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Spotlight on Student Learning

SL-library-collaborationCanisius College has placed increased emphasis on collaborative learning in the past several years. That means students are exchanging ideas and learning from one another beyond the classroom and that has changed how students use library space. Students are doing more group work; peer tutoring has become more prevalent; and there has been increased demand for presentation space due to oral communication requirements in the curriculum and more opportunities for students to present their work.

The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library has responded to these needs by adding more group study spaces. There are rooms equipped with technology to facilitate collaboration and afford opportunities to practice presentations. The technology allows students to connect their own devices to one shared display, use audio, video, interactive white boards and online conferencing, or students can meet for discussion with no technology in use.

Data shows a significant demand for group study rooms, starting with 786 reservations in fall 2012 and increasing to 2800 requests in fall 2015. The rooms can be reserved by current Canisius students here for up to three hours at a time.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

Golden Griffin Counseling Seminar

On Saturday, March 12, the Canisius College Counseling and Human Services Department will present “The Journey Through the Asylum/Refugee Process” as part of the Golden Griffin’s Counseling Seminar Series. The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The cost to attend is $25-$55. Lunch is included.

Jericho Road and Vive La Casa have joined together to continue the work of providing assistance to individuals seeking asylum in the United States and Canada, as well as following those refugees who come to the Buffalo, NY area.

The many needs of these individuals are pronounced because of the trauma that most have lived through in their homelands.  These individuals need the support and guidance from the community as they are enter a new culture.  It is with this perspective that our four presenters will approach the various conditions and needs of the “new” population coming to Buffalo, NY.

The registration form can be found outside Churchill Tower 802 or if paying by credit card please click here. If you have questions, please contact Rosemary Evans at Ext. 3298 or

Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, counseling and human services