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The Color Purple

The ALANA Student Center is sponsoring a trip to the Regal Cinema to watch the recently released film, The Color Purple, on Friday, January 19, 2024. Tickets are free and transportation is provided. You can sign up for the event here.

The Color Purple is a an American coming-of-age drama. Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband. With support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery, as well as her stand-her-ground stepdaughter, Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.

The bus will leave campus around 7:00 p.m.; the movie begins at 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at Faculty and staff are welcome to sign up. If anyone is interested, please contact Bennie Williams at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

University Communications

University Communications is here to assist faculty and staff with a variety of communications needs. We work with media outlets to publicize Canisius news and events, student and alumni accomplishments, and faculty research and expertise. We also promote news and accomplishments on our website, social media channels, in Canisius Magazine and The Dome.

Please share your news and requests for publicity by filling out a University Communications Project Request form now located on the Portal under Campus Services, University Communications.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Submitted by:  Eileen Herbert, chief communications officer and Audrey Browka, senior director of University Communications

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Networking Event

Kickstart the new year by expanding your network and building valuable connections!  All Canisius University faculty and staff are members of the BNP and eligible to participate in this event!

You’re invited to join Buffalo Niagara professionals from diverse industries and backgrounds for a BNP networking happy hour. Whether you’re seeking partnerships, inspiration, or simply to connect with like-minded individuals, LinkUp is the perfect opportunity.

LinkUp: BNP Networking Series

Tuesday, January 30 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | REGISTER

DATE: Tuesday, January 30

TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

4475 Transit Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14221
Eastern Hills Mall – Outside Entrance

Members: FREE to Attend; Includes: 1 drink ticket, complimentary appetizers, and free parking.

Questions about your membership? Contact Liz Benkovich, V.P. Member Engagement & Development | | 716-541-1759

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance Updates for Spring 2024 has several updates incoming.

Up first, and most excitingly, an easier way to create Assignments. Now, instead of having to go to the Wiki and grab the LTI link and then paste it into D2L, faculty can simply go to Add Existing Activities and select Reading. This will open up a pop-up that will let you choose the content for the assignment. Check out the video tutorial or the text tutorial!

Next, Assignments are no longer limited to the 10 point scale. Faculty can now set the total points in a D2L Grade Item and will take that on. Connect a Activity to a Gradebook item!

Finally, faculty can now export comments from a Assignment. This might be useful if you have multiple classes that are using the same document and you have questions that you want students from each class to answer. Or perhaps faculty want to export annotations for assessment purposes.

Tutorials on using are available on the Canisius Wiki Page.

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

Mileage Rate for 2024

Canisius University Community:

As of January 1, 2024 the IRS changed the mileage rate to .67 cents per mile. The change will be made to the travel expense report.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, accounts payable/payroll specialist, Controller’s Office