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Trip to Cuba with Richard Reitsma, PhD

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Canisius alumni are invited to visit the once-forbidden land of Cuba this winter, as the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) resumes its “Road Less Traveled” pilgrimage program.

The trip to Havana, scheduled for January 1-13, 2019 will explore the history of the Cuban Revolution and how Fidel Castro’s Jesuit education impacted his thinking and the social justice movements of the revolution. Participants will also be immersed in the hybrid culture of Cuba that is reflected in its cuisine, music, religious practices, art and architecture.

The cost for the trip is $3,200* and includes airfare, room and board through homestays, guide service and translation. (*Cost may vary if participants opt for special room requests or different air travel accommodations.)

To learn more, contact IGE Director Timothy H. Wadkins, PhD, at or visit

Submitted by: Nicolle Barsch, Institute for Global Engagement 

Make Sure Your Halloween Candy is Orangutan-Friendly

With Halloween just around the corner, please remember to make sure that the candy you buy is orangutan-friendly. Palm oil is found in many products and if not grown sustainably, can have serious impacts on wildlife in the areas in which it is grown (primarily Borneo and Sumatra.) The guide above provides some information on which companies have committed to using sustainably-grown palm oil. You can learn more about what you can do to protect wildlife with your consumer choices via the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s website:

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC and Biology


Faculty Meetup: Student Writing

The Canisius College Writing Center and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) are hosting a faculty meetup focused on student writing, taking place on Monday, October 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

Come meet the director of the new Canisius College Writing Center, Professor Graham Stowe, and learn what services the Writing Center offers to your students.  Also come prepared to share your experiences with and concerns about writing assignments in your courses.  For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students?  In what ways do you feel frustrated with existing or previous writing assignments in your classes? 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