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Canisius welcomed Lavin’s food truck to campus on June 21.  Pictured above are (left) Lynn Incardona, from human resources, and JoAnn Feary, from the Controller’s Office, taking a break from the day to grab some lunch.

Let’s welcome LuGia’s on Wheels, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

New Student Convocation

Start a new tradition welcoming our incoming class at New Student Convocation on Thursday, August 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center! As part of the event, new students will process in through two lines of faculty and staff paralleling the procession at commencement.

All faculty and staff attending will receive T-shirts sporting the new Canisius logo to wear for the occasion!

RSVP at by July 1 to ensure you have a commemorative t-shirt for the event!

We hope you will join in this exciting new tradition!

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Pedagogy Primer Podcast

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In the latest episode of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast, Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies, is joined by recent Canisius graduates Mylan Hawkins and Abby Bradley to discuss the use of historical simulation games in their recent classes.  Lawrence uses Reacting to the Past series games to teach concepts in the study of world religions, as well as critical analysis skills common across the liberal arts.  He has written a game focused on Jesuit history, appropriate at Canisius College but also any course where perspectives on religion intersect with social class and political institutions.

Hawkins and Bradley provide valuable student perspectives: it is fun to learn this way, but it was also challenging.  Game-based learning makes rigorous demands on students’ research, analysis, and presentations skills, as well as creativity, emotional intelligence and collegiality.  At the same time, it compels students to consider the relationship between their cultures and experiences in the present, and people’s problems and choices in the past.  Along the way, they encountered plenty of surprises, too!

COLI Offering Second OFDC Session

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. Our next session starts on July 10th and ending August 11th. Look for updates announcing additional sessions later in the summer. RSVP using the Faculty Development Events form.

Canisius in the News

The new Canisius University logo is receiving some well-deserved attention. The Buffalo News shared the mark with readers in its June 14 edition. The new logo is the first step in Canisius’ rebranding campaign, and will be followed by the unveiling of a new strategic plan. Click here to read The Buffalo News story.

Submitted by: College Communications