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Employee Engagement Team Invitation

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The Employee Engagement Team will begin to meet again this fall semester to discuss opportunities to enhance the work environment at Canisius College.

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 unique approaches to staying engaged with each other and in our day-to-day work during this age of social distancing, as well as enhancing the student experience to increase student enrollment and retention. The outcomes of these discussions will be reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team.

At this time, we are currently seeking additional members from the campus community to join the discussions.

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 within the next week. The first meeting will be held in October via Zoom, and a date will be announced once it has been decided.

We look forward to sharing and hearing your ideas!

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

Reminder: Upcoming Workshops from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be offering several workshops this fall to continue the important work toward increasing the inclusiveness on campus. Information about the following workshops and the opportunity to register for programs is available here.

• Inclusive Conversations: Calling One Into A Conversation, Not Calling One Out, presented by Sesha Yalamanchili, On the Mark LLC – Tuesday, September 22 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, September 23 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

• Part I-Microaggressions Are Not So Subtle: The Verbal, Behavioral and Environmental Indignities, presented by Isabelle Oritz, Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion, California Lutheran University – online, asynchronous (must be completed prior to Part II)

• Part II-Microaggressions Are Not So Subtle: The Verbal, Behavioral and Environmental Indignities, presented by Isabelle Oritz, Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion, California Lutheran University – Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. or Friday, October 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Academic Affairs

ArtsCanisius Season Begins with a Meet-the-Faculty Lecture

Widenor.Lecture.9.2020.jpgPlease join us on Thursday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. as Professor Yvonne K. Widenor, director of the art history program in the Fine Arts Department and director of  ArtsCanisius, discusses self-portraiture in a talk entitled “Redirecting the Gaze: Self-Portraits by Women Artists.”

This lecture details the inspiration for teaching the core capstone course called “The Art of the Selfie: Self Portraits – A Critical Survey” and the lessons Professor Widenor continues to learn when teaching this subject matter.

The lecture will take place in Regis Room. Patrons may also watch an online version here.

For more information, visit www.canisius.edu/artscanisius or contact Professor Widenor at Ext. 2531 or widenory@canisius.edu.

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

Staff Performance Appraisal Process Begins

The performance appraisal process at Canisius College is designed to encourage open discussion between our supervisors and employees to review progress, establish priorities and discuss career development opportunities across the campus.

The self-assessment by employees is a best practice that will hold even more value going forward. In addition to offering our employees an avenue to express perceptions around their contributions and have a formal voice in their development and employment experience, it will provide direct insight into the evolution of the college’s operations that will be helpful as we adjust and refine roles and processes.

The first step in this process is to complete your self-assessment by logging into MyCanisius-Applications-HR Appraisal:

  • Once the employee submits the self-assessment, it will be available to the supervisor 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 supervisor.
  • The supervisor will complete the performance appraisal and then schedule a meeting to review the details and finalize goals for the next year. Once completed, the supervisor 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 should be completed by September 28.

Supervisors should complete all Performance Appraisals by October 23.

To assist supervisors in completing performance appraisals, please note that the following zoom training sessions have been scheduled.

Wednesday, September 23 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Please E-mail Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu if you would like to attend one of the scheduled sessions.

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

Canisius Dependent Tuition Waiver/Exchange Information Sessions

Faculty and staff interested in using the dependent Tuition Exchange (TE and FACHEX) or the Canisius College Tuition Waiver for academic year 2021-22 are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions.

Thursday, September 24 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. or Friday, September 25 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the zoom link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://canisius.zoom.us/j/7168888501

In the meantime, feel free to use the documentation in the wiki and below to search and start the application process.

First Steps:

  • Complete the Canisius dependent child application located in the portal under Human Resources -> Tuition Waiver and Benefits.
    • Select a beneficiary -> Canisius Tuition Waiver/Initial Certification(stop here if only applying for the Waiver to attend Canisius)
  • Complete the Tuition Exchange/Fachex EZ application (only complete the TE EZ application for non-Canisius schools).

If you have questions regarding:

Tuition Exchange/Fachex contact Kevin Smith at Ext. 8501 or smithk@canisius.edu.

Canisius Tuition Waiver/Dependent Child contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240 or HR@canisius.edu

Search for TE/Fachex Member Schools on the TE website.  Every TE member school has its own calendar, including application deadlines.  Dates are available in the search option.

Submitted by: Kevin Smith, AVP and director, Student Records and Financial Services Center

Please Shut Off Classroom Projectors When Class is Over

Please help the college get the best value from lamps and projectors by shutting down the projectors in classrooms at the end of class. With fewer in-person classes on campus this semester, it is less likely that someone else will benefit from the previous user of their classroom not shutting the room down at the end of class.

Why This Is Important: Did you know that the lamps in classroom video projectors have a finite life span and that they cost between $99 and $400 (depending on the projector model) to replace? When “standby” or “A/V Mute” is selected, the projector lamp is still being used. Also, leaving a projector on for prolonged amounts of time causes heat related wear to the LCD imager that will eventually result in irreversible distortion of the projected image.

Resources For the Community: Need more information on how to shut down a projector in a particular room or on how to use the document camera, play a DVD or hook up your laptop to the projector? Instructions for using the different classrooms on campus can be found by going to the “What’s in my classroom?” section of the Canisius College Wiki and clicking on the “click here to see a list of the classrooms around campus” link.

Need a demonstration of a particular feature of a room?  Contact the Media Center by Emailing Erik Michaelsen (michaele@canisius.edu), Nathan Johnson (johnsonn@canisius.edu) or Dan Drew (drewd@canisius.edu), and within a few days we will post a link on our portal page to a video showing how to use the feature of the room that you are interested in.

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

Download and Save Zoom Recordings

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Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit to total online storage available 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 recently.

After Friday, September 18, videos stored within Zoom, which were recorded before August 24, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive (or other storage) by Friday, September 18, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Canisius in the News

Several media outlets reported on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were released on Monday, September 14 and saw Canisius climb to the No. 1 spot among Best Value colleges and universities in New York State. 

Buffalo Business First reported on Canisius’ Best Value ranking in the state, and reported the college as the third best value among 73 regional universities in the North.

Click here to read the Business First article. 

WKBW also documented the college’s recent achievement.  To watch the story, click here.

Local radio station WYRK (106.5) picked up the story as well, and noted that Canisius remained among the Top 20 Best Regional Universities in the North, coming in at #19. Click here to read the WYRK Radio (106.5) article. 

The Buffalo News similarly reported on Canisius’ rankings.  That story can be read here.  

The college was also included in a Buffalo News article about the different ways in which local colleges and universities are informing their campus communities about the spread of Covid-19, if any.

While private colleges are bound by the same state rules on when to shut down, they are not required to publicly share information about their Covid-19 cases on the state’s website. As a result, area colleges have taken different approaches to keep their communities informed.

To read the full article, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

#Griffs Social Media Gains National Attention

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The U.S. News & World Report rankings weren’t the only good rankings to be released in the past few days.  This past weekend, AthleticDirectorU.com ranked Canisius’ social media network 3rd in its “weighted social media rankings” list. AthleticDirectorU.com is website designed to provide immediate and actionable value to collegiate administrators looking to improve individual and organizational performance.

The ADU’s “weighted social media rankings” list focuses on university accounts that have outperformed based on their follower count, with the table above showing the universities that have the highest proportion of engagement compared to their overall following. This value is created by taking combined social media interactions and then dividing by combined social media following and ranking the universities accordingly.

If you’re not already following Canisius’ social media network, please join us @GoGriffs on Twitter and Instagram, or like “Canisius Athletics” on Facebook.

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

Drive Thru Food Giveaway – Contributions Welcome!

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On Saturday, September 19, MMB Realty and the Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association are hosting a food giveaway. Bags of groceries will be distributed from Canisius College in the Spillman Parking Lot at Jefferson Avenue and Florida Street.

If you would like to donate non-perishable groceries to the effort, please leave them in the bin outside the New Buffalo Institute Office (Old Main 217) or drop off a filled bag at the lot on Saturday morning before 11:30 a.m.

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

Another Volunteer Opportunity – This Saturday!

Due to loss of employment, hundreds of families in our community are without food.  Through the efforts of Pastor Kinzer Pointer and the Health Equity Task Force, a food supply is available and ready for packaging.

Please come to Mt. Olive Church on Saturday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. to help sort and package groceries for needy families.  We will be meeting at Mt. Olive Church located at 701 E. Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to McDonalds.

Participants will practice social distancing and wear masks. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

To volunteer or get more information, contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

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

“Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World”: Guest Lecture on Mussolini and the classical tradition

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Alessandro Sebastiani, PhD, assistant professor of Roman Archaeology at SUNY Buffalo and member of the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Canisius, delivered a virtual guest lecture in CLS 216: Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World, taught by Davide Salvo, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Classics.

Sebastiani is currently writing a book on Mussolini’s use of classical architecture and archeology and shared part of his research for the book with students in the class. Sebastiani spoke about the concept of placemaking, ideological placemaking in the fascist regime, and how the classical tradition was used by Mussolini not only to create an Italian ethnic identity but also to give an ideological justification for fascist colonialism in Albania and Africa.

After the lecture, Sebastiani answered several questions from the students. Questions on fascism placemaking opened a discussion on current issues such as the debate on the legacy of the Confederacy and the symbolic meaning of Confederate statues and monuments in the U.S.

Submitted by: Davide Salvo, Adjunct Professor, Classics

 

Download and Save Old Zoom Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit to total online storage available 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 recently.

After Friday, September 18, videos stored within Zoom, which were recorded before August 24, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive (or other storage) by Friday, September 18, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Canisius Named No. 1 Best Value in New York State

U.S. News & World Report is affirming what we here already knew – that Canisius is the No. 1 best value among colleges and universities in New York State.

The news comes out today, following the publication’s release of its 2021 rankings of Best Colleges and Universities. That same Best Value ranking has Canisius at No 3 among all 73 regional colleges and universities in the North. That’s up two spots from No. 5 last year.

The Best Value college and university ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality (based on U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking, see below) and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  The higher the quality and the lower the cost of the program, the better the deal.  The average discounted cost of a Canisius education is $24,989, which represents an approximate 42 percent discount from the total cost of tuition.  Sixty-nine percent of Canisius students receive need-based aid.   

But wait … there’s more:

In addition to being the No. 1 Best Value in New York State, U.S. News & World Report  placed Canisius at No. 19 on its list of Best Regional Universities in the North and No. 9 on its list of Best Colleges for Veterans in the North. 

Click here to view the full rankings report. (LINK TO WEBSITE)

Submitted by: College Communications

Student Affairs Appoints New Assistant Dean

Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino, PhD, has appointed Bennie D. Williams as assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center. Williams is charged with supporting and advancing the college’s initiatives related to the student experience with a focus on students of color and the education of the entire student population around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

In his new role, Williams works directly with the ALANA Student Center to provide African-American, Latinx American, Asian American and Native American students with services to help them succeed at Canisius and beyond.  Williams also oversees the college’s Center for International Education, which supports the academic needs and development of the global student community. 

Williams came to Canisius from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he served in a number of capacities within the institution’s Student Development Division.  Most recently, he was director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Global Education, a role in which he oversaw student diversity and inclusion, international student services and study abroad. 

Click here to read more about Bennie Williams.

Submitted by: College Communications

Bailey Becomes Fitzpatrick Professor of History

Sara Morris, vice president for academic affairs, has named Richard A. Bailey, PhD, the Fitzpatrick Professor of History. In this new role, Bailey will collaborate with faculty colleagues to bring a diverse and engaging number of prominent speakers to campus, under the auspices of the college’s Fitzpatrick Lecture Series. 

Bailey is an associate professor of history at Canisius and chair of the History Department.  He joined the college faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor of history with an academic focus on early American history to 1815, American religious history, African-American history, slavery in the Americas, and race and critical race theory. 

The Fitzpatrick Lecture Series at Canisius is part of the larger Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership at the college, which provides an array of opportunities for Canisius students to develop leadership potential through close contact with and exposure to those who contribute to American public affairs and societal issues. 

The institute and the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series are named for William H. Fitzpatrick, a South Buffalo builder and longtime chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.  His sons, Paul E. and Walter D. Fitzpatrick, endowed the Fitzpatrick programming at Canisius in 1958, in memory of their father.  A few years later, in 1962, the Hon. Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, inaugurated the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series at Canisius.  Each year since, Canisius has hosted national figures in politics, government, academia and media, including Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Bernice King, all under the auspices of the Fitzpatrick family.

Click here to learn more about Richard Bailey and the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

The Student Programming Board (SPB) welcomed back old and new students, last Thursday, September 3, when it partnered with U.S.A.’s Student Interests Committee to host the first “Thursdays in the Quad” of the semester!  

Mom Said No, a local Western New York band, performed while students enjoyed the warm weather, food trucks and received free water bottles. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Erik Brady, a 1976 graduate of Canisius College, chronicled the story of Rev. Henry Behrens, one of the college’s founding fathers, in the September 5 edition of The Buffalo News.  The article, written to commemorate the college’s sesquicentennial, tells how Father Behrens arrived in Buffalo in 1872 as the second president of Canisius.

To read the full article about Father Behren’s impact while at Canisius, click here

WalletHub featured Economics and Finance Professor Steven Gattuso in a recent piece about Capital One balance transfer credit cards. To read his recent contribution, click here

Canisius athletic director, Bill Maher, spoke with The Buffalo News about the college’s four-phase resocialization plan to incorporate its athletes into activities as they return to campus. Phase one is set to begin in the next two weeks with September 14 as a target date for starting organized team activities. Click here to read the full article. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Rev. Mattimore Appointed Chief Mission and Ministry Officer

I am pleased to announce a reorganization of the college’s mission and identity, campus ministry and community outreach activities with the creation of the Office of Mission & Ministry and the appointment of Rev. John J. Mattimore, SJ, as Chief Mission & Ministry Officer for Canisius College.

In this new role, Father Mattimore will provide leadership and day-to-day management for the college’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution by overseeing the development of mission-related programs, spiritual development and faith formation programs, and the college’s outreach activities. He will be responsible for the coordination of activities and initiatives among the college’s Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity offices and the New Buffalo Institute (NBI).  We have discovered that coordination and close collaboration among those three offices is critical.

Father Mattimore’s direct reports will be Kaitlyn Buehlmann (Campus Ministry), Sarah Signorino (Mission & Identity) and Mary Rockwell (NBI).  Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J. will continue to assist with Mission & Identity initiatives in addition to other assignments from the president. 

This appointment does not represent an increase in personnel, as Father Mattimore has already been working in both Campus Ministry and the New Buffalo Institute since he arrived at the college in January 2020. 

Father Mattimore will report directly to me, but he, Sarah Signorino and Mary Rockwell will continue to meet with the Academic Affairs staff to insure that their activities further the academic goals of the college. He and Kaitlyn Buehlmann will also continue to meet with the Student Affairs staff.

A native of Western New York, Father Mattimore attended Canisius High School and then joined the Jesuit order.  He holds masters degrees in divinity and in theology from Regis College – University of Toronto and a master’s degree of English education from Teachers College at Columbia University. 

In his previous work in Western New York, Father Mattimore served as chaplain to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, the Federal Detention Center in Batavia and Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.  He also has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator of Jesuit secondary schools in Baltimore, Batavia, Buffalo, Micronesia and New York City.

Please join me in wishing Fr. Jack the best in his new responsibilities.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College

Welcome New Faculty!

Join us in welcoming our new faculty members in the departments of Mathematics, Digital Media Arts, Animal Behavior, Ecology & Conservation and Physician Assistant Studies programs:Fox_Nathan_small.jpgNathan Fox, PhD

Nathan Fox, PhD, joins Canisius as an assistant professor of mathematics & statistics teaching calculus for the non-sciences and logic, set theory & proofs this fall. Dr. Fox received his PhD in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He also graduated from the University of Minnesota with bachelor of science degree in both mathematics and computer science.

Dr. Fox’s research interests lie at the intersection of combinatorics, number theory and theoretical computer science. Much of his work relates to using computational tools to explore patterns in sequences of integers. He also enjoys games, both studying them with mathematics and playing them. Dr. Fox has broad teaching experience and interests across the mathematics curriculum.

His primary goal is for students to take ownership of their learning, underpinned by a philosophy that the best way to learn something is to teach it. This results in a great deal of collaboration in the classroom. When he is not on campus, you can commonly find Dr. Fox riding his bicycle around town.Galasso_Sarah_small.jpg

Sarah Galasso, MFA

Sarah Galasso, MFA, joins Canisius as associate professor of digital media arts teaching Intro to Digital Media, Character Design and Game Development this fall. Dr. Galasso received her master of fine arts degree in computer animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting with a minor in art history from Buffalo State.

Dr. Galasso began her career in 2000, as the first-ever, full-time animator at Fisher-Price Inc. Within her first few months at the company she received the Champion Performer Award from the president of Fisher-Price for her development of innovative techniques that helped to advance the design processes and workflow used at the company. After six years with the company, she launched her own animation studio, August Productions, where she has produced animations for clients such as Mattel, Hasbro, Spin Master Toys and the Home Shopping Network. Dr. Galasso has also earned three Telly Awards, as well as the 2014 Award of Excellence from the Videographer Awards, for her role as executive animator on the nationally aired ABC-TV documentary Building a Basilica. Sarah has 12 years of full-time teaching experience and 20 years of professional experience in all aspects of animation production.

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Jennifer Snekser, PhD, joins Canisius as an assistant professor of animal Behavior, ecology and conservation teaching Introductory Biology, Research Methods in Animal Behavior, and Sex, Evolution, & Behavior courses this fall. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in psychology from Canisius, a master of science degree in biology from St. Joseph’s University and her PhD in integrative biology from Lehigh University.

Dr. Snekser’s courses focus on understanding the process of science that leads to our understanding of biology and relies heavily on evaluating primary literature. She particularly loves teaching introductory courses and any course focused on biological diversity. Dr. Snekser’s research interests lie in understanding different aspects of social behavior as related to ecology and evolution, focusing on both ultimate and proximate reasons for behavioral expression. She utilizes the diversity in fishes to explore a variety of behaviors, including parental care, territoriality, sexual behavior, and shoalmate choice. Fish live all over the world and Dr. Snekser loves traveling with her students to explore reefs, streams and desert springs. She can also spend hours watching the fish that live within her laboratory. Dr. Snekser, her collaborators and students regularly present their work at scientific meetings and publish in behavior and conservation journals.

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Nicole Scovazzo, EdD, joins Canisius as a clinical assistant professor and clinical medical coordinator in the Physician Assistant Studies program. She is an experienced physician assistant with a primary focus in general and bariatric surgery. After completing her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in physician assistant studies, she elected to continue her education at D’Youville College where she earned her doctorate in health administration. In addition to Dr. Scovazzo’s clinical work, she has served as an adjunct lecturer and clinical preceptor, as well as directed the bariatric service line for Erie County Medical Center. Her passion for education became evident very early on in her experience with her students. Dr. Scovazzo is an active member of many professional societies. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and attending group fitness classes.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

U.S. Elections: Suffragists, Mothers and Candidates

The Argentine Magazine Marcha (March in English) recently featured an article written in Spanish by Canisius Professor M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, from the School of Education and Human Services’ Teacher Education Department, and Associate Professor Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, from the Department of Political Science. The article, titled “U.S. Elections: Suffragists, Mothers and Candidates,” uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the role that women movements have had, historically and currently, in pressuring political agendas, such as in the case of the nomination of Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential ticket. 

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Submitted by: M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor, School of Education and Human Services

ICMS Fall 2020 Schedule of Events

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The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies is back with a new semester of virtual events. For six weeks, which began Thursday, September 10, our Lifelong Learners courses will discuss the legend and influence of King Arthur. Then on Tuesday, October 13, the topic switches to an examination of romantic literature during the Middle Ages for another six weeks. Space is still available for these classes. See our website for details.

On Friday, September 11, Classics Tea@2 will meet via ZOOM. Visit with old friends and meet new ones. Everyone is welcome at Tea@2! Email ICMS@canisius.edu for the meeting passcodes.

Plans are also being finalized for our Brown Bag seminars and speaker series. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

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

Griff Center Career Team Offers Class Presentations

The Griff Center career team offers class presentations on a variety of topics including:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Development
  • Professional Branding and Networking using LinkedIn and Handshake
  • Internship and Job Search
  • Interviewing **New** Virtual Interviewing – Zoom Etiquette
  • Presentations tailored by Major/Industry

Do you need to be out of class on a particular day? Don’t cancel your class! The career team would be happy to host a presentation and/or give an overview of career services available to undergraduate and graduate students.

See what faculty/staff have to say:

Thank you for presenting to our student teachers. Career Development is an important part of the physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) program at the college. Your knowledge in the field of career services is second-to-none and extremely helpful for all future professionals. My teacher candidates always enjoy your engaging exuberance in the classroom.”

Dr. Clancy M. Seymour – Director of P/HETE and Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

“I want to thank you for the 4-part professional development series you conducted over the summer for our Canisius Pre-Med/Pre-Health students. Numerous students who participated in these events have reached out to me to share how helpful these sessions have been. Helping our current students and recent alumni build their LinkedIn profiles and resumes, develop networking strategies with our Canisius alumni (and others), and starting to hone their interview skills will help these students and recent alumni achieve their goals. Your willingness to work around the schedules of these students/alumni is especially appreciated.”

 

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

Interested in booking a presentation?  Email careers@canisius.edu or abbatoye@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, senior associate director, Career Development

Daily Mass at Christ the King Chapel

All are invited to daily Mass at Christ the King Chapel from 12:05 – 12:25 p.m.

Here are the Mass Intentions for today.

Friday                        Marcella Tirak Wyant

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, campus minister

Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement

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The Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology created an Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement as an invitation to deeper prayer, reflection, analysis and dialogue.

The guide includes a multitude of topics such as finding God in all things, Ignatian spirituality and civic engagement. See the table of contents in the link above for the full list of topics covered.

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

Updated Human Resources Contact List

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The Human Resources Department wishes to provide an updated contact list for the campus community. This list outlines the various questions that can be addressed to each member of the HR Department.

Please see the attached PDF file for our full contact list. Feel free to call or Email us with any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources generalist

Download and Save Old Zoom Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit to total online storage available 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 recently.

After Friday, September 18, videos stored within Zoom, which were recorded before August 24, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive (or other storage) by Friday, September 18, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Flashback Friday

This is it folks … our final Flashback Friday, as the college’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration culminates tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, when Canisius officially turns 150 years old.

Yes, it was that long ago when, on September 5, 1870, in the small, two-story brick building at 434 Ellicott Street (pictured above), that Canisius opened its doors to its first cohort of students (35 in all). The institution’s founding mission was to instruct youth – especially Catholic youth – in all disciplines of liberal arts and higher branches of knowledge.

Now, 150 years later, that mission and the academic excellence that it yielded continue to transform the hearts and minds of our students.

Happy Sesquicentennial Canisius College!

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

The Student Programming Board (SPB) continued its Welcome Week festivities last night! SPB set up in the Quad and handed out Canisius blankets and pre-packaged Build-A-Buddy kits for students to make. Students also enjoyed dinner from Lloyd Taco truck and the Ice Cream “Men.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius College Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, spoke with The Buffalo News about the college’s five confirmed Covid-19 cases, all of them involving students who live off campus. Four of the students who tested positive already have been cleared to return to campus. 

To read the full article, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Online Book Discussion with Jessica Goudeau, PhD

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Journey’s End Refugee Services is holding an online book event and community discussion with Jessica Goudeau, PhD, author of the highly acclaimed new book The Last Border: Two Families And The Stories of Refuge in America. Goudeau will speak along with Syrian refugee Beri Wais, whose family was resettled by Journey’s End.

This virtual event, brought to you by the Journey’s End WNY Refugee Film Festival and supported by Talking Leaves Books, will take place on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. For more info and to register, click here.

Purchase your copy of The Last Border from your favorite local bookstore or online, although it is not necessary to enjoy and participate in this special event.

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

Download and Save Old Zoom Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit to total online storage available 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 recently.

After Friday, September 18, videos stored within Zoom, which were recorded before August 24, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive (or other storage) by Friday, September 18, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Campus Candids

Nothing like a little Goat Yoga to get the semester off to a stress-free start! 

These pictures were shared with us from the Student Programming Board, which hosted such a fun event for our new and returning Canisius students. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Trivia Wednesday

Well … this is it folks. The final week of Trivia, as the college prepares to conclude it’s one-year celebration of its Sesquicentennial. If you haven’t played yet, now is your last chance to test your Canisius knowledge and compete for some college swag. 

This week’s giveaway question is: What year did Canisius open its doors to women in all academic day divisions?

Congratulations to last week’s Trivia winner, Shannon R. Jemiolo, PhD, assistant professor of accounting. Shannon will be receiving some Canisius swag on behalf of the College Communications team. 

Last week’s Trivia question was: How many student clubs and organizations are currently offered at Canisius: 

The correct answer was: (d) 90+ 

Submitted by: College Communications

On-Campus Covid-19 Testing

Canisius College and Well Now Urgent Care will offer on-campus Covid-19 testing every Wednesday throughout the month of September, beginning September 2, 2020. Testing will be done in Old Main Room 101 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Appointments are required.

To schedule your testing appointment, contact Student Health at 716-888-2656.  Tests will be billed to your health insurance.

If you have questions regarding payment of Covid-19 testing, contact your health insurance plan member services. Please bring your insurance card, photo ID and face covering to your appointment.

Do not schedule an appointment for on-campus testing if you are currently experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID 19. 

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

COLI’s Quick Essentials

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) has created tutorials and other resources to help faculty get the most out of internet tools for teaching. Here are some links to keep handy throughout the semester, as you teach your classes:

Students have their own set of D2L Self-Paced Training resources, available on the D2L My Home Screen. If you use Google Drive to share content with your students, you might add this tutorial to your course space, which shows them how to quickly log into their Canisius Google account: https://youtu.be/SsXjLwnkaKo.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Daily Mass at Christ the King Chapel

All are invited to daily Mass at Christ the King Chapel from 12:05 – 12:25 p.m.

Here are the Mass Intentions for the remainder of the week:

Wednesday, September 2 – Jim Decker

Thursday, September 3 – Mother of John Maddock

Friday, September 4 – Patricia Sullivan 

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, campus minister

 

The Healing Power of Love in Action

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The Catholic Climate Covenant is making available its 2020 Feast of St. Francis program.  The full 90-minute educational program can be downloaded here for individual or group use.

The Feast of St. Francis programs is framed through St. Francis’ famous prayer, the “Canticle of Creatures,” which he wrote to illuminate our current journey.  The program ends by offering ways to act, including courageous conversations with friends and family, learning more about our civic duties as Catholics, pledging to vote and ways to embrace the call to protect life, our vulnerable communities and neighbors and God’s creation.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Voting is an Act of Love Campaign

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“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”

These powerful words from St. Ignatius of Loyola remind us that casting a ballot can be an act of love. It is a way to live out the greatest commandments, to love and serve God and to love our neighbor.

This fall, exercise the right and responsibility to vote for candidates and issues that support the common good and concern for the most vulnerable people in our society.

The Ignatian Solidarity Networks’ Voting is an Act of Love campaign offers a variety of resources and tools.

Check, register, pledge.
Register or check your voter registration, then pledge to cast your vote this fall!

Learn and pray.
Learn about core justice issues at stake in this year’s election and how they relate to faith and Catholic social teaching.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

ITS Maintenance Scheduled for this Saturday

ITS will be applying database upgrades to its production environment, on Saturday September 5, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. During this maintenance window, Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits and custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management, etc) will be unavailable.

If you encounter any issues post upgrade, please contact the help desk at  helpdesk@canisius.edu or at 888-8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director, Administrative Computing, ITS

Canisius in the News

Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, was one of several college administrators interviewed by The Buffalo News about the enforcement of strict protocols to keep students safe upon their return to campus. The article, titled “Stakes are High for Colleges as Students Return,” can be read by clicking here.

In a separate Buffalo News story, Dentino spoke about how the pandemic is serving as a “teachable moment” for Canisius students and an opportunity for them to live out the institution’s core value of producing graduates who serve others and make the world a better place. Click here to read that story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Welcome Back

Dear Canisius Faculty and Staff,

After months of hard work and preparation, I am pleased to welcome you to the start of the 2020 fall semester. While this is always a very special time of the year when we watch the campus come alive with the return of our students, this year looks and feels quite different after several very lonely months here on the campus.  The pandemic necessitates we introduce a variety of new protocols for student life, academics and our general operations.  Please visit our Return to Campus webpage to learn more about the college’s restart plans.

This fall we are delighted to welcome approximately 420 freshmen and 85 transfer students.  Move-in day and new student orientation events that began last week, with all of our Covid-19 safety measures in place and virtual events for students and families, were filled with Canisius spirit.  Please join me in welcoming our newest students and doing everything possible to ease their transition and engage them in Canisius life.

I acknowledge the trepidation and anxiety we may feel as we try to resume our routines for the fall.  Families with school-age children are navigating a new set of challenges, health and safety concerns are mounting as we watch cases at various universities across the country erupt, and our eyes are fixed on the region’s infection rates.  It has been extraordinarily challenging to balance the interests of our students who prefer an on-campus, face-to-face instructional experience with the health and safety requirements we all expect.  I want to thank everyone for their tireless work and sacrifice to get us to this point.  Now more than ever, it is critical that we do our best to preserve our progress by staying vigilant, following the guidelines, and protecting the health and safety of our community.

The stakes were raised just this past Saturday as Governor Governor Cuomo issued a new directive to colleges and universities in New York State:  If we develop an infection rate for Covid-19 of 5% of the total campus population OR if we report 100 positive Covid-19 tests, whichever is less in a 14 day period, we must pivot to completely remote learning for two weeks.  One hundred positive tests, even in a smaller community like Canisius, is not many, so we need to all work together to keep the infections down.

The Griff Pledge for Campus Health and Safety outlines the commitment each of us – students, faculty and staff – are expected to make to help reduce risks to health and safety and do our part to stay together on campus.  Please take a moment to read and acknowledge the Griff Pledge.  The choices we make in our daily lives can directly affect the well-being of our families, friends and colleagues, and will make all the difference in our ability to carry out a successful fall semester.

This semester’s attention also include our efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive Canisius community. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others have ignited protests and long-needed, honest conversations about the place of Black Americans in our country.  As a Jesuit college, we are compelled to engage our campus community in these challenging questions.  We need to determine how we will respond to systems, structures, and attitudes that sustain racism.  I hope that there will be many opportunities for these important conversations – and more importantly, concrete actions – throughout the semester. 

Without question, we have some difficult work ahead of us, and I look forward to sharing important information about the state of the college with you at my annual President’s Convocation. Due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions, this will be a taped event and available online this fall.  Beyond my Convocation address, the vice presidents and I will continue to provide updates regarding the status of strategic priorities, health and safety information, and other operational items through virtual town halls. 

I wish you all the very best as we embark on this new semester. Let the observance of the college’s  Sesquicentennial cause us to renew the promise of our mission, to commit ourselves to the search for God and for truth, and to pursue quality and excellence in all that we do.

With my prayers and best wishes for a successful term,

John J. Hurley

President

New Safety Protocols in Place for Fall Semester

Welcome to the start of the fall 2020 semester!  For returning faculty, staff and students, these early days of the semester are a time of excitement and fresh beginnings.  For many other students, this is a special day that marks the first steps of their academic lives at Canisius.

Planning for this fall semester was like no other at Canisius and the college’s Covid-19 Recovery Task Force worked tirelessly throughout the summer to implement protocols ensuring a safe return to campus. Complete information about all the college’s reopening plans are available here. Below are a few highlights of the new safety protocols:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Canisius College has distributed disposable facemasks, nitrile gloves, face shields, isolation gowns and coveralls to designated areas of the college campus, for faculty, staff and students.

In addition, for the protection of the college community, acrylic partitions have been installed at transaction counters in various locations on campus, including the Student Records and Financial Services counter, the library circulation desk, and the bookstore counter to name a few.

Facemasks are required at all times on campus when inside buildings and outside when proper social distancing is not possible. The following locations will have extra PPE supplies for any faculty, staff or student who may have forgotten their facemask, or have a need for additional PPE supplies. Please note, supplies are limited.

  • Faculty and staff should please go to the Human Resources Office, Old Main 100, the Office of Academic Affairs, BA-103, or contact Sharon Federico, executive associate in student affairs, at ext. 2130 to inquire about extra supplies.
  • Students should visit the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ Library, the Office of Student Life in the lower level of Dugan Hall, or the Office of Student Affairs, located at Old Main 102, if they need any additional supplies.

Hand Sanitizing Stations:

New hand sanitizing stations are located in buildings throughout the campus. Free standing, touchless, sanitizer dispensers are placed at main building entrances, and wall mounted dispensers are available in corridors and other common areas. Maintenance staff will monitor these, but please submit a work order with Facilities Management if you notice a sanitizer station has been depleted.

Facilities Traffic Flow:

Signage has been installed throughout the campus to designate the flow of traffic into, out of, and through buildings. Access into all buildings on campus requires an individual to swipe in using their Canisius ID card. The card readers are located outside of designated building entrances. Those doors have been identified with a sign indicating “Building Entrance.”

Stairways inside the buildings have been designated for unidirectional traffic flow, i.e., movement in a single direction to help mitigate exposure to infection and reduce congestion. In general, center stairwells have been designated for travel “UP,” and stairs located at the end of corridors have been designated for travel “DOWN.” Please refer to signs located at the entrance to each stairwell. Elevator capacities have been limited to a maximum of two persons and face coverings are required. The following plan has been developed to illustrate the location of ingress points for campus buildings.

Cleaning Information:

  • Offices: Paper towels and disinfectant spray are available for faculty and staff to use to maintain a clean and disinfected workspace. Please contact the Facilities Management office located on the lower level of Bagen Hall to request additional supplies.
  • Classrooms: These areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Restrooms and high touch surfaces in corridors will be cleaned two times during the day shift and two times during the evening shift.

New Waste Collection Procedures:

  • Offices: Trash receptacles were removed from offices and employees are being asked to collect and dispose of their garbage as generated in the trash bins centrally located in the hallway. Recycle bins remain in offices, but employees are being asked to please empty bins as needed in designated recycle bins closest to their office.
  • Classrooms: Trash and recyclable receptors were removed and the occupants of the classroom are required to dispose of trash or recyclables in the containers located outside of the classrooms.

Directions for Vendors and Guests:

All vendors and guests of the college must be essential to institutional operations in order to receive approval to enter a college building. Guests needing access to college buildings must work with the sponsoring or host department at the college to determine access.

Swipe Access:

The campus is currently locked to ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students. Your campus ID cards will give you access to the building that you are permitted to enter (i.e. your office, residence, dining hall, KAC, or classroom). It is expected that you have your identity card on you at all times to ensure access to your areas.

Submitted by: College Communications

Jesuit Book Club

 

The Jesuit Book Club will welcome Kirstin Valdez Quade  on October 14 (4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT) to discuss her debut short story collection Night at the Fiestas.  The reading starts Sunday, September 6, and the collection will be discussed in a private Facebook group.  To register for the October 14 gathering with Kirstin Valdez Quade, click here.

A bit about the book: With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin’s violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest’s confession.

Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade’s characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save each other.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Talking about Race in the Classroom

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The Jesuit Antiracism Sodality will present a webinar on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET, titled “Jesuit Education: Talking about Race in the Classroom.”  The featured presenters of the webinar will be Br. Ken Homan, SJ, whose research focus is Jesuits and the labor and racial justice movements, and Justin White, a theology teacher and Ignatian ministry associate at Loyola Blakefield in Baltimore.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Make Your Dinner Reservations in the Dining Hall

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In accordance with New York State executive orders on seating capacity, Chartwells is now offering dinner reservations in Economuo Dining Hall. While open seating is available, guests are strongly encouraged to use this system to guarantee seating in the timely manner.

1. Reservations are made by logging in to com/Canisius or the Dine on Campus App.

  • Reservations made on the App- To present your reservation, go to the Dine on Campus App and select My Reservations. Show this to the Host, who will confirm the reservation by name and Email address on the list.
  • Reservation Card- These can be printed from the Website at Dineoncampus.com/canisius. Present the card to the host with your name to be seated.

2. Reservations are limited to one reservation per person, per meal period. Multiple time slot reservations are not allowed.

3. Due to limited capacity requirements, the dinner period is broken up into four (4) blocks with reservations made on the hour. Please note, this does not guarantee seating precisely on the hour, just that you will be seated during that dinner block.

  • The time blocks are as follows: 4:00 – 5:00 – 6:00 – 7 p.m.
  • Guests with reservations must be in line no later than 15 minutes after their reserved time. If guests are late, they lose the reservation but may use the open seating line or Express Take Away.
  • Same day reservations must be submitted by 3:00 p.m.
  • Due to capacity limitations set forth by the NYS Health Department, guests are asked to keep their seated mealtime to 45 minutes.
  • Those who have been seated more than 45 Minutes will be asked to vacate in order make room for guests who have not been served.

4. Guests who are uncomfortable seating with others when there are only large tables available, may consider Express Take Away and Meals-to-Go options.

5. For students who do not mind sharing tables, a Green Table Card will identify these tables with the greeting, “Please feel free to join”.

New this year Meals-to-Go and Hot Take Away Meals in the Dining Hall for Dinner

Chartwells has added new dinner service in the Dining Hall this year. For students who do not want to wait in line for open seating, we now offer pre-made Meals-to-Go that students can take back to the residence halls and heat up. In addition, if students would like a hot meal and are comfortable waiting in line, Chartwells is offering hot meals to go from the dinner menu of the day. These meals are packaged for students and can be taken to go. Students who choose this option will be required to take the meal “to go” and not sit in the dining hall.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

Boost Mobile Ordering by Canisius Dining.

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Skip the food line with Boost Mobile ordering.  The Boost App is now available for order at Iggy’s, Market and Tim Hortons.

Use Boost mobile ordering to pre-order meals from top on-campus brands, such as Tim Hortons, Market Online and Iggy’s. Pay using your credit/debit card, Griff Bucks, Griff Choice or Apple Pay.

Boost offers convenience, options and fast service at your fingertips, leaving more time for studying, seeing friends and enjoying life on campus.

With Boost mobile ordering, you can:

  • Skip the line
  • Customize orders
  • Pick up on your schedule
  • Get exclusive offers

How To Download the Boost App:

Search: Boost Ordering on Android or iOS in the App store or text: BOOST to 99299 to get the App.

