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Suit Up! A Virtual Discounted Shopping Event

JCPenney is partnering with the Griff Center for Student Success to provide professional clothing at discounted prices, between 30-60% off!

During this virtual event, students, faculty, staff and alumni can purchase suits, dresses, sport coats, pants, skirts, blouses, ties and shoes to build a professional wardrobe. This event runs from Thursday, March 4 – Sunday, March 7.

To participate:

  1. Go to and view all the items included in the Suit Up promotional sale.
  2. Text GRIFF to 67292 to receive your coupon code prior to check out.
  3. Enter the code and serial number you receive into the coupon field when you are ready to check out. This coupon is good for a one time use.

Submitted by: Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director, Griff Center Career Development

Nominate a Student to Apply to be an Orientation Leader!


The New Student Orientation Team is seeking your help in finding our next group of student leaders for the fall 2021 New Student Orientation program. In order to get a strong and diverse applicant pool, we are asking faculty and staff to identify students and nominate them to apply for this wonderful leadership opportunity!

We encourage you to submit students through this nomination form. The student will then receive an Email from our hiring committee, letting them know they were nominated to apply for the position of Orientation Leader. We are accepting nominations up until Monday, March 15 as this will give the students enough time to submit their applications by the deadline of Monday, March 22.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Thank you for helping the New Student Orientation Team!

Submitted by: Dyanna Moreira, coordinator, Student Engagement 

Accepting Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Faculty and Senior


The Office of Alumni Engagement is accepting nominations for the annual Distinguished Faculty Award and the Distinguished Senior Awards.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes an outstanding full-time faculty member of the college who is distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence. One award is given per year. The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented at the Honors Convocation in May.

 For more information, to see past honorees and to submit nominations, please visit:

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to seniors who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence and leadership roles at the college. Up to three awards may be given per year. The Distinguished Senior Awards are also presented at the Honors Convocation in May.

 Please click the link below for access to the nomination form:

The deadline for all 2021 nominations is Monday, 15, 2021.

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Alumni Engagement Development Events

For those of you using or considering social or collaborative annotation in your courses, hosts web-based events offering tips and training. has a good handle on how various disciplines teach, so their events are worth attending.

Even if you’ve started the semester with online asynchronous discussions, you can swap one or two weeks’ discussion out, in order to try out collaborative annotation. Let your students know it’s an experiment and solicit their feedback. If you need to cancel a classroom discussion, a social annotation of a PDF-based document is also a good, fairly lightweight replacement.

Here’s the event lineup for March:

  • Grading Hypothesis-enabled readings: This workshop will walk through not only how to grade, but the intent and purpose of grading annotations in Hypothesis-enabled readings. The workshop will take place on Monday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. PST. Click here for more information.
  • Using multimedia in annotations: This workshop will discuss how to add multimedia as annotations, and offer ideas for embedding images and videos. There are two sessions, one on Wednesday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. PST and the second on Monday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. PST.
  • Creative ways to use social annotation in your courses: Our team will lead participants in a discussion about how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used in their particular disciplines and dovetail with their specific teaching and learning objectives. Join us on Wednesday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST.
  • Using Hypothesis with small groups: This workshop focuses on the options for using Hypothesis in small groups, and it will cover how social annotation can be used to create a more collaborative learning environment. This event will be Tuesday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. PST. Click here for more information.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here.
  • Revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there. This includes files attached to pages. If your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here.

If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Follow the guide and add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki where users can continually refer back to it. Save time and Email links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

Email for any questions concerning the wiki.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI