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It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1987 when Canisius College broke ground on the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library expansion project.

The Bouwhuis Library was originally built in 1958. Since that time, student enrollment at the college had doubled and the library collection nearly quadrupled, necessitating the need for increased space and more modern equipment.

The $8 million expansion project renovated and expanded the original library structure, tripling its size and including space for a half-million volumes and seating for 760 students.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Marya Grande, PhD, professor of teacher education, shared the screenshot above of students in her course, titled Nature and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities. The class is using a tool called FlipGrid to host video discussion forums. It’s simple, says Grande, “students post a video and can post video replies back to their classmates’ videos.” Grande adds that “many elementary and high school teachers are using FlipGrid so I thought it would be great to model how it could be used at a time like this, to help us continue a sense of community.”

Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, is helping to keep her students’ spirits up during this time of transition. Earlier this week, she invited those in her Gender & Philosophy course to share any pictures, memes or video messages that they found “hilarious or heartwarming,” on their class discussion board. The students came through. Pictured above are just a few images of what students shared.

We hope you’ll find them hilarious or heartwarming, as well, and continue to share, with The Dome, the fun and innovative ways in which you, your students and colleagues are staying together, while we’re apart.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Connects – Volunteer Opportunities to Help Those in Need

In this time of crisis, many of our students, faculty and staff are asking how they can be of help.  Some are developing online resources for homeschooling parents or providing advice to small business owners or non-profit organizations.

At the same time, schools and non-profit organizations are seeking our help.  The New Buffalo Institute is working to assist the Buffalo community through these difficult days by providing a list of volunteering opportunities with contact information for our community members as we become aware of them.  More detailed information is included in the list below.

If you would like to add to our collection of resources or if you are aware of community needs, please contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

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

ITS Help Desk Hours & Using VPN

Working remotely is a new reality for all of us.  Many are now using VPN (Virtual Private Network) on a college-owned computer from home to do their college-related work.  If you are using VPN, please look over the wiki page for some useful information to be aware of while using the VPN.

If you need help with VPN or any other computer-related issue, be assured that the ITS Help Desk is open for business.  We are manning the phones from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To get in touch with us, you can still call 888-8340.  If we don’t answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get right back to you.  You can also Email the Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

We can use TeamViewer to remotely assist you on your PC or Mac computer.  Please contact us with any IT-related issue you may be having.  Working remotely is a new and exciting challenge and we are here to help.

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

Examen Live!

The East Coast Provinces of the Society of Jesus are hosting an online Examen, live, with Megan Fox-Kelly and Rev. William Campbell, SJ, today, Friday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m.  Fox-Kelly is the associate chaplain and director of retreats for the College of the Holy Cross.  Father Campbell is director of the Eastern Point Retreat House.  Please click here to join the Examen Live

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

 

Jesuit Lenten Book Club

This Lent, make spiritual reading and conversation part of your preparation for Easter with the Jesuit Lenten Book Club.

Open to anyone interested, the book club will feature a private Facebook group for ongoing discussion throughout Lent and a live, interactive online gathering on Thursday, April 9 (Holy Thursday).

Our book is Graham Greene’s 1940 novel The Power and the Glory, the story of an unnamed priest who secretly serves Catholics in Mexico after a state governor has declared the faith illegal. The priest is a broken, gluttonous, deeply sinful man searching for grace.

Facilitating the conversation will be Nick Ripatrazone, the author of seven books including Longing for an Absent God, a consideration of how faith and doubt influences Catholic storytelling.

To join the group, please complete the form found by clicking here.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive an Email with:

  • A link to the private Facebook group where Nick Ripatrazone will facilitate conversation about the book; and
  • An invitation to the online gathering on Holy Thursday where Nick and AMDG Jesuit Podcast host Mike Jordan Laskey will welcome you to an interactive session on the book and our shared Lenten journeys.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

MBA Student Selected for Prestigious Postgraduate Position

Congratulations go out to Lauren Reno ’19, MBA ’20, who was recently selected by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to participate in its prestigious Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) program, beginning in summer 2020.

Reno will earn her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Canisius in May 2020. She earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Canisius in 2019. Reno is the second consecutive Canisius student, in as many years, to be selected for the Postgraduate Technical Assistant position.

The PTA position is designed for individuals who are planning a career with an emphasis in accounting. Each program is a one-year term, during which the individual becomes highly involved with the accounting standards-setting process and acquires an in-depth understanding of the roles played by preparers, auditors and users of financial information.

Click here to read more about the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

March is National Nutrition Month

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Making the change to a healthier diet does not have to be an overwhelming task.  Make small changes to your meals one step at a time. This short article will provide you with some simple healthy eating tips you can begin to incorporate.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

A Message from the Superior General

 

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, provided some perspective to Jesuits Tuesday evening in a video message about the current COVID-19 crisis. In it, Father Sosa focuses on how the pandemic is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found.  Click on the Graphic to hear his message.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Working Together While Apart

Good morning all and welcome back from spring break … well, sort of.

Despite social distancing becoming our new norm for the foreseeable future, it’s important that people, particularly those within our Canisius community, remain connected during this unprecedented time.  Therefore, we’re pleased to announce today that The Dome will resume its regular publishing schedule for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Sure, the content may be different, with far fewer campus lectures and events to be promoted.  Still, there remains plenty of positive news and information to be shared via The Dome.

Within only the first few days of Canisius implementing its Academic Continuance Plan, we began to hear about the different ways in which faculty and staff are living the Canisius mission and bringing the campus community together, even while we’re apart:

Currently, more than two dozen faculty volunteers are supporting one another in adapting their courses to an emergency all-online format in D2L via the Academic Continuity Mentor Program. Check it out! Faculty have also launched an Academic Preparedness Facebook Group with 50-plus members who are sharing pro tips and answering each others’ questions. Information on these resources and more is at https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/academicpreparedness/home. 

Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, launched an evening Examen on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.  The Office of Campus Ministry is also updating its website regularly with ways in which the campus community can participate in service and virtual giving opportunities.

Then there’s Sydnie Perkins, assistant director in the Alumni Engagement Office (and a Catholic, Christian praise singer), who took to social media to share her beautiful voice with alumni and fellow Griffs.  Click here to listen.

These are just a few examples of what we know is becoming a broad campus initiative amongst the Canisius community to work together, pray together and be together, while we’re apart. 

So please, if you have a story, pictures or an uplifting experience or announcement that you want to share with your Canisius colleagues, we encourage you to submit it to The Dome and help us all to stay connected.    

Submitted by: College Communications

Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

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

This week’s giveaway question is:

Which Canisius alumna made history in May 2011 when she became the first African-American woman to be named executive sports editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper?

(a) Lisa Wilson ’91

(b) Lenora Foote-Beavers ’92

(c) Cindy Odem ’92

(d) Detra Trueheart ’99

Congratulations to Gwen Baggs Ito, marketing copywriter, who scored a Canisius College pennant in our last Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

The Civil Rights Movement was among the most important reforms in American history. Which Canisius professor of history authored a book on this subject:

(a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

(b) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD

(c) Larry Jones, PhD

(d) Keith R. Burich, PhD

The correct answer was: (a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a March 18 story titled “Why COVID-19 Outbreak is putting Buffalo Niagara’s economy at great risk.” Click here to read the story. 

Journalism major Mike Pesarchick ’21 provided a student’s view of the coronavirus epidemic for a March 19 broadcast on WBEN-930AM, titled “Take a Hike.” Pesarchick is an intern at the radio station.  Click here to read his story.   

Submitted by: College Communications

A Message from the Superior General

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, provided some perspective to Jesuits Tuesday evening in a video message about the current COVID-19 crisis. In it, Father Sosa focuses on how the pandemic is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found.

To view the video, click here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Giving Day 2020 Updates

Many people have reached out asking about Canisius Giving Day 2020 and so we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

At this time, we have decided to move forward with Giving Day, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. We recognize that the need for financial support is greater now than ever before and I want you to know that we are committed to working with you to make this initiative successful.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone but we have been getting requests from alumni and friends asking how they can help support our students and the college. Giving Day is the perfect opportunity.

Having said that, recognizing that we are all dealing with a great deal at the moment, we’ve adjusted the deadlines for list requests and content submission for campaign pages; the updated deadlines are below.

  • Copy and images for campaign pages! Please e-mail Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page by Monday, March 30. If you would like to reference your campaign page from last year, please let us know.
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an e-mail list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) by Monday, April 6.

Please know that if you no longer wish to participate, we understand! Just respond to this Email to let us know.

More information and resources will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please know that we are still here to support your Giving Day fundraising efforts.

The Canisius Community is extraordinarily special and while we can’t be together physically, we can come together virtually on Giving Day to support one another.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Lenten Reflections III

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There will be no Lenten Reflection in Loyola Hall’s Great Room this Thursday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m. Instead, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, offers a brief reflection on Jesus’ Raising of Lazarus, the Gospel reading for this Sunday, March 29, the fifth Sunday of Lent.  The Gospel text is found by clicking here.

Dr. McCarthy’s reflection follows:

The resurrection of Lazarus is a familiar story in John 11: 1-45.  We can all identify with the deep heartache of Mary and Martha. Perhaps, when we have lost a loved one, we have wondered where Christ was and lamented, “If only He had been there…”

Today, as we consider this familiar Gospel story, we stand in the path of a catastrophic pandemic. In the weeks ahead, we may again wonder, “Where is God in this? If only Christ was here now.” Christ is here now, and He will be with us in the weeks and months ahead. He can be nowhere else because he is in you. You carry Christ in your heart, in your mind, and in your hands. Even as we isolate, be alive with Christ. It is fitting that we are in the midst of Lent. During this season with Christ, our time in isolation can be a period to reflect, to make amends, to forgive, to make peace with ourselves, and to reach out in kindness to others.

Take consolation in this: Wherever you are, there, too, is Christ. He is with you always.

Next Wednesday, April 1, Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, will provide another Lenten reflection.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Examen for Life During COVID-19

The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to practice the Examen during this time of transition. The Ignatian Examen is a way to reflect on your day and notice the consolations and desolations you experience.

Susan Haarmen, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola Chicago, has written an Examen for Life focused on our time of change during COVID-19. The Ignatian Solidarity Network has this Examen available in several languages and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

Mission & Identity Reading Group

The Mission & Identity Reading Group will not meet today, Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room.

If you wish to consider the materials that would have been discussed, this month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group would have watched a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.  Please send an Email message to Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, if you want access to the article.

There will be no further Reading Group meetings during this academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius Colleagues Program Welcomes Students from St. Monica’s

The Canisius Colleagues Program (CCP), a year-long formation experience in Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality, welcomed three students from St. Monica’s, the all-girls Nativity Miguel School on the East Side of Buffalo earlier this month.

Blessing, Martha and Kalani, all 8th grade girls, taught the March CCP gathering about their school, their hopes, their challenges, and gave their advice to what those of us at Canisius College could do to become better educators. The students were accompanied by Nativity Miguel President Nancy Langer and invited to lead the CCP in a discussion about Universal Apostolic Preference (UAP) #3: Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.

CCP participants were honored to listen to the wisdom of the three women. The four UAPs will be the lens that will direct the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years. They were approved by Pope Francis in 2018.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Flashback Friday

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jerome L. Neuner, PhD, greets former President Jimmy Carter in advance of his March 1993 lecture.

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1993 when former President James (Jimmy) Carter Jr. visited Canisius to deliver a poignant lecture on the social condition of the United States.

Speaking at the invitation of the William H. Fitzpatrick Lecture Series, Carter opened his remarks recalling his initial encounter with the Queen City. “The first crisis I faced as president,” he said, “was the horrible storm that affected all of Buffalo back in January 1977.”

The crowd of 1,500 laughed as the president shared his story but the tone turned more somber as Carter went on to discuss issues of poverty, illiteracy and drug abuse in the United States. In closing, he encouraged Canisius students, faculty and friends to “break out of the ivory tower” and set an example by reaching out to those in need.

Submitted by: College Communications

Coronavirus Information for the Campus Community

Canisius College has been closely monitoring the ongoing spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 for several weeks.  The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority and all college decisions are based on the well-being of our campus community.

Out of an abundance of caution, Canisius College is proactively taking the following steps to ensure the successful completion of the spring 2020 semester:

  • Beginning on March 23, after spring break, the college will move to its Academic Continuance Plan to teach classes remotely until at least April 13, following Easter break. Remote instruction may continue until the end of the spring semester.  
  • At this time, the college will remain open and staff should report to work.
  • All residence halls will close on Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m. until at least April 13.
  • Canisius-sponsored events of 50 or more people, whether on or off-campus, are cancelled until further notice.
  • The college has suspended all non-essential, college-sponsored international and domestic travel involving students effective immediately through the end of May. 
  • All students, faculty, and staff who intend to travel (whether for personal or professional reasons) in the coming weeks are asked to voluntarily self-report their travel plans.  This will help us provide our community with relevant guidance as we continue to monitor the situation.
  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has cancelled all spring sports competitions, practices (including captain’s practices), effective tomorrow, March 13th and other athletic related activities for the remainder of the 2020 Spring semester. The remainder of its current conference tournament currently being held in Atlantic City, New Jersey is also cancelled. 
  • Faculty should consult the Academic Preparedness Guide (www.canisius.edu/prepare) for information on transitioning to online teaching. This includes help with planning, methods, tools, a faculty mentor program, and opportunities to get help on campus and online.

Click here for much more detailed information related to all areas of the college.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Goes on Spring Break

With spring break upon us, The Dome will be taking a brief hiatus as well.

Today, Friday, March 13 will be the last issue of The Dome until it returns on Wednesday, March 25. All entries should be received by 2:00 p.m. prior to the next publication date.

Submitted by: College Communications

Help Desk Hours – Spring Break

Beginning Monday, March 16 until Friday March 20, the ITS Help Desk will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, manager, ITS Help Desk

Payroll Office is On the Move

The Payroll Office has moved and is now located in the Controller’s Office in OM-004. Please stop by to see Sue Lyons or Lynn Incardona with any payroll questions or concerns.

Submitted by: Ronald Haberer, Controller

Canisius Introduces MS in Cybersecurity

Photo courtesy of Ecole polytechnique on Flickr using the Creative Commons.

As cyber threats grow in both sophistication and malice, industries and organizations face a persistent challenge in recruiting cybersecurity professionals skilled in protecting digital infrastructure. By 2021, a remarkable three million cybersecurity jobs will need to be filled, globally, according to the most recent statistics reported by the non-profit ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that number to grow 32 percent through 2028. 

Canisius College is responding to this talent crunch with the introduction of a new master’s degree program in cybersecurity.  Set to launch in fall 2020, the program will be Western New York’s only technology-based master’s-level cybersecurity program. 

Aligned with national guidelines for information security professionals, the program provides students with the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to ensure the security and integrity of every type of computing and information system.  In addition to gaining a complete understanding of 21st century cybersecurity tools, students will learn how to build them. The computers in the college’s new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab afford students the hands-on training necessary to extend their knowledge of computer forensics, cyber intelligence, risk assessment, infiltration techniques, malware analysis, electronic crime, cyber operations and more.  Further distinguishing the new MS in cybersecurity is coursework that leads to certification. 

Click here to read much more about the new MS in cybersecurity or visit the new program page.

Submitted by: College Communications

MLK Award Winners

Canisius College has announced the 2020 recipients of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Awards.

The MLK award is presented annually to a student and non-student (faculty, staff or administrator) who demonstrates the ideals of Dr. King through the promotion of social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, human rights, nonviolence or advocacy for the poor.

This year’s recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award are Herbert Gitego ’21, Fernanda Astiz, PhD and Erin Thornton ’05.

Herbert Gitego ’21 is a digital media arts major at Canisius College. He worked on a holiday marketing project for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for the organization’s food giveaway and toy drive. Striving to be in the video production industry, Gitego uses his skills to shine a light on communities that would otherwise remain unheard and unseen.

Fernanda Astiz, PhD, is a professor of teacher education at Canisius College. Astiz is engaged in connecting teaching partners with community partners who serve local and international underrepresented groups. She developed the Dual-language (English/Spanish) Read Aloud Program for Buffalo Public School 64, in which students were welcomed at Canisius’ library for read-aloud sessions. Mayor Byron Brown   presented Astiz with the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award for her scholarship in the education field and her work with the Buffalo community.

Erin Thornton ’05 is an associate athletic trainer and instructor at Canisius College. She is an advocate for nonviolence and harmony through her responsibilities as an athletic trainer. Thornton has defused situations within racial divides that have affected some of the teams. As a result of her outward compassion for others, she is well respected by the student athletes, faculty and staff.

Honorees will be recognized during the Canisius College Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.

Submitted by: College Communications

March Brown Bag Seminar

The March edition of ICMS’s lunchtime Brown Bag seminars will be Tuesday, March 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Old Main 418.

Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani, assistant professor of classics at SUNY Buffalo, will discuss the ongoing archaeological excavation at Podere Cannicci, Italy. Every summer, his class excavates the site sacred to the ancient Etruscans and Romans. Students interested in joining the excavation team should attend for more information. Bring your lunch and join the discussion. This talk is free and open to the public.

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

 

Mission & Identity Reading Group

 

The Mission and Identity Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room. Wine and cheese will be provided.

This month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group will watch a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  “Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.

Reflection questions on the video and the article may be accessed by clicking here.

Please contact Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu to receive the link to the material and to indicate interest in attending the session.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity; professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Lenten Reflections III

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Margaret McCarthy, PhD, will present our third Lenten reflection in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 26th from 1:00–2:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to join this group to reflect on the meaning of Lent in our lives.  Please RSVP to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, if you wish to attend.

The flyer above will give you information about the other presenters and dates for our Lenten reflection series.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity 

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

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

This week’s giveaway question is:

The Civil Rights Movement was among the most important reforms in American history. Which Canisius professor of history authored a book on this subject:

(a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

(b) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD

(c) Larry Jones, PhD

(d) Keith R. Burich, PhD

Congratulations to Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations for Institutional Advancement. Sandy scored a Canisius baseball hat in last week’s Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

Which Canisius alumna was a leading figure in the effort to map the human genome:

a. Cherylyn Harley Lebon ’88

b. Norma Nowak ’79

c. Catherine Burzik ’72

d. Mary Grace Diehl ’74

The correct answer was: (b) Norma Nowak ’79

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Reporter Ed Reilly, from WKBW-TV Channel 7, interviewed Economics/Finance Professor Steve Gattuso on Tuesday, March 10 for a story about the recent low interest rates and whether now is a good time for individuals to refinance their loans. Click here to watch the story.

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry Frank J. Dinan, PhD, published an article in the My View section of today’s Buffalo News. The story, titled “With Spring, Baseball Life Begins Anew,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 2, 2020.  To read highlights from the meeting, click here.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate VP, assistant to the President and Secretary, Board of Trustees

Candidates for VP for Academic Affairs

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the recent closing of Manhattan College campus, Keith Brower, PhD, has withdrawn from consideration for the position of vice president for academic affairs. He was scheduled to visit campus tomorrow, Thursday, March 12.

For those members of the campus community who were able to participate in the open forum with candidate Sunil Ahuja, PhD, on Monday, March 9, we’re asking that you take a moment to complete an evaluation form on the MyCanisius portal and share your feedback on his interview. 

If you were unable to attend Sunil Ahuja’s open forum or that of Sara Morris, PhD, a video from both can be found by clicking on the links below or by visiting the myCanisius portal.

( Those wishing to watch the candidate videos will need to log into their Google Drive/Google Accounts using their Canisius Email address. )

Click here to view the video from Sunil Ahuja’s open forum.

Click here to view the video from Sara Morris’ open forum.

The vice president for academic affairs will play a vital role in the life of the college. Please consider viewing the forums online and completing the evaluation forms for each.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

School of Education Hosts WNY Regional History Day

On Saturday, March 7, students from all over WNY competed in the WNY Regional History Day competition at Canisius College in Science Hall Commons. The BPS sent 57 students to the contest, with 23 of them qualifying for NYS History Day on April 27.  At the WNY History Day Regional competition, the top 3 finishers in each category are honored for their hard work, and the 1st and 2nd place entries will qualify for the state contest held in Cooperstown, NY in April.  The top 2 entries from NYS in each category will advance to the national finals held in College Park, MD each June.  Kudos to the 57 students and their teachers for their winning entries in this annual educational event!

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Best Overall Entry: Breaking Architectural Barriers: Poppy Marrano, Charlotte Lester & Emily Botticelli from BPS#195 City Honors School; Project Advisor; Jen Reiss

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Best Military Themed Entry: Thy Damned Damsels: Ariana Young, Kristen Baker, Maurice Hill & Avery Kinsey from BPS #27 Hillery Park Academy; Project Advisor: Naomi Wiseman

Submitted by: Dr. Lorrei DiCamillo, associate dean, School of Education and Human Services & Wil Green, director of School and Community Partnerships

Gansworth to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius College Alumni Association will confer the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Niagara Falls resident Eric L. Gansworth, during Spring Honors Convocation on May 15.  The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. 

A professor of English at Canisius and director of the college’s creative writing program, Gansworth embodies the ideal of teacher-scholar. Described as “inspiring” by his students, Gansworth shares his love of literature through such coursework as Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing and Advanced Poetry Writing.  He also teaches the important course titled Native American Literature.  Each of his classes is marked by rigor and high standards but also care and attention, which Gansworth is careful to give to each student. 

In addition to his vocation as an educator, Gansworth is a prolific creative artist whose rich body of work has garnered him a national reputation as one of the most original and important voices in Native American literature.  An enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, Gansworth is the author of 10 books of fiction, poetry and memoir/non-fiction.  His most recent young adult novel, Give Me Some Truth, captures the difficulties of reservation life for teenagers and was selected for numerous Best Books of 2018 lists, including National Public Radio’s Book Concierge.  That same year, Gansworth was one of only 18 writers to be awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

The 2020 I. Joan Lorch Winners

The Canisius College Women and Gender Studies Program presents the 2020 Dr. I Joan Lorch Award Winners. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person (or persons) who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. Receiving the Community Award is Family Promise of Western New York. The Student Award recipient is Morgan Morris, ’21. The Canisius Employee Award recipient is Matt Kochan, librarian.  This year we also celebrate a special career achievement recognition for Dr. Barbara Porter, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Save the date!  Please join us in honoring all of our award winners on March 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge located in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.  Appetizers, beer and wine provided. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Borders and Migrations Week

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Please join us for the spring 2020 Borders & Migrations Week from March 24- April 2.

A variety of events including talks, film screenings and presentations are scheduled.  For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages

14th Ranked James Madison Visits Demske Sports Complex

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team continues its current home-stand Friday, March 13 afternoon when 14th ranked James Madison leaves itsVirginia home to travel to Buffalo. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is slated for 4:00 p.m. The Dukes have knocked off #21 Penn State and #23 Virginia Tech and are en route to a 5-1 record.

For additional information, visit http://www.GoGriffs.com. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

March is National Nutrition Month

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What is considered a healthy portion size? Learn how to keep your daily intake within the general guidelines set by the USDA. This article from Lawley provides recommendations on serving size per major food group, as well as tips for breaking down the meals you eat on a daily basis.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Independent Health’s Telemedicine Benefit

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Take advantage of Independent Health’s telemedicine benefit. This helpful guide explains how to create your account, set up a consultation, a summary of copays and associated services and other information you need to know regarding this benefit.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

D2L 2014 Courses to be Removed During Spring Break

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L. During the 2020 spring break, March 16-20, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2014 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2014 courses as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2014.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2014 course content that you wish to save by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m.  COLI has a tutorial video showing how you can export a backup package from your courses, including anything you created or uploaded but not student work.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Lenten Reflections II

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Sharon Federico will present our second reflection for Lent in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 12 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. She will base her reflections on Mark 10:17-22, the story of the devout rich man who was unable to give his possessions to the poor and to follow Jesus. Lunch will be provided. If you wish to join this reflection session, please RSVP to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 11.

The flyer above will give you information about the other presenters and dates for our Lenten reflection series.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Academic Affairs Divisional Meeting and Microaggressions Workshop

The Academic Affairs Division will hold its spring meeting on Monday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Sara Morris, PhD, will use the first half hour to provide updates from academic affairs, including recently approved and developing programs, professional development opportunities during the summer, the most recent information about the coronavirus and campus planning related to it. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Similar to the fall meeting, we will hold a workshop for the remainder of the time that is open to all faculty and staff.  The workshop is focused on microaggressions, an area for professional development subject requested by many people on campus. There will be a reception at the end of that workshop, so we ask that you RSVP in advance.

Monday, March 23 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge

Microaggressions are Not So Subtle:  The Verbal, Behavioral and Environmental Indignities!

Presenter: Isabelle Oritz, University of Buffalo, Intercultural & Diversity Center

Description: This workshop is an introduction to the concept of microaggressions and the impact it has on marginalized individuals. During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities and dialogue around the impact behind words and behaviors, how to spot a microaggressions in everyday life and how to be an active ally for individuals of marginalized identities.

RSVP at Microaggressions  

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Facilitating Difficult Conversations Training

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The Office of Academic Affairs is hosting two opportunities for training on how to have difficult conversations during the month of April open to all faculty and staff.  These half-day sessions are limited to 30 participants each, so please reserve your spot here.

The session will be Tuesday, April 7 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 8 from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room

Facilitating Difficult Conversations:  Calling One Into a Conversation, Not Calling One Out

Presenter:  Robbie Routenberg,  InciteChange!

RSVP for one (1) of the training sessions here.

Click here to add April 7 event to calendar.

Click here to add April 8 event to calendar.

Description:  We live in a time where call out culture has been used to address social and political issues. This has also been the experience of many colleges and universities across the country. This facilitator training will define dialogue, as distinct from discussion and debate.  Explore how we can navigate emotions in dialogue, including negative triggers, asking questions that open up dialogue while engaging multiple perspectives, and understanding the impact of dominant narratives in difficult dialogues. Participants will learn multi-partial facilitation techniques to balance power within a dialogue, identify and practice strategies for transforming participant resistance to learning in difficult dialogues.

InciteChange! partners with colleges, universities and organizations by engaging all constituents in reflection and skill development to deepen social justice conversations, practice and impact.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Koessler Spring Break Hours

The Koessler Athletic Center will adjust the hours of operation for the upcoming spring break. Below are the hours of operation during that time.

Koessler Spring Break Hours:

Friday, March 13: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 14: Closed

Sunday, March 15: Closed

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21: Closed

Sunday, March 22: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no open swim March 14 – March 22.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

 

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing a database upgrade Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits and custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management, etc) will be unavailable.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, ITS

EVENT CANCELED – Paul Taylor Lecture

The Thursday, March 12 lecture featuring Paul Taylor, PhD, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, has been CANCELED.

The event is currently not being rescheduled.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, chair, Philosophy Department

Save Your Old Zoom Recordings

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

After Friday, March 13, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Monday, July 1, 2019 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Monday, March 2.

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

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Join Canisius College Men’s Soccer Club

The Canisius College Men’s Soccer Club is open cc logo mascot 3.pngto all students. Competing in the NIRSA Region I, the club aims to compete at an advanced skill level. Open House practices are held during winter and spring seasons. Following tryouts in mid Spring, the club will begin to train and compete for the fall season.

The club competes against colleges and universities throughout the Lake Erie/Ontario Division, with the opportunity to compete nationally in the NIRSA Collegiate Soccer Championships, in case of qualification.

If you are interested in playing Soccer Club this fall season or have any question about the program, please click here or reach out to Giovanni Cambareri at cambareg@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Giovanni Cambareri, coach, Men’s Soccer Club

 

Campus Candid

Faculty, staff and students gather in the ICMS Reading Room in OM 418 for Classics Tea@2. This is a no-pressure gathering of people inside and outside the Canisius community to unwind from the stresses of the week. Different varieties of teas are served and snacks are eaten. Join us at our next Classics Tea@2 this Friday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. for hot drinks, cool people and warm conversation.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

 

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 featured Canisius Public Safety Director Kim Beaty during its Sunday, March 8 newscast in recognition of International Women’s Day. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Candidate for VP for Academic Affairs

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in an open forum with Sunil Ahuja, PhD, candidate for the vice president for academic affairs, today, Monday, March 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Science Hall rooms 1013 A. Please note this location has changed since the initial Email announcement. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Information about Ahuja can be found on the myCanisius portal under the “VP for Academic Affairs Search” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page. After the open forum, an evaluation form will also be posted here to allow the campus community to submit feedback.

The vice president for academic affairs will play a vital role in the life of the college. Please consider attending this event.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Panera Fundraiser Tonight!

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Support students participating in Campus Ministry’s international service-immersion experience to El Salvador and the U.S.-Mexico border by joining us at the Panera on Elmwood today from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Men’s Soccer Club

The men’s soccer club is hosting open house practice sessions starting today, Monday March 9 from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Patrick Lee Gym.  The open sessions are free and give potential players an opportunity to sample a practice, and meet the players and coaching staff.

If you can’t make tonight’s open house, plan on joining us Wednesday, March 11 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. in the Demske Sports Complex.

Submitted by: Giovanni Cambareri, coach, Men’s Club Soccer

 

Secrets of Publishing Panel Today

Canisius will host Michael McGandy from Cornell University Press today, Monday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  McGandy published a book authored by Tom Chambers, dean of Arts & Sciences, titled Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic.

McGandy will speak with Canisius faculty about their book projects. He will also participate in a panel discussion, “Secrets of Publishing,” with Dean Chambers and other Canisius faculty authors. Wine, beer, and light snacks will be provided. Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend this discussion.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Order Your Pierogis Today

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Support students participating in Campus Ministry’s international service-immersion experience to Poland by purchasing homemade pierogis! Orders cost $5 for a half-dozen or $10 for a dozen.  Email Alex Bogart at bogart2@my.canisius.edu to place an order.  Order deadline is today March 9 and pierogis will be delivered on March 27.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

RAISE Benefit is This Week

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Campus Ministry is hosting its annual RAISE Benefit this week.  More than 25 Canisius students will take part in one of the college’s 2020 international service-immersion experiences this summer, journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others.  This year’s trips include experiences in Jamaica, Poland, El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico border.

Students are excited to embark on this transformative experience but they need your help!

Participants are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of their trip. You can help them meet their goals by attending the RAISE Benefit Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event is located on the second floor lounge in Old Main. The fundraiser will include a basket raffle, 50/50 split, bake sale and grilled cheese/soup for lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Raffle and auction items include a signed 2013 Stanley Cup Puck, wine, restaurant gift cards and more.

You can also attend the RAISE Benefit dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The night will be complete with food tastings from around the world, live music and a cash bar.  Basket and raffle winners will be chosen!

Tickets:

Single tickets are $25 each

Group Discount: 4 tickets for $75

You can purchase tickets at www.canisius.edu/RAISE

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

 

Women’s Lacrosse Hosts St. Bonaventure

Your Canisius women’s lacrosse team will host its home opener, Wednesday, March 11 vs. St. Bonaventure. Game time, at the Demske Sports Complex, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

This game was originally scheduled for February 28 but was postponed due to poor weather. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Next Steps for Fundraising on Giving Day!

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In preparation for Giving Day 2020, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, the Canisius Fund Team is communicating with program directors and/or the respective contact for the programs, institutes, teams, etc. that have opted in to fundraise on Giving Day. With the 24-hour fundraising campaign less than two months away, it’s now time to begin submitting content for your respective campaign pages.

This information has been communicated via Email to those who have opted in to fundraise, and is also below:

  • Copy and images for campaign pages due! Please email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page no later than Thursday, March 19. To reference your page from last year, visit https://www.canisiusgivingday.com/leaderboards (you can access your campaign page by clicking on your respective program from the Giving Day 2019 Leaderboards).
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an email list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) no later than Monday, March 23. List requests submitted after the deadline may not be honored.

The Canisius Fund Team is here to support those fundraising on Giving Day so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can contact the Canisius Fund Office at Ext. 2712.

In addition, you are encouraged to join us for one (or both) of our remaining Giving Day Training Sessions to learn how to leverage this special campaign to fundraise for your area. Email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) to register!

 

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, March 12 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. LY203 Conference Room
Monday, March 30 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LY203 Conference Room

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund Team

Lenten Reflections II

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Sharon Federico will present our second reflection for Lent in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 12 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. She will base her reflections on Mark 10:17-22, the story of the devout rich man who was unable to give his possessions to the poor and to follow Jesus. Lunch will be provided. If you wish to join this reflection session, please RSVP to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

The flyer above will give you information about the other presenters and dates for our Lenten reflection series.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J.–Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity; Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Griff Fair 2020 is Two Weeks Away!

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Griff Fair 2020, the biggest career event on campus, takes place on March 24.  With close to 70 employers recruiting for jobs and internships, it is a great opportunity for students of all majors and alumni of all class years.  Students can register and find a list of participating employers on Handshake.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

Borders & Migration Week

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The Canisius College Borders & Migration Week 2020 gets underway on Tuesday, March 24. The initiative will run through Thursday, April 2 and include a series of events, which are free and open to the public.

The Canisius College Border Initiative is a collaborative space where Canisius students, faculty, and staff, together with members of the Western New York Community work to understand and support the lives of immigrants and refugees around the globe.

The Border Initiative develops programs, events and opportunities for our community to support justice for migrants, refugees, and those who meet and cross borders.   It is guided by the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, which insists that different perspectives, reflection and action intersect so that we become women and men for others.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair, Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

 

Preparing Academics for Emergency Campus Shutdowns

Canisius College is dedicated to excellence in academics.  From time-to-time, emergencies arise where campus resources – classrooms, internet tools, or even the campus itself – are not available.  We are committed to continuing to teach and learn nonetheless.  If certain internet tools suddenly become unavailable, we can adapt using traditional means, such as face-to-face meetings and paper printing.  If the campus or at least some classrooms become unavailable, we have practices developed for high-quality online education, that can help us modify our courses for online teaching and learning.

The Academic Affairs Division offers a variety of resources and opportunities to help faculty prepare to move face-to-face courses online, in response to an emergency where classrooms are no longer available:

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

D2L 2014 Courses to be Removed During Spring Break

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L.  During the 2020 spring break, March 16-20, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2014 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2014 courses as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2014.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2014 course content that you wish to save by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m.  COLI has a tutorial video showing how you can export a backup package from your courses, including anything you created or uploaded but not student work.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1994 and the 37th annual Regents Ball, held that year at the Country Club of Buffalo. Pictured are former Canisius President Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, and Richard A. Shick, PhD, dean of the Canisius College Wehle School of Business. The Regents Ball continues to serve as the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the annual event support promising young students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education.

This year, the Canisius College Board of Regents will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the college’s 1870 founding when it hosts Canisius 150: A Blue & Gold Gala. To mark this milestone in the college’s history, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Canisius 150, the college’s sesquicentennial fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the greatest needs of the college and its students.

Submitted by: College Communications

Happy Birthday Petey!

It’s Petey’s Birthday! Join us tonight Friday, March 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Patrick Lee Gym before the Canisius vs. Niagara men’s basketball game to celebrate. There will be birthday cake, tacos in a bag, games, music, giveaways and more!

Submitted by: College Communications

Festival of Ensembles

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On Saturday, March 7, 2020, ArtsCanisius welcomes all three Canisius College ensembles to the stage the Montante Cultural Center. This is the annual “Festival of Ensembles” and provides our community a chance to hear the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra in one evening. The ensembles will perform a wide variety of works including Festival Mass, composed by Mason Cancilla ’20. Cancilla will not only conduct the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra and the Canisius Chorale but also the Niagara County Community College Choir for this work.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and general admission is $5.00. To purchase tickets, click here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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

Welcome Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, to Canisius College

FR. Jack Mattimore.jpgCanisius College is pleased to welcome Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, back to our community. Father Jack works with Campus Ministry and the New Buffalo Institute.  He serves as a Campus Minister for liturgy and sacraments and helps coordinate local community service outreach for both Campus Ministry and the New Buffalo Institute. He hopes to deepen an understanding of our Jesuit mission across the campus and into the community. He will also serve as a chaplain for some of our athletic teams. In addition, Father Jack fills in as the weekend assistant at St. Mary’s Church in Swormville. Most recently, he worked as a chaplain for the Department of Corrections at Rikers Island in New York City and as director of spiritual care at the Thrive for Life Prison Project.

A native of Western New York, he attended Canisius High School and then joined the Jesuit order. Father Mattimore holds master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Regis College, University of Toronto as well as a master’s degree of English education from Teachers College at Columbia University. In his previous work in Western New York, he served as chaplain to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, the Federal Detention Center in Batavia and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  Father Jack has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator of Jesuit secondary schools in Baltimore, Batavia, Buffalo, Micronesia and New York City.

He started working  at Canisius in January and his office is located in Old Main 207. Please stop by and offer him a warm welcome.

Submitted by: Dr. Dan Dentino, vice president, Student Affairs and Dean of Students

 

 

RAISE Benefit is Next Week!

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Campus Ministry is hosting its annual RAISE Benefit next week.  More than 25 Canisius students will take part in one of the college’s 2020 international service-immersion experiences this summer, journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others.  This year’s trips include experiences in Jamaica, Poland, El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico border.

Students are excited to embark on this transformative experience but they need your help! Participants are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of their trip. You can help them meet their goal by attending the RAISE Benefit Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 from 10:00-4:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 11 from 10:00-2:00 p.m. This event is located on the second floor lounge in Old Main. The fundraiser will include a basket raffle, 50/50 split, bake sale and grilled cheese/soup for lunch from 11:00-2:00 p.m. Raffle and auction items include a signed 2013 Stanley Cup Puck, wine, restaurant gift cards and more.

You can also attend the RAISE Benefit dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The night will be complete with food tastings from around the world, live music and a cash bar.  Basket and raffle winners will be chosen!

Tickets:

Single tickets are $25 each

Group Discount: 4 tickets for $75

Click here to buy your tickets. To add this event to your calendar, click here.

Any questions?  Contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann in Campus Ministry at buehlmak@canisus.edu

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry

Pierogi Fundraiser

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Support students participating in Campus Ministry’s international service-immersion experience to Poland by purchasing homemade pierogis! Orders cost $5 for a half-dozen or $10 for a dozen.  Email Alex Bogart at bogart2@my.canisius.edu to place an order.  Order deadline is March 9 and pierogis will be delivered on March 27.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Empowering Women for Financial Freedom

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Just about 50 years ago, a woman’s financial identity was tied explicitly to someone else. Today, women make up about half of the American workforce, yet women are still less likely than men to put together a financial plan.

Join BN360 and hear from the dynamic Stella Fey about:

  • How small changes now can add up to big results later
  • How to have a better understanding of your current financial situation and future needs
  • Tools for making informed financial decisions moving forward

This will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at Alliance Advisory Group located at 600 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202.

To register: click here.

Ticket Info: Free for BN360 members, and $25 for non-members.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Academic Preparedness Workshops

Academic Affairs is offering workshops in academic preparedness, to help faculty transform their courses in the event that the campus becomes unavailable for classes.  Learn how to use features in D2L, Google Apps and other web-based productivity apps to teach your class via the internet in case your classroom is no longer open.

Some workshops are on campus, while others take place online. Please note the location on the signup sheet:  https://forms.gle/T8qJiKZrEAqrcKsE8

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

The Go Move Challenge Results are In!

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The results of the 8th annual Go Move Challenge are in! Thank you to all who participated in the challenge for the month of February. At Canisius, although we did not win, we managed to increase our total exercise minutes by 24,455 and participants by 11 since last year. Collectively, we moved a total of 36,388 minutes and our average number of minutes per participant was 983 minutes.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Santa Clara University for earning the most minutes, 592,288 minutes of intentional movement
  • Le Moyne College for earning the highest average number of minutes, 1302, per participant.
  • REGION WINNERS:
    • East Coast – Fordham University
    • Mid-West – Creighton University
    • West Coast – Santa Clara University
    • South – Xavier University

For many AJCU institutions, the month of February has become synonymous with movement, and this year was no exception. Faculty and staff from 26 Jesuit institutions committed to tracking every minute of their physical activity for the past 29 days, and the collective numbers are impressive:

Participating AJCU institutions 27
Total Participants 4111
Total Minutes of Movement: 3,713,149
Avg. Monthly Minutes Per Person: 903
Avg. Daily Minutes Per Person: 31

For the full list of college minute results, please click here.

Beyond the competition and with the help of social media, the Go Move Challenge fosters camaraderie and new connections among AJCU colleagues while engaging in heart-healthy, physical exercise. More than 333 participants joined the Go Move Challenge Group on Facebook to share inspiring pictures, videos, and words of encouragement with their colleagues across the nation.

Stay Connected

Although the challenge is over, all participants are encouraged to share your stories and connect on social media. Who’s in for 2021?

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Important Update on Yoga and Pilates Classes

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With sadness, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are going to be cancelling all Yoga classes for the spring semester.

Next week will be our last Pilates Class of the semester, so don’t miss it! It will be on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:00-6:00 p.m., taught by Instructor Larry Tassini, laboratory manager, Biology, in the Regis Room. Sponsored by the Human Resources Department for faculty and staff, this class is great for all levels of expertise.

To ensure we supply enough mats and equipment, please RSVP to Bethany Voorhees at Ext. 2240 or via Email at voorheeb@canisius.edu. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

ArtsCanisius Presents Informally Formal Recitals

ArtsCanisius is proud to present two Informally Formal recitals next week in the Montante Cultural Center.

Timothy Smith, BPO trombonist, will present a recital on Tuesday March 10 at 8:00 p.m. $5 student/faculty/staff tickets are available at canisius.edu/artscanisius. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Jaman E. Dunn, BPO assistant conductor, will conduct a chamber orchestra concert Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free with a donation at the door. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Ryder Shelley, co-director, Fine Arts

Faculty Writing Retreat

Kick off your spring break productivity with the Writing Center! On March 16 and 17 from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a two-day writing retreat for faculty in the Writing Center located in the library. Coffee, light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Click here to RSVP by March 9.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, assistant vice president, academic affairs

Saturated Fat

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All fats are not created equal. Read this short article to gain a better understanding of the differences between good and bad fats.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Next Steps for Fundraising on Giving Day!

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In preparation for Giving Day 2020, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, the Canisius Fund Team is communicating with program directors and/or the respective contact for the programs, institutes, teams, etc. that have opted in to fundraise on Giving Day. With the 24-hour fundraising campaign less than two months away, it’s now time to begin submitting content for your respective campaign pages.

This information has been communicated via Email to those who have opted in to fundraise, and is also below:

  • Copy and images for campaign pages due! Please email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page no later than Thursday, March 19. To reference your page from last year, visit https://www.canisiusgivingday.com/leaderboards (you can access your campaign page by clicking on your respective program from the Giving Day 2019 Leaderboards).
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an email list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) no later than Monday, March 23. List requests submitted after the deadline may not be honored.

The Canisius Fund Team is here to support those fundraising on Giving Day so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can contact the Canisius Fund Office at Ext. 2712.

In addition, you are encouraged to join us for one (or both) of our remaining Giving Day Training Sessions to learn how to leverage this special campaign to fundraise for your area. Email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) to register!

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, March 12 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. LY203 Conference Room
Monday, March 30 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LY203 Conference Room

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

 

Academic Talent Search Spring Summit

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You are cordially invited to attend Academic Talent Search’s annual Spring Summit on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

We have planned an exciting program for our students and their families. The focus of the program this year will be to highlight cultural, economic and educational issues critical to the students we serve, their families and the communities in which they live.

Submitted by: Lee Thomas, administrative specialist

D2L 2014 Courses to be Removed During Spring Break

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L.  During the 2020 spring break, March 16-20, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2014 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2014 courses as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2014.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2014 course content that you wish to save by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m.  COLI has a tutorial video showing how you can export a backup package from your courses, including anything you created or uploaded but not student work.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

“From Ferguson to Trump: Innocence, Events and Ethical Life”

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Dr. Paul Taylor, the W. Alton Jones professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will present “From Ferguson to Trump: Innocence, Events and Ethical Life” on Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m. in OM 223.

Dr. Taylor will argue that the Ferguson moment remains important as a touchstone for contemporary ethical life, even in the age of Trump. He will discuss what it means to engage responsibly with that moment and examine the forces that enabled the rise of Trumpism. Among these forces are novel deployments of racial innocence and political temporality, both of which demand the sort of broadly philosophical reflection that this presentation will attempt.

This event sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & The Rev. Vincent J. Cooke, S.J., Endowed Fund. The presentation is free and open to faculty and students.  For more information please contact Dr. Philip Reed at reedp@canisius.edu.

To add this event to your calendar, click here.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, chair, Department of Philosophy

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

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

This week’s giveaway question is:

Which Canisius alumna was a leading figure in the effort to map the human genome:

a. Cherylyn Harley Lebon ’88

b. Norma Nowak ’79

c. Catherine Burzik ’72

d. Mary Grace Diehl ’74

Congratulations to Summer Handzlik, director of the Canisius Fund, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

Canisius’ study abroad program is affiliated with more than 21 universities in 12 countries. Which of the following locations is NOT included on that list?

(a) Seoul, South Korea

(b) Queensland, Australia

(c) Cairo, Egypt

(d) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The correct answer was: (c) Cairo, Egypt

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley and Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino hosted an impromptu media session on Tuesday, March 3, to discuss, publicly, the college’s recent travel advisory and safety recommendations related to COVID-19 and the campus community. Canisius was the first among Western New York’s colleges and universities to recommend that students attending other universities for study abroad experiences return home.

Click on the links below to read or view the various stories that aired:

WGRZ-TV Channel 2

WIVB-TV Channel 4

WKBW-TV Channel 7

WBEN Radio 930 AM

WBFO Radio 88.7 FM

Submitted by: College Communications

Vice President for Academic Affairs- Open Forum This Thursday

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in an open forum with Sara Morris, PhD, candidate for the vice president for academic affairs, on Thursday, March 5 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Information about Morris can be found on the myCanisius portal under the “VP for Academic Affairs Search” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page. After the open forum, an evaluation form will also be posted here to allow the campus community to submit feedback.

The vice president for academic affairs will play a vital role in the life of the college.  Please consider attending this event.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Golden Griffin Fund Team Wins Big at CFA Institute Research Challenge of WNY

Pictured (left-right): Steven Gattuso ’87, MBA ’89, director of the Golden Griffin Fund, Nick Stinson ’20, Andrew Sagun ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (captain), Luca Zambito ’20, Justin Begley ’20, and Richard A. Wall ’78, professor emeritus of finance and faculty advisor to the Golden Griffin Fund

A five-person team from the Canisius College Golden Griffin Fund secured first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held Friday, February 28 at Syracuse University.  Canisius College has dominated the CFA Research Challenge in Western New York since its inception in 2010, securing first-place wins for the past 10 consecutive years. The Canisius team overcame competitors including SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester and SUNY Oswego to take home the first place prize.  The team now advances to the Americas Regional Challenge, to be held April 20-22 in New York City.

The Golden Griffin Fund team that took home first place in this year’s CFA Research Challenge in Western New York was comprised of Justin Begley ’20, Luca Zambito ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (team captain), Andrew Sagun ’20 and Nick Stinson ’20.  

The subject company for this year’s CFA Research Challenge was Graham Corp.  Headquartered in Batavia, NY, Graham Corp. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered-to-order vacuum and heat transfer equipment for process industries and energy markets.

Click here to read more about the team’s win.

Submitted by: College Communications

Nominate Students to Apply for Orientation Leader Positions

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Applications close this Friday, March 6 for Orientation Leader positions! We are seeking energetic students who are passionate about Canisius and wish to be a part of the New Student Orientation team for the 2020-21 academic year. Students can apply by logging into Canisius Life through the myCanisius portal and searching for “New Student Orientation.”

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

Fulbright Semi-Finalists Announced

Congratulations to Megan E. Miller ’20 and Caroline Russell ’18, who have received “recommended” or “semi-finalist” status in the Fulbright Award process.

Named for J. William Fulbright, the scholarship is the U.S Government’s premier scholarship program. It is designed to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges, which provide recipients with tuition, fees, travel and research funds for a full year.

“A ‘recommended’ status (sometimes called a ‘semi-finalist’) means that the applicant has been recommended for a Fulbright award by the Fulbright National Screening Committee,” said Christopher R. Lee, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology and director of the Graduate Scholarship Office. “From there, the applications are forwarded to the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the host country for final review.  The National Screening Committee usually recommends more than 100 percent of the available awards, to allow for alternates.”  Final decisions are expected in April 2020.

Lee served as a mentor to Miller and Russell during the application process. “It’s an amazing achievement to be recommended as Fulbright awardees,” he said. “They worked so hard.  These two are wonderful examples of what our students can achieve at Canisius.”

Excerpts from Megan Miller’s proposal (Cambodia):

In Cambodia, working with Oliver Griffin of the Wildlife Conservation Society, I will be conducting a behavioral study of southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons (Nomascus gabriellae) through activity budget analyses at the Jahoo Gibbon Camp located in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. In conjunction with these behavioral analyses, I will also travel to villages to learn more about cultural beliefs of the Bunong people who live throughout the Mondulkiri Highlands to construct a more holistic understanding of the role that gibbons play in society.

Beginning in October of 2020 and concluding in August of 2021, I will be actively tracking the troops on foot and collecting data for a minimum of 16-20 days per month. This extensive process will allow for data sufficient for activity budget analyses: collections of behaviors that individuals and troops perform. The extended timeline of data collection will allow me to obtain an accurate and encompassing understanding of behavior through troop and environmental changes.

Excerpts from Caroline Russell’s proposal (Poland):

At the time of my placement in Poland, I will hold both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education. Additionally, I will have two years of experience working in a special education day school, on top of hundreds of hours spent interning in various classrooms. Not only will my understanding of pedagogy prove invaluable should I be granted the Fulbright, but I have also spent 14 weeks immersed in Poland’s culture. The past three summers I have volunteered at a summer camp in southern Poland. The children who attend this camp are either orphans or are in the foster care system. While there, one of my responsibilities was to facilitate English language learning through formal daily lessons.

While in Poland, I want to continue to work with children by seeking out an orphanage or foster care organization. I believe working with two vastly different parts of the social services system in Poland will allow me to learn about the culture in ways a book could never provide. I would also like to connect my university students with the children.

After the Fulbright, I plan to return to the classroom with a newfound understanding of Poland and European relations and history. I will teach my students that America is simply one country in a much larger global fabric. Through this, I will instill in them a passion for learning and a curiosity for the world around them.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Conversation on Movement to Restore Trust

 

Join us today, Wednesday, March 4 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Loyola Hall’s Great Room, as the Office of Mission & Identity welcomes Maureen Hurley and Nancy Ware to discuss their article “A Movement to Restore Trust in Buffalo, NY,” found in the current issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education Magazine, pp. 8-9.  We will explore the origins, activities and future of the Movement to Restore Trust initiative in the context of the sex abuse crisis and its cover up in Western New York Catholicism.

Refreshments will be provided.  If you plan to attend, please notify Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity; professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Lenten Reflections

Join us in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 5 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. to reflect on the meaning of Lent with colleagues.  President Hurley will introduce a prayer text from Matthew 7: 7-12 that is about Jesus’ promise to answer our prayers.  See the flyer above for other dates and presenters during the Lenten season. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. the day prior to the session that you wish to attend.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity; professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Spring Break Writing Retreat

Kick off your spring break productivity with the Writing Center!

On March 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., the Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a two-day writing retreat in the Writing Center. Coffee, light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Come one or both days!

Click here to RSVP by March 9.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Secrets of Publishing Guest Speaker

Canisius will host Michael McGandy from Cornell University Press on Monday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  McGandy published a book authored by Tom Chambers, dean of Arts & Sciences, titled Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic.

McGandy will speak with Canisius faculty about their book projects. He will also participate in a panel discussion, “Secrets of Publishing,” with Dean Chambers and other Canisius faculty authors. Wine, beer, and light snacks will be provided. Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend this discussion.

For faculty interested in meeting with Michael McGandy one-on-one, please sign up for a meeting here.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

 

Faculty and Staff Development Opportunities in March

In the month of March, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will offer a number of opportunities for faculty and staff to learn new things for teaching, research and administrative work.  More opportunities are added each week!

UPDATE! After March 6th, all workshops are called simply “Preparedness Workshops.”  At those, we will discuss a variety of basics for preparing your classes to move online in case our campus classrooms are no longer available.  Since anything we cover is useful for augmenting face-to-face courses generally, these workshops are a special opportunity to learn new digital teaching skills!

See the list of workshops, meetups and other events on our events calendar. Be sure to check back as additional activities are added!

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

P/HETE Majors Assess Childhood Fitness

The Canisius Physical and Health Education/Teacher Education (P/HETE) program hosted students from Stanley Makowski Buffalo Public School (BPS) No. 99 on Tuesday, March 3 at the Koessler Athletic Center.  Teacher candidates from Dr. Clancy Seymour’s Assessment in PE (PED 371/PEG 571) course collaborated with Tony Lafornara ᾽88 and Ashley Caputa MS ’07, MS’10, to assess fourth grade student fitness levels using several different methods. With more than 100 students in attendance, the experience was enjoyable for fourth graders and allowed P/HETE majors to conduct research while cultivating local BPS partnerships. In addition, teacher candidates are provided the opportunity to analyze pre- and post-test data and administer fitness assessments in an authentic environment.

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

HEOP Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Canisius College was one of the first private institutions to receive funding from the New York State Education Department to support the creation of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP is designed to support students who have the potential to be successful in college but due to academic and economic circumstances, would not be able to pursue a college education. The HEOP program became a model for access programs across the country and significantly increased the numbers of Black and Latinx students attending colleges and universities.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the college’s participation in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, Canisius will host a reception on Wednesday, April 15. The event is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, Canisius Opportunity Programs for Education, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the HEOP Student Organization.

The celebration will recognize the first graduating class of 1973, which consisted of six students: George Benson, Amanda Cordero, Dorothy Cordelius, Michael Norwood, George Robinson and Dwight Tate.

In addition, Canisius will honor HEOP graduates: George Robinson ’73, Carolyn Billingslea ‘75, the Honorable Kevin Carter ‘86, Paula Prince ’91 and Aimiamia Amadasu-McCray ’03.

To date, there are more than 44,000 HEOP graduates across New York State including 400 graduates from Canisius College.

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

Griffs and Purple Eagles Meet Friday Night

The best college basketball rivalry in Western New York takes place this Friday March 6, in the Koessler Center when Canisius hosts Niagara at 7:00 p.m. Petey will celebrate his birthday prior to the game in the Griffins Den with free foam fingers given to Canisius students. For discounted faculty/staff tickets call 888-2885.

Canisius will honor seniors Malik Johnson, Dantai St. Louis and Corey Brown prior to the game. Senior cheerleaders will be introduced later in the evening. Additional information on the game can be found at www.GoGriffs.com.

Click here to add the game to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Next Steps for Fundraising on Giving Day!

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In preparation for Giving Day 2020, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, the Canisius Fund Team is communicating with program directors and/or the respective contact for the programs, institutes, teams, etc. that have opted in to fundraise on Giving Day. With the 24-hour fundraising campaign less than two months away, it’s now time to begin submitting content for your respective campaign pages.

This information has been communicated via email to those who have opted in to fundraise, and is also below:

  • Copy and images for campaign pages due! Please email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page no later than Thursday, March 19. To reference your page from last year, visit https://www.canisiusgivingday.com/leaderboards (you can access your campaign page by clicking on your respective program from the Giving Day 2019 Leaderboards).
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an email list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) no later than Monday, March 23. List requests submitted after the deadline may not be honored.

The Canisius Fund Team is here to support those fundraising on Giving Day so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can contact the Canisius Fund Office at x2712.

In addition, you are encouraged to join us for one (or both) of our remaining Giving Day Training Sessions to learn how to leverage this special campaign to fundraise for your area. Email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) to register!

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, March 12 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. LY203 Conference Room
Monday, March 30 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LY203 Conference Room

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

 

Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar

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Join the Physics Department for a seminar on Friday, March 6 from 2:10 – 3:10 p.m. in Science Hall 1028.  Benjamin Russ, a Canisius alumnus and adjunct professor of the Department of Physics, will talk about his Canisius experience. The title of his talk is “My Journey through Canisius: Physical Chemistry to Particle Physics.”

Submitted by: Erden Ertorer, PhD, Physics

Having Trouble Sleeping?

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Learn how to get the good night’s rest that you need by reading this short article that lists some recommended foods and beverages to consume approximately 90 minutes before bedtime that produce sleep-inducing hormones (serotonin and melatonin).

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, hr assistant, Human Resources

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