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On Friday, September 17, 2021, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ Library honored faculty who received tenure, were promoted or achieved emeritus  status. Each honoree selected a book and dedicated it for the library collection. The books and dedications will be on display on the main floor of the library through October.

PHOTO (L-R):

Margaret Stefanski, Professor Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Kristine Kasbohm, Library Director; Secil Ertorer, Associate Professor Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice; Gregory Reeds, Professor Emeritus Kinesiology; Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Professor Psychology; Daniel Haeusser, Professor Biology; Julie Anna Golebiewski, Associate Professor, Economics & Finance; Paul Sauer, Professor Emeritus Marketing & Information Systems; John Hurley, Canisius President.

Also honored but not in photo: Clancy Seymour, Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Submitted By: Kristine Kasbohm, director, Library

 

President’s Convocation

The Canisius community is cordially invited to attend John J. Hurley’s final President’s Convocation on Thursday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The convocation will also be livestreamed if you are unable to attend in person. The link to view his address will be posted in the MyCanisius portal.

Each year, President Hurley hosts this event to bring the campus community together to hear about the state of the college and the priorities for the year ahead.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend or watch the livestream.  President Hurley’s remarks will also be recorded and posted in The Dome on Monday, September 27, along with a brief recap.

For more information, please contact the Office of the President at (716) 888-2100 or voorheeb@canisius.edu.

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

Celebrating Service Milestones for 2020 and 2021


The Human Resources Department is pleased to acknowledge the following faculty and staff as they have achieved service milestones in 2020 and 2021!

As we were unable to celebrate together last year, all honorees will be invited to an informal Service Recognition Breakfast on Monday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room.  

We will honor all faculty and staff who have reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service at the college in 2020 and 2021. 

The event will be a little less formal than prior years, so please plan to spend time celebrating and relaxing together over some coffee, tea and breakfast food. Honorees listed below will receive an invitation to the event, so please save the date in your calendar.

If you are not included on the list below and feel that you should be, or if you are included on the list and any of your information is incorrect, please contact Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to the president, at voorheeb@canisius.edu.

As you reach these milestones in your career, please know that your contributions are truly appreciated! 

Congratulations to all!

2020 and 2021 Service Recognition List of Honorees

40 Years in 2020

Eileen C. Herbert – Chief Communications Officer/Director of Communications

Veronica A. Serwacki – Executive Associate to Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

40 Years in 2021

Dr. Guy H. Gessner – Associate Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Dr. Nancy J. Rosenbloom – Professor of History

Michael E. Szymendera – Director of Infrastructure/Network Engineering

35 Years in 2020

Dr. Mick Cochrane – Chair & Professor of English

Michael G. Dolan – Professor of Kinesiology

Margaret M. Kraatz – Financial Aid Specialist and Special Projects

Dr. Ian J. Redpath – Chair & Professor of Accounting

35 Years in 2021

Patricia H. Creahan – Director of Student Health Center

Mary A. Koehneke – Associate Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Christopher J. Mejak – Lead Electrician for Facilities Management

Dr. Charles J. Pelitera – Professor of Practice of Kinesiology & Director of Health & Wellness

Brian P. Smith – Director of International Students & Study Abroad

Alan D. Weitzsacker – System Administrator III for ITS

30 Years in 2020

Dr. Edward J. Garrity – Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Dr. Julie S. Gibert – Associate Professor of History & Associate Dean for School of Arts & Sciences

Lt. John F. Hach – Public Safety Lieutenant

Dr. Mariusz M. Kozik – Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. R. Mark Meyer – Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. H. David Sheets – Professor of Physics and Director of Data Analytics

30 Years in 2021

Dr. Richard Falkenstein – Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts

Dr. Barbara J. Irwin – Professor of Communication Studies

Michele A. Rizzo – Assistant Director of Financial Services

25 Years in 2020

Kevin M. Smith – Assistant VP & Director of Student Records & Financial Services

25 Years in 2021

Scott D. Clark – Director of User Services for ITS

Vanessa M. Clay – Public Safety Dispatcher

Dr. John S. Dahlberg – Chair & Professor of Communication Studies

Walter J. DuBois – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

Dr. Robert J. Grebenok – Professor of Biology

Dr. Sara R. Morris – VP for Academic Affairs

Elaine M. Mrugala – Administrative Associate for Student Life

Dr. Craig D. Rogers – Associate Professor of Economics & Finance

Marc J. Schnirel – System Administrator III for ITS

Andrew N. Smith – Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Dr. Melissa B. Wanzer – Professor of Communication Studies

20 Years in 2020

Dr. Michael J. Forest – Professor of Philosophy

David J. Koenig – Computer Support Specialist III for ITS

Dr. Ronald H. Kotlik – Director of Education Technology & Emerging Media Program

Dr. Shawn O’Rourke – Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Sports Administration/Grad Administrative Program Advisor

James A. Phillips – Public Safety Security Guard

Dr. Michael E. Rutter – Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Services

Kevin D. Stone – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

20 Years in 2021

Dr. Barbara A. Burns – Chair & Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Debra T. Burhans – Associate Professor of Computer Science

Frank Clark IV – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Benjamin J. Dunkle – Professor of Digital Media Arts

Dr. Kristin E. Finn – Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Marya Grande – Professor of Teacher Education

Ronald J. Haberer – Controller

Dr. Mark Hodin – Professor of English

Dr. Christopher R. Lee – Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology

Erik T. Michaelsen – Instructional Media Technician for the Media Center

Dr. Howard Stanger – Professor of Management and Affiliate Faculty of History

Lisa M. Sullivan – Librarian/Collection & Instructional Services

Dr. Steven H. Szczepankiewicz – Associate Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. Nancy V. Wallace – Interim Dean for School of Education & Human Services

Dr. Amy L. Wolf – Associate Professor of English

Laura A. Zirnheld – Student Records Specialist

15 Years in 2020

Dr. Patricia A. Coward – Assessment Coordinator for the Library

Pamela M. Dart – Programmer Analyst for ITS

Dr. Jennifer A. Desiderio – Associate Professor of English

Rosemary A. Evans – Administrative Associate for School of Education & Human Services

Dr. Timothy M. Gregg – Associate Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. Rosanne L. Hartman – Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Dennis W. Koch – Associate Professor of Professional Studies/HHP Programs Director

Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence – Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology

Dr. Christopher J. Lopata – Professor of Psychology & Co-Director for Institute for Autism Research

Dr. Tanya M. Loughead – Professor of Philosophy

Brian S. McIntyre – Public Safety Officer

Donna L. Ortolani – Student Affairs Administrative Specialist for Public Safety

Mark J. Piatkowski – Associate Director of Student Life

Deborah W. Prohn – Registrar & Assistant Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Dr. Ronald M. Rivas – Professor of Management

Erica C. Sammarco – Associate Vice President

Kimberly J. Walkow – Executive Associate to the Dean of Wehle School of Business

Richard V. Warcholak – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

15 Years in 2021

Elizabeth P. Caffee – Director of Academic Talent Search

Kathleen M. DeLaney – Reference Librarian & Archivist

Dr. Lorreine DiCamillo – Associate Dean for School of Education & Human Services

Jennifer J. Herrmann – Associate Dean for Student Success for the Griff Center

Dr. Byung-Jay Kahng – Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Kristine E. Kasbohm – Director of the Library

Sandra M. McKenna – Academic Program Coordinator for Physician Assistant Program

Nancy I. Mercado – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Dr. Timothy J. Servoss – Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Phillip M. Sheridan – Chair & Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

10 Years in 2020

Sierra M. Bonerb – Associate Director of Support Services for the Griff Center

Russell P. Calianno – Programmer Analyst I for ITS

Allen W. Callwood – Public Safety Officer

Carlton Coker, Jr. – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Dr. Katie S. Costanzo – Associate Professor of Biology

Philip J. Davis, Sr. – Counselor for Academic Talent Search

Dr. Paola C. Fajardo-Heyward – Interim Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Charles A. Goodsell – Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology

Matthew K. Kochan – Librarian and Head of Public Services for the Library

Kristina L. Laun – Administrate Associate for ITS

Dr. Lisa M. Morey – Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Biology

10 Years in 2021

Dr. Denise M. Akin – Clinical Instructor of Psychology

Dr. Allyson D. Backstrom – Director of George E. Schreiner, M.D. ’43 Pre-Medical Center

Angela M. Butler – Advancement Coordinator for Institutional Advancement

Dr. Stephen A. Chanderbhan – Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Mark K. Gallimore – Director of Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Margaret E. Garfoot – Director of Applied Nutrition Program & Office of Professional Studies

Dr. Jean A. Gregorek – Associate Professor of English

Kimberly A. Griffin – Head Coach of Women’s Softball

Katherine M. Huck – Director of Advancement Services

Dr. Karl F. Kozlowski – Professor of Kinesiology

Jennifer M. Lavoie – Assistant Director of Admissions Processing

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith – Associate VP of Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Psychology

Joshua M. Martin – Admissions Processing Associate

Dermot P. McGrane – Head Coach of Men’s Soccer

Janet M. McNally – Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Jeffrey M. Proehl – Librarian/Head of Technology Services for the Library

Dr. Richard D. Reitsma – Chair & Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Lisa A. Rowley – Staff Nurse for the Student Health Center

David A. Shakarjian – Senior Programmer Analyst/DBA for ITS

Eileen Tally – Student Accounts Supervisor for Student Records & Financial Services

5 Years in 2020

Luis R. Ayala – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Amy K. Beiter – Curriculum & Student Support Project Associate for Academic Affairs

Dr. Julie Anna M. Golebiewski – Associate Professor of Economics & Finance

Dr. Daniel P. Haeusser – Associate Professor of Biology

Patricia A. Herkey – Creative Director of Marketing & Communication

Joshua E. Kruk – Digital Marketing Director for Marketing & Communication

Kelly L. Schultz – Associate Controller

Timothy J. Seil – Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities

Carolyn M. Thompson – Coordinator & Supervisor for Office of Field Experience

Linda M. Walleshauser – Associate VP for Human Resources & Compliance

5 Years in 2021

Jarrett L. Abelson – Director of Athletic Communications

Dr. Nathan L. Arbuckle – Associate Professor of Psychology

Suli M. Calianno – Canisius Fund Coordinator

Jeannette N. Delaney – Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Laura J. Ginter – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Chris E. Hawkins – Assistant Coach for Men’s Basketball

Laurie A. Hennessy – Administrative Operations Coordinator for Athletics

Cavina T. James – Associate Director of HEOP for C.O.P.E.

Matthew R. Kwiatkowski – Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Garrett L. Layton – Director of Digital Media and Athletic Communication

Sandra A. Miller – Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations

Erik J. Schneider – Working Foreman & Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Courtney T. Sullivan – Leadership Giving Officer for the Canisius Fund

Dr. Sarah L. Tulin – Assistant Professor of Biology

Reggie Witherspoon – Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

Lauren L. Young – Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

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

Streetfood Festiful in the Dining Hall

Chartwells Higher Ed will host a street food-inspired event this Friday, September 24 in the Dining Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This event will take place nationwide in celebration of students and faculty being back together on campus.  Lunch for this day will be FREE to everyone who  wishes to join us.

There will be tacos, pizza bagels, novelty ice creams, games (with prizes), and much more. We are asking that everyone donate $3 at the door with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards The Food Pantry of Buffalo and combating food insecurity on our Canisius campus.

As part of this incredible food event, Celebrity Chef Jet Tila will live-stream make an appearance from LSU.  Anyone who fills out a survey at the event will be entered to win one of his cookbooks. Our biggest giveaway will be run through social media as we are giving away $500 to one lucky person who attends and posts about it on their social media account. 

We hope to see you at this fun event!

Submitted by: Aaron Abruzzino, marketing manager, Chartwells Higher Ed

 

Flu Shot Clinics on Campus for this Fall

Make sure you are ready for flu season this year. The Student Health Center is teaming up with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide flu shot clinics on the following dates this fall – no appointments necessary:

  • Tuesday, October 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons
  • Thursday, October 14 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the KAC
  • Wednesday, October 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons
  • Wednesday, October 27 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the KAC

Mark your calendars, and please remember to bring your health insurance card and face-mask with you when you go! 

You must be 18 or older to get a flu-shot and do not come if you are feeling sick! 

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

 

Your Wellness Matters: Cholesterol

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The above article from Lawley Insurance Group discusses the risks involved in having high cholesterol and how to monitor your cholesterol levels. With heart disease and stroke being the two leading causes of death in the United States, it is important to keep this in check because too much cholesterol can be a major contributing factor.

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

 

 

September Submissions for Employee of Distinction

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

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

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

Please have all September submissions completed no later than Friday, September 24.

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

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

 

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News about the slowing of hiring in the local job markets and how this stagnation compares to previous years.

To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Video Institute Film Airs on WNED-TV

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“Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life” will be re-broadcast on WNED-TV on Thursday, September 23 at 4:30 a.m. and Sunday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The film focuses on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants are from Buffalo’s international high school, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson. The film was produced by digital media arts students Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, under the direction of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies.  The award-winning Video Institute was directed by Dr. Irwin and Jamie O’Neil, professor of digital media arts in the Department of Communication.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, Ph.D., professor, Department of Communication

Second Borders & Migrations Initiative Event

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The second speaker for the Borders and Migrations fall 2021 series will take place on October 6, from 1-2:30 p.m., and feature Montserrat Canela Garayoa from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  Based in Geneva, Montserrat will visit  via Webinar and will include a hybrid audience: online and in person.  This is in collaboration with the Archive Speakers Series at the Library. 

Montserrat will also join  SPA 324 on October 7 from 2:30 – 3.45 p.m. (but in Spanish) and will join a conversation with peer learners in ITESO Jesuit University in Guadalajara, Mexico.  If you speak Spanish and are interested in the conversation as well, you are welcome to join.

All are welcome to the in person conversation, the Webinar (in English) or the Dual Immersion (in Spanish).

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

Restrict File Types on Dropbox Submissions

Later this month, you will be able to restrict what file types students are allowed to submit to a D2L Dropbox.

To do this, go to the Submission and Completion section in the D2L Dropbox Editor Screen. Then, find the dropdown menu titled “Allowable File Extensions”.

You can choose from one of the following categories (for specific file extensions each category can accept, please visit this page):

No Restrictions: Default choice; all file types are accepted, including zipped files.

Annotatable Files: Any file that you can Annotate in D2L. This includes Word files, PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, common image files, and various other text files (Rich Text, Open Document Files, etc.).

Files that can be previewed without conversion: Files that D2L does not have to convert to be viewed. These are mostly web files.

Images and Videos: Any common Image, Audio, or Video file (note that video files can not be played in a D2L Dropbox Submission unless they are embedded. Otherwise, videos must be downloaded to view them).

Custom File Types: Any file type you specify by using the file’s extension are accepted. You can specify multiple files by separating the file extensions with commas and putting a period before the extension. For example, if you only want Word DOCX or DOC files and zipped files, it would look like:

.docx,.doc,.zip

You can specify uncommon file types as well. For example, Python, JavaScript, C#, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Note that these files may need to be downloaded since D2L may not allow them to be previewed in the Dropbox Grading page.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this and more information, you can go to the D2L: Restrict File Types for Dropbox Submissions wiki page. You can also find this tutorial in the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff under the category titled Collecting Assignments in Dropboxes.

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

Third Party Tools and Integrations Within D2L

As you prepare your courses for the spring 2022 semester, you may consider having third-party integrations for textbooks, online activities or exam tools added to your D2L Course Spaces.

Before you request this, carefully read COLI’s policy on these integrations.

Immediately there are two things you know:

  1. Neither COLI nor ITS can provide you or your students support for these tools or integrations, past integrating them into D2L in accordance with the provider’s instructions. Our policy explains why, but just know that past the link out of D2L, you and your students must rely on the provider for all technology support. You should allow yourself plenty of time to determine that the tools are working, and get specific guarantees that your provider will support you and your students.
  2. Our (COLI and ITS) first priority is the health and reliability of course spaces and tools used by all faculty, and we will reject any tool we think potentially threatens any or all courses.

Plan to request integrations as soon as possible, and at the latest by December 1, 2021. And read the above-linked policy; it is essential. COLI’s successful implementation of these integrations depends on the process going according to the third-party content providers’ instructions. If it doesn’t (and it occasionally doesn’t), that will mean delays.

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

Campus Candid

Last weekend (September 9 – 12), a team of 13 Canisius students and young alumni volunteered 300+ hours with Remote Area Medical-RAMTM in Olean, NY to host a free clinic providing medical, dental and vision care. RAM’s mission is to “Prevent Pain & Alleviate Suffering.” The clinic provided 279 patients with $116,118 in services. We also met up with four other Canisius alumni who were volunteering at the clinic.

Canisius pre-med and pre-health students have previously volunteered at RAM clinics in Ashtabula, OH. During the early days of Covid-19, Canisius students and young alumni helped RAM staff at drive-thru Covid testing sites in Cheektowaga and Rochester. Another team has formed to volunteer at an upcoming RAM clinic in Belmont, NY.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, PreMedical Center

 

Come and see your colleagues at the Buffalo Humanities Festival

The Buffalo Humanities Festival takes place this weekend (September 18-19) at Silo City, focusing on the theme of Utopia.  The events have been planned with social distancing and safety in mind, and this year there is no admission charge, though registration is required.

As in past years, Canisius is one of the Festival’s institutional sponsors, and Canisius faculty are featured.  On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Anita Butera, Secil Ertorer and Richard Reitsma are presenting what promises to be a fascinating discussion of “The Search for (N)everland:  Migration, Utopia/Dystopia.”   

For further details, including the full schedule of events, directions to Silo City and an outline of this year’s Covid protocols,  go to the festival’s website.  

To register (free but required) click here.

Join others from Canisius and from the Buffalo community for a fun afternoon out (or two!)

Submitted by: Julie Gibert, PhD, associate professor, History

 

New Scholarship to Study Spanish

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures announces the Eric Stenclik Scholarship for Spanish Studies.  The annual amount varies but is not less than $1,000 per year and up to $2,000.  Students must be declared Spanish majors at time of application, currently enrolled in a 300-level course or above, and in good academic standing (3.5 GPA min).  

To apply, submit a record of GPA and SPA courses taken, and a brief essay (in Spanish) of approximately two pages, explaining your interest in the study of Spanish, how you became involved in Spanish and your future plans. Include your name, your major(s) besides Spanish, your complete contact information, and your expected year of graduation.

For consideration, applications should be submitted no later than October 9.  Scholarship winners will be announced October 15.

Application: Contact DMLLC Chair Richard Reitsma, PhD, at reitsmar@canisius.edu, for more information. 

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

 

Office of Admissions Work Study Positions Available

The Office of Admissions has openings for work study students. If you know of a student still looking for a position, please direct them to apply on Handshake.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lavoie, assistant director, Admissions Processing

 

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News recently interviewed Dan Starr, PhD, retired athletic director and emeritus professor of historyStarr spoke about the Buffalo Bills’ chances at winning a Super Bowl this year and shares what he believes it would mean to the city of Buffalo.

To read the full article click here.

Submitted by College Communications

Library Resources Support Student Success

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The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library provides a number of services that will support students in their academic work.

Much more information can be found in the above attachment. 

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, library assessment and instruction coordinator, Library

 

Recycle Your Old Cellphone and Help Save Endangered Primates

Do you have an old cellphone lying around? Did you know that you can recycle it and help save gorillas?

The Department of Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) is  working with the Buffalo Zoo as part of its annual effort,”Gorillas on the Line,”  to recycle cellphones and support gorilla conservation.

Please drop your old cell phones off at the ABEC office (Health Science 201) this month or contact Sue Margulis to arrange for pick-up.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC

 

 

Employee Wellness Newsletter

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness, National Recovery and Suicide Awareness Month. Read the above newsletter from The Guardian and Integrated Behavioral Health to learn how to handle and help spread more awareness and understanding surrounding these topics. 

The newsletter also features some tips and tricks for adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, and includes a webinar on the topic of bullying at work.

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

 

Live Well, Work Well

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Like many other organs, the brain also ages and it is important to keep it healthy.

The article above, provided by Lawley Insurance Group, discusses several ways you can delay the aging of your brain through both mental and physical exercise.

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

Academic Talent Search Receives Grant

Canisius received a $352,266 grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Talent Search Program. The grant provides funding for the college’s Academic Talent Search Program, designed to identify students in underserved communities with the potential for success in post-secondary education.

The Department of Education’s Talent Search Program identifies and assists underrepresented students encouraging them to graduate from high school and complete a college degree. It also reaches students who have not completed secondary and post-secondary programs, encouraging them to reenter and finish their college degrees.

“This grant enables us to continue to work with schools in under-served neighborhoods and provide academic, career and financial counseling to the more than 600 participants in the program,” said Canisius President John J. Hurley. “Through the Academic Talent Search Program we provide students with the tools to accomplish their educational goals.” 

Read more here.

Submitted by College Communications

9/11 Remembrance

The Office of Veterans Services in the Griff Center for Student Success will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 today, September 10, by passing out American flags outside the Academic Achievement Office, Old Main 01, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

Students, faculty and staff are invited to write a word of hope, dedication or remembrance on a ribbon to wrap around a flag. Flags will be displayed in the quad. 

Please stop by throughout the day and show your support for those who were impacted by this tragic event. Thank you for joining us and taking a day to remember, reflect and come together as a community.

Submitted by: Sierra Bonerb, associate director, Support Services

 

Faculty Tenure & Promotion Ceremony

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The Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library will honor faculty who have received tenure, promotion or achieved emeritus status next Friday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held in person on the main floor of the library and via Zoom. Please see the attached invitation for more details.

The zoom link can be found here.

Submitted by: Kristine Kasbohm, director, Library

 

Help Us #DoublePell

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Please support Canisius students and students across America by letting Congress know that it is time to double Pell by participating in our e-advocacy campaign!

Doubling the Pell Grant is the single most important thing Congress can do to address college access and affordability. Forty years ago, Pell Grants covered about three quarters of the cost of college. Today, the maximum grant covers less than 30 percent. With low-income students struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the urgency of this much needed action is apparent. Doubling the maximum Pell Grant will help more students earn a degree and secure a brighter future.

Nearly 40% of Canisius students would benefit from this increase to the Pell program. Annually, Pell Grants help nearly 7 million American students attend and complete college. That is 40% of undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities.

Participation is simple and will only take a few minutes:

  • Click here to visit our e-advocacy campaign page.
  • Input your address.
  • Personalize the pre-written email by identifying yourself as a student, faculty, staff, or other supporter of Canisius College who cares about student aid.
  • Fill in the short form.
  • Click submit.

Once you hit submit, your email will be automatically sent to your federally elected officials to make your voice heard.

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, senior director of corporate, foundations and government relations, Institutional Advancement.

 

IAR Study Examines Short-term Effects of Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Restrictions on Youth with ASD

Researchers from the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) assessed the potential short-term effects of Covid-19 stay-at-home restrictions on ratings of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and comorbid symptoms severity and adaptive functioning of 69 youth, ages 8–16 years with ASD (without intellectual disability).

The research team included Christopher Lopata, PsyD; Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD; James P. Donnelly, PhD;  Marcus L. Thomeer, PhD; Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD and graduate assistants Zoe L. Gionis, Samantha L. Andrews and Christian J. Rajnisz.

Parent/caregiver ratings were collected in fall and spring over approximately two years when the restrictions were imposed four months prior to the final data collection point.

Results indicated no significant changes in parent/caregiver ratings of ASD symptom severity, comorbid symptoms severity (e.g., disruptive behaviors, anxiety, depression, etc.), social skills, or adaptive behaviors following the stay-at-home restrictions and little variability across the four data collection points.

“Although the Covid-19 stay-at-home restrictions abruptly changed the established routines of these youth more than halfway through the school year, it is possible that this disruption was no more distressing than the challenges encountered on a regular basis in the school setting,” said Dr. Rodgers.

Findings suggested minimal short-term effects on these symptoms and adaptive skills, however, ongoing monitoring is needed to assess longer-term impacts.

The research was published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities (July 2021). Read the full study here.

Submitted by College Communications

TIAA September Webinars

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Get your finances in check with the help of the above webinars offered by TIAA for the month of September. 

Take a look at the list for days, times and how to register to attend. Click here to get started!

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

 

Multi-factor Authentication Requirement Coming October 1

In case you missed the original announcement , please review it here in The Dome.

https://blogs.canisius.edu/the-dome/2021/08/30/multi-factor-authentication-requirement/

ITS will begin to notify users of account lockdowns after October 1, if MFA has not yet been configured on the account for full time staff and faculty only.

To clarify a few points:  While MFA is available to all users (students, faculty, staff, adjuncts, emeritus, etc.) it is only required for full time faculty and staff.  All others are encouraged to make their login credentials more secure by using MFA but not required to do so at this point.

Please be sure to set up more than one method of authentication.  You will need options depending on your circumstances.  For example, if you forget the answers to your challenge questions you can use the secondary email or cell phone method to get in and review and change these questions.  Another example, you are teaching in the lower level of Science Hall and cannot get cell phone reception so you need email or security questions in order to log into the portal on the classroom computer.

As always, the ITS Help Desk is available for any questions or problems you may encounter.  For assistance, stop by the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell 016, call 888-8340 or email helpdesk@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS

 

Policy Under Review

Proposed changes have been made to the “Acceptable College Computer and Network Systems Policy” (Volume 2.4.1 of the Policy Manual). This policy is still currently under review for a 60-day comment period which will end on Wednesday, October 22.

To read and submit your feedback on these proposed updates, please click here. Thank you!

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

D2L: Restrict File Types on Dropbox Submissions

Starting later this month, you can restrict what file types students are allowed to submit to a D2L Dropbox.

To do this, go to the Submission and Completion section in the D2L Dropbox Editor screen. Then, find the dropdown menu titled “Allowable File Extensions.” You can choose from one of the following categories (for specific file extensions each category can accept, please visit this page):

No Restrictions: Default choice; all file types are accepted, including zipped files.

Annotatable Files: Any file that you can Annotate in D2L. This includes Word files, PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, common image files, and various other text files (Rich Text, Open Document Files, etc.).

Files that can be previewed without conversion: Files that D2L does not have to convert to be viewed. These are mostly web files.

Images and Videos: Any common image, audio or video file (note that video files can not be played in a D2L Dropbox Submission unless they are embedded. Otherwise, videos must be downloaded to view them).

Custom File Types: Any file type you specify by using the file’s extension are accepted. You can specify multiple files by separating the file extensions with commas and putting a period before the extension. For example, if you only want Word DOCX or DOC files and zipped files, it would look like:

.docx,.doc,.zip

You can specify uncommon file types as well. For example, Python, JavaScript, C#, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Note that these files may need to be downloaded since D2L may not allow them to be previewed in the Dropbox Grading page.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this and more information, you can go to the D2L: Restrict File Types for Dropbox Submissions wiki page. You can also find this tutorial in the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff under the category titled Collecting Assignments in Dropboxes.

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

Canisius in the News

President John Hurley spoke on the start of the school year amidst growing vaccination concerns and regulations. 

Click here to read The Buffalo News article.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News about the worker shortage and a possible need for higher wages.  

To read more click here 

Submitted by: College Communications

Announcing the Employees of Distinction for July and August

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the Employees of Distinction for the months of July and August.

Mark Piatkowski is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction. Mark was nominated for this award by Al Pilato.

At Canisius for more than 16 years, Mark currently works as the associate director of Student Life. Mark was selected for this award for his patience, positivity, great communication skills, and flexibility in all that he does, and most recently, his exceptional contributions to safety protocols created for students throughout the pandemic. Mark served as the “man behind the curtain” who created the processes for handling new cases as they came by ensuring the appropriate students were isolating or quarantining, meals were delivered, and rooms were cleaned as needed. This process became a well-oiled machine by the time the spring semester rolled around, and because of this, new cases were handled as efficiently and seamlessly as any other daily routine. 

Additionally, Mark effectively communicated with several offices to ensure Student Life, Student Health, Athletics, Housekeeping, Chartwells, Public Safety, the affected students, and their concerned parents were on the same page for keeping the campus safe. Mark’s hard work did not go unnoticed, and he continues to exemplify these qualities every day, serving as a great example to the Canisius community. 

Maggie Burkard is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for August. Maggie was nominated for this award by Mick Cochrane, Mary Ann Langlois, Jenn Lodi-Smith, Sara Morris, Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson and Tim Wadkins.

At Canisius for more than 13 years, Maggie currently works as the support and grant budget manager for the Office of Academic Affairs.

Maggie was selected for this award because of her extensive knowledge of and devotion to Canisius College and her embodiment of cura personalis in every interaction she has. Maggie is an excellent problem solver, an attentive listener, and makes everyone she comes in contact with feel comfortable and welcome. 

