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Campus Candid

A photo of the beautiful Canisius quad was featured in an article by Strong Towns Media, about how college campuses are ideal communities for walking.  The author, Collin Slowey, argues that car-centric designs, which dominate contemporary land-use patterns in the U.S., is absent from most college campuses.

The photo and article, titled “College Campuses are Designed at Human Scale. Our Cities Can Be Too,” can be seen and read here.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, associate dean, Arts & Sciences

Giving Day 2021 Next Steps

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#CanisiusGiving Day – the college’s 24-hour online celebration of giving – is less than 50 days away! This year’s theme – One Canisius – celebrates and showcases the resilience of the Canisius community during these unprecedented times. The goal of this special campaign is simple: come together as a community and collectively give back to make a powerful difference.

On March 3, alumni, friends, parents and faculty and staff will come together to collectively give back and support the areas of Canisius we all love.

We want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make the most of the day and to fundraise for your support area.

Below are crucial next steps and information you need to know:

  • You must opt-in if you would like to fundraise for your area. What does that mean? If you plan to actively fundraise for your respective area on Giving Day, please notify the Canisius Fund Office by Monday, January, 18. Campaign pages and designations will only be created for the programs, departments, teams, etc. that indicate they are participating. Please Email canfund@canisius.edu or call Ext. 2712 by January 18 to officially opt-in.
  • Sign up for our Giving Day Training Session, which will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. This training session will give you tips and tricks to make the most of the day so you can raise the most money possible! The training will be co-hosted by the Canisius Fund Team and Give Gab, our Giving Day platform provider. You can register for this training session, here: https://givegab.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9GWfhiKuQXWlNxVhXQMAsA
  • Submit content for your campaign page! Once you’ve opted in to fundraise, you will need to begin gathering content for your campaign page. You’ll want to share the ways in which funding raised on the day will impact your support area or how it will be used, student and alumni success stories, and more. Please send content for your campaign page by Friday, February 5 by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu.

Opt-in, reserve your spot for our training session and send copy for your support area all by contacting the Canisius Fund office at canfund@canisius.edu or calling Ext. 2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Tools to Share with your Students

Here are some links to share with your students, either by implementing them in your course as a Content Module or putting these links into your syllabus:

  • Fall 2020 Student Preparedness Guide
    • This link will send students to a website with many resources on how to learn in an online environment as well as links to many other resources and tutorials that include Zoom, D2L, and so on.
  • D2L Self-paced Tutorials for Students
    • Here, you can link this in your syllabus and this will help students find things and do things in D2L.
  • Google Tutorials for Students
    • This link will help students use Google and to get the most out of it as possible. 
  • Student Support Resources
    • This webpage has many resources for students, including links to Title IX, the Griff Center for Student Success, the Counseling Center, and the Canisius College Writing Center, amongst other resources and links so your students can get the most out of their time at Canisius College.

Submitted by:Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Resources for Faculty

As the spring semester fast approaches, the COLI team wanted to ensure in this post that you know of and have the links for at least some of our resources at your disposal:

  • Multi-Modal Teaching & Learning COLi Resources
    • This website has many tips for pedagogy and links to other resources and toolsets that faculty may find useful in the coming weeks, including examples of course work and methods, and various other toolsets and resources.
  • COVID-19 Academic Resources – Academic Affairs – Canisius College Wiki
    • The above link is to a Canisius College Wiki page that the Division of Academic Affairs put together, which includes several links that will be listed below. It also includes links to other resources for instructors as far as guidance on attendance, course orientation, office hours, etc.
  • D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff
    • On this page, faculty will find almost everything that they need to know about D2L and how to make it work best for their pedagogical practices. These tutorials include quizzes, discussion boards, dropboxes, amongst other things that can be done in D2L. 
  • Zoom for Web Conferencing
    • Here, faculty will find YouTube tutorials for many useful features of Zoom, which is often used for both synchronous meetings and asynchronous recordings. Faculty can also break students into smaller groups for group discussions or group work. 
  • Using Adobe Acrobat
    • On this webpage, faculty will find information about drawing in PDF’s and creating signatures to digitally sign documents. 
  • Consult with COLI or Email helpdesk@canisius.edu
    • If you need more help implementing some coursework/pedagogical best practices or need help with an issue dealing with D2L, please click on the Consult with COLI link to be sent to a webpage to see days/times that COLI staff are available to help you. Or, if the issue is a bit more immediate, you can contact us at helpdesk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Download and Save Zoom Recordings

Videos recorded to and saved within Zoom’s cloud storage space are subject to deletion 30 days after the date and time of recording. Develop a regular routine of downloading these videos soon after recording, and if they need be shared (with students, or colleagues) uploading them to another suitable web location.

Google Drive is ideal for this. You can find tutorials for using Google Drive to host and share videos here.

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

 

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter Dan Miner interviewed Economics Professor George Palumbo, PhD, about a public funding reckoning that may be on the horizon for Western New York, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and economic fallout.  The article, titled “Democrats Control the White House and Congress; Here’s What that Means for Business in Buffalo,” can be read by clicking here. 

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Refugee Film Festival

The third annual WNY Refugee Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, January 28 with the premiere of “Memory is Our Homeland.”  The film tells the little-known story of World War II Polish refugees in East Africa and features a director’s talk-back with the filmmaker, Jonathan Durand.

The WNY Refugee Film Festival is sponsored by Journey’s End Refugee Service.  This year’s event is virtual and donation-based. Information on the film and how to register can be found here. 

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

A Winter Break Makerspace

The Art History program in the Fine Arts Department and the Griff Center for Student Success invite students, faculty and staff to join us for a virtual Makerspace on January 27, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m   Makerspace is a place where students can create physical or digital items in common work spaces, using shared resources and equipment.  They’re aimed at encouraging students to explore and learn outside the classroom.  This Makerspace was open up to freshman students who are learning 100 percent remotely – but everyone is invited!

Supplies can be mailed to participants (e.g., coloring pages, colored pencils and markers) or they can join the Zoom meeting and work on their own projects. The event will require an invite. Please share with your students and encourage them to contact Professor Yvonne Widenor at widenory@canisius.edu to receive the invitation.

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

 

Mileage Rate for 2021

As of January 1, 2021 the IRS changed the mileage rate to .56 cents per mile. The change will be made to the travel expense report.

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

Winter Faculty Development Week

This is the week that the Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation are hosting the Winter Faculty Development series of workshops. These virtual sessions focus on resources and methods for teaching during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis. Topics range from step-by-step use of web-based toolsets for teaching and learning, to insights on how to best support our diverse students in our courses.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from colleagues!

You can see and signup for sessions here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Canisius College Wiki Updates

A New Year brings with it new updates to the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray, left-hand sidebar will be minimized by default.  Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers.  While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices, and so should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/gwYoBg.
  • If you have not done so recently, revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there.  This includes files attached to pages.  Bear in mind that, if your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in files attached, even if the files are not linked on your visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented its guide to using the Canisius College Wiki.  The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips.  You can access the guide here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/tA-KB.
  • If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create a page.  Then, following the guide, you can add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.
  • Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student email inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it.  So trying to distribute important information by Email is problematic.  Why not include it in the wiki, where users can continually refer back to it?  And you can save time by Emailing links to wiki pages as well, that users can bookmark in browsers.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Preparing Business Owners for a Stronger 2021

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On Monday, January 25, the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College will host Transformational Training Intensive: Preparing Business Owners for a Stronger 2021.  The virtual event is aimed at assisting small business owners in strategically preparing for 2021 so they are equipped to pivot their business, prepare staff for transitions and attract customers.

To register, visit www.thewomensbusinesscenter.com 

Submitted by: The Women’s Business Center at Canisius College

Schedule Your Next TIAA Financial Meeting

No matter where you are in life – just starting out or planning for retirement – a session with TIAA Financial Consultant Curtis Cluster can help you create a plan for your goals. Curtis has appointment times for individual consultations available on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  To schedule an appointment, click on the following link:  https://shared.tiaa.org/public/publictools/events/eventswelcome?eventId=1-A8UOXEY .

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

Browser Download Settings

Downloading things from the internet is usually pretty simple. What makes it difficult is trying to figure out where the download goes. In most cases, downloads simply go to the Downloads folder, which is on your computer by default. However, you may want to put downloads into a different folder.  Or perhaps you aren’t sure where the download went in general. Nearly every browser allows you to change the default file download location, which may be useful if you are doing bulk downloads of files that should go into another folder altogether. Most browsers also offer the option to determine where you want to download a file.

Either way can make bulk downloads faster by skipping the need to go to the Downloads folder and moving these files to the proper folder. These will be our main focuses in this video: https://youtu.be/FDLnUcr9By0

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

 

Navigating Your Future in Uncertain Times

The Office of Alumni Engagement will host the next event in its Connecting with Canisius Webinar Series on Thursday, January 28

“Navigating Your Future in Uncertain Times” will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Women of Canisius Leadership Council.  The event is being moderated by Jennifer Smith ’91, MBA ’93, executive clinical specialist and trainer with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.  Denise M. Rotondo, PhD, dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, will offer a welcome and deliver opening remarks. 

To learn more about the webinar, click here.

To register for the webinar, click here

Submitted by: Alumni Engagement

WNY Economic News

Personal income figures for the Western New York region are out – and our economics professors are weighing in.

Drs. George Palumbo, Mark Zaporowski and Julie Anna Golebiewski analyze the latest numbers, and regional employment and wages, in their latest edition of WNY Economic News.

Click here to read the latest.

WNY Economic News is a quarterly publication that provides analysis and forecasts of economic trends in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area and contrasts these trends with those in New York State and the nation.

Submitted by: College Communications

Winter Faculty Development Week

In the week of January 11th – 15th, the Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation are hosting the Winter Faculty Development Week. This series of virtual sessions will focus on resources and methods for teaching during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis. Topics range from step-by-step use of web-based toolsets for teaching and learning, to insights on how to best support our diverse students in our courses.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from colleagues!

You can see and signup for sessions here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Canisius in the News

U.S. News & World Report published a story in its December 31 edition about Christy Hoffman’s most recent research, which found that nearly half of pet owners allow their dogs to sleep in their beds. HealthyDay, which is the world’s largest syndicator of health news and content, also reported on the associate professor of animal behavior’s research.

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a December 27 story titled “$620 Million in Wages Vanish with Pandemic in Buffalo Niagara.” The assistant professor of economics weighs in on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and its impact on the local economy. Click here to read the full story.

Golebiewski is also featured in Wallet Hub’s recent “Ask the Expert” column. In it, she discusses how Covid-19 has affected consumer demand for car insurance.

Philosophy Professor Philip Reed authored an article for the new digital magazine Psyche, which launched in May 2020. The article, titled “Why Are There So Few Children’s Books Set in the Suburbs,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Alumni Kicks Off “Accepted Student Note Writing Campaign”

The Office of Alumni Engagement is, once again, partnering with the Office of Admissions for the annual Accepted Students Note Writing Campaign, during which alumni write personal notes to accepted students encouraging them to choose Canisius.

Typically this would be an in-person event held in Lyons Hall with other alumni volunteers. But this year’s campaign will look a little different, as the notes will be written from the safety of alumni homes and offices.

In the past, we’ve had an overwhelming number of Canisius alumni participate, who work in a faculty, staff or administrative position at the college. We hope you will choose to help again!  All volunteers will receive a packet with a list of 15 accepted students, their addresses, notes, envelopes, stamps and suggestions/tips for their notes.

If you would like to participate, please send your name, Email address and instructions on where to send your packet to Erin Zack at erin.zack@canisius.edu by January 14.

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Alumni Engagement

Next Steps for #CanisiusGivingDay

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#CanisiusGivingDay is less than two months away! That’s right, our 24-hour fundraising campaign is earlier this year and falls on Wednesday, March 3, 2021!

It’s imperative that you opt-in to ensure you can fundraise for your support area and take advantage of this exciting day. To opt-in, please contact the Canisius Fund Office by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu or calling Ext. 2712 by Monday, January 18.

Campaign pages and designations will only be created for the programs, departments, teams, etc. that indicate they are participating, so please be sure to opt-in as soon as possible.

We look forward to an incredible day that showcases the investment in the many incredible facets of the Canisius experience, and in doing so show that we are One Canisius!

Submitted by: Matthew Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Canisius College Policy Manual Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,  Happy New Year to all! I hope that your holidays were peaceful and you were able to enjoy time with your families.

As we progress into 2021, please see the updated College Closing and Cancellation policy with important updates regarding the processes when classes are cancelled and if the college is closed.  The updated College Closing Cancellation Policy can be read here:

https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/HR/Volume+III%3A+3.3+Workplace+Policies#VolumeIII:3.3WorkplacePolicies-3.3.3CollegeClosingandClassCancellationPolicy

In addition, the Staff Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy has been added to Volume III.  The full Remote Work Policy can be read here:

https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/HR/Volume+III%3A+3.3+Workplace+Policies#VolumeIII:3.3WorkplacePolicies-3.3.26StaffRemoteWorkandTelecommutingPolicy

Please feel free to contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance at walleshl@canisius.edu with any questions.

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

2021-2022 Holidays Posted

The campus holidays for the 2021-2022 academic year have been posted on the Canisius website. To view these holidays, please click here. As always, please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources

Winter Faculty Development Week

A week of fantastic opportunities for faculty development is set for January 11 – 15!  Sessions will be roughly 1 hour, 15 minutes each.

Sessions Include:

Ignatian Pedagogy and Terminology

Sarah Signorino, Director of Mission & Identity

Learn a deeper understanding of our Jesuit values. Learn about the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and how you can incorporate it into your classes. Learn about the Mission & Identity resource page, a digital toolkit for historical and contemporary happenings in the Ignatian network.

Student Writing: A Conversation about Fundamentals

Dr. Graham Stowe, Assistant Professor of English and Director, Canisius College Writing Center

In this workshop we will discuss the basics of teaching writing, including effective assignment development, variations on grading, and in general strategies for writing-to-learn. If your students don’t do much writing in your courses, here’s an opportunity to consider how student writing can meet your learning goals. If you have students write a lot, here’s a chance to revisit fundamentals to make the process better for students, and for you.

Teaching LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity

Fatima Johnson-Rodriguez, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Emma Switzer, ’21, Dr. Richard Reitsma, Chair and Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Joshua Russell, Director, Anthrozoology Program

Inclusion must be a central principle within Ignatian pedagogy.  At Canisius, we are committed to supporting our LGBTQIA+ students, and in our courses, create spaces for exploring topics and themes of vital importance to justice in communities local and global.  In this session, we discuss ways to build LGBTQIA+ inclusion into the core elements of our courses.

Trauma Informed Teaching

Dr. Sarah Blakely-McClure, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Dr. Dave Farrugia, Professor, Counseling, and School Counseling Program Coordinator

In this workshop we will discuss Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning. This term describes an approach that recognizes how trauma profoundly affects the lives of many of our students. Trauma informed approaches can help improve policies, practices, and overall classroom climate in our classrooms and help accommodate the needs of individuals who have experienced trauma. Please join us to watch a few short videos to introduce the topic and then to discuss how these approaches could be used in our teaching during this difficult time. Resources for more on trauma informed teaching will be provided after the session We hope to see you there!

Developing a Course Orientation

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Develop a dynamic ten-minute orientation for your Fall 2020 course! This companion to the course syllabus can help students get a clear picture of your course policies, routines, assignments and objectives.

Compassionate, Labor-Based Grading

Join in a conversation of how you can be innovative and inclusive in your grading with compassionate, labor-based grade.  Participants will specifically discuss Sandie Friedman’s Article “Compassionate Grading in the Era of COVID,” and Asao Inoue’s 2019 chair’s address at CCCC.

 

Work Smarter in Course Management

Dr. Malini Suchak, Associate Professor in Animal Behavior and Conservation

Confusion over deadlines, where to find things, and instructions causes frustration for both students and faculty and can result in a lot of extra time on email trying to sort things out. This session will go over some tips and tricks for organizing your courses on D2L so they are clear, efficient, and easy to use for both faculty and students.

Stay Golden, Griffins: Academic Supports for Student Success

Dr. Mark Harrington,Assistant Vice President for Student Success, HESAA Program Director, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education & Leadership

Jennifer Herrmann, Associate Dean of Student Success

Tracy Callaghan, Associate Director of Academic Achievement

Lindy Feider, Assistant Director of Academic Achievement

Monika McFoy, Assistant Director of Support Services

Join us for a brief overview of the Griff Center for Student Success. The team will discuss the various services and supports available to assist students in their academic pursuits. Additionally, the team will discuss the newly formed student success teams, the process of submitting academic and behavioral concerns, and the cura personalis team.

 

 

Teaching and Learning with Bouwhuis Library

Lisa Sullivan, Librarian, Andrew Bouhwuis Library

Come and join our fantastic librarian as she guides you through navigating the library resources and site, requesting resources, library instruction options as well as how to receive research assistance for you and your students.

Student Accessibility Services 101

Sierra Bonerb, Associate Director, and Angela Bufalino, Support Services Coordinator, Canisius College Student Accessibility Services

This session will provide insight for faculty regarding Student Accessibility Services and the data on students with disabilities at Canisius. It will include information on getting students connected to the office, the intake process, faculty notifications, and providing reasonable accommodations. It will also offer an opportunity to answer questions related to working with students with disabilities and current best practices.

Learn to Engage: Discussion Posts and Online Activities

Yvonne Widenor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Art History Program Director , Fine Arts Department.  Director, ArtsCanisius

This session will offer tips on ways to keep students actively involved in course content and building class community. Examples include ice-breakers, creative projects, and reactions to course material and are taken from art history courses but can be applied to many other disciplines.

 

 

 

Teaching with Video

Dr. Jonathan O’Brien, Associate Professor of Biology

Learn to record video for your multi-modal courses! Video can be a great way to asynchronously deliver course content to students, that they can watch on their own time outside of scheduled classtimes.

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborate with Career Development

Eileen Abbatoy, Senior Associate Director, Sheila Pettigrew, Senior Assistant Director, and Rachel Emmons, Coordinator, Career Development

Meet the Career Development team and discover how we collaborate with faculty to support students’ career readiness through classroom presentations, individualized assignments and more. Learn about the tools, resources and employer partnerships available to our students and alumni for career success.

Surveys and Flipgrids and Asynchronous, Oh My!

Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

In this workshop, we focus on strategies for student engagement in a largely asynchronous semester.  Even in classes featuring some face-to-face interaction, most of the class activities can be completely asynchronous to provide flexibility.  Dr. Lawrence will discuss how he set up his courses, modifications he made during the term, experiences with “ungrading” methods, and student feedback.

 

 

 

Attractive, Interactive Courses Online

Dr. Marya Grande, Professor of Special/Childhood Education

Discover options for remote, interactive, and collaborative resources that promote student-student exchange.  These can easily be integrated into your D2L course space, but offer creative and engaging alternatives to traditional text discussions.  Additionally, we’ll explore tips for making your D2L course easier for students to navigate.

 

 

 

 

 

D2L Tools for Online Quizzes & Exams

Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Technologist, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.

Basic Editing for Instructional Videos

In this workshop, we’ll learn some basic video editing techniques that can greatly improve instructional video in our courses, without a lot of additional effort.  We’ll work in Screencast-O-Matic and DaVinci Resolve, which represent a low-end/high-end mix, but our main focus will be tips, tricks, and workflow which strikes an efficient balance between good video production quality, and quick process.

Collaborative Critical Reading

In the past two decades scholars have experimented with “social annotation,” or the ability for readers to highlight and comment on the same web-based text.  Systems like Perusall and Hypothes.is make it easy for classes to discuss PDF-based texts, websites, and even videos.  Those who teach with them now report that this stimulates critical reading and student-student interaction at the site of the text.  In this session, we’ll run through the basics of Hypothes.is and Perusall, so participants can choose which (or both) they’d like to try in Spring 2021 courses.

 

 

 

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

NYS Paid Sick Leave and Family Care

New York State approved a Paid Sick Leave Law effective January 1, 2021 allowing employees to use sick leave for themselves and family members.  The college has updated the sick leave policy in Volume III of the policy manual.  For more information, please review the updated policy at the following link:

https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/HR/Volume+III%3A+3.4+Absences+and+Leaves+Policies#VolumeIII:3.4AbsencesandLeavesPolicies-3.4.10SickLeave(Faculty/Staff)Policy

As a result of this new law and the definitions outlined for use of sick leave, Family Care days will no longer be defined within a separate category for staff and will not be available on your time sheet. 

If you have any questions, please email Dawn Rotterman at rottermd@canisius.edu .

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

The Dome Goes on Holiday

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Just one last reminder that today, Wednesday, December 23, is the final edition of The Dome to publish in 2020.

The college’s employee E-newsletter will be on holiday throughout Christmas and into the New Year, and resume its normal publication schedule on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Any submissions for that edition should be received by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5.

Merry Christmas to all … and a very Happy New Year.

Submitted by: College Communications

Advent Resources for Our Canisius Family

Welcome to the fourth week of Advent.

Over the past several weeks, members of the Canisius community have offered various reflections and meditations for all to enjoy.

Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, and alumni Josie Diebold ’09, Mary Mietlicki Makar ’08, MS ’13 and Daniel McNamara ’79, PhD, offered scriptural reflections.  Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ and Sarah Signorino offered Advent meditations, which focused on the Annunciation, St. Joseph (relating to Pope Francis’ apostolic letter, Patris Corde) and the birth of Christ.

If you missed any or all of these meditations and reflections, they are now available on the Mission & Identity resource page, which you can find by clicking here.

Submitted by: Office of Mission & Identity

 

Join the Next Jesuit Book Club

The Canisius College community is invited to join the next gathering of the Jesuit Book Club when it meets on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Book Club facilitators Nick Ripatrazone, Mike Jordan Laskey and America Magazine Executive Editor Kerry Weber will host a lively conversation about the latest book club selection One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder by the late Brian Doyle.

Sign up here.

From a “born storyteller” (Seattle Times), this playful and moving bestselling book of essays invites readers into the miraculous and transcendent moments of everyday life.

When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of 60, following a diagnosis of brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the 21st century. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon.

At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, Doyle’s writing, which constantly evokes the humor and bliss that life affords, is a balm. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, whether it’s the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband’s whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning. Through Doyle’s eyes, nothing is dull.

Join the ongoing conversation in the Jesuit Book Club Facebook group.

The Jesuit Book Club is sponsored by the Jesuit Conference Office of Communications and Vocation Promotion.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director,  Mission & Identity

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jesuits

As part of Canisius College’s Center for Urban Education’s year-long community conversation series on Dr. Martin Luther King’s book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, School & Community Partnerships Director Wil Green was able to sit down with Erin McDonald, from the University at Detroit Mercy and Rev. Ted Penton, SJ, of the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology.

Throughout the discussion, guests shed light on the Jesuit mission and explained parallels in the work of Dr. King and Jesuits. To view the discussion and learn more about the project, check out the information page here: https://tinyurl.com/MLKBookDiscussion.

In addition, you can use this link (https://canisius.zoom.us/j/93363217940) to join our next panel discussion, scheduled for December 30 at 1:00 p.m. This project is in collaboration with Canisius College Center for Urban Education, the New Buffalo Institute and Juneteenth of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Wil Green, director, School & Community Partnerships

Winter Faculty Development Week

A week of fantastic opportunities for faculty development is set for January 11 – 15, 2021!  Sessions will be roughly 1 hour, 15 minutes each.

Sessions Include:

Ignatian Pedagogy and Terminology

Sarah Signorino, Director of Mission & Identity

Learn a deeper understanding of our Jesuit values. Learn about the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and how you can incorporate it into your classes. Learn about the Mission & Identity resource page, a digital toolkit for historical and contemporary happenings in the Ignatian network.

 

 

 

 

Student Writing: A Conversation about Fundamentals

Dr. Graham Stowe, Assistant Professor of English and Director, Canisius College Writing Center

In this workshop we will discuss the basics of teaching writing, including effective assignment development, variations on grading, and in general strategies for writing-to-learn. If your students don’t do much writing in your courses, here’s an opportunity to consider how student writing can meet your learning goals. If you have students write a lot, here’s a chance to revisit fundamentals to make the process better for students, and for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity

Fatima Johnson-Rodriguez, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Emma Switzer, ’21, Dr. Richard Reitsma, Chair and Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Joshua Russell, Director, Anthrozoology Program

Inclusion must be a central principle within Ignatian pedagogy.  At Canisius, we are committed to supporting our LGBTQIA+ students, and in our courses, create spaces for exploring topics and themes of vital importance to justice in communities local and global.  In this session, we discuss ways to build LGBTQIA+ inclusion into the core elements of our courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trauma Informed Teaching

Dr. Sarah Blakely-McClure, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Dr. Dave Farrugia, Professor, Counseling, and School Counseling Program Coordinator

In this workshop we will discuss Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning. This term describes an approach that recognizes how trauma profoundly affects the lives of many of our students. Trauma informed approaches can help improve policies, practices, and overall classroom climate in our classrooms and help accommodate the needs of individuals who have experienced trauma. Please join us to watch a few short videos to introduce the topic and then to discuss how these approaches could be used in our teaching during this difficult time. Resources for more on trauma informed teaching will be provided after the session We hope to see you there!

 

Developing a Course Orientation

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Develop a dynamic ten-minute orientation for your Fall 2020 course! This companion to the course syllabus can help students get a clear picture of your course policies, routines, assignments and objectives.

Compassionate, Labor-Based Grading

Join in a conversation of how you can be innovative and inclusive in your grading with compassionate, labor-based grade.  Participants will specifically discuss Sandie Friedman’s Article “Compassionate Grading in the Era of COVID,” and Asao Inoue’s 2019 chair’s address at CCCC.

Work Smarter in Course Management

Dr. Malini Suchak, Associate Professor in Animal Behavior and Conservation

Confusion over deadlines, where to find things, and instructions causes frustration for both students and faculty and can result in a lot of extra time on email trying to sort things out. This session will go over some tips and tricks for organizing your courses on D2L so they are clear, efficient, and easy to use for both faculty and students.

Stay Golden, Griffins: Academic Supports for Student Success

Dr. Mark Harrington,Assistant Vice President for Student Success, HESAA Program Director, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education & Leadership

Jennifer Herrmann, Associate Dean of Student Success

Tracy Callaghan, Associate Director of Academic Achievement

Lindy Feider, Assistant Director of Academic Achievement

Monika McFoy, Assistant Director of Support Services

Join us for a brief overview of the Griff Center for Student Success. The team will discuss the various services and supports available to assist students in their academic pursuits. Additionally, the team will discuss the newly formed student success teams, the process of submitting academic and behavioral concerns, and the cura personalis team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching and Learning with Bouwhuis Library

Lisa Sullivan, Librarian, Andrew Bouhwuis Library

Come and join our fantastic librarian as she guides you through navigating the library resources and site, requesting resources, library instruction options as well as how to receive research assistance for you and your students.

Student Accessibility Services 101

Sierra Bonerb, Associate Director, and Angela Bufalino, Support Services Coordinator, Canisius College Student Accessibility Services

This session will provide insight for faculty regarding Student Accessibility Services and the data on students with disabilities at Canisius. It will include information on getting students connected to the office, the intake process, faculty notifications, and providing reasonable accommodations. It will also offer an opportunity to answer questions related to working with students with disabilities and current best practices.

 

 

Learn to Engage: Discussion Posts and Online Activities

Yvonne Widenor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Art History Program Director , Fine Arts Department.  Director, ArtsCanisius

This session will offer tips on ways to keep students actively involved in course content and building class community. Examples include ice-breakers, creative projects, and reactions to course material and are taken from art history courses but can be applied to many other disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching with Video

Dr. Jonathan O’Brien, Associate Professor of Biology

Learn to record video for your multi-modal courses! Video can be a great way to asynchronously deliver course content to students, that they can watch on their own time outside of scheduled classtimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborate with Career Development

Eileen Abbatoy, Senior Associate Director, Sheila Pettigrew, Senior Assistant Director, and Rachel Emmons, Coordinator, Career Development

Meet the Career Development team and discover how we collaborate with faculty to support students’ career readiness through classroom presentations, individualized assignments and more. Learn about the tools, resources and employer partnerships available to our students and alumni for career success.

 

Surveys and Flipgrids and Asynchronous, Oh My!

Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

In this workshop, we focus on strategies for student engagement in a largely asynchronous semester.  Even in classes featuring some face-to-face interaction, most of the class activities can be completely asynchronous to provide flexibility.  Dr. Lawrence will discuss how he set up his courses, modifications he made during the term, experiences with “ungrading” methods, and student feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attractive, Interactive Courses Online

Dr. Marya Grande, Professor of Special/Childhood Education

Discover options for remote, interactive, and collaborative resources that promote student-student exchange.  These can easily be integrated into your D2L course space, but offer creative and engaging alternatives to traditional text discussions.  Additionally, we’ll explore tips for making your D2L course easier for students to navigate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D2L Tools for Online Quizzes & Exams

Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Technologist, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.

Basic Editing for Instructional Videos

In this workshop, we’ll learn some basic video editing techniques that can greatly improve instructional video in our courses, without a lot of additional effort.  We’ll work in Screencast-O-Matic and DaVinci Resolve, which represent a low-end/high-end mix, but our main focus will be tips, tricks, and workflow which strikes an efficient balance between good video production quality, and quick process.

 

Collaborative Critical Reading

In the past two decades scholars have experimented with “social annotation,” or the ability for readers to highlight and comment on the same web-based text.  Systems like Perusall and Hypothes.is make it easy for classes to discuss PDF-based texts, websites, and even videos.  Those who teach with them now report that this stimulates critical reading and student-student interaction at the site of the text.  In this session, we’ll run through the basics of Hypothes.is and Perusall, so participants can choose which (or both) they’d like to try in Spring 2021 courses.

 

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

Pedagogy Primer

The Pedagogy Primer Podcast is back! In Episode 6 we are joined by Graham Stowe, PhD, assistant professor of English and director of the Canisius College Writing Center. Stowe brings excellent insights on how and why we assign writing in courses across many disciplines, and how to practically manage the workload associated with student writing assignments.

Pedagogy Primer Podcast Episode 6: Dr. Graham Stowe

Or Listen & Subscribe on

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Google Podcasts

Relevant Links and Resources

Canisius College Writing Center. https://www.canisius.edu/academics/office-academic-affairs/academic-institutes-and-centers/canisius-college-writing-center

Dr. Graham Stowe. https://www.canisius.edu/academics/our-schools/college-arts-sciences/directory/graham-stowe

Chapter 4 of the COLI Guide to Teaching Online: Communication & Creation.  https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/ofdc4/1

Thanks again, Dr. Stowe, for a great discussion!

For more episodes of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast, visit the COLI Wiki.

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

D2L: Special Access

In D2L, you are able to give Special Access to Quizzes, Dropboxes and other course materials. You have probably heard of this but maybe are not sure what it does or how to use it. Or maybe you just need a refresher.

For those unaware of what Special Access is and what it can do, Special Access can be used for students who require extra time or other accommodations. Or perhaps there was a personal matter that your student needed to take care of and missed the exam or assignment. Whatever the reason, instead of making a new quiz just for this student, you can use the same quiz or assignment and give them special access to it. You can use this video tutorial to learn about Special Access and some other tips when using Special Access.

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

Killing in Our Name

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will present “Killing in Our Name: Federal Executions and Pro-life Witness” on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. (EST).

This public dialogue brings together a U.S. Bishop, a Christian pastor and two national advocates for ending capital punishment to explore how the principles of Catholic social thought can offer direction and urgency in ending the death penalty in the United States and worldwide.

The participants include Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, TX, who is chair-elect of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network; Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty; and Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches. Father Sullivan’s sister was murdered in 1997, yet he rejects the use of the death penalty for the person responsible and is a nationally known death penalty opponent.

Click here to learn more about the presentation.

Click here to RSVP for the livestreamed dialogue.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Justice in the World

Mark your calendar!

The 2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference, hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concern, will be held March 25–27, 2021. This year’s gathering will be virtual and free due to the coronavirus

This year’s conference is titled “Justice in the World” and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World Synod of Bishops’ prophetic vision by examining the justice issues proclaimed by the Gospel and addressed by modern Catholic social thought. The conference will focus, in particular, on issues central to the document: racism, ecclesial and political structures, work, internationalization and the environment.

Please join this gathering of global scholars working to expand Catholic social tradition through intellectual, artistic and social engagement. Additional information is available on the Center’s website.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Canisius in the News

Reporter David Robinson interviewed Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for an article in today’s Buffalo News.  In it, the assistant professor of economics weighs in on new data that shows the local job market recovery was about three-quarters of the way back until the second wave of the cornavirus prompted orange- and yellow-zone limits.  Click here to read the story.

Executive Director of the Golden Griffin Fund Steven A. Gattuso provided expert commentary for two new studies published by MoneyGeek.com.

Click here to read the article in which Gattuso discusses how the insurance landscape has changed and how best to navigate shopping for auto insurance online.

Click here to read the article in which he shares tips on how best to compare insurance quotes.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

Print Shop and Mailroom Services

Please be advised that the Print Shop and Mailroom services for the next two weeks:

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Best wishes to you and your families for a blessed Christmas and healthy New Year.

Submitted by: Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities

ITS Banner Upgrades

ITS will be applying Banner Software upgrades to its production environment on Sunday December 20, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, the Banner Application will be unavailable, with a brief service interruption for the self-service banner environment.  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

D2L: Allow Students to Retake Incorrect Quiz Questions

D2L allows you to give students extra chances at questions they get wrong on quizzes. This feature may be useful if you are trying to get students to accomplish some form of self-assessment or another type of assessment. Instead of having them complete the whole quiz again, you can instead have the student look over the wrong questions and try to correctly answer them. This tutorial will show you how to use this feature. It will also mention some tips in testing and previewing how this feature will work for your students as well.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Export Class Information from D2L

Using the video here, you can export information about your students in a given course in D2L. This information can include students’ first and/or last name, which can be used for an attendance roster outside of D2L. The information can also include grades, which must be kept for five-years minimum for ease of access. This is because, while D2L does keep those grades for the five-year minimum, it becomes more difficult to access those grades after a student graduates. You can also export student Email addresses, which can be a way to easily share a file or folder on the Google Drive if needed. All that and more information can be exported from D2L should you choose. Information exported this way can be in either CSV format or Excel Spreadsheet.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Advent Meditations and Reflections

The Office of Mission & Identity is offering its final two events for its Advent series this week.

Thursday, December 17 at 12:00 p.m. – Meditation by Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ:
https://canisius.zoom.us/j/96693725682

Saturday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m. – Scriptural reflection by Josal Diebold ’09
https://canisius.zoom.us/j/95896730587

Both are short 20-minute programs that allow for personal prayer and reflection. All are welcome!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

25 Days of Ignatian Spiritual Gifts Continues

The 25 Days of Ignatian Spiritual Gifts continues today with Canisius alumnus Rev. Jason Downer ’03, MS ’06, SJ, director of the Diocesan Youth Ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Saipan. Father Downer offers the Ignatian gift of mission work, in this, the latest in a 25-part series on Ignatian gifts, offered by the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

Father Downer earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in college student personnel, both from Canisius College.

To view Father Downer’s message about the Ignatian gift of mission work, click here.

To view past messages from the 25 Days of Ignatian Spiritual Gifts, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Save the Date

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Save the date for #CanisiusGivingDay, which is earlier than previous years – March 3, 2021!

#CanisiusGivingDay is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign that harnesses the pride and generosity of the Canisius community far and wide to support areas on campus that mean the most to them. It provides a wonderful opportunity for programs on campus to leverage the day and raise funds for their area.

Covid-19 has shown the resilience of the Canisius community and how we are always present to support our students. That is why this year’s theme reflects “One Canisius,” a unified community of faculty, staff, alumni and friends that invest in the academic programs, athletic teams and institutes that provide each student with transformative opportunities!

This year, you must opt-in if you’d like to fundraise for your area.

What does that mean?

If you plan to actively fundraise for your respective area on Giving Day, please notify the Canisius Fund Office by Monday, January, 18. Campaign pages and designations will only be created for the programs, departments, teams, etc. that indicate they are participating. Please Email Suli Calianno, Canisius Fund coordinator, at lyons@canisius.edu or call Ext. 2712 by January 18 to officially opt-in.

We look forward to an incredible day that shows of investing in the many incredible facets of the Canisius experience, and in doing so showing that we are One Canisius!

Submitted by: Matthew Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Engaged Scholarship Workshop

The Division of Academic Affairs has developed a new, streamlined process for the college’s three primary summer funding mechanisms: Faculty Fellows, Mission & Identity Fellows and Arts & Sciences Dean’s Summer Grants.

Internal summer funding is an essential resource for many faculty to progress in their scholarship and creative pedagogy. This new process will make applying for internal funding easier, raise awareness of these opportunities and provide broad support for our faculty. Application information and timelines can be found on the Academic Affairs wiki.

A new initiative to recognize engaged scholarship will also be rolled out with the new application process. Scholarship at Canisius is often engaged in meaningful ways with our community and mission. The offices of Academic Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion and Mission & Ministry want to raise up and recognize this engaged scholarship as well as encourage you to think about the ways in which your scholarship may now or in the future be connected to specific engagement priorities. Applicants for summer fellowships, CEEP and ISD will be invited to self-identify the ways in which their scholarship reflects a number of engagement priorities. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Many thanks to the deans, Sarah Signorino, Mary Rockwell, Fatima Rodriguez Johnson and the members of the Summer Fellowship Selection Committee for their input on the delivery of these initiatives and to the Faculty Senate for their unanimous endorsement of this new process.  Questions can be directed to Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs (faculty development), at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Click here to RSVP for a workshop Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00 am on the many ways Canisius can support your scholarship.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

D2L Tutorial

Check out this quick tutorial showing how to publish or make available to students, grades on D2L-based quizzes or exams. You can tell D2L to automatically publish quiz scores or manually publish them when they are ready.

Publishing feedback on quizzes is a precondition for having the overall score visible in the quizzes area, activating submission views to show students details about their quiz attempt, and to have the grades sent to the gradebook (automatically or otherwise.)

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

Export Class Information From D2L

Using the video here, you will be able to export information about your students in a given course in D2L.

This information can include students’ first and/or last name, which can be used for an attendance roster outside of D2L. The information can also include grades, which must be kept for five years minimum for ease of access. This is because, while D2L does keep those grades for the five-year minimum, it becomes more difficult to access those grades after a student graduates.

You can also export student Email addresses, which can be a way to easily share a file or folder on Google Drive if needed. All that and more information can be exported from D2L should you choose. Information exported this way can be in either CSV format or Excel Spreadsheet.

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

Canisius in the News

Marie Claire Magazine (UK) published a feature story on Christy Hoffman’s February 2020 research, which shed new light on the benefits of sharing a bed with your beloved pet. Click here to read the article, titled “Sleeping Next to a Dog is Better for You than Snoozing Next to Another Human.”

Hoffman is an associate professor of animal behavior at Canisius. Earlier this month she released another new study, which found nearly 70 percent of pet parents co-sleep with their dogs. Click here to read more about that study.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to the Canisius Mock Trial team, which recently competed in the Second Annual Geneseo Joust Invitational. 

The competition was virtual this year and presented a host of technological problems and safety restrictions, but with the guidance of Mock Trial coach and instructor attorney William Lorenz Jr. ’09 the team was able to overcome and successfully compete. Adding to the array of team and individual awards that the team has accumulated since Mock Trial’s inception at Canisius in 2006,  student coordinator Rianna Iorillo ’20, in her final competition before graduating, won both a top attorney and top witness award. 

Submitted by: Robert A. Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Graham Stowe, PhD

Pedagogy Primer Podcast is back! In Episode 6 we are joined by Graham Stowe, PhD, assistant Professor of English and director of the Canisius College Writing Center. Stowe brings excellent insights on how and why we assign writing in courses across many disciplines, and how to practically manage the workload associated with student writing assignments.

Pedagogy Primer Podcast Episode 6: Dr. Graham Stowe 

Or Listen & Subscribe on

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Google Podcasts

Relevant Links and Resources

Canisius College Writing Center. https://www.canisius.edu/academics/office-academic-affairs/academic-institutes-and-centers/canisius-college-writing-center

Dr. Graham Stowe. https://www.canisius.edu/academics/our-schools/college-arts-sciences/directory/graham-stowe

Chapter 4 of the COLI Guide to Teaching Online: Communication & Creation.  https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/ofdc4/1

Thanks again, Dr. Stowe, for a great discussion!

For more episodes of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast, visit the COLI Wiki.

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

Winter Faculty Development Week

January 11 – 15 will be a week of fantastic opportunities for faculty development!  Sessions will be roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes each.  Check back later for additional session descriptions, dates and times.

Sessions Include:

Ignatian Pedagogy and Terminology

Sarah Signorino, Director of Mission & Identity

Learn a deeper understanding of our Jesuit values. Learn about the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and how you can incorporate it into your classes. Learn about the Mission & Identity resource page, a digital toolkit for historical and contemporary happenings in the Ignatian network.

Student Writing: A Conversation about Fundamentals

Dr. Graham Stowe, Assistant Professor of English and Director, Canisius College Writing Center

In this workshop we will discuss the basics of teaching writing, including effective assignment development, variations on grading, and in general strategies for writing-to-learn. If your students don’t do much writing in your courses, here’s an opportunity to consider how student writing can meet your learning goals. If you have students write a lot, here’s a chance to revisit fundamentals to make the process better for students, and for you.

Teaching LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity

Fatima Johnson-Rodriguez, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Emma Switzer, ’21, Dr. Richard Reitsma, Chair and Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Joshua Russell, Director, Anthrozoology Program

Inclusion must be a central principle within Ignatian pedagogy.  At Canisius, we are committed to supporting our LGBTQIA+ students, and in our courses, create spaces for exploring topics and themes of vital importance to justice in communities local and global.  In this session, we discuss ways to build LGBTQIA+ inclusion into the core elements of our courses.

Developing a Course Orientation

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Develop a dynamic 10-minute orientation for your Fall 2020 course! This companion to the course syllabus can help students get a clear picture of your course policies, routines, assignments and objectives.

Compassionate, Labor-Based Grading

Join in a conversation of how you can be innovative and inclusive in your grading with compassionate, labor-based grade.  Participants will specifically discuss Sandie Friedman’s Article “Compassionate Grading in the Era of COVID,” and Asao Inoue’s 2019 chair’s address at CCCC.

 

Work Smarter in Course Management

Dr. Malini Suchak, Associate Professor in Animal Behavior and Conservation

Confusion over deadlines, where to find things, and instructions causes frustration for both students and faculty and can result in a lot of extra time on email trying to sort things out. This session will go over some tips and tricks for organizing your courses on D2L so they are clear, efficient, and easy to use for both faculty and students.

Stay Golden, Griffins: Academic Supports for Student Success

Dr. Mark Harrington,Assistant Vice President for Student Success, HESAA Program Director, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education & Leadership

Jennifer Herrmann, Associate Dean of Student Success

Tracy Callaghan, Associate Director of Academic Achievement

Lindy Feider, Assistant Director of Academic Achievement

Monika McFoy, Assistant Director of Support Services

Join us for a brief overview of the Griff Center for Student Success. The team will discuss the various services and supports available to assist students in their academic pursuits. Additionally, the team will discuss the newly formed student success teams, the process of submitting academic and behavioral concerns, and the cura personalis team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching and Learning with Bouwhuis Library

Lisa Sullivan, Librarian, Andrew Bouhwuis Library

Come and join our fantastic librarian as she guides you through navigating the library resources and site, requesting resources, library instruction options as well as how to receive research assistance for you and your students.

 

Student Accessibility Services 101

Sierra Bonerb, Associate Director, and Angela Bufalino, Support Services Coordinator, Canisius College Student Accessibility Services

This session will provide insight for faculty regarding Student Accessibility Services and the data on students with disabilities at Canisius. It will include information on getting students connected to the office, the intake process, faculty notifications, and providing reasonable accommodations. It will also offer an opportunity to answer questions related to working with students with disabilities and current best practices.

 

Learn to Engage: Discussion Posts and Online Activities

Yvonne Widenor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Art History Program Director; Fine Arts Department. director, ArtsCanisius

This session will offer tips on ways to keep students actively involved in course content and building class community. Examples include ice-breakers, creative projects, and reactions to course material and are taken from art history courses but can be applied to many other disciplines.

 

 

 

Teaching with Video

Dr. Jonathan O’Brien, Associate Professor of Biology

Learn to record video for your multi-modal courses! Video can be a great way to asynchronously deliver course content to students, that they can watch on their own time outside of scheduled classtimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborate with Career Development

Eileen Abbatoy, Senior Associate Director, Sheila Pettigrew, Senior Assistant Director, and Rachel Emmons, Coordinator, Career Development

Meet the Career Development team and discover how we collaborate with faculty to support students’ career readiness through classroom presentations, individualized assignments and more. Learn about the tools, resources and employer partnerships available to our students and alumni for career success.

 

Surveys and Flipgrids and Asynchronous, Oh My!

Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

In this workshop, we focus on strategies for student engagement in a largely asynchronous semester.  Even in classes featuring some face-to-face interaction, most of the class activities can be completely asynchronous to provide flexibility.  Dr. Lawrence will discuss how he set up his courses, modifications he made during the term, experiences with “ungrading” methods, and student feedback.

 

 

 

Attractive, Interactive Courses Online

Dr. Marya Grande, Professor of Special/Childhood Education

Discover options for remote, interactive, and collaborative resources that promote student-student exchange.  These can easily be integrated into your D2L course space, but offer creative and engaging alternatives to traditional text discussions.  Additionally, we’ll explore tips for making your D2L course easier for students to navigate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D2L Tools for Online Quizzes & Exams

Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Technologist, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.

Basic Editing for Instructional Videos

In this workshop, we’ll learn some basic video editing techniques that can greatly improve instructional video in our courses, without a lot of additional effort.  We’ll work in Screencast-O-Matic and DaVinci Resolve, which represent a low-end/high-end mix, but our main focus will be tips, tricks, and workflow which strikes an efficient balance between good video production quality, and quick process.

Collaborative Critical Reading

In the past two decades scholars have experimented with “social annotation,” or the ability for readers to highlight and comment on the same web-based text.  Systems like Perusall and Hypothes.is make it easy for classes to discuss PDF-based texts, websites, and even videos.  Those who teach with them now report that this stimulates critical reading and student-student interaction at the site of the text.  In this session, we’ll run through the basics of Hypothes.is and Perusall, so participants can choose which (or both) they’d like to try in Spring 2021 courses.

Adopt a Griff – A Success




Ben Harrington ’06, principal of Arthur Middleton Elementary School in Waldorf, MD, sent the following video message to Canisius student-teachers. It also includes a few ‘words of wisdom’ from elementary school teachers at Harrington’s school.

When Professor of Teacher Education Marya Grande, PhD, put a call out to her former students for help, the response was overwhelming.

You see, Grande was concerned about her pre-student teachers who were “having a tough time” figuring out how to teach virtually and still connect with their young students. “There have been some tears and frustration from our student teachers that kids don’t log on or don’t seem to be paying attention,” explained Grande to Canisius alumni who follow her on Facebook. “We have done our best to prepare them but as you know, we have all been learning as we go and this is not how they pictured student teaching.”

Grande called upon her 150-plus alumni followers to consider adopting a Griff by sending a student-teacher an encouraging message of support or words of advice. The response was more than Grande imagined and each of her student-teachers, as well as student-teachers in similar Canisius programs, received an Email or video message of support from at least one alumni educator – some of whom event sent virtual gift cards to the future educators! Below are a couple examples of letters alumni sent to students.

Meaghan Jimenez ’04, an exceptional student services lead at Arete Preparatory in Gilbert, AZ wrote the following to student Anna Kraus:

Hi Anna,

You have no clue who I am, but I was one of Dr. Grande’s students (cough, cough) about 16-17 years ago!  She recently posted in one of our Facebook groups about how student teaching is not what this student teaching cohort expected.  Girl! I cannot imagine!!! She asked that we “adopt a Griff”, so I jumped at the opportunity.

I wanted to let you know that teaching is seriously the most rewarding job I could ever imagine.  I have been through a lot in my almost 17 years of teaching and I wouldn’t change a thing.  I taught in the Buffalo Public Schools as a HS Inclusion, Self-Contained and Resource teacher for 11.5 years.  I saw violence, lack of (perceived) parent involvement, teacher drama, crazy administrator turnover, etc.  Then I met my husband and moved to Arizona.  I  teach in a wildly different environment that now includes parent/student entitlement, mega money, a curriculum I struggle to understand (think Plato in 2nd grade), and parents thinking that their kid shouldn’t fail even when they don’t do work or attend class.  All this to say that I look back and think wow – that stuff was (is) easy compared to the new world we’ve been dealt.  You are NOT alone if you’re thinking teaching online is tough, and possibly that you’re getting the short end of the stick.  What I can tell you is that you will definitely be a better teacher because of it. 

I taught online for the first time starting in March.  Trying to figure out the curriculum, work with the teachers, students, parents, administrators, etc was NOT easy.  Its still not easy! It is a little different down here as we are back on campus full time with about 70% of our students. My teaching responsibilities mostly include resource room and, out of the 5 classes that I teach 3 of them are hybrid.  I am teaching kids through Zoom at the same time as managing kids in person.  I come home at the end of the day thinking “Have I done all I can do for the kids? What could I have done differently? Better? Faster? Slower? Did I include everything I would have in person? Did I forget anything? Anyone?” The list goes on…

I tend to ramble, but I want you to know you are NOT alone! Even us old teachers are struggling.  In fact I could probably learn a thing or two from you – especially with regards to technology – Lord help me!  

Keep it up, Anna.  I know you will do well and once life returns to “normal” again you will be thinking “wow – this is a breeze”

You’ve got this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ian Lewis ’04, a third grade teacher in the Lake Shore Central School District wrote the following to student-teacher Olivia Harvey:

Good evening Miss Harvey.

My name is Ian Lewis, and I am a teacher in the Lake Shore Central School District. I am also a good friend of Dr. Grande. I remember my student teaching year being challenging, but I’m sure it is nowhere near how crazy your year is going. 

I’m reaching out for two reasons. One, I am pursuing my dream as an educational leader, and I have made it my mission to offer myself as a resource to any young educators brave enough to make a name for themselves in this game. Two, I wanted to let you know not to be discouraged. We were not built for virtual education, especially for young and emergent students, however, if you do have the heart for education, you certainly were built for perseverance, challenges, and victory. 

That being said, I want you to know that I am here as a resource to provide assistance, suggestions, modeling, and/or mentorship. Please feel free to reach out and respond. I have had great success this year and last with virtual teaching (I teach 3rd grade, and my students have made incredible gains). My district does virtual Mondays, so if you are interested, I would love to have you join us to watch how the class runs, and even discuss and break it down afterwards. 

As a ten year vet, I know that I craved more feedback and more exposure than what I got from my cooperating teacher when I student taught, so I would like to be that option for you. 

I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Have a great day, be blessed, and remember that you are made for great things, and if you have persevered this far, this is but one more obstacle to overcome in order to reach your dreams! 

Submitted by: College Communications

Does Your Dog Have Bed Privileges

If you’re a dog owner who snuggles up with your four-legged friend each night, you’re not alone.  A new study by Associate Professor of Animal Behavior Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, finds that nearly 70% of pet parents co-sleep with their dogs.  The finding is one of several revealed in the study, which examined the contextual nature of human-animal co-sleeping practices, including who is more likely to allow their dogs in bed at night, where their dogs sleep in the bed or bedroom and their impact on human sleep quality. 

“Studies of humans’ relationships with their companion animals have almost exclusively focused on the ways people engage with their pets during their waking hours yet people commonly spend their sleeping hours with pets in their beds or bedrooms,” says Hoffman.  “This study presents one of the few comprehensive investigations into the practice of human-dog co-sleeping and supports previous claims that dog owners commonly choose to sleep with their dogs in their beds or bedrooms.”

More than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 -78 participated in the study titled “Human-Animal Co-Sleeping Practices Among Australian Dog Owners.” Of those, nearly half (49%) reported sleeping with their dog in their bed.  Another 20% indicated their dog slept in the same bedroom but not in their bed.  The remaining 31% of those surveyed reported their dog slept outside the bedroom.

A number of factors were associated with whether participants shared their beds with their dogs.  According to Hoffman, “Older participants were more likely to bed share with their dogs, as were singles and individuals who had small dogs rather than medium- or large-sized dogs.  Bed size also impacted the likelihood of bed sharing.”

Click here to read more about the study.

Submitted by: College Communications

Engaged Scholarship Process and Recognition

The Division of Academic Affairs has developed a new, streamlined process for the college’s three primary summer funding mechanisms: Faculty Fellows, Mission & Identity Fellows and Arts & Sciences Dean’s Summer Grants.

Internal summer funding is an essential resource for many faculty to progress in their scholarship and creative pedagogy. This new process will make applying for internal funding easier, raise awareness of these opportunities and provide broad support for our faculty. Application information and timelines can be found on the Academic Affairs wiki.

A new initiative to recognize engaged scholarship will also be rolled out with the new application process. Scholarship at Canisius is often engaged in meaningful ways with our community and mission. The offices of Academic Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion and Mission & Ministry want to raise up and recognize this engaged scholarship as well as encourage you to think about the ways in which your scholarship may now or in the future be connected to specific engagement priorities. Applicants for summer fellowships, CEEP and ISD will be invited to self-identify the ways in which their scholarship reflects a number of engagement priorities. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Many thanks to the deans, Sarah Signorino, Mary Rockwell, Fatima Rodriguez Johnson and the members of the Summer Fellowship Selection Committee for their input on the delivery of these initiatives and to the Faculty Senate for their unanimous endorsement of this new process.  Questions can be directed to Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs (faculty development), at lodismij@canisius.edu.

Click here to RSVP for a workshop Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00 am on the many ways Canisius can support your scholarship.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

This Week’s Advent Meditation and Scriptural Reflection

The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to participate in this week’s Advent programming. All are welcome!

Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. will feature a Meditation on St. Joseph.
Zoom information: https://canisius.zoom.us/j/96693725682

Saturday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m. will feature Scriptural Reflection on the Visitation by Mary Mietlicki Makar ’08, MS ’13.
Zoom information: https://canisius.zoom.us/j/95896730587

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

 

Justice in Policy

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The Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and the Ignatian Solidarity Network have released their four advocacy priorities for 2021.  They are:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Migration

Click here to read more about these priorities and related advocacy.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Diversity and Inclusion at Canisius

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 10, will be the semester’s third and final Connect with Canisius: Lunch and Learn Webinar Series. Associate Dean Fatima Rodriguez Johnson will lead a conversation titled “Diversity and Inclusion at Canisius: Being Called to Make a Difference,” which will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The webinar will be moderated by Patrick Eugeni ’21, a biology major at Canisius and president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), and alumnus Robert Maloney ’71, a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Click here to register. 

Look for more Connect with Canisius events when the series continues in the spring semester.

Submitted by: College Communications

D2L Grades

A fairly lightweight, manageable place to upgrade your courses in Spring 2021 (or even now, in Fall) is the D2L Gradebook. You’re probably already using it, but in our D2L Grades workshop, and Self-Paced Training Video Set, we offer a bunch of tips for making it easier to use, and more effective in transmitting feedback to students.

Students appreciate having their grades reported through D2L. It may seem like they could properly track their grades on their own, but they are juggling multiple classes, together with additional responsibilities in the COVID-19 era. Properly using the D2L Gradebook can eliminate a lot of additional and exhausting work that accumulates day-to-day, such as frequent, student-prompted conversations about “how they are doing,” and repetitive procedural announcements in class or through D2L.

You can use the grades tool in various ways to build a gradebook best suited to your classes and teaching. Some faculty opt for a simple points-based addition system. For example, there are nine grade items, each of varying points value. At any time students can add together the graded materials for a quick understanding of their current situation in the course. Or a more complex gradebook can calculate a student’s average grade based on assignments, or even categories of assignments, each weighted differently. If you drop the lowest score or scores in a set of assignments, D2L can manage that for you, as well. At the end of the semester, you need only make a final letter-grade determination (consulting D2L’s calculations) to enter into the Final Grades screen outside D2L.

Recording grades in a Excel spreadsheet may seem easier, but this does not report to students their progress, nor calculate for you their cumulative or average grades. Plus, if grades are entered into D2L, they can always be exported to an Excel spreadsheet for safekeeping or other purposes.

If you build a gradebook in a course once, you need not do it again the following semester, since gradebook structure copies along with other course content.

We cover all of this in our D2L Grades Workshop. These are great opportunities to ask questions about gradebooks you currently have, too. And as always, you can make an appointment with us if you’d like to discuss more comprehensive changes to your grading structure in D2L.

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

Nathan H. Fox, PhD, Recipient of the Project NExT Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Nathan H. Fox, PhD, is a recipient of the Project NExT Fellowship, awarded by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a year-long professional development program for new or recent PhDs in the field of mathematical sciences. 

In being named a Project NExT Fellow, Fox joins a community of faculty who are award-winning educators and innovators on their respective campuses.  

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Connecting with Canisius: A Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Connect with Canisius during its next virtual lunch and learn series. 

The third webinar, titled “Diversity and Inclusion at Canisius College,” will take place on Thursday, December 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

The webinar will feature Fatima Rodriguez Johnson MS ’98, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Canisius. It will be moderated by Patrick Eugeni ’21, a biology major at Canisius and president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), and alumnus Robert Maloney ’71, a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Click here to register. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Celebrate International Human Rights Day with Screening of “Out of Africa”

Please join the Journey’s End WNY Refugee Film Festival and Church World Service on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a very special virtual event on Climate Change Refugees. They will screen a short documentary narrated by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, “Out Of Africa,” about human migration caused by climate change in the Sahel. Comments and conversation with the Senior Director for Global Migration at Church World Service, Andrew Fuys, will follow.

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. In 2018 alone, 17.2 million people were forced from their homes due to environmental disasters caused by climate change. 764,000 people in Somalia, Afghanistan and several other countries where conflict has already caused millions to flee their countries were displaced following drought. The World Bank and the UN estimate there will be at least 140 million more people displaced by climate change by 2050.

The event is free, but you must register here to attend. Virtual seating is limited

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

 

W-2 Electronic Enrollment

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If you are still receiving a paper copy of your W-2, please consider receiving it electronically.

Login to Self Service Banner, click on “Employee,” “Tax Forms,” “Electronic W-2 and 1095C Consent,” check the box for “Consent to receive W-2 electronically” and “Submit.” Your consent is only needed once; each year you’ll be able to access your W-2 as soon as it is processed in Payroll.

You can print your W-2 about one week before the paper mailing date of January 31 each year. Login to Self Service Banner, click on “Employee,” “Tax Forms,” “W-2 Year End earning statement,” select the year you want and “Display” and print. You will also have access to all of your prior W-2’s.

Please call the Payroll Department at Ext. 8530, if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Sue Lyons, payroll manager, Payroll Department

Eric Gansworth Receives Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius College Alumni Association conferred its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Eric L. Gansworth, during a virtual Honors Convocation Ceremony in November.  The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. 

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Connecting with Canisius: A Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Connect with Canisius during its next virtual lunch and learn series. 

The third webinar, titled “Diversity and Inclusion at Canisius College,” will take place on Thursday, December 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

The webinar will feature Fatima Rodriguez Johnson MS ’98, associate dean of diversity and inclusion at Canisius. It will be moderated by Patrick Eugeni ’21, a biology major at Canisius and president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), and alumnus Robert Maloney ’71, a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Click here to register. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Mass in Christ the King Chapel

The final Sunday evening Mass for the semester will be held Sunday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday evening Mass will resume on Sunday, February 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Confessions are available Sunday nights from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

12:05 weekday Masses will continue through Wednesday, December 23 and resume on Monday, January 4. All are welcome.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer

Winter Faculty Development Week

A week of fantastic opportunities for Faculty Development!  Sessions will be roughly one hour and 15 minutes each.  Check back later for additional session descriptions, dates and times.

 

Sessions will include:

Ignatian Pedagogy and Terminology

Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Learn a deeper understanding of our Jesuit values. Learn about the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and how you can incorporate it into your classes. Learn about the Mission & Identity resource page, a digital toolkit for historical and contemporary happenings in the Ignatian network.


Student Writing: A Conversation about Fundamentals

Assistant professor of English and director, Canisius College Writing Center

In this workshop we will discuss the basics of teaching writing, including effective assignment development, variations on grading and in general, strategies for writing-to-learn. If your students don’t do much writing in your courses, here’s an opportunity to consider how student writing can meet your learning goals. If you have students write a lot, here’s a chance to revisit fundamentals to make the process better for students, and for you.


Developing a Course Orientation

Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Develop a dynamic 10-minute orientation for your fall 2020 course! This companion to the course syllabus can help students get a clear picture of your course policies, routines, assignments and objectives.

Compassionate, Labor-Based Grading

Join in a conversation of how to be innovative and inclusive in your grading with compassionate, labor-based grade.Participants will specifically discuss Sandie Friedman’s Article “Compassionate Grading in the Era of COVID” and Asao Inoue’s 2019 chair’s address at CCCC.


Work Smarter in Course Management

Malini Suchak, PhD, associate professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

Confusion over deadlines, where to find things and instructions causes frustration for both students and faculty and can result in a lot of extra time on Email trying to sort things out. This session will cover some tips and tricks for organizing courses on D2L so they are clear, efficient and easy to use for both faculty and students.


Stay Golden, Griffins: Academic Supports for Student Success

Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president for Student Success / HESAA program director / assistant professor of Graduate Education & Leadership

Jennifer Herrmann, associate dean, Student Success

Tracy Callaghan, associate director, Academic Achievement

Lindy Feider, assistant director, Academic Achievement

Monika McFoy, assistant director, Support Services

Join us for a brief overview of the Griff Center for Student Success. The team will discuss the various services and supports available to assist students in their academic pursuits. Additionally, the team will discuss the newly formed student success teams, the process of submitting academic and behavioral concerns and the cura personalis team.


 

Teaching and Learning with Bouwhuis Library

Lisa Sullivan, librarian, Andrew Bouhwuis Library

Come and join our librarian as she navigates you through the library resources and site, how to request resources, library instruction options, as well as how to receive research assistance for you and your students.


Student Accessibility Services 101

Sierra Bonerb, associate director, and Angela Bufalino, Support Services coordinator, Canisius College Student Accessibility Services

This session will provide insight for faculty regarding Student Accessibility Services and the data on students with disabilities at Canisius. It will include information on getting students connected to the office, the intake process, faculty notifications and providing reasonable accommodations. It will also offer an opportunity to answer questions related to working with students with disabilities and current best practices.

Learn to Engage: Discussion Posts and Online Activities

Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and Art History program director, Fine Arts Department; director, ArtsCanisius

This session will offer tips on ways to keep students actively involved in course content and building class community. Examples include icebreakers, creative projects and reactions to course material and are taken from art history courses but can be applied to many other disciplines.


 

Teaching with Video

Jonathan O’Brien, PhD, associate professor, Biology.

Learn to record video for multi-modal courses. Video can be a great way to asynchronously deliver course content to students that they can watch on their own time outside of scheduled class times.


 

Collaborate with Career Development

Eileen Abbatoy, senior associate director, Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, and Rachel Emmons, coordinator, Career Development

Meet the Career Development team and discover how we collaborate with faculty to support students’ career readiness through classroom presentations, individualized assignments and more. Learn about the tools, resources and employer partnerships available to our students and alumni for career success.


 

Surveys and Flipgrids and Asynchronous, Oh My!

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor, Religious Studies

In this workshop, we focus on strategies for student engagement in a largely asynchronous semester. Even in classes featuring some face-to-face interaction, most of the class activities can be completely asynchronous to provide flexibility. Lawrence will discuss how he set up his courses, modifications he made during the term, experiences with “un-grading” methods and student feedback.


 

Attractive, Interactive Courses Online

Marya Grande, PhD, professor, Special/Childhood Education

Discover options for remote, interactive and collaborative resources that promote student-student exchange.  These can easily be integrated into your D2L course space but offer creative and engaging alternatives to traditional text discussions.  Additionally, we’ll explore tips for making your D2L course easier for students to navigate.


 

D2L Tools for Online Quizzes & Exams

Tyler Kron-Piatek, instructional technologist, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content.

In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.

Basic Editing for Instructional Videos

Tyler Kron-Piatek, instructional technologist, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

In this workshop, we’ll learn some basic video editing techniques that can greatly improve instructional video in our courses, without a lot of additional effort.  We’ll work in Screencast-O-Matic and DaVinci Resolve, which represent a low-end/high-end mix, but the main focus will be tips, tricks and workflow which strikes an efficient balance between good video production quality, and quick process.


 

Collaborative Critical Reading

Mark Gallimore, PhD, director, COLI

In the past two decades scholars have experimented with “social annotation,” or the ability for readers to highlight and comment on the same web-based text.  Systems like Perusall and Hypothes.is make it easy for classes to discuss PDF-based texts, websites and even videos.

Those who teach with them now report that this stimulates critical reading and student-student interaction at the site of the text.  In this session, we’ll run through the basics of Hypothes.is and Perusall, so participants can choose which – or both – they would like to try in spring 2021 courses.

Submitted by:Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI)

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley released a statement on behalf of the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) on Tuesday, December 1, welcoming the appointment of Bishop Michael W. Fisher as the 15th Bishop of Buffalo. In the statement, President Hurley pledged that MRT would work with the new Bishop and the Diocesan Renewal Task Force, which is tasked with reimagining the parishes and schools, and the life of the Church. President Hurley’s statement appeared in The Buffalo News. It can be read here.

CNN interviewed Assistant Professor of Journalism Daniel Higgins about his Thanksgiving plans. Despite the “different” holiday this year, Higgins and others shared how they planned to celebrate. 

Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: Canisius College

Canisius Professor and Alumni Author Book on American Constitutional Rights

Peter J. Galie, PhD, emeritus professor of political science at Canisius College and alumni Christopher Bopst ’95 and Bethany (Siena) Kirschner ’07 co-authored Bills of Rights Before the Bill of Rights: Early State Constitutions and the American Tradition of Rights 1776 – 1790.

The book is the first to provide a full and systematic commentary on the rights provisions found in early American state constitutions.  

Click here to learn more. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Connecting with Canisius: A Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Connect with Canisius during its next virtual lunch and learn series. 

The third webinar, titled “Diversity and Inclusion at Canisius College,” will take place on Thursday, December 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

The webinar will feature Fatima Rodriguez Johnson MS ’98, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Canisius. It will be moderated by Patrick Eugeni ’21, a biology major at Canisius and president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), and alumnus Robert Maloney ’71, a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Click here to register. 

Submitted by: College Communications

This Week’s Advent Meditation and Reflection

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Join the Office of Mission & Identity tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. for a short imaginative meditation on the Annunciation.

Join in this Saturday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. for a reflection on this Sunday’s readings.

Please contact Sarah Signorino, director of Mission & Identity, with any questions: signoris@canisius.edu

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

25 Days of Ignatian Spiritual Gifts

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During the month of December, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States invited Jesuits and Ignatian collaborators to share a different Ignatian spiritual gift each day.

Sign up to receive these gifts in your inbox.

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

Ellucian’s eCommunities Migrating to a New Platform

Banner users familiar with the eCommunities resource will want to take note that Ellucian is migrating its current environment to a new community platform this weekend. The new solution is very similar in structure to the existing platform, with some slight terminology changes, as the current term “places” becomes “forums” in the new community. If you are following specific “places,” you will need to re-subscribe to the corresponding “forums” in the new platform.

Also note that your bookmarks within eCommunities will not be converted. You may wish to save bookmarked threads as a PDF, otherwise you will need to search for them again post-migration.

Ellucian is planning to migrate to this new platform the evening of Friday, December 4 and expect the cutover will take the majority of the weekend. It is expected to be live on the new community at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, December 7.

Ellucian feels the experience will be very intuitive. They have provided a video overview along with targeted recordings on how to find your forums, how to post content, subscribe to instant as well as the daily digest, subscribe to forums/topics and follow people.

Find these videos and targeted recordings here.

If you have any questions about accessing or learning about Banner resources at Canisius, please refer to the college wiki page here or Email folsom@cansius.edu.

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

Help Desk Hours

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

Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, December 9: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 10 – Wednesday, December 23: 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3: CLOSED (Winter Break)

Monday, January 4 – Friday, February 5: 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 8 – Wednesday, February 10: 8:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Regular hours resume on Thursday, February 11:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00  – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, visit the help desk located in Horan O’Donnell 016, Email helpdesk@canisius.edu or at call Ext. 8340.

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

Export Class Information from D2L

Watch the video here to learn how to export information about students in a given course in D2L.

Information includes students’ first and/or last names, which can be used for an attendance roster outside of D2L. The information also includes grades, which must be kept for five years minimum for ease of access. While D2L does keep those grades for the five-year minimum, it becomes difficult to access those grades after a student graduates. Export student Email addresses, which is a way to easily share a file or folder on Google Drive if needed.

You can export information from the examples above and more from D2L. Information exported is in either CSV format or Excel Spreadsheet.

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

Download and Save Zoom Recordings

Videos recorded and saved within Zoom’s cloud storage space are subject to deletion 30 days after the date and time of recording. Develop a regular routine of downloading these videos soon after recording. If they need to be shared with students or colleagues, upload the videos to another suitable web location.

Google Drive is ideal for this purpose. Click here to find tutorials for using Google Drive to host and share videos.

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

D2L Grades

The D2L Gradebook is a fairly lightweight, manageable place to upgrade courses for spring 2021 or even now in fall. There are tips for easy use and effectively transmitting feedback to students in the D2L Grades workshop and Self-Paced Training Video Set.

Students appreciate having their grades reported through D2L. Properly using the D2L Gradebook can help eliminate student-prompted conversations about “how they are doing” and repetitive procedural announcements in class or through D2L.

Use the grades tool in various ways to build a gradebook best suited to your classes and teaching. Click here to watch a tutorial to enter final grades in D2L at the end of the semester.

Recording grades in an Excel spreadsheet may seem easier but this does not report progress to students or calculate their cumulative or average grades. Export grades entered into D2L to an Excel spreadsheet for safekeeping or other purposes.

Gradebooks only need to be built in a course once. Since gradebook structure copies and other course content is copied the following semester, it will not need to be built again.

These topics are covered in our D2L Grades Workshop and are also great opportunities to ask questions about gradebooks. Feel free to make an appointment with COLI to discuss more comprehensive changes to your grading structure in D2L.

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

Online Quiz and Exam Design

Watch the guide for D2L’s online quiz and exam design if you are trying it out for the first time or are considering trying it next semester. Click here to watch the video.

The guide includes tutorials for the various quiz features and notes for how to best design an online exam or quiz that properly challenges students while making various forms of “cheating” impractical. This includes tactics governing time and thinking carefully about different forms and arrangements of questions.

Check out COLI’s Guide to Online Exams and Quizzes for help designing or redesigning online assessments.

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

The Dome Goes on Hiatus for Thanksgiving Holiday

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Today, Monday, November 23, is the only edition of The Dome that will publish this week, as the college prepares to close for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Dome will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday, December 2. 

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! 

Submitted by: College Communications

Recruiting Continues for WNY Prosperity Fellows

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The WNY Prosperity Fellowship  is currently recruiting for the next academic year (2021-22). Two information sessions are currently scheduled via Zoom.  We ask that professors share the above information on the flyer with their students.

The Canisius College Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship is an innovative program for students in their junior or senior years or graduate business students who have an entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York.

The Fellowship combines scholarship assistance with credit-bearing internships, networking, and skill-building to provide students with academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Students receive significant financial assistance based on need, so they can fully focus on making the most of their internships, educational experiences, and networking and skill building opportunities. In return, students commit to working and giving back economically to Western New York for at least two years within a 10-year period upon graduation.

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

Honors Convocation Virtual Ceremony

Each May, we gather to recognize students for their academic and campus-wide achievements at the spring Honors Convocation ceremony. This year, a virtual ceremony was recorded to honor the 2020 recipients.

The virtual Honors Convocation ceremony will be available on the Canisius College YouTube channel on Thursday, November 26 at 12:00 p.m.

To watch the ceremony, please click here.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, Office of Event Services

Media Center Guide to Better Smartphone Video

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Did you know that you can turn your camera phone into a camcorder? Most smartphones have recording capabilities that produce high-quality videos. See the attachment above for tips on recording professional looking videos with your phone.

Submitted by: Erik Michaelsen, instructional media technician, Media Center

Enter into the Holy Season of Advent

Join the Office of Mission & Identity to prayerfully enter into the holy season of Advent!

Virtual Scriptural Reflections, lasting 20-30 minutes, will be led by members of our Canisius community on Saturday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19

Click here to watch.

Virtual Advent Lunch-time Guided Meditations, lasting 20 minutes, will be led by the Office of Mission & Identity on Thursday afternoons at 12: 00 p.m. on the following dates:

December 3 (Annunciation)
December 10 (St. Joseph)
December 17 (Birth of Jesus)

Click here to watch.

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

ITS Banner Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be applying Banner server upgrades to our production environment, on Wednesday, November 25 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, the Banner Application will be unavailable, but all other systems will be accessible.

The ITS systems status page, found in the top menu bar of the portal, will be updated once the upgrade is complete.

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 of administrative computing, ITS

Download and Save Your Zoom Recordings

Videos recorded and saved within Zoom’s cloud storage space are subject to deletion 30 days after the date and time of recording. Develop a regular routine of downloading these videos soon after recording. If they need to be shared with students or colleagues, upload the videos to another suitable web location.

Google Drive is ideal for this purpose. Click here to find tutorials for using Google Drive to host and share videos.

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

Encourage Students to Take Academic Honesty Pledge

It has been noted in many circles that when presented with an Academic Honesty Pledge, students are less likely to cheat on quizzes, exams or assignments.

Click this video for information on how to encourage students to take the pledge before taking quizzes and completing course activities. In D2L, almost any assignment can be restricted based on the completion of another assignment.

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

The Dome Goes on Hiatus for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Monday, November 23 edition of The Dome will be the only issue to publish next week, as the college prepares to close for the Thanksgiving holiday. Any submissions for Monday’s edition should be received by 2:00 p.m. today, Friday, November 20.

The Dome will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday, December 2.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Submitted by: College Communications

Recruiting Underway for WNY Prosperity Fellowship

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The WNY Prosperity Fellowship  is currently recruiting for the next academic year (2021-22). Two information sessions are currently scheduled via Zoom.  We ask that professors share the above information on the flyer with their students.

The Canisius College Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship is an innovative program for students in their junior or senior years or graduate business students who have an entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York.

The Fellowship combines scholarship assistance with credit-bearing internships, networking, and skill-building to provide students with academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Students receive significant financial assistance based on need, so they can fully focus on making the most of their internships, educational experiences, and networking and skill building opportunities. In return, students commit to working and giving back economically to Western New York for at least two years within a 10-year period upon graduation.

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

Virtual tour at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

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Students in CLS 216: Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World, taught by Davide Salvo, PhD, participated in a virtual group tour at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The students had the opportunity to see permanent exhibitions and ask the staff questions.

This learning experience was made possible by the generous support of the Office of Mission & Identity and its director, Sarah Signorino, who also joined the group tour.

Submitted by: Davide Salvo, PhD, Classics

 

 

Men’s Basketball Player Jordan Henderson Part of the MAAC “Time Out for Black Lives” Reading Initiative

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Jordan Henderson, a junior guard on the Canisius men’s basketball team, is one of 11 student-athletes and head coaches from MAAC-member schools to take part in the first wave of the “MAAC Time Out for Black Lives” reading initiative.

The “Time Out for Black Lives” reading program aims to inspire and educate youth, athletes, families and fans. The program has an interactive website where coaches and student-athletes from MAAC basketball programs volunteer their time and resources to read children’s books in entertaining videos, all focusing on black culture, history, music and myths. The program is part of the MAAC’s United for Justice campaign that was introduced over the summer.

“I am excited to be a part of the MAAC’s Time Out for Black Lives reading program,” Henderson said. “This program is a fun way to help children learn about the importance of reading and I’m honored to be one of the student-athletes chosen to help share that message, while also sharing the important message of African American culture.”

To watch Henderson read the book “Cool Cuts”, written and illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe, click here.

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

Campus Candid

 

The Office of Mission & Ministry donated turkeys today for the Upper Room Church of God in Christ’s food pantry. The Church, located on Florida Street and Jefferson Avenue, and directed by Pastor Daniel Benning HON ’18, will distribute turkeys to those in need in the community starting tomorrow. The pantry serves over 200 people each week. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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

 

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News quoted Daniel Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs, regarding the college’s plan for contact tracing, isolating and quarantining.

Click here to read the full story.

Submitted by: College Communications

DJ Khaled to Present at Canisius College

Fans of DJ Khaled will want to tune in on Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. when the renowned songwriter, producer and media personality speaks (virtually) at Canisius College.  In his talk, titled “How I Came Up,” Khaled will share his personal story of success and impart on students how they too can make successes of themselves.  

DJ Khaled’s visit is made possible by Canisius’ Opportunity Programs for Education (COPE) and the Office of Academic Talent Search.  His talk will be made available to students and faculty via a private Zoom connection.

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship

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The WNY Prosperity Fellowship  is currently recruiting for the next academic year (2021-22).  Two information sessions are currently scheduled via Zoom.  We ask that professors share the above information on the flyer with their students.

The Canisius College Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship is an innovative program for students in their junior or senior years or graduate business students who have an entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York.

The Fellowship combines scholarship assistance with credit-bearing internships, networking, and skill-building to provide students with academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Students receive significant financial assistance based on need, so they can fully focus on making the most of their internships, educational experiences, and networking and skill building opportunities. In return, students commit to working and giving back economically to Western New York for at least two years within a 10-year period upon graduation.

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

Employee Resource Groups Survey

Are you looking for ways to connect with your colleagues and feel supported at work? If so, join an Employee Resource Group.

Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that aim to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organizations they serve. Canisius would like to offer a selection of resource groups to employees in order to foster community and social connections.

Take this anonymous survey and let us know what resource groups you would like to see offered at Canisius. Click here to access the survey.

If you have any questions about Employee Resource Groups, please contact Mary Braun, human resources generalist, at Ext. 2247.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources generalist

Copying Quizzes in D2L

Sometimes, you have a quiz set up perfectly – exactly the way you want, all the properties are right, the time limits are correct and the submission view is exactly how you want to use it throughout all of your future quizzes.

Then comes time for the next quiz and the labor of creating it from scratch.

D2L allows you to make quiz copies, duplicating nearly everything from the original quiz to the new copy, with a few exceptions. Click here to watch a video explaining how to copy quizzes

For more help with quizzes and other features of D2L, please visit the Canisius College Wiki here.

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

D2L Grades

The D2L Gradebook is a fairly lightweight, manageable place to upgrade courses for spring 2021 or even now in fall. There are tips for easy use and effectively transmitting feedback to students in the D2L Grades workshop and Self-Paced Training Video Set.

Students appreciate having their grades reported through D2L. Properly using the D2L Gradebook can help eliminate student-prompted conversations about “how they are doing” and repetitive procedural announcements in class or through D2L.

Use the grades tool in various ways to build a gradebook best suited to your classes and teaching. Click here to watch a tutorial to enter final grades in D2L at the end of the semester.

Recording grades in an Excel spreadsheet may seem easier but this does not report progress to students or calculate their cumulative or average grades. Export grades entered into D2L to an Excel spreadsheet for safekeeping or other purposes.

Gradebooks only need to be built in a course once. Since gradebook structure copies and other course content is copied the following semester, it will not need to be built again.

These topics are covered in our D2L Grades Workshop and are also great opportunities to ask questions about gradebooks. Feel free to make an appointment with COLI to discuss more comprehensive changes to your grading structure in D2L.

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

Tips for Better Looking Webcam Videos

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Please take a look at the attached PDF file for some tips on how to look better on web conferences and lectures.

Submitted by: Erik Michaelsen, instructional media technician, Media Center

Canisius in the News

With a majority of long-distance running events canceled due to the pandemic, Canisius cross country/track head coach Nate Huckle joined his hiking partner, Katie Ghidiu, for a record-setting trek in the Adirondack Mountains.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Charitable Gifts to Canisius

Canisius is fortunate to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support, please forward any donations received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention: Katie Huck. This is an ongoing policy that helps the college to ensure the gift is recorded and the donor is provided with a charitable gift receipt.

If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email: huckk@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director, Advancement Services

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