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Candidates for Director of Physician Assistant Program

Open forums will be held this week in the search for a director of physician assistant studies to develop a Physician Assistant (PA) master’s program at Canisius.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the open forums, which will address the role of PAs in United States healthcare and the vision for a mission-infused PA program at Canisius. The presentation will be 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session.  The first two candidates are:

  • Laura DeBacco-Malysz will present today, Wednesday, February 21 at 4 p.m. in OM203
  • Matthew J. Graziano will present on Friday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in OM203

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, acting vice president for academic affairs



Hockey Looks to Secure Top Seed vs. Niagara

Catch Battle of the Bridge action this weekend

It’s a hockey showdown this weekend when your Golden Griffins wrap up the regular season with a two game home and home series vs. Battle of the Bridge foe, Niagara.

The Griffs host the Purple Eagles at 7:35 p.m. on Friday night, February 23 at HARBORCENTER.  Ceremonies will honor the team’s seven seniors before the opening face-off. Playing their final regular season home game are captain Ryan Schmelzer, Jeff Murray, David Parrottino, Mike Sabatini, Jack Stander, Nolan Sheeran and David Bennett. Long-sleeve T-shirts will be given away to the first 250 students.

On Saturday night, February 24, the two teams meet at Dwyer Arena at Niagara University with a 7:05 p.m. start.

Playoff positioning is on the line for both squads. Canisius can still win the league title, however, they trail Mercyhurst by two points. Both teams have two games left to play. One of a multitude of playoff scenarios has Canisius finishing in a five-way tie for second with places two through seven only separated by four points. The Griffs have secured a first round bye and will begin playoff action on March 9.

For discounted faculty and staff tickets, call 888-TIXX.

Canisius currently leads the Battle of the Bridge results for 2017-18 at 17-3, with four games on the slate this week.

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

COLI Faculty Meetup

Share reflections on teaching online

The next Online and Hybrid Faculty Meetup presented by the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) takes place on Friday, March 2 from 1:30 ‒ 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Center Classroom.  COLI supplies refreshments!

For more than a decade, Canisius College faculty have taught high quality online and hybrid courses.  In the process, professors have pioneered methods in this relatively new medium for teaching and learning.

COLI invites online and hybrid instructors to a meetup to share experiences in, reflections on and ambitions for teaching online. Rather than a formal presentation, faculty should come as colleagues to share insights and concerns.  In your online courses, what worked for you?  What didn’t?  How do you measure your success?  What would you like to do teaching online that you’re not doing now, either because you’re still planning or building the course, or because you face an obstacle?

We also invite any faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid classes but who have not yet done so.  Please bring your questions for our seasoned veteran online faculty, and gain valuable insights.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Online Faculty Development Course

Learn how to teach online and hybrid courses

This semester, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) is running an Online Faculty Development Course to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.  Discover new methods, tools and techniques for building course content and teaching online.  This six-week course will run from Monday, March 12 until Saturday, April 28 (with a most-welcome spring break in the middle!)  The course is entirely on the web, so you learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

This course is available to all Canisius College faculty.  Whether you plan to teach an online course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity.  Please enroll by contacting

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning and Innovation