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The Five Pillars of Islam

We are currently in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration. As an effort to continue to educate the community around cultural differences, the ALANA Student Center wanted to bring attention to The Five Pillars, which are the core beliefs and practices of Islam:

  1. Profession of Faith (shahada): The belief that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” is central to Islam.
  2. Prayer (salat): Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day – at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and after dark. Prayer includes a recitation of the opening chapter (sura) of the Qur’an, and is sometimes performed on a small rug or mat used expressly for this purpose.
  3. Alms (zakat): In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need.
  4. Fasting (sawm): During the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, all healthy adult Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink. Through this temporary deprivation, they renew their awareness of and gratitude for everything God has provided in their lives, including the Qur’an, which was first revealed during this month. During Ramadan they share the hunger and thirst of the needy as a reminder of the religious duty to help those less fortunate.
  5. Pilgrimage (hajj): Every Muslim whose health and finances permit it must make at least one visit to the holy city of Mecca, in present-day Saudi Arabia.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Become More Efficient in PowerPoint

PowerPoint users may want to use formatting features to make slides more instructive or visually interesting. This does not need to take a lot of time to do.

Understanding two basic formatting toolsets in PowerPoint, the Slide Master and Themes, will help efficiently create characteristic slides for your teaching or presentations. These allow users to rapidly format entire slidedecks. After creating a set of common formatting, and boilerplate content if needed, users can create a PowerPoint template that allows them to pre-install those elements into any slidedeck subsequently created.

See the following links to better understand different PowerPoint features.

Understanding Layouts and the Slide Master

  • 00:57 Introduction to Slide Layouts
  • 02:25​ Editing the Slide Master (and Layouts)
  • 03:36 Simple Default Text Format Changes in the Slide Master
  • 04:51​ Adding a “Permanent” Graphic to Slides via the Slide Master
  • 08:07​ Change the Default Fonts for Your Slidedeck
  • 09:25​ Modifying Layouts and their Placeholders

Using and Modifying Themes

  • 00:56 Themes Basics
  • 02:08 Resize Your Slides
  • 02:26 Basic Theme Variants
  • 03:32​ Edit Theme Elements
  • 03:52​ Change Theme Background
  • 05:11 Change Default Color Set
  • 06:58 Change Default Font Set
  • 07:55 Save a Theme for Use in Other SlideDecks

Creating and Using Slidedeck Templates

  • 00:34 Using a Custom Template
  • 01:02​ Creating a Template
  • 02:54​ Pin a Template to Easily Find and Use It
  • 04:03 Modify an Existing Template

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

Canisius in the News

Kimberly Beaty, director of Canisius Public Safety, wrote an opinion piece for The Buffalo News regarding the outcome of the David Chauvin trial. She speaks to her 34 years of experience in law enforcement and highlights the steps she believes should be taken in the future.

Read the article here.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, professor of finance and economics, was also mentioned in The Buffalo News, in a recent article by reporter David Robinson about the economic rebound in Western New York and how vaccination distribution will potentially affect job recovery.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Eta Sigma Phi Induction 2021

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Pictured left to right, front row: Maria Bienko and Veronica LaPort; left to right, back row: Dr. Thomas Banchich, Ian Hoock, Keith Powers, Matthew Walker and Dr. Kathryn Williams

On Monday, April 19, the Canisius Classics Department inducted six new members into the Delta Beta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for students of Latin and Greek.

The new inductees are Maria Bienko, Ian Hoock, Veronica LaPort, Cameron More, Keith Powers and Matthew Walker. Thomas Banchich, PhD, professor emeritus of classics and Kathryn Williams, PhD, chair of the Classics Department and Eta Sigma Phi advisor, welcomed the new members.

Submitted by: Kathryn Williams, chair, Classics Department

Student Art Now Viewable


ArtsCanisius and the Fine Arts Department invite you to enjoy examples of student art in the Alumni Gallery and on the Makerspace Wall in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

“Arrivederci a presto!” is a collection of photographs taken over the past few years by students in FAS142 Travel Photography. Led by adjunct professor Tom Wolf, students spend their spring break in Italy putting into practice the skills they have learned in the classroom. These stunning works on are view in the Alumni Gallery as they would be each year during Ignatian Scholarship Day.

The Origami Makerspace Menagerie in the Library is the culmination of three Makerspace events this year. Students, staff and faculty created animals to populate the space. We even received animals from friends of the Canisius College community. Materials are next to the display if you wish to create an animal to add to the collection or take with you.

In addition to the marvelous Makerspace work, passenger pigeons folded by students in FAH272A Animals in Art are also on display. This was a class project coordinated with the viewing of “The Lost Bird Project” and the foldtheflock campaign to raise awareness of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk and Heath Hen. Sculptor Todd McGrain began this project and continues to add to it. You may learn more about McGrain’s work and the foldtheflock campaign at

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department