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Canisius in the News

Higher Education Reporter Dan Miner interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley for a story in today’s Business First entitled “How Canisius College Finally Started Growing Again.” Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Memorial Mass Planned for Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ

Canisius College will celebrate the life of Rev. Paul J. Dugan ’45, SJ, during a memorial Mass on Saturday, June 8 at 4:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  The beloved “Doogs” died on May 11 in Murray-Weigel Hall.  He was 95. 

The Mass for Father Dugan is appropriately timed to take place during Alumni Weekend, in order to accommodate an outpouring from former students who want to pay tribute to the longtime moderator of athletics. 

Click here to add the memorial Mass to your calendar.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Father Dugan on Tuesday, May 14 at the Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel. 

Donations in memory of Father Dugan can be made to the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Scholarship Fund, Attn: Institutional Advancement, Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14208 or by visiting www.canisius.edu/give-canisius.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Summer Parking Regulations

With the development of the Catholic Health System’s (CHS) partnership at Science Hall and increasing activity on the main campus, some new parking regulations will go into effect this summer.

We are making great progress on the renovations to Science Hall. Although we don’t expect the construction to be complete until early August, CHS and their partners at Epic health systems are planning to begin their work on campus in interim space available in Science Hall, Old Main and Churchill Tower beginning on May 22.  They are expected to have teams working on campus between 7 AM and 7 PM. 

I know parking has been a concern for some, but our studies demonstrate that we can comfortably accommodate CHS.  Our agreement with CHS provides for 125 spots over the term of the lease. Fifty (50) of those spots have been made available on the second floor of the Science Hall Parking Ramp and seventy-five (75) in the Spillman Lot. All CHS parking spots have been identified and are distinguished by White Paint stripes versus the traditional yellow. They will also receive Canisius parking tags that identify them as CHS employees and authorize them to park in designated areas. This summer, the ramp will remain open to all to accommodate the additional activity on campus.

Finally, with the Institutional Advancement Division now housed in Martin Hall, we have many additional employees on the main campus and an increased number of guests and donors visiting Canisius. Therefore, the Main Eastwood (Bagen) Lot will no longer have relaxed parking rules during the summer. Only “A” permits are permitted to park in the Main Eastwood Lot.  Please also remember that the Tower Lot is designated for visitors only throughout the year.  As a courtesy to our guests, please observe these restrictions. Flexible parking is permitted in other employee parking lots effective May 20 through August 16, 2019. 

Thank you for your support, and I appreciate your cooperation as we implement these changes.

Submitted by: Marco F. Benedetti, vice president, Business & Finance

The Dome Moves to a Summer Schedule

Starting Tuesday, May 21, The Dome will publish every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, until the first week of classes for the fall semester. At that time, The Dome will then return to Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

The deadline for summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Monday and Wednesday before publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

Reminder: Register for the Corporate Challenge!

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Corporate Challenge!

The 3.5 mile course begins and ends at Delaware Park and will take place on Thursday, June 13. All faculty and staff, whether they are racers, joggers or walkers, are invited to join the Canisius College Corporate Challenge Team. The race start time is 6:45 p.m. The Canisius College hospitality tent opens at 5:00 p.m. and Chartwells will provide refreshments before and after the race.

To register to run or walk on the Canisius team, click here. Those who do not want to walk or run in the race but would still like to come have refreshments and socialize are welcome! The hospitality tent entry fee is $6.00 and includes parking at Demerly Hall for Canisius College participants.

RSVP to Mary Braun, Human Resources Assistant, at braun5@canisius.edu or at Ext. 2240. For all participants, make check payable to Canisius College. Send payments to Gary Lew, director of purchasing, attention: Facilities Management Office, Bagen Room 07.

Registration for the event ends on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to view the flyer for further details. If you have any questions, contact Gary Lew at Ext. 2255 or Mary Braun at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Summer 2019 Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host an Online Faculty Development Course in early summer to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid classes. The course will run from Monday, May 27 – Saturday, June 29. The class is entirely online and simulates a real fully-online course so professors can learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

Learn how to build engaging, rigorous online and hybrid courses that are powered by your teaching skills and enthusiasm. Discover how to sensibly incorporate interactive learning, social engagement and teaching presence in an online class space. After this mini-course, faculty will craft effective and engaging web-based courses that incorporate their personality and talents as a professor, and Canisius College’s special blend of Jesuit identity and pedagogy.

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

To enroll, contact coli@canisius.edu. View the COLI Calendar for times and locations of other faculty development events.  And visit www.canisius.edu/teachonline to see various COLI resources for teaching and learning in online or hybrid courses.

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

Download Any Zoom Videos Recorded Before 2019

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of these online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license includes plenty of room to house these recordings online but there is a limit to the total storage for all users. Periodically, the Zoom administrators at Canisius must delete old videos within the Zoom account. In most cases, videos still stored in Zoom accounts are no longer in use or haven’t been viewed anytime recently.

After Saturday, June 1, videos stored within Zoom that were recorded before January 1st, 2019 will be deleted.

If you have any videos stored in your Zoom account that you recorded before 2019 but continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Saturday, June 1.

For further information about Zoom video recordings and using videos hosted in Google Drive, contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation.

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

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 featured Sara Vescio, executive director of the Women’s Business Center at Canisius, in its City Shaper series. Vescio was recognized for “leading a team of women that’s leading women entrepreneurs to success.” Click here to watch the story.

Also, Canisius alumnus Erik Brady ’76 launched the first of an online series in The Buffalo News focused on the great personalities and great moments in Buffalo history. Brady is a recently retired sports reporter for USA Today. Click here to read his column entitled “Buffalo isn’t where I’m from. It’s who I am.”

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Summer Schedule

Starting Tuesday, May 21, The Dome will publish every Tuesday and Thursday until the first week of classes for the fall semester, when it will then return to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The deadline for summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Monday and Wednesday before publication.

Submitted by: College Communications

Free Tickets to Buffalo Skyride Available

Would you like the opportunity to spend a Sunday morning taking an incredible, scenic bike ride over the Buffalo Skyway?

If so, you’re in luck.  The Human Resources Department has free tickets available for this year’s Buffalo Skyride!

SkyRide is GObike Buffalo’s annual event and fundraiser, bringing thousands of cyclists on a city-wide tour of historic locations, highway infrastructure and new bicycle facilities. Riders experience the scenic views of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront from the 100-foot-high Skyway and Olmsted’s parks and parkways by bicycle. ​

​This year’s Skyride will take place this Sunday, May 19. Free tickets are available for pickup in the Human Resources Office, Old Main 100, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on the Skyride, visit the event’s website here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources, at Ext. 240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Charitable Gifts to Departments

In order to ensure continued support from loyal donors, please forward any donations that have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM 203 (attention: Katie Huck, director of advancement services for Institutional Services). This is an ongoing policy that helps the college to ensure the gift is recorded and the donor is provided with a charitable gift receipt.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or huckk@canisius.edu.

Please note that gifts may need to be forwarded to advancement services prior to Wednesday, May 29 in order to be recorded in this year’s annual fund.

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

Summer Mailroom Services

Regular mail delivery and pickup will be suspended beginning Monday, May 20 through Friday, August 16. The mailroom service window hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please note that the service window may close temporarily during the day as needed.

Picking Up Mail: In-bound mail, inter-office envelopes and parcels may be picked up at the mailroom service window located in Science Hall.  Parcels deemed too heavy to carry will be delivered at the earliest opportunity.

Sending Mail: Out-bound mail, inter-office envelopes and parcels may be dropped off at the mailroom service window or in the drop box located near the mailroom. The drop box located in the Old Main Faculty Lounge is removed for the summer and will be returned Monday, August 19. For out-bound parcels deemed too heavy to carry, contact the mailroom to arrange for a pickup.

Regular mailroom services will resume Monday August 19.

If you have questions about mailroom services, contact Karl Fritz or George Ambrusko at Ext. 2245.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

KAC Summer 2019 Hours

The summer hours of operation for the Koessler Athletic Center went into effect on Monday, May 13.  The modified schedule is as follows:

  • Summer Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 .p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m. -1 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Dates the building will be closed/adjusted over the summer:
    • Monday, May 27
    • Wednesday, July 3 (Close at 1 p.m.)
    • Thursday, July 4
    • Friday, July 5

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Canisius Mourns Passing of Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ

Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J., longtime moderator of athletics at Canisius College, died Saturday (May 11) in Murray-Weigel Hall on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y. He was 95.

After teaching at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, McQuaid Jesuit High School and Canisius High School, Dugan served as the athletic department’s moderator from 1970 through 2012, holding the position for 42 years.

“There is no person who made a more lasting impact on the lives of Canisius students, alumni and friends than Father Dugan,” Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher said. “Whether it was on the sideline, in the locker room or on the beach during a Canisius spring break, “Doogs” was always “Spreading the Joy” and we are all better for having him be a part of our Canisius experience. His spirit will forever be a part of Canisius athletics.”

Dugan started his collegiate education at Canisius College in the 1940s, but decided to pursue the priesthood and transferred to Woodstock College, a Jesuit seminary where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.L.

Dugan was ordained at Fordham University on June 16, 1956. He taught at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (1950-53), McQuaid Jesuit High School (1958-65) and Canisius High School (1965-70) before starting at Canisius College in 1970.

Dugan, or “Doogs” as he is commonly known at Canisius, attended countless Canisius sporting events, both home and way, where he would sit on the bench or stand on the sidelines with Golden Griffin athletic teams. He blessed teams before games, ending with his trademark phrase, “St. Peter Canisius,” and getting the response of “Pray for Us” from the student-athletes and coaches. When traveling on road trips, Dugan would also hold religious services for the athletic teams as well as serve as a counselor for student-athletes.

Dugan also has served as the public safety chaplain and alumni chaplain.

On Sept. 28, 2007, Eastwood Hall was renamed Dugan Hall at the request of the Montante family after a historic $5.1 million gift to the College. Throughout his time at Canisius, Dugan lived with the Canisius student body in Frisch Residence Hall while most Jesuits lived in Loyola Hall, the Jesuit residence.

Dugan instituted Last Chance Mass in the 1970s, which is held on Sunday nights on the Canisius campus as an alternative to morning Mass times. Dugan also opened the Mass of St. Ignatius Loyola to the entire campus community in the early 1990s, which was formerly held for the Jesuits in Loyola Hall.

Enshrined into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Athletic Department and the Office of Alumni Engagement presented the first Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award in 2013 at the college’s annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award is presented to individuals who do not qualify for consideration into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame but whose acts or efforts have significantly benefited Canisius athletics. Each award recipient is presented with their names on a special plaque in the Sports Hall of Fame exhibit in the front of the Koessler Athletic Center. On Jan. 24, 2010, the Athletic Department issued a commemorative Father Dugan bobblehead to celebrate his 40 years of service and dedication to the College’s varsity sports programs.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Father Dugan. Canisius will hold a memorial Mass in his honor at a later date. Details will be announced in The Dome.

Summer Hours Begin on May 20!

Summer hours will begin on Monday, May 20, 2019 and will end on Friday, August 16, 2019. College departments may adjust their hours of operation (based on department need) to 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break.

As a reminder, the college will close at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays beginning from May 24 through Friday, August 2.

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

Submitted by: Human Resources

BN360 Young Professionals Meeting

Blue & Gold Golf Classic

Registration is open for the 22nd Annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic on Monday, July 29 at Crag Burn Golf Club. To sign up, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Lunch will feature local food trucks beginning at 11:00 a.m. Golf will begin at 12:00 p.m. and cocktails and dinner will begin at 5:00 pm.

For more information, call (761) 888-2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Google Docs in D2L

If you use Google Docs to create course content, you can embed these directly into D2L. Check out our new video tutorial:

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

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

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will begin its summer hours schedule on Monday, May 13.

Student Health Business Office

Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, August 21

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Medical Clinic – CLOSED: Monday, May 13 – Friday, August 23

REOPENS: Monday, August 26

 

Medical emergencies on campus: 911

 

Non-emergency medical will go to:

Western New York Immediate Care

Sisters Hospital Emergency Room

Private physician

Submitted by: Patricia Creahan, APRN, BC, director, Student Health

2019 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Would you like to spend a beautiful summer evening running, walking or socializing at Delaware Park with other members of our campus community? Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school year? Then sign up for this year’s JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge!

The 3.5 mile course begins and ends at Delaware Park and will take place on Thursday, June 13. All faculty and staff, whether they are racers, joggers or walkers, are invited to join the Canisius College Corporate Challenge Team. The race start time is 6:45 p.m. The Canisius College hospitality tent opens at 5:00 p.m. and Chartwells will provide refreshments before and after the race.

To register to run or walk on the Canisius team, click here. Those who do not want to walk or run in the race but would still like to come have refreshments and socialize are welcome! The hospitality tent entry fee is $6.00 and includes parking at Demerly Hall for Canisius College participants.

RSVP to Mary Braun, assistant for human resources, at braun5@canisius.edu or at Ext. 2240. For all participants, make check payable to Canisius College. Send payments to Gary Lew, director of purchasing, attention: Facilities Management Office, Bagan Room 07.

Registration for the event ends on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to view the flyer for further details. If you have any questions, contact Gary Lew at Ext. 2255 or Mary Braun at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Summer Workshop: Using Qualtrics for Surveys, Forms and Online Data Gathering

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will be offering a workshop introducing Qualtrics for surveys, forms and online data gathering throughout the summer. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of building online surveys or 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 survey and data-form procedures.

If you plan to build or manage projects in Qualtrics during the 2019-20 year, this workshop is for you!

Workshop dates and times are as listed:

  • Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in OM 119

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

  • Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. in OM 119

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Employee Performance Appraisal Process

The performance appraisal process is designed to encourage open discussion between campus managers and employees to review progress, establish priorities and discuss career development opportunities across the campus. The first step in this process is to complete your self-assessment.

To access your self-assessment, log into MyCanisius and click on applications-HR Appraisal. You will be able to access your self-assessment information.

  • Once an employee submits the self-assessment, it will be available to the manager to utilize in preparing the performance appraisal.
  • Self-assessments are designed to facilitate the performance discussion. An employee will complete the appropriate form and it will be forwarded to the manager.
  • The manager will complete the performance appraisal and then schedule a meeting to review the details and finalize goals for the next year. Once completed, the manager will then submit the appraisal.
  • The employee will receive the final document and add comments and sign to acknowledge the appraisal was received and reviewed.
  • The appraisal will be available to view at the vice president level.

Self-assessments must be completed by Friday, June 28. Managers should complete all performance appraisals by Monday, August 5.

Self-assessment preparation tips:

Gather your thoughts The self-assessment is a critical tool for fostering conversation and improving communication with managers and peers. Self-assessments provide employees with the opportunity to analyze strengths and weaknesses in the context of a formal performance appraisal. Discuss what important projects have been completed, share new skills and techniques acquired, and highlight work that has been done since the last performance appraisal.

Tell your story – The main goal of the self-assessment is to highlight your accomplishments. Employees need to ensure that the work they are most proud of is highlighted in the self-assessment. Point to specific tasks and projects that highlight your best work. When describing those accomplishments, be sure to emphasize the impact each of those achievements had on the college as a whole. Accomplishments listed should connect with college objectives.

Be concise – While employees might be inclined to write about each step of the successful project or task, it’s best to be brief. The work should stand on its own.

Be honest – Honesty is another critical aspect of writing a self-assessment. It’s more than likely that the manager knows when a good job was done, so trying to highlight a project or task that was just OK, rather than great, won’t have much impact. Part of being honest also means pointing out some areas that could be improved.

Think about career development – Use the self-assessment as a time to communicate career development interests. Be proactive and think clearly about your short and long term career interests and what you need to get there.

Communicate openly with your manager – Finally, if the performance appraisal process reveals weaknesses that may be holding you back, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Admitting your weaknesses in addition to asking for constructive feedback from managers can help cultivate strong work relationships.

If you have any questions, contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance/interim Title IX coordinator, at Ext. 2244 or walleshl@canisius.edu or Jennifer Skowron, assistant director for human resources, at Ext. 2247 or skowronj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance/Interim Title IX Coordinator

Campus Candid

Canisius President John J. Hurley poses with his daughter, Caroline ’11, MS ’17 (left) and wife, Maureen, after receiving the St. Thomas More Award.

The St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York recognized Canisius President John J. Hurley on Tuesday, May 7 during its annual luncheon at the Buffalo Convention Center. President Hurley received the St. Thomas More Award for his outstanding contributions as a Catholic lawyer.

The St. Thomas More Guild is an association of Catholic lawyers officially recognized by the Diocese of Buffalo. The organization supports lawyers in applying their faith to the challenges of professional and personal life.

In addition to his leadership of Canisius College, President Hurley is a founding member of the Movement to Restore Trust.

President Hurley congratulates Nick Spinosa ’20 upon receiving a scholarship from the St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York, during the organization’s annual luncheon on Tuesday.

The St. Thomas More Guild also recognized Nicholas J. Spinosa ’20, a math and economics dual major. Spinosa received a scholarship from the Guild for an essay he authored about faith and the law.

Submitted by: College Communications

A Remarkable Evening for the Regents Ball

Nearly 450 guests gathered to help raise money for the Canisius College
Board of Regents Scholarship Fund at the 53rd annual Regents
Ball on Saturday, May 4. Proceeds from the gala provide financial support
to promising young students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education. 

Click here to view a video recap from the event.

The Board of Regents also conferred its Distinguished Citizen Award upon Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96 during the annual Regents Ball. The
former Buffalo mayor and president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and
Associates was recognized for his contributions to the economic, civic and
cultural well-being of Western New York. 

Click here to watch a video highlighting Masiello’s accomplishments.  

Submitted by: College Communications

Commencement 2019 Student Speakers

The following students will deliver the commencement addresses for the graduate and undergraduate classes of 2019:

Mohamed Diyani, MBA program, will address the graduate class on Wednesday, May 15.

Saturday, May 18:

Thomas J. Karins, sports management major, will address the School of Education ceremony.

Cameron T. Rosenecker, accounting, finance and management triple major, will address the Richard J. Wehle School of Business ceremony.

Joshua P. Canavan, biochemistry major, will address the College of Arts & Sciences ceremony.

Please join in congratulating our student speakers in receiving this great honor.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean, Student Affairs; director, Event Services

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship 2019-20 Class

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship (WNYPF), sponsored by the Prentice Family Foundation, is proud to announce the fellowship recipients for the 2019-20 year. The WNYPF combines scholarships, pay for unfunded internships and network and skill-building opportunities throughout the year. This is designed to enhance fellow connections to the business world, allowing them to develop skills, find mentors and create lasting connections that will keep them in WNY upon graduation. Click here for more information about the WNYPF and to see the students of the 2019-2020 fellowship class.   

Submitted by: Diane Kelly, administrative associate, Management

Help Desk – Summer Hours

The ITS Help Desk will begin its summer hours schedule on Monday, May 13. The Help Desk will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect through Friday, August 23. The Help Desk will close at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Friday, May 24 – Friday, August 2.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, help desk manager, ITS

Charitable Gifts to Departments

In order to ensure continued support from loyal donors, please forward any donations that have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM 203 (attention: Katie Huck, director of advancement services for institutional advancement). This is an ongoing policy that helps the college to ensure the gift is recorded and the donor is provided with a charitable gift receipt.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or huckk@canisius.edu.

Please note that gifts may need to be forwarded to advancement services prior to Wednesday, May 29 in order to be recorded in this year’s annual fund.

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

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

Campus Candid

Griff Fest, the college’s annual celebration held on the last day of classes during the spring semester, took place yesterday, May 2. Students took a break from the stress of upcoming finals and enjoyed local food favorites such as Chiavetta’s chicken, Franco’s pizza and wings, Lloyd tacos and more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

WGRZ Channel 2 featured alumna Claire Taberski ’14 about being chosen as one of 40 to compete in the longest international horse race – The Mongol Derby in Magnolia. Read the full story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Tune into “Crossroads”

Set your radio dial early this Sunday, May 5 when Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, hosts the latest edition of “Crossroads.”

The focus of this month’s conversation is “Nickel City Forum and the Church of Atonement” with featured guest Rev. Bryan Wandel. Wandel founded the Church of Atonement, an Anglican church, in 2017 and followed it up with the formation of Nickel City Forum. The monthly event enables participants to learn about and discuss “macro ideas:” theology, ethics and culture, in the comfortable setting of a local microbrewery.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor 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 Sunday’s broadcast, you can hear it on the Canisius SoundCloud starting Monday, May 6.

Submitted by: College Communications

Baseball Hosts Final Home Games

The Canisius men’s baseball team wraps up the home portion of its schedule this weekend against Monmouth University in a three-game series at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game one of the series will take place tomorrow, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs will then compete in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Senior Day ceremonies will take place on Sunday prior to first pitch at 12:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Canisius currently sits in first place in the MAAC with a 14-4 conference record, while Monmouth is in seventh place with a 6-9 league record. The Hawks are one and a half games out of the final playoff spot.

The Griffs conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Notre Dame on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, and Niagara on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17.

Follow the baseball team at www.GoGriffs.com for up to date information.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Employee Engagement Meeting

The Employee Engagement Team will meet on Monday, May 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Campus Ministry 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. Summer engagement activities will also be finalized.

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

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance/Interim Title IX Coordinator

Open Enrollment Information

Open enrollment meetings will be held in the Student Center conference room on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 8 – 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Thursday, May 16 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Independent Health and Lawley Insurance will be on hand to review the benefits and the online system – Maxwell Health.

Please click here to view details.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits manager, Human Resources

Online Faculty Development Course – Summer 2019

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will run an Online Faculty Development Course throughout summer 2019 to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid classes. The course will run from Monday, May 27 – Saturday, June 29. The class is entirely online and simulates a real fully-online course so professors can learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

Learn how to build engaging, rigorous online and hybrid courses that are powered by teaching skills and enthusiasm. Discover how to sensibly incorporate interactive learning, social engagement and teaching presence in an online class space. After this mini-course, faculty will craft effective and engaging web-based courses that incorporate their personality and talents as a professor, and Canisius College’s special blend of Jesuit identity and pedagogy.

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

To enroll, contact coli@canisius.edu. View the COLI Calendar for times and locations of other faculty development events.

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

Canisius College Institutional Online Store

The institutional online store is a source for ordering official Canisius College branded apparel and merchandise. All items sold on the site are for business purposes and charged to a budget, including departments, student clubs, grants and agency funds. Orders may be placed in any quantity. Pricing is 35 – 50 percent off retail pricing and exempt from sales tax.

Merchandise categories include:

  • Apparel, t-shirts and hats
    • Business accessories
    • Collectibles
    • Drinkware
    • Duffle, totes and backpacks
    • Flags and wall decals
    • Gift items

If you can’t find a specific item, custom and bulk orders are available. For assistance and pricing, contact Ryan Gray, senior program manager for Advance Online at (972) 471-5452 (direct line), (972) 471-5400 (main line), (972) 471-5401 (fax line) or rgray@advanced-online.com.

To access the institutional store:

  1. Go to MyCanisius/Campus Services/Institutional Store
  2. Open the link: https://canisiusdepartmentsource.merchorders.com/
  3. Select “department orders” (on the left)
  4. Login with your Canisius email address and budget INDEX
  5. A security code will be e-mailed to you. Enter the security code within 10 minutes to create a password for the website

For information about the institutional store, contact Gary Lew, director of purchasing, at Ext. 2255 or lew@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing 

Grant Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to participate in a Grant Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Regis Room. The Grant Workshop is for those with grant experience, those who are interested in submitting a grant proposal and those who have never thought about submitting a grant proposal.

For 2019, the format of the workshop will include presentations and discussions by grant active Canisius faculty members and administrators. Topics at the workshop will include:

  • How and when to fit a grant into your academic life
  • Demystifying the IRB process
  • Design and measurements
  • Tips and techniques

Prior to the workshop, attendees are encouraged to submit questions and/or topics that they would like addressed.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please reserve your seat by contacting Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu. If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Langlois or Sara Morris, associate vice president for academic affairs, at morriss@canisius.edu. A working lunch will be provided.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Are You Protected From Measles?

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Student Health recommends that all campus members, including faculty and staff, be protected against measles disease. Protection means immunity to measles by two measles vaccinations or a blood test result that demonstrates adequate antibody levels. If you were born after January 1, 1957, Student Health encourages you to contact your health care provider to verify protection against measles disease.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/measles.

Submitted by: Patricia Creahan, APRN, BC, director, Student Health Center

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News featured Janet McNally, associate professor of English, in its “Fashion Friday” column. Click here to read the full article.

Submitted by: College Communications

College Communications, and Marketing & Brand Engagement Teams Win International Awards

Congratulations to the College Communications and Marketing & Brand Engagement teams, which won 2019 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

College Communications received two platinum awards and two gold awards. Eileen Herbert, chief communications officer, received a platinum award for the media pitch – “Women Sleep Better With Dogs,” featuring research by Christy Hoffman, PhD, associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC). Dr. Hoffman’s research was picked up by 161 print, broadcast and online media outlets and shared on social media, including a People magazine tweet to its 7 million followers. 

The Canisius Magazine team received a platinum award for the summer 2018 edition, which featured the cover story “Second Acts.” Kudos to Herbert, executive editor; Audrey Browka, managing editor; Patty Herkey, creative director and Cody Weiler, art director.

Hermes’ prestigious platinum awards are presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding in the competition. Platinum awards were awarded to only 900 out of 6,000 (15 percent) entries from the U.S. and around the world.

The Magazine team also received gold awards for the spring 2018 Magazine, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Afro-American Society and the fall 2018 Magazine, which included the Annual Report of Donors.

The Marketing & Brand Engagement team received a gold award for the 2018-19 digital viewbook. A key component of Canisius’ undergraduate recruiting strategy, the digital viewbook replaced the printed version in 2017 in an effort to create a more interactive experience for prospective students. The piece broke new ground through the integration of testimonial videos and other clickable content that help to authentically convey the Canisius student experience. Congratulations to Patty Herkey, creative director and Stephanie Masood, marketing project manager, for their outstanding work spearheading this project. Click here to view the digital viewbook. 

 

Hermes gold awards were awarded to only 1,200 out of 6,000 (20 percent) entries from the U.S. and around the world.

The Hermes competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. Winners in this competition range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

Submitted by: Bill Collins, vice president, Institutional Advancement

Reunion 2019

The Office of Alumni Engagement invites faculty and staff to join alumni and friends at the 2019 Reunion Tent Party on Friday, June 7 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the Quad!

Enjoy live music by The Plagiarists, dinner provided by local food trucks (Lloyd, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Polish Villa, Loose Cannon, Sweet Hearth and Sweet Melody’s), drinks provided by 21 Brix, 12Gates Brewing and more! Faculty and staff will receive a discounted rate of $25 for pre-admission ($40 after Saturday, June 1). 

Click here for more information or to register.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, Alumni Engagement

Jaime Manrique Presents Latest Novel

Canisius College will welcome Colombian novelist, poet, essayist and translator, Jaime Manrique, to campus tonight, Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main 314. The event is free and open to the public.

Manrique will discuss his latest novel, entitled Like This Afternoon Forever, a parable influenced by Colombian drug cartel motives, which takes readers through their battle for control and its lasting impacts.

Manrique is the author of several novels including Our Lives are the Rivers, Cervantes Street and My Night with Federico Garcia Lorca. He has received accolades such as Colombia’s National Poetry Award, the 2007 International Latino Book Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. He most recently won the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award from the Publishing Triangle.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of modern languages, at reitsmar@canisius.edu.  

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Physics Hosts Spring Seminars

The Physics Department will host its Spring Seminars for students on Wednesday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Science Hall 1028. Caleb Beatty ’19, Max Chudy ’20 and Nicolas Renkas ’20 will present their seminars entitled “Detecting Muons: Canisus Muon Detector and Table-top Muon Detector.”

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, clinical instructor, Physics and Mathematics

Softball Wraps Up Regular Season

The women’s softball team wraps up its regular season this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex with four conference games. The Griffs will host Quinnipiac in a doubleheader on Friday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs will also host Marist in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Canisius sits three games out of the final MAAC playoff spot with four games to play. The Griffs will need to win a minimum of three games, if not four, to have a chance of advancing to the conference tournament.

Canisius seniors will be honored after the second game on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com/

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Commencement Volunteers Needed

Commencement celebrates the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and the perseverance of our students who are filled with pride, hope and the promise of a bright future. We have all played a part in the transformation of these students and it is our hope that you want to be part of the excitement of their special day. Watching our graduates and their families is a great reminder of what we work for each day. Please see detailed information on commencement events as well as volunteer guidelines here.

To volunteer for either or both of the following celebrations, click here.

Graduate Ceremony – Wednesday, May 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Koessler Athletic Center

  • 4:30 p.m. – Volunteers arrive (pizza dinner will be available)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Graduates, platform party and faculty report to Patrick Lee
  • 7:00 p.m. – Graduate ceremony begins

Undergraduate Ceremonies – Saturday, May 18 – 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Koessler Athletic Center

  • 8:30 a.m. – Volunteers arrive
  • 10:00 a.m. – Marshals arrive
  • 10:00 a.m. – General Ceremony one
  • 12:30 p.m. – Ceremony two – School of Education and Human Services / Wehle School of Business degrees conferred
  • 3:00 p.m. – Ceremony three – College of Arts & Sciences degrees conferred

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs and Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Commencement Volunteer Training Sessions

Commencement volunteer training sessions are listed below and will take place in the Student Center Regis Rooms:

  • Monday, May 13: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

  • Tuesday, May 14: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Sessions will include a review of important information about the ceremonies, a demonstration of proper robing and a run-through of the procession for those who are marshalling.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs and Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Canisius Ed Tech Free Webinar

The Canisius College Education Technologies Program is hosting a FREE webinar series on Monday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will also earn Continuing Leadership and Leadership Education (CTLE) credits! 

This session will explore websites/iPad apps that are useful when differentiating learning for students with disabilities in a 1:1 or small group setting. Brianna Croce, session facilitator and special education teacher, will share her experience with technology as a transforming force in a special education setting.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Submitted by: Ronald Kotlik, director, Educational Technologies and Emerging Media

Wildlife on Campus

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(Canada Geese, photo from WikiCommons)

By now, many people on campus are aware that Canada geese have built a nest and laid eggs on the Main Street side of Science Hall. Many people are excited and enthusiastic about sharing space with the birds and are keenly watching their nest. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when watching or interacting with the geese and with wildlife in general that might be applicable in other locations across campus (there is also a bird nest in Churchill Tower).

  1. Keep your distance! Wildlife that are disturbed by humans will likely flee and return later. However, adult geese can be quite aggressive in defending their nest and young, so if you wish to look at the nest do so from a great distance or through the window (but do so briefly so they do not become stressed out). If you are too close, the geese will swoop at you and hiss.
  2. Do NOT feed wildlife. This past week there was a plastic bag full of bread next to the geese’s nest. Feeding wildlife in general can alter their behavior, causing them to seek food out from any human that may pass by. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also notes that some diseases can affect wildlife that are fed bread and crackers, through the mixing of feces and food. Bread is not part of a natural diet for Canada Geese and it is not nutritious for them. There is plenty of food for them to eat on their own. Plastic bags are a horrendous environmental problem so adding plastic bag waste to their habitat only makes the problem worse.
  3. If you see the goslings moving about outside of the nest, leave them be, there are many other birds around campus. If you find a baby bird of a different species out of its nest, it is okay to pick it up and gently place it back in the nest. With other baby animals (rabbits or squirrels) the best thing to do if you find one is leave it where it is or move it out of harms way if necessary. Do NOT bring them indoors.
  4. Tell other people to follow these rules and if necessary, put up signs encouraging better relationships with wildlife.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you suspect an animal may be injured, contact the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Wildlife department at (716) 875-7360 Ext. 247.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, assistant professor, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation 

Campus Candid


The Canisius rowing team concluded the home portion of its spring schedule with a regatta on Sunday morning at Tonawanda Creek (the race was originally scheduled for the West Side Rowing Club, however ice in the channel forced a change of venue).

During a break in the action, Canisius dedicated a shell in honor of Daniel P. Starr ’58, HON ’18, PhD, a professor emeritus of history and the longtime director of Canisius College athletics.

Submitted by: College Communications

De La Pedraja Named Distinguished Faculty

The Canisius College Alumni Association will confer the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon René De la Pedraja, PhD, during Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center. The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

A professor of history at Canisius, De la Pedraja is respected by students and admired by colleagues, many of whom have come to rely on him as a mentor. His courses are known for their academic rigor, which he infuses with his vast knowledge of history, his extensive travels abroad and engaging storytelling. Students say De la Pedraja promotes critical thinking and analytical skills and a passion for international issues.

De la Pedraja’s areas of discipline include the history of the Western Civilization, the history of Latin America from 1830 to present, and the wars of Latin America. He is one of the leading forces who designed the college’s Latin American Studies Program.

Click here to read the full release.

Submitted by: College Communications

Town Hall Meeting

All Canisius faculty and staff members are invited to attend the next Town Hall Meeting with President Hurley and the vice presidents tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This Town Hall will be a series of roundtable discussions with President Hurley and the vice presidents. A similar format was used in the past and people responded very positively. This will give vice presidents a chance to talk about some of the key priorities in each respective area and discuss, as a smaller group, any thoughts or questions. We will do these in 15-minute sets to give participants an opportunity to talk with several groups. As we found last time, this led to a number of informative and engaging conversations and we look forward to doing this again.

Refreshments will be served.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Annual Shredding Event

Canisius College will hold a campus-wide shredding event for all college related materials. The Facilities Management Department will secure a central shredding location. Please note that personal material will not be accepted for shredding. Work orders for pick-up can be placed between Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 30

All material to be shredded must be boxed. Boxes can be obtained by placing an online work order with facilities management located in the MyCanisius Portal under My Applications, Facilities Work Order.

Once your shredding is boxed, please place a new work order to have these boxes picked up and moved to the central shredding location.

Please be patient as the facilities management staff will complete work orders according to staff availability and time schedules. Please do not call facilities management to request boxes or pick up of boxes. You will be referred to the work order system to place your request.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Submitted by: Julie Daniel, business specialist, Student Records and Financial Services 

BN360 Professional Development Opportunities

Canisius College is a sponsor of the Buffalo Niagara 360 Program as part of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership that includes information programs for young professionals and networking opportunities at no cost. Click here for more information on events and the registration process.

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

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance/Interim Title IX Coordinator

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to:canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30-90 minutes of internet based questionnaires and tasks. The timing will depend on your preferred pacing. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

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

Canisius in the News

President John J. Hurley was quoted in The National Catholic Reporter in its April 25 edition, about the Movement to Restore Trust and its recent recommendations for Bishop Richard Malone on how the Buffalo Diocese can address the ongoing sex abuse crisis.

Click here to read the story, entitled “Buffalo Bishop, Lay Reform Group Agree on Proposals to Address Abuse.”

WBEN-930 AM interviewed Political Science Professor Robert Klump on its morning program Thursday, April 25. Klump provided insight about Joe Biden enter the 2020 race for president.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Congratulations Canisius CFA Team!

Pictured (l-r): Alexandra Pfeifer ’19 (team captain), Michael Maiorana ’19, Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Allison Jennings ’19

Canisius was one of only five universities, worldwide, to advance to the Global Finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge held in New York City on Thursday, April 25. The Canisius team competed against Ateneo de Manila University, Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico, Moscow University and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.  Ateneo de Manila University, our Jesuit partner in the Philippines, won the global competition.

The Canisius team was comprised of Alexandra Pfeifer ’19 (captain), Allison Jennings ’19, Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Mike Maiorana ’19. The team competed against 1,100 universities from approximately 90 countries to secure a spot at the Global Finals.

This marks the second time that Canisius competed in the CFA Global Finals.  In 2015, a five person team from Canisius beat teams from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the CFA World Championship. 

Click here to read more about the CFA Challenge and the amazing accomplishments of the Canisius team.

Submitted by: College Communications

Serious Games Meetup Today, April 26

The Digital Humanities Group is sponsoring a Serious Games Meetup today, Friday, April 26 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Old Main 400.

All Canisius faculty, staff and students are invited to bring their favorite games that go beyond just entertainment and provide educational and therapeutic benefits. If you don’t have a game in mind, join the Digital Humanities Group and learn how games can support learning and therapy. If you don’t play video games at all but want to know why so many people do, let gamers tell you all about it!

This is an informal gathering and those in attendance will get the chance to play games. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Softball Hosts Four Games

The Canisius softball team will host four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs compete against both Manhattan and the University at Buffalo tomorrow, Saturday, April 27 in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs will then host St. Peter’s on Sunday, April 28 in double header beginning at 12:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Game times are 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies Final Speaker Series

On Monday, April 29 Michael McGlin, adjunct professor of classics, will present “A Divinity’s Diversified Portfolio: Finances at the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delos (314-167 BC)” in the Grupp Fireside Lounge at 5:00 p.m. McGlin will look at the inscribed sanctuary records documenting the annual financial audits of the Sanctuary of Apollo on the Aegean island of Delos. These inscriptions provide details of the types of loans offered from the Temple.

This final lecture for the 2018-19 Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Speaker Series will also talk about what role finances and loans played in establishing a relationship between the Sanctuary and the population on Delos. This talk is sponsored by the ICMS, the Classics Department, the History Department and the Religious Studies & Theology Department. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on the ICMS and its events, click here. Check the website and Facebook pages for the upcoming 2019-20 event schedule.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

ALANA Student Center Presents “The Taste”

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Join the ALANA Student Center on Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Frisch Hall Room 008 as it celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander food. Soba noodle salad and moo shu lettuce wraps will be available as well as door prizes.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student affairs administrative specialist, ALANA Student Center

Jaime Manrique Presents Latest Novel

Canisius College will welcome Colombian novelist, poet, essayist and translator, Jaime Manrique, to campus on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main 314. The event is free and open to the public.

Manrique will discuss his latest novel, entitled Like This Afternoon Forever, a parable influenced by Colombian drug cartel motives, which takes readers through their battle for control and its lasting impacts.

Manrique is the author of several novels including Our Lives are the Rivers, Cervantes Street and My Night with Federico Garcia Lorca. He has received accolades such as Colombia’s National Poetry Award, the 2007 International Latino Book Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of modern languages, at reitsmar@canisius.edu.  

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Makerspace Event

Relax from the studying and end-of-the-year chaos at a Makerspace event on Wednesday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. The event is free and open to the campus community.

Submitted by: M. Fernanda Astiz, professor, Teacher Education 

Semester Wrap Up in D2L: COLI’s Checklist

 

In this brief video, Mark Gallimore, director of the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI), reviews some quick tips for securely wrapping up the spring 2019 semester and to prepare for summer and fall 2019 courses in D2L:

For faculty development and technology resources, visit www.canisius.edu/coli.

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

Save Your Zoom Video Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license includes plenty of room to house these recordings online but there is a limit to the total storage for all users. Periodically, the Zoom administrators at Canisius must delete old videos within the Zoom account. In most cases, videos still stored in Zoom accounts are no longer in use or haven’t been viewed anytime recently. As per previous announcements, Zoom administrators are now deleting videos recorded before the fall 2018 semester. After Saturday, June 1, videos recorded before Tuesday, January 1 will be deleted. If you have videos stored at Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Saturday, June 1.

For further information about Zoom video recordings and using videos hosted in Google Drive, contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation.

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

Canisius in the News

WBFO 88.7 interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley about the new student fitness center that will be located in Palisano Pavilion. Read the full story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Cantio Sacra Presents “Sounds of Spring”

Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor of fine arts/music, invites the campus community to a spring concert today, Wednesday, April 24 at 1:15 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

The program will include choral works by Handel, Verdi, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and will also feature Mason Cancilla, tenor, in songs by Schumann and Sondheim. Join the Fine Arts Department for an uplifting break in your daily schedule!

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

Women’s Lacrosse Closes Out Home Schedule

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team closes out the home portion of its schedule today, Wednesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. against Binghamton at the Demske.

After a tough start to the season, the Bearcats have won two of their past three games. Canisius qualified for the MAAC playoffs this past weekend and will open post-season play on Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. versus Siena.

Today will mark the final home game for five Canisius seniors.

For additional game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Men’s Lacrosse Game Nationally Televised

The men’s lacrosse team will host Marist on Friday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

The game has huge playoff implications for the Griffs. A win clinches a tie for first place and gives Canisius the No.1 seed in the MAAC Lacrosse Tournament. A loss could eliminate Canisius from post-season play. The Red Foxes currently sit on top of the league with a 5-1 record, while Detroit has finished its season at 5-2. The Griffs and Quinnipiac are both 4-2 with one game remaining. A Canisius victory on Friday would give the Griffs wins over all of the other first place contenders and provide the Griffs the top seed in the tourney. A loss could plummet Canisius into fifth place, one spot out of post-season play.

Lloyd’s Food Truck will be on site at 3:45 p.m. prior to the start of the game.

Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff with school ID.

For more information, visit www.goGriffs.com.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Canisius Lacrosse “Vs. Cancer” Shirts

The Canisius men’s lacrosse team is raising money for “Vs. Cancer,” part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, by selling shirts to help raise awareness in the battle against pediatric cancer. Fifty percent of the funds raised support national pediatric cancer research and 50 percent go to Roswell Park.

The team’s final home game on Friday, April 26 has been designated as “Canisius Vs. Cancer” and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Shirts are available for $30 in navy or grey and come in both men’s and women’s sizes.

For those interested in purchasing shirts, contact Kris Alleyne, assistant coach for men’s lacrosse, at alleynek@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kris Alleyne, assistant coach, Men’s Lacrosse 

Annual Conservation Biology Poster Session

The annual Conservation Biology Poster Session will take place on Thursday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium. Students from BIO 322: Conservation Biology will present their posters and discuss ways to aid conservation efforts.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC and Biology

Telemedicine Benefit Drawing

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Allen Steltermann, general worker for Facilities Management, is the winner of the Telemedicine benefit drawing. Steltermann signed up for the benefit while Independent Health was on campus earlier this month and won an Echo Dot.

For more information about the Telemedicine benefit, please visit the Independent Health website.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Immersion East Side Application

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The Immersion East Side application deadline has been extended through Tuesday, April 30. Students can access the online application here.

Submitted by: Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor, Philosophy

Campus Candids

Canisius College Physics and Pre-engineering hosted Can Kerse, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto on Friday, April 12. Dr. Kerse presented his recent discovery on material processing with femtosecond lasers. His discovery increases the material processing speeds by 1,000 times without causing any significant damage. Dr. Kerse and Erden Ertorer, PhD, clinical instructor of Physics and Mathematics, are in collaboration with the manufacturing industry in Buffalo for industrial applications, as well as Buffalo Medical Corridor to enable high speed minimally invasive surgeries with femtosecond lasers.

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, PhD, clinical instructor, Physics and Mathematics

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A pair of Canada geese have decided that the flower beds outside Science Hall are a perfect place to raise a family. It is unknown how many eggs may be in the nest, but the Canisius community may be treated to a few fluffy goslings in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, administrative associate, ITS 

Canisius in the News

Professor of Mathematics/Statistics Terrence P. Bisson, PhD, and his wife, Mary, made news this weekend when they won a brand new car in Tops Markets’ Monopoly sweepstakes – and then gave it away.

Click here to read the story in The Buffalo News.

In addition, Buffalo News reporter Matt Glynn referenced research by Economics Professors George M. Palumbo, PhD and Mark P. Zaporowski, PhD, in an article about tech jobs in Western New York’s information and financial activities sector.

Click here to read the story, entitled “3 Ways M&T Bank’s Technology Hub Could Pay Dividends for Downtown.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Cody Weiler Named Employee of Distinction

 

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Cody Weiler is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for March 2019! Weiler was nominated for the award by Matt Gorczyca, assistant director of the Canisius Fund.

At Canisius for four years, Cody is the art director for the Department of Marketing and Brand Engagement. He was selected for this award based on the creative and engaging quality of his work, his clear understanding and communication of the college’s mission in his work, and his incredibly strong work ethic.

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

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

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Softball Hosts St. Bonaventure

The Canisius softball team will open a season-ending 10 game homestand tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23 in a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.

After tomorrow’s game, the Griffs will end the regular season with eight consecutive games at the Demske versus conference opponents.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Cantio Sacra Presents “Sounds of Spring”

Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor of Fine Arts/Music, invites the campus community to a spring concert on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:15 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

The program will include choral works by Handel, Verdi, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and will also feature Mason Cancilla, tenor, in songs by Schumann and Sondheim. Join the Fine Arts Department for an uplifting break in your daily schedule!

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

P/HETE Partners with Buffalo Public Schools

Students in the physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) program completed a partnership project with two Buffalo Public Schools. Throughout the semester, teacher candidates from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s PED 371/PEG 571: Assessment in Physical Education and PED 311/PEG 511: Movement Education and Elementary Activities courses implemented teaching strategies and assessment protocols to kindergarten – grade four children.

The students of BPS No.17 and BPS No. 54 were very excited and the collaboration proved to be a wonderful learning experience for all partners. The joint venture allows P/HETE majors to apply best practices in pedagogy and assessment in authentic learning environments. Special thanks to Phil Smith ’13, Tricia Vezina, physical education teachers at BPS No. 17, Karin Seymour ᾿98, MS ᾿08, and Erin Hughes ᾿12, MBA ’17, physical educators at BPS No. 54, for their help in coordinating this event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director, Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

Honors Thesis Defense Week Underway

The All-College Honors Program announces its end-of-the-semester thesis defense week which takes place through Wednesday, May 1. The topics range widely and include autism in the media, the ancient world’s reception of Heraclitus, mental health and mental illness, social media, the opioid epidemic, homelessness in modern democracies, Alzheimer’s disease, a popular Korean boy band (BTS), antimicrobial misuse and human disease, the impact of the college student loan crisis, gender differences in co-rumination, televangelism and Frederick Law Olmsted’s unprecedented park system in Buffalo. All are welcome to attend these defenses and ask questions.

Click here to view the schedule, which provides the names of the presenters, their topics,and the date, time and place of the defenses.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, professor, History; director, All-College Honors Program

Jaime Manrique Presents Latest Novel

Canisius College will welcome Colombian novelist, poet, essayist and translator, Jaime Manrique, to campus on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main 314. The event is free and open to the public.

Manrique will discuss his latest novel, entitled Like This Afternoon Forever, a parable influenced by Colombian drug cartel motives, which takes readers through their battle for control and its lasting impacts.

Manrique is the author of several novels including Our Lives are the Rivers, Cervantes Street and My Night with Federico Garcia Lorca. He has received accolades such as Colombia’s National Poetry Award, the 2007 International Latino Book Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of modern languages, at reitsmar@canisius.edu.  

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Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Meetup: Building Communities in Online and Hybrid Courses

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a meetup tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 219. The meetup will focus on online and hybrid courses (this was rescheduled from Thursday, April 11).

Jennifer Stowe, professor in the School of Education and Human Services’ Literacy Program, will lead the discussion to examine power and respect for different voices and community in teaching. The starting point is the face-to-face classroom. Consulting critical theories in education, the meetup will explore new teaching relationships that build virtual, rich and productive communities in online and hybrid courses.

Join the conversation and discover new ways to develop strong social and teaching presence in online or hybrid courses! All faculty members are welcome!

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

Grant Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to participate in a Grant Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The Grant Workshop is for those with grant experience, those who are interested in submitting a grant proposal and those who have never thought about submitting a grant proposal.

For 2019, the format of the workshop will include presentations and discussions by grant active Canisius faculty members and administrators. Topics at the workshop will include:

  • How and when to fit a grant into your academic life
  • Demystifying the IRB process
  • Design and measurements
  • Tips and techniques

Prior to the workshop, attendees are encouraged to submit questions and/or topics that they would like addressed.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please reserve your seat by contacting Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at langloim@canisius.edu. If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Langlois or Sara Morris, associate vice president for academic affairs, at morriss@canisius.edu. A working lunch will be provided.

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Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to:canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30-90 minutes of internet based questionnaires and tasks. The timing will depend on your preferred pacing. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

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

Campus Candid

Flamenco Vivo, a traditional dance ensemble based out of New York City, performed on Thursday, April 11 in the Montante Cultural Center. The audience learned about various aspects of flamenco dancing, singing and guitar playing.

The event was sponsored by the Fine Arts Department, the Modern Languages Department and ArtsCanisius, and was supported by grants from the New York State DanceForce and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Submitted by: Richard Falkenstein, chair, Fine Arts 

Canisius in the News

WBEN-AM Radio interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley about the formation of a joint implementation team between the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. The purpose of the team will be to prioritize and implement the MRT’s recommendations for reform. Click here to read the full story.

President Hurley also joined Rev. Bishop Richard Malone on WBEN’s “Baurerle & Bellavia” program on Monday, April 15 to discuss the formation of the joint implementation team. Click here to listen to the interview in its entirety. 

Additional outlets that reported on the story can be found below:

WGRZ

The Buffalo News

Submitted by: College Communications

Holy Thursday Early Dismissal

In order to allow members of the community to prepare for Easter, the college will dismiss at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Holy Thursday, April 18. All but essential operating personnel are included in this early dismissal tomorrow. Please note that the college will be closed for Good Friday on Friday, April 19. I wish you a very Happy Easter!

President John J. Hurley

Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Niagara

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team hosts Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara University tonight, Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.

For more information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Campus Dining – Easter Hours

Happy Easter! Please take note of the hour changes during the week leading up to Easter.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

KAC Hours – Easter Break

The Koessler Athletic Center will be adjusting the hours of operation during Easter break:

Tuesday, April 16: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19: CLOSED

Saturday, April 20: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21: CLOSED

Note: No open swim hours from Wednesday, April 17 – Sunday, April 21

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Baseball Hosts St. Peter’s

The Canisius men’s baseball team will host St. Peter’s on Friday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar. The Griffs will take on the Peacocks again on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

This is the Griffs second to last home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series. Canisius is in a virtual four-way tie for first place in the conference at the halfway point of the league schedule.

With inclement weather moving into the area on Friday, be sure to check www.GoGriffs.com for any schedule changes. If Friday’s game cannot be played, it will be made up on Sunday, April 21.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Griff Gear Sale

The annual spring Griff Gear Sale will take place on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25 in the Koessler Center lobby. The store will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. both days.  Merchandise will be discounted at 10 – 40 percent depending on the item. For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Dyngus Day Buffalocal!

Join Chartwells for a special Dyngus Day edition of Buffalocal on Monday, April 22 in the dining hall. A Polish platter featuring Ru’s Pierogi, Wardynski Polish sausage and Weber’s mustard and sauerkraut will be available.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

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