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ICMS Announces New Fall Courses

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) is pleased to offer two courses this fall. “The Seven Wonders: Ancient & Modern,” offered Wednesdays beginning September 12will examine ancient texts, explorers’ accounts and modern archaeological investigations to understand the lives and afterlives of these monuments.

“Crown, Sword and Charter: Making the Monarchy,” offered Thursdays beginning October 11, will explore the medieval foundations of kingship and consider the survival of royal traditions and institutions into modern times. Click on the link for times and more details.

Enrollment is open to anyone in the Buffalo community interested in learning. The courses do not require papers or tests but will be filled with good discussions! Courses are not part of any Canisius College degree program. All classes meet on campus in Science Hall 1017. Parking is available. Each six-session course costs $60.

For questions, contact Kathryn Williams, PhD, chair, Classics Department, at or 716.888.2713.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

Training in Financial Processes, Budget Management and Banner 9 (for Finance)

JoAnn Feary and Sara Morris are partnering to provide training workshops for any faculty or staff who are interested in learning or reviewing financial policies and procedures. These workshops are intended for faculty who manage budgets (especially chairs and program directors), administrative associates who support academic departments and other staff members who help process payments or manage budgets.  Each workshop will be offered 2-3 times as listed below:

Workshop 1 – Payment and Travel Processes

  • Monday, September 10 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Science Hall 002C (lower level ITS conference room)
  • Tuesday, September 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Old Main 119

Workshop 2 – Reading and Managing Your Budget

  • Monday, October 1 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in Science Hall 002C (lower level ITS conference room)
  • Tuesday, October 2 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Science Hall 002C (lower level ITS conference room)

Workshop 3 – Banner 9 Training

  • Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Science Hall 002C (lower level ITS conference room)
  • Friday, November 9 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Old Main 119
  • Thursday, November 15 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Science Hall 002C (lower level ITS conference room)

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

Golf Team to Host Little Three Meet

Your Canisius golf team will host the annual Little Three meet on Tuesday, September 11 at Crag Burn Golf Club. The event, featuring golfers from Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure, is a 36 hole stroke play competition. The golfers tee off at 8:00 a.m. for the first 18 holes and again at 1:00 p.m. for the second 18. The individual winner receives an automatic invitation to the 2019 Porter Cup. For additional information and results, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics


You’re Invited to Book Club

Plan to join us for an engaging book club conversation about the 2018 book Discrimination in Elite Public Schools; Investigating Buffalo, by Gary Orfield and Jennifer B. Ayscue, Eds., published by Teachers College Press.

Sponsored by the School of Education and Human Services and The Center for Urban Education (CUE), Dean Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, has graciously agreed to purchase copies of the book for interested participants.

If you are interested, please RSVP to Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor of teacher education, at or Lorrei DiCamillo, EdD, at, by September 12 so an accurate number of books can be ordered.

The plan is to have two discussion sessions in November; one on a Friday afternoon to accommodate participants’ schedules. Tentative dates are November 16 and/or November 30. Those interested are welcome to attend one or both discussion sessions. (Treats will be served!) A follow-up panel discussion with key Buffalo district leaders and community members will be organized in the spring 2019 semester.

Submitted by: Fernanda Astiz, professor, School of Education and Human Services


COLI Faculty Meetup

Faculty are encouraged to share their experiences on fostering academic integrity

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity on Wednesday, September 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Regis Room, Student Center.

More than ever, college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in student but courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time. Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty rather than make a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns. Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you create or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students? What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome and COLI will supply refreshments. Together, we can do so much more!

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

WordPress Workshop

Build and craft your personalized website

WordPress is a powerful toolset for building websites, blogs and web-based newsletters. Canisius ITS hosts a WordPress site utilized by various faculty, offices, departments and programs. Professors and students use blogs in the classroom and outside in extra-curricular activities. Academic departments and programs can craft newsletters to keep current students, alumni and friends informed. Offices across campus also use WordPress as a web-based resource to showcase their services and provide other information.

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers a workshop where users will learn the basics of how to create content on a WordPress site. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in building a WordPress site but is also helpful if you need to use and maintain an existing WordPress site for your office, department or program.

The workshop takes place in on Monday, September 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Old Main 115.

On November 6, a follow-up workshop will focus on more advanced use of WordPress with partner tools, such as Mailchimp for newsletters and the Divi theme for site customization.

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

Suicide Prevention Training

Counseling Center to offer campus-wide prevention training

The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for students, faculty and staff. QPR, the “CPR for suicide prevention,” will be offered September 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 221.

QPR stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person for help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. Those who have previously participated in this workshop are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Email Jillian Kelly at  or call the Counseling Center at Ext. 2620 to reserve a seat. Space is limited. To learn more about QPR, along with how to help students in distress, click here.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center