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2015 Ignatian Scholarship Day

The eighth annual Ignatian Scholarship Day will be held on Friday, April 17 in Science Hall and Christ the King Chapel. This event is an opportunity for every student to submit accomplished work from the current or previous semester for exhibit, presentation or performance in a conference environment similar to that of a learned society or organization.

Students can begin to apply for ISD 2015 on Monday, February 9 through the online application on the myCanisius portal. The types of presentations students can choose from are poster displays, oral papers, digital presentations, two or three dimensional art and artistic performances. The online application will close on Friday, March 13.

In addition, Canisius College academic clubs are invited to participate with exhibits and demonstrations in Science Hall Atrium. Academic club presidents should contact Kathy Peter at Ext. 2121 for an Academic Club application.

If you would like more information on Ignatian Scholarship Day 2015, please visit the myCanisius CEEP portal at

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Griffs Host MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships This Week

The MAAC’s are back!

Your Canisius swimming and diving teams are hosting the men’s and women’s conference championships this week at the Flickinger Center, located at ECC’s city campus.

In what is always one of the most exciting collegiate sporting events of the season, Canisius will look to build upon a strong finish at last year’s event that saw four Griffs claim individual titles.

The meet starts Wednesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. and continues, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Morning preliminary races and diving commence at 10 a.m. each day, while the evening sessions start promptly at 6 p.m.

For additional information, visit To purchase tickets in advance, click on

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

Canisius to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Canisius celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a Soup with Substance Luncheon Wednesday, February 11, from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter ’42Student Center. Soup and beverage will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

An interview with the Hon. Rev. Darius Pridgen, pastor of Buffalo’s True Bethel Baptist Church and President of the Buffalo Common Council will be conducted by guest moderator Ms. Sandy White ’77 an award winning journalist. There will be a performance by WNY gospel singer Ms. Bessie Patterson.

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, assistant to the director of Campus Ministry

Mission & Identity Fellowship Award

Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, (Psychology, CAS) has been awarded a 2015 Mission & Identity Fellowship for her research project, Identity Development in Immersion Experiences.

Dr. Lodi-Smith’s research continues her ongoing work in human identity development. In this project she will focus on the benefits of short-term immersion and semester abroad study programs and their impact on identity/personality formation in young adults.

Both types of student experiences are viewed as transformative in the shaping of students’ experiences and character. Dr. Lodi-Smith hopes her research findings will “catalyze further support and enthusiasm for such learning.” An added feature of her research is the inclusion of student-researchers in her data gathering and analysis.

The Office of Mission & Identity promotes the awareness and deepening of our shared educational values and ideals. Dr. Lodi-Smith’s work engages the Jesuit ideals of service to humanity and becoming men and women for others. It further promotes the real-world experiences that foster these ideals to help form educated and compassionate global citizens here at Canisius.

Submitted by: Michael F. Tunney, S.J., director, Office of Mission & Identity

D2L improvement: “My Courses” List

On Friday, February 13 the “My Courses” list, appearing on users’ “My Home” screen, will be rearranged so that it is easier to use. Currently, users see their courses organized into semesters so that all fall semesters, all spring semesters, and all summer semesters are listed together. The current semester is listed toward the top (“Current – Spring 2015”).

After the 13th, semesters will be grouped by year, in descending order. So users will see their 2015 semesters listed first, followed by 2014 semesters, 2013, and so on. “Current” will remain at the top, so that even an upcoming (but not started) semester (for example, Summer 2015) will be just below the current semester. The “Current” semester will change to the new semester on the date grades are due.

For an example of this, see this FacTS Center D2L help site news item.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist, ITS