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Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship

fs-stewartThe National Science Foundation awarded Canisius College a $1,000,000 grant over five years to support “Canisius Science Scholars: Providing an Integrated Academic and Social Support Scaffolding in the Biological Sciences.” Andrew Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of biology, is the principal investigator (PI) on the grant.

The grant will provide support for the development of a science scholars learning community and includes more than $700,000 of scholarship money for students in biology, environmental science and animal behavior, ecology, and conservation. There is also substantial funding for a number of activities to build both academic and social supports for these students.

Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs, Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and associate professor of ABEC and biology, and Jon O’Brien, PhD, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, are serving as co-PIs on the grant and will participate in various learning-community activities.

Kristin Finn, PhD, professor of adolescence education and Jim Donnelly, PhD, associate professor of counseling and human services, will evaluate the project to determine high impact activities for possible long-term inclusion in the college.

Stewart adds that he is very excited about the opportunities this grant will provide the Canisius students. Special thanks to the IMPACT Center, especially Chris Lopata, PsyD, professor of teacher education and to Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, for the support they provided during the grant writing process.

Information about the new scholarship opportunities will be available in the near future.

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

Fourth Annual Fall Fest

Join the Student Programming Board for the Fourth Annual Fall Fest this Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m!  Hosted in the campus quad, this year’s event will feature the 716, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, and Ru’s Pierogi food trucks, Barrett Brother’s kettle corn and an ice cream truck.

Activities to look forward to include pumpkin decorating, Henna tattoos, balloon artist, caricatures, inflatable activities, photo keychains and more!  This year a vendor’s corner will feature Buffalo artisans including Retro Bflo shirts, Dramatik Pozy, Peg’s Hardware, Sew-Redi and the WNY Book Arts Center.

Admission to the event for current Canisius students is free.

A formal registration is preferred for faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family: register here. Admission to the event for these groups is $10, which includes a food truck voucher.  Vouchers can also be purchased on-site at the registration tent near the Horan-O’Donnell lot.

Submitted by: Beth Crvelin, assistant director, student life

Volleyball Home Openers This Weekend

The Canisius volleyball team celebrates Homecoming Weekend with a pair of contests. The Griffs home opener, after playing their first 11 games on the road, is Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. versus St. Peter’s. Canisius remains home for a 1:00 p.m. MAAC clash against Rider on Sunday, September 25.


Not only are the Golden Griffins playing their first home games of the season, new coach Lenika Vazquez makes her Koessler debut

For additional information, visit, or follow on Twitter @GoGriffs. There is no admission charge for home volleyball contests.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Immigration Justice

On Monday, September 26, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Canisius hosts the September Peace Coffeehouse: Immigration Justice.

Msgr. David Gallivan, a Buffalo native and former executive director of the secretariat for Latin America of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and Rev. Bernard Survil, who worked for the Catholic church in Central America for 25 years, will discuss the forces shaping immigration from Latin America and the U.S. bishops pastoral letter on immigration reform.

There will also be a report on the VIVE-La Casa program of the Jericho Road Community Health Center by Sr. Beth Niederpruem.

The event is sponsored by Peace Action-Canisius, the Latin American Studies program, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Latin America Solidarity Committee, and the WNY Peace Center.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor, mathematics and statistics

Upcoming Qualtrics Workshops

qualtrics-low73Whether it’s simple sign-up sheets, multi-page applications or survey questionnaires, collecting data using paper forms is costly and time-consuming. Canisius has a powerful web-based survey and form toolset called Qualtrics that allows for quick and easy creation of digital surveys and data collection forms.

In the next few weeks the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers two workshops for faculty & staff interested in learning (more) about Qualtrics:

Qualtrics Workshop: Smarter Surveys and Forms Thursday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. OM Room 115

This workshop introduces advanced features for conducting surveys or gathering data using Qualtrics. Attendees will learn how to create smarter forms that adapt to respondents based on their early responses. The form can skip irrelevant questions, ask them personalized questions that refer to things they entered earlier, or show them images as part of questions. Use panels to send personalized invitations and reminders to respondents and record their participation even when their responses are kept anonymous.

Qualtrics Kickstarter: A Brief Overview. Thursday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. OM Room 115

In this Kickstarter, you’ll get a feel for how to find things in Qualtrics and learn some basics for simple surveying or creating online forms. Whether you simply want to stop using paper sign-up sheets or collecting paper applications, or you plan to go further and learn Qualtrics for extensive social science research, this session will get you started.

Sign up for our Qualtrics workshops today!


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