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Spotlight on Innovations in Teaching and Learning

ITL-Justice-Livescribe-spotlightOne of the main focuses of the JUSTICE Project at Canisius College is to prepare teacher candidates and area teachers to utilize assistive technology in the classroom to support students’ learning.  The JUSTICE Project’s iPads, zoom cameras and Livescribe pens, for example, are available on loan for teacher candidates to use in their field placements. The iPads are frequently updated with new apps and our teacher candidates are encouraged to provide us with app recommendations. Zoom cameras allow for video recording of lessons for our teacher candidates’ edTPA certification requirement.

ITL-Justice Livescribe extraThe JUSTICE Project partnered with Buffalo Public School (BPS) teachers, and other area districts and schools, to implement the use of Livescribe pens in the classrooms.  The Livescribe pen offers K-12 students and college students the ability to record audio while taking notes, create Sound Stickers to pre-record tests for students with disabilities, and a myriad of additional features. These BPS teachers are currently conducting action research projects in order to measure the use and effectiveness of Livescribe pens in their diverse classrooms.  The BPS teachers participate in online discussion forums to share their progress and experiences.  At the end of the program, the BPS teachers will present their findings and utilize the pens for future initiatives.

In the spotlight: JUSTICE Project Graduate Assistant, Hanna Morelli MS ’17 presents Web 2.0 and Google Tools at a Buffalo Urban League Young Professional Conference

Extra picture: CEEP Student Lauren Courtade ’16 presents Web 2.0 and Google Tools at a Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Conference.

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

Final Campus Forum on the Strategic Plan Today

President Hurley and the Strategic Planning Committee welcome all students, faculty and staff to come together today from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center to discuss the current draft of the institution-wide strategic plan. You can review the draft here.  Refreshments will be served at the event.

While this is the final campus-wide forum to publically exchange ideas about the document, if you are unable to attend and want to provide your feedback to the Strategic Planning Committee, please visit The Vision Project link on the myCanisius portal.  The draft of the plan is posted there and a submission box is open for your comments.  The deadline for feedback is April 15.

Thank you and we look forward to the conversation.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president/secretary, board of trustees

Ignatian Scholarship Day is Friday, April 15

The ninth annual Ignatian Scholarship ISD-2016-General-Ad-no-stampDay will be held on Friday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Science Hall and Christ the King Chapel. This event is an opportunity for students to present accomplished work for exhibit, presentations or performance. The full schedule will be available the week of April 11.

If you would like more information on Ignatian Scholarship Day 2016, please visit the Academic Affairs community page in myCanisius at or contact the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students; director, event services

Griff Center Hosts April Lunch and Learn

Irv-LevyThe Griff Center April Lunch and Learn will feature guest host, Irving Levy. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 20 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Executive Conference Room.

Irving Levy is the owner and chief financial officer of TeamHealth/The Exigence Group. In this role he is responsible for all accounting and reporting practices, billing and collections, human resources and recruitment of new physicians. He has more than 20 years of experience and a strong background in healthcare and physician practice management.

Levy is involved with projects involving medical practice profit enhancement, collections enhancements and the structure, sale and acquisition of medical practices. Levy is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a consultant for entrepreneurship in the Buffalo region.

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend the luncheon and participate in a career discussion. Students can register for the event through their Handshake accounts.

The Griff Center for Academic Engagement sponsors the Lunch and Learn Series to provide students with the opportunity to meet with leaders in our WNY Community and learn about new industries, careers and job preparation.

Submitted by: Julie Zulewski, associate director, griff center for academic engagement