D2L shows the student the summary page for the quiz. Make sure that if you use the Quiz Description, you turn on the visibility for it. Otherwise, you may have written something but students will not be able to view it.
          • Use a quiz Section to create an introduction for students. A section of this type can appear as the first section when students begin taking the quiz.
  • D2L Rubric 

    • For those of you that use rubrics in your course, the new editor will become the new standard starting in August. It is easier to use than the old rubric editor and allows you to quickly update and change rubrics where and when needed.

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

Commencement 2021

Though the traditional pomp and circumstance had to be curtailed, Canisius concluded its academic year on a high note, hosting several socially-distanced and sized-down commencement ceremonies for the graduating classes of 2021 – and 2020. The hybrid format included fully-virtual graduation ceremonies and multiple in-person graduation walks, which allowed for graduates to celebrate with their classmates.

The college is grateful to all those who volunteered throughout the past two weeks to make Commencement a success for its students. Canisius also extends its congratulations to those employees who earned degrees from the college in the past year:

Lisa Fischer, associate registrar for student records and financial services; master’s degree, higher education and student affairs administration (HESAA);

Ryan Louis, head coach for women’s soccer, master’s degree (online), sport administration.

Kelly Schultz, associate controller, master’s degree, business administration (MBA);

Jenyia Wilson, coordinator of academic support services in the COPE Office, master’s degree, higher education and student affairs administration (HESAA);

Submitted by: College Communications

Summer Hours Update

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

These are the hours for that period: Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.

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

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

Considering a Master’s in Higher Education?

Are you looking to further your higher education career?

The MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) program has spots available for the fall semester. Part-time study for employees in the HESAA program is flexible to fit your schedule and long-term goals. Click here to visit the program webpage or contact Brandi Banks at banksb@canisius.edu for more information.

Submitted by: Brandi Banks, senior graduate admissions counselor, Graduate Admissions

Schedule Your One-on-One Session with TIAA

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

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

 

 

The Dome Switches to Summer Schedule

Just a reminder that beginning June 2, The Dome will publish once a week, on Wednesdays. This schedule will continue throughout the summer until the first week of classes for the fall semester. At that time, The Dome will return to its regular publishing schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deadline for the summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the Wednesday publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

Are You Graduating?

Are you a Canisius employee who will also become a formal member of the Class of 2020 or 2021 during commencement ceremonies later this month? If so, we here at The Dome would like to know.

Take a moment to send an Email to Audrey Browka at browkaa@canisius.edu. In it, let her know the program for which you’ll earn your degree, whether it’s at the undergraduate or graduate level, and your class year. Once a list of all employee graduates is compiled, the names will be published in an upcoming edition of The Dome.

And congrats to all you #GriffGrads!

Submitted by: College Communications

Juneteenth Celebration

Canisius College is delighted to announce its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2021.  All faculty, staff and students are invited to come together as we gather for a day of education and solidarity in honor of our African American community.   The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a campus lunch at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

To participate in this day of education, service and solidarity, click here to RSVP.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery. 

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans, and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans. 

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.  Please look for future communications with program details and registration information.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Baccalaureate Mass

Members of the Canisius Community are invited to join Campus Ministry for Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 on Thursday May 27 at 6:00pm in Christ the King Chapel.  Due to Covid-19 safety guidelines, we are limiting the Mass to graduating students from both class years, faculty and staff.

Please use the following link to register and reserve your spot to attend the Mass:  tinyurl.com/BaccMass2021.  For more information, please contact Rev. Jack Mattimore, at mattimoj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, Associate Campus Minister, Campus Ministry

Aging and Autism Study Presents

The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and the Department of Psychology hosted a virtual presentation for research participants and community partners about its Aging and Autism Study. More information about the study including a recording of the presentation are available by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith and Jonathan Rodgers, Psychology/IAR

Faculty Meetups Each Thursday

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

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

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

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

Third-Party Integrations in D2L

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

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

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

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

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

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter Lian Bunny interviewed Sara Vescio, executive director of the Women’s Business Center, about its new partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation WNY to create the Building Allyships program. Click here to read the article.

Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in with Buffalo News Reporter Jonathan Epstein for a story titled “Restaurants Lead Buffalo’s Job Growth in April.” Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WBEN-AM Radio Host David Bellavia interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley on his Wednesday program. The two discussed the impact of Covid-19 on college campuses, how Canisius navigated the unprecedented terrain and the unique approach the college is taking with commencement ceremonies this year, by conferring degrees to the Class of 2021 and also welcoming back the Class of 2020, for its graduation walk.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Juneteenth Celebration

Dear Members of the Canisius Community –

We are delighted to announce the inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Canisius College on June 18, 2021.  All faculty and staff students are invited to come together as we gather for a day of education and solidarity in honor of our African American community.   The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a campus lunch at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

To participate in this day of education, service and solidarity, click here to RSVP.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery. 

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans, and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans. 

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.  Please look for future communications with program details and registration information.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Employee of Distinction Nominations Due Today

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This is a reminder to please have all May submissions for the Employee of Distinction Program in by 2 p.m. today, May 21st.

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

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

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

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

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

Help Desk Summer Hours

The ITS Help Desk will begin its summer hours schedule next Monday, May 24.  The Help Desk will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 27.  On Fridays from June 4 until July 30 the Help Desk will close at 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, help desk manager, User Services

Town Hall Recap

For those of you who were unable to ‘tune in’ to yesterday’s virtual Town Hall with President Hurley and the senior leadership team, a recording of the session is now available.

Click here to watch the webinar in full. The video is also available on the MyCanisius portal. Viewers must first sign in and the video will appear in the right-hand column.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are quickly approaching, with the first hybrid event set for Friday, May 21. This year’s commencement includes a fully-virtual graduation ceremony and multiple, in-person, graduation walks. Influential leaders in government, banking, philanthropy and humanitarian efforts will address the graduates and also receive honorary doctorate degrees.

The Hon. Eugene Fahey, a retired judge with the New York State Court of Appeals, is the virtual commencement speaker for the Canisius graduate Classes of 2020 and 2021. Rev. Peter Neeley, SJ, director of high school and university educational programs for the Kino Border Initiative will deliver the virtual commencement address for the undergraduate Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Click here to read more about this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Submitted by: College Communications

Society of Jesus Celebrates Ignatian Year

On May 20, the Society of Jesus and the entire Ignatian family will begin a worldwide celebration of Ignatian Year.

On this date, 500 years ago, St Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball while defending the city of Pamplona. For him, it was a major failure and forced a change of plans from the riches and worldly exploits he envisioned for his future. However, this failure also started a process of conversion, which led Ignatius to bigger dreams, no longer centered on himself,but rather on God. It helped him to see all things new in Christ.

As announced by Jesuit Father General Arturo Sosa in a letter announcing the Ignatian Year, we celebrate this year to remind us of the daily opportunity to experience a new conversion. It is a call to allow the Lord to reveal to us new ways of following Christ.

The Ignatian Year will conclude on July 31, 2022.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Office of Campus Ministry

Valerie Diamond Performs Senior Student Recital

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The Fine Arts Department invites you to sit back and enjoy the recording of a senior student recital performed by Valerie Diamond ’21 in Montante Cultural Center. It is available by clicking here.

As part of her requirements for her bachelors of arts in music degree, Valerie performed works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Clementi, Schoenmehl and Heller, and  was accompanied for part of her recital by Adjunct Professor Ellen Barnum, bassoon. Valerie is a student from the studio of Karen Schmid.

While she may not hear echoes of “Bravissima!” and “Encore!” from us, we celebrate Valerie’s achievements and wish her every success.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History, Fine Arts Department;  director and studio art galleries Director, ArtsCanisius

 

Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

The Human Resources Department has purchased a corporate symposium pass for this year’s Buffalo Niagara Partnership 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: DE&I at Work. This means that all employees can attend the symposium for free! The full event will take place on Tuesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., however, you are welcome to attend as few or as many individual sessions of the symposium as you would like. For a complete listing of the day’s events, please view the agenda here.

To register for the event under the Canisius corporate pass, please follow the link below and select the “D&I Symposium Corporate Pass RSVP” option. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist, at braun5@canisius.edu.

www.eventbrite.com/e/93528073987/?discount=DIScorp

Submitted by: Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources

Summer Faculty Development Week 2021

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

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

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

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

Better PowerPoint Slides with Simple Animation

Occasionally, you see PowerPoint presentations using animations. These are sometimes overused or distracting. But you can easily install basic animations that support, rather than compete with you while you lecture. With text appearance and highlighting animations, students find it easier to follow what you say. These animations require little effort to install. Watch the YouTube video below:

https://youtu.be/FrsjD_uDxk8

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

End-of-Semester Checklist

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

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

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

 

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

Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow

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

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

Topic: Town Hall with Senior Leadership Team

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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

Or One tap mobile :

    US: +16465588656,,97815003449#  or +13126266799,,97815003449#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 978 1500 3449

    International numbers available: https://canisius.zoom.us/u/aNE9JwPP

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

WNY Prosperity Fellowship Recipients Announced

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The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship (WNYPF), sponsored by the Prentice Family Foundation, is proud to announce the fellowship recipients for the 2021 – 22 year.

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

Free Pre-Summer Covid Testing!

Sign up for free pre-summer Covid testing. Appointments are available from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 18, Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 in the Science Hall Commons. Please use the entrance near the Griffin statue.

Go to MyCanisiusHealth to schedule your appointment.  Walks-in are also welcome.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, do not come to campus for testing. Stay home. Students should contact Student Health. All others should contact their medical provider.

Submitted by: Michael Stilson, Student Health Office

Third-Party Integrations in D2L

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Town Hall

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

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

Topic: Town Hall with Senior Leadership Team

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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

Or One tap mobile :

    US: +16465588656,,97815003449#  or +13126266799,,97815003449#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 978 1500 3449

    International numbers available: https://canisius.zoom.us/u/aNE9JwPP

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

April’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

EID Mubarak

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

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

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

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

Annual Shredding Event

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

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

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

Submitted by: Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

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

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

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

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

ITS Banner Server Maintenance Scheduled

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

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

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

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

End-of-Semester Checklist

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

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

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

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

Summer Faculty Development Week 2021

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

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

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

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

How To Create a Microsoft Sway

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

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

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

Click here to watch the video.

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

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

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

Canisius in the News

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

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Sesquicentennial Magazine Receives Platinum Award

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

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

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

Vaccine Pop-Up Open to All

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

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

 

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