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Call for Distinguished Faculty and Senior Nominations

The Office of Alumni Engagement is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Distinguished Senior Award.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding full-time faculty members of the college who are known for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have characterized themselves through academic excellence and leadership roles at the college.

To nominate an individual for either award click here. Nominations are due by February 6, 2017.

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

The Dome: Off Until After the New Year

The Dome will be going on hiatus over the holidays.

The last issue of The Dome will publish on Wednesday, December 21. It will return, though, after the New Year.

The Dome will publish on Wednesdays beginning January 4, 2017. Be sure to have your submissions in by Tuesday, January 3.

The Dome’s daily schedule will resume with the start of classes on Tuesday, January 17.

Submitted by: College Communications

KAC Holiday Operating Hours

Beginning today, the Koessler Athletic Center (KAC) will start its winter break operating hours.


Monday, December 19 – Wednesday, December 21: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 22: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2: Closed

Tuesday, January 3 – Friday, January 6: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 7 – Sunday, January 8: Closed

Monday, January 9 – Friday, January 13: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 14 – Monday, January 16: Closed

Tuesday, January 17: Classes Resume

Regular operating hours, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., will resume Tuesday, January 17.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

Mumps Cases on College Campuses Continue to Rise

The New York State Department of Health identified both SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Geneseo as two institutions currently responding to mumps outbreaks as mumps cases on college campuses continue to rise.

Student Health reports there have been no cases of mumps at Canisius this fall.  However, college health officials recommend that all campus members (faculty, staff and students) be informed about mumps, how it is spread and vaccination recommendations.

Mumps is a viral illness that presents with non-specific symptoms including muscle aches, low-grade fever, headache, fatigue and loss of appetite. Swelling of the salivary glands typically presents two days after these non-specific symptoms and can be on one or both sides of the face. Initial indication of salivary gland swelling may be earache or tenderness at the angle of the jaw.

The incubation period (time from exposure to onset of illness) is 16-18 days. Transmission is from human to human through droplets released during coughing, sneezing or talking. Transmission can also occur when individuals share items such as drinking glasses, food and eating utensils.  Mumps can also be transmitted through contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with infected droplets. Individuals are infectious (time they can spread the virus to others) two days before to five days after salivary glands swell.

Vaccination is the best prevention. Student Health strongly recommends all campus members born on or after 1/1/1957 check with their health care provider to be sure they have been vaccinated with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine or have laboratory confirmed immunity to mumps disease.

Those individuals born before 1957 are considered by New York State to be immune to mumps through natural exposure. Anyone wishing to confirm his/her immunity, should contact his/her health care provider and request a laboratory confirmation blood test.

Student Health recommends anyone experiencing symptoms, even if vaccinated, should stay at home and contact his/her health care provider.

To read more about mumps, go to

Submitted by: Patricia Creahan, APRN-BC, director, Student Health Center