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Candidates for Director of Physician Assistant Program

Open forums will be held this week in the search for a director of physician assistant studies to develop a Physician Assistant (PA) master’s program at Canisius.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the open forums, which will address the role of PAs in United States health care and the vision for a mission-infused PA program at Canisius. The presentation will be 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session.  Our first two candidates are:

  • Laura DeBacco-Malysz will present today, Wednesday, February 21 at 4 p.m. in OM203
  • Matthew J. Graziano will present on Friday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in OM203

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, acting vice president for academic affairs

 

EVENTS

Hockey Looks to Secure Top Seed vs. Niagara

Catch Battle of the Bridge action this weekend

It’s a hockey showdown this weekend when your Golden Griffins wrap up the regular season with a two game home and home series vs. Battle of the Bridge foe, Niagara.

The Griffs host the Purple Eagles at 7:35 p.m. on Friday night, February 23 at HARBORCENTER.  Ceremonies will honor the team’s seven seniors before the opening face-off. Playing their final regular season home game are captain Ryan Schmelzer, Jeff Murray, David Parrottino, Mike Sabatini, Jack Stander, Nolan Sheeran and David Bennett. Long-sleeve T-shirts will be given away to the first 250 students.

On Saturday night, February 24, the two teams meet at Dwyer Arena at Niagara University with a 7:05 p.m. start.

Playoff positioning is on the line for both squads. Canisius can still win the league title, however, they trail Mercyhurst by two points. Both teams have two games left to play. One of a multitude of playoff scenarios has Canisius finishing in a five-way tie for second with places two through seven only separated by four points. The Griffs have secured a first round bye and will begin playoff action on March 9.

For discounted faculty and staff tickets, call 888-TIXX.

Canisius currently leads the Battle of the Bridge results for 2017-18 at 17-3, with four games on the slate this week.

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

COLI Faculty Meetup

Share reflections on teaching online

The next Online and Hybrid Faculty Meetup presented by the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) takes place on Friday, March 2 from 1:30 ‒ 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Center Classroom.  COLI supplies refreshments!

For more than a decade, Canisius College faculty have taught high quality online and hybrid courses.  In the process, professors have pioneered methods in this relatively new medium for teaching and learning.

COLI invites online and hybrid instructors to a meetup to share experiences in, reflections on, and ambitions for teaching online. Rather than a formal presentation, faculty should come as colleagues to share insights and concerns.  In your online courses, what worked for you?  What didn’t?  How do you measure your success?  What would you like to do teaching online that you’re not doing now, either because you’re still planning or building the course, or because you face an obstacle?

We also invite any faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid classes but who have not yet done so.  Please bring your questions for our seasoned veteran online faculty, and gain valuable insights.

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

Online Faculty Development Course

Learn how to teach online and hybrid courses

This semester, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) is running an Online Faculty Development Course to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.  Discover new methods, tools and techniques for building course content and teaching online.  This six-week course will run from Monday, March 12 until Saturday, April 28 (with a most-welcome spring break in the middle!)  The course is entirely on the web, so you learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

This course is available to all Canisius College faculty.  Whether you plan to teach an online course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity.  Please enroll by contacting coli@canisius.edu.

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

 

Capstone in Kinesiology Class Visits Museum of DisABILITY History

Students in the capstone in kinesiology (KIN 494) course receive a tour of the Museum of DisABILITY History from curator Doug Platt.

Students in the capstone in kinesiology (KIN 494) course visited the Museum of disABILITY History on Tuesday, February 13. Students took a tour of the facility, which included a comprehensive historical analysis of the disabled as a minority group from both a domestic and global context. The presentation closed with a discussion about the role that sport has historically played in the advancement of disability civil rights.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor and director of physical and health education/teacher education

Town Hall Recap

If you were unable to attend President John Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on February 14, you can read the recap below.

President Hurley opened the Town Hall with wishes for the campus community to enjoy a Lenten season filled with happiness and spiritual reflection.

He provided an update about Peg McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, who underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.  Dr. McCarthy will return to work in 4 – 6 weeks.

President Hurley offered an update on new programs, including the master’s program in data analytics.  He indicated that there is significant interest in a part-time program for working adults. The college will now offer both a full-time and part-time program.  The president thanked H. David Sheets, PhD, who will serve as director, for his work establishing the program.  He also noted that the college is in the process of hiring a director to lead and develop a physician assistant master’s program. There is significant market growth and interest in this field, and this program represents an important step for the college in entering the allied heath professions.

Capital improvements on campus include renovations to the lower level of the library, providing comfortable, quiet study space for students.  New drapes in the Grupp Fireside Lounge help control the room’s lighting, and a new soft-serve ice cream machine has been installed in the cafeteria.

Regarding enrollment, President Hurley noted that applications are down due in part to a change in search vendors, which has led to fewer but more serious applicants.  The college also continues to experience the impact of the Excelsior Program. On the upside, he noted that students are visiting the campus at a higher rate and applications are strong in Erie County due to the promotion of the Excellence Within Reach Program.

President Hurley noted two important upcoming events: Accepted Students Day for Honors Students on March 4 and Accepted Students Day on March 18.

President Hurley said the results of the employee engagement survey have been tabulated, and the same process will begin for faculty. He emphasized that he and the vice presidents understand the frustration that some have expressed and the college is doing its best to address the concerns. The faculty survey is underway and the president said he will work constructively with the faculty and Faculty Senate on issues of engagement.

President Hurley closed by acknowledging the wonderful work and dedication faculty and staff bring to their positions every day to make the student experience positive and rewarding.

Submitted by: College Communications

Lorch Award Winners Announced

The Women and Gender Studies program invites you to celebrate and honor the 2018 Dr I. Joan Lorch Award winners. A Lorch Awards Happy Hour will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Watch The Dome for more details.

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women and Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender, and sexuality.

The 2018 winners are:

 Canisius College Student award: Grace Lindsey

Grace Lindsey is described as one of the most committed social justice activists that Canisius has seen in many years on multiple issues. From LGBTQ justice, to feminism, to animal rights, to hosting enlight night on racial justice, to attending rallies and protests for the facilities workers’ rights ‒ Grace demonstrates her commitment to justice for and with others.

Canisius College Colleague award: Sarah Evans, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Dr. Evans is a strong and outspoken feminist who uses social media thoughtfully to respond to national and cultural events. The topics she takes up and sparks spirited dialogue on include the gendered nature of the presidential campaign and media coverage, the #MeToo movement, and issues surrounding science and the place of women within it. Dr. Evans has also made an enormous contribution in the area of animal welfare in the region. She works at the Buffalo Animal Shelter as a volunteer and fosters cats. Dr. Evans has also, for the last few years, served as a board member for the Canisius Women & Gender Studies Program.

Canisius College Colleague award: Marvin Henchberger

Marvin Henchberger was the executive director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services for the eight counties of Western New York. She worked through Trinity Church where she counseled  LGBTQ youth. Marvin also helps to serve many of the gay-straight alliances (GSAs) at local high schools and holds conferences of all of the GSAs in the eight-county area. She specializes in psychosexual health and ran the first transgender conference on the Canisius College campus and participates in the All Our Children Campus Ministry retreats supporting our LGBTQ students.

Submitted by: Tanya Loughead, PhD, professor, Philosophy

Headline: Yoga with Koga

Yoga with Koga

The Buffalo Zoo is collaborating with the Canisius College Ape Research Team and Yoga Parkside to host Yoga with Koga, a fundraising event for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) on Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For $20, you receive admission to the zoo, up to two hours of yoga classes, healthy snacks and a basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the Limbe Sanctuary, our partner PASA Sanctuary in Cameroon. There may also be some gorilla paintings for sale!

Tickets are on sale now here. Please join the zoo, Canisius College Team Ape, and of course the gorillas for this wonderful event.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, associate professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology, Conservation and Biology

Compliance Hotline Announced

Faculty and staff members, contractors, volunteers, and others have an ethical responsibility to report any violations or possible violations of the college’s Standards of Ethical Conduct Policy or federal, state and local laws. To address this responsibility, the college provides a dedicated Hotline to report compliance issues, suspected violations or questionable conduct. Read the college’s Standards of Ethical Conduct policy here.

  • The Hotline number is (716) 888-5999 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number and available hours will be displayed on bulletin boards and in the Portal.
  • The associate vice president for human resources and compliance responds to Hotline calls when the callers identify themselves. When the associate vice president for human resources is not available, the assistant director of human resources will respond.
  • Calls may be placed anonymously.
  • Information provided to the Hotline is treated as privately as possible.
  • Callers are informed that if the incident requires government authority involvement, the caller may have to reveal his/her identity.
  • Intentional false accusations are prohibited. Offenders may be subject to termination.
  • When submitting a concern, please be as specific as possible. Provide specific dates and times if known, names of violators (if applicable).

The associate vice president for human resources and compliance summarizes reports on Hotline activities and provides periodic updates to the compliance committee. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

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

EVENTS

Women’s Basketball

Team hosts final games of regular season

Your Canisius women’s basketball team closes out the home portion of its schedule this weekend with games against Monmouth and Rider. The Griffs battle the Hawks of Monmouth at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, February 16 before ghosting the Rider Broncs in a Sunday matinee on February 18 that tips-off at 2 p.m. Prior to that game, Canisius salutes its four graduating seniors: Margret Halfdanardottir, Sarah Cooley, Saliah Serrette and Abby Schwenk.

The Griffs enter the weekend with a league record of 6-8, which places them in a three-way tie for 7th with Niagara and Monmouth. Rider is 8-6 in conference play. Canisius finishes the season the following week with road games at Niagara and Siena.

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

KAC February Break Hours of Operation

Please note adjusted schedule

With the upcoming February break, the Koessler Athletic Center will adjust its hours of operation. Please note the hours are as follows:  Friday, February 16 from

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19 – Closed, Tuesday, February 20 from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. and Wednesday, February 21 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tim Seil, assistant director, athletic facilities, Koessler Athletic Center

Campus Candid

                                              Pictured above is the Canisius contingent who lobbied legislators to increase funding for financial aid for students from private colleges and universities.

A delegation of Canisius students traveled to Albany on Tuesday, February 13 for New York State Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

They joined more than 1,100 students from 70 colleges to advocate for student aid for private institutions through the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). Students from both the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) and the Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) Program represented Canisius.

The Canisius contingent asked legislators to continue their support of all New York State college students by increasing funding for TAP and other financial aid programs. The group also met with their local legislators to advocate for aid for our Canisius students.

Submitted by: Neil Savoy ᾿15, MS ᾿18, student engagement coordinator, Student Life

Canisius in the News

Spectrum News talked to members of the Canisius delegation before they headed off to Albany to participate in yesterday’s New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Town Hall Meeting

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Hurley today, Wednesday, February 14 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

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

 

Ash Wednesday Masses

Ash Wednesday is today, February 14 and marks the beginning of the Lenten Season for all Christians.  Masses are at 12:05 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Distribution of ashes will occur during both Masses.  Distribution of ashes outside of Mass times will occur from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

For a primer on the season of Lent, check out a video here by BustedHalo.com.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

Canisius Connect Faculty/Staff Launch

Canisius Connect launches today to the Canisius faculty/staff community and the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Griff Center are asking you to get involved!

This new program is in direct response to the consistent question asked by our alumni, “How can I get help?” Our students want to know, “How can alumni help me in my career?” 

An email invitation will be sent today to all faculty/staff. The email comes from CampusTap and contains a link to click through to get to the website. From there, you can create a password and login and enter your professional information. You will then be prompted to take a brief personality quiz to help students and other alumni users determine personality fit when reaching out for advice.

Please note that Google Chrome is the recommended browser to support Canisius Connect.

This platform will only be as good as the amount of active users we secure. We need your help with this endeavor. We ask that you take the time to create your profile as faculty/staff are most often important influencers in a Griff’s professional journey.

If you have questions about the program or do not receive the email invitation, please let us know (alumni@canisius.edu). We will make sure to resend your email invitation.

For more information, please check out our website here. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Submitted by: Ali Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, Alumni Engagement

 

Former Chemistry Instructor to be Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

It’s not a stretch to say that LYCRA is one of the greatest clothing innovations of the 20th century.  Chances are your closet houses at least a few pieces of the flexible synthetic fiber, generically known as spandex.

But did you know the man behind the clothing innovation was Joseph C. Shivers, PhD?  The late Canisius chemistry instructor developed LYCRA while working at the DuPont plant during the day and teaching at night.

Now, the National Inventors Hall of Fame plans to recognize Shivers’ invention by inducting him, posthumously, on May 3 during a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

A native of Moorestown, NJ, Shivers received a BS, an MA and a PhD in organic chemistry from Duke University.  He worked for DuPont from 1946 up until his retirement in 1980 and taught at Canisius from approximately 1948 – 1950.

Click here to learn more about Shivers and how he came to develop LYCRA.

 

 

 

College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the next College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium to celebrate the work of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts. The colloquium takes place on Thursday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Do you hear strange sounds emanating from the laboratories of Science Hall?

It’s Electroskip™, a wearable device that generates music from human movement. Electroskip™ was created through interdisciplinary research between three departments: digital media arts, computer science and physics. It evolved into a patent-pending product used by dancers and DJs in live performances, as well as a technology used by physical therapists in health applications.

In this talk, co-inventor and co-founder of Electroskip™ Jamie O’Neil discusses how art and entrepreneurship converged in the inventing of Electroskip™, as well as the challenges and possibilities for innovation here at Canisius College. Finally, through a broader re-definition of “technical platforms,” the story of Electroskip™ is a prime example for the sharing and distribution of many technical, app-driven or creative research projects in the digital age.

Refreshments will be served! Please join us for this event!

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, Arts and Sciences

Reminder: Ideas to Action Box is Open

As a reminder, the Human Resources Department introduced a new initiative that provides all employees with an additional opportunity to express their opinions: the Ideas to Action Box. The goal of this program is encourages employees to contribute feedback and process improvement recommendations in a confidential manner. Employees also have the option to identify themselves.

The following options are available:

  • One physical box next to the Human Resources notice board in Old Main 100
  • One virtual box available here.

All ideas submitted through the Ideas to Action Box are reviewed by the senior leadership team. Any employee who submits a process improvement idea that is implemented will be recognized in The Dome and receive a prize.

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

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

Last Call for Berlin!

This is the last boarding call for our EF (Education First) College Study Tour trip to Berlin in May 2018! The deadline to sign up is Saturday, February 17. Late sign-ups will be accepted but pay a late fee.

Please join us for five days exploring the city’s history, art, music, zoo and everything else it has to offer.

Check out the enrollment page here.

It contains the itinerary, details and extra excursion options. You can hit the “enroll now” button or call EF College Study Tours at 877-485-4184 with our tour number, 1956218HV, to enroll, learn about payment options and ask questions.

As always, adventure is out there!

Feel free to contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor, art history, at widenory@canisius.edu with your questions.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor, Art History Program

EVENTS

MAAC Swim Championship Comes to Buffalo

Catch the action at the Flickinger Center

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships return to Buffalo this week for the eighth consecutive year. All of the action takes place at the Flickinger Center in downtown Buffalo with preliminary events starting on Thursday, February 15 and continuing Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. Finals begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance here.

Individuals to watch for the Griffs this weekend include swimmers Becca Anthone ᾿18 and Kelsey Childress ᾿21 on the women’s side and Luke Kennedy ᾿21 and Kyle Griffin ᾿20 for the men. On the boards, Travis Wright ᾿18 is the two-time defending champion on both the one and three meters while Vivian Mroz ᾿19 is a strong contender for the women.

For up to date results, check either the MAAC web site or GoGriffs.com.

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

COLI Faculty Meetup

Discuss reading, writing and plagiarism

This spring, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting two faculty meetups focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity. Meetups will be held on Friday, February 16 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library classroom.

Now more than ever college, faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But in our students’ worlds, courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most heartbreaking and frustrating experiences come when we discover that our students committed academic dishonesty; rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

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All faculty are welcome. COLI supplies the refreshments

Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, COLI

Canisius in the News

Chuck Pelitera ᾿80, MS ᾿90, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and coordinator of health and wellness, breaks down the method behind some Olympic athletes’ training exercises in Aaptiv.com, a fitness blog.

Read the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

EVENTS

Hoops Concludes Home Stand on Monday

Free Anderson’s ice cream after the game

Your Golden Griffins complete their three-game home stand tonight, Monday, February 12 with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest versus visiting Fairfield. The Griffs remain in a battle for first place in the conference.

Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the KAC. Discount tickets are available for all Canisius employees. Call 716-888-TIXX for more info. Free Anderson’s ice cream will be available for fans immediately after the game.

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

 

 

 

 

Support Team Poland

Eat at Chipotle Tonight

Skip the dishes tonight, Monday, February 12, and join Team Poland’s international service-immersion experience to Poland.  Eat at Chipotle at 1758 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda between 4 – 8 p.m. and 50 percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Campus Ministry’s nine-person team, which will spend three weeks working at a summer camp in rural Poland this July. Just tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause!

Questions can be directed to Sarah Signorino at Ext. 2424 or signoris@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

Campus Candid

The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program hosted Jason Acosta, a teacher recruitment manager from the New York City Department of Education, on Tuesday, February 6.  Teacher candidates listened to an exciting hiring plan for New York City’s 1,800 urban schools.  The initiative by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promises 500 licensed physical educators by 2019 and acknowledges the value of quality physical and health education in the well-rounded growth of each child.  Faculty and students from PHETE pedagogical courses taught by Courtney Kelly MS ’01, adjunct professor of kinesiology; Greg Reeds, EdD, associate professor of kinesiology; Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology and Clancy Seymour ’97, MS ’99, EdD, assistant professor and director of physical and health education/teacher education, attended. The session concluded with a question and answer session.  The event was well received and included promising opportunities ahead for graduates in the physical and health education teaching profession.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, ’97, MS ’99, EdD, assistant professor, director of physical and health education/teacher education

 

Canisius in the News

In an article in Business First, Steve Gattuso, assistant professor of economics and finance and executive director of the Golden Griffin Fund, explains what led up to and caused the tumultuous occurrences on Wall Street earlier this week. Click the link below to read the article.

WallStreet

Shauna Green ᾿02 joined the University of Dayton basketball staff as its head coach for the 2016-17 season and hit the ground running. She led last year’s team to a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown and the A-10 Tournament title, and steered the Flyers into the NCAA Tournament. The team finished 22-10.

This season, the University of Dayton tops the league standings at 10-0.

Read more about Green here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Tom Prince is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for January 2018! Tom was nominated by the employees of the Griff Center.

At Canisius for 19 years, Tom currently works as a computer support specialist in the ITS Department. Tom was selected for his gentle and patient nature when he works with faculty and staff, his consistently positive attitude and for embodying the Jesuit ideal of being a man for others.

Please join us in congratulating Tom on this achievement! To nominate a coworker for future months, click here.

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

Reminder: Positions Available on Campus

As a reminder, open positions at the college are posted on the Human Resources website and all employees are welcome to apply. The updated list of open positions is available here.

If you have any questions about internal positions, please contact Jennifer Skowron, assistant director of human resources, at  Ext. 2247 or at skowronj@canisius.edu.

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

Services for Vincent Cammarano Today

Vincent Cammarano, father of Lou Cammarano, of the Facilities Department, recently passed away.

The family will be present today, Friday, February 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. at the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore (near Sheridan Drive), where funeral services follow at 7 p.m. Friends invited. If desired, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Luke’s Mission. Share condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

Roland S. Martin to Speak at Canisius

The Afro-American Society Anniversary Committee is proud to host journalist, TV host, and author Roland S. Martin.  Martin’s talk, “Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America,” will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at 8 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

This event is sponsored by the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership and is a part of a year-long celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canisius College Afro-American Society.

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact the office of Event Services at (716) 888-2180.

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

Coming Soon: Coffee and Donuts

Canisius Fund staff members, volunteers and students will visit campus offices in the coming weeks with coffee and donuts to personally thank faculty and staff donors for their commitment.

In addition, the Faculty and Staff Donor Recognition Wall, located between Tim Hortons and the library entrance, proudly displays the names of the college’s generous faculty and staff supporters for 2017-18!

These initiatives continue to be part of our annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign.

If you have not yet made your Canisius Fund gift, you can do so by clicking here!

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Canisius College! Together, we provide life-changing experiences and a transformative education for our students.

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, Annual Leadership Giving Coordinator, Canisius Fund

EVENTS

First Place Hockey Hosts Army West Point

Head to HARBORCENTER for a pair of weekend games

With only six regular season games remaining in the season, Canisius hosts a huge weekend series with Army West Point tonight, Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at HARBORCENTER. Both games face-off at 7:35 p.m. with hockey’s newest Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Puntiri dropping the opening puck on Saturday.

Your Griffs remain in a first place tie with Holy Cross after a two-game split with the Crusaders last weekend. Canisius does have a pair of games in hand over Holy Cross. Nipping at their heels is Robert Morris with 26 points and Mercyhurst with 24. Army is in sixth place with 22 points.

Canisius hockey tickets are at $10 and $15 and may be purchased the night of the game, or in advance at the KAC box office. Faculty and staff receive a discounted price on all tickets.

Please note, the Key Bank Center is hosting events on Friday night and Saturday night, so fans are encouraged to take the Metro if they want to avoid the parking fees in the ramp.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com or call 716-888-TIXX.

Submitted by John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

Support Team Poland

Eat at Chipotle Feb. 12

Skip the dishes on Monday, February 12 and join Team Poland’s international service-immersion experience to Poland.  Eat at Chipotle at 1758 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda between 4 – 8 p.m. and 50 percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Campus Ministry’s nine-person team, which will spend three weeks working at a summer camp in rural Poland this July. Just tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause!

Questions can be directed to Sarah Signorino at Ext. 2424 or signoris@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

 

 

 

Responding to Acts of Violence

Training begins next week

This month, the Public Safety and Human Resources departments offer training sessions that present attendees with strategies that can assist them when responding to acts of violence in the workplace. Wil Johnson, director of public safety, will provide information on things to consider when dealing with various situations that may arise on a college campus or other locations to ensure safety.

This month, the Public Safety and Human Resources departments will offer training sessions that present attendees with strategies that can assist them when responding to acts of violence in the workplace. Wil Johnson, director of public safety, will provide information on things to consider when dealing with various situations that may arise on a college campus, or other locations, to ensure safety.  The dates and times for the training sessions have changed.  The new dates are as follows:

  • Monday, February 12 from 3:30 ‒ 4:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 13 from 10 ‒ 11 a.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 20 from 2 ‒ 3 p.m. in Regis Room South

Please save the date for one of the sessions. If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Please save the date for one of the sessions. If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

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

Faculty Meetup: Teaching Online

Learn tips from other faculty

For more than a decade, Canisius faculty have taught high quality online and hybrid courses.  In the process, our professors have pioneered methods in this relatively new medium for teaching and learning.

In March, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation invites online and hybrid instructors to a Meetup where we can share experiences in, reflections on, and ambitions for teaching online.

Our Online and Hybrid Faculty Meetup takes place on Friday, March 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Center Classroom.  COLI supplies refreshments!

Rather than a formal presentation, faculty should come to share insights and concerns.  In your online courses, what works for you?  What doesn’t?  How do you measure your success?  What would you like to do teaching online that you’re not doing now, either because you’re still planning or building the course, or because you face an obstacle of some sort?

We also invite faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid classes but who have not yet done so.  Please bring your questions for our seasoned veteran online faculty and gain valuable insights from those who have built excellent online courses.

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

 

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, is among 19 members of AJCU’s Conference of Education Deans who signed a statement in support of DACA students.  The letter, published in the National Catholic Reporter, reads, in part, that “Deporting these young people just as they are poised to make strong contributions to this country – after investing so many resources to educate them in our public schools – is poor public policy and not in the public interest.”

Click here to read the statement in its entirety.

Meridian Magazine, a publication of the Latter-Day Saints, refers to research conducted by James P. Donnelly, PhD, on end-of-life dreams and visions had by people in the final weeks of their lives.

Donnelly is a professor of counseling and human services at Canisius.  His research revealed that most patients, receiving end-of-life hospice care, reported at least one vision per day that involved previously deceased friends and relatives, and that the impact of these pre-death experiences was profoundly meaningful for patients.

To learn more, read the Meridian Magazine article, entitled “Are the Dying Visited by the Dead.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Time is Running Out

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee is accepting nominations through this Friday, February 9 for the 2018 MLK Awards.  This honor recognizes Canisius community members who promote social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, advocacy for the poor or change through non-violence.

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and current students of Canisius College. Please make a nomination here. MLK Awards will be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by Gary Everett, chief, Canisius College Public Safety (retired) and chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee

Pop-Up Drop-In

Beginning today, Wednesday, February 7 and continuing through the end of the spring semester, the Counseling Center will offer “Pop-Up Drop-Ins” for students who seek mental health services.

The outreach effort provides brief, informal and convenient opportunities for students to meet with counselors and helps to reduce barriers for those who seek help.

The “Pop-Up Drop-Ins” will take place in Old Main 209, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

See below for more information.

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Go Move Challenge Off to Great Start

The Go Move Challenge is off to a great start at Canisius.

As the number of challenge participants steadily increases, the college team is up to 4,300 minutes of activity logged for the month of February.

The Student Health Department is leading the charge in accomplishing its fitness goals.  According to Patricia Creahan, director of student health, the department has 100 percent participation and a ‘go get ‘em’ attitude with team members encouraging one another, daily, to get up and move.

If you are interested in participating in the challenge, it’s not too late.  Click here to register.

There is also an FAQ page on the Go Move website that provides additional information on the details of the challenge.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

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

 

Just Another Theory

Congratulations to Matthew Dela Cruz, the winner of the first Canisius Big Physics Question.  Matthew is an 11th grader at Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx, NY.

You can read his essay by clicking here.

The Canisius Big Physics Question is an annual contest for high school students to answer “a really big question” in physics.  The contest is sponsored by the Physics Department.

Submitted by: Michael H. Wood, PhD, chair, Physics Department

Help Save Projector Lamps!

Did you know that the lamps in classroom video projectors have a finite life span? Did you know that they cost between $99 and $400 (depending on the projector model) to replace?  And did you know that when “standby” or “A/V Mute” is selected, the projector lamp is still being used?

In order for the college to maximize the value of these video projector lamps across campus, the Media Center is asking members of the community who use these tools, to shut down the projectors at the end of each class.

If you need information on how to shut down a projector in a particular room or how to use the document camera, play a DVD or hook up your laptop to the projector, simply:

  • Log on to the canisius.edu portal
  • Click on “Campus Services” in the launchpad to open its drop-down menu
  • Click on “What is in My Classroom?”
  • (You can use the “Select Classroom” option to find valuable information on how to operate the technology in each classroom on campus.)

If you need a demonstration of a particular feature in a classroom, contact the Media Center at Ext. 2590 and a link will be posted on the portal page to a video showing how to use the feature of the particular room in which you’re interested.

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

Coming Soon

Beginning in May 2018, D2L will unveil a new and improved look.  The Center for Online Learning & Innovation, which administers the campus learning management system, is offering users a sneak peak.  See below.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, interim director, COLI 

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

EVENTS

#ThatsNotLove

Canisius’ Sexual Violence Prevention Team and USA co-host film viewing

The campus community is invited to attend the viewing of “Escalation” tonight, Wednesday, February 7 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.

The 40-minute film chronicles a college relationship from its sweet beginnings through its escalation to abuse.  Following the film, members of the Counseling Center will help facilitate a brief discussion on relationship abuse among college students.

Sponsored by the college’s Sexual Violence Prevention Team and the Undergraduate Student Association, the event coincides with the national #ThatsNotLove campaign, an initiative aimed at ending relationship violence by raising awareness of what abuse looks like.

Submitted by: Michael Cammarata, associate director, Counseling Center

 

 

Men’s Basketball Hosts Packed Schedule at KAC

Three games over five days.  Plus, Saturday is Hall of Fame Day

Free tickets for Canisius employees, Hall of Fame Day and free Oreos and ice cream highlight a packed schedule of college basketball this weekend at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The Griffs open the busy slate on Thursday night, February 8 when the energetic Jimmy Patsos brings his Siena Saints into town for a 7:00 p.m. tip. Siena is one of two conference teams to defeat Canisius this season.

Thursday is also Faculty-Staff Night.  All Canisius employees receive free tickets to the game for themselves and immediate family members. Just stop by the Human Resources Office to pick up your complimentary tickets. As an added bonus, it’s Oreo night!  That means a free mini pack of Oreos goes out to the first 600 fans (sorry, milk not included)!

Saturday is Hall of Fame Day with former Griffs Mary Boller ’07, volleyball; Scott Maybee ’94, diving; Ryan Puntiri ’01, soccer, hockey and football; and Kevin Ross ’07, lacrosse all being enshrined along with former Director of Public Safety Gary Everett.  Everett is this year’s recipient of the Father Dugan Award. Game time is 2:00 p.m. on Saturday versus Quinnipiac.  The Hall of Fame ceremonies take place during halftime of the game.

Monday, Canisius welcomes Fairfield to the KAC for a 7:00 p.m. tip. It’s Athletes for Athletes Night.  All fans receive a free cup of Anderson’s ice cream after the game.

For tickets, call 888-TIXX and for more info on the Griffs, visit www.GoGriffs.com

MAAC Standings (through 2/4)

Team            Conf   Overall

Rider               10-2    17-7

Canisius       9-2     15-9

Iona                  9-3     15-9

Niagara           8-4     15-10

Manhattan     6-6     11-13

Quinnipiac     6-6     9-15

Fairfield          4-7     9-13

Monmouth    3-9     7-16

Siena              3-8    7-17

St. Peter’s      3-9     9-14

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate director, Athletics

Campus Candid

(L-R) Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund and Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund.

The Canisius Fund is excited to unveil the 2017-18 Faculty and Staff Donor Recognition Wall located outside the library near Tim Hortons. To the 234 faculty and staff donors who already gave, thank you! The 2017-18 Faculty & Staff Campaign will officially kick-off the week of February 12 with the Canisius Fund’s annual coffee tour.

Together, WE CHANGE LIVES!

 

This year’s wall features Olivia Miller ’21, who is among the many Canisius students grateful for the support of our donors.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

 

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

Director of Undergraduate Admissions Justin Rogers is interviewed by Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle about “Excellence Within Reach,” Canisius’ proactive initiative aimed at competing with New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship program.

Click here to read more.

Sharpshooting guard Kassius Robertson ᾿17 injected new life into the University of Missouri basketball program. The 6-foot-3 former Griff joined the team last spring as a graduate transfer, added much needed scoring to the squad and helped turn them into a conference leader.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recaps his stellar career – so far, in this latest article.

Canisius Receives Gift from the late Jerry ’55, HON ’94 and Barbara Castiglia

Canisius College received a $500,000 gift from the estate of Joseph “Jerry” Castiglia ’55, HON ’94, a loyal and longtime friend of the college who passed away in September 2017, and his wife Barbara.

The gift will fund two restricted endowment accounts Castiglia established in 1997 during the Imagine Canisius Capital Campaign. One completes his generous commitment to fund an endowment for the Accounting Department and the other completes funding of an endowed scholarship program for fifth-year accounting majors.

Among the most generous benefactors of the college, the Castiglias endowed the Joseph J. Castiglia ᾿55 Family Scholarship Fund in 1991, which provides annual need-based scholarships for accounting students. Jerry Castiglia served as national chair of the successful Imagine Canisius capital campaign, which exceeded its $30 million dollar goal by $9 million dollars when completed in June 2000.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Canisius, including service as president of the Alumni Association and four terms as a Trustees, the Board of Trustees elected Castiglia a trustee emeritus – or lifetime trustee.  A very grateful alma mater also recognized its loyal son with a LaSalle Medal, induction into the DiGamma Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award, an honorary degree and the Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Award.

Submitted by: College Communications

Go Move Challenge

The Go Move Challenge is underway and runs throughout February. Faculty and staff at participating institutions record their minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, as well as the university which averages the highest number of minutes per participant. You can still sign up. To participate in the challenge, register here.

Our Go Move representative sent free Go Move pop sockets for everyone at Canisius who participates in the Go Move Challenge. A pop socket is a collapsible stand, placed on the back of your phone, which allows you to hold the phone more easily.

All who sign up for the Go Move Challenge can stop by the Human Resources Office in Old Main 100 to pick up your free pop socket. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or braun5@canisius.edu. Good luck with the challenge!

Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Attention iAdvise Users

On Monday, February 12, iAdvise updates to its newest version, including a completely reworked user interface (UI) to better serve the campus community. The presentation of data in iAdvise is improved for easier navigation and is now completely responsive/scalable. This means that every aspect of iAdvise works on all devices, including phones, tablets and PCs. Although it may look different, all of the information in the previous version is still available in this version. No information has been removed.

We know that students soon meet with advisors for progress reports and for advisement prior to registration, so we are providing information/training sessions for anyone who is interested.

Sessions are held in Science Hall, lower level, in the ITS conference room, on Wednesday, February 7 from 1 – 2 p.m. and Thursday, February 8 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, check out the iAdvise preview below.

iAdvise Spring 2018 Update

If you have questions about use of iAdvise for grade changes, advisor assignments, academic or student data, please contact Student Records and Financial Services at Ext. 2990 for assistance. If you have questions regarding advisement, progress reports, student of concern/status reports, contact the Griff Center at Ext. 2170. If you are encountering errors accessing/using iAdvise or need technical assistance, please contact the Help Desk at Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing

 

EVENTS

Women’s Basketball Looks to Win Second Straight

Griffs tip off against St. Peter’s

Your Canisius women’s basketball team seeks its second consecutive victory tonight, Monday, February 5, when the women host St. Peter’s at the Koessler Center. The Griffs are looking to build momentum for the homestretch of the season after knocking off Niagara in overtime this past Thursday night in front of more than 1,000 fans. Game time is 7:05 p.m. All tickets are $5.00

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com or call the ticket office at 888-TIXX.

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

 

Attention Administrative Associates

Schedule and host web meetings and conferences

This is a special development opportunity for Canisius College’s administrative associates:  Learn to web conference!  Meeting via the internet is now popular across campus, as more and more faculty and staff adopt web conferencing to save time and expense, and bring guests from around the world into classes.  In general, knowing how to schedule and manage web meetings is a valuable business skillset.

In this workshop, you’ll become familiar with Zoom, our web meeting and conference provider here at Canisius.  Learn how to schedule meetings, invite participants, and make subsequent changes to meeting plans when needed, even on short notice.  Plus, you’ll discover the various things you and your meeting participants can do, such as turn on and off webcams, present a slideshow, and ensure meetings run smoothly and professionally.

Web conferencing is useful across a wide variety of jobs, from day-to-day communications, to special projects, impromptu meetings to big events.  While the technology will likely evolve, most software for running web meetings is quite similar or will be in the future, so learning it now means learning new features or other applications will be easier.

Because they are highly interactive, space in these workshops is limited. RSVP by emailing Mark Gallimore.

Two web conferencing workshops are available in Old Main Room 404 in March:

  • Monday, March 5 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Campus Candid

On Saturday, January 27, Barbara Burns, PhD, professor of teacher instruction/differentiated education, hosted the third annual Mathematics Professional Development Conference for teachers of grades pre-K through 12 held in Science Hall. The theme of this year’s conference, “Doing the Math,” was addressed by keynote speaker Joy Guarino, assistant professor of dance at Buffalo State College. Her talk was entitled “Learning Math with the Mind and Body” and Guarino discussed how math and dance/movement are tied together. The theme was carried throughout the day at 22 breakout sessions. One hundred thirty teachers and teacher education students attended the event.

Submitted by: Barbara Burns, PhD, professor of teacher instruction/differentiated education

Canisius in the News

Canisius in the News

Zachary Bohn᾿19 noticed the chicken crunch roll was a particularly popular snack at his father’s Hertel Avenue restaurant. So the economics/finance, management and communication studies triple major turned it into a successful business idea.

Zach and his father incorporated “The Original Crunch Roll Factory” which now produces products for more than 600 restaurants and other food service companies.

Read more about Zach’s booming business in Business First.

CrunchRollFactory

Submitted by: College Communications

2018-2019 CEEP Application Process Now Open

Faculty and staff who employ students from the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) are asked to remind their students to fill out applications for 2018-19 employment. Renewal is not automatic. Any office on campus can employ a CEEP student with an appropriate project. The online application is open for students from February 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018.

A 3.33 or higher GPA is required and undergraduate students in all majors may apply to work in academic departments and administrative offices. College policy prevents students from receiving both CEEP and federal work-study during the academic year. Students may receive CEEP in the summer and work-study during the fall and spring or vice versa but not both in the same time period.

More information and current online applications are available on the myCanisius portal here. Click on the CEEP link located in the center “Need to Know” section on the portal.

The rate for CEEP is $11.25 per hour minus taxes, for a maximum of 150 hours.

If you have questions, contact Sara R. Morris, PhD, acting vice president for academic affairs, or Kathy Peter, executive associate for academic affairs at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Kathy L. Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Free Tickets for Faculty and Staff

Free tickets for the men’s basketball game versus Siena scheduled for Thursday, February 8 in the Koessler Athletic Center are now available in the Human Resources Office. Canisius employees may pick up complimentary tickets for themselves and immediate family members. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and free packages of Oreos will be available to the first 600 fans as they enter the facility. In addition, athletics will give away two $25 gift certificates to Riverworks.

For additional information on the game visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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

 

EVENTS

Super Bowl Sunday Mass

Held at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Please note that Mass will be held at 5 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, instead of 7 p.m. The regular 7 p.m. time resumes next Sunday, February 11.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director of Campus Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Luncheon

Jill Spisiak Jedlikca to speak

The All-College Honors Program hosts a free luncheon with Jill Spisiak Jedlicka, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, on Wednesday, February 7 at 12 p.m. in Student Center Room 205. She was featured in The Buffalo News for her work in restoring the Buffalo River, New York State’s fifth most unhealthy and stressed waterway. Anyone interested may contact Joan Wadsworth to RSVP at Ext. 2215 or wadsworj@canisius.edu.

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

 

 

Canisius to Offer Seminar on Heroin Addiction and Recovery

Sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services

The Canisius Golden Griffin Counseling Seminar presents “Four Components of Heroin Addiction and Recovery” on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to

1 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Light breakfast is included.

The seminar is presented by Davina Moss-King, PhD.  Moss-King is the president and owner of Positive Direction and Associates Inc. She has more than has 25 years of experience counseling individuals with substance abuse or use disorders.

This Golden Griffin Counseling Seminar is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College. The cost is $35 for professionals and $20 for students.  Click here to register. For more information, call (716) 888-3298 or email Holly D’Angelis, PhD, chair and associate professor of clinical mental health counseling, at tanigosh@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Dance Griffs to Host Clinic Feb. 25

Children of faculty and staff are invited to attend

The Canisius Dance Griffs will hold an instructional winter clinic on Sunday, February 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center in conjunction with the Canisius men’s basketball home game.

All participants in the clinic will learn a routine from the Dance Griffs and then perform at halftime. The clinic is open to children ages 5-14. The dance clinic features instruction by former Toronto Raptors dancer Morgan and several Bandettes, who dance for the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits.

The cost is $30 for the clinic, which includes a T-shirt, lunch and a ticket for the Canisius men’s basketball game. The February 25 date features a home game against Marist. It is also Senior Day. Game time for the contest is set for 2 p.m.

An online registration form for the Canisius Dance Clinic can be found here.

To sign up or for more details, contact Joe LaVare via email at lavarej@canisius.edu or call (716) 888-8286.

Submitted by: Joe LaVare, ticket sales manager, Athletics

 

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

The home of Kathleen Contrino and her husband, Ronald Winkelman, was featured as The Buffalo News “Home of the Week” on Tuesday, January 29. Kathleen is an assistant professor in the Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies Department. She and her family are committed to environmental sustainability. They built their home in 2013-2014 to demonstrate energy efficient building design, renewable energy sources and sustainable land management.

Read the story here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Environmental Studies

 

Canisius Connect

In anticipation of today’s (Wednesday, January 31) launch of Canisius Connect, the Office of Alumni Engagement would like faculty and staff to know more about the program in case alumni have questions.

Canisius Connect is an online platform that allows alumni to help mentor and network with current students, as well as other alumni – virtually and on their own time. We are launching this program in direct response to the consistent question we receive from our alumni: “How can I help?” Now, alumni have the flexibility to help their fellow Griffs when it’s convenient for them.

An email invitation will be sent today to all alumni with an email address on file. The email will come from CampusTap and contain a link to click through to get to the website. From there, alumni can create a password and login and enter their professional information. They will be prompted to take a brief personality quiz to help students and other alumni users determine personality fit when reaching out for advice. Please note that Google Chrome is the recommended browser to support Canisius Connect.

This platform will be as good as the amount of active users we secure. We need your help with this endeavor. The faculty/staff launch takes place just two weeks later on February 14. You will receive an email invitation to Canisius Connect on that day. We ask that you follow the instructions in it and take the time to create your profile as faculty/staff are most often important influencers in a Griff’s professional journey.

If alumni have questions about the program or did not receive the email invitation, please let us know.  We will make sure that we have the correct email address on file for them and resend the information.

For more information, please check out website here.  Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Submitted by: Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, Alumni Engagement

Are you Retiring?

The college’s Celebration of Service is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  We would like to honor those faculty and staff members who are retiring.

If you are planning to retire from Canisius in 2018, either before or after the April ceremony, please contact Human Resources at braun5@canisius.edu or Ext. 2240.

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

Canisius Food Pantry

The Campus Ministry food pantry is now open.  Located in Old Main 209 (in the hallway leading toward Churchill Tower), the food pantry is part of an initiative to ensure that all members of the Canisius community have access to the resources they need. The pantry is unlocked during business hours for anyone who needs to come in for food. Furthermore, there is a “no questions asked” policy in effect regarding an individual’s personal need for the items.

We will continue to accept donations of nonperishable, unopened food items as well as meal cards (gift certificates to restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) for the campus ministers to hand out at their discretion. Please bring donations to Old Main 209 and leave the items on the shelf. We especially need donations of food high in protein (beans, canned tuna or chicken, nuts, etc.). Thank you in advance for your kindness and consideration! If you have any questions, contact Darby Ratliff in Campus Ministry at Ext. 2875 or at ratliffd@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry Classes

The Campus Ministry Office is gauging interest from the campus community for a confirmation prep class and a class for those who would like to become Roman Catholic. Based on the response, we will finalize class dates, times and locations that best suit the needs of our participants.

The confirmation prep program consists of four, 90-minute  sessions conducted by Deacon Gary Andelora. Bishop Richard Malone administers the Sacrament to candidates at the 7:00 p.m. Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, April 15.

In addition, if you would like to become a Roman Catholic (or would just like more information), the Campus Ministry Office conducts classes for students who wish to join our faith community here at Canisius. For more information about either program, contact Deacon Gary at Ext. 2425 or andelorg@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Deacon Gary Andelora, Office of Campus Ministry

2012 D2L Course Content to be Deleted

In accordance with the college’s policies concerning course content, Information Technology Services maintains course content in Desire2learn (D2L) for five years.  After a previous course section passes the five year mark, its course space and contents are deleted from D2L.  On February 16, all course content in Desire2Learn from the 2012 year (spring, summer and fall) will be deleted.

 

 

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation recommends that all instructors follow the guidelines on the Start/End Course Checklist to save a copy of your course and a copy of your gradebook.  This should be done at the end of each semester.  Some other important guidelines for course content are:

  1. Graded materials (papers, exams, finals) that are not returned to students must be retained on campus for one year after the date grades are due.
  2. Canisius policy requires that adjunct faculty members provide a copy of their gradebooks to the department chair or program director affiliated with the course they are teaching. If you use D2L for your grades, we keep the courses for that five-year period to meet this requirement.  If you do not use D2L, please make sure that you provide a copy (either electronic or hard copy) to the department chair or program director (or administrative associate).

We recommend Google Drive as a cloud storage option to save digital copies of old course content.

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

EVENTS

Annual Play4Kay Game is Thursday Night

Participate in free throw challenge to raise money for those battling cancer

Your Canisius women’s basketball team’s annual Play4Kay game is scheduled for Thursday, February 1 when the Griffs host Niagara at 7 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center (KAC). Kay Yow was the Hall of Fame basketball coach who became an inspiring figure when she continued to coach the North Carolina State women’s team during a long battle with breast cancer.  She died in 2009. Fans can participate in the Play4Kay National Free Throw Challenge to raise money to extend and help improve the lives of those battling cancer.

All tickets are $5.00. The first 300 Canisius fans to enter the KAC that night will receive a pink Golden Griffin t-shirt. There will also be plenty of complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and Timbits for all fans while supplies last.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com, or the Play4Kay site here.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at 716-888-TIXX.

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

 

Serious Games Meetup

Group explores virtual reality

Join us for our first Serious Games Meetup of 2018 on Friday, February 2 at 11 a.m. in the digital media arts lounge on the third floor of Lyons Hall.  We’ll look at some virtual reality simulations and try out Dr. Jonathan Lawrence’s Creation Game, which he and his students played last semester in class.

Serious Games can serve a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulation, healthcare, therapy, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics.  The Serious Games Meetup is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Group.  Here, faculty, staff and students explore learning theories and game design, and conduct workshops where participants explore digital and analog game use and creation.  And yes, they play some games, too!

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

Hockey Battles Holy Cross for First Place This Weekend

Saturday is free New Era cap night

There is a huge hockey series coming up this weekend as your Golden Griffins host Holy Cross on Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3. The Griffs and Crusaders are tied atop Atlantic Hockey with 26 points, while Mercyhurst, undefeated in their past seven games, has catapulted into third just two points out of first.

Friday’s game at HARBORCENTER faces off at 7:35 p.m., while Saturday’s matinee begins at 4:35 p.m. Friday is Scout Night, while Saturday afternoon features a complimentary open skate after the game, plus free New Era Golden Griffin hockey caps for the first 250 fans.

For tickets, call 716-888-TIXX. For more information on the games, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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

East Side Immersion Examined on “Crossroads”’

Havis and Mosko discuss the origins and latest initiatives involving the Ignatian seminar

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, February 4, when Psychology Professors Devonya Havis, PhD and Melissa Mosko, PhD, join the program to discuss the origins and latest initiatives involving Canisius’ East Side Immersion.

Hosted on the first Sunday of every month by Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, “Crossroads” is a radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities.  It airs at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

The Ignatian seminar, hosted each spring, familiarizes students with the diverse cultural, political, economic and religious environments that characterize the East Side of Buffalo. Students visit churches, schools, cultural and civic organizations, and meet with local politicians, law enforcement and community leaders who represent the city’s East Side.

The broadcast is also available on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

 

Canisius in the News

President John Hurley spoke to WIVB-TV Channel 4 regarding Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate $30 million from the Bundy Aid Program. The program provides financial aid to students at private colleges and universities.

Watch the story here.

President Hurley was also among local college presidents quoted in an editorial in Saturday’s edition of The Buffalo News regarding cuts to the Bundy program.

Read the article here.

Submitted by: College Communication

Campus Candid

A sold-out KAC was rocking during the 19th annual Kids Day. More than 2,100 local schoolchildren came to cheer on the women’s basketball team as they squared off against Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac won by a final score of 84-55.

Submitted by: College Communication

Canisius College Celebrates Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Soup with Substance discussion and Martin lecture planned

Canisius College has several events planned to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Soup with Substance discussion is on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at noon in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Canisius alumna and award-winning journalist Sandy E. White ’77  interviews Kimberly L. Beaty ’86, deputy police commissioner for Operations and Homeland Security for the city of Buffalo, and Henry L. Taylor, PhD, professor of urban and regional planning at the University at Buffalo.  Western New York gospel singer Bessie Patterson presents a special performance.

The event is free and open to the public and includes free soup and beverages.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the discussion.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, Canisius welcomes Roland Martin, longtime journalist, TV host and author. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 Over the course of his journalistic career, Martin has interviewed several U.S. presidents, top athletes and entertainers. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and reaches eight million people daily.

Martin has received more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists.  He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and was named three times by Ebony magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN and earned accolades for his honesty, conviction and perspective.

He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! “A Black Man’s View of America;” and The First: President Barack Obama’s road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

For more information about the lecture, contact Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students, at (716) 888-2180 or pileric@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

President John Hurley is among private college presidents speaking out against Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate $30 million from the Bundy Aid Program, which is used to provide financial aid to students.  See the link below to the article titled College leaders raise alarm of Cuomo’s ‘major assault on higher education,’  which ran in today’s edition of The Buffalo News.

Read the article here.

Electronic W2’s Available Now

Electronic W-2’s are available now. If you received your W-2 electronically in the past, your consent is still valid.  To access your 2017 W-2, log on to MyCanisius. in Self-Service Banner, click on “employee,” then “tax forms,” then “W-2 Year-End Earnings Statement.” Select “2017” from the drop down box, then select file and print. If you did not consent to receive your W2 this way, please check the box “Electronic W-2 Consent” to receive your W-2 electronically. You can view and print your W-2 before the paper mailing date of January 31, 2018. You can view and print any year on Self-Service Banner. Please call Maureen Hidy at Ext. 8351 if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Maureen Hidy, payroll manager, Controller Office

 

 

 

Federal Tax Table Updated

In accordance with the Internal Revenue Service change to the income-tax withholding tables for 2018, the college made the necessary adjustments which will be reflected in your next paycheck. For many, less tax will be withheld, resulting in more money in your paycheck.

Click here to read more about the new IRS Withholding Tables:

Please consult with your tax advisor if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Maureen Hidy, payroll manager, Controller’s Office

EVENTS

EVENTS

Griffs Host Marist on Sunday

Head to the KAC for some hardwood action

Your Canisius women’s basketball team continues its four-game home stand on Sunday, January 28 when the Griffs welcome Marist to the KAC. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and there is no football to watch, so saunter on down to the Koessler Center for a fun afternoon of family entertainment.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com. Call 888-TIXX for tickets.

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

 

Serious Games Meetup

Explore virtual reality

Join us for our first Serious Games Meetup of 2018 on Friday, February 2 at 11 a.m. in the digital media arts lounge on the third floor of Lyons Hall.  We’ll look at some virtual reality simulations and try out Dr. Jonathan Lawrence’s Creation Game, which he and his students played last semester in class.

Serious Games can serve a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulation, healthcare, therapy, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics.  The Serious Games Meetup is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Group.  Here, faculty, staff and students explore learning theories and game design, and conduct workshops where participants explore digital and analog game use and creation.  And yes, they play some games, too!

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

Faculty Meetups

Reading, writing and academic integrity

This spring, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) hosts two faculty meetups focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity.

They are on Friday, February 16, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library learning center.

Now more than ever, college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students.  But in their worlds, courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade our students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time.  Our most heartbreaking and frustrating experiences come when we discover that they commit academic dishonesty rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation. Instead, faculty should come and share experiences and concerns as colleagues.  Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however small or tentative.  For example, when did you do or discover something that fostered reading and writing skills among your students?  What can you share with your colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome and COLI supplies the refreshments.

Together, we can do much more!

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

Celebration of Life Held for Robert Wilmers

President John Hurley and a select number of community leaders including Jeremy Jacobs, Howard Zemsky, Robert Gioia, Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins were featured in a touching video tribute to the late M&T Bank CEO Robert Wilmers, whose memory and contributions to the community were celebrated earlier this week at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Nearly 1,500 people attended the memorial service that celebrated Wilmers’ life and highlighted the tremendous difference he made in Western New York since becoming M&T’s largest shareholder in the early 1980s. Wilmers, who passed away unexpectedly in December, was a generous donor to Canisius and a good friend of the college. Canisius bestowed an honorary degree upon Wilmers in 1988, and the college’s Board of Regents named him a Distinguished Citizen in 1996.

To view the tribute video, click here.

Welcome New Hires

Please join the Human Resources Department in welcoming these new hires for the months of December 2017 and January 2018:

Sheila Pettigrew is an employer relations and career specialist in the Griff Center.

Brittny Puckerin is the assistant director of financial services in Student Records and Financial Services.

Brianna Blank is the multimedia producer/photographer in Marketing and Communications.

Allison Daley is the head coach for women’s lacrosse.

Caitlin Formato is the assistant coach for women’s lacrosse.

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

BN360 on Campus January 26

bn360.pngCanisius hosts Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360) on campus Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m. in Lyons Hall 118. BN360 hosts events and creates programming that is focused on professional growth and development opportunities. Because Canisius is a gold level partner of Buffalo Niagara 360, there are many benefits for young professionals.  As an employee of the college, you can access all of these programs and events for free! On Friday, Rachael Herrmann from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership shares more information on how to be an involved member and showcases all of the great events provided to BN360 members. This is a great opportunity to network right here on campus!

For more information and to RSVP please contact Mike Seaman at seamanm@canisius.edu 

See what BN360 offers here.

Call for Donations

On Monday, January 29, Campus Ministry is launching a food pantry in Old Main 209 (in the hallway leading toward Churchill Tower) as part of an initiative to ensure that all members of the Canisius community have access to the resources they need. The pantry is unlocked during business hours for anyone who needs to come in for food. Furthermore, there is a “no questions asked” policy in effect regarding an individual’s personal need for the items.

We are currently accepting donations of nonperishable, unopened food items as well as meal cards (gift certificates to restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) for the campus ministers to hand out at their discretion. Please bring donations to Old Main 209 and leave the items on the shelf. We especially need donations of items high in protein (such as beans, canned tuna or chicken, nuts, etc.). Thank you in advance for your kindness and consideration! If you have any questions, contact Darby Ratliff in Campus Ministry at Ext. 2875 or at ratliffd@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, graduate assistant, Campus Ministry

Go Move Challenge Begins Feb. 1

Don’t forget that the Go Move Challenge, a long-standing annual event among Jesuit institutions, begins next Thursday, February 1! Throughout February, faculty and staff at participating institutions record their minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. This is a great opportunity to increase your activity levels throughout the month of February.

Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, as well as the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant. Several important details about the challenge are listed below:

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Starts: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Ends:  8:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, February, 28, 2018
  • Eligible participants:  full-time and part-time faculty and staff from any Jesuit university registered in advance
  • Except for challenge administrators, each participant must create a new account using their valid university email address on www.GoMoveChallenge.org, even if they participated last year
  • Each participant must record their own minutes on the challenge website; no one can enter minutes for another participant
  • There is no limit to how often minutes can be recorded

If you are interested in participating in the challenge, register at https://www.gomovechallenge.org/registersign-in/ .

There is also an FAQ page on the challenge website that provides additional information on the details of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

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

Call for Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Senior and Faculty Awards

The Canisius College Alumni Association invites you to submit nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Faculty and Senior Awards.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding full-time faculty members of the college who are recognized for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. One award may be given per year and it is presented at the Honors Convocation in April.

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have differentiated themselves through academic excellence and leadership roles at the college. Up to three awards may be given per year. The awards are presented at the Student Awards Banquet in April.

To fill out the online alumni nomination form, click here.

*Please complete the sections of this form that correspond to Distinguished Senior and/or Distinguished Faculty nomination, then click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

The form will be sent to the Office of Alumni Engagement. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Please submit nominations to the office of Alumni Engagement no later than February 9, 2018.

Submitted by: Alison Novak, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Alumni Engagement

 

Courseleaf CLSS Training Available

It’s time to start thinking about scheduling classes for the summer and the fall.  Schedules are due on Friday, February 9.  Lisa Fischer, assistant registrar, student records and financial services, and Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs, offer the following workshops on building schedules in Courseleaf Selection Scheduler (CLSS): Science Hall Room 002C on January 23 from 3 – 4 p.m., January 25 from 1 – 2:15 p.m. or January 29 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

These sessions are intended for chairs and program directors but are open to any faculty or staff member who works on building schedules and needs to be trained or refreshed on the process.

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

Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together

Canisius College is committed to providing a safe learning, working and living environment that is free from violence and unlawful discrimination and harassment. As part of that commitment, the college requires all faculty and staff to complete the course “Preventing Discrimination and Harassment Together” in the spring of 2018.  This online course is offered through United Educators and introduces a blended workplace harassment prevention program that utilizes real-life scenarios. Watch for The Dome for additional information in February.

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

 

 

Blue and Gold Fridays

Sport your blue and gold and submit a photo or video using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post to Instagram or email to braun5@canisius.edu.

Deadline for submissions is 2 p.m. Fridays.

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

Submitted by: College Communications

Mileage Rate

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the IRS changed the mileage reimbursement rate to 54.5 cents per mile. The travel expense report reflects the change.

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

 

EVENTS

WNY Prosperity Fellowship Information Sessions

Application deadline quickly approaches

Information sessions for the Canisius College Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship are on Monday, January 22 and Friday, February 2 at 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

The WNY Prosperity Fellowship, sponsored by the Prentice Family Foundation, is an innovative program for students in their junior or senior years or graduate business studies, who have entrepreneurial drive and want to make a difference in Western New York. It combines fellowship assistance with credit bearing internships, skill and network building.  The fellowship provides 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, networking and skill-building opportunities.

To apply for the fellowship, please visit our webpage here. 

Sara Collins, graduate assistant, Western New York Prosperity Fellowship

 

Makerspace is back!

Learn how to knit or crochet a scarf

Please join our next Makerspace activity as we teach you how to knit and/or crochet a scarf. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are welcome to participate. We will meet Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the glass box near Tim Horton’s inside the library. Supplies for this activity were purchased with funds from a generous donation from The Law Offices of Taheri and Todoro, P.C. Markerspace is a place where all members of the college community can create physical or digital items in common work spaces using shared resources and equipment. These events encourage students to explore and learn outside of the classroom.

This event is sponsored by the Art History Program in the Fine Arts Department.

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

Kids Day Comes to Canisius 

Women’s basketball takes on Quinnipiac

The 19th Annual Golden Griffins Kids Day, presented by Independent Health, takes place on Friday, January 26 when your Canisius women’s basketball team looks to extend its current three-game win streak against Quinnipiac, the top team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Game time is slated for 11 a.m. and more than 2,000 elementary school children are expected to invade the Koessler Athletic Center for a morning of hoops and happiness. If you plan to attend, get ready for a crazy, fun atmosphere that includes almost as much dancing as it does basketball. Earplugs are allowed.

As for the action on the court, Canisius has moved to 4-4 in league play on the strength of three consecutive wins, two of which have come on the road. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac is 9-0 in the MAAC and is 55th (out of 349 Division I schools),

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

Purple Eagles Meet First Place Griffs at the KAC

Tickets are selling fast

It will be as big a showdown between Canisius and Niagara as we’ve seen in years when your Griffs host the Purple Eagles this Saturday, January 27 in the Koessler Center. Game time is 7 p.m. for this annual Battle of the Bridge contest. Your Griffs have sprinted to first place in the MAAC with a 7-1 league record, which includes a two – game sweep of projected league champion Iona. Meanwhile, Niagara has one of the most prolific scoring backcourt tandems in the country and recently registered a five- game winning streak.

Tickets will be difficult to find as less than 200 seats remained as of Tuesday morning. If you are planning to attend, please call 888-TIXX before the game sells out.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

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

Attention Administrative Associates

Schedule and host web meetings and conferences

We are offering a special development opportunity for Canisius College’s administrative associates:  Learn to web conference!  Meeting via the internet is now popular across campus, as more and more faculty and staff adopt web conferencing to save time and expense, and bring guests from around the world into classes.  In general, knowing how to schedule and manage web meetings is a valuable business skillset.

In this workshop, you’ll become familiar with Zoom, our web meeting and conference provider here at Canisius.  Learn how to schedule meetings, invite participants, and make subsequent changes to meeting plans when needed, even on short notice.  Plus, you’ll discover the various things you and your meeting participants can do, such as turn on and off webcams, present a slideshow, and ensure meetings run smoothly and professionally.

Web conferencing is useful across a wide variety of jobs, from day-to-day communications, to special projects, impromptu meetings to big events.  While the technology will likely evolve, most software for running web meetings is quite similar or will be in the future, so learning it now means learning new features or other applications will be easier.

Because they are highly interactive, space in these workshops is limited. RSVP by emailing Mark Gallimore.

Our February workshops are full!  But two web conferencing workshops are available in March:

  • Monday, March 5th at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20th at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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

Canisius College Celebrates Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Soup with Substance discussion

Canisius College celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Soup with Substance discussion on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at noon in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Canisius alumna and award-winning journalist Sandy E. White ’77  interviews Kimberly L. Beaty ’86, deputy police commissioner for Operations and Homeland Security for the city of Buffalo, and Henry L. Taylor, PhD, professor of urban and regional planning at the University at Buffalo.  Western New York gospel singer Bessie Patterson presents a special performance.

The event is free and open to the public and includes free soup and beverages.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the discussion.

Submitted by: The ALANA Student Center

 

 

Canisius in the News

Kevin R. Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, discussed the potential effects of a federal government shutdown would have on Western New York with Spectrum News.

Watch the story here.

 

 

 

 

Courseleaf CLSS Training Available

It’s time to start thinking about scheduling classes for the summer and the fall.  Schedules are due on Friday, February 9.  Lisa Fischer, assistant registrar, Student Records and Financial Services Center and Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs, offer the following workshops on building schedules in Courseleaf Selection Scheduler (CLSS): Science Hall Room 002C on January 22 from 1 – 2 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m. or January 23 from 3 – 4 p.m.

These sessions are intended for chairs and program directors, but are open to any faculty or staff member who works on building schedules and needs to be trained or refreshed on the process.

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

EVENTS

There are still spaces available for students, faculty, staff and friends of Canisius College to participate in our trip to Berlin in May 2018! Click here or stop by one of our upcoming information meetings, held in Lyons Hall 303:

  • Tuesdays, January 23 and 30 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, January 24 and 31 at 1:00 p.m.

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

 

 

 

 

Canisius to Offer Seminar on Heroin Addiction and Recovery

Sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services

The Canisius Golden Griffin Counseling Seminar presents “Four Components of Heroin Addiction and Recovery” on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to

1 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ᾿42 Student Center.  Light breakfast is included.

The seminar is presented by Davina Moss-King, PhD.  Moss-King is the president and owner of Positive Direction and Associates Inc. She has more than has 25 years of experience counseling individuals with substance use disorders.

This Golden Griffin Counseling Seminar is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College. The cost is $35 for professionals and $20 for students.  Click here to register. For more information, call (716) 888-3298 or email Holly D’Angelis, PhD, chair and associate professor of clinical mental health counseling, at tanigosh@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Alumna makes HuffPost’s Super Models 3.0

Cathy Bolz ᾽85, MBA ᾽90, global head of benefits at Bloomberg LP and Canisius College Regent, is among HuffPost’s Super Models 3.0: LGBT+ Women in Charge. The list celebrates women in management roles and their strength and purposeful leadership in their professional lives.

Read more here.

Educational Forum features new research by Ann Marie Lenhardt, PhD

The Educational Forum, a peer-reviewed journal, recently published new research by Ann Marie Lenhardt, PhD.  The professor of counseling and human services co-authored “A Framework for School Safety and Risk Management,” alongside Lemuel W. Graham MS ’02 and Melissa L. Farrell MS ’03, alumni of the program.

According to the authors, while awareness of targeted school violence is on the rise, school-based mental health services and resources – with a framework for threat assessment and prevention – are still largely absent.  The research focuses on 18 premeditated cases of targeted secondary school shooters between 1996 and 2012.

To read The Educational Forum story, click here.

To read the research paper in its entirety, click here.

Canisius student featured in WIVB-TV Channel 4 story

Alex Montilla ᾿18 attended the Buffalo Common Council’s public hearing on the city budget. He commented on funding for Buffalo Public Schools in a story that aired on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Drew Lanham Lecture Rescheduled for Today

Please note that the lecture by Drew Lanham, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, is today, Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The lecture was originally scheduled for yesterday but was cancelled due to inclement weather in the southeast.

Lanham’s lecture, entitled “Home Range: Finding Commonality and Cause in Connecting Birds and Humans for Conservation,” will be followed by a book signing for his latest release The Home Place ‒ Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. The event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Canisius Athletics Boasts Strong Fall Semester in the Classroom

Nearly 70 percent of Canisius’ student-athlete population recorded a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and 27 of those student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in fall semester, the college announced Tuesday. In all, 13 teams posted a team GPA of 3.25 or higher, and the school’s 373 student-athletes combined for a departmental grade point average of 3.285 for the fall term.

The 27 student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 matches the previous record for the athletic department, set last spring. Those 27 student-athletes represent 12 different teams. After the efforts in the classroom in the fall, the Canisius athletic department’s cumulative GPA sits at 3.245.

The women’s cross country/track team led all Golden Griffin programs in the fall semester with a 3.53 team GPA. The women’s soccer program placed second overall in the fall semester with a 3.47 team grade point average, followed by women’s swimming and diving and hockey teams, which each posted a 3.42 GPA. Men’s cross country/track (3.40), rowing (3.39), golf (3.39), softball (3.33) and women’s lacrosse (3.32) were all better than 3.30 for the fall term, with men’s soccer (3.24), men’s swimming and diving (3.23) and volleyball (3.22) finishing higher than 3.20 in the classroom.

A total of 52 Canisius student-athletes were named to their respective sport’s MAAC All-Academic Team last fall, which is 70 percent of the student-athletes eligible for the honor.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, assistant athletic director, Communications

 

 

Guests Take a Walk on the Wild Side During Recent Fundraiser

 

(L-R) Nelson Civello ’67, HON ’17, Brian O’Mara ’67 and Dan Warner, major gifts officer, institutional advancement, pose with a Crested Caracara and a member of the educational staff from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary during a Canisius men’s baseball fundraiser in Florida.  

Nearly 40 Canisius alumni and friends took a walk on the wild side during a men’s baseball fundraiser in Jupiter, FL.  Head men’s baseball coach Matt Mazurek ’07 and Dan Warner, major gift officer, organized the highly-successful event on January 13, 2018, which included a cocktail party and close-up encounters with animals from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Coach Mazurek addressed the crowd, sharing his plans for the new direction of Canisius’ championship caliber baseball team.  Several professional baseball coaches and players who train in the Jupiter area were in attendance and met with Coach Mazurek, including Logan Morrison, current free agent and first baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, Olie Marmol, current first base coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and Brandon Kaplan, co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance Florida and general manager of FTB Rockets Baseball.

Submitted by: College Communications

Call for Nominations

The Canisius College Alumni Association invites you to submit nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Senior Awards and the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award.

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence and leadership roles at the college. Up to three awards may be given per year. The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding full-time faculty members of the college who are distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. One award may be given per year.  The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented at the Honors Convocation in April.

To fill out the alumni nomination form, click here.

Please complete the sections of the form that correspond to the Distinguished Senior and/or Distinguished Faculty nomination, then click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

The form will be sent to the Office of Alumni Engagement. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Please submit your nominations to the Office of Alumni Engagement no later than February 9, 2018.

Submitted by: Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, Alumni Engagement

FY19 Budget Request Process

Budget managers, please note that the budget request application is available on the Portal to start your FY19 budget requests.

For those who are new to the process or for anyone who needs a refresher, budget training and review sessions are on the following days:

Monday, January 22            11 a.m. ‒ 12 p.m.                   Regis Room

Tuesday, January 23            3 p.m. ‒ 4 p.m.                      Horan O’Donnell 103

Wednesday, January 31      2 p.m. ‒ 3 p.m.                      Regis Room

Thursday, February 1          9:30 a.m. ‒ 10:30 a.m.           Regis Room

Submitted by: Ronald Haberer, controller

EVENTS

Free Ice Cream During Lunch Today

Try the new soft serve

Soft serve ice cream is now available in the Economou Dining Hall. Enjoy free samples today, Friday, January 19 during lunch hours (10:30 p.m.-2 p.m.), courtesy of the Office of Student Life. Enjoy!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Basketball Watch Party at (716) Set for Tonight, Jan. 19

Wear your Griffs gear and enjoy food specials and prizes

(716) Food and Sport hosts a “Big 4 College Basketball Watch Party” tonight, Friday, January 19, as Canisius, UB and St. Bonaventure all play nationally televised games on the ESPN family of networks. The watch party starts at 7 p.m., and runs through the conclusion of the Canisius – Manhattan men’s basketball game which tips off at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. (716) Food and Sport is located at 7 Scott Street, Buffalo, inside HARBORCENTER.

At 7 p.m., UB plays at Western Michigan on ESPNU, while St. Bonaventure plays at Davidson on ESPN2. The Golden Griffins’ game at Manhattan wraps up the TV tripleheader. Canisius fans are encouraged to wear Griffs gear, as the staff at (716) hands out prizes and offers food specials to those wearing their school’s colors.

Canisius, which has won seven of its last eight games, is 11-9 overall and 5-1 in MAAC play after beating Monmouth at home January 15, by the score of 94-79. This marks the best start to league play for Canisius since the 2013-14 season.

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

Swim and Dive Teams Host Final Home Meet This Weekend

Canisius square off against Niagara

Want to witness intense competition where wins and losses are captured in fractions of seconds? Do you like to watch a sporting event where the athletes scream and yell as loud as the spectators? Then check out the annual Canisius vs. Niagara men’s and women’s swimming and diving meet at the ECC Flickinger Center this Saturday afternoon, January 20. Yes, it’s downtown as the KAC pool isn’t large enough to contain the enthusiasm and excitement this competition delivers. Competition starts at 1 p.m. as your Griffs have their final home meet of the season before hosting the MAAC Championship in mid-February.

If you and/or your family enjoy watching the swimming and diving events every four years at the Olympics, then don’t miss this competition. Some of the top swimmers in the MAAC are in the water and on the boards, so arrive on time and catch all the exciting action. No admission charge to watch, however you can spend a couple of bucks in our Chuck-a-Duck competition at one of the intermissions.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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

A Cancer Vaccine: Between Cuba and Buffalo

Learn how science and medicine can work across national barriers

Come hear Kelvin Lee, MD, from the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discuss his vaccine work with the Centro de Immunologia Molecular in Havana. The lecture takes place on Monday, January 22 from 7 ‒ 9 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. Learn how science and medicine can work across national barriers.

Read more about Lee’s work here.

Hear additional first-hand reports comparing the medical system in Cuba and in the United States. This January Peace Coffeehouse is sponsored by Peace Action-Canisius, the WNY Peace Center, and its Latin American Solidarity Committee.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Fundraiser at ALEX and ANI to Benefit Team Jamaica

Pick up some jewelry and help service-immersion

Shop for a cause with Campus Ministry on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the ALEX AND ANI Main Street store, 5429 Main Street. in Williamsville from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.!

Enjoy light snacks and browse the new Valentine’s Day Collection. Fifteen percent of the total sales directly benefit Team Jamaica, who will live and work with a Mustard Seed Community this June.

*Sales excludes CHARITY BY DESIGN products, items from LIBERTY COPPER and Affinity licensed collections and the purchase of gift cards.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Signorino at Ext. 2424 or signoris@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, assistant director, Campus Ministry

 

Free Yoga is Back This Semester!

Join your colleagues to relax and restore

Are you looking for a way to incorporate activity, mindfulness and stress reduction into your workday? Look no further, because the Human Resources Department is once again sponsoring a yoga class during the Spring 2018 semester! All faculty and staff are invited to attend the class for an hour of relaxing, restorative Hatha Yoga. Classes, led by Madonna McKernon, executive associate, Student Life, run for eight weeks and begin on Tuesday, January 23. There is no cost for this program.

If you have never attended a yoga class before, this is a great opportunity to learn, as the class will focus on practicing the fundamentals of yoga.  Of course, those with experience are more than welcome as well, as this provides the opportunity to deepen and refine your practice! Mats are provided for the class but make sure to wear comfortable clothing. Together, the class will enjoy the gentle, restorative gifts of Hatha Yoga as they stretch, breathe, create space within, release tension, and relax.

 

All classes are on Tuesdays from 5:00 ‒ 6:00 pm for the following dates and locations.

Tuesday, January 23 & 30; March 6 & 20             Grupp Fireside Lounge

Tuesday, February 6 & 13; March 13                   Palisano

Tuesday, February 27                                         Science Hall Commons

To ensure that there are enough mats, please RSVP to Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or braun5@canisius.edu. We hope to see you there!

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

 

BN360 on Campus January 26

Access programming for young professionals

Canisius hosts BN360 on campus on Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m. in Lyons Hall 118. Because Canisius is a gold level partner of Buffalo Niagara 360, there are many benefits for young professionals on campus. BN360 hosts events and creates programming that is focused on professional growth and development opportunities. As an employee of the college, you can access all of these programs and events for free! Rachael Herrmann from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership shares more information on how to be an involved member and showcases all of the great events provided to BN360 members. This is a great opportunity to network right here on campus!

 

For more information, and to RSVP please contact Mike Seaman at seamanm@canisius.edu 

See what BN360 offers here.

Submitted by: Mike Seaman, graduate admissions counselor

 

Canisius in the News

Sew REDI Program Featured on WIVB-TV Channel 4

Sew REDI Buffalo, a program started by Pat Hutton, PhD, professor of economics, and her Enactus students, is featured in a story on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

The program offers economic independence to local resettled refugees. Students and community volunteers help teach refugees how to sew products such as purses and scarves. Volunteers then show participants how to sell their goods to the community.

Watch the story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Tracy Callaghan Named Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Tracy Callaghan is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for December 2017! Tracy was nominated by Sydnie Perkins, counselor in the Griff Center.

At Canisius for nine years, Tracy currently works as the assistant director of the Griff Center. Tracy was selected based on her kind and compassionate interactions with students, staff and visitors of the college, as well as her understanding and practice of the college’s mission and values.

Please join us in congratulating Tracy on this achievement! To nominate a coworker for future months, click here.

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

Canisius Joins the Go Move Challenge

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Canisius College is participating in the Go Move Challenge from February 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018.  This is the first year that Canisius will participate in the long-standing annual event exclusively offered to Jesuit institutions. Throughout February, faculty and staff record their minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, as well as the university which averages the most number of minutes per participant. Several important details about the challenge are listed below:

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Starts: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Ends:  8:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, February, 28, 2018
  • Eligible participants:  full-time and part-time faculty and staff from any Jesuit university that has registered in advance
  • Except for challenge administrators, each participant must create a new account using their valid university email address on www.GoMoveChallenge.org, even if they participated last year
  • Each participant must record their own minutes on the challenge website; no one can enter minutes for another participant
  • There is no limit to how often minutes can be recorded

UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION

  • The university with the highest number of minutes by the end of the challenge is recognized and receives the plaque for the calendar year
  • The university with the highest average number of minutes per participant is recognized
  • The collective minutes accumulated by all participating Jesuit institutions is recognized and announced in an AJCU newsletter

If you are interested in participating in the challenge, you can register at https://www.gomovechallenge.org/registersign-in/ .

There is also an FAQ page on the challenge website that provides additional information on the details of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

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

 

Longtime Facilities Employee Stephen Liebig Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we announce that Stephen F. Liebig passed away on January 11, 2018 after a long illness. Stephen worked in the Facilities Department, most recently as the lead in the mailroom. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie J. Liebig and devoted father of Stephen M. (Amanda) Liebig and Emily Liebig.

Funeral services were held this past weekend. Online condolences can be shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.

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

EVENTS

Free Ice Cream Samples During Lunch

Try the new soft serve

Soft serve ice cream is now available in the Economou Dining Hall. Enjoy free samples today, Friday, January 19 during lunch hours (10:30 p.m.-2 p.m.), courtesy of the Office of Student Life. Enjoy!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture by Drew Lanham, PhD is Rescheduled

Ecology Expert to Discuss Diversity and Conservation

Please note that due to a snowstorm in the Southeast, the lecture by Drew Lanham, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, originally scheduled for Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, is now Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Lanham’s lecture, entitled “Home Range: Finding Commonality and Cause in Connecting Birds and Humans for Conservation,” is followed by a book signing for his latest release, The Home Place ‒ Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. The event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, PhD, assistant professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

 

 

 

 

Men’s Basketball Watch Party at (716) Set for Tonight, Jan. 19

Wear your Griffs gear and enjoy food specials and prizes

(716) Food and Sport hosts a “Big 4 College Basketball Watch Party” tonight, Friday, January 19 as Canisius, Buffalo and St. Bonaventure all play nationally televised games on the ESPN family of networks. The watch party starts at 7 p.m., and runs through the conclusion of the Canisius – Manhattan men’s basketball game which tips off at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. (716) Food and Sport is located at 7 Scott Street, Buffalo, inside HARBORCENTER.

At 7 p.m., Buffalo plays at Western Michigan on ESPNU, while St. Bonaventure plays at Davidson on ESPN2. The Golden Griffins’ game at Manhattan wraps up the TV tripleheader. Canisius fans are encouraged to wear Griffs gear, as the staff at (716) hands out prizes and offers food specials to those wearing their school’s colors.

Canisius, which has won seven of its last eight games, is 11-9 overall and 5-1 in MAAC play after beating Monmouth at home January 15, by the score of 94-79. This marks the best start to league play for Canisius since the 2013-14 season.

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

Swim and Dive Teams Host Niagara This Weekend

Canisius squares off against Niagara

Want to witness intense competition where wins and losses are captured in fractions of seconds? Do you like to watch  a sporting event where the athletes scream and yell as loud as the spectators? Then check out the annual Canisius vs. Niagara men’s and women’s swimming and diving meet at the ECC Flickinger Center this Saturday afternoon, January 20. Yes, it’s downtown as the KAC pool isn’t large enough to contain the enthusiasm and excitement this competition delivers. Competition starts at 1 p.m. as your Griffs have their final home meet of the season before hosting the MAAC Championship in mid-February.

If you and/or your family enjoy watching the swimming and diving events every four years at the Olympics, then don’t miss this competition. Some of the top swimmers in the MAAC are in the water and on the boards, so arrive on time and catch all the exciting action. No admission charge to watch, however you can spend a couple of bucks in our Chuck-a-Duck competition at one of the intermissions.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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

 

Canisius Celebrates the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Enjoy free soup and discussion

Canisius celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Soup with Substance discussion on Tuesday, February 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The program features Kimberly L. Beaty ᾽86, Buffalo’s deputy police commissioner for Operations and Homeland Security and Henry J. Taylor, PhD, professor of Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo and founding director of the Center for Urban Studies. Sandy White ᾽77, an award-winning black journalist and founding member of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, serves as guest moderator for the MLK Canisius program. There will be a special performance by Western New York gospel singer Bessie Patterson. Free soup will be served.

For more information, contact the Canisius College ALANA Student Center at Ext. 2787.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

College Celebrates MLK Jr. Day Jan. 15

Holiday hours end today, Friday, January 12. Starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018, all college departments resume regular working hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) with a one-hour lunch break.

Please note that the college is closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We hope everyone had a wonderful break!

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

Employee of Distinction

Just a reminder that all nominations for this month’s Employee of Distinction are due by Tuesday, January 16. This program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for your co-workers and to recognize them for a job well done. The Employee of Distinction nomination form is located here.

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

Additionally, please note that the Ideas to Action Box is still open to any employee who would like to contribute feedback and process improvement recommendations in a confidential manner. The following options are available for submitting ideas:

  • One physical box next to the Human Resources notice board in Old Main 100
  • One virtual box available here.

All ideas submitted through the Ideas to Action Box are reviewed by the senior leadership team. Any employee who submits a process improvement idea that is implemented receives recognition in The Dome and a prize.

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

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

2018 Lorch Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies.  This award honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. The three categories are: (1) Student award: honors current undergraduate or graduate students at Canisius; (2) Canisius colleague award: honors current Canisius employees (faculty, staff, or administrators — full or part time), and; (3) Community member award: honors those who are not a current student or employee of the college. Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2018. Nominations should be submitted using the website link listed below.  All nominations should indicate the award category in which the person is being nominated and also include a 200-300 word justification for why the nominee is a deserving recipient of a Lorch award.

https://www.canisius.edu/women-gender-studies/lorch-award

There are a number of exciting events planned for Women´s History Month– stay tuned!  Lorch award winners are honored as part of the Women´s History Month celebration.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher and Tanya Loughead, PhD, co-directors, Women and Gender Studies

Noonan and Woodruff ᾽18 to Speak at Environmental Forum

 2 The Outdoors presents its twelfth Environmental Forum entitled “Animal Communication” on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo.

It is widely belived that only humans can communicate intelligently, but many studies have found that communication between animals is common. Communication of such diverse species as wolves and Beluga whales and how human interference can influence their communication will be discussed.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Woodruff ᾽18, animal behavior, ecology, and conservation/psychology dual major at Canisius College
  • Bob Andrews, founder of “Wolftalkers,” an organization that researches wolf communication
  • Michael Noonan, PhD, professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College

2 The Outdoors is a weekly feature on WGRZ-TV Channel 2’s Daybreak program, which airs at 7:20 a.m. every Sunday. Its purpose is to educate and inspire.

For more information, contact Terry Belke, 2 The Outdoors producer, at terry.belke@wgrz.com.

Submitted by: College Communications

EVENTS

Men’s Basketball at KAC tonight

Team defends first-place spot

Your first-place Golden Griffin men’s basketball team returns to the Koessler Athletic Center this weekend for the first time in two weeks to host St. Peter’s and Monmouth in big Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests. Canisius sits in a three-way tie for the top spot in the MAAC along with Rider and Iona (teams the Griffs have already defeated). The trio all have 3-1 league marks. St. Peter’s is off to a 2-2 start, while Monmouth is 1-2.

Tonight’s game (Friday, January 12) against the Peacocks tips off at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s matinee (January 14) versus Monmouth begins at 2 p.m. The Griffins Den opens for food at 5:45 p.m. on Friday night.

To order discounted faculty-staff tickets, call 716-888-TIXX. For additional game information, visit GoGriffs.com

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

Jonathan Lawrence is Guest on “Crossroads”

Discusses the experiences that led him to teaching and ministry

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, January 14 when Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, makes a guest appearance.  The associate professor of religious studies and theology sits down with this week’s program host, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, to discuss the experiences that led him on his journey to teaching and ministry.  Lawrence also shares what it is like for a non-Catholic to teach religious studies at a Jesuit institution.

“Crossroads” airs each Sunday at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).  Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies, serves as the program host on the first Sunday of every month.

If you miss this Sunday’s broadcast, you can catch it on the Canisius SoundCloud, along with all other past broadcasts.

Submitted by: College Communication

 

 

 

Celebration of Life for Martha Veasey ᾽82, MS ᾽89

Martha Veasey ’82, MS ’89, former director of community relations and disability support services at Canisius, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Veasey also served as the advisor to the college’s Afro-American  Society and the Afro-American Student Gospel Ensemble for more than 20 years. She retired in 2007.

A wake will be held at noon on Friday, January 12, 2018 at T.L. Pickens Mortuary Services, 66 East Utica Street in Buffalo, NY, 14209. A celebration of Veasey’s life will immediately follow around 2:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to T.L. Pickens Mortuary Services.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

Responding to Acts of Violence Training

Next month, the Public Safety and Human Resources departments will offer training sessions that present attendees with strategies that can assist them when responding to acts of violence in the workplace. Wil Johnson, director of public safety, will provide information on things to consider when dealing with various situations that may arise on a college campus, or other locations, to ensure safety.  The dates and times for the training sessions have changed.  The new dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 13 from 10 ‒ 11 a.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge
  • Thursday, February 15 from 4 ‒ 5 p.m. in Old Main 104
  • Tuesday, February 20 from 2 ‒ 3 p.m. in Regis Room South

Please save the date for one of the sessions. If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

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

EVENTS

First Place Hockey Team Returns to HARBORCENTER

Griffs host a pair of weekend games

Your first place Golden Griffin hockey team returns to home ice this weekend for the first time in five weeks to host American International. Game times on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 are set for 7:35 p.m.

The Griffs are coming off a challenging road trip that featured games at top five teams Clarkson and Cornell and ECAC opponent St. Lawrence. AIC swept Holy Cross this past weekend to move into fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Canisius is currently tied with Niagara for first in AHC with a league mark of 10-4-0. AIC sits four points behind Canisius, however, the Griffs have three games in hand.

Tickets may be purchased in advance all week at the KAC box office, or by calling 716-888-TIXX. For additional game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

FYI, the Buffalo Bandits have a 7:35 p.m. game on Saturday night, so plan to arrive early to avoid any parking confusion.

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

TIAA on Campus January 18

 Discuss retirement goals

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus on Thursday, January 18 in the Library Conference Room for individual counseling sessions.  He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review options to help meet retirement goals.

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

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources

 

Canisius Opens China Office

(L-R): Nate Cronk, associate director of international admissions; Wayne Powell, Canada representative, Mericler Inc.; Jennifer Patrick, executive director, Canisius Center for Professional Development; Rami Hijazi, general representative, Mericler Inc.;  Mark Kopenski, president, Global Student Recruitment Associates and Christina Qi, Canisius China representative.  Representatives from Mericler, a Canadian educational consulting firm, met with the Admissions team during a recent visit to discuss partnerships to bring international students to the college.

Canisius’ global footprint grew exponentially with the recent opening of its office in Shanghai, China.  In cooperation with Beijing International Education Institute (BIEI), the effort is part of the college’s recruitment initiative to enroll more international students. The office is staffed by Canisius’ Chinese representative Christina Qi, who collaborates with BIEI to utilize various recruitment strategies, including establishing university partnerships.

“Instead of reactively approaching recruitment in Asia, we decided to proactively engage by hiring a recruiter and opening an office in China to be present in the largest international student market in the world,” says Nate Cronk, associate director of international admissions. “This provides Canisius with front line representation from Christina, who understands the culture and knows the best ways to find students who would excel at the college,” says Cronk.

This spring, the Admissions team plans to travel to the Middle East, China, Japan and Hong Kong to follow up with prospective students. Approximately three percent of the current student body is comprised of international students. According to Cronk, the Admissions team would like to see that number rise to five percent in the next two to three years, with the ultimate goal of 10 percent of the student body being non-U.S. citizens.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Poetry Collection Features McNally’s Works

My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, a book published from BlazeVOX, prominently features the works of Janet McNally ᾽01, associate professor of English and creative writing, and Justin Karcher ᾽07, blogger, Mainstreethost.com. The book includes 54 poems from influential young writers with roots in Buffalo.

Aidan Ryan ᾽14, communications specialist at Goldberg Segalla and editor of Foundlings magazine, served as the collection’s managing editor.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

 

Janet McNally ’01

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