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Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

fs-burns-spotlightBarbara Burns, PhD, professor of teacher education, developed her scholarship as a true intermingling of three academic areas: teaching, service and scholarship. Her recently published articles and presentations at state and national conferences are focused on the implementation of the newest education certification exam, the edTPA. Burns’ research allows her to work with student teachers and their cooperating teachers in the field. In addition, the research is a collaborative effort with faculty in other departments at Canisius College including teacher education, graduate education and leadership, and kinesiology, to best support our teacher education candidates.  Showing this connection between her teaching and scholarship, Burns authored a chapter, Mathematics Teacher Education and edTPA:  Complex Assessing in the forthcoming Handbook of Research on Professional Development for Quality Teaching and Learning.

Burns connects her service with her scholarship as co-founder of the Math Circle at Canisius College. This group provides mathematics tutoring to students in grades 3 – 8 through the mathematics tutoring program and recently held a conference for mathematics teachers throughout Western New York. Burns and her students are co-authoring articles about these endeavors.  Burns demonstrates how faculty use passions to create many opportunities for students and to improve education.

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

Funeral Arrangements Set for Professor Jesse E. Nash Jr., HON ’93

Services for Jesse E. Nash, Jr., HON. ’93, professor emeritus of anthropology and sociology, who died last week at the age of 90, are as follows.

The wake will be held today, Tuesday, May 17 at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex Street, Buffalo, NY and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The wake will conclude with a vespers service at 7:30 p.m. President John Hurley will attend the wake and offer remarks on behalf of the college at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church.
Final visitation hour will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Mass of the Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The family will continue to receive condolences after the Mass in the Lower Parish Hall of St. Phillip’s, located at 15 Fernhill Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

The St. Phillip’s Memorial Fund
15 Fernhill Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215


The Nash House Museum
36 Nash Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, campus ministry

Desire2Learn: Reminders for the Summer

d2l_logo61Desire2Learn will be unavailable to Canisius College users on Thursday, May 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Desire2Learn’s engineers will need to take it offline to complete the scheduled upgrade. This time frame begins after spring semester grades are submitted and concludes several days before the summer session classes begin.

The upgraded D2L will be quite similar to our current D2L visually, but some changes aimed at making D2L more intuitive and easier to use will be noticeable.  For example, features are better described to faculty, within the Quizzes tool.

Summer instructors should verify that course materials in Desire2Learn are available to students when needed. Occasionally, dates for summer courses are changed as they are organized in the spring, so that the availability dates for sections within D2L may need to be updated by instructors.  Until courses reach their “start dates,” they are not accessible to students within D2L.

Here’s a video showing how to verify or change course start and end dates for your class in D2L.

Lastly, here’s a handy checklist for completing important administrative tasks between semesters, for your courses within Desire2Learn.

If you have any questions concerning Desire2Learn, please contact the Canisius ITS helpdesk at, or at Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist