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Campus Candids

A social gathering for international students, faculty, and staff at Canisius was hosted on Wednesday by International Student Programs, Office of Admissions and Physician Assistant Studies to help create a greater sense of community and connection.

At least 27 different countries from around the world were represented and attendees had a chance to samples some favorite snacks and treats from around the world as well as some good old fashioned Buffalo pizza.

Students also had a chance to hear from President Stoute about his experiences as an international student, the importance of community, and the commitment from Canisius to continue creating a more diverse and inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds can thrive. Please keep on the lookout for more events like this to come.

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Aimee Larson, program director, PA Studies

Ash Wednesday

The campus community is invited to attend Ash Wednesday service at Christ the King Chapel on Wednesday February 22 at 12:05 p.m.

Ashes will also be distributed at the following locations on Ash Wednesday:

  • 8 am – 11 am .. OM 211
  • 9 am – 11 am … Chapel
  • 1 pm – 5 pm … Campus Ministry Office
  • 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm … Tim Hortons
  • 2 pm -4 pm … Chapel
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm … Library

As a reminder, Mass is offered daily at 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel and at 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. All are welcome.

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, director of Campus Ministry

Using ChatGPT to Build Lessons Plans

Lesson plans will always be in the hands of the human instructor.  Always. The instructor brings the creativity to the plan.  ChatGPT can do the monotonous tasks that might otherwise prohibit an instructor from considering particular elements of a plan.  Here is an example.

I currently teach an introductory course on Java development targeted toward sophomore level students.  It was time to review the concept of Java packages, a construct that organizes code files.  The trusty book, Core Java for the Impatient*, gave a good description.   I wanted to supplement it with a real world example.

My thought process was the following.  Find an open source Java project.  The project would be large and have many Java files and packages.  I would total up the number of files, the number of directories, and use that as visual proof of the utility and need for packages.  I wanted to convey that putting all your source code files in one directory simply is not a good idea.  Source code files need to be organized logically by functionality.  Java packages are the solution.

Could ChatGPT help me out with this task?  Click here to find out what I learned.

Submitted by: Justin Del Vecchio, assistant professor, Computer Science and Cybersecurity