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Tune into “Crossroads”

The East-West Community Garden at Canisius will be the topic of conversation on the next episode of “Crossroads,” scheduled for broadcast this Sunday, September 2.

Featured guests include Nancy M. Rourke, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, and Veronica A. Serwacki, executive associate to the dean of arts and sciences.  The duo will discuss the history of how the East-West Community Garden was cultivated at Canisius, its significance relevant to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and future plans for the area surrounding the site.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and is hosted by Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss this Sunday’s broadcast, you can catch it starting Tuesday, September 4 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Google Sites

Faculty members looking to build online lesson content or have students who build websites will want to check out Google Sites.  This simple and versatile website-building toolset is part of Google Drive, and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation has created a set of tutorial videos showing from beginner (how to get started) through advanced (using forms, drawing and other Google applications).  Additional tutorials and other materials will be added to the COLI Google Sites Guide in the coming months – so keep a lookout.

Take a look at our new Google Sites Guide 

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

 

Student Retention Committee

The Canisius College Student Retention Committee will hold its first meeting for the academic year on Tuesday, September 11 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Old Main 219. The group is committed to enhancing and reinforcing a culture of undergraduate and graduate student support and success resulting in consistent and steady increases in student achievement, retention and graduation rates.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Annie Dobiesassistant vice president/director, Griff Center, at Ext. 3749, or Kevin Smith, assistant vice president/director, Student Records and Financial Services, at Ext. 8501. If you are not able to be part of the committee but would like to share suggestions or insights about student retention, please contact either Annie or Kevin.

Submitted by: College Communications

Events

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

September 4 class to provide tips for 2018-19 academic year

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) invites all new, returning and current adjunct professors to an Adjunct Faculty Information Session to help prepare you to teach during the 2018-19 year. Learn about employee resources, the library, the college mission, and technology for teaching and learning. Refreshments will be served.

The session is on Tuesday, September 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 115.

Just before the Information Session, there is a faculty tour of the Bouwhuis library, beginning at the Library Service Desk at 4:00 PM.  Bouwhuis Library is a complex organization with a lot to offer faculty, students, and staff through its services, facilities and staff expertise.  Our librarians are keen to support your teaching and research, as well as your students’ learning. The Library tour is a great way to get to know your Library.

These events are not mandatory but are a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall can benefit but returning adjunct instructors are also welcome.

To RSVP, email coli@canisius.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to campus and to the 2018-19 academic year!

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

Workshop: D2L Essentials

Beginner training session on September 7 covers the very basics  

If you are a new professor at Canisius or have been teaching at the college for a while, consider learning (or getting a refresher) of D2L. COLI offers a workshop that’s perfect for this.

In this training session, professors get the very basics of teaching in D2L:

  • Upload files so students can get them
  • Organize your course content
  • Set due dates so students can see them (in multiple places)
  • Build a gradebook

This session gets you started using D2L and using the internet to save time and effort teaching. Later, you can discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching classes in your particular discipline.

The next session of the D2L Essentials workshop takes place on Friday, September 7, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main 119

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

Give Me Some Truth

Acclaimed author and Professor Eric Gansworth reads from his newest novel on September 11

“Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, always heartfelt.”  That’s just one of the many complimentary reviews of Eric Gansworth’s newest novel Give Me Some Truth.

The acclaimed author and professor of English will read from his latest work on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  The event is free and open to the campus community. Paintings, included in the novel, will be on display at the event.  Audience members who purchase the book at Talking Leaves or at the Canisius event will also qualify to enter a drawing for an original Eric Gansworth painting inspired by the novel.

Give Me Some Truth is a follow up to Gansworth’s first young adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here.  The story returns to the Tuscarora Nation reservation where high school senior Carson Mastick reasons that, if he can get a band together, he can win the local Battle of the Bands and get off the reservation.

Give Me Some Truth is Gansworth’s 11th book.  

Submitted by: The English Department

Hope Begins With You

Plan to make your donation at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive September 6 and 7

The American Red Cross brings its annual blood drive to campus for two days next month.  On Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7, members of the campus community can donate blood during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Palisano Pavilion.

Walk-ins are welcome or interested participants can make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Submitted by: Andrew Nowak, lieutenant, Public Safety

 

 

 

How Animals Help Students Learn

The campus community is invited to attend “How Animals Help Students Learn” on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Presented by the master’s program in anthrozoology, the lecture features Nancy R. Gee, PhD, professor and the WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research Manager in SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Psychology.

Dr. Gee will discuss the ways in which animals commonly have a presence in classrooms at all levels of education—from preschool to university. Young children often share their classroom with a small pet, such as a fish or hamster. In some classrooms, therapy dogs listen to children practice their reading. Older students may improve their observational skills by documenting the behaviors of animals at a zoo or in a laboratory. The presence of animals in educational environments facilitates learning in a variety of ways, such as capturing students’ attention, motivating them to focus on their learning, facilitating empathy development, and enhancing psychological well-being.

This presentation will summarize what is known about how animals help students learn:  What works and how?  The lecture will also include the animal side of the equation and practical recommendations for safe and effective implementation of animal involvement in educational settings.

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, program director, Anthrozoology