***Please note Tim Hortons Boost pick up hours coincide with Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library hours.***

Library Hours Fall 2020

  • Monday:           10:00am -11:30pm
  • Tuesday:          10:00am -11:30pm
  • Wednesday:     10:00am -11:30pm
  • Thursday:         10:00am -6:00pm
  • Friday:             10:00am -2:00pm
  • Saturday:         12:00pm -6:00pm
  • Sunday:            2:00pm  -11:30pm

 

Iggy’s Hours and Location-

  • Iggy’s is now located in the Student Center for take away meals. All Iggy’s ordering will be done through the Boost Ordering App.
  • Hours are 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. seven days / week.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

 

Opportunities for Sustainability in a Pandemic

In collaboration with the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies, the Jesuit Working Group Ignatian Pedagogy for Sustainability (IPS) is offering its fourth annual fall workshop in late September 2020.

Anyone who is available is invited and welcome to participate in all or some of the sessions, whether you have joined the community before or not. The theme of the digital workshop will be “Opportunities for Sustainability in a Pandemic” and will be interactive and experiential. It will feature student reflections on courses with Ignatian Pedagogy for Sustainability as the framework, as well as an invitation to participate in a walking exercise featured in a walking class taught by Bill Vitek at Middlebury College.

At this time, please let us know of your intention to join us Sunday, September 27, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Monday, September 28, from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (all EST). We will host sessions through Zoom.

Submitted by: Erin E. Robinson, PhD, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to August 31, 1993, when LTC James E. McNicholas ’68 retired as chair of Canisius’ Military Science Department. McNicholas served seven years in the department and led the ROTC battalion to three straight 1st place finishes at the national Advanced Camp. After his retirement, McNicholas served as director of Army instruction for the Buffalo Board of Education’s Junior ROTC program.

McNicholas is currently a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

Though it wasn’t our typical move-in day, our new class of Golden Griffins showed up strong. They’re on campus and ready to go. Thank you to all the Griff families and friends who helped us get this school year off to a safe start.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter Jay Tokasz interviewed Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino, PhD, for a story about the unique ability of smaller colleges and universities to offer more in-person classes to students, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The article, which appeared in the Wednesday, August 26 edition can be read by clicking here.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, assistant professor of economics, also weighed in with The Buffalo News for a story about the latest hurdles facing Western New York’s economic recovery. Click here to read the article, which was published on August 26.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mass of the Holy Spirit Sunday, August 30

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday August 30.  There will be two masses at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in order to accommodate more attendees while complying with New York State guidelines.  In order to attend, all attendees must reserve their spot in advance by clicking here.  The Mass will also be live-streamed.  Details will be made available on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page by the end of the week.

Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place outdoors on the quad in front of Christ the King Chapel.  Please bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.  There will be no procession this year and faculty need not wear regalia. All attendees must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

For more information, please contact Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, at mattimoj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Designated Entry and Exit Rules for Reopening

Dear Campus Community,

As part of Canisius’ reopening plan, we have introduced designated entry and exit rules for various doorways in all campus buildings. The doorways are clearly marked and swipe access is required for entry into buildings at appropriate access points. Please note, you are not permitted to swipe into a building if that doorway is designated as an exit, so it is important that you observe the signage. To view a campus map indicating the points of entry, click here: https://www.canisius.edu/sites/default/files/%2A/building_entry_plans.pdf. 

In the event of an emergency, all doors can be used to exit a building. For more information, click on the video above.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Submitted by: Marco Benedetti, vice president, Business & Finance; Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities Management

Help Desk for Back to School

ITS Help Desk hours for the first week of classes starting on Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4 are as follows:

Monday – Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Regular help desk hours (below) will begin on Monday, September 7:

Monday – Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Library Due Dates

Recently, there have been some issues related to faculty and staff due dates for materials. To clarify, all books should have been renewed AT LEAST until December 31, 2020.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed directly with Matthew Kochan, public services supervisor for the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, at Ext. 8416 or via Email at kochanm@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Matthew Kochan, public services supervisor, Andrew Bouwhuis Library

Student Health Office Hours

As the campus begins to open up, the Student Health Center is opening as well.

The Student Health Office is located in the basement of Frisch Hall, with clinical hours from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning August 31.  The clinic is open Monday – Friday when undergraduate classes are in session.  The Student Health Office closes daily from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

If you are in need of medical care, contact the office first by calling 716.888.2610. Due to Covid-19, walk-in appointments are not available. Most visits will be virtual using our telemedicine platform, Doxy.me.

If you are in need of care after hours, WellNow provides Virtual Medical Care 24/7. Register through www.wellnowvirtualcare.com to start your virtual visit consultation. Visits are convenient, private and secure. With most insurances accepted, or a flat-rate fee of $75 for a self-pay visit, the WellNow medical team provides timely and expert medical care.

WellNow also offers urgent care visits at one of its many locations throughout Western New York.  The campus shuttle will transport students to WellNow seven days a week.

Submitted by: Michael Stilson, Student Health Office

WellNow Covid Testing

In partnership with WellNow, every Wednesday in September, beginning September 2 through 30, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Covid-19 testing is available to students. Appointments are required. 

Call 716.888.2656 or Email health@canisius.edu. Testing is located in Old Main 101. Make sure to bring your insurance card, face covering and photo ID.

Submitted by: Michael Stilson, Student Health Office

Trivia Tuesday

It’s Trivia Tuesday!

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

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special trivia question is: How many student clubs and organizations are currently offered at Canisius:

a. 30+

b. 50+

c. 70+

d. 90+

And here’s a surprise … There was no winner in last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. That’s only the second time we’ve been without a winner, since the Trivia Tuesday campaign was launched in September 2019. Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

Which of Canisius’ varsity athletic teams has scored the most victories since Title IX went into effect in 1972?

The correct answer was: Softball

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News


Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, assistant professor of economics, about the local jobs data, released by the State Labor Department on Thursday, August 20. The story, titled “For the Buffalo Niagara Economy, the Recovery Comes in Baby Steps,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Back to School Means Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Dome

Your favorite employee newsletter, The Dome, will resume its regular publishing schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, when the new academic year begins on Monday, August 31.

Remember, The Dome is the best place to inform the campus community about news, information and upcoming events. It’s also a great vehicle for faculty and staff to share photos of what they and students are doing.

Submitting a story to The Dome is easy. Just click the “Submit” button in the top right corner of this page. We only ask that you make your submissions by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to publishing.

Submitted by: College Communications

Election 2020: Left, Right or Politically Homeless

In the middle of a challenging presidential campaign, Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Archdiocese of Washington’s D.C. Catholic Young Adult Ministry Theology on Tap program are partnering to help young U.S. Catholics think critically about applying Catholic teachings to the 2020 election. Does our faith shape our politics or is it the other way around?  The live-streamed event, titled “Election 2020: Left, Right or Politically Homeless,” will take place on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST.  To register, click here.

A diverse group of Catholic leaders will discuss:

• How should our current context – including a renewed national focus on racism and racial injustice, a global pandemic, an economic crisis and a “throwaway culture” that fails to protect the most vulnerable among us – affect our actions as citizens?
• How should Catholics view the vocation of politics?
• What are our responsibilities as Catholics in the face of bitter polarization in our political life? How can we stay informed as Catholic voters?
• Where do young Catholics fit in the politics of 2020? What should guide our choices and priorities:  issues, character, party or our own interests?
• Should U.S. Catholics align with a particular political viewpoint or party, or are we politically homeless?
• Does our Catholic faith compel us to vote for a particular candidate? What does it mean for Catholics to have a “well-formed conscience?” Can we disagree about who to vote for?
• In a discussion on political engagement, is the decision regarding who to vote for the end of the conversation, or just the beginning?

This Salt and Light Gathering for young Catholics under the age of 40 will bring together four leaders to discuss these issues:

• Meghan Clark, an associate professor of moral theology at St John’s University; senior fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society; and faculty expert for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations
• Abigail Galván, the communications and program officer of the Crimsonbridge Foundation; former development director of the Religious Freedom Institute; and a V Encuentro region IV delegate
• Charlene Howard, a religion teacher and chair of the Religion Department at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.; former adult faith formation instructor in the Archdiocese of Washington; and former principal and teacher at St. Francis DeSales Catholic School in Maryland
• Stephen White, executive director of the Catholic Project of the Catholic University of America; and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

The USA East Province of the Society of Jesus will host a five-day webinar series, beginning in September, titled “Prophets of a Future Not Our Own.”

The series will allow Jesuit justice leaders the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of lay women and men and Jesuits across every level of the Society about a variety of justice issues.  Our conversation topics will include: the Season of Creation and Laudato Si’ year; our contributions to the Universal Apostolic Preferences; the virtual IFTJ and other ways to build community online; migration in the time of Covid; and using discernment tools to guide our civic engagement.  Registration for each webinar is required and available here.  The schedule of the series and a description of each session is below:

Wednesday, September 2 at 11-11:45 a.m.: Living Laudato Si’ with Nancy Lorence and Cecilia Calvo
Nancy Lorence, chair of the environment ministry at St. Francis Xavier parish and leader of the Metro-NY Catholic climate movement will join Cecilia Calvo, senior policy advisor on environmental justice at the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology.  They’ll help us engage more deeply in the Season of Creation, Querida Amazonia and the Laudato Si’ year, while keeping sight of intersectional issues of racial justice and the inequality laid bare by the Covid-19 virus.

Wednesday, September 9 at 11-11:45 a.m.: Vibrant Virtual Networking with Chris Kerr
Chris Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, will share his thoughts on how to effectively build community through virtual programming.  ISN has been a leader in offering online prayer, education and awareness raising and advocacy programs during the pandemic, including their response to racial injustice.  We’ll talk with Chris about how communities can get the most out of the virtual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice from October 19-26, 2020.

Wednesday, September 16 at 11-11:45 a.m.: Migration in a Time of Covid-19 with Caitlin-Marie Ward
Caitlin-Marie Ward, senior advisor on migration for the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, will join us to examine ways policies and regulations of the Trump administration have dismantled the asylum system and in conjunction with Covid-19 have put at further risk the lives of migrants fleeing violence in their home countries.  We will focus on stories that Caitlin-Marie has collected through the Solidarity Across Borders campaign.

Wednesday, September 30 at 11-11:45 a.m.: A Global Perspective from a Global Society with Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ
Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ, secretary for Social Justice and Ecology for the Society of Jesus, will talk with us about ways the social apostolate is animating the Universal Apostolic Preferences around the globe.  He’ll give us insights into how the Jesuits are responding to Covid-19.

Wednesday, October 7 at 11-11:45 a.m.: How Civic Engagement Flows from our Faith with Ted Penton, SJ
Ted Penton, SJ, secretary of the Office of Justice and Ecology for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S., will help us put into context a new resource on civic engagement that is soon to be released.  The document invites readers into an experience of prayer and discernment to integrate elements of Ignatian spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching into our civic life.  We’ll talk about how the document can lead to conversation with groups, institutions and the broader community.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Solidarity Across Borders Campaign

In collaboration with the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and Kino Border initiative, the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) launched a campaign in late June called Solidarity Across Borders.

The campaign is aimed at creating solidarity between migrants and advocates by sharing migration stories. When you visit the campaign site, you’ll have access to stories illustrating the realities of migrants at the border and undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including the inhumane policies they face.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Zoom Updates

Beginning September 27, 2020, all Zoom users will be required to set up their meetings to have a passcode or waiting room enabled.   Zoom has designed these security measures to give users control over their meeting security options while keeping the experience as frictionless as possible.  Please be sure your Zoom software is up to date and review these changes from Zoom below:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360045009111

If you need help updating your Zoom software please review this link:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version

For any other questions, comments or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk at Ext. 8340, at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

Submitted by Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

Ready to Help

The Canisius College Help Desk, staffed by ITS User Services, stands ready to assist you with information technology problems, concerns and possibilities in your work at the college. You can quickly contact the Help Desk by Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

Questions addressed to the ITS Help Desk regarding D2L, Google Drive, Qualtrics and other applications are efficiently routed to COLI staff. This is a better option than Emailing individual COLI or ITS staff members, since it allows many COLI and ITS employees to see and assist with your questions, resulting in better response times. Where concerns overlap between COLI and ITS divisions, we can easily work together to assist you.

Before you contact the ITS Help Desk, save time by visiting the COLI Wiki and browsing various self-paced training resources. We are continually updating these with new and better guides and tutorials.

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

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an Adjunct Faculty Information Session to help prepare you to teach during the fall 2020 semester. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission, and technology for teaching and learning.

This remote meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. via Zoom Web Conferencing.

This is a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall can benefit, but returning adjunct instructors are also welcome.

RSVP Using this Form.

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

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to August 1982 when Canisius sophomore Christina (Celentani) Mortel ’85 was named ROTC Corps Commander. She was the first female to attain such a rank in the 31-year history of the military science program at the college. Celentani earned the assignment as a result of high evaluations for her performances as company commander, platoon leader, platoon sergeant and executive officer of her company. She held the position for one year and commanded 105 cadets.

Submitted by: College Communications

College Postpones October Commencement

On Tuesday, August 18, President John J. Hurley informed the graduate and undergraduate students of the Class of 2020 that Canisius must, unfortunately, postpone the commencement events the college hoped to host on October 10, 2020.

While the state and region have made excellent progress in containing the spread of Covid-19, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet loosened restrictions on the size of allowable gatherings, which is presently limited to 50 people. As such, it does not appear that it is feasible for Canisius to host the commencement ceremony as planned. 

President Hurley assured graduates this is not a cancellation just another disappointing postponement.  Until Canisius is cleared by local health authorities, the college cannot safely bring graduates, their families and members of the campus community together again for this celebration.  

“We look forward to a time next year when we can hold an appropriate and safe commencement ceremony,” said President Hurley. “I will announce information about the rescheduled date as soon as it is possible.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Janet McNally Named New Director of All College Honors Program

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Janet McNally, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, has accepted the position of Director of the All College Honors Program.  For those who don’t know, Janet is an alumna of the program.  She regularly teaches a variety of honors courses and directs honors theses and, in her application, she shared that teaching for honors is a big part of her identity at Canisius.  She is committed to a high quality honors program and wants to engage students, faculty, and alumni in support of and engagement in the honors program.

I want to thank Zach Lundy (Class of 2022 & President of the Honors Student Association), Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward (Chair of the Student Faculty Liaison Committee), Dr. Jonathan O’Brien (Co-chair of the Educational Policy Committee), and Dr. Tom Chambers (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) in contributing to this search.  I also want to thank all those who nominated colleagues and who applied for this important position.  It is clear that the honors program holds a special place at the college.

Please join me in congratulating Janet McNally and wishing her every success in this new role.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Trivia Tuesday

It’s Trivia Tuesday!

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

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Which of Canisius’ varsity athletic teams has scored the most victories since Title IX went into effect in 1972?

Lynn Incardona, payroll associate

Congratulations to Payroll Associate Lynn Incardona who won last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

The long wait for a campus athletic facility ended when Canisius opened a $2.5 million physical education complex in what year:

a. 1969

b. 1971

c. 1975

d.1980

The correct answer: (a) 1969

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino, PhD, spoke WIVB-TV Reporter Sarah Minkewicz on Monday, August 17, about the college’s plans to welcome students to campus and the changes its made to ensure a safe and socially-distanced learning environment. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

McConnell Earns Accolades for Conference Paper

The European Conference for Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) recently named Professor Jeffrey J. McConnell, PhD, among the top five recipients of its 25 Award.  The award recognizes the top ITiCSE papers submitted during the first 25 years of the conference.  McConnell is professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at Canisius College.  He was recognized for his paper, titled “Active Learning and Its Use in Computer Science,” which he authored in 1996. 

McConnell’s paper maintained that student learning and the depth of students’ knowledge increased when active learning methods were employed in the classroom.  The paper further went on to suggest strategies for active learning, specifically as it relates to computer science students. 

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Classrooms Set Up for Video Recording

The Media Center has set up Old Main Room 208, Old Main Room 301 and Science Hall Room 1004 for video recording, which will be available through August 28. The classrooms have a pan/tilt/zoom PTZ video camera, hanging microphone and class capture video recorder, which stores the video files on a USB drive that you must provide.  The classrooms also have touch panel control, computer, document camera, DVD or Blu-ray player, internet/network, rear monitor, screen/projector and laptop connection.

Additionally, Science Hall Room 064 is set up to video record via ZOOM (you would need a ZOOM Pro account to record), and also be available through August 28.   This classroom has a web camera, microphone/speaker unit, computer, Blu-ray player, document camera, internet/network, screen/projector and laptop connection.

To reserve or schedule these classrooms, use 25 Live.  Swipe card access is available from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Instructions are available at the Canisius Wiki ITS –Media Center “What’s in My Classroom” select from list of classrooms

The Media Center has setup a video recording space in the seminar room, located in Old Main 417.  This room has a video camera, microphone, lights, LCD panel and video recorder (USB drive needed). This room will remain open during the fall semester. Contact the Media Center at Ext. 3278 to open this room.  Operating instructions for OM-417’s recording technology can be found at the room’s “What’s in My Classroom?” Wiki page

Contact the ITS Help Desk at Ext. 8340 for additional support.

Submitted by: Dan Drew, director, Media Center

Ready to Help

The Canisius College Help Desk, staffed by ITS User Services, stands ready to assist you with information technology problems, concerns and possibilities in your work at the college. You can quickly contact the Help Desk by Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

Questions addressed to the ITS Help Desk regarding D2L, Google Drive, Qualtrics and other applications are efficiently routed to COLI staff. This is a better option than Emailing individual COLI or ITS staff members, since it allows many COLI and ITS employees to see and assist with your questions, resulting in better response times. Where concerns overlap between COLI and ITS divisions, we can easily work together to assist you.

Before you contact the ITS Help Desk, save time by visiting the COLI Wiki and browsing various self-paced training resources. We are continually updating these with new and better guides and tutorials.

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

Throwback Thursday

Pictured (l-r) are student leaders Michael Deninger, Ivan Ivankavich and Josita Caroll

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to August 1967 when Canisius broke ground on the construction of Bosch Hall. The second of two residence halls (Frisch Hall, was completed in 1963), Bosch Hall included an adjoining dining hall and was constructed with funds from a $2.8 million loan awarded to Canisius from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department.

Bosch Hall is named for Rev. Raymond G. Bosch, who worked as a missionary in South America before coming to Canisius in 1932. He taught modern languages for 35 years.

Submitted by: College Communications

COVID-19 Testing

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This morning, Thursday, August 13, the Upper Room Church on Florida Street is sponsoring a mobile COVID-19 testing unit for the community.  The college’s Spillman Parking Lot, across the street from the church, will be the testing site.  Anyone is welcome to receive testing, just bring an ID and an insurance card.  Testing runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

 

Set Your Default Printer

With the introduction of the new Xerox copiers, there has been an increase in color use.  This may be accidental, as many users likely need to set their default printer to the MyGrayscale print queue.  Instructions on how to do this can be found here:  https://wiki.canisius.edu/display/hd/Setting+MyGrayscalePrintJob+as+default+printer

When color output is needed, users can always choose the MyColor print queue in the pull down menu of the print dialog box.

As always, questions, comments or concerns can be addressed by contacting the ITS Help Desk via Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu, by phone at 888-8340 or on the web at http://helpdesk.caniius.edu.

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

Adjunct Faculty Information Sessions

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an Adjunct Faculty Information Session to help prepare you to teach during the fall 2020 semester. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission, and technology for teaching and learning.

