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Email Security Updates Rolling Out

In an attempt to help faculty and staff better identify “spoofing” type Emails, you may have noticed that some of the Email found in your “Junk” folder that is already marked as “SPAM” has been modified to include one or both types of new alerts such as these:

ATTENTION: This email is from an external source that is NOT AUTHORIZED to send email on behalf of Canisius College.


CAUTION: This email was sent from outside of Canisius College.
Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown senders or unexpected emails.

Some of the more recent “spoofed” Emails make it appear that someone from Canisius has Emailed you requesting information. While we encourage everyone to monitor activity in their junk/spam Email folders, we have taken additional precautions to help you better discern malicious vs. valid senders. You will only see these alerts in plain text in your junk folder but if you move it to any one of your other mailbox folders, you will see the full color versions of the above alerts.

On January 1, we will be adding the red alert message to Emails in your inbox, from external senders (currently we only add the alert to messages to Emails in your junk/spam folder). We have “white-listed” Emails sent from some of our partner vendors (Slate, Adirondack, Medicat, emails sent by Advancement through Benchmark, etc.) so they will not get this type of header. If you discover we have missed a vendor that should be white-listed, please Email the help desk at

Our intention is to reduce the number of incidents of compromised login credentials, cell phone numbers and requests for wire transfers or viruses that could impact campus users. There has been an increase in the number of incidents over the last six months so further action is warranted at this time. Other cyber security measures are also being investigated.

Submitted by: Information Technology Services

Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to join colleagues at a workshop to help identify ways to support professional scholarship on Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This one day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, as well as presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on topics identified as interesting to registered attendees.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics about which you are interested in learning. The location of the workshop will be determined after registration closes.

If you have any questions, contant Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at

A working lunch will be provided at the Workshop.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day, but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Teaching Retreat

Canisius College will host a teaching retreat titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content” on Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, December 13 by clicking here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Teaching Online: Updates and New Resources

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Canisius College is regularly updating resources available to professors teaching online or hybrid courses. D2L, Zoom, or Google Apps may have new features that you might like to try out in your next course. Plus, COLI develops new online tutorials that may help you or your students.

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation offers an online live-remote workshop that helps attending faculty discover new tools and resources for teaching online. This workshop takes place via web conference, so you need not be on campus to participate!

See the dates and times for this, and other faculty development opportunities, by visiting the Academic Affairs Faculty Development Opportunities Resource. RSVP for this workshop by emailing

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