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College Mourns Loss of Karen M. Dutt-Doner, PhD

It is with profound sadness that I inform the campus community that Karen M. Dutt-Doner, PhD, professor of teacher education, died over the weekend. Karen was hospitalized this weekend and passed away after a brief illness. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her family.

Karen joined our faculty in 2005 as associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2008. She served as the associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services from 2008-2010 and then returned to the faculty. Karen cared deeply about teaching and incorporating the Jesuit mission in her classes. She especially enjoyed teaching a Freshman Year Seminar course where freshmen observed classes at PS #17 and studied and wrote about social justice issues in education. She also took pride in guiding prospective teachers as they studied real-life problems in the classroom and used research to improve practice.

At the time of her death, Karen was in her second year as a participant in the national Ignatian Colleagues Program. About a month ago, she wrote to me to express her gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the program.  She wrote:

This program had a significant impact on me both professionally and personally.  The opportunity we have to interact with colleagues and other Jesuit institutions provides a wonderful support system across all levels of academic institutions.  The time to read, reflect, pray, discuss, think and reconnect with myself has been so beneficial.  The expectations and support for incorporating what we learn into our own work kept our work focused.  I now have a better understanding of what being a Jesuit institution means.

Karen’s commitment to the mission of the college, to the improvement of education for all, and to her students was apparent throughout her life and career.  She will be greatly missed.

Arrangements for Karen are as follows:

Wednesday, March 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home
8630 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051

A memorial service will be held in Christ the King Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 with a reception to follow.

Karen leaves behind her husband, Todd, and daughters Allison, Megan and Shannon. Let us keep Karen, her family and our colleagues in the Teacher Education Department in our prayers during this very difficult time.

Requiescat in Pace!

Submitted by: The Office of the President

Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, February 27, 2017.  Highlights from the meeting include a report from the Academic Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee and the Mission and Identity Committee.

To read more, click here.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, AVP, assistant to the president and secretary, board of trustees

Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Duquesne

Your Canisius women’s lacrosse team hosts Duquesne Wednesday, March 8 at the Demske Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The Griffs currently have a 3-4 record, after a weekend split. Canisius knocked off Delaware by a score of 11-9 before losing to top-ranked North Carolina, 16-8.

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

Google Apps for Office and Administrative Work

On Thursday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 115, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI)  is hosting a workshop introducing Google Drive and related productivity tools specifically for office and administrative use.  Come learn the variety of ways you can employ Google Apps to shift your time and effort away from mundane tasks and toward the more important parts of your work.

In offices across campus, colleagues regularly exchange, distribute and collaborate on digital files.  Emailing files as attachments is cumbersome because if each person makes changes to their copy of the file, the changes must then be separately included in a master file.

Here’s where Google Apps helps.  For example, a Google Doc lives on the web and can be shared to multiple contributors.  Each can add to, modify or just comment on content within that file.  It’s a single document that efficiently collects all contributions in real-time.  Google Sheets offers the same features for spreadsheets and Google Slides is great for collaborating on a presentation slidedeck.

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