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State of the University

Don’t forget to join the campus community later today, Wednesday, October 11, 2023, for the State of the University address. The event will take place in the Montante Cultural Center, beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception.

The State of the University address is an opportunity for all members of our campus community to come together and gain insight into the most pressing matters that shape the trajectory of our beloved institution. President Stoute, alongside the senior leadership team, will be addressing a wide range of topics that impact our university’s future.

This year, we have a particular focus on the implementation of our new strategic plan, Answer the Call, which will serve as the compass guiding our actions and decisions. We will delve into the strategic initiatives that will shape our academic programs, student experiences, campus facilities and community engagement efforts in the initial years of the plan.

There will be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the address, and the leadership team will endeavor to answer as many questions as possible in the allotted time. We encourage you to save the date and join in the discussion as together we build a stronger and more vibrant Canisius.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Cecelia R. Gotham, Chief of Staff, President’s Office

A Farewell for Bethany Voorhees

The Canisius community is invited to a drop-in send off for Bethany Voorhees on Thursday, October 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge of Old Main.

Bethany’s last day at the university is Tuesday, October 17.

She joined Canisius in August 2019 as a human resources assistant and later moved into Bagen Hall as executive associate to the president. Throughout her four-year tenure, Bethany has earned a reputation as a steadfast professional who is organized, accommodating and a team player. These qualities earned her the well-deserved Employee of Distinction recognition in February 2023 (pictured right).

Please join us on Thursday to congratulate Bethany on her years of service and to wish her well in her new endeavors.

Submitted by: University Communications

Faculty/Staff Headshots

Do you need a new or updated headshot?

Our campus photographer, Brianna Blank ’14, is taking new headshots for any faculty or staff member who needs one on Tuesday, October 24. 

Please sign up for a timeslot here.

Submitted by: Stephanie Masood, Marketing Project Manager, Marketing

October Career Development Events

The  Career Development office is hosting several events this month in addition to our regular Resume Wednesday and Thursday drop in hours.  New this month – a LinkedIn photo booth!

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, Director, Career Development, Griff Center for Student Success


D2L: Synchronous Quizzing

In D2L Quizzes, you can now set up synchronous quizzing for timed quizzes. This starts the timer on the Start Date rather than when a student access the quiz.

Let’s run through a quick, and very common scenario:

We have a quiz in D2L that starts at 10:30 a.m. on a given day (our Start Date) and ends at 11:30 a.m. on the same day (our End Date). This means that students will have sixty minutes to complete the quiz. Now lets say we have two students, Student A and Student B. Student A access the quiz on time, at 10:30 a.m.  Student A will have until 11:30 a.m. to finish the quiz, which is what we want. However, Student B accesses the quiz at 11:00 a.m. How D2L used to work, Student B will have until noon to complete the quiz (so long as they are not somehow kicked out of the quiz after 11:30 a.m.). D2L has started calling this “Asynchronous Quizzing”, or basing the timer on when the student accesses the quiz.

However, with Synchronous Quizzing, the timer is based on the Start Date. Using our above scenario, Student A will still get the full sixty minutes. However, Student B, because they entered the quiz late, would only get thirty minutes.

If you are interested in using this feature on new or even upcoming quizzes, take a look at the D2L: Synchronous Quizzing tutorial.

Other D2L tutorials can be found on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff Wiki page.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI, on behalf of ITS