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Campus Candids

(L-R) Director of Campus Ministry Mike Hayes with Cat Gallagher ’21, Rebecca Praetzel ’21 and Bridget Brogan ’21, who served as altar servers for the Sesquicentennial Celebration Mass on Saturday, September 14 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo credit: Mike Hayes.

Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J., professor emeritus of religious studies and theology.

St. Joseph Cathedral was filled with Canisius alumni, faculty and staff and friends of the college to celebrate the Sesquicentennial Mass.

The Very Rev. John J. Cecero, S.J., USA Northeast Provincial, served as the celebrant for the Mass. Rev. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., president, Canisius High School; Rev. Michael P. Corcoran, S.J.. campus minister, Canisius High School and Rev. Thomas R. Slon, S.J., rector, Canisius College were concelebrants.

President John Hurley did the first reading at Mass, which was from Exodus.

(L-R) Gift bearers Abby Hughes ’20, USA president; Marissa Brandel ’23 and James Garvey ’20. Photo credit: Mike Hayes.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Fund 150

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For 150 years, Canisius College has educated tens of thousands of women and men through vigorous academics, life-changing opportunities and the Jesuit values that separate a Golden Griffin from any other individual. To celebrate its Sesquicentennial anniversary, and to pave the way for the next 150 years, Canisius is kicking off the Canisius Fund 150 campaign. 

Canisius Fund 150 will bolster the Canisius Fund – with an ambitious $2.2 million goal. The Canisius Fund provides crucial current-use funding for our students’ greatest needs – most notably direct tuition assistance, academic support, and student services.

This special fundraising campaign celebrates the rich traditions of Canisius and all that it has provided our 48,000 alumni family. As a Canisius education, and the life-changing experiences that come with it, continue to be one distinguished from any other college, Canisius Fund 150 will celebrate our past and create the ultimate investment in securing our future.

Gifts to Canisius Fund 150 will ensure that a Canisius education remains vibrant and strong and will continue to expand the transformational alumni family that showcases the power of Canisius College.

To learn more about this special campaign, click here.

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund Team

Women’s Soccer Returns to the Demske

Your Canisius women’s soccer team returns to the Demske turf Wednesday, September 18 for a non-conference clash against Delaware State. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com. There is no admission charge. The game will be televised live on ESPN3.

Submitted by: John Maddock, senior associate director, Athletics

TIAA Representative Appointments

Molly Amos, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Friday, October 18 in Science Hall, Room 035 and Monday, November 11 in the KAC Conference Room for individual counseling sessions.  She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

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

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

TIAA Digital Challenge

Would you like to get access to the latest tools that can help you manage your contributions, set goals and plan for the future?  If so then participate in the TIAA digital challenge and learn more about online tools available to you and also earn a chance at winning a $100 American Express card!

Click here to begin the challenge.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

 

Campus Candids

Student leaders filled the Quad with American flags in observance of the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The Griff Center for Student Success, Veteran Services honored the anniversary of 9/11 by passing out flags and veteran prayer cards outside the center.

David Devereux, PhD, professor of history, (far right) leads a conversation on China and the Silk Roads during the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) first Lifelong Learners course for the season. This six-week course is held on Wednesday afternoons and is in its second week. The topic was “Confucius and philosophy.” Starting October 9, the Lifelong Learners will begin a new course on the Vikings. There is still time to sign up. Visit the ICMS website here for registration and information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Welcome to Flashback Fridays

It’s Flashback Friday! 

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

Flashback to September 1961 – Eight young women became the first female students to enroll in the day division at Canisius College.  Four years later, Canisius opened its doors to women in all academic day divisions.

For more information about Sesquicentennial events, visit www.canisius.edu/150.  Purchase Sesquicentennial gear here.

Submitted by:  College Communications

 

 

 

 

West Herr Vehicle Purchase Plan

Starting now until the end of December this year, West Herr will be offering a Vehicle Purchase Plan to all eligible Canisius employees. West Herr Select is a no-cost premier auto buying benefit that is designed to make vehicle shopping as easy and smooth as possible. Please see the flyer below for further details.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, human resources assistant, Human Resources

2019 Fall Archives Speaker Series

You can have your photo taken at a former U.S. President’s actual desk today, Friday, September 13. Here’s how: join us for the Fall Archives Speaker Series in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library at 4 p.m. In his talk, “Alexander von Humboldt at 250 & Canisius College at 150: Impact, Influence and Longevity in the City by the Lake,” guest speaker Stephen J. Vermette, PhD, professor of geography and planning at Buffalo State College, will explore what it was like in Buffalo and around the world on the eve of Canisius’ founding. He’ll revisit a Buffalo celebration held on September 14, 1869. U.S. President Millard Fillmore was the keynote speaker at the main event, described as taking “no second place in the history of great celebrations.” What makes this designation more surprising is that the honoree never set foot in the city of Buffalo, and in fact, was deceased.

What kind of person could cause this kind of celebration? Alexander von Humboldt. This German scientist, born September 14, 1769, may have more things named in his honor around the world than anyone else. Humboldt formed “the hidden foundation of many of our natural sciences.” Among his accomplishments: linking altitude sickness with thin air at high altitudes, recognizing “Continental Drift” that Africa and North America were once joined, and recognition of the delicate connection between human activity and nature. He was a pioneer of data visualization and spoke out on the contradiction of the existence of the evils of slavery in a democracy.

As Humboldt’s centenary approached, Buffalo’s German Jesuits were organizing the founding of Canisius College. German immigrants made up almost half the city’s population at the time and were the chief organizers of the Humboldt Centenary event. The young sons of those immigrants would become the earliest students at Canisius College when it opened in 1870. Humboldt and his work continue to fascinate scientists into the 21st century.

As a special feature at this the Archives Speaker Series, we will display President Millard Fillmore’s actual lap desk, which was a gift to Canisius from Thomas C. Mack from the Class of 1961. It will be available for photo-ops.

Strudel and cider will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact, Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian

Faith Songs, Spirit Voices II

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On Sunday, September 15, the Institute for the Global Study of Religion will co-host an interfaith cultural event with the Network of Religious Communities.  The event will be held from 2:00 – 5: 00 p.m. in the Montante Center, with a suggested donation of $10 for tickets. We have set aside some free tickets for Canisius students on a first-come, first-served basis. Just ask at the table.

There will be approximately 12 different performances including songs, dance and storytelling representing a variety of Buffalo’s Religious traditions, including the Canisius Gospel Ensemble.

For more information, contact Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, at lawrenc7@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology

Celebrate Constitution Day

Come celebrate Constitution Day by participating in a Constitution Trivia contest on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta and The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center. All are invited to attend and participate.

For more information, contact James Whitaker at whitakej@canisius.edu.

Submitted by Amy Beiter, administrative associate, Political Science

This Week in the Griff Center for Student Success

Please help spread the word to students and encourage them to attend the various information tables, workshops and information sessions that Griff Center for Student Success has planned throughout the semester.

Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, staff, Griff Center

El Camino de Santiago

El Camino is a one-week walk that follows one of the oldest medieval pilgrimage routes to St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, located in the Northeast part of Spain. Santiago de Compostela is the legendary burial place of St. James, venerated by Christians around the world. Archetypical travels of St. James, and his supposed entombment in the Iberian Peninsula, gave birth to the eschatological myth and created one of the most important pilgrimages in the medieval world known as El Camino de Santiago. Faculty and students walked El Camino first in 2016 and later in 2018. The next trip will take place in May of 2020. Spaces are limited.

The information session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in OM 314, from 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

For more information, contact Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, at stefansm@canisius.edu or at Ext. 3736.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Suicide Prevention Training

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The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for students, faculty and staff on Thursday, September 19 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Old Main 204.

QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help, and Refer the person for help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. Those who have previously participated in this workshop are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Email Jillian Kelly at kelly125@canisius.edu to register for this training. Space is limited. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Canisius at the Buffalo Humanities Festival

 

It’s time to get your tickets for the sixth annual Buffalo Humanities Festival!  Canisius is cooperating with other local institutions to sponsor the event, which will feature presentations by Jennifer Desiderio, PhD, associate professor, English and Kathryn Williams, PhD, chair and associate professor, Classics. To purchase tickets click here. Please note that tickets purchased by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, September 15, will include lunch prepared by the West Side Bazaar.

See the schedule for full details and highlights including Friday’s keynote featuring Matt Taibbi, New York Times bestselling author, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and co-founder of The Beast.

Please spread the word among colleagues, students, and friends, and check out the Festival’s blog and Facebook page!

 

Mission and Identity Reading Group

The Mission and Identity Reading Group’s first meeting is Wednesday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Loyola Hall. Wine and cheese will be provided. Faculty interested in joining the group should contact Marshelle Woodward, assistant professor of English, at  woodwar3@canisius.edu, or Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., professor emeritus of religious studies, at lynchp@canisius.edu, to ensure that we have enough food and drink for the occasion.

Texts can be found on D2L in the Canisius Colleagues & Companions Group under Reading Group 2019-20.

Reading Group Description: What does it mean to be an educator at a Jesuit institution? What are the roots of Jesuit ideals like magis, cura personalis and eloquentia perfecta, and how might we engage meaningfully with these ideals in our classrooms? What is the Ignatian Pedagogigcal Paradigm, and how does it resonate across the disciplines? How might Jesuit values intersect with, amplify, or, in some instances, disrupt our established pedagogies?

Our goal: To develop a deeper and more dynamic engagement with Canisius’ Jesuit mission.

Reading Selections: For our first meeting, we will read selections from the 1599 Ratio Studiorum, the document that standardized early Jesuit curriculum and pedagogy. We will also read Philip Shano’s short article on “Dining with St. Ignatius Loyola: Rules for Regulating One’s Eating.”

The group’s yearlong direction will be determined at our first meeting; however, each session is likely to include at least one primary text and one scholarly article, the latter of which will generally be tied to pedagogy. We are interested in centering one upcoming meeting on the topic of Educating for Justice, focusing especially on the topic of sustainability. Selected readings might include excerpts from Fr. Pedro Arrupe’s foundational “Promotion of Justice and Education for Justice” and Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.

Submitted by: Marshelle Woodward, PhD, assistant professor, English

Online Faculty Development Course Begins Next Week

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses.  This course provides many practical tips for teaching online, but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the Internet. The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses.  The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC.  Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid 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.  The next OFDC begins next week – enroll by contacting coli@canisius.edu!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

 

 

Campus Candids

Rev. Msgr. Robert Zapfel, chair, corporate members board/Bishop’s Representative for Healthcare, Diocese of Buffalo; blesses the Catholic Health Innovation Center at Canisius College on the third floor of Science Hall on Tuesday, September 10.

Members of the Canisius community and Catholic Health employees gathered on Tuesday, September 10 for the blessing of the Catholic Health Innovation Center on the third floor of Science Hall. President John Hurley offered remarks, during which he recounted the history of Science Hall. Rev. Thomas Slon, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community, gave the gospel reading.  After the blessing, guests enjoyed refreshments at a reception.

President John Hurley gives his remarks regarding the partnership between Canisius College and Catholic Health.

Students and faculty mingle at the Classics Tea@2 on Friday, September 6.

Classics Tea@2 is a relaxed get together that involves eating pastries, drinking copious amounts of various teas and enjoying good conversation. Normally, Classics Tea@2 is held in the new Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) reading room in OM 418, but it was moved to the fourth floor Commons so the ICMS room could begin its upgrade to an enjoyable gathering space.

A reminder that the Classics Tea@2 this Friday, September 13 is cancelled. Join us instead for ICMS’s Tea & Talk in Grupp Fireside Lounge that day at 2 p.m. Classics Tea@2 will pick up again next week on September 20. See you there!

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Assistant Professor of Journalism Daniel Higgins published a personal essay in The New York Times on Friday, September 6. His essay, entitled “Coffee with the Man Who Used to Be My Wife,” appears in the “Ties” column, which deals with various family relationships.

Higgins has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. He writes essays and reported features, and his scholarly interests include press freedom, as well as structural analyses and modes of understanding and discussing “fact” in literary journalism.  This is his third year at Canisius in the Department of Communication.

Read The New York Times here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Reminder: Sesquicentennial Mass

All are welcome to join both Canisius College and Canisius High School as they kick off the 150th anniversary at the Sesquicentennial Mass on Saturday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral. The celebrant will be the Very Rev. John J. Cicero, S.J., USA Northeast Provincial.

Submitted by: College Communication

Welcome to Trivia Wednesdays

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

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday, along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s question is:

Canisius diplomas were written in Latin for the last time in what year?

(a) 1934 (c) 1940 (d) 1944 (b) 1954

Good luck!

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Soccer Hosts Bona on Thursday night

The Canisius women’s soccer team, fresh off a thrilling 1-0 double overtime win versus Valparaiso, hosts St. Bonaventure on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Canisius is currently 2-2, while St. Bonaventure, which also beat Valpo by a 1-0 score, is 3-3.

Pick up some dinner from several local food trucks that will be on site prior to the game. The contest will be televised live on ESPN+.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, senior associate director, Athletics

Physics/Pre-engineering Seminar

The campus is invited to the weekly Physics/Pre-engineering seminar entitled Careers in Physics Education, with Examples” by Dan MacIsaac, PhD, at 2:10 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 in Science Hall room 1028.

MacIsaac is an associate professor of physics and interim chair of the Department of Earth Sciences and Science Education at SUNY Buffalo State College.

He will give a brief overview of his experiences preparing physics teachers, physics faculty and conducting physics education research at SUNY Buffalo State.  He will briefly present examples of professional careers that combine physics and human learning, and where to find career opportunities in this field.  MacIsaac will briefly present some of his recent work that brings nontraditional and traditional physics to both traditional and unusual learners (including refugee and blind children), and if time permits, illustrate this with a simple small group optics activity.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics/Pre-engineering

Students Meet the Career Team to “Taco-bout” Handshake!

Career Development Coordinator Rachel Gromlovits (seated) works with a student to help her customize her Handshake account. 

On Monday, September 9, the Career Team gave away free tacos in front of the Career Development Office, Horan O’Donnell 014, to students who activated their Handshake profile.  Forty students stopped by to learn more about Handshake, Canisius’ online job, internship and event posting system.

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

Campus Candid

Pictured (l-r): Summer L. Handzlik, Canisius Fund director; Matt J. Gorczycka, assistant director; Courtney T. Sullivan, leadership giving officer; and Suli M. Lyon, coordinator.

Look who’s sporting the latest Sesquicentennial apparel! The Canisius Fund team is styling a couple of the newest samples now on sale in the Canisius Bookstore and online.

Do you have your Sesquicentennial merchandise yet? If so, snap a picture and submit it to The Dome.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Homepage to go Live on Tuesday

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To coincide with launch of the college’s fall marketing campaigns, canisius.edu is getting a facelift with a newly redesigned homepage that will be live beginning Tuesday, September 10.  The new homepage highlights Canisius’ marketing theme — YOU CAN — and brings forward messaging featured in the college’s recruiting materials. The redesign introduces a modern look, new branding and storytelling elements, and several new features to improve the user experience.

Click here for a sneak preview.

Submitted by: Matt Wojick, associate vice president, Marketing & Brand Engagement

Canisius Ranks #19 on U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” Rankings

Canisius College climbed to the 19th spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North.  Canisius moved up four spots from its 2019 U.S. News ranking of 23rd among 128 regional universities in the North. 

Canisius was recognized for student excellence, its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes, faculty resources and its average alumni giving rate.  U.S. News separately ranks comprehensive colleges and universities by region of the country. 

In addition to Canisius’ climb among top tier regional schools, U.S. News & World Report includes the college on its list of Best Value Schools.  Canisius ranked 5th out of 75 regional universities in the North, up five spots from last year. Canisius was recognized for the percent of students who receive grant-based need (71 percent) and the average discount from the total cost of the school (41 percent).

The Best Value Schools ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality (based on U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking) and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  The higher quality and the lower the cost of the program, the better the deal.  Read more.

Progress Report and Advisement Workshop

Please join the Office of Academic Affairs on Monday, September 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. in Old Main 119 for a Progress Report and Advisement Workshop. This workshop will provide information from the Griff Center, the Core Curriculum Committee, the Honors Program and associate deans as we head into the fall advisement period. Topics will include using iAdvise effectively, Griff Audits, advising for the core and honors, as well as anything else participants might find useful for a broad level overview for anyone doing advisement for any major.

It is our hope that we will have faculty at different levels so longer term faculty can share pro-tips with their more junior colleagues.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Welcome Back Potluck Dinner & Movie

For those who have kids and those who are kids at heart, please join us Friday, September 13 for a start of the school year family friendly evening! The evening will kick off with a potluck dinner* at 6:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Chapel Undercroft.**  After the potluck, we will head to Old Main 203 to watch Inside Out and eat popcorn.

If interested in attending, please Email Jenn Lodi-Smith at lodismij@canisius.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

*Please bring a favorite dish to share and don’t forget to let us know if you have food allergies

**Enter through the side doors of the chapel on the side of the building closest to the student center

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

A Turkish Anthropologist Joins ICMS for Tea and a Talk

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) invites the campus community to its first Tea & Talk of the year on Friday, September 13 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Dr. Bulent Arikan from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Ecology & Evolution will speak on the impact of agriculture and herding on biodiversity and erosion near ancient settlements in Anatolia (modern Turkey).

Tea and Talk begins with tea at 2:00 p.m. followed by the talk at 2:30 p.m. This event, co-sponsored by Digital Humanities, is free and open to the public.

Because of this event, Classics Tea@2 on Sept. 13th is cancelled. Join us in Grupp!

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

 

 

Campus Candid

Look who made an appearance in Wheatfield, NY this week! Why it’s none other than Petey the Griffin.

The college mascot made a surprise visit at the home of Clancy Seymour on Tuesday, September 3, to rally his four children for the start of a new school year.

Pictured (l-r): Channing, Chyler, Clancy, Chailyn and Chase Seymour

Seymour is an assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the physical and health education teacher education program (P/HETE). His children, (triplets) Chyler, Chailyn and Chase are eight years old and started third grade this year. Channing is nine years old and started fourth grade. All attend Errick Road Elementary School in the Niagara Wheatfield School District.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WKBW-TV Channel 7 spoke with Canisius President John J. Hurley on Thursday evening, September 5, following news that the Movement to Restore Trust requested the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone.

Click here to watch the story.

Business First reported on the $135 million health information technology conversion underway in Science Hall, where Catholic Health is leasing 25,000 square feet of space. The partnership between Catholic Health and the college is providing internship opportunities for Canisius students.

Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Trivia Wednesdays in The Dome

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

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special door prize giveaway where the winner will have the opportunity to receive Canisius Sesqui gear.

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

Be sure to watch out for Flashback Fridays in The Dome for interesting facts and tidbits along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Submitted by: College Communications

Soccer Teams Host Doubleheader

The Canisius women’s and men’s soccer teams host a doubleheader this Sunday, September 8 at the Demske Sports Complex. The men face off against Northern Kentucky University at 1:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The women battle Valparaiso University at 4:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Admission is free for both games. For further information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Germany 2020 Spring Break

 

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Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor of animal behavior ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology, and Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of art history, on a trip to Germany in spring 2020 to study zoo and museum exhibits. This seven-day trip will take participants to Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig, and offer opportunities to see historic landmarks and enjoy traditional German food.

Information meetings are scheduled for next week and will be held in Lyons Hall 303 as follows:

Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Thursday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.  

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Friday, September 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

All are welcome to attend these meetings. For more information, contact Sue Margulis at margulis@canisius.edu or Yvonne Widenor at widenory@canisius.edu.

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

 

Brown Bag Seminar Series

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) will begin its fall 2019 Brown Bag Seminar Series with a Buffalo connection on Wednesday, September 11. Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, will present Ancient Images, Modern Buildings: Examples of Sacred Art in Buffalo. Starting with Canisius’ Christ the King Chapel, Lawrence will help explain the traditions, symbolism and imagery seen on campus and around the city.

The talk will take place in the new ICMS reading room located in Old Main 418 from 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Brown Bag Seminars are free and open to everyone. Bring a lunch and join the conversation!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

 

Canisius Sustainability Spot

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Sustainable reuseable items are now on sale. Chartwells is offering reusable dining utensils, straws, bags and cups. These sleek and trendy items will be on sale at all of the dining locations and branded with the Canisius Dining logo. The goal is to encourage the culture of reusability and to influence the next generation of leaders to avoid using single-use items as much as possible.

Items for sale are:

Stainless fork/spoon/chopsticks – $4.25

Plastic knife/spoon/fork – $2.00

Steel straw with pouch and cleaner – $3.00

Key chain case/silicon straw – $2.00

Large grocery non-woven tote – $2.50

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

Website Office Hours

Do you have a question about your department’s web page? Are you interested in learning how to edit pages and add content or just need a refresher? Web Services is here to help. Beginning Tuesday, September 17, the department will offer hours open to all faculty and staff.

Hours include:

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To set an appointment, contact Josh Kruk, director of digital marketing, at krukj@canisius.edu or use Calendly to set an appointment.

As a reminder, to make an edit to a web page in your area of focus, you can still use the form located on the Creative Services section of the portal as usual.

Submitted by: Josh Kruk, director, Digital Marketing

Workshop: Getting Started in Qualtrics

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will offer a workshop to train participants in using Qualtrics, a toolset used for data gathering, surveys and forms online. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Science Hall 036.

Participants will learn the basics of building online surveys and data collection forms using Qualtrics. Afterwards, users will be able to build, manage, operate and distribute simple forms and get the resulting data. They will also be ready to explore more advanced tools for enhancing their survey and data-form procedures. This workshop is useful for skilled and experienced survey researchers planning to move into Qualtrics. It is also valuable for faculty and staff who are considering online surveys or forms for the first time and seeking an introduction to form-building and basic data collection on the web.

To see other trainings offered by COLI as well as a range of faculty development opportunities brought to you by the Academic Affairs Division, visit the Faculty Development Community Resource.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Small Group Online Discussions in D2L

In the classroom, small group discussions can have a different dynamic than a class-wide conversation. This is also true with online asynchronous discussions.

If you want to change up your online discussions, consider having D2L organize your students into small groups for discussions. Click on the two tutorial videos that show how:

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

Organize your students into Groups in D2L

Create small-group Discussions Using Groups, and a Single Prompt.

 

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

Reminder: Shutting Off Classroom Projectors

Did you know that the lamps in Canisius’ classroom video projectors have a finite life span and that they cost between $99 and $400 (depending on the projector model) to replace? Did you know that when “standby” or “A/V Mute” is selected, the projector lamp is still being used? Please help us get the best value from our lamps by shutting down the projectors in your classrooms at the end of your class.  

– Do you need information on how to shut down a projector in a particular room or on how to use the document camera, play a DVD or hook up your laptop to the projector? Log on to the my.canisius.edu portal, click on “Campus Services” in the launchpad to open its drop-down menu, and 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.

– Do you need a demonstration of a particular feature of a room? Contact the Media Center by emailing Erik Michaelsen, instructional media technician, at michaele@canisius.edu, Nathan Johnson, instructional media technician, at johnsonn@canisius.edu or Dan Drew, director of the media center, at drewd@canisius.edu. Within a few days, a link on the Media Center’s portal page to a video showing how to use the feature of the room that you are interested in will be posted.

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

Canisius in the News

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education magazine included an article written by Matt Gorczyca, assistant director of the Canisius Fund, entitled “Cura Personalis – Has a Ripple Effect on Others.” Gorczyca discusses his experiences on Kairos retreats and how Ignatian spirituality strengthened his relationship with God.

Read the article on pages 32 – 33 here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Ministry News

WEEKDAY MASSES (now held in Loyola Hall)

Campus Ministry will hold weekday Masses in Loyola Hall Chapel at 12:05 p.m. for the following intentions:

Wednesday, September 4 for Gretchen Reger
Thursday, September 5 for Elizabeth Erick
Friday, September 6 for Kathleen Scully

The Sunday, September 8 Mass at 8:30 p.m. will be held in Christ the King Chapel. This Sunday’s intention is “For the People of Canisius College.” Mass cards for special Mass intentions are available in Old Main 207. The donation is $10.

Campus Ministry is happy to pray for your intentions at our weekly staff meeting and at Masses. Please email your prayer intentions to hayes28@canisius.edu.

Please Note: Prayer intentions will not be announced in The Dome unless specified by the person submitting the request. Should the prayer be in regard to death, illness or a health concern, we will need permission of the individual who is sick or a member of the immediate family to publish in this weekly space. Regardless, prayer requests are welcomed and we will keep all who ask in prayer privately throughout the week.

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SESQUICENTENNIAL MASS: Saturday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral

Join both Canisius College and Canisius High School as they celebrate their 150th anniversary.

 

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COMMUNITY DAY: Saturday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This is a one day event where the entire student body participates in community service throughout the city of Buffalo. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Campus Ministry. For more information, email Lauren Carlin, graduate assistant for Campus Ministry, at carlinl@canisius.edu.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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STUDENT RETREATS:

Freshman Retreat: Sunday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Cradle Beach Camp located in Angola, NY (transportation is provided)

We will meet on the second floor of Old Main at 9:30 a.m. The retreat is free and open to all first year, transfer and visiting students.

Kairos #64: Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27

This is the first full weekend retreat of the year that is offered. Kairos is based on the first week of the Ignatian Exercises where the focus is on an experience of God’s love for a broken humanity. Kairos is open to all undergraduates and graduates. Faculty and staff are invited by invitation only.

Cost: $50 (financial help is available)

Manresa #2: Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10

This is a second level retreat for those who have attended Kairos. Manresa is based on the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and is run by students for students with the help of some invited faculty and staff. Manresa is open to all undergraduates and graduates who have attended Kairos. Faculty and staff are invited by invitation only.

Cost: $50 (financial help is available)

Sign up here.

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IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH IN FOR JUSTICE: Saturday, November 16 – Monday, November 18

Student applications are currently being accepted for the Ignatian Family Teach in for Justice, a three day conference held yearly in Washington, DC that is attended by all Jesuit colleges, high schools and parish communities. The conference focuses on the social justice priorities set by the Jesuits and aim to inspire the Ignatian family to take action in these matters. The conference culminates with a trip to Capitol Hill where students lobby congressional offices for the priorities that were explored in depth at the conference.

Cost: $150 (includes airfare to Washington and hotel)

Applications will be coming out soon.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

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Headline: Lynn Incardona Named Employee of Distinction

Subhead: Recognized for her positive attitude and dedication to detail

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Lynn Incardona is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for August 2019!

At Canisius for two years, Lynn currently works as the payroll associate for the Controller’s Office. She was selected for this award based on her willingness to take on a big project on her own, her consistently positive attitude and attentiveness toward others, and her careful dedication to her work with excellent attention to detail.

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

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

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Lynn Incardona Named Employee of Distinction

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Lynn Incardona is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for August 2019!

At Canisius for two years, Lynn currently works as the payroll associate for the Controller’s Office. She was selected for this award based on her willingness to take on a big project on her own, her consistently positive attitude and attentiveness toward others, and her careful dedication to her work with excellent attention to detail.

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

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

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the September episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, September 7 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

Many refugees and parolees are traumatized emotionally, spiritually and physically due to their experiences of war, civil conflict, genocide, violence, rape and death. The Buffalo community has received thousands of refugees in recent years, many of whom have experienced trauma. The RiverRock Church is beginning a project through the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society to help address the wounds of trauma. In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Rev. Dr. Bob Tice and Laurie Tice about the faith-based trauma healing groups and training project.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish holidays. They are observed in the fall season of the Western calendar and the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. In the second segment, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Congregation Shir Shalom, talks with his son, Boaz and daughter, Jarah, about the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and other Jewish holy days.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute

Archives Speaker Series

The 2019 fall Archives Speaker Series will take place on Friday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library on the first floor. Stephen J. Vermette, PhD, professor of geology at Buffalo State College, will be the guest speaker.

Vermette will explore what it was like on the eve of Canisius’ founding by revisiting a Buffalo celebration on September 14,1869 unlike any other, for a man unlike any other. Millard Fillmore was the keynote speaker at the main event described as taking “no secondary place in the history of great celebrations.” Alexander von Humboldt, a German scientist, born September 14, 1769, may have more things named in his honor around the world than anyone else has. Humboldt formed “the hidden foundation of many of our natural sciences.” Among his accomplishments were linking altitude sickness with the thin air at high altitudes, recognizing “Continental Drift” that Africa and North America were once joined and recognition of a delicate connection between human activity and nature. He was a pioneer of data visualization and spoke out on the contradiction of the existence of the evils of slavery in a democracy.

As Humboldt’s centenary approached, Buffalo’s German Jesuits were organizing the founding of Canisius College. German immigrants made up almost half the city’s population at the time and were the chief organizers of the Humboldt Centenary event. The young sons of those immigrants would become the earliest students at Canisius College when it opened in 1870.

Humboldt and his work continue to fascinate scientists into the 21st century. As a special feature at this presentation, President Millard Fillmore’s actual lap desk (a gift to Canisius from Thomas C. Mack, Class of 1961) will be on display.

For more information, contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421 or at delaneyk@canisius.edu.

The event is free and open to the public.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections, Library

Canisius Adult Lifelong Learning

Registration is now open for the fall 2019 Canisius Adult Lifelong Learning offerings. Canisius Lifelong Learning offers a number of four to six-session, non-credit courses each semester that are open to anyone in the Buffalo community. Explore a wide range of subjects with other adults in small-sized classes without the worry of tests or papers. All Canisius Lifelong Learning courses are taught by members of the Canisius College faculty on topics of their particular interest and expertise.

Classes generally meet once each week. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, course enrollment costs $60. More information about Lifelong Learning can be seen here. More information on each course can be seen here.

Planning for spring offerings is already underway! If you are a Canisius faculty member interested in offering a Lifelong Learning course in the future, please complete the Course Planning Form or reach out to the Lifelong Learning advisors Julie Gibert, associate professor of history and associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences; Judy Larkin, professor emerita of psychology; Kathryn Williams, chair and associate professor of classics and Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology and interim assistant vice president for academic affairs.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology; interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Center for Online Learning & Innovation Fall Workshops

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will be offering a number of opportunities for faculty and staff to learn new things for teaching, research and administrative work through the fall 2019 semester.

See the list of workshops, meetups and other events on the Academic Affairs Faculty Development Community Resource page. Be sure to check back as additional activities are added!

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

Biology Department Sang Their Science

Students and faculty from the Biology Department worked together over the summer to produce a music video about cell biology and the experience of developing as a young scientist. The video was filmed and edited as a student/faculty collaboration and is part of a larger project that explores the boundaries of science and the arts as a way to enhance science education.

The song and video are written and produced from the perspective of a new graduate student working late nights in the lab. More broadly, the song is about those times in our lives where we are struggling and working as hard as we can, all the while searching for that faint glimmer of hope that everything will turn out okay. The cell biochemical pathways then become a metaphor for the changes we discover within ourselves – changes that give us the strength and determination to carry on.

The video can be found on YouTube here or by using the URL https://youtu.be/TkRdPHtzfvI.

For more information on the project, contact Jon O’Brien, PhD, associate professor of biology, at obrien46@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jon O’Brien, PhD, associate professor, Biology

ITS Database Maintenance

ITS will be performing a database upgrade on Saturday, September 7 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance, window Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB) and custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management, etc) will be unavailable.

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

This Week in the Griff Center

 

 

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Check out what’s happening in the Griff Center this week.

Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, graduate assistant, Griff Center

Cross Country Hosts Little Three Tonight

The Canisius men’s and women’s cross-country teams host the annual Little Three Championship tonight, Friday, August 30 at Delaware Park. The women’s race begins at 6:00 p.m. and the men answer the starting gun at 6:40 p.m.

The women have won the past six Little Three Championships, while the men have been victorious in 13 consecutive Little Three races.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com

Submitted by: John Maddock, senior associate athletic director, athletics

Tune into “Crossroads”

Be sure to tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, September 1 when Canisius President John Hurley sits down with program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, to discuss all things Sesquicentennial.

As the college embarks on its 150th anniversary, President Hurley shares stories that reflect great, long-term vision by the Jesuits and their Canisius collaborators, and offers insight as to what he envisions for the college and its future. He will also discuss details about the year-long celebration of events being planned to commemorate the college’s Sesquicentennial.

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

If you miss the Sunday, September 1 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, September 2 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Weekday Mass Changes

Weekday Masses have resumed at 12:05 p.m. Monday through Friday in Christ the King Chapel.  Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, all weekday Masses will be held in the Loyola Hall Chapel.  Please make a note of it.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

ICMS Announces New Fall Courses

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) continues its lifelong learners’ courses with two new courses for the fall. The first, “China and the Silk Roads,” will examine the development of Asian civilizations and their relationships with other parts of Eurasia through the interactions along the Silk Roads. The six-week course, taught by David Deveraux, PhD, professor of history, begins Wednesday, September 4 at 1:00 p.m.

The second course begins Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. and is taught by Bridgette Slavin, PhD, assistant professor of the practice of history at Medaille College. This course will explore the cultural, social and political aspects of the Viking Age. Registration is still open for both courses. Find more information on the ICMS website here. Follow ICMS on Facebook and LinkedIn: @ICMSCanisius.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

 

Educational Equity Symposium

The campus community is invited to attend the Center for Urban Education Educational Equity Symposium on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Keynote speakers John Brittain, professor of law, University of the District of Columbia and Peter Cookson, PhD, senior researcher, Learning Policy Institute, will present and take questions on their recent Learning Policy Institute report entitled, “Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity.”

Submitted by: Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs

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Submitted by: Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, interim assistant vice president, academic affairs

 

Men’s Soccer Hosts Bucknell

The Golden Griffin men’s soccer team opens its 2019 season at home this Sunday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m. against Bucknell University at the Demske Sports Complex. The game will mark the first time in four years that the Griffs have opened the season on the Demske turf.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Campus Candid

Members of the Class of 2023 pose for their first class photo in this cool aerial shot taken on Demske Field following the President’s Welcome and Blessing last Thursday.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Business First and WGRZ-TV Channel 2 reported on Canisius’ 15 percent surge in 2019 freshman fall enrollment. In the stories, President John Hurley credits the college’s vigorous marketing campaign emphasizing academic quality and student outcomes.

Read the Business First article here 

Watch the Channel 2 story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Students in Costa Rica

Front Row: Orlando Vargas (guide in Costa Rica). Second Row (L-R): Kalene Miller ’19, Caeley Robinson ’20, Allie Perrin ’21, Gilli Skidmore ’20 and Jackie Lamica ’20. Third Row (L-R): Grettel Fonseca (host at Las Nubes Field Station); Sarah Bell ’21;  Katie Doyle ’20; Amanda Gagnon ’20 (graduate student); Joshua Russell, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation; Jamie Feinstein ’19 (graduate student) and Alisa Marks ’21.

Eight undergraduates from the Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC) program and two graduate students in the Anthrozoology program recently returned from a two-week field course in Costa Rica. The course, taught by Assistant Professor of ABEC Joshua Russell, PhD, highlighted human dimensions of wildlife conservation. After two days in the capital of San Jose, hearing from guest speakers and visiting bio-cultural museums, students traveled to a remote eco-campus in the cloud forest to engage in research, cross-cultural outreach and sustainable development work. The final part of the trip took the group to the Pacific coast to visit national parks and an Indigenous community to learn about Costa Rica’s wildlife conservation laws and land treaty policies. Along the way, the group saw dozens of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The course runs every other year in August, when students return to Canisius in the fall to develop podcasts for their final project. For more information on the next trip, contact Dr. Russell at russellj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, PhD, assistant professor, ABEC

ISHAR Funding Opportunities

Canisius College’s Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR) has two new directors: Malini Suchak, PhD, and Joshua Russell, PhD, assistant professors of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC). Under this new leadership, ISHAR hopes to establish more connections with the wider campus community in the form of partnerships and support for a range of activities, including student research (undergraduate and graduate), guest speakers, campus events, student travel, and more. If students, faculty or staff wish to request funding for activities that are related to the study and understanding of humanity’s relationships with other animals, we invite you to fill out our Google forms applications. You can find links to the forms, along with more information about ISHAR, on our webpage here.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, PhD, assistant professor, ABEC

Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) welcomes all students back to school! With a new semester comes a new season of events. This year’s topics include the Silk Road, archaeology in Turkey and the Vikings. We begin with Classics Tea@2, beginning this Friday, August 30 in our new reading room, Old Main 418. This weekly get-together is a relaxed atmosphere with various kinds of tea, pastries and conversation. Those looking to de-stress after a week of studies are invited to attend.

Watch The Dome for updates on events and talks for fall 2019. Check out our website here for details and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook. Join our mailing list to receive our newsletter.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

Come Sing with Cantio Sacra!

Cantio Sacra, directed by Melissa Thorburn, invites faculty, staff and students to join us this semester as we perform at events on and off campus.  The group, a chamber choir that performs both sacred and secular music, meets for rehearsal from 1:00 p.m. -1:50 p.m. on Wednesdays in Christ the King Chapel.  Our first rehearsal is August 28.  Singers of all ages, voice ranges, and experience are welcome!

Submitted by Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor of Fine Arts/Music

No Dome on Monday, September 2

Please note that The Dome will not publish on Monday, September 2 due to the Labor Day.

Following Labor Day, The Dome will return to its regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule on Wednesday, September 4.

Submitted by: College Communications

Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses.  This course provides many practical tips for teaching online, but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community building in courses on the internet.  The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses.  The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC.  Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid 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.  Check the COLI website, at canisius.edu/coli, to see when the next OFDC is happening.  Then enroll by contacting coli@canisius.edu.

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

 

Campus Candids

 

Petey gave out lots of hugs and high-fives at last Thursday’s President’s Welcome and Blessing.

The Koessler Center was packed with members of the Class of 2023, their parents and Canisius faculty and staff on Thursday, August 22 for the President’s Welcome and Blessing. Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel Dentino, PhD, and President John Hurley welcomed the newest members of the Canisius family, and President Hurley offered some advice to students on how to best take advantage of their Canisius education. He also told parents that if their children take his advice, they will be significantly transformed in four years. Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, offered a blessing, during which all students held up flameless candles.

Sara Morris, PhD, interim vice president for academic affairs, read the college’s Academic Promise and Abby Hughes from the Undergraduate Student Association invited students to recite the Student’s Pledge.  The event closed with the singing of the Alma Mater.

Daniel Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs, welcomes the Class of 2023.

President John Hurley offers new students some words of wisdom.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 covered Move-in Day for freshmen students on Thursday, August 22.

Watch the WGRZ-TV store here. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

Gwen Ito, marketing and communications copywriter and Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, served as faculty and staff greeters for Move-in Day.

The campus came alive as more than 300 freshmen students moved into the Bosch, Frisch and Dugan Residence Halls today, Thursday, August 22. Student-athletes, members of student clubs, and faculty and staff assisted students and their parents with the move-in process. President John Hurley, student orientation staff, and Canisius faculty and staff were on hand to give our new students a friendly Canisius welcome.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Spectrum News interviewed President John Hurley yesterday regarding his recent meeting with Bishop Richard Malone. President Hurley voiced his concerns about how the Diocese will balance contesting its pending litigations with implementing the recommendations outlined in the Movement to Restore Trust’s 68-page report. Watch the Spectrum story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) began today, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. with resident move-in and the Student Services Fair, and runs through Sunday, August 25.  NSO is our opportunity to engage new students and to let them know that they made the right choice.  Please reference the NSO schedule here in the event you should have parents or students inquire about the locations of events.  I want to offer a special invitation for everyone to join us today, August 22 at 3 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center for the President’s Welcome and Blessing.

Go Griffs!

Submitted by: Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs

Employee Engagement Meeting

The Employee Engagement Team will meet on Wednesday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. – noon in the Library Conference Room. New members from the campus community are welcome and are encouraged to join the discussions. As the team progresses through the year, representatives from divisions across the campus will continue to focus on individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities. In addition, there will be a focus on the Canisius-wide priority: enhancing the student experience to increase student enrollment and retention.

If you are interested in joining the team, contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, at Ext. 2244 or walleshl@canisius.edu.

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

Power 125 Women

Members of the Canisius College community make up 19 percent of Business First’s Power 125 Women list for 2019. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York.  Congratulations to Denise Rotondo, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business, who was named #97 on the list.

Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county and the length of her career. Only women who live full-time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 125 named, four Canisius alumnae are in the Top 10.

Below is a complete listing of those members of the Canisius community who were honored:

Canisius alumnae:

#6 ‒ Rhonda Frederick MPA ᾽03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#7 – Allegra Jaros ᾽93, MBA ᾽96, president, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

#8 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ᾽82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#9 – Kimberly Minkel ᾽96, executive director, NFTA

#19 – Susan O’Sullivan ᾽04, vice president, U.S. sales, Ingram Micro, Inc.

#38 – Laura Zaepfel ᾽86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#43 – Norma Nowak ᾽79, PhD, executive director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics LLC

#44 – Nancy Ware ᾽78, president and founder, EduKids Inc.

#58 – Mary Roberts ᾽77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#59 – Mary Jean Jakubowski, MS ᾽73, director, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

#79 ‒ Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, SUNY Buffalo State College Council; vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies Inc.

#94 – Kathleen Grisanti ᾽82, president and medical director, Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of Western New York

#106 – Andrea Tyrpak – Endres MS ᾽83, principal and executive vice president, Canisius High School

#109 – Nora Eberl ᾽92, co-owner and CFO, Eberl Iron Works Inc.

#110 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder and trustee, Roswell Park Foundation

#112 – Nadine Marrero ᾽99, director of planning, city of Buffalo

#114 ‒ Katherine Ragusa MS ᾽06, CEO, The Advantage Co.

#117 ‒ Diane Tiveron ᾽86, managing partner, HoganWilling PLLC

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

#12 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

#60 – Denise Roche HON ’92, chair, NFTA board of commissioners; retired president, D’Youville College

#73 ‒ Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chair, Rich Products Corporation; president, Rich Entertainment Group

#118 ‒ Lana Benatovich HON ᾽99, president, National Federation for Just Communities of WNY

Maureen Hurley, retired executive vice president of Rich Products and wife of Canisius President John Hurley, was ranked #86.

Submitted by: College Communications

COLI Pedagogy Primer Podcast

COLI has published the first two episodes of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast!

In episodes which run roughly 20-25 minutes long, this podcast helps new faculty get started teaching in higher education. It features tips on course design, activity development, class management, and other essentials for teaching and learning across a wide variety of disciplines.

While the podcast is primarily for newer faculty, those with years or decades of teaching experience can likely discover some new things worth trying in their courses.

We try to publish at least one episode a month, and hope to have two in some months.

You can find and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Episodes and show notes are also available here.

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

 

Database Maintenance Scheduled for Sunday

ITS will be performing a database upgrade on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB) and custom Canisius Web Applications (including iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management) will be unavailable.

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

 

Campus Candid

The Koessler Athletic Center had a large turnout on Tuesday, August 13 for the Campus Beautification Project. Great job crew!

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance

Canisius in the News

Teachers calling on random students in a classroom could be detrimental to women, according to research by Judith Larkin, PhD, professor emerita of psychology. Women are more likely to be ashamed than men if they cannot answer the question.

Click here to read The Chronicle of Higher Education story.

Athletic Director Bill Maher, along with athletic directors from other local colleges, was interviewed by The Buffalo News about how can their schools connect with sports fans in a town dominated by the Bills and Sabres.

Click here to read The Buffalo News.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Goes Smoke-Free

Canisius College joins the ranks of thousands of other colleges and universities across the nation to establish itself as smoke, tobacco and nicotine-free campus. 

The policy states that the use of tobacco and associated products, including vaping products, on all campus grounds and facilities is prohibited.  This includes all outdoor common and educational areas, college buildings, college-owned, on-campus housing; campus sidewalks; campus parking lots; recreational areas; outdoor stadiums; and college-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location).   Sale of tobacco and all tobacco-related products on campus is also prohibited. The policy is in effect as of August 26, 2019, the first day of class in the fall semester. 

The full policy can be accessed here.

Studies show that smoke, tobacco and nicotine-free policies have a positive impact on the health and well-being of a community. They can help current users quit, prevent others from starting, eliminate secondhand exposure, and influence attitudes toward tobacco and nicotine use.  The Office of Human Resources welcomes you to visit their offices to learn more about resources and support services available for those who are trying to stop using smoke, tobacco and/or nicotine products.

Submitted by: John Hurley, President

Last Week of Food Trucks

Center Street Smokehouse will return to campus on Wednesday, August 21 in the Bagen Hall lot. Please note that the Great Foodini, which was scheduled to return on Thursday August 22, has cancelled.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this summer’s food trucks!

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

Fall 2019 Welcome Back Events

Welcome back to Canisius for the Fall 2019 semester.  The Offices of Campus Ministry, Athletics and Student Life invite you to a series of kick-off events on Sunday, August 25.

‒ Women’s Soccer versus Hampton at 4:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex

‒ Dinner sponsored by Student Life from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Economou Dining Hall

‒ Mass on the Grass at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Quad in front of Christ the King Chapel

‒ Bonfire activities immediately following Mass.

Please complete the form here and include the number of additional guests, if any, so we have an idea of how many will attend.

We look forward to starting the semester with you!

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

 

The Dome

The Dome resumes its regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning Monday, August 26.

Submissions are due by 2 p.m. the day prior to publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Robert Davis, PhD, professor emeritus of accounting, commented on the state of the investigations into the finances of the Community Action Organization of Western New York. Both the FBI and New York State Attorney General’s office are searching for evidence of improprieties.

Click here to read The Buffalo News story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Assumption Thursday

Assumption Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Diocese of Buffalo, is today, Thursday, August 15.   Mass will be offered at 12:05 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Chapel with Rev. Thomas Slon, S.J., rector, Canisius Jesuit community, presiding.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

Employee Appreciation Lunch

Members of the Admissions team gather for the Employee Appreciation Lunch. (L-R) Matt Kwiatkowki, assistant director of undergraduate admissions, Jack Neitz, admissions counselor, Ian Day, vice president for enrollment management and Justin Rogers, director of undergraduate enrollment.

The Economou Dining Hall was packed with college employees who gathered for the 3rd annual Employee Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, August 14. Guests enjoyed a picnic lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, potato salad and ice cream for dessert. The event was hosted by President John Hurley.

(L-R) Mike Hayes, director, campus ministry; Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister and Lauren Carlin, graduate assistant, campus ministry.

Pictured above left: (left row, front to back) Gwen Baggs Ito, marketing copywriter, Suli Lyon, Canisius Fund coordinator and Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund. Right row, front to back: Courtney Sullivan, Leadership giving officer, Canisius Fund and Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund.

Pictured above right: (L-R) Chuck Wigley, PhD, professor emeritus of communication studies; Robert Butler, PhD, professor emeritus of English and Walter Sharrow, PhD, professor emeritus of history.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Beautification Project

Front row (L-R): Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance; Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean of arts and sciences; Laura Montaro, executive associate to the president;  Maggie Burkard, academic affairs support manager and Mary Ellen Carver, executive associate to the dean of the Wehle School of Business.

Back row (L-R):  Kris Lorence, grounds foreman, facilities management; Ian Day, vice president for enrollment management; Sharon Federico, Business and Student Affairs support manager, Bill Collins, vice president for institutional advancement and Shane Dembowski, groundskeeper, facilities management.

Members of the Canisius community gathered on Tuesday, August 13 to help beautify the campus in preparation for the arrival of the students for the fall semester. The project involved weeding various flowerbeds. Unfortunately, the group’s efforts were interrupted by a brief rain shower!

Submitted by: College Communications

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

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

For more than 150 years, Christ the King Seminary has grown and faced the challenges of theological education and spiritual formation.  In these challenging times, Christ the King Seminary is reshaping its mission and offerings and plans to renovate its educational center.  In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Michael Sherry, academic dean, Christ the King Seminary and Deacon Timothy Chriswell, director of deacons for the Diocese of Buffalo, about the current offerings and vision for the seminary in East Aurora, New York

Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, is the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so, at least once in a lifetime. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Imam Fajri Ansari, Masjid Nu’Man, about his Hajj Pilgrimage in 2018.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ‘86, MS ‘02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute

Campus Candid

Photo courtesy: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer

The Western New York Teacher Residency Program at Canisius welcomed it’s second cohort of graduate resident teacher candidates.

The residents began their Foundations of Education course last week, taught by Adjunct Professor Geoff Schutte, a teacher leader at Tapestry High School who is an active education leader in the Buffalo community. Through intensive coursework, cohort building and field experiences in the Buffalo community, residents will be better prepared to address systemic barriers that impact Buffalo children. 

Submitted by: Joyce Fanning, assistant director, WNY Teacher Residency Program

 

Canisius in the News

Central and Eastern Kentucky’s NPR affiliate, WEKU-88.9, interviewed Associate Professor of History Richard A. Bailey, PhD, on August 8, 2019.  The department chair spoke mainly about his current research on Wendell Berry, an American novelist and environmental activist.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: Richard A. Bailey, PhD, associate professor and chair, History

 

TIAA Representative Returns to Campus

The college’s TIAA financial consultant, Molly Amos, will visit campus Wednesday, August 21 to offer individual counseling sessions in the Library Conference Room. Amos is available to review and discuss current investments, retirement goals and answer any questions.

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

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

George M. Martin Award Presented to Brianna Blank

Congratulations to Brianna Blank ’14, this year’s recipient of the George M. Martin Award.  Blank is a talented multimedia producer and photographer for the marketing and brand engagement team.  She received the award during the Division of Institutional Advancement’s annual celebration. 

Established in 1983 by the late George M. Martin, then executive vice president for administrative affairs at Canisius, the Martin Award is presented each year to a member of the college’s Institutional Advancement staff whose initiative, creativity and teamwork brings distinction to him/herself and the college. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius ABEC Department Well-Represented at National Conference

 

 

Front row (l-r): Malini Suchak, PhD (ABEC faculty, BIO ’07 alum), Shakira Jinez (ABEC ’20), Abbey Hines (ABEC ’18, MS in Education ’19, currently works at the Carnegie Museum), Maddie Blackwell (ABEC ’20), Lindsay Robbins (ABEC ‘12, currently a PhD student at Purdue University), Tiffani Smith (ABEC ’19, currently works at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital). Second row: Matt LeFauve (ABEC ’14, currently a PhD student at George Washington University), Nicole Dickan (ABEC ’20), Abby Robinson (ABEC ’19), Amy Bucklaew (ABEC ’20), Caeley Robinson (ABEC ’20), Third row: Brittany Coppinger (ABEC ’14, currently a PhD student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville), Adam Bator (ABEC ’20), Carter Keegan (EVST ’20), Lindsey Pierson, PhD (ABEC ‘12, assistant professor, Christian Brothers University, Memphis TN), Elizabeth George (ABEC ‘15, currently a PhD student at Indiana University), Mary Woodruff (ABEC ’18, currently a PhD Student at Indiana University), Jay Cooney (ABEC ’20) Back row: Sydney Chertoff (ABEC ’18, currently a master’s student at University of Lethbridge), Megan Miller (ABEC ’20), Sue Margulis, PhD (ABEC faculty), Mackenzie Nish (ABEC ’20)

 

The ABEC program was well-represented at the 2019 Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, held at the University of Illinois at Chicago July 23-28. In total, an impressive 22 Canisius students, alumni and faculty attended the conference.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor, ABEC and Biology / Malini Suchak, PhD, assistant professor, ABEC

D2L Summer Maintenance: August 17 – 19

D2L will undergo technical upgrades from Saturday, August 17 – Monday, August 19 that may impact fall 2019 course spaces.  During this maintenance period, there may be service disruptions where you are unable to reach your D2L course spaces. We ask that during this time you do not attempt to add or change course content.

If you plan to build new or substantially updated content that is different from course materials stored in a previous semester before August 17, please download and save backups of the new or amended course content. D2L makes this quick and easy. See the tutorial video on exporting course packages below.

Backup is an essential practice for any faculty member. If you do not practice a backup plan, now is a great time to start.

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

Campus Candid

The Canisius College Pre-Medical Center partnered with the Erie Niagara Health Education Center to host a week-long Health Professions Summer Camp for middle school children.  This is an effort to encourage Buffalo kids to persist in science and math during high school and beyond.  Canisius faculty and several alumni in health professions helped introduce the kids to what it would be like to work as a physician assistant or in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry, neuroscience, animal behavior and more.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, Canisius College Pre-Med Center 

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News editorial board gave kudos to The Movement to Restore Trust in its August 5 edition, crediting the group of local Catholic laity for its recently issued report of proposed reforms.

Canisius President John J. Hurley, who was instrumental in forming The Movement to Restore Trust, is referenced throughout the article talking about the importance of laity, religious and clergy working together to promote best practices in the management of the Catholic Church.

Click here to read the full story.

Submitted by: College Communications

All Decked Out to Celebrate the Sesquicentennial

As a new academic year gets underway in a few weeks, so too will the college’s year-long celebration commemorating its Sesquicentennial. Already, the campus is showing signs – literally – of what the Canisius community can expect to see throughout the year.

Thanks to the talented work of the Marketing & Brand Engagement team, new Sesqui-themed banners and graphics now adorn campus buildings and areas up-and-down Main Street. Look for more to come on light posts across campus and inside Science Hall, in the coming days.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Beautification Project Underway

Members of the college community turned out on Monday, August 5 for the first of two campus beautification days, hosted by Canisius President John J. Hurley and the Human Resources Department.

Participants helped weed various flower beds in and around college buildings in preparation for the return of students in a few weeks.

Pictured below are Sarah E. Signorino, director of mission and identity; Laura A. Montaro, executive associate to the president; and John J. Hurley, president of Canisius College.

A second campus beautification day is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and all are invited to participate. Gardening gloves will be provided. Click here RSVP.

Please note that manager approval is required to participate in this project.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources

Employee Parking Reminder

Registration for 2019-20 employee parking tags is now open. Current parking tags expire on Thursday, August 15, 2019. To purchase tags, go to myCanisius; login with your username and password; click on campus services (left side), click purchase parking – follow the prompts – make sure to “submit” or simply click on the link below.

  • Your Canisius username and password
  • If you are not paying via payroll deduction, your credit card or checking/savings account information for payment
  • Vehicle description (year, make, model, color)
  • Vehicle license plate number

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

If you pay with cash, you must still register online but will need to pay at the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in Bagen Hall 106 where you will receive your tag.

If you have any questions, please call Shelly Baronich, accounting associate for the Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8529 or at baronicm@canisius.edu.

TO REGISTER IMMEDIATELY, CLICK HERE.

Click here for the registration form.

Submitted by: Shelly Baronich, accounting associate, Controller’s Office

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