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Canisius in the News

Canisius President Steve Stoute discussed the university’s new strategic plan, Answer the Call, in the September 26 edition of Business First. The article addresses how the six-year plan prioritizes affordability and access to a Canisius education. Click here to read the story.

In a separate Business First story, published September 21, Vice President for Enrollment Danielle Ianni spoke about the university’s success in growing enrollment. Canisius has 600 new students this academic year, the highest that number has been in four years. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

You’re Invited

Join us for an evening in New York City with Canisius alumni, friends, and President Steve Stoute!
Thursday, October 12 | 6:30 p.m. | The Campbell
15 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York, NY 10017
$35 per person
Refreshments will be served.
Please register by October 6.
Questons? Please contact Sarah Sterzinger at
Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Mark Your Calendars

The Office of Alumni Engagement warmly invites you to join us this fall semester at any one (or all) of the following events:

Canisius University Alumni Reception in NYC

Thursday, October 12 | New York City

Buffalo Alumni Chapter WNY Book ARTS Center Workshop
Tuesday, October 24 | Buffalo

Syracuse University vs. Canisius Men’s Basketball Tailgate
Wednesday, November 8 | Syracuse

University of Pittsburgh vs. Canisius Men’s Basketball Tailgate
Saturday, December 9 | Pittsburgh

Buffalo Alumni Chapter Holiday Party
Saturday, December 9 | Buffalo

Niagara University vs. Canisius Men’s Hockey Tailgate
Friday, January 19 | Buffalo

To register and see our upcoming events, visit us at

Not able to attend?
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CONNECT – connect with us on social media or Email us to get more involved

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Questions? Please contact Sarah Sterzinger at

Submitted by: Sarah Sterzinger Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Canisius Say Yes Summer Camp Wrap-Up

The Say Yes Summer Camp site at Canisius wrapped up six weeks of fun and learning just before the semester began.

The camp served 27 BPS students in PreK-3rd grade.  Eleven of those students qualified for daily one-on-one Reading Ready tutoring through a grant from the Benedict Silverman Foundation.  Three trained Canisius students provided 168 tutoring sessions for the students who all improved their literacy skills just in time for the new school year.  Dr. Katie Pace Miles, author of Reading Ready and native Buffalonian, came for a visit to see the tutoring program in action!

Other highlights of the summer camp included weekly story time with Canisius Librarian, Matt Kochan, daily visits to the fish tank in the Office of Student Affairs, and play time with SEHS Dean, Dr. Nancy Wallace! The students had a summer they will never forget!

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships

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. Additionally, for faster grading, you can connect the Quiz to the gradebook. 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, check the Online Quizzes and Exams in the Quizzes Tool Section.

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, check out the Collecting Assignments in Dropboxes Section. For tutorials on D2L Rubrics, check out the Using Rubrics Section. If you would prefer, you can also sign up for COLI workshops or sign up for a Consultation with one of COLI’s staff members.

COLI has compiled other resources on the various tool sets in D2L. Check the D2L Self-paced Training for Faculty and Staff Wiki page.

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