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Peace Pole on Campus

A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family for peace on Earth. There are an estimated quarter-million Peace Poles across the world, each bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

On Tuesday, October 17, the Peace Pole at Canisius University will be placed outside of Christ the King Chapel, as a way to encourage our campus to pray for peace and non-violence in our world.

All are welcome to join for this very brief ceremony which will take place after Tuesday’s 12:00 noon Mass (around 12:30 p.m.).

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry

Welcome to our New Faculty

If you’ve noticed some new faces across campus, they’re likely one of the university’s six new faculty members.  The group joined the Canisius community at the start of the fall semester and now that they’re acclimated to campus, we thought it an apt time to introduce each of them, individually, in upcoming issues of The Dome.

Today, we say “welcome” to:  Corey Damon, PhD / Assistant Professor, Chemistry &  Biochemistry

Dr. Damon is a member of the Biochemistry faculty who studies the settlement cues of marine fouling organisms, from biofilm formation to the attachment of macrofoulers such as barnacles. Understanding the structural biology of these fouling species aids in the synthesis of antifouling and fouling-release coatings using organically modified silanes, taking advantage of natural enzymatic processes and metabolism to prevent and/or shed organisms following attachment. Dr. Damon is also an avid distance runner and is interested in the effect of strenuous exercise on hematologic and biochemical parameters. He is also involved with the local Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SCACS).

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA

Welcome Dr. AnneMarie Haumesser

Dr. AnneMarie Haumesser will be joining the Canisius community today, October 16, as the new Assistant Vice President for Advancement.

She will be responsible for directing all aspects of Canisius University’s integrated alumni engagement and constituent relations, annual giving programs, and advancement services. Dr. Haumesser will also work closely with Dianna Civello, Interim Vice President for Advancement, to build relationships with prospective donors.

Holding an EdD in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Haumesser is excited to return to a university setting where she can implement her passion for donor-centric philanthropy and constituent engagement.  With new talent and skills rounding out the team, Sandy Miller, now Assistant Vice President for External Relations, will be able to focus her efforts on seeking grant funding, and Mary Ellen Bakowski’s new role as Director of Legacy Giving and Stewardship will better position the team for the ambitious fundraising goals set forth in the strategic plan.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Employment Manager, Human Resources

Microcredentials for D2L and Accessibility

What is a MicroCred?

A MicroCred is a credential that shows mastery of a specific topic, according to a program of professional development. MicroCreds can be used in a professional portfolios, including tenure and promotion, as well as yearly performance evaluations and even academic program reports. Upon completion of these MicroCreds, you will receive both a certificate or letter for portfolios as well as an optional badge for use in places on the web showcasing your professional accomplishments. If you previously completed the OFDC, you are familiar with this.

Our MicroCreds are often partnerships between COLI and other offices on campus, to ensure that the best expertise Canisius has to offer is available in our faculty development program. Our first example of this is the Accessibility MicroCred, developed in consultation with the Student Accessibility Services Office.

How do these MicroCreds work?

Our current MicroCreds use a combination of online self-paced training lessons and other web-based resources. Each MicroCred has its own D2L course space with associated lessons broken down into modules. We give a brief description of both MicroCreds below with more information available in the Introduction modules of each MicroCred.

Both MicroCreds are entirely self-paced and most components are asynchronous. Future MicroCreds may contain “synchronous” components, where appropriate, with ample opportunities to participate. These synchronous components will be made available via the Faculty Development Opportunities Wiki Page.

D2L Essentials MicroCred

This MicroCred will show that you have mastery over some the most powerful features in D2L. You may or may not immediately use all aspects of D2L that you learn while completing this MicroCred, but you will be in a greater position to suggest features to colleagues, and explore new possibilities as curriculum evolves. If you previously completed the OFDC, you already have a headstart in this MicroCred.

Preview Image of the D2L Mastery Badge
D2L Essentials Mastery Badge

Accessibility MicroCred

Our Accessibility MicroCredential is a partnership project between the Student Accessibility Services office and COLI. Here, you learn to develop course content and activities that are fully accessible to students across a range of impairments, neurodiversity, and other circumstances. This readies you and your courses to teach students who register for academic accommodations to support disabilities. In the process, you will produce and teach courses that also support better learning by any student, in accordance with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

Preview Image of the Accessibility Microcredential Badge
Accessibility Mastery Badge


Developed in Partnership with the SAS, part of the Griff Center for Student Success

How to Get Started

If you are interested in completing either of the new MicroCreds, please enroll via our Faculty Development Events form. From here on, if you enroll in a workshop built into a MicroCredential, you will automatically be enrolled in that MicroCred’s D2L space. This means you can see what additional is needed for the MicroCredential, and track your progress toward completion. Check the Workshop tab of the My Courses widget on the D2L Homepage. In the future, any workshop that is part of a MicroCred will have the associated preview badge.

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

Upcoming Workshop: D2L & Panopto

Faculty who use video in their classes may want to consider using Panopto, a video content management system. Whether you are interested in learning the basics or some more advanced features, Panopto can help you easily record, edit, and share video to your students– all from within D2L!

Signup for this workshop using the Faculty Development Events Form today!

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