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SMART Board User’s Group

A SMART Board User’s Group is forming! The SMART Board User’s Group will hold an inaugural meeting on Friday, November 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room in the Lower Level of the library. The purpose of this group is to share ideas and learn new integration strategies for using the SMART Board in the classroom. If you don’t use a SMART Board but are interested in learning more, please feel free to attend.

At our first meeting to get us started with dialogue and sharing, I will highlight a few of the new features within SMART Notebook 11. We will also plan future meeting times and locations.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me, Jodi Moore at

Submitted by: Jodi Moore, academic technology specialist, ITS

Dr. James Valone Day of Recognition

Come spend the afternoon with Dr. James Valone on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center. Celebrate Jim’s career and friendship with his family, colleagues, students and alumni.

Please RSVP by November 7, 2012 to Debbie Gianturco, or call 888-2160.

Submitted by: Stephanie Cattarin, executive director, Center for Professional Development

To Frack or Not to Frack: Canisius to Host Buffalo Debate Teams, November 9

Attention Students and Faculty: Adjudicators and Moderators Needed!

Two debate teams from the Buffalo Public Schools will be on campus on the following dates and in the following rooms. For the November 9th debate, the topic is Geo-fracking. The teams are in need of adjudicators and judges.

•Friday, November 9, 2012, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Old Main 410 and Old Main 414

•Friday, December 14, 2012, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Richard E. Winter Student Center, former Faculty Dining Room

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Richard E. Winter Building, former Faculty Dining Room and Regis North

•Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Richard E. Winter Building, former Faculty Dining Room and Regis North

If you can be of service or would like to attend as an observer, please email or call Elizabeth Brandjes at 888-2768

Submitted by:  Elizabeth Brandjes, director, educational partnerships

Griff Hoops to Host Eckerd on Thursday

Your Golden Griffin men’s basketball team concludes the exhibition portion of its schedule Thursday night when they host Eckerd College at the Koessler Center. Game time is scheduled for 7 pm agains the Division II team from Florida.

It will be Uncle Bob’s Poster Night with the first 100 fans receiving a 2012-13 schedule poster.

The regular season opens Monday night when Canisius hosts Boston University at 7 pm.

Season tickets and Family Passes are still available by calling 888-2885.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

ITS workshop

Have you ever wanted to find out if there is an easier way to do something on a computer? Have you ever wished there was a workshop on something in the Microsoft Office Suite or another application? Voice your opinion. Here’s how we can help.

Would you find it easier to receive, grade, and return assignments without using paper? On November 7 there is a workshop on ANGEL drop boxes and discussion forums. On November 8 we’re hosting a workshop on grading with rubrics.

Do you have a survey that you would like to do? Did you know that Canisius has a survey application called Check Box that you can create, distribute electronically, and create reports? Yep there’s a workshop for that on November 9, 14 and 29.

Do you want to reduce the number of messages in your E-mail? Do you understand the E-mail retention policy? There are six workshops scheduled to help you manage this process, get rid of useless junk, and save that which is important.

Working online or want to? On November 11 there is a workshop for Online Course Development-you don’t have to leave your desk for this one. On November 16, find out how to use GoToMeeting, a web-based collaboration tool. You can use GoToMeeting for things other than teaching as well. Check it out. You may find that it can meet some of your needs.

Make scheduling meetings with several people an easier task with Outlook. There are three workshops that can help you do this painlessly and in much less time.

We have more Mac users on this campus today than ever before. Want to learn more about it? Want to use it more effectively? Come to any one or all three of the workshops that are being offered in November.

To sign up for a workshop, go to the Workshop Registration page and pick one or more that might help you. If you have any questions please contact Joe Rizzo at x8354.

Remember, we’re here to help you in your technology needs. Please let us do that for you.

Submitted by:  Joseph F. Rizzo, academic technology specialist, ITS