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Science Hall Website Now Online

Check out the new website that supports the Science Hall renovation project here.  The site includes renderings of classroom, research and community spaces in the facility as well as floor plans and “green” building features.  It also allows access to the online giving form so that people can donate to support the project.

The first phase of the project includes the renovation of the first floor and atrium area at the southern end of the building.

The Canisius community is also encouraged to respond to the question on the page using the Facebook comment widget.  This will enable users to help the college spread the word about the project via social media.  Future enhancements will include video testimonials and additional photos as the project progresses.

The pages were designed by Field 2 Design and customized by the Office of Web Services with content input from Institutional Advancement and image resources from Canon Design.

Submitted by:  Chuck Pustelnik, director, web services

It’s Not Too Late to Join GrifFit

More than 300 members of the Canisius community have participated in the readiness to change survey and approximately 150 members of the Canisius community have participated in the health screenings, the latest initiative for the college’s GrifFit Wellness Program. As part of the strategic plan, Canisius has partnered with Independent Health to offer a comprehensive health and wellness initiative that stresses the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the members of our campus community.

For those who completed the Individual Health Screening last month, the next step is to fill out a Health Assessment Questionnaire. For those who did not complete the screening, it is not too late to join the GrifFit Program. You can start by completing the Health Assessment Questionnaire. In addition, our own Dennis Koch, associate professor of kinesiology and director of health and human performance, has volunteered to conduct blood pressure screenings during the spring semester. The HIPPA protection of confidentiality will be applicable.

The confidential Health Assessment Questionnaire provides information that will help Independent Health identify programs that best meet the health needs and interests of our college community. Even those who are not Independent Health participants are encouraged to complete the health assessment. Paper copies are available in the Human Resources Office for those who are not enrolled in a college health plan. A postage paid envelope addressed to the Wellness Department at independent Health is included. Independent Health participants can access instructions to complete the assessment here. Please note that the college does not receive individual health information.

Watch Under the Dome for more information and tips on the GrifFit Wellness Program.

Submitted by:  Deb Winslow-Schaber, director, human resources

New Archives Hours

Beginning today (December 5), the hours for Archives and Special Collections will change to Tuesday – Thursday from 1-3 p.m., and by appointment only on Mondays and Fridays.

Archivist Kathleen De Laney will respond to Email requests in the order of receipt.  Faculty who include, or plan to include, this office in their course curriculum should contact De Laney to make arrangements.  Those who already have class sessions planned for the spring semester should re-confirm the session schedule with her at Ext. 8421 or

A new schedule will be established when a successor is found for retiring archives associate Nancy Noel.

Submitted by:  Joel A. Cohen, PhD, associate vice president, library & information services