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With study abroad programs offered in 13 countries and 20 cites, Canisius has all the resources necessary to fully immerse its students in international courses and cultures. Andrew Case MBA ’16 participated in one of these programs through MBA 686: Doing Business in the European Union (EU) course, offered by Coral Snodgrass PhD, professor in the Management Department.

The first half of the class was spent learning and researching the current situations in the EU through weekly discussions, followed by nine days of field experience in London, Belgium and Paris. These discussions prepared students for the multiple businesses they visited abroad varying from New Era in London, to Sanofi, one the largest pharmaceutical producers, in Paris, and Vanparys, a chocolate producer in Belgium.

One of Andrew’s favorite aspects of the course was a simulation the class conducted with fellow French MBA students. The students divided into teams of American and French employees, each determining the course of action to take for several hypothetical situations. As separate countries, they then compared decisions they made and had to debate and compromise to reach a solution as a cohesive unit. This exercise showed students the many obstacles an international manager faces but more importantly created connections that would last far beyond the classroom.

Andrew is still in touch with several of the students with whom he collaborated. These international opportunities provide students with the transformative experiences that are the ideal in Jesuit education.

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

Desire2Learn Down for Upgrade Tomorrow

d2l_logo53Desire2Learn will be unavailable to Canisius College users 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

Children’s Vitamins Needed for Medical Mission Trip

A team of 19 Canisius students are preparing to head off on an annual medical mission trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The students will be traveling from May 23 – June 6. The group just received word from the in-country coordinators that access to children’s vitamins is their greatest challenge right now. About 20-30 vitamins are typically prescribed in addition to other medications to help prevent children from contracting common ailments including parasites and strep throat.

If you would like to contribute a bottle of children’s vitamins, donations will gladly be accepted until the groups’ departure on May 23.

Please contact Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, Pre-medical Center at Ext. 2539 or by email at with questions or for more information.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, pre-medical center