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The Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society inducted 13 new members on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 during a ceremony at Christ the King Chapel.  

The inductees for spring 2022 are: 

Maeve Devine ‘24, Abriana Will ‘24, Natalie Faas ‘24, Gwynn Furlich ‘23, Jasmine Thomas ‘22, Julia Slazyk ‘22, Elizabeth Hertz ‘24, Courtney Johnt ‘22, Hawa Saleh ‘24, Liana Posella ‘22, Elnara Karadzhayeva ‘23, Sarah Lynch ‘24, Colin O’Neill ‘24.

Submitted by: College Communications 

“The Girl in the Diary”

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College and The Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) are among several groups bringing “The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto” traveling exhibition to Western New York. Buffalo is the 3rd city in the United States to host this exhibition.

The exhibit includes historical artifacts and documents from WNY Holocaust survivors.  It presents powerful excerpts from Rywka Lipszyc’s diary, as well as expert commentary from historians, doctors, psychologists and rabbis that help visitors to understand the context of that time.  

To find out more about the event, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Building Bridges North-South: A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students

The Canisius campus community is invited to participate in an event with Pope Francis and university students from the Americas on Thursday, February 24, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Conference Room (OM 219).  The event will take place on Zoom.

Building Bridges North-South: A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students

The Hank Center of Loyola University Chicago is honored to co-host with the Vatican a historic visit with Pope Francis and his conversation with university students from across the Americas. All topics are inspired by the renewing Spirit who conveys our synodal project– from communion, participation, and mission to questions of migration, accompaniment, and living in authentic encounter with one another and with God.

If you can’t join us from OM 219, you can sign up to join in from your own location at

Submitted by: Deacon Greg Feary, Campus Minister


Better Discussions with

Collaborative annotation tools allow you and your students to discuss a text, website, video, or other media through shared marginalia.  It’s a form of asynchronous discussion, but instead of taking place within a message board tool (such as D2L Discussions), the conversation happens in comments attached directly on a digital document, web page, or video timeline track.  Better still, each discussion thread – a starting comment and subsequent replies – is keyed to a highlighted word or passage, or a specific time on the video timeline.

This has obvious value for online courses, but face-to-face courses can benefit as well: students can begin a discussion in marginalia, getting the benefits of text-based threaded or asynchronous discussions in Then, the conversation can continue in the classroom, where students experience the benefits of face-to-face interaction.

In COLI, we recommend that professors try before firmly deciding to use D2L discussions.   Since so many online class discussions focus on texts, provides an added benefit of bringing the conversation to the text itself!  In D2L, we have access to two toolsets: Perusall, and Hypothesis.  While the former can handle student annotations on videos, we recommend that professors try first, since it is simpler to use.

Here’s our video showing students how works.  You can quickly see from it why this is a great discussion mode where the class conversation should happen around a text, such as a .pdf file or website.

This semester we are running virtual workshops where you can learn how to set up in your D2L course space, and get tips for efficiently managing conversations. If you’d like to try to deploy it yourself, that’s easy: we have a handy step-by-step guide here. Additionally, has a great website with plenty of tips on how to use it effectively in coursework. Workshops, a great option for collaborative annotation exercises on the web, offers workshops for faculty using, or possibly interested in trying their toolset. In COLI we don’t usually recommend vendor workshops; vendors tend to emphasize features instead of real, practical tips for teaching real students., though, is different, since their product was really designed by and for professors.

Here’s their list for upcoming workshops:

Activating annotation with Hypothesis in D2L (30 minutes)

This is a great introductory workshop if you’re new to adding Hypothesis as an external tool to your readings in D2L.

Using multimedia & tags in annotations (30 minutes)

This workshop walks you through how to increase engagement by adding multimedia and tags in annotations.

Using Hypothesis with small groups (30 minutes)

This workshop focuses on the options for using Hypothesis in small groups, and it covers how social annotation can be used to create a more collaborative learning environment.

Show-and-tell participatory workshop (30 minutes)

This workshop will help instructors who have already been using Hypothesis more fully leverage all of its features. Come to this session with one or more examples of an effective and meaningful annotation assignment that your students completed. Think of this as a professional learning community session for brainstorming and sharing.

Creative ways to use social annotation in your courses (30 minutes)

This workshop covers a variety of discussion protocols and active-learning strategies that can help make social annotation even more fun and engaging for you and your students.

They will make recordings available, too.