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Campus Candids

More than 140 students gathered on Monday evening to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Global Horizons, the international student club, sponsored the event. Students enjoyed traditional Chinese foods, bubble tea, calligraphy and giveaways. Lara Wang, a current senior and international student from China, presented on cultural traditions surrounding the celebration. The Red Dragon School of Martial Arts performed a Lion Dance and gave a Tai Chi demonstration.

IMG_9917Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, international students

Spotlight on Innovations in Teaching and Learning

ITL-gallimore-spotlightMark Gallimore is an academic technology specialist and an adjunct professor of history who combines his interests in his classes at Canisius. In his American history classes, he records short screencast videos to communicate with his students. In these video clips, students hear his voice while he displays or demonstrates things on his computer screen. Creating the videos takes no more time than typing text, the videos can be stored on YouTube or Google Drive and they can be embedded nicely in Desire2Learn. Here’s a tutorial of a free screencast tool, Snagit, for Google Chrome.

In his classes, Gallimore uses these screencasts in a variety of ways. Frequently these are simple reminder messages about upcoming events or assignments, due dates and other resources that students may need. These videos often point directly to items in D2L so students can find the information in the future as an example of a class announcement. If he wants his students to explore an interactive web resource, he might record an introduction to that resource.

In the fall, Gallimore had students create short video documentaries and share them with him via Google Drive. His entry-level video creation activity is an extension of traditional scholarly writing and ethics. To avoid spending time in class demonstrating video creation, he has created his own tutorials and he is willing to share his videos with others who would like to use them for their own courses.

In the future, he plans to use video clips to phase lecture out of his classroom by creating short clips interspersed with other activities, such as reading, writing or online discussions. If you would like more information about this technology or how it might be incorporated into classes, please contact Gallimore directly at

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

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Ash-Wed-1On Wednesday, February 10, Canisius will offer Mass and ash distribution during the following times at Christ the King Chapel:

8:00 a.m.               Fr. James Dugan, SJ

12:05 p.m.             Fr. Daniel Jamros, SJ

1:05 p.m.               Non-denominational service with distribution of ashes. Join us for prayer, scripture, reflection and music. The service will be led by Lu Firestone, associate campus minister and Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology.

5:05 p.m.               Fr. Thomas Colgan, SJ

8:30 p.m.               Fr. James Pribek, SJ

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Ministry at Ext. 2420.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, campus ministry

Friday Lent Dining Options

For Ash Wednesday and every Friday throughout Lent, please keep an eye out at all dining locations for our meatless entrees. For today, February 10, the dining hall will be featuring garden vegetable rotini toss and kidney bean stew with sweet potatoes for lunch. For dinner, there will be masala tilapia and curried ratatouille along with a garbanzo loaf with marinara. Please see our featured image with this article for additional features!


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