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Wellness Fair a Big Success

Student Life, the Counseling Center, the Kinesiology and Human Resources departments co-sponsored a Wellness Fair yesterday.  The event was held in the Science Hall Commons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Students, faculty and staff alike stopped by to see the 30+ vendors on campus.  Vendors included Independent Health, which included a great visual of muscle vs fat in the body; Lawley Benefits, which displayed the fat content of popular foods, tasty treats from FANS (Fresh All Natural Smoothies), the BAC for Women, campus ministry and the SHAPE Majors club.

The event included special sessions of yoga at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Read Student Testimonials on Successful Faculty & Staff Campaign

With a 22 percent increase over last year in participation by current faculty and staff and more than $500,000 donated in 2014-15, Canisius celebrated its faculty and staff donors at the annual Faculty & Staff Donor Thank You Luncheon on Wednesday, March 31.

In total, 302 current, former, and retired faculty and staff made contributions this year in support of the Canisius Fund, endowed scholarships, and/or capital projects. “While gifts to the Faculty & Staff Campaign support virtually all areas of campus, it is our 4,181 students who benefit most,” shared Walter Sharrow, PhD, professor emeritus of history, and co-chair of the faculty and staff campaign. “Our philanthropy supports the educational experiences that are part of the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor for our students.”

At the luncheon, Emily Dorward ’17, Megan Teed ’17, and Angel Saldivar ’18, whose pictures have been featured in this year’s campaign materials, as well as on the Faculty & Staff Recognition Wall, shared what about their Canisius education they are most thankful for and expressed their sincere appreciation to the donors for making their Canisius education possible.

“The Jesuit values that define the Canisius experience have shaped my life in the way I know it,” expressed Dorward. “I strive every day to live as a woman with and for others.” Teed shared her appreciation for the opportunity to serve the community with people she loves while Saldivar thanked donors for the institutional aid he receives. “If I did not receive the assistance that I did, I would not have been able to attend Canisius and receive the rich education that is offered,” said Saldivar. “As a first-generation college student, this opportunity means everything to me.”

President John J. Hurley also spoke at the luncheon, conveying his sincere appreciation to faculty and staff donors for their added measure of commitment by giving to Canisius.

With less than two months to go in this year’s campaign, there is still time to support your favorite academic department or campus initiative. Please consider joining your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today at

Thank you for all that YOU do each and every day to make a Canisius education possible for our students.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Capstone in Kinesiology Gives Back!

Capstone in Kinesiology (KIN 494) students recently completed a Field Day with local area Special Olympics athletes. Coordinated largely by the efforts of Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, and Clancy Seymour, Ed.D, this event culminated with a Capstone Students vs. Athletes basketball game that was an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all participants.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, Ed.D, instructor, Kinesiology

Check out Helpful D2L Videos from the FacTS Center

We’re coming down to the end of the semester! The FacTS Center has some videos helpful to faculty who are wrapping up their spring courses, and thinking about preparing for summer or fall courses. Take a look at this quick video and the tips below:

– Do you want students to see their calculated grade when they log into the gradebook? (see the D2L Users Group tutorial for turning on grade calculation for students)
– Export your gradebook to print and archive in your personal records. (see the D2L Users Group tutorial on exporting grade data or rosters)
– Archive your entire course in D2L format at the end of the term (see the D2L Users Group tutorial on archiving a course)
– Copy your course content from a previous semester to a Summer or Fall course section (see the D2L Users Group tutorials on copying course content between sections.)

Remember, the FacTS Center will be running workshops for Faculty and Staff throughout the summer. These workshops are a great chance to acquire information and learn technology skills!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist