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“Choose Love” T-Shirts on Sale Now

There is still time to purchase your Canisius “Choose Love” T-shirt to help benefit the Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship Fund. T-shirts can be purchased online HERE for $18.

The Canisius Athletic Department will donate all net proceeds from the T-shirt sales directly to the Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established to be awarded to a graduating high school senior from a Buffalo Public or charter school “whose work ethic and civic passion echo Salter’s and is mechanically inclined and interested in improving upon existing technology in such a way that will make life easier for future generations.”

Aaron Salter Jr. was the security guard working at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo on May 14, when a gunman entered the store and killed 10 people. Salter fired multiple times at the shooter before being shot and killed himself.

In May, Canisius College honored his life and memory during undergraduate commencement ceremonies, when it posthumously conferred a bachelor of arts degree upon Salter. Salter’s son, Aaron Salter III, accepted the Canisius diploma from the College. His father needed only three credit hours – or one class – to complete his degree.

If you have already purchased a “Choose Love” T-shirt, the athletic department thanks you for your support. If you chose to pick up your purchase on campus, you will be receiving an email with pick-up times and locations.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, Athletics

3D Printing for Academics

In the past week, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI)’s two 3D printers have been hard at work!  In his PHY104 class, Mike Wood, PhD, chair of the Quantitative Sciences Department, has introduced students to computer-aided design process for 3D printing, and the students have drawn up some creative digital work for our printers (named Rigby and Mordecai).  Each student designs the object and draws it in a web-based application called Tinkercad.  These drawings are then processed in a second application called a slicer, which translates the digital drawing so Rigby or Mordecai can print it.  Finally, the printers create the physical object by adding hot plastic, fed from spools of thin filament, to a build plate.  The object “grows” up from the plate over a period of several hours.

3D Printing, or “additive manufacturing,” is a new process used in a variety of industries, healthcare, and education.  Our little printers have bigger (and more expensive) cousins working at advanced technology firms, such as Moog, Inc., here in Buffalo.  Faculty at various levels in education use 3D printing to produce teaching aids, models, and replica artifacts.

We can’t wait to present students with the physical version of their digital art!  Thank you, Dr. Wood, for introducing students to an important and growing field of engineering and artistic creativity, and for providing COLI an opportunity to print for your students!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI

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. Customize the Quiz Result display to show students what questions they got and see where they need to brush up on their studying.

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 tool sets in D2L. Click here to access those.

Live Well, Work Well


This short read, provided to you by Lawley, provides helpful information on what you need to know for this year’s flu season, the importance of cleaning out & restocking your medicine cabinet, planning out a stress-free holiday season, and features a healthy fall recipe to try: Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Basil & Parmesan.

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

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course

It’s not too late to join the current Online Faculty Development Course!

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty, that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses.  This course provides many practical tips for teaching online, but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community building in courses on the internet.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. The second OFDC starts on October 17th and ends on November 18th. To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.