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Discussions: Simplified Accessibility & Visibility Management

When: December

Some of the options in D2L Discussion’s Restriction Tab will have updated language and options moved to make it easier to manage restriction, visibility, and access to Discussion boards:

  • Locking Options are being updated so that you only need to set the Start and End date, with Visibility and Accessibility options underneath each
  • The language for Locking Options have been updated to be a bit clearer/simpler:
Availability Start Date Option What it does
Visibile with Access Restricted before start The Discussion topic (or forum) is visible but students will not be able to open it until the start date. Name, date, other restrictions will be visible, but the description will not be.
Visible with submission restricted before start The topic (or forum) will be visible and accessible to students. However, they will not be able to post to it, making it read-only until the start date.
Hidden before start The topic (or forum) is cannot be seen and is not accessible by students until the start date. Notifications will not be sent until the start date.
Availability End Date Option What it does
Visibile with Access Restricted after end The Discussion topic (or forum) is visible but students will not be able to open it after the end date.
Visible with submission restricted after end The topic (or forum) will be visible and accessible to students (they will be able to see posts). However, they will not be able to post to it, making it read-only after the end date.
Hidden after end The topic (or forum) is cannot be seen and is not accessible by students after the end date. Notifications will also stop.

Examples of option selections and how they affect the forum/topic:

The Default is Visible with access restricted before the start (Unlock) and Visible with access restricted after end (Lock):

  • Students cannot see anything beyond the Topic or Forum Title, dates, and other restrictions. For topics specifically, students can see topic stats and who posted last. For forums, students will not be able to see titles of topics.

Visible with submission restricted before start (Unlock) and Visible with submission restricted after end (Lock) (Recommended):

  • Students can see everything above, topic/forum descriptions and details, and also their posts. They will just be unable to post to or participate in topics or forums.

Hidden before start and Hidden after end:

  • The topic (or forum) will only be accessible to students for the dates specified. After that, students will no longer be able to see the topic or forum– it will be made invisible to them.

Visible with access restricted before the start and Visible with submission restricted after end:

  • Students will only be able to see the title of the Forum (and titles of the topics within) or Topic and the associated dates and other restrictions, but not the description. After the end date, they will be able to see everything about the topic (or in the forum) but will not be able to particpate in them or post to them.

For more information, please click this link.

File Upload Warning Messages

When: November

This is mostly for students, but if you ever saw an “Invalid File Type Error”, a new message will now be appearing that provides more information on the issue:

“This file extension is not allowed for security reasons. Please see our Restricted File Extensions article in the D2L Community for more detailed information.”

For Dropbox Assignments, if a student goes to upload a file that you restricted, they will get a message stating “This file extension is not allowed”.

Quizzes: Clearer Wording

When: December

D2L will be updating some of the wording in the Quiz Editor to make it more clear as to what each option does:

Old Wording New Wording
Automatic Grade Automatically Publish Evaluation
Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately after completion Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion
Auto-Export to Grades Synchronize to Gradebook
Allow automatic export to grades Sync to Gradebook on publish

Dropboxes: New Editor Made Default

When: December

The new Dropbox Editor, which we reported on in December 2020, will be on by default. This means that you will NOT be able to use the old editor and the new editor will be the only one available to you.

If you have any questions about these updates, please contact COLI via the ITS Helpdesk ( or

Campus Candids

Canisius College celebrated the 2020 and 2021 service milestones of faculty, staff and administrators on Monday during a recognition breakfast in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The room was full with employees commemorating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the college. Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, opened the celebration with a morning prayer. President John J. Hurley then spoke briefly, offering his thanks and gratitude to the honorees for their dedication to Canisius and its students.

Below is the full list of 2020 and 2021 Service Recognition Honorees:

2020 and 2021 Service Recognition List of Honorees

40 Years in 2020

Eileen C. Herbert – Chief Communications Officer/Director of Communications

Veronica A. Serwacki – Executive Associate to Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

40 Years in 2021

Dr. Guy H. Gessner – Associate Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Dr. Nancy J. Rosenbloom – Professor of History

Michael E. Szymendera – Director of Infrastructure/Network Engineering

35 Years in 2020

Dr. Mick Cochrane – Chair & Professor of English

Michael G. Dolan – Professor of Kinesiology

Rev. Daniel Jamros, SJ – Professor of Religious Studies

Margaret M. Kraatz – Financial Aid Specialist and Special Projects

Dr. Ian J. Redpath – Chair & Professor of Accounting

35 Years in 2021

Patricia H. Creahan – Director of Student Health Center

Mary A. Koehneke – Associate Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Christopher J. Mejak – Lead Electrician for Facilities Management

Dr. Charles J. Pelitera – Professor of Practice of Kinesiology & Director of Health & Wellness

Brian P. Smith – Director of International Students & Study Abroad

Alan D. Weitzsacker – System Administrator III for ITS

30 Years in 2020

Dr. Edward J. Garrity – Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Dr. Julie S. Gibert – Associate Professor of History & Associate Dean for School of Arts & Sciences

Lt. John F. Hach – Public Safety Lieutenant

Dr. Mariusz M. Kozik – Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. R. Mark Meyer – Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. H. David Sheets – Professor of Physics and Director of Data Analytics

30 Years in 2021

Dr. Richard Falkenstein – Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts

Dr. Barbara J. Irwin – Professor of Communication Studies

Michele A. Rizzo – Assistant Director of Financial Services

25 Years in 2020

Kevin M. Smith – Assistant VP & Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Yvonne K. Widenor – Teaching Faculty of Fine Arts

25 Years in 2021

Scott D. Clark – Director of User Services for ITS

Vanessa M. Clay – Public Safety Dispatcher

Dr. John S. Dahlberg – Chair & Professor of Communication Studies

Walter J. DuBois – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

Dr. Robert J. Grebenok – Professor of Biology

Dr. Sara R. Morris – VP for Academic Affairs

Elaine M. Mrugala – Administrative Associate for Student Life

Dr. Craig D. Rogers – Associate Professor of Economics & Finance

Marc J. Schnirel – System Administrator III for ITS

Andrew N. Smith – Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Dr. Melissa B. Wanzer – Professor of Communication Studies

20 Years in 2020

Dr. Michael J. Forest – Professor of Philosophy

David J. Koenig – Computer Support Specialist III for ITS

Dr. Ronald H. Kotlik – Director of Education Technology & Emerging Media Program

Dr. Shawn O’Rourke – Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Sports Administration/Grad Administrative Program Advisor

James A. Phillips – Public Safety Security Guard

Dr. Michael E. Rutter – Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Services

Kevin D. Stone – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

20 Years in 2021

Dr. Barbara A. Burns – Chair & Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Debra T. Burhans – Associate Professor of Computer Science

Frank Clark IV – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Benjamin J. Dunkle – Professor of Digital Media Arts

Dr. Kristin E. Finn – Professor of Teacher Education

Angela Galante – Financial Aid Specialist

Dr. Marya Grande – Professor of Teacher Education

Ronald J. Haberer – Controller

Dr. Mark Hodin – Professor of English

Dr. Christopher R. Lee – Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology

Erik T. Michaelsen – Instructional Media Technician for the Media Center

Dr. Howard Stanger – Professor of Management and Affiliate Faculty of History

Lisa M. Sullivan – Librarian/Collection & Instructional Services

Dr. Steven H. Szczepankiewicz – Associate Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. Nancy V. Wallace – Interim Dean for School of Education & Human Services

Dr. Amy L. Wolf – Associate Professor of English

Laura A. Zirnheld – Student Records Specialist

15 Years in 2020

Dr. Patricia A. Coward – Assessment Coordinator for the Library

Pamela M. Dart – Programmer Analyst for ITS

Dr. Jennifer A. Desiderio – Associate Professor of English

Rosemary A. Evans – Administrative Associate for School of Education & Human Services

Dr. Timothy M. Gregg – Associate Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dr. Rosanne L. Hartman – Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Dennis W. Koch – Associate Professor of Professional Studies/HHP Programs Director

Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence – Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology

Dr. Christopher J. Lopata – Professor of Psychology & Co-Director for Institute for Autism Research

Dr. Tanya M. Loughead – Professor of Philosophy

Brian S. McIntyre – Public Safety Officer

Donna L. Ortolani – Student Affairs Administrative Specialist for Public Safety

Mark J. Piatkowski – Associate Director of Student Life

Deborah W. Prohn – Registrar & Assistant Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Dr. Ronald M. Rivas – Professor of Management

Erica C. Sammarco – Associate Vice President

Kimberly J. Walkow – Executive Associate to the Dean of Wehle School of Business

Richard V. Warcholak – Stationary Engineer I for Facilities Management

15 Years in 2021

Elizabeth P. Caffee – Director of Academic Talent Search

Kathleen M. DeLaney – Reference Librarian & Archivist

Dr. Lorreine DiCamillo – Associate Dean for School of Education & Human Services

Jennifer J. Herrmann – Associate Dean for Student Success for the Griff Center

Dr. Byung-Jay Kahng – Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Kristine E. Kasbohm – Director of the Library

Sandra M. McKenna – Academic Program Coordinator for Physician Assistant Program

Nancy I. Mercado – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Dr. Timothy J. Servoss – Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Phillip M. Sheridan – Chair & Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

10 Years in 2020

Sierra M. Bonerb – Associate Director of Support Services for the Griff Center

Russell P. Calianno – Programmer Analyst I for ITS

Allen W. Callwood – Public Safety Officer

Carlton Coker, Jr. – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Dr. Katie S. Costanzo – Associate Professor of Biology

Philip J. Davis, Sr. – Counselor for Academic Talent Search

Dr. Paola C. Fajardo-Heyward – Interim Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Charles A. Goodsell – Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology

Matthew K. Kochan – Librarian and Head of Public Services for the Library

Kristina L. Laun – Administrate Associate for ITS

Dr. Lisa M. Morey – Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Biology

10 Years in 2021

Dr. Denise M. Akin – Clinical Instructor of Psychology

Dr. Allyson D. Backstrom – Director of George E. Schreiner, M.D. ’43 Pre-Medical Center

Angela M. Butler – Advancement Coordinator for Institutional Advancement

Dr. Stephen A. Chanderbhan – Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Mark K. Gallimore – Director of Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Margaret E. Garfoot – Director of Applied Nutrition Program & Office of Professional Studies

Dr. Jean A. Gregorek – Associate Professor of English

Kimberly A. Griffin – Head Coach of Women’s Softball

Katherine M. Huck – Director of Advancement Services

Dr. Karl F. Kozlowski – Professor of Kinesiology

Jennifer M. Lavoie – Assistant Director of Admissions Processing

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith – Associate VP of Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Psychology

Joshua M. Martin – Admissions Processing Associate

Dermot P. McGrane – Head Coach of Men’s Soccer

Janet M. McNally – Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Jeffrey M. Proehl – Librarian/Head of Technology Services for the Library

Dr. Richard D. Reitsma – Chair & Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Lisa A. Rowley – Staff Nurse for the Student Health Center

David A. Shakarjian – Senior Programmer Analyst/DBA for ITS

Eileen Tally – Student Accounts Supervisor for Student Records & Financial Services

5 Years in 2020

Luis R. Ayala – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Amy K. Beiter – Curriculum & Student Support Project Associate for Academic Affairs

Dr. Julie Anna M. Golebiewski – Associate Professor of Economics & Finance

Dr. Daniel P. Haeusser – Associate Professor of Biology

Patricia A. Herkey – Creative Director of Marketing & Communication

Joshua E. Kruk – Digital Marketing Director for Marketing & Communication

Kelly L. Schultz – Associate Controller

Timothy J. Seil – Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities

Carolyn M. Thompson – Coordinator & Supervisor for Office of Field Experience

Linda M. Walleshauser – Associate VP for Human Resources & Compliance

5 Years in 2021

Jarrett L. Abelson – Director of Athletic Communications

Dr. Nathan L. Arbuckle – Associate Professor of Psychology

Suli M. Calianno – Canisius Fund Coordinator

Jeannette N. Delaney – Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Laura J. Ginter – Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Chris E. Hawkins – Assistant Coach for Men’s Basketball

Laurie A. Hennessy – Administrative Operations Coordinator for Athletics

Cavina T. James – Associate Director of HEOP for C.O.P.E.

Matthew R. Kwiatkowski – Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Garrett L. Layton – Director of Digital Media and Athletic Communication

Sandra A. Miller – Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations

Erik J. Schneider – Working Foreman & Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Courtney T. Sullivan – Leadership Giving Officer for the Canisius Fund

Dr. Sarah L. Tulin – Assistant Professor of Biology

Reggie Witherspoon – Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

Lauren L. Young – Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Submitted by: College Communications

Multi-Factor Authentication Requirement for Adjunct Faculty

In order to increase security, Canisius will be requiring all adjunct faculty to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for their accounts.  MFA adds a simple to use layer of protection to your login process that will greatly enhance the security of your accounts.  This requirement takes effect January 18th, 2022.  Failure to set up MFA by this date may result in being locked out of your account.  The setup is easy to complete and available in the Canisius portal now, under “My Applications”, “Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Config”.  After enrolling in MFA, your password will expire every 365 days instead of every 180 days.

Instructions are available here:

Users are strongly encouraged to set up more than one method of authentication.  Please do not set up the challenge questions only.

Advanced users can also use a digital authenticator app such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator and others.  This is NOT required but is available as an alternative authentication method.  Instructions are available here:

Support:  The Canisius Help Desk is available for any questions or problems you may encounter.  For assistance, stop by the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell Room 016, call 888-8340 or Email

Additional information:

 What is Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and why is it going to be required? 

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security mechanism that requires an individual to provide two or more credentials in order to authenticate their identity. In IT, these credentials take the form of passwords, hardware tokens, numerical codes, biometrics, time, and location.  Canisius will be using challenge questions and numerical codes that can be sent to alternate email addresses and texted to cell phones.  An encrypted external authenticator application may also be used.

One example that we all encounter is when you log into your online banking portal and you’re given a code on your cell phone to be able to log into the online accounts.  Everyone should understand the need to protect our financial and student data from those who wish to do bad things with it.  We see daily headlines in the news about companies that have had data breaches.  It’s just a fact of life now in the 21st century and our digital age.  There are bad actors everywhere on the internet and users often are “tricked” into revealing their credentials.  MFA helps to protect the college from these situations and keeps these intruders out of our systems.

By requiring our community to use MFA, our accounts and the data we access about students, college financials and other confidential information will be more secure and less likely to be obtained by others.

Submitted by: Scott Clark director of users, ITS

TIAA Counseling Sessions

Curtis Cluster, a financial consultant for TIAA, is scheduling appointments for November 12 and December 10 for those who want to discuss their TIAA accounts. Meetings will be held either by phone or virtually. Register for sessions at or by calling 800-732-8353.

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

More Efficient PowerPoints

A lot of PowerPoint users wish to use formatting features to make their slides more instructive or at least visually interesting but balk at the time it takes to do that work on each slide.

Understanding two basic formatting tool-sets in PowerPoint, the Slide Master and Themes, will help you become more efficient in creating characteristic slides for your teaching or presentations. With these, you can rapidly format entire slidedecks.

After you create a set of common formatting (and perhaps boilerplate content), you can then create a PowerPoint template so you can pre-install those elements into any slidedeck you subsequently create.

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