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(Virtual) Solidarity on Tap

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Socializing meets social justice at 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, April 1 when the Ignatian Solidarity Network welcomes Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, for its weekly “Solidarity on Tap” session.  Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women.  He will host a conversation titled Radical Kinship.

To join the conversation, click here or visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Facebook Live page.

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

Looking for a Way to Volunteer?

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Campus Ministry is asking the campus community to consider donating to the Jewish Family Services Emergency Donation Drive. The organization is in need of non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and medical supplies, which can be dropped off at Jewish Family Services located at 70 Barker Street in Buffalo. (Drop-off bins are located in the downstairs hallway through the Barker Street entrance.)

Submitted by: College Communications

Beware of Zoombombing

With so many of us turning to Zoom and other video-conferencing platforms to stay connected to one another, an unfortunate phenomenon is taking hold. “Zoombombing” is an instance in which an uninvited guest (or guests) uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast inappropriate content. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allows anyone to join. Violators collect these links and share them in private chat groups, and then sign on to other people’s calls to cause mischief.

On Thursday, March 26, Zoom released an update to the default screen sharing settings for education accounts, in an effort to increase security and privacy for meetings. To learn more about these protective changes, click here.

In addition to these steps, everyone should follow these best practices:

  • Be sure your computer has the latest version of Zoom installed
  • Share your Zoom links with students directly or via D2L
  • Do not post links publicly or on social media
  • Watch the participant list while you are running the meeting.
    • The host has all the control so set your preferences accordingly
    • If you don’t recognize a name on your list of participants, question or eject them

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 88i-8340, email or visit

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

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