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Canisius in the News

The Sun recently published “Stage Four,” a poem by Mick Cochrane, PhD, chair and professor of English, in its December issue.

The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry and photographs that explore the challenges people face in life and the moments when they rise to meet them.

Read Cochrane’s poem here.

Childhood Christmas Photo Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Donna Ortolani, assistant, Center for Global Education, who correctly identified all 13 Christmas photos! Donna is pictured above with a Canisius scarf, which was her prize. Thank you to all who participated in our contest and submitted photos.

Here are the correct answers:

Submitted by: College Communications



Help for Faculty using D2L

Learn how to save time

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation supports faculty using D2L, our learning management system.

If you are new to D2L or if you’ve used it just for the basics, come to Old Main 119 tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m. to learn how it can benefit you and your students.  In this introductory workshop for faculty, we’ll look at some ways professors can use D2L’s features to save time in course preparation, instruction, managing assignments and quizzes, and communicating with students.  Also, don’t forget our self-paced training resources that you can revisit any time.

As fall 2017 courses come to an end, many faculty are already preparing their spring 2018 courses.  Here’s a quick video from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation with tips for setting up your upcoming courses in D2L, including merging sections for the spring 2018 semester.

And here’s COLI’s handy checklist for end of/beginning of semester tasks in Desire2Learn.

Just after the spring 2018 semester, D2L is getting a new look!  See our sneak preview!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Men’s Basketball

Griffs host Elon tomorrow night

The men’s basketball team returns to the Koessler Center tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 19, to host Elon in a 7 p.m. non-conference clash. The Griffins Den will open at 5:45 p.m. for those who would like a buffet meal for $10 before the basketball game. The Griffs travel to Robert Morris on Friday, December 22 before hosting a pair of conference games after Christmas, but before the New Year.

All tickets for the game against Elon are half-price, meaning general admission is only $5 and reserved are just $9. Call 888-TIXX to order your seats now.

For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Events

Campus Candid

Members of the Institutional Advancement team are decked out for the holidays! Front row (L-R): Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, alumni engagement; Courtney Sullivan, assistant director, advancement events; Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, alumni engagement. Second row: Liz Culliton, director, alumni engagement and Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund. Back row: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund.

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee Christmas Mass and Luncheon is December 21

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, December 21, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economou Dining Hall. Please take time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers. No RSVP is necessary. Thursday will be a full work day and all but essential employees will be released at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 to begin their holidays.

In the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the luncheon are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Food Pantry. Look for the drop off bins inside the dining hall.

St. Luke’s is an independent mission based in the Roman Catholic tradition that provides a variety of services to those in need. In addition to the pantry, St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people each day in their dining room and also operates a Mission Mall, homeless shelters and a Catholic grammar school. For more information on St. Luke’s and how you can help, please contact Campus Ministry at Ext.2420.

Happy Holidays!

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