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Candidate for the Director of Physician Assistant Studies Program

All members of the campus community are invited to an open forum today, Friday, February 23, 2018 in Old Main 203 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Matthew Graziano, PA-C, a candidate for the director of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program at Canisius, will present on the current and future roles of physician assistants in U.S. healthcare with an emphasis on Western New York and developing a Canisius PA program infused with the Jesuit mission.  The community will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, acting vice president, Academic Affairs

Reminder: Printer Supplies are Covered by ComDoc

Occasionally, departments receive unsolicited calls from vendors offering to provide toner for printer and copiers. Do not accept these offers. Our agreement with ComDoc covers all toner supplies and repairs. To order supplies or schedule a service call, click here.

Call the ITS Help Desk at Ext. 8340 for more information.

Submitted: Greg Rusch, computer support technician, ITS



High School Hoops

Koessler Hosts Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association Basketball Championships

On Friday, February 23, Saturday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 27 the Koessler Athletic Center will host Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association Basketball Championships.

Two games are played each night starting at 6 p.m. Large crowds are expected for all three dates. The schedule is:

  • Friday (Class A): St. Francis vs. Canisius at 6 p.m; Bishop Timon vs. The Park School at 7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday (Class B): Cardinal O’Hara vs. Nichols 6 p.m.; St. Mary’s of Lancaster vs. Niagara Catholic at 7:45 p.m.
  • TuesdayClass B Championship Game at 6 p.m.; Class A Championship Game at 7:45 p.m.

Please note that these are ticketed events and not controlled by Canisius College. If you wish to attend, tickets (available at the door) are $5 for Friday and $7 for Saturday and Tuesday.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant Director, Athletic Facilities

Senior Day at the Koessler Center

First 1,000 fans receive gold T-shirt

Basketball fans, there’s a fabulous opportunity to watch championship level basketball this weekend as your Golden Griffin hoops team hosts Marist at the Koessler Center. Game time is slated for Sunday, February 25 at 2:05 p.m.

It’s Senior Day as Canisius salutes two players prior to the opening tip. Niagara Falls native Jermaine Crumpton has surpassed the 1,500-point mark and currently ranks 8th in the Canisius career scoring annals. Also playing his final home regular season game is starting center Selvedin Planincic.

In addition, there will be three bounce houses and a photo booth with Petey for all children prior to the game and at intermission. The game is a designated “Gold Rush” contest with the first 1,000 fans receiving a complimentary gold t-shirt. Medal winners from the track team will be honored and senior ceremonies will extend to halftime when the cheer, dance and pep band members will be recognized.

Overall, it’s a marvelous weekend to be a Griffs fan and we are looking forward to your continued support. Call 888-TIXX for tickets.

Remember, faculty and staff tickets are discounted with your valid college ID.

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

February Peace Coffehouse

Hear about relief efforts and future recovery in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 22, Puerto Rico lost electricity and clean water and the federal government didn’t respond effectively. Within days, groups formed through the Olivencia and Belle Centers to provide information and engage many local services in relief efforts. By November 1, at least 200 families arrived in Buffalo.Come hear stories from some of the families, and other first-hand information on recent developments. Learn how you can help out relief efforts as well.

Nadia Pizarro and Jose Pizarro from the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund will give a presentation on Monday, February 26 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Commons in Science Hall.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Peace Action-Canisius and WNY Peace Center.

Submitted by: Terrence Bisson, PhD, professor, Math and Statitstics

Alumni Gallery Exhibition

Moriviví highlights muralism of women’s collective

Moriviví is now on display in the Alumni Gallery, located in the hallway between the library entrance and Old Main. The exhibit highlights the muralism of a women’s collective from Puerto Rico who created murals in Puerto Rico, New York City, China, and elsewhere. In addition to sample works from the collective, the exhibit explores the process of creating a mural for the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in OM 314, from the original wall, through the process of a student, faculty, staff and community collaboration to paint it, until its final stage. DMLLC will host an unveiling of the mural later in the spring.

Moriviví is on display through mid-March. For more information, please contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair and associate professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, at

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

What’s New in the Griff Center

Help promote services to students

Take a look at what the Griff Center offers over the next several weeks to support our students at Canisius. Please let your students know about these events and help us promote them. Click on the flyer to the left for more information.

Submitted by: Sharon Sicignano, administrative associate, Griff Center for Academic Engagement




New D2L Interface

Create Tutorial Videos

In mid-May 2018, D2L at Canisius is getting a new look and feel.  In most cases, the changes are cosmetic and things are just where they were in the old D2L.  To prepare for this change, Mark Gallimore in the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is preparing a series of new D2L tutorial screencast videos for instructors.

You can create screencast tutorial videos yourself to free up classtime by replacing lectures and demonstrations with videos your students can watch anytime, anywhere (as many times as they would like).  Or, have your students create video tutorials as assignments.  Staff members can create screencasts to handle commonly asked questions concerning procedures in web-based tools and resources.

See a preview of what the new D2L will look like and find resources to create your own screencast videos at this post on the COLI Blog.

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