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Dugan Blesses Public Safety Vehicles

Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J. blesses the new shuttle bus on Friday, September 3 in the Loyola Hall parking lot. A new public safety car was also blessed during the ceremony which is meant to bless both the vehicle and the officers who drive it. Fr. Dugan blesses all parts of the vehicles including the motors, brakes and other safety features. In 2001, Fr. Dugan was named the first public safety chaplin and since then, the event has been an annual tradition for all cars put into public service.

Submitted by: Office of Web Services

Library To Observe Annual “Banned Book Week”

The Canisius College Library joins libraries throughout the country in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Banned Books Week which runs September 25 until October 3.

Beginning Monday, September 28 from Noon to 1:30 p.m., and continuing at the same times daily through Friday, October 1, the library will host the 2nd Annual Read Out: It’s Your Right.  All Canisius faculty and staff are invited to read aloud from one of hundreds of books banned or challenged in this country every year.  The event will take place in the Library’s Innovation Alley – the casual meeting area adjacent to the DVD’s near Tim Hortons.  Last year, approximately 80 people shared their favorite “banned book” passages with a lively crowd.  Books from the Library collection will be available to encourage readers.

Among titles that have been banned by school boards, governments, libraries and publishers:

The Tales of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

The entire Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Ulysses – James Joyce

Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

To Kill A Mocking Bird– Harper Lee

The Bible

The Koran

Since 1982, ALA’s Banned Book Week-Celebrating the Freedom to Read has been observed during the last week of September to remind Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.  ALA is the official professional organization for librarians and celebrates “the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of reading materials expressing those viewpoints for all who wish to read them”.

Anyone who would like to “read out” at a specific time should use the sign-up sheets available at the Library’s Reference Desk starting Wednesday, September 8.  For more information about the Read Out and other events surrounding Banned Book Week, contact Kathleen DeLaney at or Ext. 2916

Submitted by:  Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian, archives & special collections

Media Center Upgrades Classrooms

Welcome back from the Media Center!  This summer saw work completed in a number of classrooms on campus.

OM 200 and HO 103 were both upgraded from Level 1 to Level 3 classrooms.  They both now feature a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for display of a resident computer, document camera, DVD/VCR combo unit, and instructor’s laptop.  The projectors in these rooms are controlled by an Extron Control Panel. OM 304, which received a partial upgrade back in the spring, also received an Extron Control Panel and DVD/VCR combo unit.

OM 305 and OM 309 were also upgraded.  A Gefen PVR (Personal Video Recorder) now replaces the VCR used for the recording of the accompanying observations suites.  The PVR records to a USB thumb drive, which allows for easy playback in the room on the unit itself or outside of the room on a computer.  These rooms have also been modified so all sources (laptop, DVD/VCR, PVR) now display on the ceiling-mounted LCD projector.

Also of note is the upgrade to OM 414 (EDU SMART Classroom). The room has been reconfigured and now sports dual projectors, a SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard, SMART Sympodium, 12 student computer stations, and new furniture.

To find out additional information on the aforementioned rooms and to see what changes were made in ten other classrooms, please visit our What’s New? page.

For any questions or concerns about instructional technology in the classroom or to schedule training, please contact the Media Center at Ext. 2590.  For more information on classrooms, please check out the What’s In My Classroom page at the Media Center website.

Submitted by:  Bob Grabowski, instructional support specialist, media center