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AM Lockport Toastmasters Spring Hybrid Open House

Please join AM Lockport Toastmasters as they host their annual Spring Hybrid Open House on Thursday May 25th from 7-8:30am at the Lockport Family YMCA -5833 Snyder Drive in Lockport. Come and learn on how you can improve your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. AM Lockport Toastmasters has been a Toastmasters Club for almost 40 Years.

How AM Lockport Toastmasters Meeting runs: The Toastmaster of the Day picks a theme for the meeting and members of the club helps out with roles they are assigned. We have member who gives a inspirational quote or message to begin the meeting, there’s a Word Master – picks the word associated with the theme, Grammarian – reports on both exceptional and poor uses of grammar, and Ah Master – counts ums, ahs, pregnant pauses and the use of other filler words, Quote Master – picks a quote to share with members and guests, Jester – selects a joke or funny story to share with members at the beginning of the meeting, Timer – keeps the time for both table topics and prepared speakers as well as evaluators and reports times, Quiz Master – Quizzes members on details learned throughout the meeting, Table Topics – impromptu speaking, The Table Topics master calls upon several members to deliver 1:30-2 minute talks on a topic announced right before the member is chosen, we also have three speakers who gives a prepared speech on their topic from our Pathways program manual and the evaluators give them feedback on how well the speech was delivered and improvements for future speeches, and our General Evaluator gives his/her report and evaluates the Toastmaster and the evaluators.



Guests are always welcome to join. For the Zoom link if you can’t attend in person, the link is on the homepage at

If you have any questions, please contact Erik Schneider at

Submitted by: Erik Schneider ’25 – Humanities Major/AM Lockport Toastmasters VP of Public Relations

Upcoming OFDC!

The OFDC (Online Faculty Development Course) offered by COLI is for full-time and part-time faculty, whether new to D2L, or experienced with technology for teaching. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach online and hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students, either for all-online courses, or hybrid courses that feature limited use of the classroom. This summer, we will be running one session starting on June 5th and ending on July 7th. To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here. While you are there, be sure to sign up for our Online Teaching and Learning Updates Workshops and Panopto Workshops too!

Reading Ready Initiative

Congratulations to students in ECCH 221, who provided 343 tutoring sessions to second graders at BPS Community School #89, the Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence.

Canisius students gained confidence in their instructional abilities, strengthened their literacy knowledge and skills, and above all, enjoyed working closely with students in need of literacy support. They made a HUGE IMPACT on 25 emerging readers. To thank the students and staff at #89, professor Joyce Fanning organized a celebration that included a newly installed Little Library on the playground (thanks to the New Buffalo Institute and the Fanning Family) and a visit from Petey!

Canisius students were trained in Reading Ready, an intervention for K-2 students that is widely utilized in NYC schools.  In the fall, these students will be able to continue tutoring at #89 while getting paid, thanks to a grant from the Benedict Silverman Foundation.

Submitted  by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships, Teacher Education & Leadership Department