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Canisius in the News

For the second consecutive year, Business First named Canisius University President Steve Stoute to its list of “Power 100 Business Leaders of Color.” The ranking, released this week, recognizes those who have “risen to the top as leader of Western New York companies and organizations, are trusted board members and have set inspirational examples for the next generation.”

Click here to view the full list of recipients.

Submitted by: University Communications

Wehle School Earns High Marks from U.S. News

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business (WSB) earned high marks on the U.S. News & World Report 2024 rankings for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.” Among the more than 500 business programs in the country, the university’s Finance and Accounting programs received numerous accolades.

The Canisius finance program ranked in the top 5 percent nationally at No. 23, No. 1 in Western New York and No. 4 in New York State.

Job placement for Canisius finance majors is consistently at or near 100 percent. This includes students participating in the university’s Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) program who are heavily recruited each year by financial firms in Western New York and throughout the country.  The GGF is an investment-management course for both undergraduate seniors and MBA finance majors. The student-run, real-money investment fund grew from its initial $200,000 investment from the university’s endowment, and is now valued at approximately $750,000.

The university received similarly commendable rankings on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs.” The publication ranks the Canisius Accounting Program No. 1 in Western New York, No. 4 in New York State and No. 38 nationally.  Job placement for Canisius accounting majors is consistently at or near 100 percent.  Additionally, graduates of the program are continuously top performers on the New York State CPA exam.

To be considered for the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” colleges and universities must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The WSB is proud to hold AACSB international accreditation, the premier accrediting agency for business programs in the world. Canisius holds accreditation longer than any other private business school in Western New York.

Submitted by: University Communications

Celebrate Angela Butler!

Please join the Canisius University Advancement Team on Thursday, September 21 for a drop-in celebration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the George Martin House to send off Angela Butler!

We will gather as a community to congratulate her on her years of service and wish her well in her new endeavors!

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Shannon Lyons, Advancement

Care for our Common Home

We invite all members of our campus community to join in caring for our common home through our Canisius Laudato Si’ initiative.

In the interest of maximizing accessibility to everyone in our campus community, we will rotate the location of Laudato Si’ meetings around campus this semester. We are also trying to meet in visible, public places on campus so that folks can see and hear what we are up to and maybe get involved! Here are the specific dates and locations for our monthly meetings:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:00 p.m., main floor of the library – preliminary agenda: action plan & migration-friendly actions
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:00 p.m., first floor lobby area of Health Science – preliminary agenda: how can you implement action plan actions & makerspace
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m., Science Hall café – preliminary agenda: spring 2024 planning & winter sowing

All are welcome! To learn more about our campus Laudato Si’, please visit and make sure to check out Genevieve Fontana’s CEEP project to share out the great things our campus is doing and celebrate the people doing sustainability work via the following resources:

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology

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.

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