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Campus Candids

In case you missed the excitement…

Trucks, trailers, catering tents and more than 100 cast and crew members arrived on campus last Thursday and Friday to prepare and film a scene for the upcoming movie “Cabrini.”  We can’t wait to see how the Lyons Hall lobby was transformed into a NYC location from 1892!

“Cabrini” tells the story of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian American Roman Catholic nun and social activist who immigrated to New York City from Italy in the 1890s and advocated for the civil and human rights of women and immigrants. She became a saint in 1946. 

The movie is produced by award-winning “Marshall” producer Jonathan Sanger, directed by Alejandro Monteverde and stars Christiana Dell’Anna, John Lithgow and David Morse. After Buffalo, filming concludes in Rome, Italy, with “Cabrini” set to be released in late 2022 or 2023. Read about the $767,500 grant our Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program received from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

There were more ‘lights, cameras and action’ on Monday, August 16 when a crew from Curiosity Stream visited campus to interview H. David Sheets, PhD. The award-winning streaming service spoke with Sheets for an upcoming feature series on forensic science and advancements in the field.

Sheets is a professor of physics and director of the data analytics program at Canisius.

Curiosity Stream was founded by John Hendricks, who is also the founder of Discovery Inc. and the Discovery Channel. The streaming service produces and broadcasts documentaries and features that cover every topic from space exploration to the secret life of pets.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics, was recently quoted in The Buffalo News detailing the Buffalo-Niagara region’s growth and economic potential.

Read more by clicking here.

Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science and Erie County legislator, weighs in on Kathy Hochul’s decision to name a new lieutenant governor to succeed her following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. 
To read more, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee Engagement Team Invitation

The Employee Engagement Team will begin to meet again this fall semester to discuss opportunities to enhance the work environment at Canisius College.  At this time, we are currently looking for additional members from the campus community to join the discussions.

As part of the team, representatives from divisions across campus participate in valuable discussions to talk about individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities related to improving the employee experience. The team will continue to focus on engagement initiatives to build a one-campus community through the improvement of communication and collaboration. The outcomes of these discussions will be reviewed with the college’s Senior Leadership Team.

Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, invites you to participate on the team by contacting Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to President John Hurley, at

The first meeting will be held in September, so stay tuned for the meeting date announcement.  We look forward to sharing and hearing your ideas!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

D2L Dropping Support for Legacy Browsers

D2L is ending support for various legacy (older versions of) web browsers.

You may see a message similar to the image above, stating that the browser you are using is no longer supported and asking you to update your browser or download a different browser.

The fix is simple: update your browser. You can do a web search similar to “how do I update YourWebBrowser” to find the instructions to update your browser.

Also, note that Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge users will not be able to access D2L unless they update to a newer version of Edge or download a new web browser.

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

New Grade Screen for D2L Discussions

In this month’s updates, D2L is letting instructors try out a new grade screen to assess student contributions to D2L Discussions. The new screen (image above) should make it easier to view and grade student posts and is similar to the new Dropbox Grade Screen that was mentioned in this COLI Post.

If you are interested in trying out this new grade screen, you will be prompted to opt-in when you go to grade students’ posts for a discussion topic. The new screen will become available for opt-in later this month.

If you are interested in attaching an assessment to D2L Discussions, please view this video.

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