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Bailey Awarded NEH Discovery Grant

Associate Professor of History Richard A. Bailey, PhD, recently received notification that the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) awarded a Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant to the proposed work “Lucy Terry Prince: A Window into African American Life in Early Rural New England.”

 

Bailey will join a team of renowned scholars including Joanne Pope Melish, Christy Clark-Pujara, Thomas Doughton, Kerri Greenidge and Harvey Amani Whitfield as they work with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) in the Old Deerfield Village Historic Landmark District in Massachusetts, to build an immersive and interactive website focusing on the lives and contributions of enslaved and free Africans in early rural New England. Beginning with the life story of early African American poet Lucy Terry Prince (c. 1730-1821), the project will contrast her experiences with other historical figures—African, Native and white—to increase the public’s understanding of the distinct pattern and role of slavery and servitude in rural New England towns.

For more information about the work the PVMA has been doing in recent years, click here.

Submitted by: Department of History

Get Your Giving Day T-Shirt!

510x510_Social Share 1.jpg#CanisiusGivingDay, the college’s 24-hour online celebration of giving, is back. This year’s theme is ONE CANISIUS to celebrate and showcase the resilience of the Canisius community. The goal is simple: Giving Day Shirt Design.JPGcome together on March 3 and give back to support current students.

All faculty and staff who make their Giving Day gift today, Friday, February 26 through Monday, March 1 will receive an ampersand t-shirt (pictured). Contactless pickup of t-shirts will take place on Monday, March 1 and Tuesday March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Canisius Fund Office (Lyons 206).

While we won’t be able to gather for a group photo as we have in previous years, we encourage you to wear your Giving Day shirt, or blue and gold, on March 3. Snap a photo and Email givingday@canisius.edu. We will put together a photo college of faculty and staff virtually turning campus blue and gold.

You can make your gift to the Canisius Fund or the area that means the most to you today at www.canisiusgivingday.com.

One day. One Community. ONE CANISIUS.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Richard Reitsma, PhD

Episode 7 of the “Pedagogy Primer Podcast” is available now! In this episode, we are joined by Richard Reitsma, PhD, director and founder of the Borders & Migrations Initiative and chair of the Modern Languages, Literature and Culture Department at Canisius College. 

Reitsma talks about how borders, migration and Jesuit pedagogy can impact learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Click here to listen.

Subscribe and listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Additional relevant links and resources:

  • Dr. Reitsma’s faculty page
  • Borders & Migrations Initiative link
  • Borders & Migration Initiative toolkit
  • Borders & Migration events
  • Spanish Program page
  • Kino Border and Migration link

Thank you Dr. Reitsma for a wonderful conversation!

Click here for more episodes of the “Pedagogy Primer Podcast.”

Submitted by: College Communications

The Go Move Challenge Ends Soon!

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We are now wrapping up the final week of the Go Move Challenge. All minutes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 28! 

It’s still not too late to register for the challenge. Backlog any minutes missed from all four weeks. Click here to register and log your minutes.

Just a reminder that the objective of this challenge is to see which Jesuit school is the most active during the month of February. Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant and the region with the most minutes.

Canisius College faculty and staff also have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius Bookstore for successfully achieving the most number of minutes by the end of the challenge. The winner will be announced next week!

Share photos of your fitness journey on social media by tagging #GoMoveChallenge and/or sending them to Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu to be shared in The Dome.

Additionally, you can still register for the FREE fitness channel, hbFIT, to be used until March 5. Click here to register, and check out their live class schedule here.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Suit Up! A Virtual Discounted Shopping Event

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JCPenney is partnering with the Griff Center for Student Success to provide professional clothing at discounted prices, between 30-60% off!

During this virtual event, students, faculty, staff and alumni can purchase suits, dresses, sport coats, pants, skirts, blouses, ties and shoes to build a professional wardrobe. This event runs from Thursday, March 4 – Sunday, March 7.

To participate:

  1. Go to https://www.jcpenney.com/m/suit-up-view-all and view all the items included in the Suit Up promotional sale.
  2. Text GRIFF to 67292 to receive your coupon code prior to check out.
  3. Enter the code and serial number you receive into the coupon field when you are ready to check out. This coupon is good for a one time use.

Submitted by: Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, Griff Center Career Development

 

 

Nominate a Student to Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

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The New Student Orientation Team is seeking your help in finding our next group of student leaders for the fall 2021 New Student Orientation program. In order to get a strong and diverse applicant pool, we are asking faculty and staff to identify students and nominate them to apply for this wonderful leadership opportunity!

We encourage you to submit students through this nomination form. The student will then receive an Email from our hiring committee, letting them know they were nominated to apply for the position of Orientation Leader. We are accepting nominations up until Monday, March 15 as this will give the students enough time to submit their applications by the deadline of Monday, March 22.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at orientation@canisius.edu.

Thank you for helping the New Student Orientation Team!

Submitted by: Kathleen Farley, associate dean of students & Title IX Coordinator

Balanced Body Foods Partners with Canisius Athletics

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Balanced Body Foods, proud partner of Canisius College Athletics, has a new location. The store is located at 969 Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo, in the heart of the medical corridor, and will be open Monday – Friday.  Pick up online orders, purchase fresh meals out of their retail coolers and enjoy a full-service shake bar!

There is a soft opening special. Buy 5 meals get 1 meal or protein shake for free!!

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, senior marketing coordinator, Canisius College Athletics

Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here.
  • Revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there. This includes files attached to pages. If your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here.

If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Follow the guide and add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki where users can continually refer back to it. Save time and Email links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

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

Canisius in the News

WGN-Radio 720AM out of Chicago, IL, interviewed Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, about her latest study, titled “The Experience of Teleworking with Dogs and Cats in the United States During Covid-19.” Hoffman is an associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation. Her study was recently published in the journal Animals.

Click here to listen to Hoffman’s full interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

PA Program Receives Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Grant

The college’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program received a $767,500 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.  The grant will support the program’s development and provide scholarships for underserved minority groups.

Congratulations to Sandy Miller for her great work on this grant with Aimee Larson!

Canisius welcomed its first cohort of 30 students to the PA program for the spring 2021 semester this January. A new cohort of 30 students will enter the 27-month master’s degree program each fall thereafter. 

The PA program builds on the strong foundation of the college’s pre-medical and general science programming and leverages partnerships with local hospitals and health systems. This first-rate program prepares practitioners to become nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals, who practice medicine and deliver medical services with physician supervision.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

PreHealth Month

Pre-Health Video Flyer.jpgThe PreMed Center will spotlight one PreMed/Health student per week for the month of March. Learn more and submit your video using the QR code on the flyer.

Submitted by: Brianna Dempsey, graduate assistant, PreMed Center

Discussion About MLK’s Book this Week

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Join the Canisius College Center for Urban Education and Juneteenth Inc. this Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m., for the third discussion in a series about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Each discussion measures the relevancy of Dr. King’s message with current times. View the virtual panel discussion here.

The upcoming discussion will include Canisius President John Hurley and LISC Deputy Director of Housing Tyra Johnson Hux, as panelists. See the flyer for more information.

Email Wil R. Green, director of School and Community Partnerships for the School of Education and Human Services, at green50@canisius.edu to get involved.

Submitted by: Wil Green, director, School & Community Partnerships, School of Education and Human Services

#CanisiusGivingDay is One Week Away!

