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Academic Affairs Hosts Virtual Meet Up

Join in the first Academic Affairs remote teaching virtual meet up this Thursday, April 2, at 2:00

We will welcome Mark Gallimore back from paternity leave, share our successes, exchange new found pro-tips for teaching and learning online, laugh at bloopers and commiserate with each other about our experiences so far.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Canisius Alumni Contribute to the Virtual Classroom

A couple of Canisius alumni, currently working in the field of conservation education, dialed in to Josh Russell’s ABEC 335 class on the subject earlier this week.

Heather Desorcie ’16 and Nick Morelli ’18 shared virtual videos with students in which they spoke about their careers, what students “need to know” and how their Canisius education helped get them to where they are today.

“I figured the alumni videos would give students an opportunity to hear from different voices (other than me) and to see, firsthand, what former students are doing locally with what they’ve learned in my course,” says Russell, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.

Spring Break Social Justice Trip Moved Online


Due to the ongoing crisis involving COVID-19, the Society of Pre-Health Professionals’ Social Justice in Health and Healthcare service-learning trip to Washington, DC, during spring break was relocated to Buffalo and ultimately online.

Students (above) met virtually with a representative from the National Coalition for the Homeless.  He shared how his health and healthcare issues contributed to his becoming homeless, how he moved out of homelessness, and how he currently manages his health.


Then our young alumni (2nd and 3rd year medical students) who have been helping to run UB HEALS, a local street medicine program at the Jacobs School of Medicine, shared their experiences with students, in bringing medicine to individuals here in Buffalo who are living with homelessness and how their Jesuit education influenced their involvement with UB HEALS.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

The Counselors Are In!

Attention all:  This may be a challenging time but know that the staff in the Counseling Center is available – virtually – to support students. Anyone in need can call the Counseling Center directly at Ext. 2620 or send an Email to

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Distancing with a Doc


The Society of Pre-Health Professionals regularly hosts a “Dessert with a Doc” series, during which small groups of students join one of our medical alumni to discuss their work while enjoying the Doc’s favorite dessert.

This series has moved to an online format March 30, and is now called “Distancing with a Doc.”  And although students missed out on some tiramisu, they still enjoyed their evening with cardiologist Brian Page ’99, MD.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center