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Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News interviewed Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, about the Buffalo Niagara job market during the month of September. The article, titled “Buffalo Niagara’s Unemployment Falls to 6.7% Amid Shrinking Labor Force,” can be read by clicking here.

In a recent interview with WBEN, Canisius College Political Science professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, discussed polling for the 2020 election. Click here to read more. 

Submitted by: College Communications

State of the College

Another fall tradition at Canisius has been altered as a result of the coronavirus. President John J. Hurley is delivering his annual convocation address via video rather than in-person this year, to ensure the safety of the campus community and abide by protocols set forth by the New York State Health Department. His convocation address, which is usually a lengthy speech, will instead be segmented into two or three short videos, each with a different theme.

In the first of this series of videos, President Hurley reports on the state of the college. Click here or on the link above to watch the video in its entirety. Subsequent videos will address Canisius’ path forward.

Submitted by: College Communications

NYS Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

As a reminder, every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Canisius College is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment and is partnering with CypherWorx to provide online Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Training. This interactive training will:

  • include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • include information regarding filing a complaint and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors

We ask that you complete Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (NY) by Friday, October 30.

To access the online course click here: https://collabornation.net/login/canisius

Username: Your Canisius College Email

Password: If you took this training last year, you will have created your own password. If this is your first time taking the training, use the “Forgot Password” button. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it using the “Forgot your password?” button.

Further information regarding the College’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy can be found here on the Canisius College Wiki.

The self-paced, interactive course takes most people about 30 minutes to complete. You may leave the course as often as you would like and your progress will be automatically saved. You will receive reminders of your assignment until you have completed it. In addition, you will receive an Email confirmation once the training has been completed.

If you are a part-time employee with the college and have received this training from your full-time employer, you may supply us with proof of your completed training at your other employer in place of taking this training.

If you have any questions about this required course, please contact Mary Braun at 716-888-2247.

If you need assistance logging into the online course, contact CypherWorx customer support at 1-888-685-4440.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Virtual North American premiere of “Francesco”

The Office of Mission and Identity (M&I) has purchased 30 tickets to the North American virtual premiere of Francesco taking place this Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. EST  at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival. The event includes a Q&A with the director after the screening.

Francesco” takes an unsparing look at the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, asking deep questions about the human condition. The film is guided by Pope Frances who, with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity, offers moving lessons from his life that illuminate what it will take to build a better future. In doing so, he addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, peace and religious tolerance, LGBTQ support, gender and identity justice, and economic equality.

This film is very much in this week’s news—see the Washington Post article about Pope Francis endorsing same-sex unions and from Vatican News.

Click here to watch the trailer. If you would like to receive a ticket, please Email Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Campus Candid

The Student Programming Board (SPB) hosted Fall Fest this past Saturday.

The annual event looked a little different this year but it was still a lot of fun. Students threw some (harmless) axes, played a little cornhole and even tested their endurance on a mechanical bull!

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

The latest research findings, from the Institute for Autism Research, regarding its MaxOut program is continuing to generate media interest. Just this week, WKBW-TV Channel 7 Reporter Taylor Epps reported on the IAR’s most recent study, as did OPEN MINDS, a market research and management consultation firm that specializes in health and human services.

Click here to watch the WKBW-TV Channel 7 story.

Click here to read the article.  

Submitted by: College Communications

Study Abroad Suspended for Spring 2021 Semester

The difficult decision was made to suspend the study abroad program for the spring 2021 semester. Given the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States and across the world, we believe that this decision is best for our students, keeping their safety our number one priority.

Students impacted by this decision have been notified and the staff of the Center for International Education is working with these students to see if we can support their desire to study abroad in a different semester. We are hopeful that we can resume our study abroad program in the fall 2021 semester but will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation closely and make a decision as we get closer to that semester.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students or Brian Smith, director of the Center for International Education.

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

Griffins Giving Back – Ladies of Charity Buffalo Donation Drive

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Public Safety is sponsoring its annual clothing and toy drive to benefit Ladies of Charity Buffalo. See the above flyer for more information.

Please consider donating new or gently used clothing, personal care items or household items. Ladies of Charity Buffalo is seeking donations of winter outerwear, including hats, gloves and coats for all ages. New, unwrapped toys will brighten a child’s Christmas, and gift cards are always welcomed – especially for teens and adults!

Call Public Safety at 888-2330 to arrange a pick-up of larger items such as bicycles or breakable items. Any donation is greatly appreciated.  Donations will be accepted through December 11, 2020.

Submitted by: Donna Ortolani, administrative associate, Public Safety

Central America’s Jesuit Universities in Times of COVID

Seattle University is sponsoring a talk, titled “Central America and the Role of the Region’s Three Jesuit Universities in Times of COVID.” The event will take place Tuesday, October 27 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. EST.

The focus is on the response to Covid-19 carried out by the three Jesuit universities in Central America — the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua; the Central American University “Jose Simeon Cañas” in San Salvador, El Salvador; and the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. Speakers include Vice President Jorge Huete (UCA-Managua), Vice Chancellor Omar Serrano (UCA-San Salvador), and Dra. Ana Marina Tzul Tzul from the URL-Quetzaltenango campus.

Click here to register for the event.

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

Final “Saunter and Spirituality” Session this Sunday

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Join the Office of Mission & Identity on Sunday, October 25 for the final part of the “Saunter and Spirituality” series at Tifft Nature Preserve. Feel free to arrive anytime between 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Come alone or bring a family member for a self-paced walk. The group will reflect on “Gratitude and Grieving during Covid-19” and ponder themed reflection questions while sitting, walking or running along the trail. Return to the parking lot for some optional sharing.

If you would like to attend, please register with Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Medieval Romance

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On Tuesday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., the Institute for Classic and Medieval Studies (ICMS) will launch the second Lifelong Learners course for the fall 2020 semester. Meeting weekly for six weeks via Zoom, Tempters & Temptresses: The Medieval Romance will examine one of the most popular genres of the period and some of its most memorable characters.

Johanna Fisher, professor of English, will lead discussions on the art of story-telling, sexuality, love and what they reveal about the era’s ideas of heroism and adventure. Stories include Tristan and IsoldeThe Romance of the RoseThe Canterbury Tales and The Lais of Marie de France. Join us for some good conversation.

Click on this link to register. There is still room!

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

Join the Virtual March for Children Seeking Asylum

Today, Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m., the Ignatian Solidarity Network will broadcast the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) Children Seeking Asylum March in Nogales, Sonora.

This action is part of a KBI series to bring awareness to human rights issues surrounding the United States’ “Remain in México” policy and the struggle asylum seekers face at the border.

The policy requires asylum seekers who present themselves at U.S. ports of entry to remain in México for the duration of their immigration proceedings. Many other organizations at the border who work with asylum seekers are holding similar actions to bring awareness to the inhumane and unlawful dismantling of the asylum system.

Next week’s march will call attention to the subsequent consequences this has had on children.

Click here to join the live action on YouTube.

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

Virtual Service Week Is Happening

It is day three of Virtual Service Week. Today’s theme is Healthcare and Health Equity.

  • Partner Spotlight: Harvest House
  • Service Challenge: Watch the documentaryBending the Arc. This film follows the nonprofit healthcare organization Partners in Health, and founders Jim Yong KimOphelia Dahl and Paul Farmer, who are devoted to providing innovative healthcare in impoverished nations.

Then, on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m., attend the Global Health & Social Justice panel discussion with the founders. Gain a deeper awareness of how socioeconomic inequality results in health and medical inequities.

  • Advocacy Action: Letter to Congress, post on social media
  • Donation Suggestion: Friends of Night People

Please visit our website to learn about the theme of each day and explore opportunities to engage in service, advocate for change, enjoy a community partner spotlight or make a donation.

Click here to register and learn more.

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

East West Community Garden Harvest Celebration

Community residents along with Canisius faculty and staff celebrated its community garden harvest last week.

This summer’s crop included tomatoes, green beans, collard greens, lettuces, beets, carrots, peppers, garlic and herbs. 

Many thanks to all who contributed to the upkeep of the garden this season. 

If you would like to get involved next year, contact Veronica Serwacki in the Dean’s Office at serwacki@canisius.edu or Mary Rockwell at the New Buffalo Institute at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

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

Canisius College Golden Virtual 5K

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There is still time to sign up for the Golden Virtual 5K presented by Independent Health.  Get out and move with your fellow Griffins across the country!

See the flyer above for more information. Click here to register.

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, sales coordinator, Athletics  

GriffAudit 2.0 Student Roadmap Training

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Academic Affairs will host a training session for the new advisement tool in GriffAudit 2.0, Student Roadmap, on Friday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP here to attend the session and receive the zoom link. If you’re unable to attend and would like to learn more about this new advisement feature, visit the Academic Affairs wiki to watch a tutorial video.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Academic Advisor Workshop Opportunities

With registration season fast approaching, the Division of Academic Affairs invites you to join us today, Monday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m., for a Zoom workshop on academic advising. We will review the new GriffAudit 2.0 and Student Roadmap tools in DegreeWorks, iAdvise and the Student Profile, academic advisor resources and student support resources.

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link for the Academic Advisor session.

As a reminder, various advisor resources and helpful links can be found on the Academic Affairs wiki.

Additional workshops will be held to further review the new Student Roadmap tool. Click here for a tutorial video to review at your convenience.

Please RSVP here for one of the following Student Roadmap review sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Faculty-Led Discussion: Microaggressions in the Classroom

Click here to RSVP for this event.

The faculty discussion will be led by Andrew Case, clinical assistant professor, PA studies & didactic education; Devonya Havis, PhD, associate professor of philosophy; and Malini C. Suchak, PhD, associate professor of ABEC.

It is often difficult to know what to do and how to respond when microaggressions occur, especially in the presence of others. Microaggressions can impact a faculty member’s ability to teach, a student’s ability to learn and lead one to question his/her sense of belonging.

This faculty-led discussion is geared toward instructors who are seeking advice on how to handle microaggressions, while using these classroom experiences as teachable moments.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Connecting with Canisius: A Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

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Connect with Canisius during a three-part virtual lunch and learn series. The first webinar, titled “College and Covid-19: Navigating Academics through a Pandemic,” will take place on Thursday, October 22 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This talk will be hosted by Daniel Dentino, PhD and Sara Morris, PhD. See the flyer above for more information.

Click here to register.

Submitted by: Erin Zack, Director for Alumni Engagement

Virtual Ignatian Yoga Starts Tuesday Night

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The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to participate in a virtual, four-part Ignatian Yoga series focused on “The Teachings of Autumn.”

Ignatian Yoga is a sponsored ministry by Jesuits Midwest and incorporates practices from both yoga and Ignatian Spirituality.  It is open to participants of all levels and experience of yoga. Each session will include an opening reflection by instructor Pat Cassidy, 30-minute practice and closing small group reflections. Click here to register for one or all of the sessions.

See the above flyer for dates and times. The material will build upon the reflections from earlier sessions.

Contact Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu with any questions.

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

Election 2020 Series: Part II

Find the second and final installment of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education‘s election 2020 series:

Black Theology Promises a Richer America

Adam Clark
Associate Professor of Theology
Xavier University

Christian Nonviolence Uses Love to Disrupt

Jeannette Rodriguez
Interim Director, Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Seattle University

Mental Health: The Sadly Overlooked Campaign Issue

Daniel Klinghard
Director, J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World
Professor or Political Science
College of the Holy Cross

Gen Z Leads the Way to a Less Polarized Country

Mo Elleithee
Executive Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy
Georgetown University

Restorative Justice Will Become More Important After Election

Lisa A. Kloppenberg
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Santa Clara University 

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

Campus Candids

Autumn at Canisius is a beautiful time of the year! Mark Harrington captured this photo of the campus earlier in the week.

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, assistant vice president; director, Student Success Program; assistant professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration; Department of Graduate Education & Leadership

Canisius in the News

Vice President for Enrollment Management Danielle Ianni, PhD, was one of several local higher education leaders interviewed by The Buffalo News for an article about the erosion of enrollment at local colleges and universities. Click here to read the story, titled “Covid-19 Pandemic Continues Enrollment Slide at Many WNY Colleges.”

The Buffalo News also interviewed Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, about the Buffalo Niagara job market during the month of September. The article, titled “As Schools Reopened, the Rest of the Local Job Market Stalled,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

NYS Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Canisius College is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment and is partnering with CypherWorx to provide online Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Training. This interactive training will:

  • include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • include information regarding filing a complaint and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors

We ask that you complete Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (NY) by Friday, October 30.

To access the online course click here: https://collabornation.net/login/canisius

Username: Your Canisius College Email

Password: If you took this training last year, you will have created your own password. If this is your first time taking the training, use the “Forgot Password” button. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it using the “Forgot your password?” button.

The self-paced, interactive course takes most people about 30 minutes to complete. You may leave the course as often as you would like and your progress will be automatically saved. You will receive reminders of your assignment until you have completed it. In addition, you will receive an Email confirmation once the training has been completed.

If you are a part-time employee with the college and have received this training from your full-time employer, you may supply us with proof of your completed training at your other employer in place of taking this training.

If you have any questions about this required course, please contact the Human Resources Office at 716-888-2240.

If you need assistance logging into the online course, contact CypherWorx customer support at 1-888-685-4440.

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

 

Saunter and Spirituality

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Join the Office of Mission & Identity on Sunday, October 18 for the third-part of the “Saunter and Spirituality” series.  The group will meet at Reinstein Woods at 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to arrive anytime between 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Come alone or bring a family member for a self-paced walk. The group will reflect on “the sacrament of letting go” and ponder themed reflection questions while sitting, walking or running along the trail. Return to the parking lot for some optional sharing.

If you would like to attend, please register with Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu.

To register, please Email Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Sign Up for Ignatian Yoga

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The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to participate in a virtual, four-part Ignatian Yoga series focused on “The Teachings of Autumn.”

Ignatian Yoga is a sponsored ministry by Jesuits Midwest and incorporates practices from both yoga and Ignatian Spirituality.  It is open to participants of all levels and experience of yoga. Each session will include an opening reflection by instructor Pat Cassidy, 30-minute practice and closing small group reflections. Click here to register for one or all of the sessions.

See the above flyer for dates and times. The material will build upon the reflections from earlier sessions.

Contact Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu with any questions.

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

 

Wrestling with Whiteness

The campus community is invited to participate in “Wrestling with Whiteness,” a training series organized by Jesuits West, aimed at developing a shared understanding of white supremacy culture, reflecting on how it lives in us and shapes our lives, and utilizing the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white supremacy culture.

The series will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the following dates: November 10, November 17, November 24 and December 1.

To register, click here.

Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness, opportunity and privilege, and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy.  Participants will get equipped with tactics of resistance to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.

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

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

Faithful Citizenship

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life presents “An Online Dialogue on Faithful Citizenship: Moral and Political Choices for Catholics in the 2020 Election.”

Two weeks before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the initiative is bringing together respected leaders with diverse perspectives to examine the moral and political choices Catholics are facing in the midst of a global pandemic, economic crisis, racial reckoning and hard-fought campaign.

This event will take place Tuesday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m.

All who RSVP will receive an Email with a link and step-by-step instructions on how to join the livestream. Register here for the event.

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

Re-imagining Our Criminal Justice System

A three-part series, titled “Where Do We Go From Here: A Series Re-imagining Our Criminal Justice System,” will explore the criminal justice system through the lens of systemic racism and chronic poverty. Click here to learn more.

In part one, Rhonda K. Oliver shares her personal experience of incarceration. Part two examines the choices our society makes to divest from communities and focus on punishing crime, and explores how those choices have spawned segregation, chronic poverty and mass incarceration. Part three provides a radical alternative, based in reconciliation and grace, through the story of Canisius College alumnus Zach Presutti ’02, SJ.  Presutti is the founder of the Thrive for Life Prison Project and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Canisius College Magazine. 

“If you look at the American criminal justice system right now, you don’t see failed human beings, you see a country that’s failed,” says Presutti, who founded Thrive for Life as part of a small step towards healing communities wounded by a system that locks many up for too long and does too little to help them get back on their feet afterwards.

Thrive for Life offers formerly incarcerated individuals a safe space for education, reconciliation and crucially, love.

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

ALANA Student Center Supports Faculty

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Part of the mission of the ALANA Student Center (ASC) is “to assist the college in enhancing services for ALANA student communities, and introducing the entire student population to issues involving cross-cultural patterns, participation in the life of the college and self-concept concerns.”

To help us achieve this goal, ASC wants faculty, staff and administrators to know we are here for support in a variety of ways. The center offers co-curricular opportunities to supplement the learning that is happening in the classroom. Our staff is also available to do specialized workshops for classes, teams and departments.

The center serves not only as a resource but as a safe space for all to enjoy. The lounge area is available for all members of the community. The Canisius community is encouraged to support the programs and initiatives and give feedback on various ways that ASC can support and meet the campus needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, at willi100@canisius.edu.

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

Canisius in the News

Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in with The BuffalNews about the shift in the Western New York economy as a result of the coronavirus.

Click here to read more.

Robert Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius and expert in U.S. Supreme Court history, commented on the first day of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court during an interview with WBEN-AM Radio 930. Klump discussed the political strategies and potential technical difficulties this hearing could bring with videoconferencing.

Click here to read the article and listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Building Community and A Sense of Belonging

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A number of college offices and student organizations have been thinking about ways to educate the campus, promote dialogue and offer opportunities for individuals to become involved on campus and in the community. This involvement is particularly important given the current social and political environment. A group of students, staff and faculty have worked together to develop some programs and initiatives designed to build community and create a sense of belonging (see below).

We encourage you to share these opportunities with colleagues and students in your office and/or department. Faculty members may also encourage student reflection through extra credit. We would also like student organizations, resident assistants, graduate assistants and others to consider attending events with members of their clubs, residents in their buildings or classmates in their undergraduate or graduate programs.

Students, staff and faculty can register for opportunities below. For more information on all events, visit Campus Life.

  • Students, staff and faculty can register here for the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 14.
  • Students can register here for the Race Project. The deadline to register is Sunday, October 18.

Programs are offered in partnership with the ALANA Student Center, Borders & Migration, Campus Ministry, Center for Urban Education, Contemporary Writers Series, Immersion East Side, New Buffalo Institute, New Student Orientation, Office Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Mission & Identity, Student Life, Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) and the U.S.A. Diversity Committee.

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

Race in Ancient Greece

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The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) has invited Joseph Skinner, PhD, of Newcastle University (UK), to speak on Racial Thinking in Ancient Greece. This talk, part of ICMS’s Tea & Talk series, will be held via ZOOM, Friday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Skinner’s research focuses on the history of ethnographic thought and the origins and nature of Greek identity. He also looks at the broader theme of contact and interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks.

Email ICMS@canisius.edu for the ZOOM meeting passcode. The event is open and free to the public. See the poster above for more information. We hope you will join us!

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

Virtual Service Week in October

The campus community is invited to join The New Buffalo Institute for Virtual Service Week October 19-23. Each day has a theme and includes opportunities to engage in service, advocate for change, enjoy a community partner spotlight or make a donation. Film screenings and educational resources are featured.

All service is virtual, so share your work by posting and tagging us on Facebook (New Buffalo Institute- Canisius College), Instagram (@newbuffaloinstitute) or Twitter (@NBICanisius). Use the hashtags: #servicechallenge, #VSW2020 or #CanisiusCollegeVSW. Images can be Emailed to grundtic@canisius.edu.

Click here to register and learn more.

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

 

Borders and Migrations Event

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The Borders and Migration Initiative will host a virtual screening of “Unsettled” on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.  Follow the journey of two LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers resettling in the U.S. live question and answer period with two subjects of the film and local activists will follow the screening.

Click here to RSVP. Those who register will receive an Email containing an online access code to the screening.

Please see the poster above for more information.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, chair, associate professor of spanish, department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Academic Advisor Workshop Opportunities

With registration season fast approaching, we invite you to join us on Monday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. for a Zoom workshop on academic advising. We will review the new GriffAudit 2.0 and Student Roadmap tools in DegreeWorks, iAdvise and the Student Profile, academic advisor resources and student support resources.

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link for the Academic Advisor session.

As a reminder, various advisor resources and helpful links can be found on the Academic Affairs wiki.

Additional workshops will be held to further review the new Student Roadmap tool. Click here for a tutorial video to review at your convenience.

Please RSVP here for one of the following Student Roadmap review sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Faculty-Led Discussion on Microaggressions in the Classroom

Join us for a virtual discussion, titled “Microaggressions in the Classroom:  Recognize, Pause and Disrupt.” The event will take place Thursday, October 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Click here to RSVP for this event.

The faculty discussion will be led by Andrew Case, clinical assistant professor, PA studies & didactic education; Devonya Havis, PhD, associate professor of philosophy; and Malini C. Suchak, PhD, associate professor of ABEC.

It is often difficult to know what to do and how to respond when microaggressions occur, especially in the presence of others. Microaggressions can impact a faculty member’s ability to teach, a student’s ability to learn and lead one to question his/her sense of belonging.

This faculty-led discussion is geared toward instructors who are seeking advice on how to handle microaggressions, while using these classroom experiences as teachable moments.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Online Faculty Development Course

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

Click here to register for the five-week mini-course.

Specifically for fall 2020, the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. Register here for the next OFDC which starts Tuesday, October 27.

Click here to check out the fall 2020 Multi-Modal Teaching Guide.

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

Canisius in the News

Amherst Bee Reporter Samantha Flavell, wrote about the latest study published by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College. 

Researchers at the IAR recently concluded a four-year clinical trial of an innovative outpatient treatment called MAXout, which they determined to be highly effective for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder.

Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

September Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met this past month. President John J. Hurley commended the campus-wide efforts dedicated to safely reopening the campus to students this fall. Some of the items discussed were college restructuring, strategic planning and academics.

To read the highlights and summary of all the meeting topics, click here.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, assistant to the President │ secretary, Board of Trustees ­| associate vice president 

 

Student Fitness Center Formally Opens

With the snip of a blue and gold ribbon, Canisius formally opened its long-anticipated fitness center to undergraduate and graduate students earlier this week. Housed in the Penfold Commons, the well-appointed facility includes an array of cardio machines, such as treadmills, arc trainers, stationary bicycles, areas for weightlifting and CrossFit training, as well as studio space for classes.  Changing rooms and showers are also available to accommodate students who live off-campus or commute.  

Renovation of the Penfold Commons from a gathering space for students into a fitness center was a $1 million project.  It was made possible through a generous estate gift from Canisius alumnus Robert J. Gareis ’58 and a multiyear commitment from longtime Canisius supporters Richard C. ’68 and Karen Penfold.  The Undergraduate Student Association also contributed $50,000.  

Click here to watch a video from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Click here to learn more about the new fitness center and the safety protocols put in place to ensure the health and well-being of students.

Submitted by: College Communications

In Memoriam: Laura Perrott

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sincere sadness that I share the news of the unexpected passing of Laura Perrott, long-time library associate, who died at home on Wednesday. Laura worked at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library for 31 years.

Laura was someone who embraced the Jesuit spirit of being men and women for and with others. She happily assisted countless students and faculty during her years in the library. She was also a gracious colleague who always had the time to help a coworker. Laura was pleased and proud to have both her son and daughter earn degrees from Canisius.

Kris Kasbohm, the Bouwhuis Library Director, shared the following description of Laura’s impressive work at the library.  

“Laura worked in a variety of roles during her time at the library but she is most remembered for her work in interlibrary loan (ILL). Whenever someone made a request, it was Laura doing the behind the scenes work to deliver the material. Laura enjoyed the puzzle that ILL requests offer. Would she be able to find the requested item? Would there be a library willing to lend it? Where in the world would it come from? Could she find a way to get it here in time for the patron? The amazing thing is, she could in almost every case.”

We offer heartfelt condolences to the Perrott family and to her close friends and colleagues in the library.  She will be greatly missed.  

Requiescat in pace!

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

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice

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Please join us for the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, an annual conference that explores social justice through a Catholic, Jesuit lens. This year’s conference is virtual and there will be special emphasis on the topics of racial justice, climate change and immigration.

Since the conference is virtual, there are many ways to engage. Attend a watch party on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, watch virtually from a personal device or view at a later date. The content will be available for nine months.  If you cannot attend that weekend, there will be an access code to watch at a later time.

Once signed up, an access code will be sent enabling participants to create profiles and build customized schedules by choosing the sessions of interest. Those registered can attend anywhere from one to 20 sessions.

Learn more about the schedule and the speakers by clicking heret.   Use the built-in networking features to connect with 5,000+ members of the Ignatian family across the U.S. who are all passionate about the same issues!

To register, Email Kaitlyn at buehlmak@canisius.edu.

The deadline to register is today, October 9.

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

 

Accolades for Eric Gansworth’s Newest Book

Canisius English and Creative Writing Professor Eric Gansworth released his newest book, Apple: Skin to the Core, on Tuesday, October 6. The book was recently selected to the 2020 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature. The National Book Awards are presented annually by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the best literature in America and works to ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.

Apple: Skin to the Core is Gansworth’s 12th book and third young adult novel.  

Click here to read more about it.

Submitted by: College Communications

Latest IAR Clinical Trial Finds Outpatient Treatment Highly Effective for Children with Autism

Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College just published results of a four-year clinical trial that found an innovative outpatient treatment (MAXout) to be highly effective for higher-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). Findings from the outpatient clinical trial, just published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, provided strong support for the effectiveness of MAXout for children with HFASD.

Click here to read more about the study’s finding.

Submitted by: College Communications

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education presents a nine-part series on the 2020 U.S. election.

Below are the links to the first four parts of the series. Click on each to read more.

Look to Saint Ignatius for Help with Tough Conversations
Jenny Smulson
Vice President of Government Relations
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

It’s Our Time, Now
Paola Rodriguez
Psychology major, Class of 2021
Rockhurst University

Voting Should Not Be a Private Action
Michael Rozier, SJ
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy
Saint Louis University

On Communal Discernment and the Voting Booth
Stephanie Ann Y. Puen
PhD candidate in Theological Ethics
Fordham University

Additional pieces will be available, such as perspectives on the election from Black theology, non-violent spirituality and contemporary political life, mental illness as an often overlooked social justice issue, the civic virtues of Gen Z, and the promise of restorative justice in the post-election context.

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

Makerspace LEGO Hogwarts Castle Returns!

Slide1.jpegThe Fine Arts Department invites students to continue to construct a LEGO Hogwarts Castle as part of Makerspace activities. This latest event occurs today, Wednesday, October 7 in the Library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Makerspace is a place where students can create physical or digital items in common work spaces, using shared resources and equipment. Makerspaces are meant to be a mechanism for encouraging students to explore and learn outside the classroom.

To learn more about this event, Email Professor Yvonne Widenor at widenory@canisius.edu.

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

 

October is Cybersecurity Month

October is Cybersecurity month.

The campus seems to get a different phishing threat daily. Please be diligent in choosing what messages you respond to.  Do not send personal cell phone numbers and other information that Emails request, even if it appears to be from someone on campus.

If the large red banner is on the message and it says it is from a campus person, it is probably NOT. Look carefully at the actual Email address. It may be a G-mail or off-campus address.

Anyone can create an Email address with a familiar name in it, such as hurleyjohn12345678@gmail.com. Do not respond to these messages. Instead, use the assigned Canisius Email address.

These scammers can use acquired cell phone numbers to send text messages as well. Click here for ways to avoid this.

For added protection, the Department of Homeland Security offers some great information on safe cyber practices here.

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

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

Saunter and Spirituality

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Join the Office of Mission & Identity for the second-part of the “Saunter and Spirituality” series on Sunday, October 11 at the Lockport Nature Trail at 10:30 a.m.

Come alone or bring a family member for a self-paced walk. The group will reflect on the theme “breathing together” and ponder themed reflection questions while sitting, walking or running along the trail. Return to the parking lot for some optional sharing.

If you would like to attend, please register with Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu.

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

Online Faculty Development Course

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

Click here to register for the five-week mini-course.

Specifically for fall 2020, the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. Register here for the next OFDC which starts Tuesday, October 27.

Click here to check out the fall 2020 Multi-Modal Teaching Guide.

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

Live Webinar: “Navigating Academics and Students Through a Pandemic”

The Office of Alumni Engagement at Canisius will host a live webinar titled “College and Covid-19: Navigating Academics and Students through a Pandemic.” This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 22 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The webinar will be hosted by Canisius Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel Dentino, PhD and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sara Morris, PhD. 

Click here to read more or to register for the webinar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Submit Your Virtual Events in 25LIVE

 

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Event Services encourages those hosting an event to submit the virtual event through 25LIVE so it appears on the college’s event calendars.

When entering an event in 25LIVE, continue to complete all required fields. Please be sure to note in the title and/or description that the event is virtual, any links needed to participate and view the event, and complete contact information for any questions. In lieu of a physical location for an event, enter “virtual” for the space request under the “Location Search” section. Select “virtual” once it populates on the screen.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, office of Event Services

Student-Athletes Reach 100 Percent Voter Registration

The Canisius Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced Friday that every eligible Golden Griffin student-athlete has officially registered to vote, beginning with the 2020 U.S. Election on November 3. The registration initiative was part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) SAAC #MAACVotes program.

Canisius joins Fairfield and Siena as the first three MAAC member schools to reach a 100 percent success rate in student-athlete voter registration.

“This voter registration initiative was incredible. The way our teams stepped up to the plate and encouraged others to register was exactly the thing we needed to pull this off,” Canisius SAAC President Lexi Agee said. “The effort would not have gone as smoothly without MAAC SAAC President and Canisius cross country/track senior Turner Dirrigl. Turner was able to help provide the resources our teams needed to make the process happen even faster. I am proud of our Canisius student-athletes.”

“It’s extremely exciting to be among the first MAAC schools whose student-athlete population is completely registered to vote,” Dirrigl said. “I want to thank our SAAC representatives, coaches, Canisius athletics officials and MAAC staff members who were key in making this happen. Looking toward Nov. 3, we are eager for our student-athletes to reaffirm their commitment to civic engagement and the greater Buffalo community.”

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director, Communications

Download and Save Zoom Recordings

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

After Friday, October 23, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Thursday, September 24, 2020 will be deleted.  Additionally, videos recorded on or after September 24 will automatically be deleted thirty days after recording.  

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive (or other storage) by Friday, October 23, 2020. Also, bear in mind that after that date, each Zoom video you record to the Zoom cloud has a thirty-day lifespan in Zoom’s cloud. Download the video to save or use it longer than thirty days.

If Zoom usage surges, COLI and ITS may need to review this policy and shorten the time when Zoom Cloud-based videos are available.  We will provide prior warning if policy changes but it is best to download Zoom-based videos promptly to avoid any loss.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom’s cloud recording feature and how to find or download your recordings, see our tutorial.

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

Borders & Migrations Initiative Events

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The Borders and Migrations Initiative presents a virtual screening of “The Garden Left Behind,” on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.  The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Director Flavio Alves and actress Carlie Guevara.

To register for the screening, RSVP at the address noted in the above flyer.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Canisius in the News

The unbelievable story of alumnus Jim McNicholas being reunited with his Canisius College class ring, which he lost nearly a half-century ago, continues to generate attention among local media outlets. On Wednesday, September 30, reporters from WGRZ-TV Channel 2 and WIVB-TV Channel 4 both interviewed McNicholas about how what once was lost has now been found.

Click here to view the story on WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Click here to watch the story on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

United Press International also picked up on the story.

Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick commented on the first presidential debate during an interview with WBEN-AM Radio 930. Hardwick discussed the highs and lows of the evening and joked about the difficult decision to watch the Bills game or next debate, both of which are taking place on the same night.

Click here to read the article and listen to the interview.

Golden Griffin Fund director Steven Gattuso wrote an article for Credit Donkey about how consumers should looking at a bank’s past promotions when opening a checking account.

Click here to read Gattuso’s article.

Submitted by: College Communications

WellNow Covid-19 Testing

Canisius College has partnered with WellNow to offer free COVID-19 testing. Two more dates have been added for the month of October:

When: Wednesday, October 7 and 14 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Old Main Room 101

To schedule an appointment, Email health@canisius or call 716.888.2656. Make sure to bring your photo ID and your health insurance card.

Submitted by: Michael Stilson, Student Health Office

 

M&T Bank Partners with Career Development to Host Virtual Information Session

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M&T Bank will host a virtual information session on Tuesday, October 6 for Canisius students and alumni to learn about the exciting career opportunities available within the organization. This session will discuss both full-time and internship employment beginning in summer 2021. All majors and class years are welcome.

RSVPs and Zoom login information can be found in Handshake. Any questions can be directed to Sheila Pettigrew at toombs@canisius.edu.

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

Guardian 2020 Worklife Matters Newsletter

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Your Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), offers a variety of services to promote well-being and help enhance the quality of life for employees and their family members at every stage of life. Read the October newsletter above.

The WorkLifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides access to solutions and support for the challenges of daily living including family support, legal assistance, fitness, mental health resources and work-related help.

For more information call: 800-386-7055 or visit us online at www.ibhworklife.com.
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Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, associate, HR/Payroll 

Canisius Alumnus Rev. Jason Downer, SJ, Reflects on Living Out God’s Call

In this week’s episode of AMDG podcast, Ignatian Spirituality & Vocation Promotion’s Senior Communications Manager, Eric Clayton, speaks with newly-ordained Jesuit priest and Canisius alumnus Rev. Jason Downer ’03, MS ’06, SJ, about how he is living out this call in Saipan, an island in the Western Pacific. This is his first assignment after ordination.

Father Downer has been studying to be a Jesuit priest for the better part of the past 10 years. Somehow, ordination during a pandemic was not on the course list. He reflects on how Ignatian spirituality grounded him during the uncertain months surrounding his ordination and how his closeness to God continues to ground him during his first assignment in Saipan.

Click here to listen to the podcast episode.

Follow the Journey of St. Ignatius

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Boston College’s Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies presents a “Journey with Ignatius Virtual Pilgrimage.”

Follow the footsteps of Ignatius from his years as a young page in Arevalo, Spain to his final days as Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy. Join a community of prayer and see Ignatius’ own writings, insights from selected Jesuit sources and invitations to programs on Ignatian spirituality.

The virtual pilgrimage begins on Sunday, October 11 and ends on Friday, January 1, 2021.

This program is only available for iOS devices.

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

Panel Discussion: the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign

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The Indigenous Values Initiative presents a panel discussion via Facebook Live on the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign on Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Through an Indigenous perspective of history, this panel seeks to disrupt the US colonial narrative of domination to elevate Indigenous voices and the rights of nature. This panel will highlight how xenophobia, racism, sexism and climate change are side effects of having created an “imperfect” union by excluding the crucial role of women and our responsibility of living in proper relationship with the natural world.

Scholars from religion, anthropology, transnational studies, history and Native American studies join with Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation to assess the 240 years of harm.

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

Join in October Virtual Service Week

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Please mark your calendars for The New Buffalo Institute’s Virtual Service Week. Each day will provide a new opportunity to learn, engage and advocate. See the flyer above for more information. We hope you will participate!

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

Online Faculty Development Course

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

Click here to register for the five-week mini-course.

Specifically for fall 2020, the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. Register here for the next OFDC which starts Tuesday, October 27.

Click here to check out the fall 2020 Multi-Modal Teaching Guide.

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

Canisius in the News

Some things defy all odds. Such is the case for Canisius alumnus (Ret.) Lt. Col. James McNicholas ’68, MS ’97 who lost his college ring nearly 45 years ago while stationed in El Paso, TX. Despite a determined search, McNicholas’ ring never turned up. Until recently. 

Reporter Sean Kirst shares the lost and found story in today’s edition of The Buffalo News. Click here to read the article. 

Submitted by: College Communications

In Memoriam: Michele Marable, PhD

I am saddened to report the passing of our dear friend and colleague Michele A. Marable, PhD, emerita professor of teacher education.  Michele died on Monday, September 28, at the age of 62.

Michele joined the ranks of our teacher education faculty in 1996 and retired from the college in 2017.  Countless graduates have benefited over the years from Michele’s commitment to helping improve the education and lives of children with disabilities. She helped to prepare many of the special education teachers in the Western New York area. Upon her retirement, alumni of the program expressed their thanks to Michele for her “strength and passion.” 

Michele served as chair of the Teacher Education Department and as NCATE coordinator. As special education program director, Michele worked closely with adjunct faculty soliciting their crucial feedback on how well our program would prepare graduates for the field. An advocate for social justice and equity in our community, Michele created the Ignatian Scholars Program as part of an Oishei grant, which gave candidates an in-depth look at urban education.  She was a co-principal investigator for the JUSTICE (Justice for Underserved Students: Teaching in Inclusive Classroom Environments) Project, which in 2011 garnered Canisius a $1.5 million grant, the college’s largest grant at that time.

Michele was inducted into the Cradle Beach Legends Hall of Fame and was a long-time partner of Tapestry Charter School, serving as a board member.

Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main Street, near Harlem Road, on Thursday, October 1, from 2-5 and 7-9 pm and Friday, October 2, from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 3, in St. Joseph University Heights Church, 3269 Main Street, at 10 am.

Requiescat in pace!

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, President

The Ohio State University Presents: “Unapologetic Research: Exploring Racism in Education Research”

The Ohio State University will present a three-part webinar series that examines not only conducting research centered on race but how to make research more just and equitable.

What does it mean to do strong anti-racist research from beginning to end?  This includes designing research questions, designing methods, connecting with participants and people in studies, and disseminating the findings.

The Unapologetic Research Series will address that arch of unapologetic research by hosting three Ohio State University alumni who have centered their careers on exploring issues of racism.

D-L Stewart, PhD, from Colorado State University, will present on Thursday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Richard Milner, PhD, from Vanderbilt University, will present on Thursday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.

April Peters-Hawkins, PhD, associate professor at the University of Houston, will present on Thursday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Information and registration information can be found on the Ohio State University’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement website.

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

2020 United Way Campaign Updates

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has been working for the community for more than 100 years. In addition to providing funding to their partner organizations to help support the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community, they offer support that is accessible to all. During these challenging times, the United Way is assisting the community in various ways during the pandemic.

The Canisius College United Way Campaign for 2020 begins today and will wrap up on Friday, November 20.  This year, all campaign communications will be coming from Elizabeth Parkes, elizabeth.parkes@uwbec.org. This change was made so that United Way has a greater opportunity to educate not only about the work they do in our community but about services that are available to faculty, staff and students during this time.

Click here for more information about this year’s United Way Campaign.

Our campaign will be virtual. Please consider joining United Way in Buffalo & Erie County’s fight by making a pledge online at uwbec.unitedwayepledge.org.

Use your Canisius College Email address as the login.

Below are the steps for randomly generated passwords:

  1. Click [FORGOT USER ID OR PASSWORD?]
  2. Type in your work Email
  3. Check the box marked [I’m not a robot]
  4. Click [EMAIL MY INFORMATION] (only make one request)
  5. Check your work Email inbox for an email from donotreply@uwbec.org
  6. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
  7. Create a new password and click [Save]
  8. Click the [Continue] button

If you have any questions about the process of making your e-pledge or the campaign, please contact Elizabeth Parkes, elizabeth.parkes@uwbec.org.

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

Live Examen from the Center of Ignatian Spirituality

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Pray the Examen Live! with the Center of Ignatian Spirituality this Friday, October 2, at 12:30 p.m. EST. Spend a few minutes prayerfully reflecting on the week and our relationship with God and creation.

The Season of Creation ends this coming weekend on the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). On Friday, Cecilia Calvo from the Jesuit Office of Justice and Ecology and Brenna Davis from the Ignatian Solidarity Network will join the Center of Ignatian Spirituality.

Calvo and Davis will offer a special Eco-Examen that asks us to reflect on our personal relationship with creation, acknowledge and amend our ways, and promote ecological justice by standing in solidarity with those most impacted by environmental harm.

At this Examen Live! event, pray with Creation in a physical way. Stream this live event on your phone from your backyard or nearby park. Or, bring a small piece of God’s beautiful creation inside with you — hold a flower, rock, plant or something that connects you physically to the natural world

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

Physics Seminar: How to do a Big Nuclear Physics Experiment

The Canisius community is invited to join PHY104 for the Physics Department Seminar.  On Friday, October 2, David Lawrence, PhD, will present “How to Do a Big Nuclear Physics Experiment.”

Lawrence is a member of the Computational Sciences and Technology Division of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), a Department of Energy national lab located in Newport News, VA.

JLab has a superconducting accelerator to produce electron beams to study the dynamics of the subatomic nucleus. Lawrence is part of the GLUEX experiment to search for exotic subatomic particles. He will describe how experiments are proposed, designed and implemented at a national lab.

The seminar will be broadcast remotely on October 2 at 2:10 p.m. For the Zoom invitation, please contact Michael Wood, PhD, chair of the Physics Department, at wood5@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD., professor/chair, Physics

Georgetown University Presents a Discussion on Fratelli Tutti

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will present a discussion on Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’ new encyclical on human fraternity and solidarity. The event will take place Monday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Register for the live-streamed event here.

On Saturday, October 3, Pope Francis will travel to Assisi to the tomb of St. Francis to pray and sign his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

On Sunday, October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, his encyclical on human fraternity and social friendship will be released to the world.

On Monday, October 5, Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will host a virtual Dahlgren Dialogue on the themes of the encyclical and Pope Francis’ call to recognize that we are all brothers and sisters, a call that is more important than ever during this time of a global pandemic, economic crises and a United States presidential election.

This Dahlgren Dialogue will begin and end with prayer from Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown. A distinguished group of leaders will outline the major elements of the encyclical and discuss its implication and applications in this moment of multiple crises:

  • Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, is the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and has served in Canada, Latin America, Africa and Rome.
  • Claire Giangravé is the Vatican correspondent for Religion News Service where she covers Pope Francis and the global Catholic Church. She has worked previously at Crux, Catholic News Service, PBS and MSNBC News.
  • Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, is the program director of Excel Inc. She is a former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a former vice-president and president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa.

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, will moderate the conversation. Rev. Mark Bosco, SJ, vice president of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown, will lead the prayers.

These leaders will address:

  • What are the central themes of Fratelli Tutti?
  • Why did Pope Francis choose this time and this topic for his new encyclical?
  • Why is it called Fratelli Tutti, and why is that title generating controversy?
  • What are its implications in a global pandemic and economic crisis?
  • What are its applications in the United States, particularly a month before a major presidential election?

Dahlgren Dialogues, co-sponsored with the Georgetown Office of Mission and Ministry, are a series of substantive conversations with experienced leaders in the context of prayerful reflection on current topics at the intersection of faith and public life.​

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

Contemporary Writers Series Welcomes Damon Young ’02

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The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome acclaimed author Damon Young ’02 to a live web event on Tuesday, October 13. Young will speak about his debut memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, at 7:00 p.m., and take questions from participants. An RSVP is required to participate in the event.

To read the full article and RSVP to this event, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Sarah Signorino recalled her experience watching Pope Francis address a joint meeting of U.S. Congress for an article written by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Yesterday, September 24, marked the five year anniversary that Pope Francis made history in becoming the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. Signorino, then campus minister, hosted a Pope2Watch Party at Canisius, which she recalled, “provided the campus with the opportunity to engage our Catholic, Jesuit ideas in real-time with Pope Francis’ address to Congress.”

Click here to read the full story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Mark Harrington, EdD, Awarded Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs

The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) awarded Mark Harrington, EdD, with its 2020 Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs.  Harrington is assistant vice president for student success at Canisius, director of the college’s master’s program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA), and an assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Education and Leadership.  The award is given annually to an administrator who made significant accomplishments in the profession and embodies achievements within a Jesuit student affairs framework. 

Since coming to Canisius in 2018, Harrington has implemented research-based, high-impact practices to better serve Canisius students; this includes implementation of a proactive model of academic support, creating student success teams for undergraduate and graduate students, adding programming and initiatives for first generation students, reviving and administering student outcomes analyses, and rethinking retention to help employ effective strategies for academic, financial and engagement student success. In addition to his role as assistant vice president, Harrington is director of the master’s program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) where he oversees all internship experiences and teaches courses related to leadership, counseling, advising, strategic planning and administration.

Read the full article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Recollections of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Visit to Canisius

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18, appeared at Canisius College in October 1990 to deliver the seventh annual Frank G. Raichle Law Lecture on Law in American Society. 

At the time of her visit to Canisius, Justice Ginsburg was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and was widely regarded as a leading candidate for appointment to the Supreme Court by a Democratic president. Less than three years later, on June 22, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated her for a position on the Court to replace retiring Associate Justice Byron White, who had delivered the first Raichle Lecture at Canisius in 1983.

In accepting the invitation to come to Canisius tendered by Professor Peter Galie, PhD, the long-time director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center, Justice Ginsburg replied that she was aware of Frank Raichle’s “extraordinary talents and accomplishments” as a leader of the Bar, and noted that the lecture series he had endowed at Canisius had been recommended by her friend and colleague on the D. C. Circuit, Judge Robert Bork, who had delivered the Raichle Lecture in 1985.

Ginsburg, accompanied by her husband Martin Ginsburg, a well-known professor of tax law at the Georgetown University Law Center, appeared at Canisius on October 4, 1990 and delivered the Raichle lecture, titled “Judicial Review for Constitutionality—United States Style” in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Galie recalls that when the Judge and her husband arrived in Buffalo, he asked if they had seen Niagara Falls. “They had not and I offered to take them there, mentioning the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds – soaking but exciting experiences. Marty was mute but Ruth was ready. She was nothing if not intrepid.”  And so off to the Falls they went.

Following her return to Washington, Ginsburg sent a warm thank you note for the college’s “grand hospitality and the truly VIP visit to the Falls.”  In a P.S. to her letter, which is in the Raichle Center archives, Ginsberg asked for additional copies of the lecture brochures, noting laconically that the ones she had carried home “are a bit water-logged from the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds.”

Since its inception in 1983, six members of the U.S. Supreme Court have delivered lectures at Canisius under its auspices, beginning with Justice White and later including, in addition to Justice (then Judge) Ginsburg, Associate Justices Scalia and O’Connor and Chief Justices William H. Rehnquist and the current Chief Justice, John Roberts.

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In today’s Buffalo News, alumnus Erik Brady ’76 further highlights the Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius and its history with several U.S. Supreme Court justices.  Click here to read the story.  

Submitted by: Robert A. Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius

Canisius College – Golden Virtual 5K

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Help support the Canisius Blue & Gold Fund by signing up for the #GoldenVirtual5K, presented by Independent Health.

The event will take place Saturday, October 24 through November 1. Click here to sign up.

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, senior marketing coordinator, Athletics

Reflection Space

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This past Wednesday, there were significant developments in the case involving the death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor was fatally shot on March 13, 2020 in her home by three police officers. At the time of her death, Taylor was just 26 years old.

The ALANA Student Center will be holding a space for students to process these recent developments, ask questions and become aware of the most recent and accurate information regarding this decision. Feel free to stop by the office located in the lower level of Frisch Hall (Room 008) on Friday, September 25 between 1:00-3:00 p.m. for some refreshments, an opportunity to reflect and some important conversations.

Please contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students, at willi100@canisius.edu with any questions or concerns.

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

Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy-Comment Period

Canisius recognizes that there can be value in allowing staff members the opportunity to work remotely as needed.  As such, the college has drafted a Remote Work and Telecommuting Policy.  The purpose of this proposed policy is to outline under what conditions a remote work arrangement may be approved for staff members.

The proposed policy would be added to Volume III of the Canisius College Policy Manual and can be accessed here.

The campus community has 60 days to comment on the proposed policy. The comments will be shared with the college’s senior leadership team at the end of the comment period. If approved, the policy will become effective mid-November.

Please contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources & compliance, at walleshl@canisius.edu with any questions.

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

Cultural Times Bulletin

The Cultural Times Bulletin is a newsletter that was started by Sababu Norris, who recently retired from his role as director of the ALANA Student Center after 31 years of service.

During Norris’ transition to retirement, the Cultural Times Bulletin was discontinued. In an effort to honor the legacy of Norris and to keep the campus and local community aware of what is happening in the ALANA Student Center and on campus, the ALANA Student Center is pleased to present the new Cultural Times Bulletin. With a new look and feel, the Cultural Times Bulletin will provide you with important updates and recaps of various events and initiatives from the college regarding cultural engagement and support.

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

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

Wegmans Flu Shots

Wegmans will be on campus to administer flu shots. To schedule a time click here. Please note, an appointment is required.

Wednesday, September 30 – Koessler Athletic Center; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7 – Science Atrium; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15 – Dining Hall; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 29 – Koessler Athletic Center; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, associate, HR/Payroll

Finding your Zoom Recordings

Recording meetings on Zoom can be very beneficial. If a student is unable to make it to a class or a hybrid course is taught, the lecture only needs to be recorded once and posted to D2L.

Zoom makes it easy to record and online lecture for online classes without the issues and hassle that other screen-recording software comes with. It is also beneficial if a transcript for the recording is needed (which is only available when saving to the Zoom cloud).

Sometimes it is difficult to know where Zoom is recording and saving video files. Watch the following YouTube video to see where Zoom records these videos and how to access them, including when to use the different recording options and other tips.

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

Canisius in the News


Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, weighed in on the latest Buffalo News story about unemployment in Western New York, which dropped to its lowest point since May. Click here to read the article.

David Bellavia, host of the WBEN-AM Radio 930 program by the same name, interviewed Robert Klump about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fight to fill her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Klump is director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center at Canisius and an expert on U.S. Supreme Court history. Click here to listen to the entire interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

WNY Teacher Residents Fill Little Libraries

There are hundreds of Little Free Libraries in Buffalo, where children can borrow books. With so many children learning through virtual instruction, the WNY Teacher Residency Program

saw a need to fill Little Free Libraries across Buffalo in order to provide a variety of books to children.

Residents spent the evening sorting book bundles and devising a plan to distribute children’s books to different neighborhoods within the city and north of Buffalo. WNY teacher residents will continue to fill the Little Free Libraries.

Pictured (left to right): Joyce Fanning, Marshawn Goodrum, Charlene Zmuda, Josie Moskal and Ricardo Mendiola.

Photos courtesy of Marshawn Goodrum

Submitted by: Joyce Fanning, co-director, WNY Teacher Residency Program

 

Breathing Together: Global Ignatian Prayer Vigil

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Today in our wounded world, we are struggling to breathe. We have broken the balance between God, creation and humanity, and we are experiencing the consequences of that disharmony in our changing climate.

The General Curia in Rome will pray for our wounded land and for social justice in an upcoming global Ignatian prayer vigil titled “Breathing Together.  All are invited to participate. The event will take place Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Join the event here.  To learn more about the event, watch here.

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

ICMS Brown Bag Seminar Series Returns

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies launches its 2020-21 Brown Bag Seminar Series on Thursday, September 24 with an examination of classicism and race. Classical Studies and the Concept of Race in the United States of America will be delivered by Davide Salvo, PhD, of the Classics Department.

Salvo will examine the impact of classical texts on the development of modern theories of race and ethnicity that shaped U.S. policies on slavery during the 18th and 19th centuries. He will also look at how classical ideas and images are used today by white supremacist groups.

Join this lunch-time discussion from 11:50 a.m – 12:50 p.m. via ZOOM. Email the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies at ICMS@canisius.edu for the ZOOM meeting passcodes.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media & web administrator, ICM

Thank You for Donating Food

 

On Saturday, September 19, the MMB Realty Group in partnership with Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association, Buffalo Go Green, and the Buffalo Center for Health Equity held a drive-thru food giveaway at Canisius. Hundreds of boxes containing produce, dairy, meat and dried goods were distributed.

Thank you very much for your contributions to the effort!

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

COLI Faculty and Staff Offerings

This is a friendly reminder that COLI will offer workshops on D2L, Zoom and Google Suite throughout the semester. You can register here for workshop events. Click here for more information on these workshops.

COLI also offers faculty and staff meetings at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays. At these laid-back meetings, participants are encouraged to discuss pedagogy and ask questions of fellow faculty and staff members. If you are interested in these Thursday meetings, please Email coli@canisius.edu to receive the Zoom meeting link.

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

Canisius in the News

Brian Mazurowski, anchor of WBEN-AM Radio 930, interviewed Robert A. Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center, about the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on this morning’s news program. To listen to the interview, Click here, and then scroll to the bottom of the page to “A New Morning with Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski.” The interview begins at approximately 7:07 a.m. Klump notes that Canisius hosted the Supreme Court Justice in 1990, as part of the Raichle Lecture Series. At the time, Justice Ginsburg was on the D.C. Circuit.

Buffalo News reporter Dave Robinson interviewed Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD. Golbiewski discussed the slowing job recovery in WNY, especially with capacity limits still in place at many businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, and others that involve large gatherings. Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: College Communications

Contemporary Writers Series Welcomes Damon Young ’02

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The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series will welcome acclaimed author Damon Young ’02 to a live web event on Tuesday, October 13. Young will speak about his debut memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, at 7:00 p.m., and take questions from participants. An RSVP is required to participate in the event.

To read the full article and RSVP to this event, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Makerspace Art Exhibit: Tip of the Iceberg

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In 2019, Canisius College community members donated plastic lids to create artworks inspired by the work of Mary Ellen Croteau. In spring 2020, we completed the work during a Makerspace event and FAH273 Field Excursion: Connections between Museum and Zoo Exhibitry Practices.

Thank you to all of our donors and the following artists: Roni Laport,’21, Nicole Maley ’20, Julienne Ngombilekeuneu ’21, Hunter Wood ’22, Matt Ryley ’20, Jillian Smith ’21, ABEC Professor  Sue Margulis, Celine Kawalek ’21, Ian Holway ‘21, Ashleigh Pagano ’20, Professor of Art History Yvonne Widenor, Miranda Malvaso ’21, Carrie Smith ’20,  Library Director Kris Kasbohm, Sara Ruszczyk ’20 and Sage Pollack ’21.

We also recognize Mary Ellen Croteau for her inspiration and advice as the artworks are now installed in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. Please visit them and enjoy! We have plenty of supplies to create more pieces. Stay tuned for future Makerspace events.

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

Reminder: Upcoming Workshops

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

  • Inclusive Conversations: Calling One Into A Conversation, Not Calling One Out, presented by Sesha Yalamanchili, On the Mark LLC – Tuesday, September 22 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, September 23 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Part I-Microaggressions Are Not So Subtle:  The Verbal, Behavioral, and Environmental Indignities!, presented by Isabelle Ortiz,  Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion, California Lutheran University – online, asynchronous (must be completed prior to Part II)
  • Part II-Microaggressions Are Not So Subtle:  The Verbal, Behavioral, and Environmental Indignities!, presented by Isabelle Ortiz, Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion, California Lutheran University – either Tuesday 10/6 from 12-2 or Friday 10/9 from 1-3

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

Making a Portfolio Website Using Google Sites

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Now more than ever, students need to have an online presence particularly for applying for jobs and meeting prospective employers. In the YouTube playlist linked here, students will receive a comprehensive 30-minute crash course in using Google Sites to make a professional-looking portfolio website that they can use in interviews and applications.

Google Sites is a relatively simple website building tool with lots of power behind it. Students can link to other websites, videos or files. Pictures and text can be added as well. Google Sites is very useful since it integrates well with Google Drive, so if students need to link to something they have in their Drive space, they can search the item they are looking for. There are also some best practices and quick tips to help make their portfolios better and more engaging for the profession they are looking to make a career in.

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

Using Links in D2L

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When teaching online, you will likely use online resources such as YouTube, Educational Websites and Tools, Online Databases and Articles. The easiest way to get your students to engage with these useful resources is to provide them with the web address.

In D2L, this can be done several different ways but require certain options be selected so that problems and issues do not arise.

The first way is to create a link in the content section (under “New> Create a Link”). The second way is to use the QuickLink option when creating a web page (under “New> Create a File”).

Either option will work. Here are some best practices and tips to keep in mind, which you can discover in this video.

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

Employee Engagement Team Invitation

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

As part of the team, representatives from divisions across campus participate in valuable discussions to talk about individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities related to improving the employee experience. The team will continue to focus on unique approaches to staying engaged with each other and in our day-to-day work during this age of social distancing, as well as enhancing the student experience to increase student enrollment and retention. The outcomes of these discussions will be reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team.

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

Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for Human Resources and Compliance, invites you to participate on the team by contacting Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to President John Hurley, at voorheeb@canisius.edu within the next week. The first meeting will be held in October via Zoom, and a date will be announced once it has been decided.

We look forward to sharing and hearing your ideas!

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

Reminder: Upcoming Workshops from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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

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

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

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

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

ArtsCanisius Season Begins with a Meet-the-Faculty Lecture

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

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

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

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

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

Staff Performance Appraisal Process Begins

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

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

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

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

Self-assessments should be completed by September 28.

Supervisors should complete all Performance Appraisals by October 23.

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

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

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

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

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

Canisius Dependent Tuition Waiver/Exchange Information Sessions

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

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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

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

First Steps:

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

If you have questions regarding:

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

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

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

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

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