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It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1987 when Canisius College broke ground on the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library expansion project.

The Bouwhuis Library was originally built in 1958. Since that time, student enrollment at the college had doubled and the library collection nearly quadrupled, necessitating the need for increased space and more modern equipment.

The $8 million expansion project renovated and expanded the original library structure, tripling its size and including space for a half-million volumes and seating for 760 students.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Marya Grande, PhD, professor of teacher education, shared the screenshot above of students in her course, titled Nature and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities. The class is using a tool called FlipGrid to host video discussion forums. It’s simple, says Grande, “students post a video and can post video replies back to their classmates’ videos.” Grande adds that “many elementary and high school teachers are using FlipGrid so I thought it would be great to model how it could be used at a time like this, to help us continue a sense of community.”

Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, is helping to keep her students’ spirits up during this time of transition. Earlier this week, she invited those in her Gender & Philosophy course to share any pictures, memes or video messages that they found “hilarious or heartwarming,” on their class discussion board. The students came through. Pictured above are just a few images of what students shared.

We hope you’ll find them hilarious or heartwarming, as well, and continue to share, with The Dome, the fun and innovative ways in which you, your students and colleagues are staying together, while we’re apart.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Connects – Volunteer Opportunities to Help Those in Need

In this time of crisis, many of our students, faculty and staff are asking how they can be of help.  Some are developing online resources for homeschooling parents or providing advice to small business owners or non-profit organizations.

At the same time, schools and non-profit organizations are seeking our help.  The New Buffalo Institute is working to assist the Buffalo community through these difficult days by providing a list of volunteering opportunities with contact information for our community members as we become aware of them.  More detailed information is included in the list below.

If you would like to add to our collection of resources or if you are aware of community needs, please contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, at

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

ITS Help Desk Hours & Using VPN

Working remotely is a new reality for all of us.  Many are now using VPN (Virtual Private Network) on a college-owned computer from home to do their college-related work.  If you are using VPN, please look over the wiki page for some useful information to be aware of while using the VPN.

If you need help with VPN or any other computer-related issue, be assured that the ITS Help Desk is open for business.  We are manning the phones from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To get in touch with us, you can still call 888-8340.  If we don’t answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get right back to you.  You can also Email the Help Desk at or visit

We can use TeamViewer to remotely assist you on your PC or Mac computer.  Please contact us with any IT-related issue you may be having.  Working remotely is a new and exciting challenge and we are here to help.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS

Examen Live!

The East Coast Provinces of the Society of Jesus are hosting an online Examen, live, with Megan Fox-Kelly and Rev. William Campbell, SJ, today, Friday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m.  Fox-Kelly is the associate chaplain and director of retreats for the College of the Holy Cross.  Father Campbell is director of the Eastern Point Retreat House.  Please click here to join the Examen Live

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity