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Canisius in the News

Michael Haselswerdt, PhD, professor of political science spoke with WIVB-TV, Channel 4 on Monday, September 12. Haselswerdt discussed the impact that Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia could have on the election.

To watch the video, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Get to Know…

IMG_0782Shelly M. Baronich
Associate, Controller’s Office

Shelly began working at Canisius as a cashier in the Student Accounts Office. In September 2007, she moved into her current position as an accounting associate. Among her responsibilities are reviewing and processing budget transfers, purchase order creation, direct pay review, invoice and utility bill payments. Shelly also processes and distributes all faculty and staff parking tags and was instrumental in moving the process to an online platform. Shelly’s excellent organizational skills, careful attention to detail and passion for accuracy have made her a true asset to the Controller’s Office.

She is the mother of two Canisius grads, Michael and Emily, who are both teachers. Shelly also earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies while working at Canisius. She is an avid traveler who has ventured to Italy, Australia, Mexico, the West Coast including visits to Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington State. Most recently Shelly visited the Dominican Republic. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys cruising local waterways with her husband John on their Pontoon boat, weekend getaways with her sisters, attending concerts and spending time with friends and family.

Did you know…that Shelly saw Elvis at Memorial Auditorium in 1976 (one year before he died) and fully admits she was one of the crazy screaming girls!

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Climbs to 23rd on U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Ranking of America’s Best Colleges

Canisius College climbed to the 23rd spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North. The college was recognized for its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes and student-faculty ratio (11:1). U.S. News separately ranks comprehensive colleges and universities by region of the country. There are 137 schools in the Regional Universities – North category.

Canisius moved up four spots from its U.S. News ranking of 27th in 2015. The college’s 2016 U.S. News ranking was 34th   – an aberration due to incorrect data, which reported Canisius’ first-year retention rate was 68 percent rather than the actual 86 percent.

“I am gratified to see Canisius College recognized as one of the best regional universities in the North,” says Canisius President John J. Hurley.  “This is a reflection of the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff to provide a first-class education and experience for our students, and the numerous initiatives we have undertaken in the past few years to improve the college.”

In addition to Canisius’ notable climb among top tier regional schools, the college is in the top 10 named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Great Schools, Great Prices ranking.  Canisius’ strong support of veterans also earned the college recognition from U.S. News & World Report. The 2017 rankings place Canisius 12th among 52 regional universities in the North on the publication’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans.

Click here to read more about the latest rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Homecoming Tent Party Faculty and Staff Discount


The Office of Alumni Engagement is offering a discount to faculty and staff members who want to attend the Homecoming Tent Party! Pre-sale tickets for faculty and staff are $25 for the event on Friday, September 23 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the Quad.  Admission at the door is $40. The evening includes live music, dinner buffet, open bar of beer and wine, food trucks and more!

We hope to see you there! Click here to register or call Courtney Sullivan, alumni event coordinator, at Ext. 2710.

Submitted by: Courtney Sullivan, alumni event coordinator, Office of Alumni Engagement

Upcoming COLI Workshops

coli_canisius_left_revIn the next few weeks, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation will offer a variety of workshops for faculty and staff.  These are chances to quickly learn (or review) some skills with common technologies used for coursework and administration, or prepare to teach an online or hybrid course.

  • Beginning next week is our Online Course Development Workshop.  This six-week virtual workshop officially begins Monday, September 19 with an introductory webinar on Friday, September 16. The workshop is designed for those looking to teach online or hybrid courses at Canisius College. This session of the workshop will be led by COLI faculty fellow Dennis Mike, PhD.  Professor Mike has been teaching literacy education and instructional technology courses at the higher education level since 1991. Since coming to Canisius as an associate professor in 2009, he teaches almost exclusively online and the focus of his recent scholarly work is also in this area.  This is an excellent opportunity for those who intend to teach fully online, blended or hybrid courses – especially in the fall (term II) and spring semesters. For more information about the Online Course Development Workshop, contact Leah MacVie at Ext. 8355.
  • Our Desire2Learn Grades workshop is Wednesday, September 14.  Learn how to use D2L’s grades tool to manage and report student grades.
  • Interested in WordPress for blogging or web publishing?  Attend our WordPress & Divi Kickstarter session on Wednesday, September 21.  This is a great opportunity to get started in WordPress and the versatile Divi Theme.
  • Also on Wednesday, September 21 is our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Session focused on Google Cardboard in the Classroom.  Attendees will discover ways that students can explore parts of the world through low-cost, interactive 3D technology using common smartphones.
  • On Thursday, September 22, an advanced Qualtrics workshop will be offered.  Learn how to make “smart” surveys or forms in Qualtrics that customize questions for different respondents and track respondent participation.

Sign up now for these and other workshops offered this fall by the Center for Online Learning & Innovation.


Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation