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Spotlight on Service

S-service-learning-Somali-refugees-spotlightBuffalo is home to more than 22,000 resettled refugees from numerous countries. One of these countries, Somalia, has one of the largest of these populations. Sister Patricia Brady, Director of Service Learning, was contacted by the leader of the Somali Bantu community about helping him start an after-school program for the children who had difficulty completing their homework because these students had struggles with the English language. Her immediate response was that this would be a wonderful opportunity for service-learning students to be involved in a worthwhile project. She was particularly interested because the Somali Bantu are Muslim and that this would be a beautiful way to express a spirit of welcome and hospitality to our Muslim brothers and sisters.

S-service learning-Somali refugeesSr. Pat was able to use classroom space on the ground level in St. Mary Center, the central home for many Sisters of St. Mary, including Sr. Pat. Sr. Kathleen Dougherty graciously agreed to run the program with assistance from Sr. Mary Veronica and Sr. Roberta as well as a number of students from Canisius and Daemen College, who are partnering on this program.

Canisius service-learning students from several different classes, including Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 101) courses, staff the area from Monday to Thursday and work with the children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The program has even been used by a few of the Somali high school students. The college students are able to help local students while they develop an appreciation of another culture. The needs in the Somali Bantu community are great – not only is there a need for helpers for the children, but for supplies as well.

For more information about the program, including how to contribute supplies for the program, or about other service learning opportunities at Canisius, please contact Sr. Patricia Brady.

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

Women in the Arts Festival

THE_JOURNEY_1There are still two more events to attend as part of the Women in the Arts Festival!

This Friday, March 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Bouwhuis Library is the opening reception for Joyce Hill’s art exhibit, “Conversations.”   The exhibit will run from Friday, March 11 through Friday, April 22.

The final event is on Monday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center entitled “Clara Schumann: A Woman Ahead of Her Time” and will feature pianist, Karen Schmid, performing the music of Clara Schumann. Ruth Wurster will act as Clara Schumann, delivering details of Schumann’s life.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Canisius Chorale to Perform Sunday and Monday

017The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present two programs in the coming days. The first will be on Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center in collaboration with the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra.

On Monday, March 14, the Chorale will visit All Saints Church in Lockport for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

Both programs will feature works by Hogan, Whitacre, Vivaldi, Parker, Mendelssohn and others. Admission to both programs is free. Sunday’s performance in MCC will feature a free-will offering to benefit the Bison Scholarship Fund.

Now in its 19th season, The Canisius College Chorale remains one of Western New York’s most active collegiate music ensembles. Composed of 100 undergraduate and graduate members, the Chorale regularly presents concert programs to school, church, and community audiences throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. In recent years, the Chorale has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Desire2Learn Workshops

d2l_logoWhether you use Desire2Learn (D2L) now to teach, or are considering using it for the first time to teach an upcoming course, Canisius has plenty of resources available to support you.  Faculty members can attend workshops that cover the basics for getting started in D2L, or focus on the grades tool for recording, calculating and reporting students’ grades.

See our signup sheet for workshop dates and times.

Additionally, you can look up and learn about specific D2L features and tools in our D2L Faculty Users Group Video Tutorial Set.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist