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Canisius University joins communities across the country today, in commemoration of Juneteenth

On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, TX, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation and confirming the freedom of the last remaining slaves in the Deep South.

The Canisius community commemorated Juneteenth with a Sankofa celebration on June 13.

Sankofa honors the cultural tradition of bringing wisdom from the past – to make positive progress in the future. To mark the occasion, faculty, staff and students came together for a day of education, solidarity and service.

Combined, they delivered nearly 500 PB&J sandwiches to the Friends of the Night People and Response to Love Center and designed 200+ cards for Compass House and the Community Baby Shower. Canisius volunteers also lent helping hands at Harvest House.

Submitted by: University Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President Steve Stoute appeared on the Saturday, June 15 episode of “R-House with Peter Hunt,” on WBEN-AM Radio 930. President Stoute discussed a variety of topics during the one-hour interview, including the value of higher education, redefining the traditional college experience, Division 1 athletics, and the future of higher education in Western New York and beyond. Click here to listen to the interview.

Professor Emerita Barb Irwin, PhD, is featured in the June 14 edition of The Buffalo News, which included a story about her new book Creating Reading Rainbow: The Untold Story of a Beloved Children’s Series. The book chronicles the Buffalo origins of “Reading Rainbow,” which remains one of the most successful PBS children’s series in television history. Irwin worked as a project assistant for the WNED-TV program in the early years of the series. She co-authored the new book with Tony Buttino Sr. and Pam Johnson, PhD. In addition to The Buffalo News, the following media outlets have reported on Irwin’s new book:

Most Buffalo (WGRZ-TV, Channel 2) 

Buffalo Spree 

Buffalo Rising 

Current

The Buffalo News reported on Canisius University’s new graduation guarantee in its June 12 edition. The initiative promises that students will complete a bachelor’s degree in four years (eight semesters) or tuition, for up to an additional 15 credit hours, is free. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

Upcoming Summer Holidays

As a reminder, the university is closed today, Wednesday, June 19, in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.  Canisius will reopen on Thursday, June 20.

The university will also be closed on Thursday, July 4, in recognition of the July 4th holiday.  In addition, President Steve Stoute has designated Friday, July 5, as a President’s Holiday so that faculty and staff may enjoy additional time with families and friends.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions. We wish you a safe and happy summer!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance

 

New Canisius Partnership in Chiropractic Care

Canisius University and Northeast College of Health Sciences are pleased to announce a new educational partnership.  The collaboration guarantees that Canisius students, who meet specific program requirements while earning bachelor’s degrees in sports and exercise healthcare or health and wellness, can seamlessly transition into Northeast’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program.  

The accelerated 4+3 option enables students to earn their bachelor’s degree from Canisius and doctorate degree from Northeast a full year earlier than it would take to earn each degree separately, saving students time and money.  In addition, Canisius students are eligible for merit scholarships from Northeast based on their academic standings.

“With job growth in allied healthcare professions projected to grow faster than average in the next 10 years, Canisius is excited to partner with Northeast College to offer students a clear and accessible pathway to graduate study in chiropractic care,” says Karl Kozlowski, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Canisius.  

Click here to read more about the articulation agreement.

Submitted by: University Communications

Contemporary Writers Series Announces Fall Season

Two award-winning writers will be visiting Canisius this October under the auspices on the Contemporary Writers Series.

On Tuesday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Montante Cultural Center, Clair Wills will give the 20th Annual Hassett Reading. She is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain, winner of the Irish Times International Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War, winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman History Prize. Wills’ most recent book is Missing Persons, or, My Grandmother’s Secrets. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and other publications.

On Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, Kao Kalia Yang will read and discuss her work. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to America at the age of six. She earned a BA from Carleton College and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia. Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award and winner of a Minnesota Book Award; The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and most recently, Where Rivers Part: A Story of My Mother’s Life. She has been awarded fellowships by the McKnight, Paul and Daisy Soros, and Guggenheim Foundations.

You can learn more about both authors and events and find instructions how to livestream on the writers series homepage: www.canisius.edu/writers

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Food Trucks Next Week

Get ready to treat yourself because an ice cream truck is rolling onto our campus next week! Whether you’re craving a cool, delicious post-lunch treat or looking for a sweet way to hang out with colleagues, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge.

LuGia’s on Wheels will be located in the Bagen Hall parking lot on Thursday, June 27, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Check out their menu here: LuGia’s On Wheels

Additionally, as dates and times are subject to change and additional food trucks added, please keep an eye on The Dome for food truck updates throughout the summer.

We hope that you’re enjoying the excellent food options this summer! If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Lapinski at Ext. 2132.

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Student Affairs/Finance & Administration

The Untold Story of Reading Rainbow

Canisius University Professor Barbara  Irwin, PhD, is the co-author of the newly-released book Creating Reading Rainbow: The Untold Story of a Beloved Children’s Series.  “Reading Rainbow” remains one of the most successful PBS children’s series in television history.  It helped generations of children cultivate a love for books and earned numerous national and international awards for doing so, including 26 Emmys and a Peabody Award.  

Creating Reading Rainbow chronicles the Buffalo origins of the groundbreaking television series, and how a local public television station (WNED-TV) spearheaded an educational movement that sparked a passion for reading in millions of children.  The book explores the many intriguing and homespun stories that, when woven together, reveal how “Reading Rainbow” came to be; what led to the series being named “Reading Rainbow;” and its connection to another popular PBS children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  

Click here to read more about the book and its co-authors.

Submitted by: University Communications

Employee of Distinction

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the months of June and July by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here. Please have all submissions completed no later than end-of-day Wednesday, July 17. 

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

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

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

Contact Lynn Incardona in the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day at Bison’s Game

Canisius University is taking faculty and staff out to the ballgame to show its appreciation!

Join us on Wednesday, August 7 to watch the Buffalo Bisons take on Rochester.  Game time is 1:05 p.m.

Watch your Email in the coming days for a formal invite and the chance to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please Email hr@canisius.edu.

Thank you and let’s watch some baseball.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

 

Hanna Etu ’15 Becomes Certified Book Coach

Hanna Etu ’15 has earned certification as a book coach in memoir and nonfiction by the Author Accelerator program.

At Canisius, Etu majored in English, German, and creative writing. She took a workshop in creative nonfiction and wrote a creative all-college honors thesis, a collection of first-person essays. She published work in Quadrangle and served as an editor-in-chief of Quadrangle 63. For several years after graduation, she worked as an editorial associate at Prometheus Books.

Book coaches act as expert mentors and editors to authors at every stage of the writing process, from planning a project through revision and submission of a completed manuscript.

Etu is convinced that the telling and sharing stories can lead to both personal growth and societal change. “I passionately believe that through our shared written experiences, about mental health, grief, or other trauma,” she says, “we can form cross-cultural bonds and create institutional and social change.”

You can learn more about Hanna Etu and her book coaching services here: https://hannaetu.com

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Shana Richardson Appointed AVP

Dr. Harold Fields, vice president for student affairs, and the Human Resources Department are pleased to share that Shana Richardson ’06, M’19, has been appointed assistant vice president for student success, effective 6/1/24. In this capacity, she will lead the Center for Student Success and the associate dean of students & director of the Multicultural Student Center.

In addition to Shana’s experience as director of the New Buffalo Institute, Shana boasts a track record of success in previous roles supporting students, including those who are underserved. These previous roles include serving as the director of student support services at the University at Buffalo and the director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program at Medaille. As many of you know, Shana is a double alum of Canisius and previously served this institution as the Academic Skills Coordinator for our HEOP program.

Please join us in congratulating Shana on her appointment!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Employment Manager, Human Resources

Advancement Promotions and Title Changes

The Office of Advancement is thrilled to announce the following promotions and title changes:

Brandon Bielecki ’15, MS ’19 – After one year serving as both the Director of the Canisius Fund and an Advancement Officer, Brandon is returning to a position fully focused on major gift fundraising as the Director of Advancement.

Dianna Civello – Dianna’s ‘Interim’ title has been removed and she is officially the Vice President for Advancement.

Katie Huck – Katie has been promoted from Advancement Researcher to Senior Director of Advancement Operations.

Jessica Mitrovits – Jessica has been promoted from Assistant Director to Director of the Canisius Fund.

The Office of Advancement would like to share a warm congratulations to our colleagues. We would also like to thank our campus partners for their continued collaboration and support.

Submitted by: AnneMarie Haumesser, assistant vice president, Office of Advancement

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing database maintenance Sunday June 16, 2024 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

During this maintenance window, most administrative software such as Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits, reports (Infoview) and all custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, budget management, timeclock, new student checklist, etc) will be unavailable.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post maintenance, please contact the help desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu or at (716) 888-8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing

Lifelong Learners Look at Greek Comedy

The Canisius Adult Lifelong Learners Institute is pleased to announce its new summer 2024 course: Funny Things Happened in Greek Comedies. Lead by Johanna Fisher, we will explore the rich tradition of ancient Greek comedy, and read a couple of plays by Aristophanes within their cultural, theatrical, and historical context. Along the way, we will also enjoy the humor and satire reflected in Aristophanes’ work.

This online course begins July 9th! For details and to register: https://blogs.canisius.edu/icms/lifelong-learners-2021/. Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, Social Media & Website Administrator, CALLI

Clare Smokowski ’21 Earns Law Degree and Begins Career at Legal Aid

Last month, Clare Smokowski ’21, psychology, earned her JD from the University at Buffalo.

At UB, she served as a student attorney in the mediation clinic, an intern at Legal Aid, and an extern in the office for General Legal Counsel of the Buffalo Board of Education. She was president of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and an editor of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review.

At Canisius, in addition to a major in psychology, she completed minors in Spanish and English. She wrote a creative all-college honors thesis, “Hey Jude: Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lens of Fiction.”

Smokowski passed the New York State Bar exam in February, and she has accepted a position as an Education Attorney and Attorney for the Child at Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Kira Rodriguez ’28 Wins Hassett Family Creative Writing Scholarship

Earlier this year, the Hassett Family Creative Writing Scholarship was established to support an incoming Canisius student who has demonstrated exceptional promise as a creative writer. It is a full tuition scholarship, renewable for four years.

The first Hassett Scholar is Kira Rodriguez ’28, from Tonawanda, NY. She was chosen based on her high school record, letters of recommendation and a writing sample. Kira will begin her studies at Canisius this fall as a member of the All-College Honors program with a major in creative writing.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Open Swim Postponed

Open swim services will be postponed for the summer. Open swim will restart in September when the semester begins.

Submitted by: Pat Clarke, director, Athletic Facilities

Canisius in the News

WKBW-TV Channel 7 interviewed Psychology Professors Marcus Thomeer, PhD and Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, from the Institute for Autism Research, for a feature story that aired Monday, June 3.   The story highlighted new research, which found the IAR’s social intervention programs show positive, long-term outcomes.  In addition to the pre-recorded story, Professor Rodgers appeared live on the set of Channel 7’s 5:30 p.m. program “Voices,” to further expand on IAR’s work with children with autism.

Adjunct Professor of Quantitative Sciences Matthew Gracie spoke with WBEN-AM Radio on Saturday, June 1 about the BSides Buffalo cybersecurity conference held at Canisius.  Gracie is the organizer of the annual event, which drew more than 200 professionals, enthusiasts and students to campus to showcase the latest cyber sleuthing skills.

Professor of Philosophy Philip Reed, PhD, recently co-authored an op-ed on medical aid in dying, which was published in The Buffalo News.  The article references the Medical Aid in Dying Act, currently being considered in the New York State Legislature, which would allow terminally ill patients access to lethal drugs prescribed by a physician.  According Reed, the bill has fewer safeguards than other states that have legalized assisted suicide.

Submitted by: University Communications

 

June Food Truck Schedule

Canisius’ summer food truck season continues this month with some tasty options! All food trucks will be located in the Bagen parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Plan ahead by checking out the June schedule along with links to their menus:

Tuesday, June 11 – Cheesy Chick

Tuesday, June 18- Mineo & Sapio Street Eats

Thursday, June 20- LuGia’s On Wheels

Tuesday, June 25- Pizza Amore

Additionally, as dates and times are subject to change and additional food trucks added, please keep an eye on The Dome for food truck updates throughout the summer.

We hope that you’re enjoying the excellent food options this summer! If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Lapinski at Ext. 2132. 

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Student Affairs/Finance & Administration

Canisius Faculty Presents on Sleep in Elite Athletes

 

Matt Crawley, PhD, was featured by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for his presentation “Sleep in Elite Athletes.” Matt, currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, presented this work at the 2022 NSCA’s Coaches Conference and is now offered as a free lecture by the NSCA. In this work, Matt discusses the importance of sleep in athletes, examines some high performance case studies involving sleep tracking, and provides sleep health resources for strength and conditioning coaches.

Matt is a two-time Canisius graduate with an MS in Health and Human Performance in 2013 and an MS in Applied Nutrition in 2018. He currently is an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology teaching in our graduate program in Exercise Science.

His presentation can be found here. 

Submitted by: Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, Chair, Department of Kinesiology

 

 

Griff Weekend Department Events and Affinity Reunion Call

We need your support and collaboration to create the best experiences for all at Griff Weekend!

The offices of Alumni Engagement and Student Engagement are now accepting submissions for Department Events and Affinity Reunions for Griff Weekend 2024.

Griff Weekend will combine two favorite traditions – Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend/Reunion – into one amazing fun-filled experience on campus from September 27-29!  All alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, future Griffs, and friends of Canisius are welcome to attend!

Since this is the inaugural year for Griff Weekend, small gatherings are recommended. We have a jam-packed schedule and want to ensure constituents have the opportunity to attend multiple offerings. Affinity Reunions (clubs, majors, honor societies, etc.) and Department Events are suggested to be held on Friday, September 27 between 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To view our current events for the weekend – click here.

Departments and Affinity Groups may partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement for marketing and communications. Event logistics and expenses are the responsibility of each individual department or club.

All submissions are due no later than Friday, June 14, 2024.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Sarah Sterzinger ‘18, MS ‘21 at sterzins@canisius.edu.

Submit here!

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

New Discounts for Canisius Employees

As we celebrate Employee Wellness Month this June, we understand the significance of prioritizing the mental and physical well-being of your team members to empower them in their roles.

That’s why we’re excited to present incredible deals on a range of health and wellness products, as well as exclusive offers for their upcoming vacations, featuring savings on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and cruises. We’ve also curated a selection of wonderful gifts tailored for grads and dads this month.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Alyssa Palombo ’11 Publishes Sixth Novel

On June 18, Alyssa Palombo ’11 will publish her sixth novel, The Assassin of Venice, a story of love and intrigue set in the Italian Renaissance.

The book has earned glowing pre-publication reviews. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “a juicy tale of romantic suspense, elegantly appointed” and Booklist, in its starred review, calls it “a tense, sexy work of historical fiction and political intrigue.”

Palombo graduated from Canisius with majors in English and creative writing and a minor in music. She took workshops in playwrighting, fiction writing and literary publishing, and wrote a creative all-college honors thesis, a collection of short stories.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center will host a book launch for The Assassin of Venice on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Talking Leaves Books will be on hand to sell books. The event will be both in-person and virtual.

Palombo’s previous novels include The Violinist of Venice, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence and The Borgia Confessions.

You can register to attend the book launch here:

https://burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:06-20-2024-6-30pm-june-book-club/

You can learn more about Alyssa Palombo and order a signed copy of The Assassin of Venice on her author website:

https://alyssapalombo.com

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Bookstore Sale

The bookstore is now offering 50%-75% off select merchandise.

Items included in the sale are T-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts, sweatpants and baseball caps featuring Canisius College and Canisius branding. Stop in to take advantage of these discounts!

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Self-Assessment Training for Staff

The Performance Appraisal process began Monday, June 3. The first step in the appraisal process is for staff to complete a self-assessment through Dynamic Forms. For your convenience, all staff will have access to prior performance appraisals in the portal under the Human Resources tab in “HR Appraisal History.”

  • All Staff should have received an Email from hr@canisius.edu with a link to the self-assessment form on June 3.
  • All self-assessments should be completed by Monday, July 1st.

The following zoom sessions have been scheduled to assist with any questions for those who are new to the process or need a refresher on the system:

Self-assessment trainings for staff:

Wednesday, 6/12 at 10:00 a.m. https://canisius.zoom.us/j/99144957522

Tuesday, 6/18 at 2:00 p.m. https://canisius.zoom.us/j/98720310663

Please contact Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu or ext. 2244 or Mary Braun at braun5@canisius.edu  or ext. 2247 if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Employment Manager, Human Resources

AI Lunch Learning

As part of our Lunch Learning series, COLI is offering a half-hour basic training on Large Language Model AI for Canisius employees. What are AI Chatbots and how do they work? How may I safely, securely and productively use AI in my work at Canisius University, or in my daily life? What dangers may AI pose, as far as online safety, security, and data protection?

These sessions are open to all Canisius employees – no RSVP is necessary.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., OM 119

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI, on behalf of Dr. Mark Gallimore

 

Food Trucks Today and Tomorrow

Food Trucks will be here today and tomorrow during lunchtime, located in the Bagen parking lot from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The links to the trucks’ menus are available below:

Wednesday, May 29- The Blend

Thursday, May 30- The Great Aussie Bite

It’s a perfect opportunity to take a break, enjoy some delicious food, and catch up with colleagues. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Student Affairs/Finance & Administration

Catalog Review Sessions

The 2024-2025 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live in early July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Thursday, June 27. To help you with these changes we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs Courseleaf wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages. The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

*This schedule is also listed on the Academic Affairs Coursleaf wiki page for future reference.

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at beiter5@canisius.edu or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Griff Weekend Department Events and Affinity Reunion Call

We need your support and collaboration to create the best experiences for all at Griff Weekend!

The offices of Alumni Engagement and Student Engagement are now accepting submissions for Department Events and Affinity Reunions for Griff Weekend 2024.

Griff Weekend will combine two favorite traditions – Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend/Reunion – into one amazing fun-filled experience on campus from September 27-29!  All alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, future Griffs, and friends of Canisius are welcome to attend!

Since this is the inaugural year for Griff Weekend, small gatherings are recommended. We have a jam-packed schedule and want to ensure constituents have the opportunity to attend multiple offerings. Affinity Reunions (clubs, majors, honor societies, etc.) and Department Events are suggested to be held on Friday, September 27 between 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To view our current events for the weekend – click here.

Departments and Affinity Groups may partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement for marketing and communications. Event logistics and expenses are the responsibility of each individual department or club.

All submissions are due no later than Friday, June 7, 2024.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Sarah Sterzinger ‘18, MS ‘21 at sterzins@canisius.edu.

Submit here!

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Writers Series Visitor Phil Klay Publishes New York Times Memorial Day Essay

On May 26, Phil Klay published a guest essay in the New York Times headlined “How Should We Honor the Dead of Our Failed Wars?”

Klay is a novelist and Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. In October 2014, Klay spent a day at Canisius discussing and reading from Redeployment, his first book, which, a month after his visit to Buffalo, was awarded The National Book Award.

In 2018 Klay was awarded The George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, established by America magazine to promote “scholarship, the advancement of learning and the rigor of thoughtful, religious expression,” and to support a new generation of authors, journalists, and scholars. The first winner of the Hunt Prize was the writer series’ most recent visitor, poet Philip Metres.

Klay’s newest book is a collection of essays, Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War.

You can read Klay’s essay here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/26/opinion/memorial-day-faiiled-wars.html

You can learn more about Phil Klay on his author website:

https://www.philklay.com

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Kalani Kapahua ’13, Creative Writing, Featured by The International Examiner

The International Examiner, the oldest and largest nonprofit, pan-Asian Pacific American publication in the Northwest, recently profiled Kalani Kapahua ’13, creative writing and urban studies, describing his journey as a professional bookseller in Seattle, WA.

“In a city of bibliophiles,” the article begins, “Kalani Kapahua has earned himself a professional niche many of us could only dream of.” Kapahua is the general manager of Ravenna Third Place Books, where he trains and supervises staff, orders new books, oversees a used book trade, and coordinates author events.

At Canisius, Kapahua took workshops in fiction writing, writing for young adults, and playwriting. He was an editor on the staff of Quadrangle and contributed his own writing and photography to the magazine.

As a student in ENG 388, Literary Publishing, Kapahua heard a guest speaker, Jonathon Welch, owner of Talking Leaves Books, describe the critical role that independent, community booksellers play in nurturing a diverse literary culture.

Kapahua now sees promoting and celebrating literary diversity as central to his mission. Last year, he served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of the American Booksellers Association.

“Having representation is certainly something I think about a lot and it’s very top of mind for a lot of people on staff – what books get faced out, what books get promoted space, what books we’re all reading and recommending, some of the authors we have speaking,” Kapahua said. “There’s definitely an effort to be a little more mindful about the whole subject. It’s something I’ve been trying to think about and be more deliberate with because I know there’s a lot we can do to be better.”

Among the books Kapahua is currently recommending are Megan Kamalei Kakimoto’s short story collection Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare and Thien Pham’s graphic memoir Family Style.

You can read the entire article here:

https://iexaminer.org/ravenna-third-place-books-kalani-kapahua-shares-his-journey-as-a-professional-bookseller/

You can see a full list of Kapahua’s recommended books here:

https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/staff/kalani

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Canisius in the News

Men’s basketball coach Jim Christian sat down with The Buffalo News earlier this week to talk about his game plan for the Griffs, how he’s utilizing the transfer portal to craft a winning roster and what has him loving Buffalo already.

Click here to read the full story.  

Submitted by: University Communications

Changes to Chapel Services

Christ the King Chapel will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27. There will be no confessions or 12:05 Mass on that day.

Regular 12:05 Masses will resume on Tuesday, May 28 and continue through the summer unless noted.

Wednesday evening confessions at 4:45 p.m. and Mass and 5:15 p.m. will be discontinued through the summer.

We thank Rev. Ben Fiore, SJ, for providing this ministry during the academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, chaplain, Mission and Ministry

Griff Weekend Department Events and Affinity Reunion Call!

We need your support and collaboration to create the best experiences for all at Griff Weekend!

The offices of Alumni Engagement and Student Engagement are now accepting submissions for Department Events and Affinity Reunions for Griff Weekend 2024.

Griff Weekend will combine two favorite traditions – Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend/Reunion – into one amazing fun-filled experience on campus from September 27-29!  All alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, future Griffs, and friends of Canisius are welcome to attend!

Since this is the inaugural year for Griff Weekend, small gatherings are recommended. We have a jam-packed schedule and want to ensure constituents have the opportunity to attend multiple offerings. Affinity Reunions (clubs, majors, honor societies, etc.) and Department Events are suggested to be held on Friday, September 27 between 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To view our current events for the weekend – click here.

Departments and Affinity Groups may partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement for marketing and communications. Event logistics and expenses are the responsibility of each individual department or club.

All submissions are due no later than Friday, June 7, 2024.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Sarah Sterzinger ‘18, MS ‘21 at sterzins@canisius.edu.

Submit here!

 

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Graham Stowe Publishes Conversation Regarding “The Excessive Writing Center”

Dr. Graham Stowe, assistant professor of English and director of the Canisius Writing Center, published an edited conversation with Dr. Beth Boquet in Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders: A Blog of WLN, A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.

Boquet, professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Fairfield University, is the author of one of the most influential papers of the past twenty-five years in the field of writing center studies. Stowe and Boquet discuss “the excessive writing center,” that is, a center that sees itself as engaged in more than merely remedial work, but rather one that strives to be “a space wherein tutor and student engage in conversation to become more sophisticated writers and thinkers.”

You can read the full article here:

https://wlnconnect.org/2024/05/02/the-excessive-writing-center-25-years-on/

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

English Alum Promoted to Partner at Colligan Law

Earlier this year, Colligan Law LLP promoted Alexander Vilardo ’14 to partner. His practice consists of corporate and business law, commercial real estate, estate planning, and estate administration. He earned his JD from the University at Buffalo in 2018, began his practice at Phillips Lytle LLP and in 2023 was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Alexander graduated summa cum laude from Canisius with a major in English. He served as an executive editor of Quadrangle, wrote a weekly sports column for The Griffin and received the Father Ryan Student Activities Leadership Involvement Award. Currently he serves on the Canisius University Alumni Board of Directors and is a loyal supporter of the Contemporary Writers Series.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Upcoming Hypothes.is Maintenance

Hypothes.is will be doing server maintenance Saturday, May 25, 2024. The expected maintenance window is 3:00AM to 11:00AM. Hypothes.is will be temporarily unavailable during this time.

If you are planning on creating Hypothes.is assignments in your Summer D2L courses (or pre-emptively for your Fall courses), please be aware that you will not be able to create Assignments during this time. For Faculty planning on having a Hypothes.is assignment due on Friday or Saturday, please consider moving the due date by a day or two and/or warning your students.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Staff Performance Appraisal Schedule

As we progress into the summer months, the Office of Human Resources will be initiating the annual performance appraisal process for staff in June. To assure that this process is productive, effective and positive, we are here to assist you and will assure that you are provided with tools for development as your annual evaluation is completed.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SCHEDULE

The first step in the appraisal process is for staff to complete a self-assessment through Dynamic Forms. For your convenience, all staff will have access to prior performance appraisals in the portal under the Human Resources tab in “HR Appraisal History”.

All notifications will be generated through your Canisius e-mail account and will be sent directly from hr@canisius.edu on Monday June 3. Please save any E-mails that you receive regarding your appraisal.

  • Staff will receive an  E-mail invitation from hr@canisius.edu with a link to the Self-Assessment form on June 3.
  • Your self-assessment should be completed by Monday, July 1.
  • Once the assessment is completed, your supervisor will receive an E-mail notification advising them to move forward with the preparation of your performance appraisal.
  • Your supervisor has been asked to pre-schedule your appraisal meetings in advance to assure completion by July 31. Please check with your supervisor to confirm your date.

 Zoom sessions will be scheduled to assist staff in completing the self-assessment and additional sessions will be held for supervisors who are new to the process and have questions. Watch for additional information including dates and times.

 Please contact Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu or ext. 2244 or Mary Braun at braun5@canisius.edu  or ext. 2247 if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance

Jake Bonar’14, Creative Writing, Elected to WNY Book Arts Board

Jake Bonar, an acquisitions editor at Globe Pequot Press, has been chosen to serve on the board of the Western New York Book Arts Center.

WNYBAC is a community print shop and studio for letterpress, screen printing, book binding, and paper making. Established in 2006, it is a nonprofit working museum dedicated to preserving the book arts through collaboration and innovation, bridging antique equipment and processes with modern artmaking techniques, and celebrating the heritage of Buffalo’s’ printing industry.

Bonar graduated magna cum laude from Canisius with a major in creative writing in 2014. He was part of a Quadrangle team that designed and handprinted a letterpress cover of the annual literary magazine at WNYBAC on a vintage Vandercook press known affectionately as Mandy the Mangler. Bonar worked as an editorial intern at America magazine in New York the summer before his senior year, and, after graduation, he studied at the Denver Publishing Institute.

In his current position, Bonar is director of North Country Books, an imprint of Globe Pequot, which focuses on books from the New York region. Recent and forthcoming titles on his list include Thomas Reigstad’s The Illustrated Mark Twain and The Buffalo Express, fellow Canisius alum Paul Cumbo’s A Path to Manhood: Encouragement and Advice for Young Men, and Creating Reading Rainbow: The Untold Story of a Beloved Children’s Series by Barbara Irwin, Tony Buttino, and Pam Johnson.

You can read more about The Western New York Book Arts Center here:

https://wnybookarts.org

You can learn more about North Country Books here:

http://ncountrybooks.com

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, professor, English

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News columnist Sean Kirst penned an in-depth feature on the newly-graduated Jayseana Jackson ’24 for the Sunday, May 19 edition.

Jackson was the student speaker at this year’s undergraduate ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences. In the story, she speaks at length about her challenges in getting to college and the support system she received once attending. Also quoted in the story, Yvonne Widenor, assistant vice president for academic affiars and assistant professor of art history, and Mike Taheri ’82, a Buffalo lawyer and education volunteer at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Click here to read the story.

Also publishing stories about Canisius’ commencement: USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Touchdown Wire and WGRZ-TV Channel 2, all of which reported on the university conferring an honorary degree upon Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin HON ’24.

Submitted by: University Communications

Commencement 2024

The Golden Griffin family grew even greater on Saturday, May 18, when the university conferred degrees upon more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students from the Canisius Class of 2024.   The day marked a cherished milestone for students, culminating four years of hard work and dedication.  It also etched a significant moment in the institution’s history, as the Class of 2024 proudly became the inaugural graduating class of Canisius University.  

“You will forever carry a unique distinction in our Canisius history,” said President Steve K. Stoute in addressing the graduates during commencement ceremonies.  “Know that I am grateful to have accompanied you on the last two years of this journey.” 

Commencement day was divided into two separate ceremonies: The first featured graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.  The second included graduates from the School of Education and Human Services and the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  

Leading the procession of graduates for both ceremonies was Professor Sue Margulis, PhD (above).  An assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology, Margulis is the 2024 recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award.  Nominated by students and alumni, the award recognizes a Canisius professor for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.  

Those same themes of excellence and outstanding contributions were echoed by former U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, who delivered the commencement address at both of Saturday’s ceremonies. 

Those same themes of excellence and outstanding contributions were echoed by former U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, who delivered the commencement address at both of Saturday’s ceremonies.  Higgins shared anecdotes from his own journey to encourage students to “live a life of courage and leadership” and emphasized “the limitless potential of the human heart.”  Drawing inspiration from Pope Francis, Higgins underscored the importance of unity amidst diversity, reminding the collective audience that “hearts and minds can meet in the love of Jesus.” 

For his long career in Congress and commitment to public service, Canisius conferred an honorary degree upon Brian Higgins.  The university also conferred honorary degrees upon Mary McLean Wilson, a life trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which is committed to improving the quality of life in Western New York and Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar R. Hamlin, who inspired people around the country – and the world – when he suffered cardiac arrest during a Monday Night Football game.  Hamlin not only recovered from his injury and returned to the team, he also leveraged the experience to help others. 

In addition to the conferral of honorary and formal degrees, each ceremony included an address from a student speaker.  

Jayseana Jackson ’24, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and minors in studio art and art history, delivered an optimistic message about shared possibility to her peers from the College of Arts and Sciences.   

Hannah Rose Hamilton MSEd ’24, delivered an important message about leadership within our shared community to graduates from the School of Education and Human Services and the Richard J. Wehle School Business.  

Click here to watch the full commencement ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Click here to watch the full ceremony for the School of Education and Human Services and Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  

Submitted by: University Communications

The Dome Switches to Summer Schedule

Your favorite employee E-letter will soon switch to its summer schedule.

Beginning the week of May 27, The Dome will publish once a week, on Wednesdays. This schedule will continue until the first week of classes for the fall 2024 semester. At that time, The Dome will return to its regular publishing schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deadline for summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior.

Submitted by: University Communications

May Food Truck Schedule

Canisius’ summer food truck season kicks off this month with some tasty options! All food trucks will be located in the Bagen parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Plan ahead by checking out the May schedule along with links to their menus:

Tuesday, May 21st – Anderson’s Frozen Custard 

Thursday, May 23rd – Buffalo Bros Burger

Wednesday, May 29th- The Blend

Thursday, May 30th- The Great Aussie Bite

Additionally, as dates and times are subject to change and additional food trucks added, please keep an eye on The Dome for food truck updates throughout the summer.

We hope that you’ll enjoy the excellent food options heading your way this summer! If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Lapinski at Ext. 2132

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Business and Finance/Student Affairs

Griff Weekend Department Events and Affinity Reunion Call!

We need your support and collaboration to create the best experiences for all at Griff Weekend!

The Offices of Alumni Engagement and Student Engagement are now accepting submissions for Department Events and Affinity Reunions for Griff Weekend 2024. Griff Weekend will combine two favorite traditions – Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend/Reunion – into one amazing fun-filled experience on campus from September 27-29!  All alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, future Griffs, and friends of Canisius are welcome to attend!

Since this is the inaugural year for Griff Weekend, small gatherings are recommended. We have a jam-packed schedule and want to ensure constituents have the opportunity to attend multiple offerings. Affinity Reunions (clubs, majors, honor societies, etc.) and Department Events are suggested to be held on Friday, September 27 between 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To view our current events for the weekend – click here.

Departments and Affinity Groups may partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement for marketing and communications. Event logistics and expenses are the responsibility of each individual department or club.


All submissions are due no later than Friday, June 7, 2024.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Sarah Sterzinger ‘18, MS ‘21 at sterzins@canisius.edu.

Submit here!

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Canisius University will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024.  All faculty, staff, and students are invited to share in a day of solidarity in honor of our African American community.  This year’s event begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Science Hall Commons with a welcome by President Stoute and concludes with lunch.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate, and we ask that you RSVP by Friday, June 7th.

In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will host a Sankofa Day for the city-wide recognition.  Sankofa means to “go back and get,” it recognizes the past while focusing on the future.  The celebration includes workshops and service projects.

 Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached most enslaved African Americans in Texas, and Canisius is proud to honor this day. It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state from the Confederate rebellion, nearly two months after the war’s last major battle. Gen. Granger issued an order confirming the freedom promised in President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and denied them by the Confederate government.

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action, and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion.

Members of the university are also invited to attend activities held throughout the month. For more details on events and opportunities to volunteer for the city of Buffalo Juneteenth Celebration, please visit Juneteenth Buffalo.

Educational Resources are available below:

Juneteenth with Annette Gordon-Reed

The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Juneteenth Reading List

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Academic Affairs

 

Aidan Ryan ’14, Creative Writing, Screens Film to Accompany Forthcoming Book

On Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 pm, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center will host a work-in-progress screening of I Am Here You Are Not I Love You, the short documentary film that will accompany Aidan Ryan’s forthcoming book of the same name to be published next year by the University of Iowa Press.

The book is in part a biography of Ryan’s aunt and uncle, the visual artists Cindy Suffoletto and Andrew Topolski, and in part a memoir tracing their influence on his own path into the arts and development as a writer. The short film follows the arc of the book, with visuals of the art he discovered along the way and interviews with key figures in Suffoletto’s and Topolski’s lives and legacies.

The purpose of a work-in-progress screening is to gather feedback to inform the last stages of post-production editing. Following the screening there will be time for a Q&A and feedback session. The event is free and open to the public.

Ryan has published memoir and cultural criticism in Public BooksThe MillionsThe Adroit Journal, Colorado ReviewThe White ReviewCNN InternationalIrish America, the NEH’s Humanities, and Traffic East, where he is a senior editor.

He is also a cofounder and publisher of Foundlings Press, which has produced books, chapbooks, anthologies, broadsides, and archival works by new and established authors such as Forrest Gander, C.D. Wright, D.A. Powell, Mary Ruefle, Frank Stanford, and many others.

You can read more about the film and screening here:

https://www.hallwalls.org/media-arts/6532.html

You can learn more about Aidan Ryan here:

https://www.aidanryan.com

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English

Phi Akpha Delta DC trip

Pictured in front of the Supreme Court are the members of the Canisius pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta who journeyed to Washington, DC in April.

Highlights of the excursion included attending oral arguments at the Supreme Court, meeting with two of Justice Clarence Thomas’s law clerks, touring FBI headquarters, attending proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and having dinner with Canisius alumni located in DC.

In addition, members of the group visited notable monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and many of the Smithsonian museums including the Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.

This was the 31st PAD/DC excursion which was initiated by Raichle Pre-Law Center Director Robert Klump in 1991.

Submitted by: Robert Klump, Director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Catalog Review Sessions

The 2024-2025 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live in early July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Thursday, June 27. To help you with these changes we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs Courseleaf wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages.

The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

*This schedule is also listed on the Academic Affairs Coursleaf wiki page for future reference.

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at beiter5@canisius.edu or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Academic Affairs

Panopto Overhaul

Over the 2024 Summer, COLI will be doing a required overhaul to the Panopto integration with D2L. This will occur on late June 17th.

The impact to instructors using Panopto for course video should be minimal. However, on the day of the overhaul, Panopto may not be available to your or your students.

Additionally, if you plan on copying Panopto videos over from previous courses to a new course space, spot-check at least several of them and ensure that they play correctly.

If you find that you are having issues on or after June 17th with Panopto, please contact Helpdesk.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Upcoming Hypothes.is Maintenance

Hypothes.is will be doing server maintenance Saturday, May 25th, 2024. The expected maintenance window is 3:00AM to 11:00AM. Hypothes.is will be temporarily unavailable during this time.

If you are planning on creating Hypothes.is assignments in your Summer D2L courses (or pre-emptively for your Fall courses), please be aware that you will not be able to create Assignments during this time. For Faculty planning on having a Hypothes.is assignment due on Friday or Saturday, please consider moving the due date by a day or two and/or warning your students.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Excel Lunch Learning

COLI is offering two half-hour Excel trainings in June. After lunch, come learn some quick Excel tips that can make your work easier and increase your productivity!

Excel Lunch Learning Sessions, Old Main 115:

  • Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 27th, 2024, 12:30 PM

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Creative Writing Professor to Give Library Author Talk

 

On Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., Mick Cochrane will give a talk entitled “How To Write A Baseball Novel,” as part of a series of author talks held at the Cazenovia Public Library and funded in part by Erie County.

Cochrane is the author of two novels with baseball material. Sport (St Martin’s) is the story of a baseball-loving boy’s search for order and belonging in a world where the rules keep changing. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (Knopf Books for Young Readers) is the story of a grieving girl who finds community and consolation as she pursues mastery of the elusive and mysterious knuckleball.

 

At Canisius, Cochrane has taught an honors seminar focused on baseball literature and film, and he has presented several papers  at the annual Cooperstown Conference on Baseball and the American Culture.

The event is free and open to the public. The Cazenovia Library is located at 155 Cazenovia St, Buffalo, 14210. There will be time for questions and conversation after the talk. For more information: 716 821.0564

 

 

Submitted by: Janet McNally, Associate Professor, English

Teenagers Explore STEM careers with ABEC and Anthrozoology Professor

Dr. Chirantana Mathkari, assistant professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC) and Anthrozoology Department, was invited as a guest lecturer in the Life Science Career Lab, a STEM career exploration program for 9th-12th graders hosted by the Buffalo zoo on May 11, 2024.

Teenagers who plan to make a career in animal-related STEM fields such as veterinary medicine, animal behavior, and anthrozoology, analyzed career paths, discussed educational pre-requisites offered at Canisius, and even opened up on personal experiences with Dr. Mathkari, all in an active learning environment.

Some of the current ABEC and Anthrozoology students are the past participants of the Life Science Career Lab, and a continued involvement of the faculty at the lab exhibits the potential to engage more students in the University’s degree programs.

Submitted by: Chirantana Mathkari, Assistant Professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation & Anthrozoology

Become a Media Expert

Quick: Sign on to become a media expert before the school year ends!

The Office of University Communications is inviting faculty and staff to elevate their influence by sharing their insights and expertise with a broader audience.

Specifically, our team is developing a database of Canisius individuals who have expertise on topics that may be of interest to local, regional and national media outlets. 

To participate, simply complete the brief questionnaire (link below) detailing your areas of expertise and scholarship.  Responses will be compiled into a database that will serve as a resource for journalists seeking knowledgeable sources for their stories. 

And no worries if you’re new to media interviews. 

The Office of University Communications is here to provide media tips and training so you can feel confident and prepared to share your expertise. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to amplify your impact and contribute to public discourse! Fill out the Media Expert questionnaire.

Submitted by: University Communications

Campus Candids

Pictured: Masten District Councilwoman Zeneta Everhart ’11, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Canisius President Steve Stoute

President Steve Stoute was among the nearly 200 people who gathered at the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center on Saturday, May 11, to participate in the 2nd annual Buffalo Black Caucus.

Initiated by the 5/14 Remembrance Alliance under the leadership of Masten District Councilwoman Zeneta Everhart ’11, the Caucus aims to be a catalyst for positive change by hosting education, empowerment and advocacy programs and panel discussions to address systemic issues that perpetuate inequality and marginalization in society.

Submitted by: University Communications

Summer Updates

As we approach the end of the semester, please note that early closure on Fridays will be in effect beginning May 24 through August 9 with the following hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Effective May 28, office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday.

With three New Griff Orientation sessions being scheduled throughout the month of July this year, some offices may be required to remain open on Friday afternoons to meet the needs of students and to provide the most positive experience on campus. As we have offered in past years, alternative flexible scheduling options will remain available and should be discussed with your supervisor and the office of Human Resources.

In addition, the University will be closed on Monday, May 27 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28. Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance

 

 

Canisius Students Create New Pollinator Garden Site

Students in Dr. Erin Robinson’s Environment and Society (SOC234) course brought their semester long plans to life with a new pollinator garden on the downtown Buffalo section of the Niagara Greenway Trail.

Led by environmental studies students and Dr. Robinson, this initiative with the Buffalo Rotary Club and Niagara Greenway will  develop environmental initiatives throughout the Greenway Trail and urban corridor.

Plans began with an invasive species buckthorn cleanup in the fall and trash cleanup this spring, preparing the site for garden that was planted on May 4. The Canisius University Rotaract was awarded its Rotary Chapter on May 9 and has adopted a nearly two mile section of the Greenway Trail towards Canalside. Current digital media arts and journalism students and alumni joined to document the occasion! Look for more details to come on this exciting initiative!

 

Submitted by: Erin Robinson, Professor, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies

Oprah Chooses Former Hassett Reader’s Latest Novel

Oprah Winfrey’s 105th Book Club selection is Long Island by the Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, who delivered the eighth annual Hassett Reading at Canisius in 2011.

Long Island is a kind of sequel to Tóibín’s bestselling and award-winning Brooklyn, telling the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant, now in the 1970s, living with her husband and two teenaged children on Long Island.

“I had so many mixed emotions reading this novel,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I was captivated. Tóibín builds the story around a woman whose life changes seemingly overnight…It opens the door to her own secrets, grappling with choices she made long ago, urging her to break free from the silences she built around her life. A wonderful page-turner to start your summer reading.”

Colm Tóibín is the author of 11 novels including The Master, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. In 2022 the Arts Council of Ireland appointed him Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024.

The Hassett Family Reading brings Irish and Irish-American writers to Canisius to read from their work and to share their insights into writing and literature with students and members of our community. In addition to Tóibín, previous Hassett readers include Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Belinda McKeon, and Marina Carr.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, English

Google Drive: Save Student Work for Long-Term

Do you use Google Drive to collect student work or files? Have students shared files with you via Google Drive? Do you need to preserve these files in the long-term and/or for accreditation or reporting purposes?

Make sure to copy these files or download them! Additionally, it is easy to move a folder or file to another location or Drive after making the copy.

There are a few reasons for this.

First, Students only have access to their Canisius Google Accounts for a limited amount of time after they graduate. After this time is up, their Google Drive information gets deleted.

Second, Students may edit or delete these files after the class is finished. While they may have good backup practices, it’s also possible that the shared file is the only copy.

For more information on Google Drive, check out the Google Drive and Related Apps Wiki page or feel free to email helpdesk@canisius.edu with questions.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Excel Lunch Training

COLI is offering two half-hour Excel trainings in June. After lunch, come learn some quick Excel tips that can make your work easier and increase your productivity!

Excel Lunch Learning Sessions, Old Main 115:

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024, 12:30 PM

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

ScreenPal No Longer Available

Due to cost and reliability concerns, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation is not renewing ScreenPal at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. The last day faculty or staff can use Screenpal is May 14th, 2024.

In the last decade ScreenPal, or previously Screencast-O-Matic, has been a great toolset to help faculty easily record and edit screencast videos. However, since we acquired Screencast-O-Matic, a variety of new video tools have appeared that are more capable and reliable, and are better integrated into our daily web platforms, such as D2L. Plus, ScreenPal has been problematic for users in the past two years due to an awkward licensing procedure. Over the last year, usage of our license has declined. It simply no longer is the best option for Canisius faculty who record screencast videos.

Faculty can record videos using a variety of options:

  • Panopto is built into D2L, and provides a web-based recorder and simple editor for making cuts. We find this is the most efficient solution for most faculty and staff, and it can even be available to students in classes.
  • Mac users have QuickTime and iMovie.
  • PC users can try Clipchamp, a Microsoft Product.
  • OBS and Adobe Premiere Pro are advanced options for recording and editing, respectively.

Additional tips, tutorials, and information can be found on the Web-Based Video for Teaching Wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Teaching a Summer Course?

If you are teaching a summer course this year, here are a few things to check.

  1. Check that the Start Date Starts at the appropriate time
    • All summer courses, regardless if they start in session one or session two, may not open at the correct time
    • First 6-week, 10-week, and 12-week sessions begin on May 20
    • First 5-week session begins on May 28
    • Summer session two (second 5-week and 6-week courses) starts on July 1
  2. Check that the End Date does not end before your course is supposed to end.
    • June 29 is when the first 5-Week and 6-Week courses end
    • July 29 is when the 10-Week session ends
    • August 3 is when the second 5-week session ends
    • August 9 is when the second 6-week and 12-week sessions end
  3. Keep in mind important holidays over the summer
    • May 27, Memorial Day, No Classes
    • June 19, Juneteenth, No In-Person or Synchronous Online Classes
    • July 4, Independence Day, No In-Person or Synchronous Online Classes
    • July 5, President’s Holiday, No In-Person Classes

Follow this tutorial to change Course Start and End Dates. Other tutorials about D2L are available on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff Wiki page.

For additional important dates, such as when session grades are due, please see the Canisius Academic Calendar.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Canisius in the News

Maura Tyrell, PhD, spoke with the online magazine Inverse for a story titled “Can You Train Your Cat to Sit.” Tyrell is an experiential learning coordinator in animal behavior, ecology, and conservation and teaches a course on animal learning that requires students to train foster kittens. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

5/14 Remembrance Events

Dear Campus Community,

On May 14, 2022, a tragic mass shooting occurred in Buffalo, NY, specifically targeting African Americans. This act of hate claimed the lives of 10 individuals and physically injured 3 others. This year, instead of organizing a prayer service of remembrance, we would like to share opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to participate in programs and services being offered in the community:

  • Memorial Tree Planting & Clean Up, Tuesday, May 14, 4:15 p.m., Agape AME Church, 224 Northland Avenue
  • A Time to Reflect and (w)Rite, Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
  • Mental Health Advocates of WNY, Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
  • BestSelf Recovery Community & Outreach Center, Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
  • Community Rock Garden Painting: Words of Hope, Healing, and Love, Tuesday, May 14, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
  • 5/14 In Our Own Words, Tuesday, May 14, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue

Considering the numerous tragic events impacting communities both locally and nationally, we hope these experiences will offer hope and healing.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Academic Affairs

Food Trucks are Back for the Summer

Canisius’ summer food truck season kicks off this month with some tasty options! All food trucks will be located in the Bagen Hall parking lot from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Plan ahead by checking out the May schedule along with links to their menus:

Tuesday, May 21 – Anderson’s Frozen Custard 

Thursday, May 23 – Buffalo Bros Burger

Wednesday, May 29- The Blend

Thursday, May 30th – The Great Aussie Bite

Additionally, as dates and times are subject to change and additional food trucks added, please keep an eye on The Dome for food truck updates throughout the summer.

We hope that you’ll enjoy the excellent food options heading your way this summer! If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Lapinski at Ext. 2132.

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Business and Finance/Student Affairs

Hawa Saleh ’24 Presents Award-Winning Essay

On April 27, Hawa Saleh ’24 presented a paper titled “Irreconcilable Rhetorics, Cultural Erasure, and Nuancing Violence: Yasser Arafat’s PLO versus the State of Israel in November 1974” at the regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society, held at the University at Buffalo. Saleh’s essay was one of several to receive an Outstanding Paper Prize.

Saleh is graduating with three majors: history, English and creative writing. She is a member of the All-College Honors Program, vice president of the Honors Student Association, president of the Canisius chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America, vice master of Di Gamma, a Canisius Earning Excellence Program award winner and a writing center tutor.

Saleh’s essay was developed in two courses, Modern Middle East and the history senior seminar, taught by Dr. David Devereaux, the faculty advisor of the Canisius chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, Department of English

Distinguished Alum and Former Trustee Publishes New Book

Joseph M. Hassett, PhD, ’64, is the author of “Under The Metal Man: Sligo in Yeats” (Lilliput Press), a new study of the presence of the town of Sligo, Ireland, in the work of Irish poet William Butler Yeats and his family.

Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and author of the definitive two-volume biography of Yeats, calls Hassett’s new book “a treasure.” Paula Meehan, a former Ireland Professor of Poetry, writes, “This book is a Cabinet of Curiosities. Open it and be transported to the creative heart of the Yeats family and to the soul of Sligo, the two commingled to powerful and bountiful effect.”

After graduating from Canisius, Hassett earned a law degree from Harvard University and became partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan & Harston (now Hogan Lovells). He also earned first a master’s degree, then a doctorate in Anglo-Irish literature at University College Dublin. In 2022 Hassett received Ireland’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.

Among Hassett’s many gifts to Canisius was the creation of the Mel Schroeder Scholarship to honor his former teacher, a longtime and beloved member of the English Department. It funds Canisius students chosen to attend the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, most recently Mason Bowes, ’24, and Maeve Devine, ’24.

Hassett also established the annual Hassett Family Reading, which brings Irish and Irish-American writers to campus to read from their work. Past Hassett readers include Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Anne Enright, Alice McDermott, Emma Donoghue and Paul Muldoon. Earlier this year, he endowed the Hassett Family Creative Writing Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attract and support student-writers of exceptional promise.

Hassett’s previous publications include “Yeats Now: Echoing into Life” (Lilliput, 2020), “The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law” (Lilliput, 2016), and “W.B. Yeats and the Muses” (Oxford University, 2010).

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, English

Religious Studies Alumni 2024 Awardee Josie Diebold

Josal Diebold ’09 graduated from Canisius with a dual major in religious studies and theology and psychology, as well as a minor in clinical psychology. At Canisius she was active in campus ministry and various social justice activities. She earned a master’s in social work from the University at Buffalo in 2018 and a doctorate of social work in 2023 with a thesis titled “Investigating Shared Interest: White Peoples’ Stake in the Fight for Racial Justice.” She is now teaching sociocultural and justice sciences at SUNY Fredonia.

The Department of Religious Studies and Theology is proud to recognize the work and great success of this Canisius graduate.

Submitted by Nancy Rourke, Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Theology

Religious Studies Alumni 2023 Awardee Candace Lukasik

Candace Lukasik ’11 graduated from Canisius with a bachelor’s in political science and international relations. She earned her master’s in Arab studies from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and her doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Candace is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Mississippi State University. Her first book, “Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Persecution Politics of US Empire,” is to be published in 2025 by NYU Press.

The Department of Religious Studies and Theology is proud to recognize the important and exemplary work of this Canisius alumna.

Submitted by Nancy Rourke, Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Theology

Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Jeannette Delaney is the Canisius University Employee of Distinction for April 2024! Jeannette was nominated for the award by Dr. Malini Suchak, professor and chair for ABEC & Anthrozoology.

At Canisius for 8 years, Jeannette currently works as Sr Assistant Director for Admissions Department. This is what Malini said about Jeannette.

“I first started working more closely with Jeanette a year ago when I became chair. In that time, I have come to know her as someone who is incredibly skilled at the work she does and who generously shares her insights with those of us with less experience. She has given me loads of ideas and suggestions for how to improve our recruitment and always comes from a place of kindness, not judgement. She exhibits cura personalis towards all of our students, whether they are prospectives or enrolled here, often referring to them by name and knowing their individual stories. She is genuinely invested in everyone’s success and I am so grateful to work with her”.

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

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Recognize a Colleague for a Job Well Done

 

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the month of May by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here.  Please have all submissions completed no later than end-of-day Wednesday, May 22. 

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

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

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

Contact Lynn Incardona in the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Contemporary Writers Series Visitor Wins Presidential Medal

On Friday, May 3, Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, from President Joe Biden in a White House ceremony. Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

In October 2022, Father Boyle —accompanied by two “homies”— visited Canisius under the auspices of the Contemporary Writers Series and received the Canisius Presidential Medal, the highest honor our institution confers.

You can learn more about Homeboy Industries here.

You can learn more about the Canisius Contemporary Writers Series here. 

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, English

Important Year-End Dates

As we approach the end of our 23-24 fiscal year, here is some important information from the Controller’s Office for the campus community to keep in mind:

Requisitions
•All requisitions are to be submitted by the end of business day on Wednesday May 15, 2024 to allow for sufficient approval and processing time. Related invoices should be submitted as soon as possible.

Visa/Center Suite
•All VISA charges posted to the bank by 5/31/24 will be charged to the 23-24 budget.

•Any charges that post AFTER 5/31/24 will be charged to the 24-25 budget.

Please note that it can take up to 1-7 business days for charges to post.

AP Checks
•All invoices and check requests are to be submitted by end of day on Thursday May 23, 2024 to allow for sufficient approval and processing time. AP checks will be issued on Friday May 31, 2024.

Please contact Accounts Payable at 888-8525 with any questions.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, Accounts Payable

Archives Material Included in Muldoon Exhibition

The exhibition Paul Muldoon: The Joseph M. Hassett Collection is currently in the Special Collections Gallery, Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Gallery at Georgetown University.

It includes material from the Canisius University Archives, including this book which was inscribed by Muldoon when he came to Canisius for the 4th annual Hassett Reading in 2006:

From the exhibit webpage: “Paul Muldoon: The Joseph M. Hassett Collection explores the work of Irish poet Paul Muldoon through a collection of published work donated to Lauinger Library by Joseph M. Hassett…..Hassett’s extensive collection features some of Muldoon’s rarest limited-edition publications. These mesmerizing objects offer an unusually rich glimpse into Muldoon’s collaborations with printmakers, painters, illustrators, photographers, and musicians. Drawing on manuscripts, drafts, letters, and revisions, the exhibition seeks to tap into Muldoon’s creative process, examining the political pressures that shaped his early work in Troubles-era Belfast, his migration to the United States in 1987, and the editorial relationships and artistic community that surround him.”

You can read more here.

The exhibition runs through May, 31, 2024.

Submitted by: Kristine Kasbohm, Director, Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ Library

Save The Date

Please save the date for Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day at the Bison’s Game, set for Wednesday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

 

Kappa Delta Pi Induction

 

Front Row: Rachel Ransbottom, Madeline Kotwica, Niyla Melgar, Gianna Monetti, Joanna Fiorella, Erin Tzetzo; 

Back Row: Colleen Conway, Mason Tomczak, Stephen Weiss, Emilie Puzzella, Jaynee Roussie, Jacob Baudo, Aiden Flaherty; 

Absent: Jacob Baudo, Katie Gawronski, Jake Hutchison, and Brett Snider

The Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is an Education Honor Society established in 1994 at Canisius University. Members of this International Honor Society in Education include the top 10 percent of college students enrolled in teacher education programs, university faculty, classroom teachers, school administrators and National State Teachers of the Year.

Membership in Kappa Delta Pi is by invitation only. Those individuals nominated for membership must exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high standards and promise in teaching and its allied professions. These invitations are only extended to those junior and senior education majors who have obtained an overall QPA of 3.25 and sophomores with a 3.65.

The Chapter inducted the below students at the April 17 ceremony:

  • Jacob Baudo
  • Aiden Flaherty
  • Niyla Melgar
  • Gianna Monetti
  • Michael Nest
  • Jaynee Roussie
  • Brett Snider
  • Stephen Weiss

The Chapter recognizes the below spring 2024 graduates at the April 17 ceremony:

  • Colleen Conway
  • Joanna Fiorella
  • Aiden Flaherty
  • Katie Gawronski
  • Jake Hutchison
  • Madeline Kotwica
  • Niyla Melgar
  • Gianna Monetti
  • Emilie Puzzella
  • Rachel Ransbottom
  • Brett Snider
  • Mason Tomczak
  • Erin Tzetzo
  • Stephen Weiss

Front Row: Rachel Ransbottom, Madeline Kotwica, Niyla Melgar, Gianna Monetti, Joanna Fiorella, Erin Tzetzo

Back Row: Colleen Conway, Mason Tomczak, Stephen Weiss, Emilie Puzzella, Jaynee Roussie, Jacob Baudo, Aiden Flaherty

Absent: Jacob Baudo, Katie Gawronski, Jake Hutchison, and Brett Snider

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Leadership

Zoom: Automatic Captions/Live Transcript

In Zoom, Faculty, staff, and students can use Automatic Captions, which provide a Live Transcript of what is being said in a meeting. These are great for taking notes, reviewing meetings, and for the purposes of accessibility.

To use Automatic Captions, you first need to go to canisius.zoom.us and turn the setting on. Here is a video tutorial on turning on Automatic Captions in Zoom. Zoom also offers a few options for Automatic Captions, including changing the font size, font color, and ensuring that Automatic Captions are on at the start of a meeting. Check out this video exploring the Automatic Captions Settings in Zoom.

Note, however, Automatic Captions are not completely accurate. If we plan on using Automatic Captions as a Transcript for later distribution, we will need to edit them first. Or, at the very least, warn attendees that Automatic Captions are not wholly accurate.

For more tutorials on Zoom, check out the Zoom for Web Conferencing Wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Upcoming Hypothes.is Maintenance

Hypothes.is will be doing server maintenance Saturday, May 25, 2024. The expected maintenance window is 3:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Hypothes.is will be temporarily unavailable during this time.

If you are planning on creating Hypothes.is assignments in your Summer D2L courses (or pre-emptively for your Fall courses), please be aware that you will not be able to create Assignments during this time. For Faculty planning on having a Hypothes.is assignment due on Friday or Saturday, please consider moving the due date by a day or two and/or warning your students.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Google Drive: Saving Student Files for Long-Term

Do you use Google Drive to collect student work or files? Have students shared files with you via Google Drive? Do you need to preserve these files in the long-term and/or for accreditation or reporting purposes?

Make sure to copy these files or download them! Additionally, it is easy to move a folder or file to another location or Drive.

There are a few reasons for this.

First, Students only have access to their Canisius Google Accounts for a limited amount of time after they graduate. After this time is up, their Google Drive information gets deleted.

Second, Students may edit or delete these files after the class is finished. While they may have good backup practices, it’s also possible that the shared file is the only copy.

For more information on Google Drive, check out the Google Drive and Related Apps Wiki page or feel free to email helpdesk@canisius.edu with questions.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

CORRECTION Re: The Dome

The Office of University Communications would like to apologize for an error in reporting.

In last week’s edition of The Dome, we indicated that the employee E-letter would take an abbreviated break and not be published on Friday, May 10 or Monday, May 13. That information was incorrect.

The Dome will publish as regularly scheduled (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), including this Friday, May 10 and next Monday, May 13.

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion.

As always, submissions for The Dome are due by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to publication.

Submitted by: University Communications

D2L: Export Discussion Posts

In D2L, faculty and students can export Discussion Posts.

For faculty, this may be useful for your own records or for departmental purposes.

For students, it may be useful to keep a history of what was said in a previous course.

To export Discussion Posts, you will need to activate the Discussion Grid View first. Then, you can export either all Discussion Posts or specific posts.

For more tutorials on D2L, check out the D2L Self-paced Training for Faculty and Staff Wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Summer Online Faculty Development Course

The OFDC (Online Faculty Development Course) offered by COLI is for full-time and part-time faculty, whether new to D2L, or experienced with technology for teaching. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach online and hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students, either for all-online courses, or hybrid courses that feature limited use of the classroom.

Over the summer, we will be offering two courses:

OFDC A: Monday, May 20th-Friday, June 21st

OFDC B: Monday, July 8th-Friday, August 9th

To RSVP, please check out the Faculty Development Opportunities Wiki Page.

Stay tuned to the COLI Blog and the Dome for more sessions!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Wehle School of Business Student Award Luncheon

The Wehle School of Business celebrated its student award winners with a luncheon in their honor last week. Faculty and staff find great joy in celebrating the remarkable academic and personal accomplishments of every one of our students. At Canisius University, these students achieved remarkable feats. We are confident that after graduation, they will continue to excel and uphold Canisius’ legacy of creating leaders.

Our award winners pictured below:  Top row from left to right (Elizabeth Hertz, Danielle Gracz, Nerissa Williams, Andrew Finnerty, Garet Long and Mario Moretti. Bottom row from left to right (Monache Marchione, Cody Schiavon, JT Ennen, Jackson Webster, and Alex Terry-Manuel.)

Our award winners that were unable to attend the luncheon were Collin Rice, Joey Maher, Gabrielle Kaderli, Sean O’Brien, Lily Flannery, and Matthew Buynacek.

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, Executive Administrative Assistant, Wehle School of Business

Zoom: Automatic Captions/Live Transcript

In Zoom, Faculty, staff, and students can use Automatic Captions, which provide a Live Transcript of what is being said in a meeting. These are great for taking notes, reviewing meetings, and for the purposes of accessibility.

To use Automatic Captions, you first need to go to canisius.zoom.us and turn the setting on. Here is a video tutorial on turning on Automatic Captions in Zoom. Zoom also offers a few options for Automatic Captions, including changing the font size, font color, and ensuring that Automatic Captions are on at the start of a meeting. Check out this video exploring the Automatic Captions Settings in Zoom.

Note, however, Automatic Captions are not completely accurate. If we plan on using Automatic Captions as a Transcript for later distribution, we will need to edit them first. Or, at the very least, warn attendees that Automatic Captions are not wholly accurate.

For more tutorials on Zoom, check out the Zoom for Web Conferencing Wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Canisius in the News

Former Canisius President John J. Hurley recently offered his perspective on the protests happening on college campuses nationwide. He spoke on the morning show of WBEN-AM Radio 930. He later appeared on WGRZ-TV Channel 2 with Maryalice Demler.

Separate from his appearances on this topic, Hurley penned a “My View” column, which ran in the April 28 edition of The Buffalo News. In it, Hurley outlined how, in his view, the U.S. is focused on addressing the symptoms of migration but not the causes. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

The Dome Takes an Abbreviated Break

The Office of University Communications will be ‘pausing’ publication of The Dome beginning later next week.

The employee E-letter will not publish next Friday, May 10 or Monday, May 13. The Dome will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday, May 15. As always, submissions for The Dome are due by 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to publication.

Please contact the Communications Office with any questions about this abbreviated break.

Submitted by: University Communications

Margulis to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius University Alumni Association will confer its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Susan W. Margulis, PhD, professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology, and program director of the undergraduate anthrozoology program. Presented at the university’s Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 2 pm in the Montante Cultural Center, the Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

Margulis came to Canisius in 2009 as an assistant professor of biology and ABEC. She served as chair of ABEC from 2016 – 2022. Margulis was named professor of ABEC in 2018 and program director of the undergraduate anthrozoology program in 2022. Margulis helped develop the minors in conservation and environmental sustainability, the major in anthrozoology and the new master’s program in informal education.

A primatologist who has been working in the zoo field for many years, Margulis’ research focuses primarily on applied, zoo-based research questions. She spends significant time supervising individual undergraduate students doing research and many Canisius students have served as co-authors on publications, several in the first author role. She shares her love for primatology with her students as director of the Team Ape research group, comprised of students who collect behavioral data at the Buffalo Zoo.

Read more here.

Submitted by:  University Communications

Feast of the Ascension

Next Thursday, May 9, is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a holy day of obligation. Christ the King Chapel will offer three Masses that day:  12:05, 5:15 and 7:00 p.m.

The Feast marks the return of Jesus after his Resurrection appearances to heaven and his commissioning of his Apostles to bring the Gospel to all people. It is a major observance during the Fifty Days of the Easter Season and prepares us for the coming Feast of Pentecost.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, chaplain, Mission and Ministry

Summer Courses Tips

If you are teaching a summer course this year, hear are a few things to check.

  1. Check that the Start Date Starts at the appropriate time
    • All summer courses, regardless if they start in session one or session two, open up at the end of May
    • First 6-week, 10-week, and 12-week sessions begin on May 20th
    • First 5-week session begins on May 28th
    • Summer session two (second 5-week and 6-week courses) starts on July 1st
  2. Check that the End Date does not end before your course is supposed to end.
    • June 29th is when the first 5-Week and 6-Week courses end
    • July 29th is when the 10-Week session ends
    • August 3rd is when the second 5-week session ends
    • August 9th is when the second 6-week and 12-week sessions end
  3. Keep in mind important holidays over the summer
    • May 27th, Memorial Day, No Classes
    • June 19th, Juneteenth, No In-Person or Synchronous Online Classes
    • July 4th, Independence Day, No In-Person or Synchronous Online Classes
    • July 5th, President’s Holiday, No In-Person Classes

Follow this tutorial to change Course Start and End Dates. Other tutorials about D2L are available on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff Wiki page.

For additional important dates, such as when session grades are due, please see the Canisius Academic Calendar.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

BSides Buffalo

For the third year, Canisius University will be hosting the BSides Buffalo technology conference on June 1, 2024.

BSides conferences are volunteer-run, community-driven information security conferences that are held in cities all over the world; the local event was first held in 2022 and is organized by Matt Gracie, alumnus several times over and adjunct professor in the cybersecurity program.

Come join us for a day of technical talks, lockpicking, soldering, networking, swag, community groups, sponsors, hacking contests, and general hacker shenanigans.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite. To make the event as accessible as possible for students and hobbyists, they can receive a free ticket in exchange for submitting a resume that is shared with the event sponsors, many of whom are looking to meet the next generation of Western New York cyber talent.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Matt Gracie, Adjunct, Cybersecurity

Brian Murphy ’95 Elected Chair, Board of Trustees

The Canisius University Board of Trustees elected Brian M. Murphy ’95 chair of the institution’s governing body. Murphy will serve a three-year term, effective July 1. The Board of Trustees formulates and recommends policy to President Steve K. Stoute, JD.

“I am deeply honored to be elected chair of the Canisius University Board of Trustees,” says Murphy. “As an alumnus of this esteemed institution, my dedication runs deep and I am committed to leveraging that passion, along with my professional and community leadership experience, to uphold Canisius’ legacy while embracing opportunities for the future.”

Murphy is partner at Lawley LLC, a full-service, independent insurance agency founded 65 years ago in Buffalo, NY. He oversees the growth, service and operations of Lawley’s Employee Benefits division, which is comprised of more than 130 employees.

Murphy earned a marketing degree from Canisius University in 1995 and has since remained a loyal and engaged alumnus. Most notably, he served five years (2014-19) as a member of the Canisius University Board of Regents, an advisory group to the university president. Murphy is also a past member of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business Advisory Council, served as a guest speaker for the “How to Be a Great Leader” speaker series, hosted by the university’s Center for Professional Development, and is former co-chair for the institution’s Blue & Gold Gala.

Click here to read more about Brian Murphy ’95.

Submitted by: University Communications

President’s Innovation Fund

Just a reminder that today, May 1, 2024, is the final day to submit proposals for the President’s Innovation Fund. Decisions will be made by May 31 and grant funding will be dispersed beginning September 1.

Canisius President Steve K. Stoute announced on February 8, 2024 that the university will invest $1 million dollars over the next five years towards the creation of a competitive grant program designed to “unleash the power of innovation.”

The President’s Innovation Fund supports original and inventive concepts and practices that have the potential to advance Canisius University’s strategic agenda and achieve verifiable positive outcomes for students.   Using this criteria, Canisius faculty and staff can submit proposals for funding.

The idea for the President’s Innovation Fund originated in 2023 when Canisius invited alumni and donors to make unrestricted gifts to the institution, in support of initiatives that had the greatest potential to move the university forward.  Canisius constituents responded in remarkable ways, such that their investments culminated in this new grant program. 

Submitted by: University Communications

Golden Griffin Guarantee

Canisius University President Steve K. Stoute is announcing the Golden Griffin Guarantee, a promise that students will complete a bachelor’s degree in four years (eight semesters), or tuition for up to an additional 15 credit hours is free.

Students enrolling in the fall 2024 semester, and thereafter, are eligible. Students must maintain full-time, consecutive enrollment during all four years, sustain good academic standing and progress successfully toward their degrees.

Watch the video (above) to learn more or visit the website.

Submitted by: University Communications

Reminder: Conservation Biology Poster Session

Please remember to visit the conservation biology poster session on Thursday, May 2, from 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. in the Science Hall atrium. You’re sure to learn something new and help the environment too!

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, Professor, ABEC and Biology

End of Semester Checklist

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources.

Want a quick walk through of the checklist? Check out the End of Semester Checklist Overview Video!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Campus Candids

What an impressive turnout at the 67th annual Accounting Society Banquet!

This year, Canisius recognized Patrick Finucane ’83 (left), CFO of Glendale Reality Services, with the Accountant of the Year Award. Myles Abbott ’03, MBA ’04 (right), a partner w/ PricewaterhouseCoopers, received the Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award.

Both are testaments to why Canisius’ accounting program is consistently ranked among the best – in the nation.

Submitted by: University Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius University made national headlines on Saturday. News Nation, a national cable news channel, interviewed James Nowak for a live segment on the network’s morning program. The associate director of enrollment and financial aid discussed how the FAFSA delays are impacting students’ college decisions and how Canisius is addressing these challenges with students and their families. Click here to watch the interview.

Meantime, Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in with The Buffalo News about the local unemployment rate. In the article, the associate professor of economics and finance sheds light on reasons why the area’s unemployment rate may be dropping after hitting a 2 1/2 year high in February. Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: University Communications

Commencement 2024

Brian Higgins will deliver the commencement address to Canisius’ 2024 undergraduate and graduate classes during ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in the Koessler Athletic Center. Ceremonies for the School of Arts & Sciences begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by ceremonies for the School of Education & Human Services and Richard J. Wehle School of Business at 1:30 p.m. Canisius will confer 385 undergraduate and 332 graduate degrees upon members of the Class of 2024.

Higgins, president and chief operating officer for Shea’s Performing Arts Center and former congressman, Mary Wilson, a Life Trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin will receive honorary degrees.

Read more here.

Submitted by: University Communications

Summer Online Faculty Development Course

The OFDC (Online Faculty Development Course) offered by COLI is for full-time and part-time faculty, whether new to D2L, or experienced with technology for teaching. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach online and hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students, either for all-online courses, or hybrid courses that feature limited use of the classroom.

Over the summer, we will be offering two courses:

OFDC A: Monday, May 20th-Friday, June 21st

OFDC B: Monday, July 8th-Friday, August 9th

To RSVP, please check out the Faculty Development Opportunities Wiki Page.

Stay tuned to the COLI Blog and the Dome for more sessions!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

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