510x510_Social Share 1.jpg#CanisiusGivingDay, the college’s 24-hour online celebration of giving, is back. This year’s theme is ONE CANISIUS to celebrate and showcase the resilience of the Canisius community. The goal is simple: Giving Day Shirt Design.JPGcome together on March 3 and give back to support current students.

All faculty and staff who make their Giving Day gift today, Wednesday, February 24 through Monday, March 1 will receive an ampersand t-shirt (pictured). Contactless pickup of t-shirts will take place on Monday, March 1 and Tuesday March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Canisius Fund Office (Lyons 206).

While we won’t be able to gather for a group photo as we have in previous years, we encourage you to wear your Giving Day shirt, or blue and gold, on March 3. Snap a photo and Email givingday@canisius.edu. We will put together a photo college of faculty and staff virtually turning campus blue and gold.

You can make your gift to the Canisius Fund or the area that means the most to you today at www.canisiusgivingday.com.

One day. One Community. ONE CANISIUS.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Scanning PDF’s Using Smart Devices

You may want students to scan handwritten documents to turn in. Many students do not have document scanners and often times the pictures that they take with their phones are very large in file size.

The Microsoft Lens App is a powerful app available on both Google Play and the App Store. The Lens App allows students to quickly create and upload high-visibility PDF documents to Google Drive. Students can make single-paged or multi-paged PDF’s that are of high-quality. If students need to Email the PDF to you or to group members, it can easily be done in the app.

Check out the YouTube tutorial here. If you want, copy and paste the YouTube tutorial link into your D2L course: https://youtu.be/biO1SVv51Zc 

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

United Educators Voluntary Covid-19 Training

As faculty, staff and students continue to return to campus, it is essential that the college continue to focus on protocols that will keep people safe. To remind us of these protocols, we ask that you please complete the following course: “Your Campus and Covid-19: The Road Back”

This course is designed to provide a high-level overview of several aspects of Covid-19, including how it originated, how the testing process works, safety precautions that are being taken on college campuses and steps that you can take to keep yourself and others safe.

The course takes approximately 25 minutes to complete, and we ask that you complete the training by March 22, 2021.

To begin training, please go to https://learn.ue.org/Login2.aspx. Note that you will need to use either Firefox or Chrome to successfully access this link.

Enter your login credentials.

  • Username: Your Canisius Email Address
  • Password: Canisius21!The first time you log in, the system will prompt you to reset your temporary password and set a security question.
  • You will receive a confirmation Email upon successful completion of each course which, in most cases should arrive in just a few minutes of completion. If it does not register immediately, you can follow the steps listed HERE to ensure you receive it.

If you have any issues with sign-in or accessing the courses, visit the Support Portal at portalhelp.ue.org or click any Support Portal link on the site.

You may also wish to Test Your Configuration to ensure your computer meets all System Requirements.

All other questions should be directed to Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu.

Thank you for your participation. Stay safe and well!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Alumni Office Accepting Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Senior

195.1920_ALMFOC_360x270_Events_RBall_4.jpgThe Office of Alumni Engagement is accepting nominations for the annual Distinguished Faculty Award and the Distinguished Senior Awards.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes an outstanding full-time faculty member of the college who is distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. One award is given per year. The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented at the Honors Convocation in May.

 For more information, to see past honorees and to submit nominations, please visit: https://www.canisius.edu/alumni/awards-and-honors/distinguished-faculty

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence and leadership roles at the college. Up to three awards may be given per year. The Distinguished Senior Awards are also presented at the Honors Convocation in May.

 Please click the link below for access to the nomination form:
https://www.canisius.edu/alumni/awards-and-honors/distinguished-senior

The deadline for all 2021 nominations is Friday March 5, 2021.

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Alumni Engagement

 

Applications Being Accepted for Ignatian Scholarship Days 2021

IGNATIAN logo_2021 with date.pngEach year, Canisius College looks forward to celebrating  students’ accomplished work from the current or previous semester at Ignatian Scholarship Day. With the ongoing pandemic and to keep our community safe, the 14th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day (ISD) will be held virtually over a series of days, April 19-23, 2021.

ISD projects are comprised of various forms of expression including poster presentations, long presentations (formally called oral or digital presentations), two- or three- dimensional art presentations and artistic performances.  This year, ISD submissions will need to be both (1) a pre-recorded video presentation and (2) a synchronous virtual 30-minute maximum question and answer session.  The type of project selected will determine the length of the pre-recorded presentation.

Students can apply for ISD 2021 using the online application located on the ISD portal page.

Applications will be accepted Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Faculty members are asked to review and endorse applications by Wednesday, March 24.

To apply or endorse Ignatian Scholarship Day submissions, please visit the Ignatian Scholarship Day page on the academic affairs community page. To find information on how to prepare for ISD, visit the ISD FAQ page. For more information, contact the Office of Event Services.

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

Lean into Lent

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“Lean into Lent,” a scriptural reflection series, continues this week on Wednesday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology and the director of the Religion in Western NY Project, will give the first reflection. Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, will deliver a second reflection at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Sarah Signorino, director of Mission & Identity, at signoris@canisius.edu with any questions.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Last Week of the Go Move Challenge

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We are now in the last week of the Go Move Challenge! Let’s finish strong and power through until the end!

Even though we are in the last week, it’s still not too late to register for the challenge. You can backlog any minutes missed from the first three weeks. Make sure to get your minutes in before the end of the day on Sunday, February 28.

Click here to register and log your minutes.

All faculty and staff are invited to join with a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius College Bookstore for achieving the most number of minutes by the end of the challenge.

Planning to participate in any fun winter fitness activities soon? Make sure to document these moments, and share your photos on social media by tagging #GoMoveChallenge. Send them to Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu to be shared in The Dome.

Rather stay inside? Click here if you are interested in signing up for the FREE fitness channel, hbFIT, during the month of February. Check out their live class schedule here.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Upcoming Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically, for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

  • Monday, February 22 through Friday, March 26
  • Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 30

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

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

Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here.
  • Revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there. This includes files attached to pages. If your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here.

If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Follow the guide and add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki where users can continually refer back to it. Save time and Email links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

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

“A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit Catholic University”

MaryJ. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF) will present a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Register here for the talk titled, A Call to Conversion: Eliminating anti-Black racism as a Jesuit Catholic University.

Please note that the date of this webinar has changed from February 24.  The registration link remains the same.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Professor Emeritus Publishes “My I’s: Isms, Ignorance, Interrelationships and Insights”

Charles Schmidtke, PhD, professor emeritus, recently published a book, titled My I’s: Isms, Ignorance, Interrelationships and Insights

The phrase “An unexamined life is not worth living” is a truism that became a guide for Schmidtke’s journey of self-reflection. His book is a unique mashup of memoir combined with philosophical reflections on life, cast within the topics of race, religion, gender, generations, and grief.  

In an exploration that spans decades, he tells of encounters with Jim Crow, journeys through religious transformation, shifts from a male dominant lifestyle to a more balanced view of gender roles, wanders through generations, confronts profound tragedies, deaths, and grief, and encounters those who have blessed his life in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways.  He looks specifically at the isms he himself has confronted, along with the all-around ignorance that has pervaded these experiences.

This highly personal narrative reflects how his attitude, language, and behavior have changed and become more inclusive, tolerant, and accepting.  His stories range from light-hearted to serious and from amusing to introspective. 

Congratulations on the publication!

Submitted by: College Communications

Between the World and Me

The ALANA Student Center will be hosting a viewing of the film “Between The World and Me” on Wednesday, February 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

The film is based on the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ten copies of the book will be given to the first 10 people who attend the event. We will also have other prizes and giveaways.

Individuals can register to attend the event here.

If you have questions or concern, feel free to contact asc@canisius.edu.

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

Voices of the Border

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Please join Borders & Migrations and Kino Border Initiative for a presentation of Voices of the Border, a book launch and conversation with Maria Engracia Robles Robles, M.E. and Tobin Hansen, PhD.

To attend this free live-streamed event on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m., visit https://www.canisius.edu/Voicesof theBorder.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, administrative associate, College of Arts & Sciences

ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latin American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving graduating senior for this award. Students are permitted to nominate themselves, using this form. Identify and explain the reasons which make this student deserving of the award and include specific examples.

Nominations can be made online or paper nomination forms can be picked up in the ALANA Student Center located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008.

Please submit nomination(s) by Friday, March 19, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email alanaawd@canisius.edu.

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

Independent Nursing Care on Campus Later this Month

Independent Nursing Care will be on campus offering rapid Covid-19 tests for faculty and staff in Old Main 101 at the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 24 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Please note that this option is available to faculty and staff as a convenience and is not a mandatory requirement.

To schedule an appointment time, please Email Lynn Incardona at incardo1@canisius.edu.

Once registered, you will receive a consent form and fact sheet via Email.  These rapid tests that will enable you to receive your results in 15 minutes.

Additional testing information and locations:

Please contact the Human Resources department with any questions.

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

COLI Resources for Faculty

Here are some core resources from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) helpful for faculty teaching in the 2021 spring semester:

  • Canisius Faculty Preparedness Guide: Rapidly transition courses to an online format, in response to Covid-19 social distancing. This includes tutorials, possibilities for building online activities, links to live training and our faculty mentors list.
  • COVID-19 Academic Resources: Policies, guidelines and tips from Academic Affairs Division, concerning teaching during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Canisius Student Preparedness Guide: Guide for students in circumstances where all courses must be in a remote/online format. Professors should scan it, since there may be helpful links for syllabi, assignment instructions or D2L course space.
  • Resources for Teaching Online: Complete list of resources for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses.
  • Faculty Development Opportunities: Live trainings and meetups where you can learn core technologies for teaching online, and discuss possibilities with fellow faculty.
  • D2L Self-Paced Training: Although individually they appear elsewhere, the complete list of current D2L tutorials for Canisius faculty can be found here.
  • Google Apps Tutorials: Fresh tutorials explaining how to integrate Google Drive-based content with D2L. This resource is for both faculty and students.
  • Zoom Tutorials: Resources for using Zoom for synchronous course meetings.
  • Pedagogy Primer Podcast: COLI’s podcast focusing on teaching and learning. The latest episodes include tips for asynchronous discussions, which are a common element in online teaching and learning.
  • Canisius College Helpdesk: Ask questions about information technology here. Your question will be channeled to the right person who can best answer it.

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

The Employee of Distinction Program

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The Employee of Distinction Program is back in session as we are now headed into the month of March!

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

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

Each month, upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team will review all nominations and vote.

Please have all March submissions completed no later than Monday, March 22. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of April.

Once a decision is made for March, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 or Bethany in the President’s Office at Ext. 2100 with any questions.

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

Upcoming Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically, for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

  • Monday, February 22 through Friday, March 26
  • Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 30

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

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

Canisius College Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here.
  • Revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there. This includes files attached to pages. If your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here.

If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Follow the guide and add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki where users can continually refer back to it. Save time and Email links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

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

Canisius in the News

Canisius alumnus Erik Brady ’76 shared a story in the Monday, February 15 edition of The Buffalo News about “a long lost letter” from (then U.S. Senator) Joe Biden to Canisius student Tom Buckel ’78. Buckel was president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) at Canisius in 1977 and invited the former Delaware senator to speak on campus.

Click here to read more about the charismatic interaction between President Biden and Buckel.

Submitted by: College Communications

Ash Wednesday Mass this Week

AshWed.pngAsh Wednesday is today, February 17. Campus Ministry will celebrate two Masses in Christ the King Chapel, at 12:05 p.m. and 8:30 p.m..  Ashes will be distributed at both.  All are welcome!

Daily Masses will continue to be held Monday – Friday at 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Sunday Masses will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Sunday masses are also live-streamed on the Canisius Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer

Lean into Lent

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The Office of Mission & Ministry presents “Lean into Lent,” a scriptural reflection series beginning today, Ash Wednesday. Different members of our Canisius community will present 14 short reflections during each of the Wednesdays of Lent, one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 7:00 p.m.

  • Sarah Signorino, director of mission & identity, will reflect at 12:30 p.m. this Wednesday.  Click here for the Zoom link.
  • Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, chief mission officer, will reflect at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday. Click here for the Zoom link.

All are welcome to join! Each short session will include an opening and closing prayer, chosen scriptural reading, reflection and questions for participants to silently pray upon.

Please contact Sarah Signorino with any questions at signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Canisius GGF Team Wins 11th Year in a Row

The Canisius Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team won the regional CFA Research Challenge competition this past Monday. The team analyzed and presented their findings on National Fuel. This is the 11th year in a row that Canisius has won.

Members of the Canisius GGF team are Mike Steffan (captain), Deu Awuok, Tim Shubsda, Nick Szabo and Tucker Weppner. The Canisius team is now on to the Americas, where they will compete via Zoom!

Other participating teams hailed from University of Rochester, Syracuse University, SUNY Geneseo, Ithaca College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Oswego. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Kimberly Beaty to Participate in ECC Panel

Kimberly Beaty, director of Public Safety, will participate in an upcoming panel discussion hosted by Erie Community College, titled “Black and Blue: Policing Communities of Color.” The event will focus on the topic of law and race.

The virtual event will be Thursday, February 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Go the Extra Mile on Giving Day!

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Want to go the extra mile on Canisius Giving Day? Consider a challenge for your program area. A good blue print to follow is from Jeff McConnell, PhD, chair of the Computer Science Department.

This year, in honor of his 38th year at Canisius, McConnell will donate $10 for every person who gives at least $38 to the Computer Science Program. In 2019, he matched gifts made to the program, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500. In 2018, he challenged that if 50 donors made a gift of $25 or more to the Computer Science Department, he would donate an additional $500.

Challenges are hugely successful in making alumni and supporters feel like their gifts are going the extra mile. A challenge for your support area could be an additional boost!

Remember that the programs with the most donors will receive a cash prize. The program with the most donors will receive $1,000. Second place will receive $750 and third place will receive $500.

Have questions about a challenge? Email the Canisius Fund at canfund@canisius.edu or call us at Ext. 2712 and we will be happy to assist you!

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

CEEP 2021-22 Applications Open

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Students can now submit applications for the 2021-22 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards through Monday, March 1.

CEEP facilitates student collaboration with faculty mentors or senior administrators through highly rewarding educational experiences. These intellectually demanding collaborations create exciting opportunities for applied learning and enhance faculty scholarship. Students gain readiness for a professional career or advanced graduate study when working closely with faculty on scholarly projects.

A 3.3 or higher GPA is required for all applicants. Last year, funding for CEEP transitioned to a scholarship model due to the impact of Covid-19. This funding method will continue for 2021-22 projects. Students will receive stipend payments deposited into their accounts with student records at the end of the semester. This allows students to receive federal work-study (if eligible) in addition to their CEEP project.

More information and current online applications are available on the Academic Affairs page on the myCanisius portal. Applications opened on Friday, February 12. Students will also receive an Email notification with details regarding the application process.

Please note, current CEEP award recipients interested in continuing their project next year will need to fill out new applications for the 2021-22 award. Renewal is not automatic.

If you have any questions regarding the award and application process, contact Emily McGorry (mcgorrye@canisius.edu) or Jenn Lodi-Smith (lodismij@canisius.edu).

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Hospice Orders Due this Friday

This Friday, February 19 is the last day to order a beautiful bouquet to support Hospice Buffalo.

The Student Records & Financial Services Center has teamed up with the organization to take orders for its 35th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale.

This year, purchase a gorgeous mixed bouquet for $10 or a tribute bouquet for $30. For every tribute bouquet purchased, a $10 bouquet will be sent to brighten the day of a current Hospice patient.

Additionally, to celebrate the 35th year of the bouquet sale, Hospice is giving away 35 prizes for 35 years. Each tribute bouquet will come with a scratch-off card for the opportunity to be a lucky winner! All proceeds from the Spring Bouquet Sale benefit Hospice Buffalo’s patients and their families.

Orders with payment are due no later than this Friday, February 19. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks can be made out to Hospice Buffalo. You can also Venmo Allaina Faulise at @Allaina-Rosemarie.

Flowers will be delivered on Monday March 1, and you will be contacted when they arrive for pick up.

To place your order,  please contact Allaina Faulise at faulisea@canisius.edu or Margaret Kraatz at kraatzm@canisius.edu.

Help us bring a dose of springtime and happiness to the people impacted by serious illness and loss.

Submitted by: Margaret M. Kraatz, financial aid specialist, Student Records & Financial Services

Kristine Kasbohm Named New President of WNYLRC Board of Trustees

Kristine Kasbohm, director of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ Library, is serving as president of the WNY Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) Board of Trustees this year.

WNYLRC is a non-profit, state-funded council that facilitates resource sharing among all types of libraries in Western New York. There are councils for each region of the state.

Learn more about WNYLRC here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Librarian Lisa Sullivan Featured in Buffalo Spree

On February 28, 2020 mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader presented her new book, Discarded Ancestors, during the college’s Spring Archives Speaker Series event.

The book never would have happened without her curiosity and determination to finding out who had originally owned a photo album she discovered curbside on an East-side Buffalo street. It also would not have happened without the encouragement and research assistance of Canisius Librarian Lisa Sullivan.

Leader’s initial search included the creation of a haunting series of collages based on the neighborhood where she found the album. Out of those photos, she created art that brought new stories to life. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with a Sullivan, whose love of research, including genealogy, that the book came to life and a family was rediscovered.

The February 2021 edition of Buffalo Spree features Discarded Ancestors. It highlights Lisa Sullivan’s effort to help tell a personal story of Buffalo’s rich immigrant history, including the workplaces and urban landscapes filled with treasured legacies and secrets living among rubble.  Click here to read about it.

Submitted by: Kathleen M. DeLaney, archivist & special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections

Independent Health Online Account and Member Health Tools

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Online tools and resources are a necessity. With Independent Health, staying active and connected is now easier and more convenient than ever. As a member of Independent Health, you have access to two online resources:

  • Online Account Tools: By registering online, members can get quick and easy access to their benefits, available tools and resources right at their fingertips.
  • Health Hub: Take advantage of free programs and classes. Stay active and achieve your wellness goals from the comfort of your home (or office).

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

Week 3 of the Go Move Challenge

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This week is Week 3 of the February Go Move Challenge!

It’s still not too late to register for the challenge. You can backlog any minutes missed from weeks 1 and 2.

To register and log your minutes, click here.

All faculty and staff are invited to join with a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius College Bookstore for achieving the most number of minutes by the end of the challenge.

Planning to participate in any fun winter fitness activities soon? Make sure to document these moments, and share your photos on social media by tagging #GoMoveChallenge. Send them to Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu to be shared in The Dome.

There is an option if you’d rather stay inside! Click here if you are interested in signing up for the FREE fitness channel, hbFIT, during the month of February. To start planning out your fitness schedule, take a look at the live class schedule here.

The challenge runs from February 1 – 28 and all minutes must be logged by the end of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty, that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online, but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This spring semester, we are offering two courses, one starting on February 22 and ending on March 26, and a second one starting March 29 and ending on April 30.

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, COLI

Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College Wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray left-hand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way. More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices, and it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces. Use the tools outlined here to provide better navigation within your own pages: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/gwYoBg.
  • If you have not done so recently, revisit your wiki pages and update the materials. This includes files attached to pages. Note that if your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve your wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/tA-KB.
  • If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create one. Then you can add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by Email can be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki, where users can continually refer back to it. Save time by emailing links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

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

Zoom Registration Feature, Part 2

This is the second and final part of using the “Registration” feature in Zoom. If you have not yet watched part 1, click here.

In part two, we cover more options of the “Registration” feature. Some examples of these options include changing the contact Email and personalizing the confirmation Email and registration page.

You can view the video for part two here.

If you are interested in exporting the registration list, follow the steps listed here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Wardell-Ghirarduzzi Presents Webinar “A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit Catholic University”

MaryJ. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD, vice provost & chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF) will present a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Register here for the talk titled, A Call to Conversion: Eliminating anti-Black racism as a Jesuit Catholic University.

Please note that the date of this webinar has changed from February 24.  The registration link remains the same.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Becoming Anti-Racist During a Racial Reckoning

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is hosting a Q&A with Nate Sessoms, PhD, diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism expert, on his presentation “Becoming Anti-Racist During a Racial Reckoning.”

Participants are invited to watch the presentation ahead of time. Sessions will detail the history of anti-racism, review shared language and propose specific steps to incorporating anti-racist principles and actions into personal lives.

On Thursday, February 18, participants are invited to engage in Q&A with Sessoms as well as small group conversations around anti-racism.

Click here to register.

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

February is American Heart Month

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It’s February and it’s time to keep up the progress toward healthy habits. With this in mind, Independent Health is offering the following resources to you for free:

  • Zoom in to Healthy From Home: Get moving, have fun and learn something when you join a Zoom session through our new Virtual Health Hub. Free classes and programs, from fitness to finance, are easy to connect with through your smartphone, tablet or computer. No registration is required. Click here to learn more.

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  • Being Grateful for Heart Health: February is American Heart Month and this month’s wellness tip shows the importance of reducing stress and improving heart health by expressing gratitude. A few thoughtful changes to your daily routines can help improve your mental health and physical well-being. Click here to read more.

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For other wellness tips and resources, click here.

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

First Makerspace of the Semester

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Please encourage your students to join the LEGO Makerspace set for Tuesday, February 16 in the Library from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Substantial progress was made last semester and there is still much work to do on the Hogwarts Castle. We had a lovely turnout for the Virtual Makerspace over the winter break and have more planned for the spring. Pictured below is Anne Aka’s ocelot.

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

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

The first one starts Monday, February 22 and will end Friday, March 26.

The second one starts Monday, March 29 and will end Friday, April 30.

To RSVP for either course, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

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

Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College Wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray left-hand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way. More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices, and it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces. Use the tools outlined here to provide better navigation within your own pages: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/gwYoBg.
  • If you have not done so recently, revisit your wiki pages and update the materials. This includes files attached to pages. Note that if your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve your wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/tA-KB.
  • If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create one. Then you can add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by Email can be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki, where users can continually refer back to it. Save time by emailing links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

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

Help Desk Hours and Lanyards

The current Help Desk hours are 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Feel free to call or stop by for assistance. Also, the Help Desk is always available to answer questions via phone or Email. Someone will always be on campus at the Help Desk during regular hours listed.

If you are on campus, please feel free to come by the Help Desk in Horan-O’Donnell Room 016 and get your Canisius branded lanyard. We can punch your ID card so you can clip it onto a lanyard and have it with you.

As always, if you have any computer issues, questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact the Help Desk at 888-8340, Email to helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

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

Canisius in the News

Thomas O’Malley, an adjunct professor in the English Department, recently penned an article for the February 8 “My View” section of The Buffalo News. The article, titled “Nature Presents Paths to Spiritual Renewal,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Celebrate Black History Month

Canisius College will celebrate Black History Month with a virtual event featuring Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF), on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. Register here for the talk titled, A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit Catholic University.

The purpose of Wardell-Ghirarduzzi’s talk is to help Ignatian educators and leaders connect their intent to become an anti-racist university to their impact for reconciliation and justice for the liberation of Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) on a Jesuit, Catholic university campus. Guided by the universal apostolic preferences, Wardell-Ghirarduzzi will discuss archetypical behaviors that can encourage or prevent reconciliation and justice; and will offer a redemptive framework for students, staff, and faculty to actively fight against anti-Black racism within Jesuit higher education in the United States. 

The event is presented by the Canisius College Office of Diversity & Inclusion. For additional information, please call Ext. 2118.

Submitted by: College Communications 

2021 Borders and Migrations Event Series

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is hosting its spring 2021 Borders & Migrations Event Series, which kicks off on Wednesday, February 24 and will continue to run throughout the semester.  These events will be live-streamed and followed by Q&A sessions. 

The series includes the following events:

  • Voices of the Border Book Launch and Interview: Wednesday, February 24, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 
  • Art21 Borderlands Screening and Curator Talk: Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.
  • Environment, Refugees and Risk: Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. 
  • Immigration and Populism: Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. 

For more information about these events, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Giving Day – Most Donor Prizes!

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The top three support areas (excluding athletics*) with the most donors when Giving Day concludes at 11:59 p.m. on March 3 will win a CASH PRIZE. The top support area will receive $1,000, the second $750 and the third $500.

Spread the word far and wide, have alumni and students sign on as ambassadors and Giving Day (free-agent) fundraisers and make a gift to inspire others to do the same!

One day. One community. One Canisius!

*As in previous years, athletics teams will have a donor challenge organized through the Athletics Department.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Companion Animals Play a Role in Teleworking Experience

The work landscape has changed dramatically over the past year as millions of Americans are working remotely due to the health threat created by Covid-19.

Research by anthrozoologist Christy Hoffman, PhD, shows companion animals play a role in this new teleworking experience.

Click here to read more. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Thrive for Life Prison Project

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Join a virtual fireside chat, titled “Education Behind & Beyond U.S. Prison Walls,” hosted by the Thrive for Life Prison Project, Georgetown University and Vera Institute of Justice, this Thursday, February 11 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST.

The panel, moderated by Canisius alumnus Rev. Zach Presutti ’07,SJ, will discuss incarceration, education, reentry and the recently restored Pell Grants.

The panel will consist of:

  • Moderator – Rev. Mr. Zach F. Presutti, SJ, founder, Thrive for Life Prison Project
  • George Chochos – Senior Federal Policy Associate at Vera Institute of Justice
  • Jerrel Gantt– Formerly incarcerated resident scholar at Ignacio House of Studies, current MBA student, and Club Manager at Blink Fitness
  • Joshua Miller – director of education, Georgetown Prisons & Justice Initiative
  • Pietra Rivoli –co-executive director, Georgetown Pivot Program

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

Individual Consultations with TIAA Representative

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Curtis Cluster, financial consultant for TIAA, is scheduling individual appointments to meet regarding TIAA accounts. Meetings will be held either by phone or virtually.

Click here to see dates available for consultations and to schedule an appointment.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

Jesuit Antiracism Sodality East

jesuits-usaeast.pngThe Jesuit Antiracism Sodality (JARS) East is a space for those who have a passion for racial justice to come together to pray, reflect and act. JARS is open to all connected to the in the USA East Province of the Jesuits in any way: Jesuits, colleagues and friends.

Complete this form to receive monthly spiritual reflections, notices about upcoming events and other news from JARS East.

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

Academic Resources and Student Services Operations Website

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We have centralized this information to one website, which can be found here.

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, EdD, assistant vice president for Student Success

 

Giving Day Reminders

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Please find below a link to the video recording of the Giving Day Training Session! We appreciate those who were able to take time from their day to participate. For those who couldn’t we hope the recording is a good resource for you. A PDF version of the slides used in this presentation as well as a toolkit complete with a timeline, messaging and content ideas is available. Please Email us at canfund@canisius.edu.

Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpW8rVbSkOU&feature=youtu.be

Two important and upcoming deadlines for you to be aware of:

  • Tuesday, February 9 – This is the deadline for any class lists or lists of past supporters of your support area to be requested. List requests can be made by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu.
  • Friday, February 12 – This is the deadline for you to submit the content, pictures, etc. that you would like to appear on your support area’s campaign page. This content can be written copy, videos or photos that help display the impact of your support area on our students and the Canisius community. Capturing student stories, alumni successes and unique opportunities your program provides will resonate with alumni and friends and encourage their gifts in support of your program. Any content can be submitted by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Canisius Fund team with any questions at canfund@canisius.edu or Ext. 2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

  • Monday, February 22 through Friday, March 26.
  • Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 30.

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

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

Faculty Meetups Each Thursday

A reminder that there are a faculty meetups every week on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Meet fellow faculty and academic staff in an informal atmosphere, where we discuss pedagogy and ways to make our teaching more effective and courses more manageable. Bring your questions for fellow colleagues!

If you are interested, please Email coli@canisius.edu to receive the Zoom information.

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

MLK Celebration

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On Wednesday, February 10, Canisius College will celebrate Black History Month and honor the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This annual celebration will feature Dr. Catherine Collins of the New York State Board of Regents. Dr. Collins will discuss the importance of honoring Dr. King’s legacy and how the current global pandemic and issues of racial justice are impacting the mental and physical health of individuals.

Registration is required to attend the event. Click here to register.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

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

Week 2 of the Go Move Challenge

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We are now in week 2 of the 2021 Go Move Challenge. If you still haven’t registered, it’s not too late! All faculty and staff are invited to join with a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius College Bookstore for achieving the most number of minutes by the end of the challenge. You can backlog any minutes you may have missed in Week 1 to catch up.

Click here to register and start logging your minutes.

The challenge runs from February 1 – 28 and all minutes must be logged by the end of the month.

Planning to participate in any fun winter fitness activities soon? Make sure to document these moments, and share your photos on social media by tagging #GoMoveChallenge. Send them to Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu to be shared in The Dome.

Click here if you are interested in signing up for the FREE fitness channel, hbFIT, during the month of February.  To start planning out your fitness schedule, take a look at the live class schedule here.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Canisius College Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way. More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices, and so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces. You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using the tools outlined here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/gwYoBg.
  • If you have not done so recently, revisit your wiki pages and update the materials. This includes files attached to pages. Bear in mind that if your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in files attached, even if the files are not linked on your visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve your wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. You can access the guide here: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/tA-KB.
  • If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Then, following the guide, you can add content there, create subsequent pages and manage access.
  • Email helpdesk@canisius.edu for any questions concerning the wiki.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by Email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki, where users can continually refer back to it. Save time by Emailing links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

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

Business School Accreditation Extended

The Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business received extended accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies commitment to quality business education.”

“We are proud to earn this extension of our AACSB International accreditation,” said Denise M. Rotondo, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business. “AACSB is the hallmark of business education and the strongest endorsement possible to shine the spotlight on our high-quality faculty and programs. The Wehle School of Business has been AACSB accredited for more than 40 years.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Borders & Migrations Spring 2021

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Office of Mission & Identity, Academic Affairs and others, invites the campus community to the spring 2021 Borders & Migrations event series, which will run throughout the semester.  This event series will feature a variety of live-streamed events including talks, film screenings and presentations.

The series kicks off on February 24 at 4:00 p.m. with “Voices of the Border,” a book launch and interview with Maria Engracia Robles Robles and Tobin Hansen (see flyer below).

For more information on the Borders & Migration series, click here.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, administrative associate, College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale

The Student Records & Financial Services Center has teamed up with Hospice Buffalo to take orders for the organization’s 35th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale.

This year, you can purchase a gorgeous mixed bouquet for $10 or a tribute bouquet for $30. (For every tribute bouquet purchased, a $10 bouquet will be sent to brighten the day of a current Hospice patient.)

In celebrating the 35th year of the bouquet sale, Hospice is giving away 35 prizes for 35 years. Each tribute bouquet will receive a scratch off card for the opportunity to be a lucky winner! All proceeds from the Spring Bouquet Sale benefit Hospice Buffalo’s patients and their families.

Orders with payment are due no later than Friday, February 19. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks can be made out to Hospice Buffalo. You can also venmo to Allaina @Allaina-Rosemarie.

Flowers will delivered on Monday March 1 and you will be contacted when they arrive for pick-up.

If you have any questions, please contact Allaina Faulise at faulisea@canisius.edu or Margaret Kraatz at kraatzm@canisius.edu.

Help us bring a dose of springtime and happiness to the people impacted by serious illness and loss.

Submitted by: Margaret M. Kraatz, financial aid specialist, Student Records & Financial Services

Resources for New Semester

Here are some links to core COLI resources helpful for faculty preparing for the spring 2021 semester:

Winter Faculty Development Week – A week of fantastic webinars dedicated to helping faculty succeed in 2021.

Canisius Faculty Preparedness Guide – COLI’s guide for rapidly transitioning courses to online format, in response to Covid-19 social distancing. This includes tutorials, possibilities for building online activities, links to live training and our faculty mentors list.

Covid-19 Academic Resources – Policies, guidelines, and tips from the Academic Affairs Division, concerning teaching during the Covid-19 crisis.

Canisius Student Preparedness Guide – Our guide for students during circumstances where all courses must be remote/online format. Professors should scan it, since there may be helpful links for their syllabus, assignment instructions or D2L course space.

Resources for Teaching Online – The complete list of resources for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses.

Faculty Development Opportunities – Live trainings and meetups where professors can learn core technologies for teaching online and discuss possibilities with fellow faculty.

D2L Self-Paced Training – Although individually they appear elsewhere, the complete list of current D2L tutorials for Canisius faculty can be found here.

Google Apps Tutorials – For faculty and students, these are fresh tutorials explaining how to integrate Google Drive-based content with D2L.

Zoom Tutorials – Resources for using Zoom for synchronous course meetings.

Pedagogy Primer Podcast – COLI’s podcast focusing on teaching and learning. The latest episodes include tips for asynchronous discussions, which are a common element in online teaching and learning.

Canisius College Helpdesk – Ask questions about information technology here. Your question will be channeled to the right person (or persons) who can best answer it.

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

Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses.  This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming spring semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

The first one starts on February 22 and will end March 26.

The second one starts on March 29 and will end on April 30.

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Canisius in the News

It’s not every day that a Canisius alumna/us lands on the pages of The New Yorker but such is the case this week.

The magazine featured Molly A. Burhans in its Feburary 1 edition. Burhans is a 2014 alumna of Canisius College and daughter of Computer Science Professor Debra T. Burhans, PhD. She is also the founder of GoodLands, an organization whose mission is to mobilize the Catholic Church to use its land for good.

The New Yorker article, titled “How a Young Activist is Helping Pope Francis Battle Climate Change,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Annual MLK Celebration

In recognition of Black History Month, Canisius College will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual presentation from Catherine Collins, PhD, a member of the New York State Board of Regents (8th judicial district).  Sponsored by the ALANA Student Center at Canisius College, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m.

Catherine Collins was elected to the New York State Board of Regents during a joint session of the State Legislature in 2015.  She represents the 8th judicial district, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.  During her tenure, Collins had dedicated herself to promoting the twin issues of good health and sound education, with a special emphasis on the needs of underserved youth and women throughout Western New York.

To learn more about Collins and the February 10 event, click here. 

To register for the live webinar, click here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu or 716-888-2787.

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

Annual ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latinx American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving graduating senior for this award. Students are permitted to nominate themselves, using this form.

Identify and explain the reasons which make this student deserving of the award, including specific examples. Nominations can be made online or paper nomination forms can be picked up in the ALANA Student Center located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008.

Please submit nomination(s) by Friday, March 19, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email alanaawd@canisius.edu.

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

 

Giving Day Reminders – Important Deadlines Approaching

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Hello all,

We are now one month away from Giving Day 2021 and want to remind everyone of some important deadlines that are quickly approaching:

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to register for our training session being held (today) Wednesday, February 3 from 3-4 p.m. This training session will cover all sorts of tips and tricks to maximize Canisius Giving Day for your support area! You’ll get important information regarding messaging, timelines and more so don’t miss it! You can register by clicking the link below:

https://givegab.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9KHYNVZNQGCg1omzBXmKPg

Also, as we rapidly approach Canisius Giving Day, two important deadlines are right around the corner:

  • Tuesday, February 9 – This is the deadline for any class lists or lists of past supporters of your support area. Please submit any contact list requests by February 9 to ensure they are supplied to you in time for any communication and outreach you’ll be doing for Giving Day. List requests can be made by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu.
  • Friday, February 12 – This is the deadline for content on your support area’s campaign page. This content can be written copy, videos, or photos that help display the impact of your support area on our students and the Canisius community. Capturing student stories, alumni successes and unique opportunities your program provides will resonate with alumni and friends and encourage their gift in support of your program! Any content can be submitted by emailing canfund@canisius.edu.

As always if you have any questions, please contact the Canisius Fund team by Emailing canfund@canisius.edu or by calling Ext. 2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Ignatian Solidarity Network Presents Lenten series

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The Ignatian Solidarity is presenting its 2021 Lenten series Steadfast: A Call to Love.

During Lent, and in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love?

Join writers from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network as they seek to answer this question, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home.

The series features writers including Fr. Greg Boyle, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, and Olga Segura.

Lent begins in a few short weeks on February 17; subscribe to this free series here!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Suicide Prevention Training

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The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty and staff on Wednesday, February 3, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person to help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource.

Those who have previously participated in this training are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Email valerym@canisius.edu to register for this training.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Using the Zoom Registration Feature

The “registration” feature on Zoom is a relatively simple feature to activate in a Zoom meeting, and may be useful for instructors who are hosting meet-and-greets or similar events. Zoom will automatically create a webpage where interested participants can register and answer questions. You can then see who signed up, what the answers were to the questions you asked, and a few other details as well.

Please note that we do not recommend using the “registration” feature in place of attendance as students, even after registering, may not show up.

Check out this video for an introduction to this feature and look for part two, which goes a bit more in-depth, in the next few weeks.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News leaned heavily on the expertise of the economic trio comprised of Drs. George Palumbo, Mark Zaporowski and Julie Anna Golebiewski in recent days.

Reporter David Robinson interviewed Golebiewski for two separate stories about what the local economy may look like in a post-Covid environment. The first article, titled “Buffalo Niagara will be different after Covid-19. Are we ready to turn change into opportunity?” can be read by clicking here. The second story, titled “A different look for the post-Covid Buffalo Niagara economy,” can be read here.

Robinson also reported on the region’s recent unemployment numbers, as analyzed in the latest edition of WNY Economic News, which is published by Golebiewski, Palumbo and Zaporowski. That article, titled “Unemployment is rising again and it could be even worse than the numbers say,” can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Meet the Faculty: Art History Lecture

Please join us for Adjunct Professor Denise Prince’s lecture next month, titled “Prehistoric Cave Art: Dawn of Humanity.” This lecture is part of the ArtsCanisius Meet the Faculty series.

The presentation focuses on the mysterious prehistoric cave art of Europe, some of which dates back over 30,000 years. Learn about the history of three important cave art discoveries, including the Chauvet Cave. 

Since the beginning of archaeology in the 19th century, a variety of theories have been proposed regarding the elusive meaning of the art. The talk will conclude with possible explanations for the enigmatic images from the dawn of humanity.   

The lecture will be recorded and made available after February 15, 2021,at www.canisius.edu/artscanisiusevents

For more information about this lecture and other events sponsored by ArtsCanisius, please visit www.canisius.edu/artscanisius.

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

Using Zoom? Plan Ahead

Zoom is a tremendous resource for teaching and learning, offering remote, real-time conversation with a bunch of other features. It seems easy to use, when everything works correctly. But this is real-time technology that relies on hardware interaction at both ends. With the exception of using Zoom as a screencast recorder, what you do in Zoom takes place in real-time. After all, it’s complicated to broadcast live television, too.

Therefore, we recommend you spend time to prepare for using Zoom:

  • Don’t be in a hurry. Days or weeks beforehand, decide exactly what you want. List the details: what should happen in your Zoom meeting or webinar? Then, read or watch all relevant tutorials and instructions in our Zoom resource and at Zoom’s support site.
  • Make sure you have the necessary hardware you need and that it works before committing to any Zoom plan. This is part of:
    • Rehearsal. If you need to, create a free, private account, separate from your Canisius account. You’ll need a separate email address for this. Then use two devices (PC and smartphone) to join a test Zoom meeting. Another option is to join colleagues in a Zoom meeting so you can all try out whatever features you’re planning to use. This accomplishes two things: you verify that your hardware, Zoom account, and Zoom app are all working together, and that you know how to use features you need, such as screen sharing or even breakout rooms. Run through as many steps as possible in rehearsal.
    • More than software like D2L or Google Drive, Zoom (and other web conference tech) requires a lot of technology working optimally. Depending on your devices, you may need to perform maintenance. This may simply mean closing the many browser tabs you have open, to restarting your PC. Older PCs running earlier operating system (Windows or Mac) versions may need to be upgraded or replaced. If you are using a Canisius computer, you may need to consult ITS User Services for help in updating your operating system, or properly configuring a microphone headset.
    • The more light you have in a room where you are recording, the better the webcam image will be. This is especially so with webcams built into laptop lids.
  • If you are a professor planning some Zoom activity for class, ask students to help you test it before doing it in a real class period. They’re often patient and happy to help. Plus, this builds a greater sense of learning community in a course.
  • Consider having alternatives and workarounds, in case things don’t go as planned. Decide what’s not strictly necessary, too. If you are teaching a class or conducting a meeting, having a webcam is great but audio and perhaps your slides are more important. But quickly try out Google Meet, so you have that as a backup in case Zoom becomes unavailable when you need a web meeting tool.

Some of this advice closely parallels that similar guidance we’ve issued about data gathering tools like Qualtrics or D2L quizzes. These are also complicated technologies that operate in real-time. Tutorials are essential for learning how Zoom works. ITS and COLI personnel can help troubleshoot problems or find workarounds. If you decide to use Zoom with only hours to spare without trying out your plans beforehand, there’s a greater chance that last-minute support won’t fix the problems that may arise.

Be patient with yourself the first time around. Small problems may come up that may take a moment or two to solve, and your participants can often help you sort them out. Once you’ve rehearsed and successfully hosted your Zoom event, repeat events are likely to run smoothly. If you get a new microphone or are using another new feature, it may be worth trying it out before an important event.

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

Campus Candid

On Wednesday, the campus community welcomed the Canisius College Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2023.  The inaugural cohort of students spent the first day getting familiar with the campus and the state-of-the-art simulation labs and examination rooms. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Annual MLK Celebration

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The ALANA Student Center invites the campus community to register for the annual MLK celebration on Wednesday, February 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This event will be virtual and feature Dr. Catherine Collins, member of the NYS Board of Regents.

Click here to register for the event.

If you have any questions or concerns, Email the ALANA Student Center at asc@canisius.edu.

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

2021 ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latinx American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) graduating senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of Magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large. We are seeking nominations for the Canisius ALANA Achievement Award, which is presented annually at the Spring Honors Convocation.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving graduating senior for this award. Identify and explain the reasons that make this student deserving of the award, including specific examples. Students are permitted to nominate themselves. Nominations can be made online here: https://www.canisius.edu/content/alana-achievement-award-nomination-form or nomination forms can be picked up from the ALANA Student Center located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008. Please submit nomination(s) by Friday, March 19, 2021.

The recipient of this award is selected by a committee of campus community partners. This year’s committee consists of:

Baggs Ito, Gwen T., Marketing and Communication
Fajardo-Heyward, Dr. Paola, associate professor, Political Science
Lynch, Rev. Patrick J., S.J. (Chair), professor emeritus, Religious Studies and Theology
Rodriguez-Johnson, Fatima L., associate dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Rogers, Dr. Craig D., associate professor, Economics and Finance
Thomas, Jasmine ’22, undergraduate student, USA Diversity Chair
Vital, Cliff-Simon ’21, graduate student, Frisch Hall Residence Director

If you have any questions or concerns, please Email alanaawd@canisius.edu.

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

Giving Day Training Session

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Do you want to make the most of Canisius Giving Day and raise additional funding for your support area? Then be sure to sign up for our Giving Day training session!

Our partners at GiveGab as well as the Canisius Fund team will be offering up tips and tricks in order to maximize the day, provide impactful content and stories for social media, as well as how to include students and alumni in your fundraising efforts!

This training session will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and you can register by using the following link:

https://givegab.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9KHYNVZNQGCg1omzBXmKPg

Questions? Contact the Canisius Fund office at canfund@canisius.edu or by calling Ext. 2712.

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Go Move!

Go Move 2021 Logo.jpgThe 2021 Go Move Challenge starts next week! Click here to register today.

Faculty and staff are invited to join the 2021 Go Move Challenge. Participants have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius College Bookstore. All participants will receive FREE access to an online fitness channel during the challenge.

Fitness is SNOW joke and can be especially tough in the colder months of the year. Join your colleagues at Canisius College to compete against sister schools in the 2021 challenge. The objective is to see which Jesuit school is the most active during the month of February. Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant and the region with the most minutes.For faculty and staff at Canisius, the individual who achieves the highest number of minutes by the end of the challenge will receive a $50 gift card to the college bookstore.

Click here to learn more.

NEW THIS YEAR: FREE FITNESS CHANNEL

  • Creighton’s wellness administrator, Healthbreak, is generously offering their hbFIT fitness channel free of charge to all Go Move Challenge participants from January 25 – March 5.
  • Access the live class schedule here.
  • Click here for registration details.
  • Individual participants can opt to continue the service at the conclusion of the challenge for a monthly fee.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE:

  • Register at GoMoveChallenge.org, even if you participated last year.
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar.
  • In the “REGISTER” box, enter your university Email address and other required information, including your division or college/school.
  • In the “Department box,” enter your department from the scroll down. If you don’t see your department, choose “Other” and type in your department.
  • Click the “Submit” button when finished.
  • You will receive a confirmation Email with your user email and password.

HOW TO LOG MINUTES:

  • Starting February 1, visit GoMoveChallenge.org.
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar.
  • In the “LOG IN” box, enter your Email address and password.
  • In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the type of activity, add an activity description, enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days.
  • Click the “LOG IT” button when finished.
  • Users can delete minutes that were entered in error.                        

CHALLENGE RULES AND TIPS:

  • Challenge runs from February 1 – 28. Minutes will not be accepted after challenge ends.
  • Create a team of 4 to compete against other teams at your university to see which one averages the most number of minutes.
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos, tag photos #GoMoveChallenge.
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go.
  • Read the challenge FAQ at GoMoveChallenge.org/FAQ.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to the president, at voorheeb@canisius.edu or 716-888-2100.

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

Spring Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty, that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in online courses.

Specifically, the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. Register here for the next OFDC which starts February 26. We are offering a second course that starts on March 29 that you can also register for.

Also, click here to check out the fall 2020 Multi-Modal Teaching Guide.

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

Printer/Copier Reminders

Ordering supplies for your devices has changed. Toner is no longer delivered automatically. Obtain all toners and staple cartridges from the ITS Help Desk during normal business hours. Ordering paper has not changed.

Click here for more information.

Also please remember NOT to turn off your printer and copiers. Leave them on at all times. They are all energy star devices and will go into low-power mode when not in use. We routinely do maintenance and upgrades on them and they need to be left on.

Any questions, comments or concerns?  Please contact the ITS Help Desk at x8340, Email to helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

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

Campus Candid

Good morning Canisius community. This is as painful for you as it is for us but yesterday, President John Hurley had to ‘make good’ on that friendly bet he wagered with his presidential counterpart at Rockhurst University, Rev. Thomas Curran, SJ, ahead of Sunday’s Buffalo Bills/Kansas City Chiefs game.

As you can see, the loser of that bet had to sport the winning team’s facemask for a day … and show proof that he obliged.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, recently weighed in with The Buffalo News about how the level of cautiousness surrounding the economy has increased as government mandates have gone into effect.  The story, titled “As Covid Cases Rise, Buffalo Niagara Job Market Takes Turn for the Worse,” can be read by clicking here.

The spring 2021 edition of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education includes an article authored by Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  The article, titled Going Beyond Tolerance and Acceptance, can be found by clicking here.  Reitsma’s piece appears on page 18.

This issue is the second in a two-part series on the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus. Find part one from fall 2020 here.  In it, you will find an article authored by Nancy Rourke, PhD, associate professor of religious studies, titled Recognizing Environmental Racism is the First Step in Fighting It.

Submitted by: College Communications

Online Master’s Education Programs Among Top in Nation

The latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report recognize Canisius College’s online master’s degree programs in education among the best in the nation. Canisius ranked in the top half of the 296 colleges and universities included on the list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs, coming in at No. 132. This is the fourth consecutive year that U.S. News named Canisius to this ranking.

Housed in the college’s School of Education and Human Services, Canisius’ CAEP-accredited graduate education program offers online degrees in community and school health, instructional technologies and curriculum design (formerly education technologies and emerging media), educational leadership and supervisionliteracy educationphysical education and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Women in the Workforce

While women perform as well as their male counterparts at work they are drastically underrepresented in the onboarding process to senior leadership. To shed some light on this disparity, Rosanne L. Hartman, PhD, and Emily G. Barber MS ’19 examined the potential differences of occupational self-efficacy, work engagement and career aspirations between women and men.  Hartman is a professor of communication studies; Barber is director of contract staffing at StraussGroup Executive Search Consultants. The study originated from Barber’s capstone research paper. Results showed that occupational self-efficacy has a positive effect on career aspirations of women in the workplace. Further, there was no statistically significant difference between occupational self-efficacy and work engagement between men and women. However, the research found men to have statistically, significantly higher career aspirations than women.

Individuals who are high in occupational self-efficacy may set their own path in advancing within their career. However, individuals who are low or moderate in occupational self-efficacy may require further encouragement and development using additional resources as a catalyst for advancement guidance.

Much more on Hartman’s and Barber’s findings can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Electronic W-2s Now Available

Electronic W-2s are now available on the Canisius College portal. To access these important tax forms:

Log into your My Canisius account > Self Service Banner > Employee > Tax Forms > W2 Year End Earning Statement

If you have not consented to receive your W-2 electronically, the college will mail a paper version.

If you have any questions, contact Payroll Manager Sue Lyons at Ext. 8531.

Submitted by: Sue Lyons, payroll manager, Payroll Department

2021 I. Joan Lorch Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies.

This award honors “a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender, and sexuality.”

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will only be accepting nominations in the student category — any current undergraduate or graduate student at Canisius College.

The deadline for nominations is February 18, 2021. Nominations should be submitted to both Email addresses listed below.  All nominations should also include a 200-300 word justification for why the student is a deserving recipient of the I. Joan Lorch award.

The Women & Gender Studies Advisory Board will host a Zoom happy hour (bring your own beverage!) to celebrate this year’s student winner along with last year’s winners in all three categories.  We expect this happy hour to take place during the month of March, Women’s History Month, so keep your eyes open for that announcement.

Nominations should be sent to:  Professor of Philosophy Tanya Loughead, PhD, at tanya.loughead@canisius.edu and Adjunct Professor of English Johanna Fisher at fisherj@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English, Women and Gender Studies

Ignatian Family Virtual Rosary

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Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and the Jesuits of Canada and the United States’ Office of Justice and Ecology on Friday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the Ignatian Family Virtual Rosary.  The group will be praying that the inherent dignity of all human life will be upheld in our society. Join live by clicking here:  igsol.net/virtual-rosary.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

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