Most recently, her strong technical skills and willingness to learn allowed for several Academic Affairs events to be a success throughout the pandemic when everything had to switch over to hybrid formats. Maggie was specifically commended for her contributions to the Contemporary Writers Series, the MLK Book Series, the HEOP 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Academic Affairs Q&A Sessions, the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series, and Borders and Migration events. Overall, Maggie’s positive energy, empathy, willingness to make time for anyone who needs help, and genuine desire to see Canisius succeed have made her invaluable to the College.

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Mark and Maggie on their well-deserved achievements!

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

Afghan Resettlement

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POSTER Afghan Sept.14th

Borders & Migrations is hosting a Town Hall on Tuesday, September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the current situation involving the Afghan resettlement crisis after the U.S. withdrawal.  The event is free and open to the public, and will also be live streamed. 

The event will be in the Science Hall Commons.  For those interested in participating via the live stream, the link can be found here.

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

 

A New Semester Begins for Tea@2

Tea@2 held its first gathering on Friday, September 3. The event was moved online last year because of Covid-19 protocols.  This year, Tea@2 is switching to a hybrid format for fall 2021. We will meet in the ICMS Reading Room in OM 418 at 2:00 p.m., or interested participants can Email us at ICMS@canisius.edu to receive the ZOOM invitation.

Join us for these informal gatherings where you’ll find hot drinks, warm conversation and cool people. Watch The Dome  for the fall 2021 meeting schedule. The schedule will also be posted at the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies website at blogs.canisius.edu/ICMS, our Facebook page at @ICMSCanisius, and our LinkedIn page at @ICMSCanisius.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media & website administrator, ICMS

 

 

 

Job Opportunity!

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The Canisius Fund is still in search of student workers in our call center!

This is NOT a work study position.

We are paying $12.50 per hour to connect with alumni, donors and constituents of Canisius College.

To apply, click on the link below OR open the attached flyer (use your phone’s camera) to hover over the QR code.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqaSYJlnd8C_R0ai4KsqFZHNdFTCg0GWH4LHWcjUAlwPg5pg/viewform

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brandon Bielecki, assistant director for annual giving & stewardship, at 716-888-2711 or Email bieleckb@canisius.edu!

Submitted By: Brandon Bielecki, assistant director for Annual Giving & Stewardship

Call for Session Leaders

This is a call for session leaders for the winter 2022 Faculty Development Week! Faculty Development Week is a relatively laid-back affair where you can present on any topic that you believe might be valuable to your colleagues when it comes to teaching, research and more!

For ideas on what faculty may find interesting, in the summer 2021 Faculty Development Week, we had sessions that included different ways and thoughts on grading, an introduction to the Mission and Curriculum Resource, using various online tools to make courses more interactive and more!

You can take a look at descriptions for those sessions here. Sessions and leading sessions are open to both faculty and staff.

If you are interested in leading a session, please Email either Mark Gallimore, PhD or Tyler Kron-Piatek. Also, note that sessions will be recorded and shared with your fellow faculty and staff by request unless you would prefer your session not recorded.

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

COLI Workshops

As part of the summer update to D2L, a new tool called “accommodations” has been added to make it easier to give students extra time on quizzes.

The accommodations tool is similar to giving a student extra time in special access but you can set special access for all quizzes in a course at once, rather than at each individual quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the class list by looking for the accommodations symbol to the right of their names (as in the image above). Learners with accommodations will also see this symbol in the class list while they are taking quizzes.

To add an accommodation (for example, extra time on quizzes) in the class list, click the dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu, click “edit accommodations.”

YouTube Tutorial

Text Tutorial

If you are interested in viewing/reviewing additional D2L changes, you can view this COLI Blog Post and/or sign up for the workshop “D2L Updates & Changes” and other workshops here.

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

Campus Candids

As Welcome Week 2021 comes to a successful conclusion, here’s a look at some of the beloved campus traditions that engage both our new and returning students.

(Above) The C-Block Party was followed by its annual bonfire. The Canisius tradition calls for the burning of all things purple and white.

Submitted by: College Communications

Student Jobs On Campus

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The Canisius Fund is still in search of student workers in our call center!

This is NOT a work study position.

We are paying $12.50 per hour to connect with alumni, donors and constituents of Canisius College.

To apply, click on the link below OR open the attached flyer (use your phone’s camera) to hover over the QR code.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqaSYJlnd8C_R0ai4KsqFZHNdFTCg0GWH4LHWcjUAlwPg5pg/viewform

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brandon Bielecki, assistant director for annual giving & stewardship, at 716-888-2711 or Email bieleckb@canisius.edu!

Submitted By: Brandon Bielecki, assistant director for Annual Giving & Stewardship

Labor Day Holiday

The college will be closed on Monday, September 6, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. The college will reopen on Tuesday, September 7. We wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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

 

Campus Candids

Canisius’ first-year students are learning just as much outside the classroom as they are inside. With assistance from the New Buffalo Institute, New Griff Orientation leaders took students on a walking tour of the Hamlin Park neighborhood. The tour included stops at the Lincoln Memorial Church, the Freedom Wall, the Metamorphosis #5 mural, the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum, and many more historical and notable sites.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius College English Professor Mick Cochrane is featured in the August 30 (online) edition of The Buffalo News. The story, penned by Canisius alumnus Erik Brady ’76, focuses on how Cochrane expresses his love for baseball through his writing.

Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Parking Update

As you know, the ramp is closed while asbestos removal is taking place.  The college plans to begin demolition in October with completion scheduled for early December.  Work on the parking lot will resume in the spring when the weather improves, with completion slated for next summer. 

With the loss of parking spaces in the ramp, a parking plan was developed for the fall and spring semesters that prioritizes the need for students and faculty to have access to parking closest to campus. 

As promised, the college is closely examining parking patterns to keep abreast of any adjustments we can make to improve the parking situation.  The below lots listed for faculty and staff include a few adjustments.

The lots are marked on campus and are identifiable on the campus map. As some adjustments are being made, please allow for some additional time as we update the signage.

Faculty/Staff (A Permits) – Parking is designated in the following locations:

  1. Rear Health Science Lot (Lot CCC)
    1. Old Main Lot (Hughes Avenue) (Lot 2)
    2. Main-Eastwood Lot (Bagen) (Lot 3)
    3. Main-Jefferson Lot (M&T Courtyard) (Lot 15)
    4. Lyons Hall Lot #3 (Lot 9) **
    5. Limited spaces near Loyola Hall (Lot 4)

We ask that A Permit holders do their best to utilize the lots assigned to them.

  • Faculty/Staff (B Permits) – Parking is designated in the following locations:
    • Lower KAC (Lot 19)
    • Lyons Hall Lot #4 (Lot 25) **
    • Science Hall Main Street Lot (Lot 26) *temporarily available until demolition begins
    • Rear Health Science Lot (Lot CCC)

            ** Updated

The original communication sent to faculty and staff on Monday, August 30, indicated “B” permit holders would have limited use of the Main-Humboldt parking lot. With the building just sold, the college has not been able to finalize these arrangements. Therefore, this area of parking has been removed as an option until it can be confirmed that the college will have use of it. 

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during the demolition.  If anyone needs to register for parking, please log in to the MyCanisius portal and select Purchase Parking under the Campus Services tab. 

By next summer, the surface lot will be finished providing a significant improvement over the ramp that contributes to the aesthetic of our historic neighborhood in Hamlin Park, is pedestrian-friendly, and significantly safer.

Submitted by: Timothy P. Balkin, vice president, Business & Finance

Student of Color Reception

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The ALANA Student Center invites the campus community to the 2nd Annual Student of Color Reception on Tuesday, September 7, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Bart Mitchell Quad.

This event is an opportunity for students of color across disciplines and class years to meet each other and begin to form relationships. Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend to meet both new and returning students.

This event is directly related to our commitment as a campus to “create a culture of acceptance, awareness, learning, respect and understanding inside and outside of the classroom.” Registration for the event can be done here: https://forms.gle/g7Q7Ud8CHw4LitwVA.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

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

You Belong Here Posters

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As you may have recognized during New Griff Orientation, the theme that was promoted throughout all of the activities was “You Belong Here.” The ALANA Student Center is hoping to build off this theme by creating You Belong Here posters. Consistent with our Jesuit mission and our institutional efforts to create a more inclusive and welcoming community, these posters will help students visually see how important they are to us. If any offices or departments wish to have a poster for their area, please Email us at asc@canisius.edu and we will have one delivered to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students, at willi100@canisius.edu.

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

 

Call for Session Leaders!

This is a call for session leaders for the winter 2022 Faculty Development Week! Faculty Development Week is a relatively laid-back affair where you can present on any topic that you believe might be valuable to your colleagues when it comes to teaching, research and more!

For ideas on what faculty may find interesting, in the summer 2021 Faculty Development Week, we had sessions that included different ways and thoughts on grading, an introduction to the Mission and Curriculum Resource, using various online tools to make courses more interactive and more! 

You can take a look at descriptions for those sessions here. Sessions and leading sessions are open to both faculty and staff.

If you are interested in leading a session, please Email either Mark Gallimore, PhD or Tyler Kron-Piatek. Also, note that sessions will be recorded and shared with your fellow faculty and staff by request unless you would prefer your session not recorded.

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

 

D2L Accommodations Tool

As part of the summer update to D2L, a new tool called “accommodations” has been added to make it easier to give students extra time on quizzes.

The accommodations Tool is similar to giving a student extra time in special access, but you can set special access for all quizzes in a course at once, rather than at each individual quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the class list by looking for the accommodations symbol to the right of their names (as in the image above). Learners with accommodations will also see this symbol in the class list while they are taking quizzes.

To add an accommodation (for example, extra time on quizzes) in the class list, click the dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu, click “edit accommodations.”

YouTube Tutorial

Text Tutorial

If you are interested in viewing/reviewing additional D2L changes, you can view this COLI Blog Post and/or sign up for the workshop “D2L Updates & Changes” and other workshops here.

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

 

Campus Candids

Let’s all give a great big Thank You to our student-athletes and New Griffin Orientation leaders and volunteers, who helped welcome the Canisius College Class of 2025 to campus last week. Undeterred by the record-breaking temperatures and Covid protocols, they helped make our first-year students’ transition to college seamless. Thank you!

Submitted by: College Communications

Sandy A. Miller Awarded George M. Martin Award

The Canisius College Division of Institutional Advancement presented Sandy Miller, senior director of corporate, foundation and government relations, with the George M. Martin Advancement Award on Wednesday, August 18 during the division’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 annually to a member of the college’s institutional advancement staff whose initiative, creativity and teamwork brings distinction to him/herself and the college.

The Institutional Advancement team celebrated with a Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour showcasing the best of Buffalo, followed by lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery where Sandy was honored for her outstanding performance last fiscal year.

Congratulations, Sandy!

Submitted by: Institutional Advancement

 

Canisius Shuttle Schedule

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The Canisius College Shuttle will run on the following days and times, from these various locations:

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Stops will be made at:

Delavan Townhouses

Upper KAC Lot

Spillman Lot (Behind Health Science Building)

Science Hall

Lyons Hall

Student Center

Old Main (Hughes Ave)

Check Shuttle Location at: www.cedarbus.com/canisius

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

Printing Supplies

Just a reminder, the wiki page below details how to get paper, toner and staples for your Xerox and networked HP devices.

https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/HALjAQ

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, helpdesk@canisius.edu or http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of User Services, ITS

Canisius Fund is Looking for Student Workers

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Do you know a student who loves Canisius and wants to make a difference on campus?  Encourage them to consider working for the Office of Annual Giving & Stewardship.  The team is looking for student workers for the fall semester.  This is NOT a work study position.  To apply, forward the information above to a student you know.

Submitted by: Brandon Bielecki, assistant director, Annual Giving & Stewardship

Reflections on Blackness and the Animal Question

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The anthrozoology master’s program is pleased to announce that Dr. Bénédicte Boisseron, professor of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and author of  Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question, will be the distinguished speaker at the program’s upcoming virtual on-campus component. Members of the Canisius community are invited to attend her presentation (via Zoom) on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.  To attend, please register at tinyurl.com/BoisseronCanisius.

Dr. Boisseron’s work brings into conversation Black Diasporic Studies, Animal Studies, and Environmental Humanities. She is the author of Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora (2014), 2015 winner of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Her most recent book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (2018), draws on current debates about Black life and animal rights in the history and culture of the Americas and the Black Atlantic. She is currently at work on a book titled Black Freeganism, on the poetics of repurposing, reclaiming, and reusing in a black context.

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, associate professor, ABEC

Meet Up for Slow Roll

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Today, Monday, August 30, the Slow Roll Buffalo will depart from the Em Tea Coffee Cup on Oakgrove Avenue.

Let’s get a crew from Canisius to participate!

Meet in front of the Chapel at 5:45 p.m. and we will roll together over to the starting point.  Friends and family are welcome.  Wear your Canisius gear.

Any questions, contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, at Ext. 2128.

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

D2L Dropping Support for Legacy Browsers

As with many websites, D2L is ending support for various legacy (older versions of) web browsers.

You may see a message similar to the image above.

Happily, the fix is simple: update your browser. You can do a web search similar to “how do I update YourWebBrowser” to find the steps

Also, note that Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge users will not be able to access D2L unless they update to a newer version of Edge or download a new web browser.

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

Multi-factor Authentication Requirement

In order to increase security, Canisius will be requiring all full-time faculty and staff to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for their accounts.  MFA adds a simple to use layer of protection to your login process that will greatly enhance the security of your accounts.  This requirement takes effect October 1st.  Failure to set up MFA by this date may result in being locked out of your account.  The setup is easy to complete and available in the Canisius portal now, under “My Applications”, “Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Config”.  After enrolling in MFA, your password will expire every 365 days instead of every 180 days.

Instructions are available here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/Zy_8BQ

Users are strongly encouraged to set up more than one method of authentication.

Advanced users can also use a digital authenticator app.  This is NOT required but is available as an alternative authentication method.  Instructions are available here:

https://youtu.be/8FgVuQdjz5M

The Canisius Help Desk is available for any questions or problems you may encounter.  For assistance, stop by the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell 016, call 888-8340 or email helpdesk@canisius.edu

Additional information:

What is Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and why is it going to be required?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security mechanism that requires an individual to provide two or more credentials in order to authenticate their identity. In IT, these credentials take the form of passwords, hardware tokens, numerical codes, biometrics, time, and location.  Canisius will be using challenge questions and numerical codes that can be sent to alternate email addresses and texted to cell phones.  An encrypted external authenticator application may also be used.

One example that we all encounter is when you log into your online banking portal and you’re given a code on your cell phone to be able to log into the online accounts.  Everyone should understand the need to protect our financial and student data from those who wish to do bad things with it.  We see daily headlines in the news about companies that have had data breaches.  It’s just a fact of life now in the 21st century and our digital age.  There are bad actors everywhere on the internet and users often are “tricked” into revealing their credentials.  MFA helps to protect the college from these situations and keeps these intruders out of our systems.

By requiring our community to use MFA, our accounts and the data we access about students, college financials and other confidential information will be more secure and less likely to be obtained by others.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

Google Drive Link Maintenance

Google is strengthening security on files stored in Google Drive. This means some files’ sharing links now have additional characters that are automatically applied by Google.

Because of this, you may need to replace links to files stored in your Google Drive, that you have within your D2L course spaces.

Google provides an easy way to identify these files. If you log into your Google Drive, and you have files so affected, you may see a banner with the following information:

On September 13, 2021, a security update will be applied to some of your files.

Click See files to view the filtered list of files which require new sharing links in D2L (or anywhere else on the web you may have applied a sharing link.)

Did you already dismiss the message (clicked X)? No problem; paste this search string into the search bar within Google Drive, and click the magnifier icon to run the search:

is:security_update_applied

You may not find any files at all, or any files you are still using. If the latter, consider setting the sharing on those files to “restricted” or better still, delete them from your drive. A few minutes’ clearing old files can save you time in the future when searching in your Google Drive.

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

Campus Candid

Welcome Home Griffs!

We are so excited to see everyone back on campus and want to encourage any volunteers to stay hydrated in this heat.  Thank you to everyone for helping to make move-in a success.  

A reminder that due to Covid restrictions Move-In Day continues today, Wednesday, August 25 and takes place in three shifts 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and finally 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by: College Communications

Student of Color Reception

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The ALANA Student Center invites the campus community to the 2nd Annual Student of Color Reception on Tuesday, September 7, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Bart Mitchell Quad.

This event is an opportunity for students of color across disciplines and class years to meet each other and begin to form relationships. Faculty, staff and administrators  are encouraged to attend to meet both new and returning students. 

This event is directly related to our commitment as a campus to “create a culture of acceptance, awareness, learning, respect and understanding inside and outside of the classroom.” Registration for the event can be done here: https://forms.gle/g7Q7Ud8CHw4LitwVA.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

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

 

Canisius Community Mourns the Passing of Dr. Daniel Dempsey

The Canisius College community and the Department of Quantitative Sciences mourns the passing of Daniel Dempsey ‘52, PhD. Dan was the embodiment of what it means to be a Griffin.  Graduating with a degree in physics, he went on to earn his PhD from the University of Notre Dame.    

After his graduate work, Dan returned to Canisius and rejoined the Physics Department as a faculty member and instructor.  He taught physics at the college for 51 years (over a third of as long as the college has been in existence).  As Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.  Thank you, Dan, for being a giant to so many Canisius physicists.

The full obituary can be found here – https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/buffalonews/name/daniel-dempsey-obituary?id=6330095

Submitted by: Michael Wood, professor of physics, Department of Quantitative Sciences

 

CaterTrax is LIVE!

Chartwells is excited to announce that catering and events have “returned” for this semester and the online ordering platform (CaterTrax) is now live and ready to go! 

For those of you new to this system, CaterTrax allows you to create an account and order online for your events.  Chartwells will then receive a notification to review your order and then it will be confirmed.   If there are any issues, I Carey McCormick, (director of catering) will reach out to address them.

Attached is a brief reference document that outlines how to create an account and what you need to be prepared to order.  It also contains the link to order online and a video tutorial on “how to order.”  It is important for you to have a CaterTrax account, even if you are only ordering once a year.

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The full menu is available to view on the website.  Please note, that the nation is experiencing a national food shortage, so please understand that there is a chance some items or ingredients may become unavailable, although hopefully this is not the case!

I look forward to working with you and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out!

Thank you!

Submitted by: Carey McCormick, director of catering, Chartwells Higher Education

 

Community Garden Underway

With help from the Canisius women’s basketball team, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Winslow Block Club,  The Upper Room Church, Gail Wells of Freedom Gardens and De’yron Tabb of PUSH Buffalo, the Jefferson Avenue garden beds were built and filled with soil this week.  

We will hold a community meeting on August 31, at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Room Church to create a vision and plan for the garden with our neighbors’ input.  All are welcome to attend and get involved!

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

 

Slow Roll at Em Tea Cup Coffee Cup Cafe

On Monday, August 30, Slow Roll Buffalo will start its ride at the Em Tea Cup Cafe, 80 Oakgrove Avenue., at the corner of Hughes and Oakgrove, adjacent to the Canisius College campus.  

The ride begins at 6:00 p.m. and the last riders depart at 6:30 p.m.   Join in for an evening of camaraderie and community.  It is a free and inclusive event.  More information and registration can be found on the Slow Roll website https://slowrollbuffalo.org/.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Start your Canisius Graduate Program this Fall

Are you or someone you know looking to start a graduate program this upcoming fall? It’s not too late to apply!  

Classes begin on August 30 and the Graduate Admissions Office is still accepting applications for many graduate degrees and advanced certificates. Click here to explore your graduate school options or contact the Graduate Admissions team at gradadm@canisius.edu for more information.

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

The Dome Returns to its Regular Schedule

Beginning Monday, August 30, The Dome will return to its regular schedule of publishing three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Remember, the employee E-letter is the best place for the campus community to announce or read about news and upcoming events at the college. Submitting a story for a campus candid is easy. Just click on the “submit” button, located in the top right corner. Keep in mind, however, that submissions are due by 2:00 p.m. the day prior to publishing.

Submitted by: College Communications

Fall Help Desk Hours

ITS Help Desk hours for the first week of class starting on Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 3, will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On September 7, we will commence regular hours:

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions,  contact the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell, Room 016, by Email helpdesk@canisius.edu or call Ext. 8340

To create a help desk ticket please visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

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

 

Campus Candids

In case you missed the excitement…

Trucks, trailers, catering tents and more than 100 cast and crew members arrived on campus last Thursday and Friday to prepare and film a scene for the upcoming movie “Cabrini.”  We can’t wait to see how the Lyons Hall lobby was transformed into a NYC location from 1892!

“Cabrini” tells the story of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian American Roman Catholic nun and social activist who immigrated to New York City from Italy in the 1890s and advocated for the civil and human rights of women and immigrants. She became a saint in 1946. 

The movie is produced by award-winning “Marshall” producer Jonathan Sanger, directed by Alejandro Monteverde and stars Christiana Dell’Anna, John Lithgow and David Morse. After Buffalo, filming concludes in Rome, Italy, with “Cabrini” set to be released in late 2022 or 2023. Read about the $767,500 grant our Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program received from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

There were more ‘lights, cameras and action’ on Monday, August 16 when a crew from Curiosity Stream visited campus to interview H. David Sheets, PhD. The award-winning streaming service spoke with Sheets for an upcoming feature series on forensic science and advancements in the field.

Sheets is a professor of physics and director of the data analytics program at Canisius.

Curiosity Stream was founded by John Hendricks, who is also the founder of Discovery Inc. and the Discovery Channel. The streaming service produces and broadcasts documentaries and features that cover every topic from space exploration to the secret life of pets.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics, was recently quoted in The Buffalo News detailing the Buffalo-Niagara region’s growth and economic potential.

Read more by clicking here.

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science and Erie County legislator, weighs in on Kathy Hochul’s decision to name a new lieutenant governor to succeed her following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. 
To read more, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee Engagement Team Invitation

The Employee Engagement Team will begin to meet again this fall semester to discuss opportunities to enhance the work environment at Canisius College.  At this time, we are currently looking for additional members from the campus community to join the discussions.

As part of the team, representatives from divisions across campus participate in valuable discussions to talk about individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities related to improving the employee experience. The team will continue to focus on engagement initiatives to build a one-campus community through the improvement of communication and collaboration. The outcomes of these discussions will be reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team.

Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, invites you to participate on the team by contacting Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to President John Hurley, at voorheeb@canisius.edu.

The first meeting will be held in September, so stay tuned for the meeting date announcement.  We look forward to sharing and hearing your ideas!

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

D2L Dropping Support for Legacy Browsers

D2L is ending support for various legacy (older versions of) web browsers.

You may see a message similar to the image above, stating that the browser you are using is no longer supported and asking you to update your browser or download a different browser.

The fix is simple: update your browser. You can do a web search similar to “how do I update YourWebBrowser” to find the instructions to update your browser.

Also, note that Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge users will not be able to access D2L unless they update to a newer version of Edge or download a new web browser.

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

New Grade Screen for D2L Discussions

In this month’s updates, D2L is letting instructors try out a new grade screen to assess student contributions to D2L Discussions. The new screen (image above) should make it easier to view and grade student posts and is similar to the new Dropbox Grade Screen that was mentioned in this COLI Post.

If you are interested in trying out this new grade screen, you will be prompted to opt-in when you go to grade students’ posts for a discussion topic. The new screen will become available for opt-in later this month.

If you are interested in attaching an assessment to D2L Discussions, please view this video.

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

Canisius in the News

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science and Erie County legislator, weighs in about Governor Cuomo’s options regarding sexual harassment allegations. Hardwick calls for the governor’s resignation in an August 4 article in The Buffalo News.  Read the article here

Submitted by: College Communications

Summer Faculty Development Week

 

On August 16 – 20, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation and the Office of Academic Affairs will host Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week!  

Join your colleagues on campus for faculty-led workshops. You can view and register for the many workshops planned for this Faculty Development Week at this link, including dates and times.  Space is limited, so register today!

Lunch will be served in the Old Main Faculty Lounge, and after-hours events include an appetizer gathering on Monday afternoon, and family cookout on Thursday evening.

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

 

Summer Hours Reminder

As a reminder, the college’s early Friday closures end this Friday, August 13, at 1:00 p.m. Normal Friday hours resume on Friday, August 20.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources

The Bookstore is Open

Get a head start on the fall 2021 semester by stopping in at the Canisius Bookstore for all your back-to-school supplies and college gear. The Bookstore is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Submitted by: College Communications

Lunchtime Jazz Concert

Our neighbors at Humboldt House are hosting a community event on Wednesday, August 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Jazz musicians from the Colored Musicians Club will play and food trucks will provide lunch options.  Canisius College and other community organizations will provide information about their programs.  The gathering will take place on the lovely grounds at, 64 Hager St., for a mid-day celebration.

All are welcome to attend!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Canisius in the News

President John J. Hurley sat down with The Buffalo News editorial board to discuss his departure from Canisius next year and what lies ahead for the future of higher education.

To read more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius named College of Distinction for Three Separate Honors

We are excited to announce Canisius has received three separate honors from College of Distinction.  For the 2021-2022 school year, we received the overall College of Distinction – which recognizes Canisius for overall excellence in student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.  

Education College of Distinction  – which recognizes Canisius for excelling in its commitment to nurturing and supporting future educators.

Catholic College of Distinction – which recognizes faith-based institutions, like Canisius, for excelling at preparing students’ hearts and minds for success. 

To find out more about College of Distinction click here.

To find out more about the Catholic College of Distinction click here.

To find out more about the Education College of Distinction click here 

Submitted by: College Communications

Education Leadership Adds New Certificate Program

The New York State Education Department recently approved a new certificate program for the Educational Leadership and Supervision Department.  The School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificate program is set to launch in fall 2021.

It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success in district-wide business leadership positions such as directors or assistant superintendents.  This 23-credit program includes an 8-credit internship experience based in a district’s business office.

Individuals with  strong math, accounting or business backgrounds are ideally suited for the SDBL program.  For those individuals beginning the School District Leader (SDL) program, the SDBL certificate can also be earned by taking two added courses and an extended internship beyond the SDL requirements.

There is a statewide shortage of applicants for open positions as school business officials (SBO’s) and therefore, the SDBL certificate program can lead to a rewarding career in public education.  Successful candidates for these positions should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, creativity and effective interpersonal abilities, allowing for success managing business, negotiations and employees serving in diverse roles.

Currently in NYS, there are approximately  753 school business official positions in public school systems who earn:

  • Average Salaries by Title:
    • Assistant Superintendent: $180,640
    • School Business Manager: $105,466
    • Assistant Business Administrator: $139,067
  • Average Salary by Certification:
    • SDBL: $144,272
    • Classified Civil Service: $105,668

These individuals also benefit from being a member of the NYS teachers or NYS civil service retirement systems whose in-service and retirement benefits are among the best in the country.

For added information, click here. 

Submitted by: Meg Keller-Cogan, EdD, director, Educational Leadership and Supervision Program

The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch is Today!

The Fourth Annual Appreciation Lunch is being held today in the Economou Dining Hall. If you did not RSVP and would like to join the lunch today, please email Bethany at voorheeb@canisius.edu to see if there are more spots available.

Please come to the lunch with your mask on, and once you are seated at your table, you may remove your mask, kick back, and enjoy! See you there!

Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic

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

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

Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week Update

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

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

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

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

Sue Margulis Co-Edits New Book

Sue Margulis, PhD, chair of the animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) program, co-edited a new book, Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field 2nd Edition. As a member of the Animal Behavior Society for more than 40 years, Margulis hopes this volume will be “used widely in the teaching of animal behavior.” 

The completion of  this book faced many unique challenges during the pandemic and a lot of credit goes to Margulis and all of the contributors of this volume for their efforts. Faced with difficult times, they made the best of their situation and a lot of the chapters were made to include guidance on how activities could be used in remote and online formats.  

To find out more about this book you can click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

COLI Workshops

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

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

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

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

D2L Activity Feed

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

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

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

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

Canisius in the News

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

To read the full article on Buffalo Rising click here 

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

To read the full article click here

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

To read the full article click here

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

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

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

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Teacher Residency Program Receives $75,000 Grant

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

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

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

HEOP students Enjoy Albright-Knox Northland

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

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

Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

Summer 2021 Faculty Development Week Update

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

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

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


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

Canisius College Wellness Interest Survey

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

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

Thank you in advance for your valued feedback! 

 Submitted by: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president

COLI Workshops

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

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

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

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

D2L Activity Feed

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

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

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


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

Summer 2021 Lifelong Learning Course

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

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

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

Canisius in the News

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

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

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

Submitted by: College Communications

Summer Hours to Continue for Fridays


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

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

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

Canisius College to Establish New Community Garden


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

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

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

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

To find out more about the community garden click here

Submitted by: College Communications

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