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Town Hall Webinar

Faculty and staff are invited to join President John Hurley and members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for a Town Hall webinar on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  The group will provide an update on the college’s Covid-19 response, information on enrollment and other plans for the spring semester. There will also be time for Q&A.  Zoom webinar information, including the link, is available below:

Join the Webinar:

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Webinar ID: 980 1633 6919

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If you would like to submit a question in advance or request that the SLT address a particular topic, please visit: 

(Advance submissions are anonymous and due by noon, Thursday, November 18)

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

New Research Explores Relationship Between Autism and Aging

Researchers from the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and departments of Psychology and Kinesiology recently published evidence that autism characteristics are associated with challenges in physical health, mental health and psychological well-being during later life. This work was published on November 3, 2021 in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 

These findings are part of the Aging and Autism Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging and led by Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD and Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD. This work could only be completed thanks to the generosity of the 294 participants aged 53-96 (57% female, 97% White, 97% without an autism diagnosis) who contributed their time and responses in the spring and summer of 2019.

Using survey methods, study researchers show that individuals who reported higher autism characteristics also reported greater health challenges.  More specifically, they reported difficulty with social engagement due to poor physical health, poor mental health including depression and anxiety, and limited satisfaction with life and psychological well-being. 

To learn more, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

College Bookstore Faculty & Staff Holiday Shopping Discount

Get some of your holiday shopping done at the Canisius College Bookstore this year!

The bookstore is offering one-time-use 30% off coupons to all faculty and staff.  Stop by the Human Resources Department in Old Main 100 to get your coupon, which will be available for use starting today until the end of 2021.  For the bookstore hours and contact information, click here.

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



Social Media Initiative

To faculty, students and club leaders: In an effort to increase overall social media presence, we recommend that all Canisius-related accounts try to tag @canisius_college in Instagram posts and @CanisiusCollege in Twitter posts. It will be a great way to increase engagement for the college’s accounts and all related club accounts and activities.

With more than 6,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 10,000 on Twitter, this will also help the smaller accounts receive additional exposure. Plus, alumni, parents and potential students can enjoy seeing what is going on at Canisius!

This is not mandatory but will be mutually beneficial and help our social engagement across the community. Thank you.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Development Lunches & Resources

A reminder to join in two casual lunch meetup groups that came out of the Summer Faculty Development week! We also have asynchronous resources to support your faculty development needs during the semester and look forward to seeing you at faculty development sessions during the winter intersession.

Lunch Meetup Groups in the Newly Revamped Faculty Lounge:

Join with your colleagues for conversation and connection over lunch in the faculty lounge. Lunch will be provided from a variety of local restaurants throughout the semester. Please click here to RSVP for some or all of the lunch groups this semester. Note that because lunch is provided, this event is only open to vaccinated individuals.

  • Inclusive teaching. Join in conversation about general strategies from grading to open education resources to supporting individual students. Our last meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6 (12/6).
  • Scholarship and writing. Come together to support and commiserate about any form of academic writing and think longingly of future writing retreats! Meets at 12:00 p.m. on the following Mondays: November 22, (11/22) and December 13, (12/13).

Thanks to those colleagues who suggested faculty meetup groups for two topics and who have joined us so far!

Asynchronous Resources:

Winter Intersession Development Opportunities:

The first week of January, we will enjoy a scholarship-focused week with a day focused on faculty scholarship resources followed by a multi-day on campus writing retreat to help you kick off the year strong. The second week of January, get ready for Winter Faculty Development Week with a focus on inclusive and innovative teaching strategies. Please click here for more information and to RSVP!

If you have other suggestions for faculty development opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs, at

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & professor, Psychology