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Attend The Strategic Planning Forum – Crafting a New Vision for Canisius

Dear Canisius Faculty, Staff and Students:

This is a reminder invitation to the members of the Canisius community about the first campus-wide strategic planning forum on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  I realize this is a very busy time of year, but your involvement is critical to the process and I hope that you will make it a priority to attend.  Our agenda for the session is attached here.

The college’s Strategic Planning Committee has been working diligently to identify the emerging themes and critical elements of a new vision for Canisius as a result of our ongoing Vision Project and other inputs.  To frame our forum discussion, I have also attached a discussion piece that we will explore as a community at the forum.  As you will read, this document reflects our early thinking on the critical elements of the next vision statement for Canisius, including the college’s commitment to:

  • Providing exceptional and innovative academic programs and learning opportunities and produce graduates prepared to respond to the needs of a global, digital world.
  • Justice in the world
  • Its Catholic and Jesuit identity

These elements are listed in no particular order and exist as prospective elements only at this stage.  The subordinate statements listed are possible ways in which we might undertake or explore the dimensions of these commitments.

While I think the interactive nature of our discussion at Thursday’s forum will be valuable, if you are simply unable to attend but would still like to offer input on this discussion piece, I urge you to submit your input through the Vision Project link on the college’s portal or through any member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

I am very grateful to our colleagues that have contributed to this process to date, and I look forward to a more expansive discussion about vision for Canisius and some of the strategies that will get us there.  In the best Canisius tradition, refreshments will be served.  I hope to see you tomorrow.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, canisius college

Hockey Hosts Mercyhurst This Weekend

Your Canisius hockey team returns to Buffalo this weekend to face Atlantic Hockey Conference foe Mercyhurst at the HARBORCENTER. Game times for Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 are scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

Friday’s game will feature a guest appearance by Canisius grad and WYRK morning host Clay Moden ’99. Clay will host a live remote at the HARBORCENTER from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night’s contest is sponsored by New Era and the first 200 ticketed fans will receive a complimentary New Era cap.

For more information, visit Discounted tickets are available to all faculty and staff with proper ID.

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

International Student Spotlight

During International Education week, the International Student Programs Office will be highlighting some of its bright, talented students.

The student for today is Peter Juhasz ’17. Peter is from Hungary and is in the Canisius MBA program.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish before leaving Canisius and the United States, Peter wrote:

“I would like to use the knowledge of the American business culture to improve the trans-Atlantic relations between the two countries at a multinational company. Importing the best practices from a prosperous country and using it on a daily basis would be a huge improvement for a Central European country. I truly believe that this MBA program will have a positive effect on the Hungarian business community and I feel committed to contribute to my country’s economic development.”

Submitted by: Christina Martinez, graduate assistant, international studies

Desire2Learn Workshops

On Friday, December 4, the FacTS Center will hold two Desire2Learn workshops at 11:00 a.m. in Old Main 115 and at 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 119.

Participants in the first workshop, “D2L: the Basics,” will learn how Desire2Learn works, what users can do with it and how students interact with it. Faculty can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time on what is important to them and their students.

The second workshop will focus on the D2L grading system and will allow participants to learn how to manage student grades.

Faculty can save time and effort by letting Desire2Learn deliver course content and collect assignments. This means freedom from printing and photocopying, knowing that course materials are always available to students.

Click here to sign up for these workshops.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist