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Brown Bag Seminar Series

The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) announces the next event in its Brown Bag Seminar Series. On Thursday, October 18, Rev. Daniel Jamros, S.J., will deliver a talk entitled “Thinking About God: Aquinas & Hegel” from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Student Center 207. Bring a lunch and plan to engage in interesting conversation. For more information, visit the ICMS website

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, ICMS

Faculty Meetup: Student Writing

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity on Monday, October 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

More than ever, college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students. 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 making 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 do 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 much more!

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

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library Hosts Event for National Archives Month

Thirty-six archivists, librarians and museum curators from around the state joined staff from the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library on Tuesday, October 9 to learn how to prevent, detect and mitigate mold in collections, especially printed materials.

Gillian Marcus, preservation specialist, from the Documentary Heritage Services Program of New York State, facilitated the hands-on exercises on how to deal with various fungi at different stages of growth, as well as use of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved personal protection equipment and health and safety after floods or severe water damage, including ice dams.

To prevent any possibility that mold might spread to Canisius collections or pose health risks to participants, only “fake mold” was used in demonstrations. This professional development program provided skill training for Canisius librarians who confront the challenge of mold outbreaks in their daily work.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, librarian, Library 

October Griff Center Events

The Griff Center is hosting workshops on tips for success this month. The dates are as follows:

Monday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m. in the library conference room (lower level room 010) and

Monday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. in the library conference room (upper level room 115)

Join the Griff Center every Friday at 3:00 p.m. for a break from studying filled with board games and snacks.


Submitted by: Dominique Gagnier, Griff Center

Turnitin Available in D2L Dropboxes

Turnitin software includes an originality checker that can help students avoid plagiarism. This program also has tools so professors can provide detailed feedback to students about their writing.

Faculty can easily employ Turnitin within their D2L dropboxes. Both professors and students can access Turnitin features and feedback through D2L, rather than having to login at Turnitin’s separate site. Within the D2L dropbox editor, look for the Turnitin toolset on a new tab. Those who prefer to read and grade paper copies can still instruct students to upload papers to Turnitin via D2L.

See this quick tutorial for setting up Turnitin in your D2L dropboxes.

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