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Griffs Under 40

40-under-40_1-griffs-under-40Do you know an innovative and inspiring young graduate who is using his or her Canisius education to make a difference in the world? If so, Canisius Magazine wants to know.

The editors are compiling the college’s first list of 40 alumni – under the age of 40 – who demonstrate success in their professions and/or through their community advocacy.

Help us identify the college’s best and brightest.  Nominate a Griff Under 40.

Submitted by: College Communications

End of Semester: Back Up Your D2L Data

COLID2LAt the end of the semester, instructors should download two things from each of their courses in Desire2learn: a .zip file containing their course content and a spreadsheet copy of their gradebook.  This is for several reasons:

  • All courses in Desire2Learn are purged five years after the end of the semester in which they were run.  This is a lot of time, but some instructors find themselves returning to teach a course after such a long period.  Although they will likely change things, having the old course data is a useful start for instructors to prepare the course again.
  • More generally, it’s always a good idea to back up digital data!  As with paper, the survival of any single piece of digital information is never assured but duplication greatly increases its chances.

Here’s a video showing how easy it is to download the entire course as a data package that, in future, could be reinstalled in Desire2Learn.

Here’s another video demonstrating how to use D2L’s gradebook export tool to either export grade data (such as your entire gradebook) or simply a course roster.   The resulting file is readable MS Excel, or could be converted to a Google Sheet.

Once you have this data downloaded, consider how to store it for long-term safekeeping.  A personal USB-connected external hard drive is one option.  We recommend your Canisius College Google Drive, since it is a safe space for student data, and is less likely to suffer accidental loss.

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

Faculty-Staff Day is Saturday at HARBORCENTER

Looking for an inexpensive way to spend some quality time with friends and family? Check out Faculty-Staff Night this Saturday, December 3 at HARBORCENTER as your Griffs entertain Bentley University at 7:35 p.m.

All Canisius faculty and staff can receive up to four free tickets to the game by showing their valid Canisius ID, either at the Koessler Athletic Center (KAC) box office from Wednesday, November 30 to Friday, December 2  or at one of the ticket kiosks at the HARBORCENTER the night of the game. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the ticket offer, dial 888-2885 or 888-2977.

Go Griffs!

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

Christmas Gift Drive for Ladies of Charity

The Annual Gift Drive for the Ladies of Charity is concluding soon! Please help make someone’s Christmas a little bit brighter. Donations are being accepted in the Public Safety Office (BH-LL) through Tuesday, December 6 and will be delivered on Thursday, December 8.

Along with toys, we are accepting new and gently used clothing and bedding, small working appliances, bicycles, etc.  We are also accepting cash, which will be donated directly with the gifts.


Thank you to all who have already been so generous!

Submitted by: Wil Johnson, director, Public Safety

Faith, Culture and Education on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro

Students interested in the upcoming Institute for Global Study of Religion (IGSOR) seminar may join us for an informational meeting on Monday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.

This seminar will include exploration of the religion and culture of the Chagga people on Kilimanjaro; visits to important cultural and religious programs/agencies; on-site presentations by experts; teaching at several different elementary schools; and a two day wildlife viewing safari in two different national parks. Residency will be in the village of Marangu in a hotel that is a converted coffee plantation.


Submitted by: Rosemary Evans, administrative associate, religious studies