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Faculty and Staff Donor Profile

Mark Gallimore is the director of the Center for Online Learning and Innovation. He is quick and eager to help faculty, staff and students with their technology needs but more importantly looks to help them grow both academically and professionally. He is happy to answer questions and looks to create resources to help make the lives of his colleagues easier and more efficient.

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What motivated you to make your first gift to the Canisius Fund?

“My students. This includes those in my classes but also the many students I interact with in other contexts. It also helped that the Canisius Fund made it very easy to do.”

Why is giving back important to you?

“For those who work and study here, Canisius is an Ignatian project: we continually help each other become our better selves. That seems like a good investment to me.”

Why do you feel it is important for faculty and staff to give back and support current students?

“I am continually impressed with my colleagues’ commitment to our students.  In a variety of ways, some visible and many others less visible, staff and professors support Canisius students’ academic, personal and professional growth. I think many students become aware of this at some point in their time here, and it shapes their own ethics in ways beneficial for our communities locally and globally.”

How would you describe what Canisius means to you using only three words?

“Our better selves.”

Just for Fun: If you could have dinner with any famous person who would it be and why?

“Perhaps my wife isn’t famous but somehow we never seem to have dinner together often enough.”

You can join Mark and your fellow colleagues by participating in the 2018-19 Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign. Supporting the Canisius Fund means investing directly in our students’ futures. You’ll ensure that the tuition assistance, academic and program support and student services are available to each and every student. The gift you make today will provide unrestricted possibilities and limitless opportunities.

You can make your gift today by using the Faculty/Staff Gift form by visiting:

Submitted by: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Mailroom Introduces UPS Express Package Delivery Service and Pitney Bowes Desktop Shipping Application

UPS will replace FedEx for Express Package Delivery Service. This change is the result of a competitive solicitation by the Educational and Institutional Cooperative. The competitively awarded contract includes discounted rates for domestic and international shipments.

Pitney Bowes SendPro Enterprise is a new desktop shipping application. Filling out a paper shipping document is no longer required. Instead, users enter shipping information in the application, select the type of delivery service needed (i.e. next day by 3:00 p.m.), print a ship request form and attach it to the item. The mailroom staff scans the ship request form to create a shipping label and capture budget information. A user’s profile, budget information and frequently used shipping addresses are saved in the application, avoiding the need to enter this information again.

For more information about UPS or Pitney Bowes SendPro Enterprise, contact Gary Lew, director of purchasing, at Ext. 2255 or by Email at To request UPS Express envelopes and shipping boxes, call the mailroom at Ext. 2245.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

Workshop: D2L Essentials

Towards the end of the fall semester, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) will offer workshops covering the essentials of using D2L. If you are a new professor or have taught at Canisius for a while but would like to learn or review essentials of D2L, this is an ideal opportunity.

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

  • Uploading files so students can get them
  • Organizing your course content
  • Setting due dates so students can see them (in multiple places)
  • Building a gradebook

Discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching classes. The workshop will be offered at two different times:

  • Friday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. in OM 119
  • Tuesday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. in OM 119

Additional D2L Essentials workshops will be offered in January. Review the COLI calendar to see times and locations for other training events.

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

Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) will run an Online Faculty Development Course from Monday, February 4 until Saturday, March 9 to help prepare faculty to teach online and hybrid courses. Discover new methods, tools and techniques for building course content and teaching online. The class is entirely online, so you learn to teach online while getting the online student experience.

This course is available to all faculty. Whether you plan to teach an online course in the future, are not yet sure about teaching online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity. Please enroll by contacting See the COLI Calendar for times and locations of other faculty development events.

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