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Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

What percentage of Canisius graduates work or study in their chosen fields?

a. 90%

b. 85%

c. 92%

d. 80%

Congratulations to Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director for the Art History Program and Fine Arts Department. Widenor was last week’s winner of Trivia Wednesday. She will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

Before it became the Montante Cultural Center, the building which sits at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood place was which of the following:

a. The Villa

b. St. Michael’s Church

c. Sears Roebuck

d. St. Vincent de Paul Church

The correct answer was: (d) St. Vincent de Paul Church

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Academic Affairs hosted its first remote teaching virtual meet up on Thursday, April 2.

We welcomed Mark Gallimore back from paternity leave, congratulated Sara Morris on her appointment to vice president for academic affairs, and Karl Kozlowski on his promotion to full professor. We also shared our successes, exchanged a few pro-tips for teaching and learning online, laughed at bloopers and commiserated with each other about our experiences so far.

Stay tuned to The Dome for information on future meet ups!

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

And on Friday, April 3, faculty from the Philosophy Department, a few philosophy majors and even a prospective student met online for a virtual happy hour (pictured above).

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, professor and chair, Philosophy Department

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Campus Ministry’s Holy Week devotions continue today with “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

To recognize this devotion, the Office of Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published throughout the week in The Dome, on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and on the Campus Ministry blog. 

Click on the links below to read or watch the student reflections that began on Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday.

Wednesday, April 8:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46)

Reflection by: Bridget Brogan ’21

Tuesday, April 7:

“Woman, behold your Son.” (John 19:26-27)

Reflection by: Andrew Erdman ’22

Monday, April 6:

“This day you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Reflection written by Cara Smith ’22

Sunday, April 5:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Reflection written by Erik Pawelski ‘22

Submitted by: College Communications

Update on Zoom Use

While there is a lot of negative media attention being paid to the Zoom conferencing tools, we still recommend using it on campus.  Many of the problems being discussed are not unique to Zoom.  Problems do exist on other platforms such as Google Meetup, WebEx and Adobe Connect.  The biggest problem is open and public meetings.  If you prepare your meeting properly, they should be secure and free from the disturbances of Zoom-bombing.  Utilizing waiting rooms and passwords will ensure your meetings are secure.  Do not share the meeting links on social media.  Share them directly with your students via Email or D2L.

Here is a link to resources at Zoom, which I recommend all users review.

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event

Also, if you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at the article I posted last week in The Dome.

Beware of Zoombombing

For more questions or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, email to or visit

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, IT User Services

Online Faculty Development Course


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 April 13, 2020. To enroll, email

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