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Hockey Hosts Robert Morris

The Golden Griffins men’s hockey team hosts Robert Morris University this weekend in a key Atlantic Hockey series. Game time tonight, January 18 is set for 7:35 p.m. at the HARBORCENTER. Game time on Saturday, January 19 is set for 4:35 p.m. at the HARBORCENTER. With six weekends remaining in the season, games are taking on more importance in the fight for home ice in the March playoffs.

For discounted staff and faculty tickets, call (716) 888-8499.

For game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Women’s Basketball Home for Two

The Canisius women’s basketball team, winners of four of their last five games, look to extend their good fortune this weekend. The Griffs will host Fairfield tonight, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the KAC. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

They will host Quinnipiac on Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the KAC. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Canisius is currently tied with two other quintets for fourth place with a 3-1 league record. Fairfield sits in 11th with a 0-4 start to the conference season, while Quinnipiac is 4-0. Quinnipiac tied the conference mark for consecutive league wins with 35 in their most recent victory. They will look to set the all-time record Friday night at Niagara.

For tickets, call (716) 888-8499. For game information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

KAC Martin Luther King Jr. Hours

The KAC will adjust its hours of operation for the MLK weekend as follows:

Friday, January 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, January 21 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no open swim on Monday, January 21

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Stalking Awareness Month

January marks the 15th National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a serious crime with real consequences. People ages 18 – 24 experience the highest rate of stalking and 80 percent of stalking survivors report knowing their stalker. Survivors may struggle with anxiety and depression as a result of their victimization, along with potential physical and sexual violence.

The Canisius Sexual Violence Prevention Team encourages faculty, staff and students to attend a workshop on Wednesday, January 23 (with sessions beginning at 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the Regis Room). The workshops will highlight the importance of stalking/cyberstalking awareness and what we all can do to intervene and support survivors.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Charita Price, counselor, Counseling Center

Thinking of You/Get Well Card Drive

The School of Education and Human Services wants to make the campus community aware of a need from Michele Marable, PhD, professor emeritus of teacher education, who retired in fall 2017. She was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and is currently undergoing treatments at Roswell Park Cancer Center. She remains positive and upbeat but the process is scary, lonely and grueling.

If you know Michele, we are asking you to write her a note of encouragement. Notes can either be sent to Michele at her home address listed below or by bringing it to the dean’s office (BA 201) and we will send all of them to her. Please give your cards to the dean’s office by Monday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m. so that they are included in the shipment.

Your letters and cards will be a blessing to Michele and her family. Please keep Michele, her husband, Rick, and their two children, Olivia and Julian, in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

Michele Marable

12780 Moran Lane

Silver Creek, NY 14136

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, dean, Education and Human Services

Eat and Learn About Catholicism and Racial Justice

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Join the Religious Studies and Theology Department for a reading group on the topic of racism and the Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the library. The group will read Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Rourke, PhD, associate professor, Religious Studies and Theology, at rourken@canisius.edu.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, PhD, associate professor, Religious Studies and Theology

Faculty Photo Sessions

Photo shoots will be taking place for all faculty members who would like a head shot or are in need of a new head shot. Head shots are strongly encouraged, as they are used under the faculty sections on the Canisius website. There will be three photo sessions in various locations across campus for those who are available.

Photo Sessions:

Monday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Old Main vestibule

Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 1st floor (by the main staircase)

To sign up for a day and time, click here.

More than one person can sign up for a time slot, as each head shot will not take more than a few minutes of your time!

Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh photo!

For questions regarding the sessions, contact Brianna Blank, multimedia producer for marketing and brand engagement, at blankb@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer, Marketing and Brand Engagement

Go Move Challenge

The 2019 Go Move Challenge, a long-standing annual event among Jesuit institutions, begins on Friday, February 1. Throughout the month, faculty and staff at participating institutions record their minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. This is a great opportunity to increase your activity levels throughout the month of February.

Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, as well as the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant. Several important details about the challenge are listed below:

CHALLENGE RULES

  • Starts: 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Ends: 2:59 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February, 28, 2019
  • Eligible participants: full-time and part-time faculty and staff from any Jesuit university registered in advance
  • Except for challenge administrators, each participant must create a new account using their valid university email address on www.GoMoveChallenge.org, even if they participated last year.
  • Each participant must record their own minutes on the challenge website. No one can enter minutes for another participant.
  • There is no limit to how often minutes can be recorded.

If you are interested in participating in the challenge, register here.

There is a FAQ page on the challenge website that provides additional information on the details of the challenge. Participants in the challenge will also receive a free cell phone credit card/ID holder. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Environmental Justice – Through the Lens of Laudato Si

Join the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Canisius Sustainability Initiative, and College of Arts and Sciences on Monday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Regis Room for a presentation by Rev. Eduardo Agosta Scarel, PhD, chair, professor and researcher at the School of Astronomy and Geophysics at the State University of La Plata.  

The presentation, entitled “Environmental Justice – Through the Lens of Laudato Si,” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret Stefanski, associate professor of modern languages, literatures and cultures, at stefansm@canisius.edu.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Environmental Studies

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Please join the African American, Latino/a American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) Student Center on Tuesday, February 5 for a “Soup with Substance Series” honoring the legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is free and open to the public. Soup will be served along with a discussion for the heart and mind.

For more information, contact the ALANA Student Center at (716) 888-2787.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Madonna Privitere McKernon, Student Life Specialist, ALANA Student Center

Harlem Globetrotters Tickets

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The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the KeyBank Center on Friday, February 8. Canisius employees are eligible for an exclusive discount. Please see the attached flyer for further details and for specifics of the discounted pricing. To purchase tickets, contact Olivia Bynum, group sales representative, Harlem Globetrotters, at (678) 497-1869 or at bynum@harlemglobetrotters.com

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Learn To Row

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The Canisius College women’s rowing team is looking to teach women on campus how to row! No prior experience is needed. Those interested will be taught this amazing sport from the very basics through taking strokes on the water. If interested, please contact Sasha Bailey, assistant coach, women’s rowing, at bailey53@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kerri Brace, head coach, Women’s Rowing

Upcoming Workshop: D2L Essentials

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) offers a workshop for professors to learn the basics of teaching in D2L, including:

  • Uploading files so students can get them
  • Organizing your course content
  • Setting due dates so students can see them (in multiple places)
  • Building a gradebook

Discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching classes. COLI’s next D2L essentials workshop is on Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. in OM 119.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Review the COLI calendar to see times and locations for other training events.

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

CEEP 2019-20 Awards

Student applications for the 2019-20 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards will be accepted Friday, February 1 – Friday, February 22. The CEEP program funds unique learning experiences for undergraduate students working alongside a Canisius faculty member or administrator.

A 3.3 or higher GPA is required for all applicants. College policy prevents students from receiving both CEEP and federal work-study during the academic year. Students may receive CEEP in the summer and work-study during the fall and spring or vice versa but not both in the same time period. The hourly rate for CEEP projects is $11.25 and students may apply for a maximum of 150 hours.

Please note, 2018-19 CEEP award recipients will need to fill out applications for the 2019-20 award. Renewal is not automatic.

More information and current online applications (opening on Friday, February 1) are available on the Academic Affairs page on the myCanisius portal.

If you have any questions regarding the award and application process, contact Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs, at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

2019 Mileage Rate

The IRS Mileage Rate for 2019 has changed to .58 cents. The new rate has been updated on the travel expense form which can be found on the portal under forms “Accounts Payable” and then templates. Print a new from when submitting a reimbursement. Thank you!

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, office manager, Controller’s Office

TIAA Representatives on Campus

Steven Masciangelo and Christopher Dabroski, financial consultants for TIAA, will be on campus throughout the spring 2019 semester for individual counseling sessions. They will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1 (800) 732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

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Upcoming Retirements

The college’s Celebration of Service Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The college would like to honor those faculty and staff members who will be retiring.

If you are planning on retiring in 2019, either before or after the April ceremony, please contact Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources at Ext. 2240 or at braun5@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

The Social Security Star

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The Social Security Star has sent out its monthly newsletter for January 2019. This month’s newsletter includes tips for retiring online, when to contact Social Security versus contacting Medicare and more. Please see the PDF for further details. If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Forum for Campus Community Held Today

The USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus released a list yesterday, January 15 of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors. This list includes Jesuits of the Northeast Province. While two of the Jesuits on the list, Father Peter Conroy (1980 – 1984, 1994 – 2002) and Father William Scanlon (1976 – 1980), were at one time missioned at Canisius, the incidents of abuse did not occur during their time at the college.

President John Hurley and Rev. Tom Slon, SJ, rector, invite the campus community to a forum today, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 223, to discuss the announcement, the handling of sex abuse claims by the Jesuits and to reflect on how it might affect our work at the college. Father Slon formerly served as assistant to the Provincial and has some background in the handling of sex abuse claims by the Province. 

Submitted by College Communications

Online Graduate Programs in Education Make U.S. News & World Report

Canisius College’s online master’s degree programs in education ranked among the best in the nation this year on U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Of the 299 colleges and universities included on this list, Canisius ranked No. 105, up 26 spots from last year. Read the full release here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Wildlife Expert on Campus

Chris Nagy, PhD, urban wildlife expert and director of research and education at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY, will present a talk entitled “New York’s Newest Immigrant: Coyotes in the City” tomorrow, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. 

Nagy, a biologist and ecologist with a focus in wildlife management conservation, specializes in areas including geographic information systems (GIS), population biology, species distribution modeling, and raptor and coyote ecology. He has worked on a number of projects, including one on Eastern screech owl ecology along an urban/suburban gradient and another on coyote colonization of New York City and Long Island. A majority of his work involves determining how animals utilize urban landscapes and what can be done to amplify wildlife diversification in these areas.

For more information, contact the anthrozoology program at (716) 888-2770.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Buffalo Niagara 360 Professional Development Opportunities

As a Gold Sponsor of Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360) through the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that the following sessions will be available to campus employees at no cost. For more information on each event, click on the PDF document. To register for an event, click on the event name to enroll and enter the code: BN360Canisius.

Upcoming events:

2019 BN360 Kickoff – Thursday, January 17 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ the Admiral Room

Enjoy a night of networking and fun as BN360 kicks off another great year. We will be releasing the 2019 Calendar of Programs and Events, as well as announcing the 2019 Spotlight Professionals.

Free to BN360 members. Click here to access an event PDF.

YP Survey Results Webinar – Wednesday, January 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

Hear from Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Partnership, on what young professionals think about Buffalo Niagara as a place to live, work and play. Learn how this impacts BN360 and the future of our region.

Click here to access an event PDF.

Skills for Success: Communication and Conflict Resolution – Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ the Partnership Offices

The first of three Skills for Success events, join BN360 as they talk with Jim Mills, PhD, coordinator of Educational Leadership at Niagara University, about what conflict is and how to deal with and overcome it.

Free to BN360 members. Click here to access an event PDF.

All Rise: Ethics & Morality in Business – Wednesday, February 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ the Partnership Offices

Hear from and ask questions to a power panel who will be discussing how morality and ethics affect every day decision making and actions.

Free to BN360 members.

Watch for additional development opportunities throughout 2019. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources; compliance/interim, Title IX Coordinator

KAC Martin Luther King Jr. Hours

The KAC will be adjusting its hours of operation for the MLK weekend as follows:

Friday, January 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, January 21 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no open swim on Monday, January 21

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Faculty – Staff Night at the KAC

The annual Golden Griffin Faculty – Staff Night will take place on Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the KAC during the men’s basketball team against Marist College.

Faculty and staff members can receive two free tickets with their ID at the Human Resources Office. Tickets will be available through Monday, February 4 at 12:00 p.m.

For additional ticket information, call (716) 888-8499.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Annual MLK Award Nominees Requested

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee is accepting nominations through Wednesday, February 6 for the 2019 MLK Awards. This honor recognizes Canisius community members who promote social justice, racial harmony, civil rights and advocacy for the poor or change through non-violence.

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and current students of the college. Make a nomination here. MLK Awards will be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by: Gary Everett, retired chief, Canisius College Public Safety and chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee

Faculty Photo Sessions

Photo shoots will be taking place for all faculty members who would like a head shot or are in need of a new head shot. Head shots are strongly encouraged, as they are used under the faculty sections on the Canisius website. There will be three photo sessions in various locations across campus for those who are available.

Photo Sessions:

Monday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Old Main vestibule

Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 1st floor (by the main staircase)

To sign up for a day and time, click here.

More than one person can sign up for a time slot, as each head shot will not take more than a few minutes of your time!

Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh photo!

For questions regarding the sessions, contact Brianna Blank, multimedia producer for marketing and brand engagement, at blankb@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer, Marketing and Brand Engagement

Canisius in the News

WIVB-TV Reporter Kelsey Anderson did a feature story on Scuba Zone, the college’s newly-established mentoring program, named in honor of alumnus Steven A. Leonard Jr. ’09. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Hires First Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Please join the Academic Affairs Department in welcoming Fatima Rodriguez Johnson as the first associate dean for diversity and inclusion. Johnson will begin her new duties on Tuesday, February 19. She comes to Canisius from the State University at Geneseo, where she previously served as the associate dean of students for multicultural programs and services.

In that role, Johnson was an advocate for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, implemented educational programs in support of the academic mission, supervised professional staff and students, and served as a resource for the college community. Working in partnership with colleagues, she has been an asset to the development of more than 85 programs each year, reaching some 8,000 students, supervising LGBTQ programs and services, serving as a resource for student recruitment and playing a role in the Equity Scorecard Project at Geneseo.

In her new role, Johnson will be responsible for developing and overseeing campus wide programs, services and initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice while cultivating and communicating this mission as an essential element of a Canisius College education. She will work in collaboration with the African American, Latino/a American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) Student Center, chair the college’s Racial Diversity Team, supervise the Academic Talent Search Program, and serve as director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Creating the position of associate dean for diversity and inclusion required restructuring responsibilities among the staff of the Canisius’ Opportunity Programs for Education (COPE) Office and the Academic Talent Search Program.

Johnson will report to the vice president for Academic Affairs and will maintain an office in the Academic Affairs Suite located in Bagen 103.

Submitted by: Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Wildlife Expert on Campus

Chris Nagy, PhD, an urban wildlife expert and director of research and education at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY, will present a talk entitled “New York’s Newest Immigrant: Coyotes in the City” on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. 

Nagy, a biologist and ecologist with a focus in wildlife management conservation, specializes in areas including geographic information systems (GIS), population biology, species distribution modeling, and raptor and coyote ecology. He has worked on a number of projects, including one on Eastern screech owl ecology along an urban/suburban gradient and another on coyote colonization of New York City and Long Island. A majority of his work involves determining how animals utilize urban landscapes and what can be done to amplify wildlife diversification in these areas.

For more information, contact the anthrozoology program at (716) 888-2770.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Mary Fiorella, administrative associate, ABEC

Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Presents “U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day”

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College and the History Department, with assistance from the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo and Polish Legacy Project, will present “U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day” on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Sophie Knab, bestselling author of various Polish-based books, will offer a multi-media presentation on her book Wearing the Letter “P” – Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939 – 1945, an in-depth study of the many terrors faced by Polish women as young as 12 years old during WWII. Throughout the text, women share their testimonies, letters and documents of the horrors experienced in the midst of war.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Mary Lou Wyrobek

Normal Hours Resume

The college’s standard hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour meal period will resume effective Monday, January 14.

We hope that you had a safe and happy holiday season!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

Brown Bag Seminar Series Continues

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) continues its Brown Bag Seminar Series with a new set of lunchtime talks. These talks will begin on Wednesday, January 30 when Kristina Laun, former adjunct professor of the Fine Arts Department, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Buffalo Bronzes: Chinese Tomb Vessels at the Buffalo Museum of Science” from 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in Student Center 207.

Be sure to bring a lunch and engage in this interesting, informal conversation. For more information on this talk and the upcoming spring 2019 lineup, visit the ICMS website.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

Faculty Photo Sessions

Photo shoots will be taking place for all faculty members who would like a head shot or are in need of a new head shot. Head shots are strongly encouraged, as they are used under the faculty sections on the Canisius website. There will be three photo sessions in various locations across campus for those who are available.

Photo Sessions:

Monday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Old Main vestibule

Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 1st floor (by the main staircase)

To sign up for a day and time, click here.

More than one person can sign up for a time slot, as each head shot will not take more than a few minutes of your time!

Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh photo!

For questions regarding the sessions, contact Brianna Blank, multimedia producer for marketing and brand engagement, at blankb@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer, Marketing and Brand Engagement

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to: canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

 

 

Library Services

The library welcomes everyone back to campus and hopes you had a wonderful break!

As you may be aware, information literacy is a key institutional learning goal for students and it is comprised of a complex, higher order critical thinking skill set that develops over time and practice. To that end, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library offers a range of services designed to help students develop their information literacy skills. The library encourages faculty and staff to offer these services to students to assure that they are prepared to successfully complete assignments that require information literacy skills – narrowing topics, finding and evaluating sources, using sources with integrity, etc.

Library instruction sessions: These sessions are typically scheduled during regular class time and they can be held in the Library Learning Center or in the classroom where the class typically meets. The sessions are conducted by a member of our instruction team, and the content is tailored to the needs of the particular class or assignment. To schedule a session, click on the link and fill in the requested information.

Embedded librarian: Faculty can request to have a librarian dedicated to a particular course. The librarian can attend specific class meetings, have access to assignments and be available for one-on-one consults with students. Contact Pat Coward, assessment coordinator for the Library, for further information or to arrange for an embedded librarian.

Book-A-Librarian: Students can request an appointment to meet with a reference librarian for one-on-one or small group consultations. Appointment times can be for 15 minutes to an hour, and follow up sessions are always available. Students can make a request by clicking on the link, emailing libweb@canisius.edu or in person at the service desk.

Drop-In: A reference librarian is on duty at the service desk every day until midnight. Students are encouraged to bring their questions about research, sources, citations, etc.

Virtual reference 24/7: Library patrons can access a virtual reference librarian anytime and any day of the week. Access the virtual reference form here. Please note that this service is part of a consortium, and it will be likely that the reference librarian is from a library other than the Canisius library.

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, assessment coordinator, Library

Canisius in the News

President John J. Hurley was featured in an article by TheNationalCatholicReporterOnline.org this past Friday, January 4 about his role in the fight for sex abuse reform in the Buffalo Diocese. Read the full story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Gregory Alan Thornbury Lecture

The History Department, Philosophy Department, Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series, Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club invite campus students and the community to kick off the spring 2019 semester on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Gregory Alan Thornbury, PhD, vice president of development at the New York Academy of Art, will present a talk entitled “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the Struggle to Mix Faith with Art.”

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Richard Bailey, chair and associate professor, History

Annual MLK Award Nominees Requested

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee is accepting nominations through Wednesday, February 6 for the 2019 MLK Awards. This honor recognizes Canisius community members who promote social justice, racial harmony, civil rights and advocacy for the poor or change through non-violence.

Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and current students of the college. Make a nomination here. MLK Awards will be presented at the Spring Honors Convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by Gary Everett, retired chief, Canisius College Public Safety and chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee

Faculty Photo Sessions

Photo shoots will be taking place for all faculty members who would like a head shot or are in need of a new head shot. Head shots are strongly encouraged, as they are used under the faculty sections on the Canisius website. There will be three photo sessions in various locations across campus for those who are available.

Photo Sessions:

Monday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Old Main vestibule

Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 1st floor (by the main staircase)

To sign up for a day and time, click here.

More than one person can sign up for a time slot, as each head shot will not take more than a few minutes of your time!

Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh photo!

For questions regarding the sessions, contact Brianna Blank, multimedia producer for marketing and brand engagement, at blankb@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Brianna Blank, multimedia producer, Marketing and Brand Engagement

Employee Engagement Team Invitation

The Employee Engagement Team will begin to meet again in 2019 to discuss opportunities to enhance the work environment at Canisius College. We are seeking representatives from divisions across the campus to participate in these valuable discussions to talk about individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities. The team will focus on a Canisius-wide priority: enhancing the student experience to increase enrollment and retention.

The outcomes of these discussions will be reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team. We look forward to working in partnership with our colleagues to provide recommendations for an engaged workforce. We will conduct the next employee engagement survey in December of 2019. Please contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources, at walleshl@canisius.edu if you would like to participate on the team.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources; compliance/interim, Title IX Coordinator

Canisius College Amazon Business Prime Account – Changes for Shipping

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Amazon’s free two-day shipping benefit for Business Prime eligible items will expire on Monday, January 14. After that date, the Business Prime members will receive free standard shipping in 5-7 days on eligible orders over $25.

Business Prime members are asked to help minimize shipping costs. Here’s how:

  • Look for the Prime logo as you shop
  • Add Prime eligible items to your cart
  • Get free shipping in 5-7 days on your purchase

FAQs

Are there any other benefits besides free 5-7-day shipping?

Besides free shipping on millions of eligible items, Business Prime provides all employees on the Canisius College business account access to Prime Early Access and Prime Day deals.

What items are eligible for Business Prime Shipping?

Millions of products eligible for Business Prime Shipping are marked with the Prime logo. You’ll be charged applicable shipping fees for any items not eligible for Business Prime Shipping.

Can I order office supplies from Amazon?

No. Order office supplies from the designated dealer, Eaton Office Supply Co. Eaton’s offers competitive pricing and free next day delivery to your desktop.

Can I use Business Prime Shipping benefits on my personal Amazon.com account too?

No. Business Prime Shipping benefits can only be used on your business account.

Should I open an Amazon Prime Account? 

No.  There is only one Amazon Business Prime account for the entire college.

How do I sign up for the Canisius College Amazon Business Prime Account?

Contact Gary Lew, director of Purchasing at Ext. 2255 or lew@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to: canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

Training for Proposing or Updating Courses and Programs in Courseleaf

Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs, is offering five workshops to train faculty and staff on the Courseleaf Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) systems. Training will include how Courseleaf modules are interrelated (what goes where), how the modules interact with Banner and how workflow operates. Because the deadline for Core Curriculum proposals is Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m., two of the workshops have been moved to next week in advance of that deadline (remember, allow time for the chair’s and associate dean’s approval). The CIM system can be used to propose new courses, modify existing courses (and request core designations) and propose or modify curriculum requirements for majors, minors or graduate programs. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs or program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses or add core curriculum designations to current courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments or anyone interested in the integration of the curriculum, catalog, and section schedule.The workshops are being offered on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, January 10: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in SH 002C (the ITS conference room)

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  • Wednesday, January 16: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in SH 002C (the ITS conference room)

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  • Thursday, January 17: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in SH 002C (the ITS conference room)

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  • Wednesday, January 23: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in SH 002C (the ITS conference room)

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Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops if they intend to use them for this process. If you have new courses to propose, edits to make to existing courses or changes to make to your curriculum (including the addition of new electives), those can be completed during the workshop.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

TIAA Representative on Campus

Christopher Dabroski, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Thursday, January 24 in Science Hall 1017 for individual counseling sessions. He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits for 2019

The New York State Paid Family Leave deduction will increase beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The current deduction will increase from 0.00126% of an employee’s weekly wage to 0.00153%. A weekly payroll calculator can be found here.

Also in 2019, the Paid Family Leave maximum leave will increase to 10 weeks and the benefit will increase to 55% of an employee’s average weekly wage – not to exceed $746.41 per week.

For more information on the New York State Paid Family Leave and the changes for 2019, visit the website.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Canisius in the News

In one of the largest school-based clinical trials of its kind, Drs. Christopher Lopata and Marcus Thomeer found an innovative comprehensive school treatment (schoolMAX) yielded significant improvements for elementary-school children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Senior reporter for WBFO Radio Eileen Buckley interviewed Drs. Lopata and Thomeer, lead authors on the study, about their research and the positive outcomes of the schoolMAX program. Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, was a co-author on the study and James Donnelly, PhD, served as the statistician.

Click on the link to listen to the piece which aired this morning.

Submitted by: College Communications

Cynthia Thomas Named Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Cynthia Thomas, housekeeper for Facilities Management, is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for December 2018! Thomas was nominated for the award twice by several of her coworkers.

A member of the college for nearly 15 years, Thomas was selected based on the pride she takes in her work, her consistently upbeat and positive attitude, and her willingness to always lend a hand to coworkers.

Please join the Human Resource Department in congratulating Cynthia Thomas on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

“Big Physics Question” Contest

Do you know a high school student who loves Physics? If so, have them enter “The Canisius College Big Physics Question” contest. The winner will receive a prize for answering the question correctly. Submissions are due by Thursday, January 10 and the winner will be announced on Friday, February 15 on Twitter at @CanUphysics. Participants must be high school students to enter. Click here to see the rules and submission guidelines.

Michael Wood, chair of the Physics Department, was interviewed by WBFO regarding the competition. Listen to the full interview here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Tune Into “Crossroads”

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, January 6 when program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, interviews Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, on the “Scriptural Readings and Traditions for Advent.”

Topics to be discussed include the Role of Dreams in Gospel Infancy Narratives (especially with Joseph), the Baptism and beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry and the Epiphany: Magi, Star and Herod. Father Fiore will share some of the stories of Jesus’ youth from the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss this Sunday’s broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, January 7 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Winter Break KAC Hours

The Koessler Athletic Center hours over the mid-semester winter break are as follows:

Saturday, January 5 – Sunday, January 6: CLOSED

Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 11: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 12: CLOSED

Sunday, January 13: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no open swim during winter break.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Teaching Online? Help Students Prepare!

If you are teaching an online, hybrid or blended course this semester, help students to better prepare for the particular challenges and opportunities of online learning. Drop the link to COLI’s handy Readiness for Online Learning guide into your syllabus. Students may have seen the guide already but refresh their memories so that they can return to it at any time throughout the semester. Readiness for Online Learning helps students consider how to prepare and what they can do to complete and benefit from online coursework.

Whether you are teaching online, hybrid, blended or face-to-face courses, here are some resources you may wish to add to your syllabus:

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

Canisius College Writing Center

The Griff Center for Academic Engagement

Accessibility Support Services Office

Tutoring Center

Canisius Code of Academic Integrity: Undergraduate

Canisius Code of Academic Integrity: Graduate

Quick Technology Guide for Students

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

Campus Candid

Shelly Baronich, accounting associate in the Controller’s Office, and her husband, John, enjoyed a Bills win on Sunday, December 16 thanks to the free ticket giveaway!

Submitted by: Shelly Baronich, accounting associate, Controller’s Office

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News editorial board commends Canisius President John Hurley for his “steady hand” in providing leadership for the region’s Catholics.  The editorial appears in today’s edition of The Buffalo News and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by College Communications

The Dome Takes a Break Until January 4

The Dome will be going on hiatus over the holidays. This is the last issue that will be published in 2018.

The Dome will return on Friday, January 4 and publish again on Wednesday, January 9 before it resumes its Monday, Wednesday and Friday publishing schedule. Please be sure to have your submissions in by 2:00 p.m. the day before.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

Master of Business Alumni Association Annual Christmas Celebration

Pictured (l-r): Kevin Gavin ’90, MBA ’98; Denise M. Rotondo, PhD; Katherine Zoratti ’97, MS ’03, MBA ’10 and Anthony Zoratti ’99

The Master of Business Alumni Association hosted their annual Christmas celebration at The Buffalo Club on Monday, December 17 to welcome new dean Denise M. Rotondo, PhD.

Submitted by: Laura McEwen, assistant dean and director, Graduate Business Programs

$600 Raised for Roswell Park Cancer Institute During No-Shave November

Canisius public safety officers raised $600 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute during no-shave November. Lt. Richard P. Miller, Andrew M. Nowak, Lt. John F. Hach and Chief Kimberly L. Beaty presented the donation to Carl Thomas and Allisonn Polaiewicz from Roswell Park on Monday, December 17.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student life specialist, Public Safety

Swearing-In of Officer Amanda Hernandez

Public safety officer Amanda Hernandez was sworn in on Monday, December 17. Her mother and father were in attendance, and her badge was pinned on her uniform by her daughters.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student life specialist, Public Safety

Women’s Basketball Hosts University of Vermont

Looking to get an early start on your holiday break activities? Stop by the KAC this Friday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. as the women’s basketball team host the University of Vermont.

Canisius will look to add a win to its record before the Christmas holiday commences, while the Catamounts travel to Buffalo for the first time since December 2012. Vermont leads the series 5-2.

For discounted faculty and staff tickets, call (716) 888-8499.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Ten Athletic Events Fill Christmas Break

A men’s basketball game versus nationally-ranked University at Buffalo and a pair of hockey games versus eight-time national champion University of North Dakota fill the Golden Griffins home schedule over the holiday break.

The men’s basketball team will compete against the University at Buffalo Bulls on Saturday December 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the KAC. The University at Buffalo should become the first ranked team to ever play a game at the KAC. Tickets are limited and faculty and staff are encouraged to call (716) 888-8499 this week in order to purchase your discounted seats.

The same could also be true of the hockey team’s two game series against 13th ranked North Dakota. Canisius hosts the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5 at the HARBORCENTER at 7:35 p.m.

A complete schedule of holiday games is listed below. The ticket office will be open the remainder of this week until 4:00 p.m. each day. It will be open on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, December 29 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The office will close over the New Year’s holiday and then re-open for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.

Canisius Athletics Holiday Home Schedule:

Women’s Basketball at KAC

Friday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. versus University of Vermont

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Thursday, January 3 at 11:00 a.m. versus Manhattan College: (Kids Day) – Sold Out

Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. versus Marist College

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Men’s Basketball at KAC

Saturday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. versus University at Buffalo

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Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. versus Brown University

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Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. versus Rider University

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Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. versus Iona College

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Hockey at HARBORCENTER

Friday, January 4 at 7:35 p.m. versus University of North Dakota

Saturday, January 5 at 7:35 p.m. versus University of North Dakota

Friday, January 11 at 7:35 p.m. versus Mercyhurst University

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an adjunct faculty information session on Monday, January 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 119. This session will help prepare you to teach during the spring 2019 semester. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission and technology for teaching and learning.

Just before the information session, there is a faculty tour of the Bouwhuis library beginning at the library service desk at 4:00 p.m.  The library is a complex organization with a lot to offer faculty, students and staff through its services, facilities and staff expertise. Its librarians are keen to support teaching and research, as well as students’ learning. The library tour is a great way to get to know the library.

These events are not mandatory but are a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College. Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall can benefit and returning adjunct instructors are also welcome. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, email coli@canisius.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to campus and to the spring 2019 semester!

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

Update to Canisius WordPress Editor

ITS plans to update all Canisius WordPress sites to WordPress 5.0 on Friday, January 4. The major change for users is the new block editor, which will replace the traditional editor for creating posts and pages. This will also change the process for using Divi’s Page Builder to build pages (or posts).

For most users who use the WordPress editor (and not the Divi Builder), you will likely find the new block editor to be intuitive but anticipate spending extra time to learn the editor and its features. When using Divi to construct posts and pages, you will need to learn to use the Divi Visual Builder (which is also available in the current version of WordPress). If you use Divi for simple page construction jobs, you may find you no longer need the Divi builder, since WordPress’s new block editor is a simpler but similar system where you can arrange content into blocks and columns.

If you have any questions about WordPress or Divi, contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation at coli@canisius.edu.

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

Campus Candid

Ol’ Saint Nick visited the Canisius campus on Saturday for the college’s annual Breakfast with Santa.  Hosted by the President’s Office, the morning event included a full breakfast for campus faculty and staff and their families, as well as arts and crafts activities, cookie decorating, a holiday performance and pictures with Mr. Claus.

Thanks to the entire Breakfast with Santa planning committee, all of whom did so much to make Saturday’s event a memorable one for the children.  The committee included Laura McEwen and her graduate assistant Jennifer Manzella, Kelly Harper, Paula Ferjado-Heyward, Sydnie Perkins and John Occhipinti. Special thanks to Greg Wood, PhD, aka “Santa.” Also thanks to Connie Pileri in Event Services and her team, and a number of volunteers including students, faculty, staff and members of their families and friends who helped with set up, craft activities and clean up. We had some corporate partners too who supported the event – Chartwells, New Era, Balloon Masters and Sion Photography.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News featured Canisius President John J. Hurley in its Sunday, December 16 edition.  The article, entitled “Speaking Softly, Canisius Leader Makes Loud Impact in Catholic Dialogue,” details how President Hurley is using his office to lead in a way that sets him apart.

Click here to read the full article.

Also interviewed by The Buffalo News over the weekend, George Palumbo, PhD.  The professor of economics contributed to two stories by reporters Dave Robinson and Jonathan Epstein.  The first highlights the ways in which the region’s tight job market is finally paying off for workers. The second story examines the Buffalo’s strong housing market and the rise in home prices.

 

Submitted by: College Communications

Interested in Learning About Spiritual Direction

If you are interested in learning more about entering into spiritual direction or the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, attend an informational lunch on Tuesday, December 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Old Main 219. For more information or to reserve a spot, RSVP to Sarah Signorino, director, Mission and Identity, at Ext. 2424 or signoris@canisius.edu.

William Barry and William Connolly in The Practice of Spiritual Direction describe spiritual direction as “help given by one Christian to another, which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”

Visit the Ignatian Spirituality website for information, resources and FAQ’s about spiritual direction.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission and Identity

Charitable Gifts to Canisius

Canisius is very fortunate for its loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so that donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2018 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM 203 attention: Katie Huck, director, Advancement Services. All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by Monday, December 31. This is an ongoing policy, and as we get to the end of the calendar year time is critical.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or by email at huckk@canisius.edu. Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director, Advancement Services

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to: canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

 

Campus Candid

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The Public Safety Department wishes to thank all the volunteers who arrived at Ladies of Charity to deliver a truckload of toys, clothing and household goods! Members of Student Life, Griffins Giving Back, Facilities and Campus Ministry all helped deliver the donations, which were so generous and heartwarming.  We are so grateful.

Submitted by: Madonna McKernon, student life specialist, Public Safety

Makerspace Holiday Card Workshops Wrap-up

Makerspace is an opportunity for all participants to engage in fun and creative activities. This year, the two holiday card workshops were no exception. Thank you to the students, faculty, administrators and staff who took time out of their day to send messages of holiday cheer and hope.

The first batch of holiday cards were sent to detainees at the Batavia Detention Center with the assistance of Grace Speranza and her associates at Justice for Migrant Families. The second batch of cards pictured below were sent to Fort Drum, NY for several soldiers who were injured during deployment and are at a Warrior Transition Unit. Thank you to Ben Dunkle, professor of Digital Media Arts, who prepared cards, purchased supplies and offered wonderful encouragement as participants worked on their handwriting and calligraphy skills.

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

 

Christmas Mass and Luncheon

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Members of the campus community are invited to attend a Christmas Mass and Luncheon with President Hurley on Thursday, December 20. Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. in Economou Dining Hall. See the attached flyer for more information.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Paul Young’s Latest Book

Ross Publishing announced its latest book by Paul Young, EdD, emeritus professor of Education, entitled Niagara Falls, Survivor of the Ice Age, the Natural History of the Niagara River and Its Gorge. It is a recounting of the 12,000 year old factors producing the five prominent sections of the gorge, retreating glaciers, vanishing lakes, a forty acre whirlpool that reverses, variations in the height of the falls and differing volumes of water cascading over the falls. Included is the geologic history of the different rock layers along the gorge revealing how and where they were originally formed, and their impact on the seven mile gorge and its recession. The book is meant for the general reader, local residents and visitors to the area.

Submitted by: Paul Young, emeritus professor, Education 

University at Buffalo and North Dakota Tickets on Sale

The Holiday Break may be upon us, but that doesn’t mean the Golden Griffin athletic teams will be nestled all snug in their beds. They will have visions of sugar-coated victories dancing in their heads. The Canisius ticket office will be open over the holiday break to service any purchase you may want to make for yourself or for stocking stuffers.

The men’s basketball game against 14th ranked University at Buffalo and the hockey team’s two game series versus eight time national champion North Dakota will be the primary tickets on sale.

Men’s basketball will host University at Buffalo on Saturday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the KAC. This will mark the first time a nationally ranked team has ever played in the Koessler Center, which has been hosting games since the late 70s. Only single reserved seats remain along with general admission tickets.

Hockey hosts 13th ranked North Dakota on Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5 at HARBORCENTER. Both games start at 7:35 p.m. Tickets still remain for both nights.

The ticket office remains open during normal business hours through Friday, December 21. It will re-open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28. It will also be open from 2:00 p.m. – halftime on Saturday, December 29. It will re-open once again for normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2. To purchase tickets, call (716) 888-8499. Faculty and Staff tickets are discounted.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, December 3. Read highlights from the meeting here.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Employee Engagement Updates

As the end of a busy year draws near, I want to provide the campus with a brief update on the activities of the Employee Engagement Team over the past year. Representatives from divisions across the campus participated in discussions with Engagement Team members to talk about individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities. The team also engaged in a number of conversations focused on a campus-wide priority: enhancing the student experience to increase student enrollment and retention which will continue to be an engagement focus and an ongoing priority.

The outcomes of these discussions have been reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team and several new initiatives have been introduced and existing programs have been enhanced as a result. The college has continued to recognize employees for their accomplishments and dedication; senior administrators have increased their communications and a new discussion format for Town Hall Meetings has been introduced to provide faculty and staff with more information to address our questions and concerns; and opportunities for training and professional development have increased. Perhaps most appreciated was the new summer hours program staff enjoyed this summer. Looking ahead, we will continue to work in partnership with you to learn about more ways to enhance our working environment at Canisius and we will conduct the next staff engagement survey in 2019.

I want to thank members of the Engagement Team for leading these initiatives:

  • Eileen Abbatoy
  • Mary Braun
  • Audrey Browka
  • Mike Hayes
  • Jennifer Skowron
  • Kathleen Mathews
  • Laurie Henessey
  • Bill Morris
  • Emily McGorry
  • Sandy Miller
  • Ginny Dadaian
  • Mary Koehneke
  • Maggie Burkard
  • Kayla Maggiore

New participants on the Employee Engagement Team are always welcome. Please email Linda Walleshauser at walleshl@canisius.edu if you are interested in participating.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance/interim title IX coordinator, Human Resources

Lilly Adams-Dudley Retires

After approximately 43 years, Lilly Adams-Dudley, director and associate dean of the Office of Canisius’ Opportunity Programs for Education (COPE), will retire and move to Conyers, GA.

Adams-Dudley’s accomplishments during her tenure at Canisius include titles ranging from program director, assistant director, writing lab instructor, language arts specialist and more. She attended Canisius College where she received her bachelor of arts degree in English and a master’s of science degree in educational administration and education. Adams-Dudley also received special awards and recognitions including Who’s Who Among Professional and Executive Women, Who’s Who Among Black Americans and induction into the DiGamma Alpha Honor Society. She was also part of professional organizations such as the American Association of Black Women in Higher Education and the American Association of University Women. Additionally, she has written many grants, proposals and field readers.

Good luck and we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Submitted by: Christine Blum, administrative associate, COPE

Starr Gazing: Stories of Buffalo, the Niagara Region and Beyond

Daniel P. Starr ’58, HON ’17, emeritus professor of history, tells the history of the beloved Western New York in his latest book Starr Gazing: Stories of Buffalo, the Niagara Region, and Beyond. Holding a previous role as director of athletics at the college, Starr employs his past experiences living in Buffalo to construct his stories.

The book can be purchased locally at the following stores: Barnes and Noble (Niagara Falls Boulevard, Transit, McKinley Mall and Buffalo State), the Buffalo History Museum, Book Corner (Niagara Falls), Dog Ears Bookstore (South Buffalo), Vidler’s 5 & 10, Talking Leaves Books (Buffalo), The Bookworm (East Aurora) or at wnybooks.com.

To order from Western New York Wares Inc. visit www.buffalobooks.com.

Submitted by: College Communications 

Breakfast with Santa

The Office of the President welcomes all campus faculty and staff and their families to Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center Dining Hall. The morning includes a full breakfast, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, cookie decorating and a holiday performance.

The cost is $15 per person (ages 13 and older) and $5 for children 12 and under. To register and pay online, click here. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 12. If you would like to volunteer, sign up here.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

Last Sale of the Season at the Bookstore!

This is it…the last sale of the season! The bookstore is taking 25 percent off almost everything in the store including baseball hats, League, Gear for Sports, Under Armour and Champion gear on Thursday, December 13.

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, store manager, Bookstore

Bills Tickets Available

The Human Resource Office has 50 tickets available for the Buffalo Bills game this Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. against the Detroit Lions at New Era Field. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and can be picked up in Human Resources in Old Main 100. There is a two tickets per person limit.

Submitted by: College Communications  

Winter Hours 2018-19

Winter Break hours will be in effect from Monday, December 17 – Friday, January 11. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meal break. Adjustments may be made where workloads require different hours.

With early dismissal on Friday, December 21, please note that employees who have scheduled that day off need to charge a full day of vacation or personal leave, and should record this as a full day in the web time entry system.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

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

Web Time Entry Holiday Shutdown Schedule

Pay period from Saturday, December 8 – Friday, December 21 will be paid on Friday, December 28. Please enter hours and submit time sheet for this pay period on or before Monday, December 17. Approvers will have until Tuesday, December 18 to approve timesheets.

Please contact Maureen Hidy, payroll manager, Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8531 or Lynn Incardona, payroll associate, Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8532 with any questions.

Work Study Payroll from Saturday, December 8 – Friday, December 21 will be paid on Friday, December 28. Students have until Monday, December 17 to enter hours and submit timesheets for this pay period. Approvers have until Tuesday, December 18 to approve timesheets.

Please contact Denise Rogers, payroll associate, Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8535 with any questions.

Please communicate this schedule to your work study employees. 

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, payroll associate, Controller’s office

Help Desk Winter Break Hours

Help Desk hours for winter break through the first week of the spring semester are as follows:

Monday, December 17 – Thursday, December 20: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, December 21: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED (Winter Break)

Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January 11: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 14 – Wednesday, January 16: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Regular hours resume on Thursday, January 17:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, visit the help desk located in Horan O’Donnell 016, by Email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or at Ext. 8340.

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

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go to: canisius.edu/iar_aging.

Study participants will complete approximately 30 minutes of online surveys and a small number of participants will be asked to do a battery of in-person assessments. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at lodismij@canisius.edu or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

Workshop: D2L Essentials

Starting at the beginning of the spring semester, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) will offer workshops covering the essentials of using D2L. If you are a new professor or have taught at Canisius for a while but would like to learn or review essentials of D2L, this is an ideal opportunity.

In this training session, professors get the very basics of teaching in D2L such as:

  • Uploading files so students can get them
  • Organizing your course content
  • Setting due dates so students can see them (in multiple places)
  • Building a gradebook

Discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching classes. The workshop will be offered at two different times:

  • Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. in OM 119
  • Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. in OM 119

Review the COLI calendar to see times and locations for other training events.

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

Campus Candid

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Pictured (l-r): Joe Baschnagel; Sandra Lewis; Johanna Fisher, instructor, Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures and David Schiavone

On Tuesday, December 4 the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) hosted the Zoe Players, a local group dedicated to keeping alive the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. The free concert was held in the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall. A small reception followed.

The group has been performing in the Western New York area for over 20 years. Each member brings her or his unique talent as educators and performers to create shows that highlight the music, dance and song of the three periods. The performers are grateful to bring their passion to the college. Thank you to all who made this special event possible.

The ICMS event calendar will take a break for the Christmas and New Year holiday season, but will begin again in late January with our Brown Bag seminar series. Watch this space for details, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Don’t Throw It Away, Give It Away!

When cleaning out your dorms…don’t throw it away, give it away!

Please bring any non-perishable food items to the dining hall by Friday, December 14 and Chartwells will donate the items to the local food Pantry.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

 

El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage for Alumni and Lifelong Learners

Embark on a pilgrimage through El Camino de Santiago, Spain, from May 24 – June 2, 2019.

El Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old, month-long Christian pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Join Alice Zicari ’13 and Matthew Cortese, SJ, in walking an average of 10-15 miles a day for three days along the pilgrimage trail from Sarria, Spain to the cathedral. This span of walking is not only a form of exercise but an opportunity to foster spiritual connection, renewal and reflection. Visits to Sarria and Santiago are allotted at the beginning and end of the pilgrimage.

Costs of travel are:

$2,800 (includes airfare from Toronto, shuttle to Sarria, room and board (double occupancy), all dinners and miscellaneous program expenses)

$1,700 (book your own flight and meet the group in Sarria, Spain. Includes room and board (double occupancy), all dinners and miscellaneous program expenses)

+$350 for single occupancy room.

Visit https://www.canisius.edu/roadlesstraveled for more information or register before Friday, February 1 by contacting Nicolle Barsch at barschn@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Nicolle Barsch, Institute for Global Engagement

Replace Your Flash-Powered Videos

Adobe Flash, a popular technology for streaming video and interactive content, will gradually be phased out of use by Adobe and other major web browsers. If you have any web content that is dependent on Flash, plan to make arrangements to replace or convert it within the next several months. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Jing, a popular screencast application. Jing records video in flash format. Videos created in Jing, hosted anywhere, will soon become practically difficult to use. Contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation to learn about newer and more efficient screencast creation options.
  • Many Jing users upload their videos to a free Screencast.com account. Beginning Friday, November 2, Screencast.com began deleting content from free account spaces that have not been viewed in the past twelve months. If you have video content stored on screencast.com within a course you have not taught in the past year, it will likely be deleted. Be sure to download or otherwise make arrangements to convert that content.
  • If you had videos placed on the web by the Canisius College Media Center outside of Google Drive, they will need to be converted or replaced. New content in .MP4 and several other formats can be hosted in Google Drive (as well as D2L, YouTube and other locations.)  ITS will phase out it’s flash video servers in January before the Spring 2019 semester begins.

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

2019 403(b) Updates

On Thursday, November 1, the IRS announced the new limits for 2019 for 403(b) plans. Currently, the annual limit for those under age 50 is $18,500 and this will increase to $19,000 for 2019. Employees over age 50 may contribute an additional $6,000, making the annual limit $25,000 for 2019.

If you would like to change your contributions for 2019, please complete the attached 2019 Salary Reduction Agreement and return it to the Human Resources Department. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

This Week in the Griff Center

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Check out what is happening in the Griff Center this week.

Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, graduate assistant, Griff Center

Canisius in the News

WKBW-TV Channel 7 interviewed Anne Marie Dobies, EdD, interim vice president for student affairs, about a newly-established mentoring program at Canisius, named in honor of alumnus Steven A. Leonard Jr. ’07.

Click here to watch the story.

 

Annual German Christmas Mass

Canisius College will host its 51st Annual German Christmas Mass on Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. A Christmas performance by the German-American Musicians will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel and a breakfast reception will follow at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology, will preside at the Mass, which will be celebrated in German.

For more information on the German Mass, contact the College Communications Office at (716) 888-2790.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Trash and Recycling Stations in Old Main

On Monday, December 10 new trash and recycling stations will be unveiled in Old Main as part of the sustainability initiative at Canisius College to expand efforts to reduce waste on campus. This consists of a series of projects that you’ll hear more about in 2019. The first step is an enhanced recycling program that will kick off with a pilot in Old Main on Monday. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it will reduce the college’s costs for hauling trash. The new programs will also streamline the recycling and trash collection process, freeing up time for the housekeeping staff to work on other tasks resulting in a cleaner, more sustainable campus.

Stay tuned for more information on the pilot program coming in January 2019.

 Submitted by: Thomas Ciminelli, director, Facilities Management 

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an adjunct faculty information session on Monday, January 7 at 5:00 p.m. in Old Main 119. This session will help prepare professors to teach during the spring 2019 semester and learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission and technology for teaching and learning.

Just before the information session, there will be a faculty tour of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis library beginning at the library service desk at 4:00 p.m. The library is a complex organization with much to offer students, faculty and staff through its services, facilities and staff expertise. Its librarians are keen to support your teaching and research as well as your students’ learning. This tour is a great way to get to know the library.

These events are not mandatory but are a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching. Adjunct faculty who are teaching for the first time this spring can benefit and returning adjunct instructors are also welcome. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, email coli@canisius.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to campus and to the spring 2019 semester!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

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

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