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Campus Candids

Ben Swanson ‘17, a Canisius chemistry major, teaches students at Buffalo School #198, International Prep, a school of 47 different languages. Supported and guided by Ann Wright and Robert Selkowitz, Mentor Resource Lab.

Submitted by: Ann W. Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Commencement 2014 Volunteers are Needed

Canisius College commencement ceremonies are a memorable experience for our students. Please consider volunteering at our 2014 commencement ceremonies:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

We are counting on our veteran marshals and looking forward to working with all newcomers. An informational meeting on new volunteer opportunities will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Regis South Room.

For more information on commencement opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to the myCanisius portal under the Academic Affairs Community page. The commencement tab is located on the top blue bar.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Peter, Ext. 2121 or Lisa Fischer, Ext. 2120 in the Academic Affairs Office.

Submitted by: Kathy L. Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Important ITS News

Excellent Opportunity to Prep your Summer (or Fall) Courses In Desire2Learn

Are you preparing a course for the summer sessions? If so, the ITS FacTS Center will offer a two day workshop spanning the continuum of everything you need to know to successfully build your course. If you’ve not had the opportunity to attend our workshops, this is a great opportunity to literally build your course in two days. Just bring your files on a flash drive or bring in your computer and we’ll take you step-by-step through the process. If you have attended our workshops, you are welcome as well.

If you’d like to sign up for Boot Camp go to If you have any questions, please contact Joe Rizzo at or x8354.

Desire2Learn Day

This year, on March 28, the ITS FacTS Center will offer the Canisius community an opportunity to see how their colleagues are using D2L and will share what they’ve learned with you. There will be a student panel to share their experiences with Desire2Learn, as well. For more information, please click here.

Important News Regarding Checkbox

Last January and early February, I published articles in the Dome and the Canisius Portal letting the Canisius community know that we have upgraded Checkbox and moved it to another server to increase its speed and efficiency.

The new browser address is now: The user interface hasn’t hanged too much but the backend has, which is why ITS decided to upgrade.

We also have entered users in the new Checkbox on a “per request basis.” If you plan on using Checkbox please send a message to stating your department, full name, and your Canisius user id. When your account is created, you’ll be notified by email with a password and instructions on how to change your password. It is recommended that, for simplicity, you change your password to your Canisius password.

If you have any questions please contact Joe Rizzo at

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

WBC Hosts “Build a Better Reputation for Your Business”

Why is a good reputation so important to your business? No one does business with a company that has a bad reputation. Therefore, smart businesses will spend their time and resources on building their reputation, first and foremost! Don’t miss this presentation by the Better Business Bureau on how to build that reputation and your business on Thursday, March 13, 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. at the WBC. Call 888-8280 or to register click here.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, administrative assistant, Women’s Business Center