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Canisius in the News

Elias Ayoub ’17, president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), was among a group of Canisius students who traveled to Albany yesterday to participate in New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.  The Canisius contingent asked legislators to continue their support of all New York college students by increasing funding for TAP and opportunity programs.

While in Albany, Ayoub was interviewed by WCNY, Central New York public radio, about the importance of increased TAP support.  Ayoub shared his Canisius experience and stressed the importance of choice when choosing where to attend college.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

PHETE Students Attend Phys Ed Consortium

Physical and health education teacher education (PHETE) students attended the Western New York Physical Education Consortium on Monday, February 13 in Amherst.  The local workshop featured presentations on how to utilize orienteering, geocaching, dance and technology in K-12 physical education.

The workshop was hosted by PHETE and Differentiated Instruction alumnus Kiel Illg, ’07, MSED ’09, PhD, director of health and physical education and athletics at Amherst Central School District. More than 40 physical and health education professionals attended.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor, director, physical & health education

Annual Play4Kay Event is Thursday

Your Golden Griffinplay4kaylogo women’s basketball team will host its annual Play4Kay contest on Thursday, February 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to match the Canisius uniforms. Your Griffs host St. Peter’s with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in their second to last home game of the season. Pink New Era knit caps and ball caps will be distributed to the first 200 ticketed fans.

ThePlay4Kay Cancer Fund, named after former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, partners annually with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation. It is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research and related projects, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

For additional information, visit, or visit to make your donation now.

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

Upcoming COLI Workshops: Qualtrics

Whether 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 March, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will offer two workshops for faculty and staff interested in learning about Qualtrics:

Qualtrics Kickstarter: A Brief Overview will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.

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

Qualtrics Workshop: Smarter Surveys and Forms will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.

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 personalized questions that refer to things they entered earlier or show 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.

Sign up for our Qualtrics workshops today!
Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI