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All Invited to the Fall Faculty Meeting

All faculty and staff are invited to the fall faculty meeting next Tuesday, September 24 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m. with the program beginning at 3:15 p.m. Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, will address the state of academic affairs and answer questions.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate to the vice president, academic affairs

Fourteen Faculty Recognized for Tenure, Promotion

Fourteen Canisius faculty members who were recently promoted or granted tenure or emeritus status were recognized on Friday, September 13 at a ceremony in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. President John J. Hurley, assisted by Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Wall, PhD presented each recipient with a certificate of achievement. Honorees were also invited to dedicate a book of his/her choice to add the library’s main collection (or dedicate a book in the library’s existing collection).

Those faculty members who were promoted to full professors were Sandra Estanek, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership; Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, PhD, professor of religious studies; Kristin Finn, PhD, professor of teacher education; Mark Hodin, PhD, professor of English and Christopher Lopata, PsyD, professor of teacher education.

The faculty members awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor were Kelly Harper, PhD, teacher education; Susan Margulis, PhD, biology; and James Oigara, EdD, teacher education.

Those faculty recognized for achieving emeritus status include Antone (Joe) Alber, PhD, Wehle School of Business; James Lauffenburger, PhD, physics; George Boger, PhD, philosophy; Jack D’Amico, PhD, English; Michael Gent, PhD, management; and H. Jeanette Willert, adolescence education.

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Caption: (l-r) President John Hurley and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Wall, PhD, congratulate James Lauffenburger, PhD, at the faculty tenure and promotion ceremony held at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library on Friday, September 13.

Desire2Learn Training: Prepare for the Transition

ANGEL is being phased out at the end of May 2014 and is being replaced by Desire2Learn. The FacTS Center, in preparation for the full implementation of Desire2Learn (D2L) in May will be offering workshops during the fall and spring semesters. Dates, times, and registration can be found on the workshop registration site. All workshops will be held in OM-115 and will be hands on.

Workshops will be structured to make the transition logical and as easy as possible. The first week of the month, three identical one-hour sessions will give an overview of D2L and introduce you to navigating the new learning management system and email. The second week will focus on Content and Discussion Forums. Week three will demonstrate Dropboxes and the Gradebook, and week four will introduce quizzes. Attend one session each week for a comprehensive introduction to D2L.

If you have any questions about the transition from ANGEL to D2L, or these workshops please send an email, to Joe Rizzo (, Leah MacVie (, or Estelle Siener (

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

Ken Sroka Selected as ECMC Volunteer of the Month

Ken Sroka, retired professor of English is the October “Volunteer of the Month” at ECMC. He was nominated by Dr. Lisa Keenan, a psychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at ECMC.

“Ken Sroka is an exceptional volunteer who has genuine concern for the well-being of our patients as human beings. He has been facilitating weekly reading groups for both patients who sustained brain injury as well as chronic pain patients. He goes above and beyond with his preparations and the patients are benefitting tremendously from this venue. Ken takes an interest in ensuring that post-injury patients engage in goal setting and are taking part in activities that support feelings of worth. In between groups, he writes up detailed summaries about what was read and highlights the discussion. He also has created a satisfaction survey to better structure this program based on the patient’s needs and preferences. Ken is reliable and a wonderful asset to ECMC. Thanks, Ken, for all you do to make our world a better place!”

Submitted by: Kenneth Sroka, PhD, retired professor of English