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Invitation to Engage with Laudato Si’ Sustainability Initiative

Do you care about our earth? Sustainability? Social justice? The ways in which these intersect with our lives, our community, and/or our spirituality? We welcome you to join in the Canisius Laudato Si’ Initiative!

There are two ways in which you can engage as we prepare to welcome spring back to Buffalo – join an action group to help launch our seven-year journey towards focal goals & engage in a reading group about the encyclical that started this international effort. Click here to indicate your interest today! Contact Jenn Lodi-Smith, assistant vice president for academic affairs, at with any questions.

Action groups

Join in community to discern where we are and where we can go in each of the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform – the Vatican-led seven-year journey working in collaboration with partners and individuals around the world to empower the universal Church to achieve sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Three action groups are working on the following goals:

  • Response to the cry of the earth & Ecological education
  • Response to the cry of the poor, Ecological economics, & Community resilience and empowerment
  • Adoption of sustainable lifestyles & Ecological spirituality 

Reading group

Read and discuss Pope Francis’ 2015 ecological encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.” that inspired this global initiative. Copies of the encyclical are available in Bagen 103 and at this link. Meetings will be held in the Loyola Hall Great Room from 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 16 – Chapters 1 and 3, on the situation;
  • Tuesday, April 12 – Chapters 2 and 4, Gospel and Philosophical Principles; and
  • Monday, May 9 – Chapters 5 and 6, Practical Consequences.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, project associate, Academic Affairs, Curriculum and Student Support


Borders & Migrations presents First Talk in AAPI Series for Spring 2022 (available on YouTube)

If you missed the first in the AAPI focused Borders & Migrations Initiative series at Canisius College, you’re in luck. The talk by Rakesh Satyal was recorded and is viewable here. Check out our YouTube channel for BMI for past events as well, and join us for the remaining events in Spring 2022.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Midterms in D2L

With midterms coming up, it may be useful to review these features of D2L Quizzes and Dropboxes.

D2L Quizzes provides a robust tool to grade quizzes easier and quicker. Some features can help prevent cheating to a degree, like basic question randomization and advanced question randomization. If you want to use questions from a previous exam or quiz, the Question Library lets you copy questions to the mid-term. Connect your midterm exam directly to the grade book for faster grading. Click here for a tutorial. You can also have your students sign an Academic Integrity Pledge before continuing to the Midterm.

Please note that if you allow automatic grading of your exam, D2L will not automatically grade written responses. Those need to be graded manually. Inform your students that the grade they have immediately after completing the exam is not reflective of their overall grade. If you want to see all of the tutorials on the D2L Quiz tool that COLI has compiled, click here.

D2L Dropboxes are a great way to receive student work in various formats but more notably PDFs, Microsoft Office files, JPGs or PNGs. You can also restrict the types of files the dropbox will accept. Attach the dropbox to the grade book or use a D2L Rubric and attach it to the dropbox for faster grading.

For more information on D2L Dropboxes, click here. For tutorials on D2L Rubrics, click here. Or sign up for one of our many workshops here.

COLI has compiled other resources on the various toolsets in D2L. Click here to access those.

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

2016 Course Content Will Be Removed From D2L

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2016 course content that you wish to save by March 15, 2022.

Relevant Tutorials