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ITS Banner Upgrades Scheduled

ITS will be applying Banner upgrades to our production environment, on Friday, December 29, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

During this maintenance window, the Banner Application, Self-Service Banner (Student Profile, registration, timesheets, leave balances, etc.) will be unavailable. We are finishing up the upgrades in our test environments  (TST1, TST2 and PPRD databases) for testing purposes and are required in order to keep our systems up to date. The test environments will be available Thursday and Friday this week.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post upgrade, please contact the help desk at or at 716.888.8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing

AI and Pedagogy

Note: The featured image was created using a Generative AI tool called Bing Image, which is based on DALL-E

While you are planning for the next semester, take a look at the AI and Society Initiative at Canisius University’s webpage. Here, you will find various blog posts on the topic of Generative Artificial Intelligence (which includes Large Language Models (LLM’s), such as ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude, as well is Image Generators, like DALL-E), previous meetups, and more.

Faculty interested in using AI may be interested in the Resource section:

Understanding Generative AI – Dr. H. David Sheets takes you through a brief history of AI and explains how Generative AI’s work.

AI and Academics at Canisius University – In this series of mini lessons, the AI and Society Initiative at Canisius University invite you to think about your pedagogy and how it may be adapted to help thwart the use of AI.

AI Assistance: Course Design – In this resource, Dr. Gallimore explores how to use ChatGPT to assist in the creation of various lessons including topics, themes, and learning objectives.

Prompt Engineering Guide – This Guide walks through best practices for crafting prompts to get the most out of AI responses. We also show examples of how various LLMAI’s might respond to certain prompts.

Interested in more? The AI and Society Initiative periodically holds various events. Pay attention to the Blog and the Events page. Additionally, Dr. Justin Del Vecchio and Dr. H David Sheets will be leading a discussion on AI and Pedagogy during the 2024 Winter Faculty Development Week. RSVP for this session and others now!

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

Campus Candids

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy called Canisius with an S.O.S. for volunteers on Friday, December 15, and the men’s basketball team responded.

Players and coaches helped move more than 600 boxes filled with Christmas gifts for underserved children and families. Project coordinator (and Canisius alumna) Nancy Polino told the Griffs that their efforts will help ensure that nearly 2,000 local children have a joyous Christmas holiday.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, Chaplain, Mission & Ministry

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News interviewed Vice President for Student Affairs Harold Fields, EdD, about Canisius’ new partnership with Arbol. The start-up company assists at-risk college and university students with financial literacy, financial counseling and budgeting to prevent them from dropping out due to money problems. One of Arbol’s co-founders, David Gonzalez, earned his MBA in finance from Canisius in 2012.

Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: University Communications

The Dome Goes on Holiday

With the university shutdown fast approaching, this is a reminder that The Dome will go on a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Wednesday, December 20 will be the last issue of The Dome published in 2023 (so plan now if you want something to appear before year’s end).

The Dome will return to its regular publication schedule on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

As always, please be sure to have submissions in by 2:00 p.m. the day prior.

Submitted by: University Communications