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Athletic Department Spring Merchandise Sale

Make sure you freshen up your summer wardrobe with some new Griffs Gear!

From May 3 – 5, the Canisius Athletic Department will hold its annual Spring Merchandise Sale in the front lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., each day.

All members of the Canisius community are invited, and the event is open to the public.  If you know some Griffs fans looking for officially licensed merchandise, please share this information with them as well.

Go Griffs!

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics

Trailblazing Author Discusses Detective Fiction

Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios detective fiction series, visited Dr. Richard Reitsma’s SPA 436: Novela Negra class to discuss his novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, and his life as a lawyer and a writer.  Michael Nava’s importance to the detective fiction genre cannot be overstated: he created Henry Rios, the first Mexican American gay detective in fiction.

In addition to the eight book series of Henry Rios, Nava is also the author of a historical novel The City of Palaces, he is currently working on the sequel.

The conversation with Michael Nava (which was conducted in English), is available on our YouTube channel.

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

Send Someone Kudos!

Introducing Kudos Cards.  This  is an opportunity for any employee to send a quick note thanking someone for their contributions to each other, our students, visitors or the college community as a whole.

To send someone Kudos, please complete the form linked below:

Submitted by: Jason Francey, director of Student Engagement, Office of Student Life


Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Feedback

In this episode, we discuss ways to improve professor feedback on student work.  Make your feedback commentary another great opportunity for students to learn, and help students get the most from it.

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Great Sources

Brookhart, Susan.  How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students.  ASCD, 2017.

Koehler, Johann.  The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less.  Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, University of California at Berkeley. 2016.

Walvoord, Barbara and Virginia Johnson Anderson.  Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College. Wiley, 2011.

COLI.  Lesson 4 of the COLI Guide for Teaching Online.

D2L Tutorials

D2L Rubrics

D2L Dropbox Tools

D2L Quizzes and Exams

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

Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Matthew Kochan

In episode 12 of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast, Matthew Kochan, public service supervisor for the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, joins us to take about information literacy, how it applies to student work, and how to do it effectively. He also discusses open education resources, also known as OER’s, how they can be used in the classroom, and the advantages and disadvantages of OER’s over traditional text. We close this episode with a brief discussion on how the Library has helped students overcome some of the struggles that they may encounter while going to college.

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Relevant Links and Resources

Works Cited

Colvard, Nicholas B., et al. “The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics.” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 30, no. 2, 2018, p. 15.

Redden, Molly. “7 in 10 Students Have Skipped Buying a Textbook Because of Its Cost, Survey Finds.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 Aug. 2011,

“Student Group Releases New Report on Textbook Prices.” Student PIRGs, 3 Feb. 2016,

“Trends in College Pricing 2019”. College Board, Nov. 2019, p. 36.

Other Links

Mr. Matthew Kochan

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

Information Literacy LibGuide

Open Education Resources

OER Commons

Canisius College Databases

Canisius College Research Guides

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