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Makerspace as Part of International Education Week

On Tuesday, November 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the glass box room located in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis library, the Art History Department will host a Makerspace as a part of the International Education Week list of activities.

Words with Friends and Scrabble are very popular word games in the U.S. but what happens when foreign words are “accepted” in an arbitrary fashion? People can use sí but not oui or ja?

The Art History Department has created Multilingual Scrabble. Please encourage participants to bring a dictionary or access to one online. Art History will provide Scrabble sets in many languages (including Arabic) and look forward to some healthy competition. This Makerspace event is supported by the generosity of Taheri and Todoro PC.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History


Second Campus Conversation on Sustainability

The Sustainability Initiative will host a second Campus Conversation on Sustainability on Wednesday, November 14 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. At the October meet-up the group discussed the many ideas and developments on sustainability across campus including campus recycling.

The group will focus parts of the discussion on the tools for ecological pedagogy. Check out the sustainability blog for the latest updates on the East West Community Garden and other developments in sustainability happening across the campus community. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. All are welcome!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Erin Robinson, professor and chair, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies

2019-20 HESAA Graduate Assistant Process

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) at Canisius would like to share its 2019-20 graduate assistant timeline with your department, school or division if it plans to host a HESAA student as a graduate assistant next academic year. If so, please have the person who will be supervising that position fill out this form. These positions are funded by the respective division, department or school and will be posted on the HESAA program website in an effort to highlight to prospective students the possible opportunities. Actual position descriptions are not necessary until the end of the fall semester. Prospective students will come to campus on Friday, February 22 to interview for these positions. Feel free to send along this information to respective faculty/staff as you see fit. The HESAA Graduate Assistant timeline and additional information can be found below. To learn more about the HESAA program and timeline, please visit our website. For additional information, email Mark Harrington at

2019–20 Graduate Assistantship Timeline

Fill out this brief form with all anticipated 2019–20 Graduate Assistant Openings (no job descriptions are necessary until December and will be notated, as anticipated openings)

Tuesday, November 6 – anticipated openings will begin to be listed on HESAA website for prospective students (as positions come in, more will be added)

Tuesday, November 6 – return to Position Intent Form given to first year HESAA students to have conversations with supervisors

Tuesday, December 4 – HESAA Graduate Assistant return to Position Intent Form due to HESAA Program Director

Monday, December 10 – deadline for anticipated openings job descriptions to be sent to

Saturday, December 15 – anticipated openings listed on HESAA website with job descriptions

Friday, February 1 – deadline to apply for admission to the HESAA program to take part in the assistantship day interview process

Friday, February 8 – deadline to register for assistantship day and submit cover letter and resume

Wednesday, February 13 – materials available for graduate assistantship supervisors

Thursday, February 21 – Friday, February 22 – assistantship days (interviews will take place on February 22)

*Please note that for candidates that are not able to attend assistantship day, all phone/video interviewing should be completed by Monday, February 25

Friday, February 22 – assistantship day and candidate choice paperwork submitted by the end of the day

Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1 – HESAA program director in touch with site supervisors about candidate preferences

Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8 – offers extended to candidates by the HESAA program director (offers should not be extended by site supervisors to prospective students unless cleared by HESAA program director to ensure the process remains fair)

Submitted by: Mark Harrington, assistant professor, Graduate Education and Leadership; program director, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

Replace Your Flash-Powered Videos and Other Content

Adobe Flash, a popular technology for streaming video and interactive content, will gradually be phased out of use by Adobe and other major web browsers. If you have any web content that is dependent on Flash, plan to make arrangements to replace or convert it within the next several months. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Jing, a popular screencast application. Jing records video in flash format. Videos created in Jing, hosted anywhere, will soon become practically difficult to use. Contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation to learn about newer and more efficient screencast creation options.
  • Many Jing users upload their videos to a free account. Beginning Friday, November 2, will begin deleting content from free account spaces that have not been viewed in the past twelve months. If you have video content stored on within a course you have not taught in the past year, it will likely be deleted. Be sure to download or otherwise make arrangements to convert that content.
  • If you had videos placed on the web by the Canisius College Media Center outside of Google Drive, they will need to be converted or replaced. New content in MP4 and several other formats can be hosted in Google Drive (as well as D2L, YouTube and other locations.) ITS plans to phase out old video servers since the technology that powers them is Flash.

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

November TIAA Webinars

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) will be hosting a series of free webinars throughout the month of November that are available to all Canisius faculty and staff. Topics include: Demystifying Life Insurance, Halfway There: A Retirement Checkpoint, Estate Planning– Taxing Matters and more. Please see the attached flyer for further details, and be sure to take advantage of these free opportunities to learn more about your retirement plan. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources office at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources