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Campus Candids

Canisius invited it’s 27 camp families to a welcome BBQ in the Quad on Thursday, June 29.

Chartwells was grilling hotdogs and hamburgers while Petey welcomed campers.  Families of the campers met the camp staff, nine of whom are either graduates or current students of Canisius.  Fun was had by all and the children loved being welcomed as the newest Golden Griffins!

Canisius’ Say Yes Summer Camp runs Monday – Friday on the 3rd floor of Old Main through August 18.  The Canisius community has been so welcoming and supportive of this initiative.  If you would like a visit from 5-10 year olds, or have something to share with us on campus, please reach out to camp director Elizabeth Turner (

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

Call for Candidates

The Academic Affairs Office is now accepting applications or nominations for the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) for Faculty Development and Support of the Student Experience. Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, currently in the position, will return to the faculty full-time at the end of the fall 2023 semester after 4 ½ years in this role. 

Jenn’s return to the Psychology Department provides the opportunity for another faculty member to take on the AVPAA leadership role by bringing his/her passion to shape the future of faculty development and the student experience at Canisius.

The AVPAA retains status as an active, full-time member of the faculty while serving in this capacity; and the AVPAA role is considered as service for the purposes of promotion. The role accounts for approximately 50 percent of the AVPAA’s effort at the institution with equivalent course releases, as well as an administrative stipend and dedicated office space in the Academic Affairs suite.

The individual in this role will work closely with COLI, Sponsored Programs, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Success, the New Buffalo Institute, student leaders, the academic deans, and other constituents on campus. They should bring a mission-focused energy to their work and the ability to balance their administrative and faculty responsibilities. A detailed list of the anticipated responsibilities of the AVPAA for faculty development and support of the student experience is linked here. These responsibilities and the scope of the role may be adjusted based on the priorities, interests, and experience of the successful candidate. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to VPAA Sara R. Morris, PhD, directly at with any questions. Jenn is also available at to discuss her experience and answer questions. 

Candidates should submit a letter of interest and updated C.V. to Maggie Burkard at no later than August 1, 2023. Candidates will be interviewed by a committee chaired by René De la Pedraja. The office is also accepting confidential nominations of colleagues who have the potential to excel in this role. 

We are very grateful to Jenn for her four years as AVPAA. During that time, Jenn has helped to expand our faculty development offerings including launching summer and winter faculty development weeks and curating our inclusive teaching resource repository. Jenn also helped lead the development of our First Year Experience pilot program, supervises the Canisius Earning Excellence Program and Ignatian Scholarship Day, and directs our Laudato Si’ sustainability initiative.

Submitted by: Sara R Morris, Vice President for Academic Affairs


AUGUST 9TH, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

On August 9, the Canisius University AI and Society Initiative kicks off its Conversations on AI Symposia Series, with a panel discussion focused on the current state and recent developments in large language model artificial intelligence (LLM AI). This will be followed by a mixer with light refreshments.

Professionals in business, education, healthcare and government can get up to speed or compare notes on AI and its relationship to their respective fields. Additionally, they can learn how other sectors are grappling with the opportunities but also the challenges presented by LLM AI.

Additional sessions in coming weeks will be dual track, with parallel sessions focused on either K-12 and higher education, or business, healthcare and government: August 17, August 22, and September 12.

RSVP for this August 9th Event Here!

Submitted by: Dr. Mark Gallimore, Director, COLI

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

COLI is hosting two Adjunct Faculty Information Sessions for the fall 2023 semester. New and returning part-time faculty can learn about resources available to them at Canisius College. This includes HR services, the Library, and information technology tools and options.

This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with teaching at Canisius, and learn about things that can help you teach either face-to-face or online.


  • Tuesday, August 15th, 2023, 6:00 PM. Old Main 104. Refreshments served!
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, 6:00 PM, via Zoom Web Conference (RSVP for link.)
Submitted by: Dr. Mark Gallimore, Director, COLI

Additional Software Updates Summer 2023


More software updates are coming down the line. Check out the original Summer Software Updates post.


Update your Browsers!

Make sure to update your browsers! D2L has ended support for some older browser versions. Additionally, keeping browsers up-to-date is security hygiene. Below, you will find links on how to update some of the most-used browsers:

Availability Dates (Start and End Dates)

Instead of seeing a long summary of the Availability of a course activity, you will start seeing a much shorter range of dates instead.

Showcasing the range of dates if you have a Start and End Date on an activity.

If you have just a Start Date, or Due Date, or End Date, you will get a short summary instead.

Showing a course activity with the new, shorter summary for just a due date.

Set the Behavior for Availability Dates on Discussions and Dropboxes

Another update to Start and End dates, you can now set the default behavior of Start and End dates (tutorial link) on Discussions and Dropboxes. This is particularly useful if you use a certain combination of Start and End date behaviors for most or all of your Discussions and Due dates. Note: This is not retroactive and only works with newly created Discussions and Dropboxes.

Another Update! This new update makes it easier and faster to use JSTOR articles. You follow all of the normal steps to set up a Assignment, but instead of downloading the JSTOR article, you just copy the article’s stable URL. Then select the JSTOR option and paste the article URL. Check out our Tutorial on using JSTOR articles in!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI