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Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad to Cuba and Mexico

For students, faculty, staff, and alumni:

There will be a trip to Cuba January 2-14.  Students can register for it, for 1-3 credits in the spring.  No prior knowledge of Spanish required.  Open to all.  Information in flyer.  This trip is culture/history based.

There will also be a short term program (4 1/2 weeks) in Mexico in May/June.  Can earn up to 6 credits.  No prior knowledge of Spanish required.  Additional credits may include toward global awareness, religious studies, etc.
This is also open to all faculty, students, staff, alumni.   This trip is focused on language classes, as well as cooking, dancing and cultural excursions.
Please contact Dr. Richard Reitsma for more information about either program at
Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, DMLLC

Copernicus and Questions of Faith and Science

In celebration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of the “Father of Modern Astronomy,” Nicolaus Copernicus, the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius University is hosting a lecture by Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, today, Monday, October 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Science Hall Commons of Canisius University.

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Br. Consolmagno is an American research astronomer, physicist, religious brother, and the Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The lecture entitled Copernicus and Questions of Faith and Science will allow time for questions and book signings. It is free and open to the public with a reception following.

Br. Consolmagno, known as “the Pope’s Astronomer, has a PhD in planetary science from the University of Arizona and Chairs the Mars Nomenclature Task Group at the International Astronomical Union. Among other awards, he has received an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University and the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?, Turn Left at Orion, Finding God in the Universe and has edited The Heavens Proclaim, a Vatican Observatory Publication, writes a monthly column on astronomy for the British Catholic periodical, The Tablet, and has an extensive list of Peer-Reviewed Publications.

The Vatican Observatory was established by the Holy See for astronomical research and public outreach to advance the scientific understanding of our universe and is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world, with its roots going back to 1582 and the Gregorian reform of the calendar. The Jesuit astronomers of the Vatican Observatory have contributed to discoveries in many fields from the origins of our solar system to the structure of galaxies. Along with the Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican Observatory Research Group maintains one of the most important centers in the world for observational astronomy in Tucson, Arizona.

Submitted by: The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius University

Graduate Student IT Information Sessions

Whether face-to-face or online, graduate students at Canisius make extensive use of internet tools and services.  Come learn about the core information technologies you will use at Canisius.  Begin the semester confident in your use of Canisius Gmail, D2L, the MyCanisius Portal, and other tools for your success!

Each of these sessions covers the same content.  The sessions are online, via Zoom web conferencing.  Choose the session that is most convenient for you.

The two sessions for the upcoming Spring 2024 semester are:

  • Online via Zoom – Tuesday, January 9th, 2023 at 6:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom – Wednesday, January 17th at 6:00 PM

RSVP here!

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

Cybersecurity Month Tip

Every now and then we receive Emails or even text messages that purport to be colleagues or ITS, asking us to communicate with them for some special or urgent purpose.  These can be scammers, and the tactic is called “Phishing.”  Read more about these scams and how to avoid them here.  

Additionally, make sure to follow safe Email practices. As stated above Emails can be “spoofed”, meaning that they may look like they come from a colleague but can actually be scammers. Remember to look at the actual Email address (using your mouse, you can hover over the sender’s name in the FROM line) to better identify valid Email requests.

Another easy way faculty and staff can identify spoofed emails is to check for one of the following colored alerts:

These alerts help to confirm whether or not an Email is safe and includes some of the emails found in your “Junk” folder that is already marked “SPAM”. Note that these banners will appear as plain text (i.e., no colored background/square) when viewed in the Junk folder. However, moving the message to any other folder will allow you to see the full-color version.

ITS has also identified several “trusted” email addresses from some of our partner vendors. These senders will not have the above banner image in the header of a message. A few of the trusted vendors include Slate, Adirondack, Medicat, emails sent by Advancement through Benchmark, and more. If you discover that we have missed a vendor that you believe should be included in the trusted vendor list, please contact the ITS Help Desk at

Also keep in mind that ITS will never send an email concerning authentication (e.g., password expiration) that contains a link.

Keeping Canisius’ systems safe is a community effort! When in doubt or if you have general questions, contact ITS Help Desk at

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