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Watch the September Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the September episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, September 3 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities (NRC). “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean.

In the first segment, Stan Bratton, PhD, executive director of the NRC, discusses how certain communities view electoral politics and the significance of the upcoming election with Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church and Faizan Haq, founder of WNY Muslims.

In the second segment, students from the Canisius College Video Institute share a short video about the teachings of various religious traditions on health care healing and the end of life. for the UB Medical School. The video was presented at a recent NRC meeting.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Barb Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Online Physical Education Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The online Physical Education program at Canisius College celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. The program, founded by Timothy Sawicki, PhD, in the fall of 2006 was the first program offered completely online at the college. More than 500 graduate students from 26 different states and eight different countries have graduated from the program.

Sawicki began the concept for the program in 2000, offering the first online course at the college. The course was created in 2000 because many of the physical education graduate students coaching and teaching all day were not able to attend night classes. The first course, created as a stand-alone website (no LMS system) had more than 40 graduate students enrolled.

The college began seeking online education opportunities and approached the graduate program in physical education. With the help of administration, the program began the development phase in 2003. By the fall of 2006 two courses were being offered to an excited 29 students.

Two more courses were added for the spring 2007 semester and were offered along with the original two. Eventually, 25 physical education graduate courses were brought online. The enrollment climbed to 73 students in 2007, 106 students in 2008, 128 in 2009 and more than 150 graduate students in 2010. At its peak in 2011, program enrollment reached 168 students and generated more than 1,000 credit hours per semester.

Visit the Canisius College Online Physical Education on LinkedIn to connect with 60 alumni of the program to share work-related messages. Canisius College administrators, faculty and students who were all involved in the program, share in the 10th Anniversary celebration of the online Physical Education graduate program.

Submitted by: Tim Sawicki, PhD, associate professor, kinesiology

COLI Offers Fall Workshops

To support both classroom and online learning, the new Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) offers new-format workshops in Desire2Learn and a variety of other powerful web-based applications.  We’ve retooled the old FacTS Center D2L workshops to better assist faculty in picking up new, or refreshing old skills essential for various class activities.  We’ve also added workshops focused on practical uses for newer, easy-to-use technologies:

  • Google Apps Workshop: Deliver and Accept Files With Your Class:  Faculty can use Google Drive to quickly share files with students, collect video assignments, and create classroom activities and assessments built around student collaboration.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Session: Google Cardboard in the Classroom:  Professors will discover ways that students can explore parts of the world through low-cost, interactive 3D technology using common smartphones.
  • Google Apps Workshop: Screencasting with Screencast-o-Matic and YouTube:  Faculty can communicate with students in engaging, easy-to-record videos, from simply weekly reminder messages to complex digital tool demonstrations.

This year, COLI will issue digital badges for attendees at workshops.  These badges recognize participants’ completion of training in new digital tools and competencies.

Sign up for the above, and other workshops and training sessions today!


Submitted by: Leah MacVie, director, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Training Sessions About Canisius

The Office of Enrollment Management will conduct Canisius College training throughout the first two weeks of the fall semester. We would like to extend a warm invitation to all members of the campus community to attend the sessions.

The purpose of the event is to provide comprehensive training on Canisius College through brief presentations of academic and non-academic program offerings at the institution. This will assist community members representing the college in student recruitment, athletic recruitment, institutional advancement and provide general campus knowledge.

Canisius College Training Schedule:

Wednesday, August 31: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Regis Room North

Tuesday, September 6: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Regis Room North

Wednesday, September 7: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Regis Room North

Friday, September 9: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Grupp Fireside Lounge

Please see the attachment for a detailed schedule of session topics and times.

Submitted by: Lindsay Miller, senior assistant director, undergraduate admissions

Revolution Indoor Cycling Sale

newlogo_galleryRevolution Indoor Cycling is offering a back-to-school special with a 15 percent discount off of class packs. Stock up on 5, 10 and 20-class packs as well as their student and happy hour packages. Along with this, they are also willing to offer a specific Canisius discount for faculty, staff and students upon checkout for use at both RevCity in Buffalo and RevAtJada in Williamsville. Revolution Indoor Cycling is also approved to accept the Independent Health fitness card.

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Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, human resources