We are offering two sessions, that each feature the same presentations and information:

  • Monday, August 24, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Zoom
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom

This is a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall can benefit, but returning adjunct instructors are also welcome.

RSVP Using this Form.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Trivia Tuesday

It’s Trivia Tuesday!

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

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is: The long wait for a campus athletic facility ended when Canisius opened a $2.5 million physical education complex in what year:

a. 1969

b. 1971

c. 1975

d.1980

Congratulations to Brandi Banks ’13, senior graduate admissions counselor, who won last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

In what year did Canisius officially move into the computer age, digitizing 200,000 student records for the first time:

a. 1980

b. 1982

c. 1978

d. 1976

The correct answer was: (c) 1978

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee Parking Permits

It’s time to register for your employee parking tag for 2020-21.  Current tags expire on  August 15, 2020.  Simply go to myCanisius; login with username and password; click on Campus Services (left side), click Purchase Parking – follow the prompts – make sure to “submit” OR simply click on the link below.

Please note, Emeriti faculty should hold on registering for parking at this time.  Additional information and a special link to register will be sent to you separately.

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

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

If you pay with cash, you must still register online but will need to pay at the Student Records and Financial Services Office in BA-106, at which time you will receive your tag.

If you have any questions, please call JoAnn Feary, Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8528.

TO REGISTER IMMEDIATELY-CLICK HERE:   https://apps.canisius.edu/staffparking

** IF YOU REGISTER NOW, YOU WON’T SEE THE NEW TAG UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST. PUBLIC SAFETY WILL NOT BE TAGGING.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, Controller’s Office

Adjunct Faculty Information Sessions

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an Adjunct Faculty Information Session to help prepare for teaching during the fall 2020 semester. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission, and technology for teaching and learning.

We are offering two sessions, that each feature the same presentations and information:

  • Monday, August 24, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom.

This is a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall can benefit but returning adjunct instructors are also welcome.

RSVP Using this Form.

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

Lily Dale Assembly 2020 Women’s Day Event

On Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m., Secil Ertorer, PhD, from the Department of Sociology, Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice, will be speaking at the Lily Dale Assembly 2020 Women’s Day event.

The virtual (Zoom) conversation with Rev. Imani Olear, Dr. Ertorer and the audience will be around the topics of power, identity and intersectionality. If you would like to hear the academic and spiritual perspectives on power and identity and join the conversation, you may register for the event by following the link:

https://www.lilydaleassembly.org/event-details/womens-day-lecture-series-part-1 

Submitted by: Secil Ertorer, PhD, Department of Sociology, Environmental Sciences and Criminal Justice

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to August 2000 when New York State granted peace officer status to the Canisius College Department of Public Safety. Peace officers have the same authority as police officers with the exception of being able to serve a warrant. They are restricted to their own geographic jurisdiction.

The Canisius Public Safety Department was the first private security organization in New York State to receive peace officer status.

Submitted by: College Communications

Fall 2020 Reopening Update

As we look forward to the start of the fall semester, the college has been working hard to make the reopening and move-in process at Canisius as safe, smooth and successful as possible for everyone later this month.   The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff have continuously served as the guiding principle as we planned our return to on-campus learning and living this fall. But, in order for us to unite and stay on campus for classes for the duration of the semester, it is critical that we work together to ensure the health and safety of our community. We must each do our part to protect ourselves and each other.  Many students, faculty and staff have shared a preference for as normal a campus experience as possible; whether we can deliver that experience will depend upon everyone’s cooperation.

An important part of our strategy is ensuring that people are healthy when they come to school, and modifying our facilities and procedures to mitigate risk. Through rigorous safety protocols and physical alterations to campus facilities, we have created an environment intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All of us must adhere to some basic safety principles: monitor your health daily, mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand-washing and avoiding large gatherings.  We will ask everyone – students, faculty and staff alike – to acknowledge their pledge to commit to these new community expectations and practice them on a daily basis.

Though simple, some of these precautions represent a major change in normal daily behavior. We are confident that our campus community is up to the task of taking the needed steps to protect the health and safety of the students, faculty, staff, as well as their friends and their families. To be successful this fall, we truly do need to be, “men and women with and for others”. We are all in this together. Taking the steps necessary to protect others is who we are as Golden Griffins. We must understand how our behavior and individual choices can impact our campus.  To this end every member of the community will enter into the Griff Pledge, a compact that formalizes our shared commitment to health and safety.  Look for this the week prior to the start of school.

The following information, regarding Quarantine Requirements, a Safe Return to Campus and the Griff Pledge, was sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino, PhD, to undergraduate and graduate students earlier this week:

Quarantine Requirements
In the spring, New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 activity, but the state’s strict lockdown and the community’s compliance has drastically reduced the infection rate in our state. New York is reopening gradually and cautiously to prevent a resurgence and has instituted a quarantine requirement for individuals entering from states with significant community spread of the virus. As of this writing, all individuals entering New York from restricted states and other countries are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This mandatory quarantine applies to everyone (residential and commuter students), including those who have tested negative for COVID-19. To “quarantine” means that you stay in an off campus location or your designated campus housing and not be in public or other campus buildings, grounds or common areas for 14 days; beginning the last day you were in a designated restricted state or country  For more information on New York State’s quarantine requirement, please read the state’s FAQGiven the quarantine requirements noted above, all students coming from restricted states and other countries should plan adequate time to quarantine. Please contact the Office of Student Life if you have questions or need more information.


For students, there are a few ways to satisfy this quarantine requirement:

·         The first option is to make alternative off-site plans for quarantining. Click here for more information– https://www.canisius.edu/commencement/buffalo-travel-information. You may also use other hotels, including those outside of the metropolitan area that are in any state that is not on the list of restricted states. Students may also quarantine with a family member or family friend who lives in New York or one of the other states not designated as a “Hot Spot.”  In this case, you are required to submit a NY State Traveler Health Form and email a screen shot of the confirmation you receive to Mr. Al Pilato, Associate Director of Student Life at pilato1@canisius.edu.

·         The second option is to remain home and begin your classes online, until your state is removed from the restricted-state list. We understand that this may be a disappointing option for many to consider. Please be assured that we will be flexible in working with you on your plans to join Canisius College’s on-campus community at whatever time in the semester this becomes a comfortable and viable option for you and your family. If you choose this option, please contact the associate dean of your respective college/school:

o   Wehle School of Business: Laura McEwen (mcewenl@canisius.edu)

o   College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Phil Reed (reedp@canisius.edu)

o   School of Education & Human Services: Dr. Lorrei DiCamillo (dicamill@canisius.edu)

·         The third option is for residential students only—if you are a student entering from a restricted state or another country and are planning to live in College housing, you are able to quarantine in Canisius housing with assigned roommate (if applicable) and your room or suite will be considered a living/family unit under these circumstances. For residential students, you have already received some information about this in a previous communication. 

A Safe Return to Campus
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain the highest priority in our reopening plans. We have developed a series of health protocols to mitigate risk and promote the safety of the learning environment. These protocols include the following:

  • Health Hazard Reduction: This is aimed at reducing or eliminating risk via the quarantine requirements noted above, regular health screening, and contact tracing efforts to ensure that people carrying the virus and their close contacts do not come to campus. As part of this process, you will be strongly encouraged to participate in a daily Mobile App screening. Please look for an email in the coming week to enroll in the screening.
  • Density Reduction: We are focused on limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on the campus and in the classrooms, and accommodating vulnerable populations.
  • Engineering Controls: Improvements to campus HVAC systems and air circulation, will mitigate risk.
  • Administrative Controls: These efforts protect our community with behavioral changes, through signage, training, and regular communication, to promote social distancing and reshape the way we live, work and study.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Face coverings, which will be provided to students as a critical component of risk mitigation, will be required at all times in all common, public areas, except in areas designated for eating or when you are in private quarters.

For more information about the steps the college is taking to promote health and safety, please see the college’s Return to Campus website

The Griff Pledge
Making the Canisius College campus safe is a shared commitment, and so we are requiring every member of our community to take the Griff Pledge, which demonstrates that we are all working together to protect one another from COVID-19.  As a member of the Canisius College community:

  • I will wear a face covering at all times on campus, both indoors and outdoors, and when taking part in College activities on or off-campus when unable to be socially distant (students can take face coverings off in their individual residence hall rooms);
  • I will wash my hands frequently and thoroughly (for 20 seconds, minimum), especially after contact with surfaces and items in public areas, after eating, coughing, sneezing, or wiping one’s nose;
  • I will self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and complete daily MobileApp screenings;
  • I will follow the directions of College and Erie County Health Department  officials regarding testing, screening, and quarantine/ isolation (if necessary), and cooperate with the College and Erie County Health Department’s contact tracing efforts, if called upon to do so;
  • I will act in the spirit of people for others, knowing that I am helping to protect the campus community from illness. I am responsible for my actions.

Submitted by: College Communications

Service for Trevor Watt, PhD

A live stream service will be held for Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies and Theology Trevor L. Watt, PhD, on Friday, August 7 at 11:30 a.m. The service can be viewed on the Facebook page for the Dietrich Funeral Homes Inc. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at a future date and time. Trevor Watt passed away on August 3 at the age of 94.

Trevor joined the faculty ranks in 1968 and infused the campus community with his sense of esprit. His classes on dreams, death and family systems were always among the first to fill in the department, and students and faculty alike gravitated to him for his thoughtful and encouraging advice.  Upon Trevor’s 2009 retirement, one faculty colleague commented, “Talking to Trevor is like listening to Mozart.  He always uplifts the spirit.”

Widely revered as an educator and scholar, Trevor staged more than 50 scholarly presentations during his tenure at Canisius.  He had a special interest in the pastoral aspects of theology and psychology, which led him to complete a Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  In recognition of his contributions for introducing aspects of psychology into pastoral counseling, the Eastern and Northeastern Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors presented him with its Distinguished Contribution Award. 

Beyond academia, Trevor spent 15 years as host of “In Process,” a television program about religious issues, which aired on WIVB-TV.  He was also a co-founder and first board chair of the Life Transitions Center, which grew to become the counseling division of Hospice Buffalo. 

Trevor is predeceased by Marilyn G.S. Watt, PhD, the long-time and beloved chair of the Communications Department at Canisius. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Academic Affairs Q&A and Web Workshop Week

In the second week of August, Canisius College faculty and librarians will lead a series of workshops focused on methods and resources for teaching during the fall 2020 semester. Faculty will present ways in which they have promoted learning communities in online course spaces, developed creative ways to present content and communicated effectively with students in web-based courses, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.

Additionally, COLI and library staff will present resources and options for web-based course content. Each workshop will be held via Zoom and will run about one hour and 15 minutes. You can see workshop descriptions and sign up for workshops here.

To kick off Web Workshop Week, Academic Affairs will conduct a Q&A session on the preceding Friday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Vice President for Academic Affairs Sara Morris, PhD, will be in attendance to answer questions you may have specifically concerning teaching and coursework in the fall 2020 semester. Please RSVP to attend using this form.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Canisius College Athletics Teams with Balanced Body Foods

Canisius_FirstTimeUsers_1080x1080 (1).pngStart eating healthy today! In partnership with Canisius College Athletics, Balanced Body Foods is offering 10 percent off meals for all first time users. The Balanced Body Foods menu features a variety of healthy and tasteful options for everyone to enjoy! Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, marketing coordinator, Athletics

 

Download and Save Your Zoom Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of the online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit of total online 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 recently.

After Friday, August 14, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Monday, May 18, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Friday, August 14, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Winners Post 20 Under to Win Blue & Gold Golf Classic

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Congratulations to the team of Jeff Donner, Shane Broad ’23, Jack Haxton and Michael Donner ’22 for posting a 20 under score of 52 at Wanakah Country Club to win the 23rd Annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic, which took place August 3.

The team posted 14 birdies, 3 eagles and 1 par on their scorecard. Eighty golfers enjoyed a mostly sunny day. Proceeds from the event support the Blue & Gold Fund.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

 

Trivia Tuesday

It’s Trivia Tuesday!

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

Winners will be announced the following Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is: In what year did Canisius officially move into the computer age, digitizing 200,000 student records for the first time.

a. 1980

b. 1982

c. 1978

d. 1976

Pictured: Grant Guzda, help desk manager for ITS, from his previous Trivia Tuesday win in November 2019

Congratulations to Grant Guzda, help desk manager for ITS. Grant was the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest! We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for him once the campus returns to normal operations. Thanks for playing!

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was: Which sport did Canisius add to its NCAA Division I women’s offerings in fall 2011: 

a. Rowing

b. Golf

c. Bowling

d. Diving

The correct answer was: (a) Rowing

Submitted by: College Communications

Web Workshop Week Starts Next Week!

In the second week of August, Canisius College faculty and librarians will lead a series of workshops focused on methods and resources for teaching in the fall 2020 semester. Faculty will present ways in which they have promoted learning communities in online course spaces, developed creative ways to present content and communicated effectively with students in web-based courses, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, COLI and library staff will present resources and options for web-based course content. Each workshop will be held via Zoom and will run about one hour and 15 minutes. You can see workshop descriptions and sign up for workshops here.

To kick off Web Workshop Week, Academic Affairs will conduct a Q&A session on the preceding Friday, August 7, at 9:00 a.m. Vice President for Academic Affairs Sara Morris, PhD, will be in attendance to answer questions you may have specifically concerning teaching and coursework in the fall 2020 semester. Please RSVP to attend using this form.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Know Justice, Know Peace: A Jesuit Antiracism Retreat

“Know Justice, Know Peace” is a four-week retreat hosted by The Jesuit Post (TJP) that seeks to assist Christians in their growth as antiracist followers of Jesus. It will consist of 12 short talks published in the form of videos and podcasts on The Jesuit Post’s media platforms.

To Dismantle White Supremacy in Our Lives

As a Jesuit retreat, participants will follow the basic structure of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and be provided varied tools along the way from the Jesuit spiritual tradition.

Week one focuses on sin and its consequences. In this case the sin examined is racism and the consequences is the oppression of Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

Week two focuses on what it means to be a follower of Jesus and how antiracism is a necessary component of such discipleship.

Week three contemplates the passion and death of Jesus and we can see this in the unnecessary suffering and violence towards BIPOC.

Finally, week four focuses on the resurrection of Jesus and thus examines where one can find hope in the struggle towards becoming an anti-racist society.

As an “antiracist” retreat, the Jesuit Post considers racism as a matter of white supremacy. It invites participants to focus on their relationship to white supremacy: how they are influenced by it in different ways or contribute to it, and how they can begin eradicating its causes. Because white supremacy is mainly perpetrated by people who are white or pass for white, this retreat is directed mostly towards them. However, people of color will also find this retreat beneficial.

The retreat will begin on  August 3 and continue for four weeks. The talks will be published three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:00 p.m. ET. You can find those talks here.

St. Ignatius counsels all at the beginning of a retreat to start with a sense of generosity and openness. As participants embark on this retreat, you are encouraged to center yourself in a love that lives in truth. Pray with those words of St Ignatius: “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”

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

“The Doctrine of Discovery” – Virtual Conference

“Mother Earth’s Pandemic: The Doctrine of Discovery” will offer panel discussions and perspectives from indigenous peoples in a virtual conference from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on August 6, 13 and 20. Panel discussions will feature activists such as Tink Tinker and a keynote by Turtle Clan Faithkeeper and Syracuse University’s first native graduate, Oren Lyons. Panel discussions will be followed by small group discussions.

Registration is available here. It is open to the public and participants can attend one virtual conference for $10, two for $30 or all three for $50.

The “Doctrine of Discovery,” better described as the “Doctrine of Christian Discovery and World Domination,” established the worldview that not only brought devastation to the natural world but also impaired the ability for human beings to live in proper relationship with the Earth.

Fifteenth century Papal Bulls, issued by the Vatican, justified the assault upon indigenous peoples as an artificial justification to take possession of their bodies, lands and resources in order to finance their New World Order. This worldview advanced the Age of Discovery as an extension of the Crusades and was the conceptual framework behind the Protestant Reformation, the establishment of Nation States around the world and later secularized to define colonialism, white supremacy and global capitalism.

The conference will examine how the doctrine of discovery is influencing public discourse even today. “It is a unifying piece of our shared history that explains quite a lot about why we are in the kind of very turbulent moments that we are right now,” says Philip Arnold, associate professor and chair of the Religion Department at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It is something that connects many of the issues around legal issues, the environment, even religion.”

If you are interested in attending one, two or all three sessions, please contact Sarah Signorino, signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to July 31, 1951, the Feast of St. Ignatius and the day on which Canisius dedicated Christ the King Chapel. The spiritual centerpiece of campus was designed by the prominent Buffalo architect Duane Lyman – draftsman of such noted city landmarks as the Saturn Club and 800 West Ferry. The archetypal pattern and the overmastering symbol of the chapel is a cross formed by the intersection of the nave and the transept. The stone cross, positioned above the entrance to the chapel, is an ancient Celtic cross, the Cross of Iona, which dates to the earliest days of Christianity in Ireland and Britain. The chapel also features five rose windows, each having its own historic significance. 

Click here to learn more about the rose windows and the complete history of Christ the King Chapel, as written by President John J. Hurley. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius College Help Desk: Ready to Assist!

The Canisius College Help Desk, staffed by ITS User Services, stands ready to assist you with information technology problems, concerns and possibilities in your work at the college. You can quickly contact the Help Desk by Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

Questions addressed to the ITS Help Desk regarding D2L, Google Drive, Qualtrics and other applications are efficiently routed to COLI staff. This is a better option than Emailing individual COLI or ITS staff members, since it allows many COLI and ITS employees to see and assist with your questions, resulting in better response times. Where concerns overlap between COLI and ITS divisions, we can easily work together to assist you.

Before you contact the ITS Help Desk, save time by visiting the COLI Wiki and browsing various self-paced training resources. We are continually updating these with new and better guides and tutorials.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Tim Hortons Reopening

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Tim Hortons will be reopening on August 3. They will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A full menu and the usual takeout service will be available. In addition, for convenience, an express line serving beverages and bakery case items only has been added.

Limited socially-distanced seating will be available.

Please wear a mask when placing orders and practice social distancing while waiting for your items to be prepared.

For our customers’ and our associates’ safety, we are a cashless restaurant accepting credit cards, Griff Bucks, Griff Choice and Apple Pay as forms of cashless payment.

Submitted by: Chartwells

Summer Hours

Please note that the last Friday of early closure at 1:00 p.m. is this Friday, July 31. Please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2247 with any questions.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Training Available for Your New Xerox Printer

Not sure how to load assorted paper stock, envelopes or use the finisher on the new Xerox devices?

If you would like training for your department on using the new Xerox printer/copier that was recently installed, please contact ComDoc to schedule.  Send an Email to Amanda.young@xerox.com and she or someone from ComDoc will connect with you and get a date scheduled for your entire department to receive training from one of ComDoc’s staff.

Also, click here for the latest information about ordering supplies for printers.

There is now a drop-off box located outside the ITS Help Desk in the lower level of Horan- O’Donnell for old used and unused toner.  If you have cartridges left over from the previous devices, please drop them off or send them through campus mail to the ITS Help Desk ASAP.  Be sure to mark on the box if they are used, and seal the box properly so they do not leak toner.

Feel free to contact the Help Desk if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

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

Online Zoom Recordings to be Deleted

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of the online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license has a limit of total online 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 recently.

After Friday, August 14, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Monday, May 18, 2020 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Friday, August 14, 2020.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

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