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Town Hall Meeting Today

President John J. Hurley will host a Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff today, November 15 in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, Regis Rooms, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

President Hurley will give an update on the latest developments at the college and take any questions you may have. These events are valuable opportunities to exchange ideas, share opinions and engage in a dialogue with campus leaders about the important issues and opportunities facing Canisius. Please consider attending.

Thank you.

Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Get to Know…

PAT2“It’s been a very gratifying experience to teach students at Canisius and then encounter them again at the hospital, as they begin their medical residencies.”

For Patrick Gannon ‘73, “Canisius students are the inspiration that keeps (him) going.

A clinical pharmacist by profession, Gannon recently retired from his 35-plus year career with Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital.  Still, he opted to “stick with (his) side gig” as an adjunct professor of biology, and sports medicine, health and human performance at Canisius.  It’s a position Gannon has held since 1985 when his former biology professor, Joseph A. Tomasulo, PhD, recruited him back to alma mater.  “Dr. Tomasulo needed someone to teach microbiology to the women in the nursing program,” recalls Gannon.

He’s been in the classroom ever since, teaching coursework in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, medicinal botany and cardiopulmonary pharmacodynamics.  Gannon’s enthusiasm for teaching and eagerness to impart his wealth of professional and practical experience are evidenced by his classes, which are often filled to capacity.

Gannon earned his BA in biochemistry from Canisius College and his MS in microbiology and immunology from SUNY at Buffalo.  He was a research associate in experimental pathology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for several years and published a number of articles in both oncology and microbiology journals. 

Did you know:  Patrick Gannon played a key role in the creation of the indoor Medicinal Garden and outdoor Healing Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Both are places for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

Submitted by: College Communications

International Education Week Student Spotlight

In honor of International Education Week (IEW), the Office of International Student Programs will spotlight students each day who have shared what international education means to them. IEW is an initiative driven by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that encourages educational institutions to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The Office of International Student Programs is sponsoring activities and events all week, in collaboration with various campus departments, student clubs and community organizations. You can view the full schedule events by clicking here.

Our second student spotlight is Tyler Gates ’18, an international relations and German major who studied abroad at Katholische Universität Eichstätt in Germany.

How have your personal values been altered or strengthened after your study abroad experience?
“I have more values that were strengthened while abroad rather than altered. First, my social skills definitely sky rocketed! I actively went out of my way to get to know everyone I met and spoke with them in either German or English. I was curious to learn about their lives and culture. My global awareness has always been high due to my major (International Relations) but while abroad I was opened to a multitude of differing opinions from students all around the world. It was really amazing to learn the opinions about America and its political system from students who were from Uzbekistan, China, Russia, Germany and Spain.

Another personal value that was definitely strengthened while abroad was my ability to stay calm and have patience! Staying calm was one of the first things that was tested while in Germany. Getting off of the bus at the train station in the little town, where nobody is waiting for you and after hours of travel is really frightening. I was alone and had no idea what to do for more than two hours but I stayed calm and ended up being able to call someone eventually. I had to stay very calm in order to think clearly. This was truly a test and now I feel more confident in stressful situations.

How has your international experience improved your communication skills when interacting with people from different backgrounds?
“Oh boy, communication with different people from all over the world is very difficult. Thankfully, almost every international student I came into contact with spoke English at least at a B1/B2 level. Along with the international students, most German students I befriended spoke perfect English as well. However, there was obviously a large communication barrier when I would go shopping or had to get a haircut. The barrier disheartens you some but over time you just make improvements on your speaking abilities and can anticipate the questions they will ask when you go. The ability to speak and communicate through the common language of English was fascinating to me. I witnessed on multiple occasions students from some country speak to another from a different country (for example someone from Finland communicating with someone from China) through English and it really showed me how lucky I am that I am a native English speaker. I had multiple opportunities to speak German with native German speakers so having the confidence and the ability to not care to make mistakes while speaking was something that helped me in improving my German communication skills. Overall, studying abroad will improve your communication skills drastically!”

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, Office of International Student Programs

Desire2Learn Gradebook Workshop

COLID2LDesire2Learn has a powerful gradebook where a professor can record and calculate student grades.  Entries listed in the grades area can be linked to assignment collectors, quizzes and discussion topics within D2L so it’s easy to provide students feedback on work, while automatically entering their grade into the grades area.  The professor can easily keep track of all student grades and a report is available on each student, which shows exactly how he/she is doing within the course.

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation maintains a set of helpful self-paced training videos on D2L’s grades area, as well as other tools and resources within D2L.  COLI will be conducting an hour-long workshop focused on D2L’s grades area, taking place on Thursday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m., in Old Main 115.  If you’ve used D2L’s grades area, but would like to know about more advanced features, this workshop is ideal.  This session is equally helpful if you’ve never used D2L’s grades toolset before.

Register for this and other workshops today!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI