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Joan Lorch Award Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award.

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors individuals who have made significant contributions to women, and who exemplify the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality.

Please submit nominations for the Canisius Colleague Award, Canisius Student Award or Canisius Community Award to: Johanna Fisher, professor, English [] AND Melissa Mosko, professor, philosophy []. Include a one paragraph statement why the nominee should be considered for the award.

Nominations are being accepted from February 1-15.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English, Women and Gender Studies; co-Director Women and Gender Studies

No Mass on Super Bowl Sunday

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Join us for Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Saturday February 1 at 5:00 p.m. There will be no Sunday Mass at 8:30 p.m. due to the Superbowl.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

Upcoming Workshop: D2L Essentials

If you are a new professor at Canisius or if you have taught at Canisius for awhile but would like to learn or review essentials of D2L, COLI offers a workshop that’s perfect for this.
In this training session professors get the very basics of teaching in D2L:

  • Upload files so students can get them.
  • Organize your course content.
  • Set due dates so students can see them (in multiple places.)
  • Build a gradebook.

Later, you’ll discover all sorts of other features useful for teaching your classes, in your particular discipline. But this session gets you started using D2L and using the internet to save time and effort teaching.

Our next D2L Essentials Workshop is on Wednesday, February 5th at 3:30 PM in Old Main 119

Please RSVP by emailing

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

Online Faculty Development Course Begins Next Week

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses. The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC. Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity.

The next OFDC begins on February 3, 2020. To enroll, Email

To learn more about the OFDC, and see other opportunities for faculty development, visit the Faculty Development Resource.

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





Tune Into “Crossroads”

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, February 2 when Allyson D. Backstrom, PhD, sits down with program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, to discuss the latest service opportunities available to students in the Dr. George E. Schreiner ’42 Pre-Med Center.

Backstrom is director of the Pre-Med Center.  During the broadcast, she’ll provide listeners with a brief explanation about the pre-health programs offered at Canisius.  Backstrom will then share details about the various local, regional and international service opportunities available to students in the program.  Those opportunities include students providing dental care at Harvest House, working at a pop-up clinic in Ashtabula, OH and serving as health care volunteers in Costa Rica.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor emeritus of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss the Sunday, February 2 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, February 3 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications