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Campus Candids … sort of

Sue Putman, PhD, professor emerita of psychology, had a little fun with her students on April Fool’s Day, sending them this video greeting from her dog, Cooper.

Here’s something else that’s sure to lift your spirits:

Dan Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, created a “Canisius in Quarantine” playlist for his students on Spotify, the audio streaming platform.  He included some of his favorite songs that spoke to his current mood, hopes and fears surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.  Higgins then asked his students to add to the playlist with a few of their own favorite tunes.  It didn’t take long for them to respond.  The “Canisius in Quarantine” playlist now includes nearly 115 multi-genre songs.  Certainly something for everyone!

Click here to listen to the playlist. (You may need to create a free account on Spotify.)

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, comment on the fate of the Western New York economy in today’s edition of The Buffalo News.  The column, written by business reporter David Robinson, is titled “Hope Fades for a Quick Economic Recovery as COVID-19 Spreads.”  Click here to read the article.

Canisius alumna Maria Scrivani ’76 contributed to the Sunday, April 5 edition of The Buffalo News.  An acclaimed author and freelance writer, Scrivani wrote a column for the Viewpoints section titled “Finding Gratitude in a Challenging Time.”  Click here to read it.

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis won the Pulitzer, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Congratulations to Adam Zyglis ’04, who won the 2020 Best Cartoon Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. The award recognizes the best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs. The OPC judges describe the Canisius alumnus this way: “An impressive caricaturist, Zyglis is the kind of cartoonist who would have to be jailed immediately if he lived abroad. That’s the standard by which all great political cartoonists should be judged.” Zyglis, who works for The Buffalo News, can now add the OPC award to his other accolades, which include a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

The Seven Last Words of Christ

On Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday, Campus Ministry initiated “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

To recognize this devotion, the Office of Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published throughout the week in The Dome, on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and on the Campus Ministry blog. 

Click on either of the links below to view the first two of the seven last words of Christ:

Sunday, April 5:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Reflection written by Erik Pawelski ‘22

Monday, April 6:

“This day you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Reflection written by Reflection by Cara Smith ’22

Submitted by: College Communications

Lenten Reflections V

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This week Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate for Mission & Identity, presents our fifth Lenten Reflection on Jesus’ Passion.

He suggests that we approach this event through the lens of Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.  In the first week of the four weeks of these Exercises Ignatius has the exercitant repeatedly ask oneself: “What have I done for Christ?  What am I doing for Christ?  What ought I to do for Christ?” (#53)

As we reflect on Jesus’ passion and death in the light of John’s Gospel, Father Lynch proposes that we turn these questions around and ask what Jesus has done for me.

The easiest but most comprehensive answer would be that he died for my sins and the sins of everyone else.  Let us, however, be more specific: What has Jesus done for me yesterday, today and in the future?  For one with the eyes of faith he has kept me in existence.  I also may see that Jesus helped to save me from an accident or rescued me from a bad relationship.  On a more positive note, we might look over our past life to see how Jesus might have been helping me in my studies or obtaining a new appointment or promotion, in finding a mate, or in helping me in doing a complex project.

I also can ask: What Jesus is doing for me now?  Might I believe that he is protecting my family and me from COVID-19?  Might he be guiding me in the work that I am doing or in offering me assistance with teaching students online?  Might he be assuring me that I have a job and am therefore be able to earn a living and support my family?

Finally, I can reflect: How might Jesus help me in the future?  I can trust, hope and pray that he will be protecting and nurturing me to become the best person that I can be.  He will be seeking the best for my family and friends.  He will be offering us help in protecting our planet, walking with the poor, the outcast and those whose dignity has been violated.  In short, I can pray that he will help us to develop a hope-filled world and offer us ways to find him in the people with whom we live and work and in our plans for promoting the common good.

By these means we can become more aware and grateful why Jesus died for me, for other women and men, and the rest of creation and our planet.

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Here are also some other ideas that may appeal to you, if you have time for a period of extended reflection on Jesus’ Passion.  At the close of the third week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius suggests that a person spend the entire day contemplating the complete story of Jesus’ passion.  If you have the time, you can follow Ignatius’ suggestion by reading John’s account of the passion or that of another Gospel and reflecting on those parts of the text that you find of interest or appealing.  Alternatively, you may want to listen to J. S. Bach’s “St. John’s Passion” BWV 245 on YouTube while reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ Passion and his death for you and our entire world.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

Jesuit Preferences in a Time of Uncertainty

 

Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, spoke in English for about 15 minutes on Thursday, April 2, and then answered questions related to COVID-19 and the Jesuits journey of the UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences).

For those who may have missed or been excluded from the Webinar, you may now view the Webinar by clicking here or on the image above.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Faculty Development Opportunities for Remote Teaching & Learning

To help faculty teach their courses via the internet, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers several opportunities:

Workshop: Using D2L Quizzes

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.

COLI Remote Teaching Meetup

Each Thursday at 2:00 PM, COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup where professors can discuss techniques, troubles, and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions, but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.  The next COLI Remote Teaching Meeting is next Thursday, April 16th.

As always, see our Faculty Preparedness site for other resources and opportunities, at www.canisius.edu/prepare.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Arts Canisius Informally-Formal Recital – Postponed

Due to ongoing event cancellations, the April 14 Informally-Formal Recital featuring Janz Castelo has been postponed until next year. Updated recital dates  will be available at www.canisius.edu/artscanisius.

Submitted by: Ryder Shelly, co-director, ArtsCanisius

World War I Class Designs Memorial for COVID-19 Pandemic

Students in Jane Fisher’s English 365 capstone class, titled “Representing World War I’,” are currently designing their own memorials for the war.

On Friday, April 3, Fisher, an associate professor of English, asked her students would might be an appropriate way to remember COVID-19.  “They quickly came up with this response (pictured),” said Fisher.

Submitted by: Jane Fisher, PhD, associate professor, English

Physics Experiments and Science Fun the Kids (and You) Can Do at Home

Are you feeling trapped at home?  Or maybe looking to provide your children with some simple – but fun – lessons in science?  Then let physics expand your horizons.

Try these 20 experiments by clicking on the image above. Remember – anyone can do physics!

And here’s more, if you’re still looking for something for the kids* to do.

Try these science-themed coloring pages from Popular Mechanics. (I especially recommend the astronomy page with the image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.)

*- kids is loosely defined.  If you are a Canisius student or even the new Vice President for Academic Affairs, no one will stop you.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, chair, Physics and Pre-engineering

 

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to April 1979 when members of the Empire State Ballet Company performed a pas de deux in the Quad. The group was brought to campus as part of the college’s 10-day celebration of St. Peter Canisius.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Prepares for Holy Week

With strict societal measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Canisius College offices of Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity are finding novel ways for the faithful on campus to participate in liturgical celebrations leading up to Easter.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Beginning this Sunday, April 5 and continuing each day through Holy Week, Campus Ministry will offer “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” 

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

This year, Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published in The Dome, on the Campus Ministry blog and on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts during Holy Week. 

Stations of the Cross

Perhaps the most powerful way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us is to contemplate the Stations of the Cross. 

This ancient exercise has been offered at Christ the King Chapel in past years.  But as national circumstances prevent this devotion from continuing in-person, some faith-based organizations are innovating and presenting the traditional devotion in virtual ways.  For those wishing to fulfill the Stations of the Cross devotion, Campus Ministry recommends the following:

  • Busted Halo is an online ministry that created a virtual Stations of the Cross, designed for personal devotion.   Click here to participate. 
  • Similarly, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns is presenting a more contemporary (yet still virtual) version of the Stations of the Cross.  The live, online gathering, scheduled for Good Friday at 12:00 noon, will cast the story of Jesus’ final days in the context of the current economic and ecological issues of the world.   Interested participants can click here to RSVP to this event.

Live Liturgies

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is encouraging the faithful to come together in prayer -virtually- during Holy Week and beyond.  Several local parishes are offering live-stream feeds for Sunday and weekday Masses.  Click here for the full list of parishes participating and the various Mass days and times.

One Minute Meditations and Evening Examen

Finally, Campus Ministry has been hosting “One Minute Meditations” and “Evening Examen.”  Both are led, daily, by Campus Ministry Director Mike Hayes.

One Minute Meditations offer the faithful a brief prayer break in their day and a chance to reflect on a Scripture passage.  The final One Minute Meditation is today, Friday, April 3, around noon and can be viewed on the Campus Ministry Instagram page (@CanisiusCampMIN), where all past editions of One Minute Meditations can also be seen. 

The Evening Examen offers a deeper and more prayerful reflection on the events of the day.  Under the direction of Mike Hayes, participants are guided through 10 to 20 minute reflections that lead participants to detect God’s presence in their day and to discern His direction for them.  The final Evening Examen will take place, “live,” tonight at 8:30 p.m. on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.  Past editions of the Evening Examen are also available for viewing on the Facebook page.

Submitted by: College Communications

Biology Department Donates Medical Gloves to Catholic Health

The Biology Department recently answered the call from Catholic Health requesting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). On Thursday, April 2, the department’s laboratory manager, Larry Tassini, organized and personally delivered 6,000 pairs of non-sterile nitrile exam-grade gloves to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo.

The gloves will be worn by healthcare workers to protect them, and to help prevent the spread of germs between patients.

WIVB-TV Channel 4 and WBEN-AM Radio 930 but reported on the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

An Incredible Teaching Moment

Richard Reitsma, PhD, is proving that despite having to move classes online in less-than-ideal circumstances, incredible teaching can still happen.

The chair of the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department shared a recent experience from his HON 271 class “Sexuality & Political Discourse.”

“We met via Zoom and also invited into the discussion Flavio Alves, the director of the film “The Garden Left Behind,” which is one of the items we were discussing today, along with Kristine Hollander, a local trans representative,” says Reitsma.  He explains, “The film deals with a trans DACA person in New York City and her relationship with her Mexican grandmother. It’s an incredible film. The conversation with Flavio and Kristine was so wonderful, and I’m so grateful to the both of them for stepping up and joining our class and sharing their stories.”

Reitsma recorded the class discussion, which can be viewed by clicking here(Viewers will need to log into their Google Drive/Google Accounts using their Canisius Email address.)

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

 

Christy Hoffman, PhD and her Dog, Santiago, Host Office Hours

 

Christy Hoffman, PhD, works with her dog, Santiago on his math skills during ABEC 363 office hours.

When students log onto the Google Meet session, he shows off his ability to identify the board with more magnets. He also provides a little dog therapy from afar.

Check out his progress in the video above. Clearly, Santiago has been studying hard for the upcoming dog cognition module!

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, associate professor, ABEC

Do You Know a Senior Who’s Committed to a Year of Service?

Do you know a graduating student who has committed to doing a year of service after graduation with an organization such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps or AmeriCorps?

If so, we’d like to recognize them!

Students who have been accepted to a year of service -OR- are planning to do a year of service but are awaiting final placement details should Email Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu, with the following details:

  • Name
  • The program they’ll be serving with
  • Their placement site (ex. Catholic Charities)
  • The city and state they’ll be serving in

All information should be submitted by Wednesday April 8.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Canisius’ Employee Assistance Program

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Canisius’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Integrated Behavioral Health is here for you during these difficult times. This program provides free, confidential services, which include COVID-19 resources, short-term counseling via phone or video, online peer support groups, work/life balance resources, financial advisement and much more.

There are three different ways to contact them:

  1. Call at 1-800-386-7055 (available 24/7)
  2. Send an Email to eapcounselor@ibhcorp.com
  3. Visit the website at ibhworklife.com (For login information, Email Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu)

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

February’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Amy Beiter is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for February 2020. At Canisius for a little over five years, Amy currently works as an administrative assistant for both the Political Science and Fine Arts departments.
Amy was selected for this award because she has been an incredible asset to the college through her strong organizational and time-management skills, which have kept both departments on track in all they need to accomplish. In addition to these strengths, Amy is an effective communicator, a creative problem solver and a proactive team player, as she is able to anticipate and complete the next task before anyone asks her to do it.
Through all of her diligent work, Amy manages to maintain a positive attitude in every situation, and is constantly challenging herself to learn new things and develop her own skills, setting a great example to all who come in contact with her.
Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Amy on this achievement!
Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Tune into “Crossroads”

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, April 5 when Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, sits down with program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, to discuss Holy Week in the Catholic, Christian Tradition.”

Father Mattimore is an associate campus minister at Canisius College and also assists with the New Buffalo Institute. During the program, he’ll discuss the services that commemorate and celebrate the central events of Christianity including Palm Sunday, the Sacred Triduum, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

In addition, Father Mattimore will share the latest initiatives underway with the New Buffalo Institute.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor emeritus of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss the Sunday, April 5 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, April 6 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Faces of DACA

This spring, the Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Thousands of DACA recipients will learn if they will continue to be protected from deportation and be able to work in the U.S.

Through the stories of DACA recipients, featured in “Faces of DACA,” the Ignatian Solidarity Network is helping the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to better understand the gravity of what is at stake in this moment for DACA recipients and for our country.

Later today, Friday, April 3, the Ignatian Solidarity Network will release a new set of DACA stories.  To view these stories, please follow this link.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Examen Live II

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Examen Live! is back today, Friday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m.

This week, Deacon Jason Downer, SJ, a graduate of Canisius College, will lead us in an opening prayer and Ms. Kathy Maher will guide us through the Ignatian examen.

Jason serves at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, MA, and is studying theology at Boston College as part of his formation for the priesthood. Kathy serves as coordinator of spiritual life and Ignatian community development at St. Ignatius.

Click here to pray the Examen with us today. 

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

 

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

Before it became the Montante Cultural Center, the building which sits at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood place was which of the following:

a. The Villa

b. St. Michael’s Church

c. Sears Roebuck

d. St. Vincent de Paul Church

Congratulations to Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, who was last week’s winner of Trivia Wednesday. Lawrence will receive his Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations. In the meantime, he shared a photo of himself working remotely from the “Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem” (Thanks for being such a good sport, Jonathan!)

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

Which Canisius alumna made history in May 2011 when she became the first African-American woman to be named executive sports editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper?

(a) Lisa Wilson ’91

(b) Lenora Foote-Beavers ’92

(c) Cindy Odem ’92

(d) Detra Trueheart ’99

The correct answer was: (a) Lisa Wilson ’91.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Canisius faculty are having all kinds of fun with students while incorporating online tools into their classrooms.

Chris Lee, PhD, professor of religious studies and theology, shared the photo, above, of himself outside 221-B Baker Street, the London address of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

And then there’s Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, also from the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, who beamed in from onboard the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise, to welcome his students to “the new frontier” of online learning. Click above to listen to his clever message.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Damon Young ’02, author and co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, wrote an essay for the Sunday issue of The New York Times, about his angst in the face of COVID-19. Titled “Nothing Matters Anymore (Except What Actually Does),” the piece can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Lenten Reflection IV

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, presents our fourth Lenten Reflection this week via a recorded YouTube video (above). Lawrence’s reflection focuses on Psalm 42, the text of which can be read here.

In addition to his reflection, Lawrence is offering up the short video (above), which he produced a few years ago. The video combines photos from his trips to Israel with a recording of his college choir singing “Sicut Cervus.” “The images show the contrast between the stark desert landscape and the rivers of water,” explains Lawrence.

Lastly, Lawrence shares the following prayer (below), written by his friend Rabbi Arlene Goldstein Berger. The prayer is an adaptation of the “Misheberach” prayer, a traditional Jewish prayer blessing.

Misheberach Avoteinu v’Emoteinu…May the one who blessed our Ancestors bless all of us as we transition from a time of illness and fear to health, from a time of despair to a time filled with blessings of wholeness and happiness.

Bless us with the inspiration of the role models from our heritage:

From Abraham – the ability to get up and go to places unknown because of one’s faith;

From Sarah – the ability to receive the gifts of life after she had lost all hope;

From Isaac – the consciousness of love in and for others;

From Rebecca – the ability to make difficult decisions;

From Jacob – the awareness of when to flee and when to stay and fight;

From Leah – the ability to experience life with dignity;

From Rachel – the existence of patience and ingenuity.

May the Eternal One grant us all years of life and peace, in which we may offer thanks and praise to the faithful and compassionate Healer,

For many days to come.

And let us say, Amen.

Jonathan Lawrence has been a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology since 2005. He is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves a small congregation in the area.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius Connects – Opportunities to Help Those in Need

The New Buffalo Institute created a list of ways to support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing.

Calls for Volunteers: Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge. We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents and families.

Donations: Consider donating to one of the emergency funds below to support our neighbors. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to mary.rockwell@canisius.edu for distribution.

Additional suggestions on how you can assist in the community during this challenging time:

 

Check on your neighbors, especially those who are older. If you do not have a phone number, consider leaving a note with your contact information in the mailbox or on the door, or talking through the door to see if they need support in accessing services or food

 

Basic Needs

 

http://www.volunteerwny.org/    Organized by the United Way and the Service Collaborative of WNY

 

Feeding Health Care Workers WNY Feeds the Frontline provides meals to healthcare workers through local restaurants. To make a donation https://wnyfeedsthefrontline.org/
Blood Donation https://www.redcrossblood.org/
Big Brothers Big Sisters Recruiting volunteer mentors now to begin screening and vetting process for service beginning in the summer.
Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Follow the needs and responses thread on Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, sign up to provide whatever you can.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/740052889874229/

 

Buffalo Solidarity Relief Fund Provides direct peer-to-peer cash  http;//bit.ly/Buffalo Solidarity Support
BMAN’s GoFundMe Funding for the Mutual Support Network program

https;//www.gofundme.com/f/buffalo-mutual-aid-network

 

WNY Covid-19 Community Response Fund https://app.mobilecause.com/form/L0uCXA?vid=6j743       Join 22 local foundations in assisting those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19.
FeedMore WNY Visit FeedMore WNY for a list of active food pantries
https://www.foodbankwny.org/pantry-locator/
NY Immigration Freedom https://nyimmigrantfreedom.org/let-my-people-go/ this fundraiser goes toward bailing people out of immigration detention.
Family Promise WNY List of donations requested

https://www.facebook.com/fpwny/photos/a.189709964373104/3090448497632555/?type=3&theater
http://bit.ly/38WXF0s

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Academic Affairs Hosts Virtual Meet Up

Join in the first Academic Affairs remote teaching virtual meet up this Thursday, April 2, at 2:00 p.mm.

We will welcome Mark Gallimore back from paternity leave, share our successes, exchange new found pro-tips for teaching and learning online, laugh at bloopers and commiserate with each other about our experiences so far.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Canisius Alumni Contribute to the Virtual Classroom

A couple of Canisius alumni, currently working in the field of conservation education, dialed in to Josh Russell’s ABEC 335 class on the subject earlier this week.

Heather Desorcie ’16 and Nick Morelli ’18 shared virtual videos with students in which they spoke about their careers, what students “need to know” and how their Canisius education helped get them to where they are today.

“I figured the alumni videos would give students an opportunity to hear from different voices (other than me) and to see, firsthand, what former students are doing locally with what they’ve learned in my course,” says Russell, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.

Spring Break Social Justice Trip Moved Online

 

Due to the ongoing crisis involving COVID-19, the Society of Pre-Health Professionals’ Social Justice in Health and Healthcare service-learning trip to Washington, DC, during spring break was relocated to Buffalo and ultimately online.

Students (above) met virtually with a representative from the National Coalition for the Homeless.  He shared how his health and healthcare issues contributed to his becoming homeless, how he moved out of homelessness, and how he currently manages his health.

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Then our young alumni (2nd and 3rd year medical students) who have been helping to run UB HEALS, a local street medicine program at the Jacobs School of Medicine, shared their experiences with students, in bringing medicine to individuals here in Buffalo who are living with homelessness and how their Jesuit education influenced their involvement with UB HEALS.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

The Counselors Are In!

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Attention all:  This may be a challenging time but know that the staff in the Counseling Center is available – virtually – to support students. Anyone in need can call the Counseling Center directly at Ext. 2620 or send an Email to counsel@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Distancing with a Doc

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The Society of Pre-Health Professionals regularly hosts a “Dessert with a Doc” series, during which small groups of students join one of our medical alumni to discuss their work while enjoying the Doc’s favorite dessert.

This series has moved to an online format March 30, and is now called “Distancing with a Doc.”  And although students missed out on some tiramisu, they still enjoyed their evening with cardiologist Brian Page ’99, MD.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

(Virtual) Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

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The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has developed a virtual Stations of the Cross, a Catholic, Christian devotion common during Lent, in which the campus community is invited to participate.

This online gathering will cast the story of Jesus’ final days in a contemporary context that focuses on pressing economic and ecological issues in our world.  These two issues relate to two of the Society of Jesus’ UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences): Walking with the Excluded and Caring for Our Common Home.

Interested participants can click here to RSVP to the live virtual presentation, scheduled for Good Friday, April 10 at12:00 noon.  Those unable to join the live Good Friday service can view a slide show  and accompanying script to learn more about these issues.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Jesuit Preferences in a Time of Uncertainty

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Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will speak (in English) for about 15 minutes on Thursday, April 2, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., about how he sees the journey of the UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences) so far and the road ahead.  Father Sosa will also reflect on the particular challenges at this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jesuit companions in mission and friends are all welcome.  Listeners will get a chance to submit questions, to which Father Sosa will reply.

To register, click here

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD and George Palumbo, PhD, weighed in on a Buffalo News commentary written by reporter David Robinson, which appeared in the Sunday, March 29 edition. The article is titled “Remember When the Steel Plants Closed? This is Twice as Bad” and can be read by clicking here.

Also in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News, a viewpoint article authored by Canisius alumna Cindy Skrzycki ’76. Skrzycki is a visiting professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada who had to make the difficult decision about whether to remain in Canada during the COVID-19 crisis or returning to their permanent home in Pittsburgh, PA. Skrzycki’s article is titled “An Agonizing Decision: Stay in Montreal or return (via Buffalo) to Pittsburgh” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

The video chat app Zoom is proving to be a communication lifeline for those of us teaching, learning and working remotely. The images above and below, of department and team meetings, were shared with The Dome by Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor of ABEC and biology, Tom Chambers, PhD, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; and Mark Harrington, PhD, assistant vice president for student success.

Pictures (above): Mark Harrington, PhD, leads a team meeting with the team from Student Success

Keep ’em coming! If you’re finding unique ways to stay connected to your Canisius students, colleagues and friends while we’re apart, share with the campus community by making a submission to The Dome by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Tenure & Promotions

Let’s all join together in congratulating the eight Canisius faculty members recently promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure status. Their work and scholarly achievements enrich Canisius College and play a significant role in preparing today’s students to become the next generation of leaders.

The following honorees were awarded tenure status and promoted to associate professor:

Shawn M. O’Rourke, PhD, co-chair of the Kinesiology Department and director of sport management and sport administration; and

Joshua J. Russell, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.            

The following honorees were promoted to full professors:

Lorreine DiCamillo, PhD, associate professor of teacher education and interim associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services;

Michael Forest, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC);

Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology;

Matthew W. Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology;

Jamie O’Neil, MFA, associate professor of digital media arts; and

Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor of management.

Submitted by: College Communications

Public Safety Swears in Newest Officer

Director of Public Safety Kimberly Beaty swore in the department’s newest officer, Jared Westhoven on Monday, March 20. Westhoven was promoted from full-time dispatcher to full-time officer. He is a 2019 graduate of Canisius College with degrees in criminal justice and psychology.

Congratulations Jared!

Submitted by: College Communications

Tea@2 via ZOOM

Faculty and staff from the Classics and Fine Arts departments and members of the Institute of Classical and Medieval Studies continued their Tea@2 tradition – virtually – on Friday, March 27.

‘Medusa’ also joined the conversation, which included lively chats about working and teaching remotely, our students, gardening and the adventures of grocery shopping. Everyone was grateful for the continued connections to the campus and while Medusa was particularly anxious about not sharing snacks, we look forward to next week’s Tea@2, scheduled for Friday, April 3.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of Art History and the Fine Arts Department, at widenory@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

 

(Virtual) Solidarity on Tap

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Socializing meets social justice at 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, April 1 when the Ignatian Solidarity Network welcomes Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, for its weekly “Solidarity on Tap” session.  Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women.  He will host a conversation titled Radical Kinship.

To join the conversation, click here or visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Facebook Live page.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Looking for a Way to Volunteer?

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Campus Ministry is asking the campus community to consider donating to the Jewish Family Services Emergency Donation Drive. The organization is in need of non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and medical supplies, which can be dropped off at Jewish Family Services located at 70 Barker Street in Buffalo. (Drop-off bins are located in the downstairs hallway through the Barker Street entrance.)

Submitted by: College Communications

Beware of Zoombombing

With so many of us turning to Zoom and other video-conferencing platforms to stay connected to one another, an unfortunate phenomenon is taking hold. “Zoombombing” is an instance in which an uninvited guest (or guests) uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast inappropriate content. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allows anyone to join. Violators collect these links and share them in private chat groups, and then sign on to other people’s calls to cause mischief.

On Thursday, March 26, Zoom released an update to the default screen sharing settings for education accounts, in an effort to increase security and privacy for meetings. To learn more about these protective changes, click here.

In addition to these steps, everyone should follow these best practices:

  • Be sure your computer has the latest version of Zoom installed
  • Share your Zoom links with students directly or via D2L
  • Do not post links publicly or on social media
  • Watch the participant list while you are running the meeting.
    • The host has all the control so set your preferences accordingly
    • If you don’t recognize a name on your list of participants, question or eject them

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 88i-8340, email helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1987 when Canisius College broke ground on the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library expansion project.

The Bouwhuis Library was originally built in 1958. Since that time, student enrollment at the college had doubled and the library collection nearly quadrupled, necessitating the need for increased space and more modern equipment.

The $8 million expansion project renovated and expanded the original library structure, tripling its size and including space for a half-million volumes and seating for 760 students.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Marya Grande, PhD, professor of teacher education, shared the screenshot above of students in her course, titled Nature and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities. The class is using a tool called FlipGrid to host video discussion forums. It’s simple, says Grande, “students post a video and can post video replies back to their classmates’ videos.” Grande adds that “many elementary and high school teachers are using FlipGrid so I thought it would be great to model how it could be used at a time like this, to help us continue a sense of community.”

Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, is helping to keep her students’ spirits up during this time of transition. Earlier this week, she invited those in her Gender & Philosophy course to share any pictures, memes or video messages that they found “hilarious or heartwarming,” on their class discussion board. The students came through. Pictured above are just a few images of what students shared.

We hope you’ll find them hilarious or heartwarming, as well, and continue to share, with The Dome, the fun and innovative ways in which you, your students and colleagues are staying together, while we’re apart.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Connects – Volunteer Opportunities to Help Those in Need

In this time of crisis, many of our students, faculty and staff are asking how they can be of help.  Some are developing online resources for homeschooling parents or providing advice to small business owners or non-profit organizations.

At the same time, schools and non-profit organizations are seeking our help.  The New Buffalo Institute is working to assist the Buffalo community through these difficult days by providing a list of volunteering opportunities with contact information for our community members as we become aware of them.  More detailed information is included in the list below.

If you would like to add to our collection of resources or if you are aware of community needs, please contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

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Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

ITS Help Desk Hours & Using VPN

Working remotely is a new reality for all of us.  Many are now using VPN (Virtual Private Network) on a college-owned computer from home to do their college-related work.  If you are using VPN, please look over the wiki page for some useful information to be aware of while using the VPN.

If you need help with VPN or any other computer-related issue, be assured that the ITS Help Desk is open for business.  We are manning the phones from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To get in touch with us, you can still call 888-8340.  If we don’t answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get right back to you.  You can also Email the Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

We can use TeamViewer to remotely assist you on your PC or Mac computer.  Please contact us with any IT-related issue you may be having.  Working remotely is a new and exciting challenge and we are here to help.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS

Examen Live!

The East Coast Provinces of the Society of Jesus are hosting an online Examen, live, with Megan Fox-Kelly and Rev. William Campbell, SJ, today, Friday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m.  Fox-Kelly is the associate chaplain and director of retreats for the College of the Holy Cross.  Father Campbell is director of the Eastern Point Retreat House.  Please click here to join the Examen Live

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

 

Jesuit Lenten Book Club

This Lent, make spiritual reading and conversation part of your preparation for Easter with the Jesuit Lenten Book Club.

Open to anyone interested, the book club will feature a private Facebook group for ongoing discussion throughout Lent and a live, interactive online gathering on Thursday, April 9 (Holy Thursday).

Our book is Graham Greene’s 1940 novel The Power and the Glory, the story of an unnamed priest who secretly serves Catholics in Mexico after a state governor has declared the faith illegal. The priest is a broken, gluttonous, deeply sinful man searching for grace.

Facilitating the conversation will be Nick Ripatrazone, the author of seven books including Longing for an Absent God, a consideration of how faith and doubt influences Catholic storytelling.

To join the group, please complete the form found by clicking here.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive an Email with:

  • A link to the private Facebook group where Nick Ripatrazone will facilitate conversation about the book; and
  • An invitation to the online gathering on Holy Thursday where Nick and AMDG Jesuit Podcast host Mike Jordan Laskey will welcome you to an interactive session on the book and our shared Lenten journeys.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

MBA Student Selected for Prestigious Postgraduate Position

Congratulations go out to Lauren Reno ’19, MBA ’20, who was recently selected by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to participate in its prestigious Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) program, beginning in summer 2020.

Reno will earn her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Canisius in May 2020. She earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Canisius in 2019. Reno is the second consecutive Canisius student, in as many years, to be selected for the Postgraduate Technical Assistant position.

The PTA position is designed for individuals who are planning a career with an emphasis in accounting. Each program is a one-year term, during which the individual becomes highly involved with the accounting standards-setting process and acquires an in-depth understanding of the roles played by preparers, auditors and users of financial information.

Click here to read more about the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

March is National Nutrition Month

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Making the change to a healthier diet does not have to be an overwhelming task.  Make small changes to your meals one step at a time. This short article will provide you with some simple healthy eating tips you can begin to incorporate.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

A Message from the Superior General

 

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, provided some perspective to Jesuits Tuesday evening in a video message about the current COVID-19 crisis. In it, Father Sosa focuses on how the pandemic is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found.  Click on the Graphic to hear his message.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Working Together While Apart

Good morning all and welcome back from spring break … well, sort of.

Despite social distancing becoming our new norm for the foreseeable future, it’s important that people, particularly those within our Canisius community, remain connected during this unprecedented time.  Therefore, we’re pleased to announce today that The Dome will resume its regular publishing schedule for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Sure, the content may be different, with far fewer campus lectures and events to be promoted.  Still, there remains plenty of positive news and information to be shared via The Dome.

Within only the first few days of Canisius implementing its Academic Continuance Plan, we began to hear about the different ways in which faculty and staff are living the Canisius mission and bringing the campus community together, even while we’re apart:

Currently, more than two dozen faculty volunteers are supporting one another in adapting their courses to an emergency all-online format in D2L via the Academic Continuity Mentor Program. Check it out! Faculty have also launched an Academic Preparedness Facebook Group with 50-plus members who are sharing pro tips and answering each others’ questions. Information on these resources and more is at https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/academicpreparedness/home. 

Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, launched an evening Examen on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.  The Office of Campus Ministry is also updating its website regularly with ways in which the campus community can participate in service and virtual giving opportunities.

Then there’s Sydnie Perkins, assistant director in the Alumni Engagement Office (and a Catholic, Christian praise singer), who took to social media to share her beautiful voice with alumni and fellow Griffs.  Click here to listen.

These are just a few examples of what we know is becoming a broad campus initiative amongst the Canisius community to work together, pray together and be together, while we’re apart. 

So please, if you have a story, pictures or an uplifting experience or announcement that you want to share with your Canisius colleagues, we encourage you to submit it to The Dome and help us all to stay connected.    

Submitted by: College Communications

Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

Which Canisius alumna made history in May 2011 when she became the first African-American woman to be named executive sports editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper?

(a) Lisa Wilson ’91

(b) Lenora Foote-Beavers ’92

(c) Cindy Odem ’92

(d) Detra Trueheart ’99

Congratulations to Gwen Baggs Ito, marketing copywriter, who scored a Canisius College pennant in our last Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

The Civil Rights Movement was among the most important reforms in American history. Which Canisius professor of history authored a book on this subject:

(a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

(b) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD

(c) Larry Jones, PhD

(d) Keith R. Burich, PhD

The correct answer was: (a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a March 18 story titled “Why COVID-19 Outbreak is putting Buffalo Niagara’s economy at great risk.” Click here to read the story. 

Journalism major Mike Pesarchick ’21 provided a student’s view of the coronavirus epidemic for a March 19 broadcast on WBEN-930AM, titled “Take a Hike.” Pesarchick is an intern at the radio station.  Click here to read his story.   

Submitted by: College Communications

A Message from the Superior General

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, provided some perspective to Jesuits Tuesday evening in a video message about the current COVID-19 crisis. In it, Father Sosa focuses on how the pandemic is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found.

To view the video, click here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Giving Day 2020 Updates

Many people have reached out asking about Canisius Giving Day 2020 and so we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

At this time, we have decided to move forward with Giving Day, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. We recognize that the need for financial support is greater now than ever before and I want you to know that we are committed to working with you to make this initiative successful.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone but we have been getting requests from alumni and friends asking how they can help support our students and the college. Giving Day is the perfect opportunity.

Having said that, recognizing that we are all dealing with a great deal at the moment, we’ve adjusted the deadlines for list requests and content submission for campaign pages; the updated deadlines are below.

  • Copy and images for campaign pages! Please e-mail Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page by Monday, March 30. If you would like to reference your campaign page from last year, please let us know.
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an e-mail list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) by Monday, April 6.

Please know that if you no longer wish to participate, we understand! Just respond to this Email to let us know.

More information and resources will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please know that we are still here to support your Giving Day fundraising efforts.

The Canisius Community is extraordinarily special and while we can’t be together physically, we can come together virtually on Giving Day to support one another.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Lenten Reflections III

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There will be no Lenten Reflection in Loyola Hall’s Great Room this Thursday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m. Instead, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, offers a brief reflection on Jesus’ Raising of Lazarus, the Gospel reading for this Sunday, March 29, the fifth Sunday of Lent.  The Gospel text is found by clicking here.

Dr. McCarthy’s reflection follows:

The resurrection of Lazarus is a familiar story in John 11: 1-45.  We can all identify with the deep heartache of Mary and Martha. Perhaps, when we have lost a loved one, we have wondered where Christ was and lamented, “If only He had been there…”

Today, as we consider this familiar Gospel story, we stand in the path of a catastrophic pandemic. In the weeks ahead, we may again wonder, “Where is God in this? If only Christ was here now.” Christ is here now, and He will be with us in the weeks and months ahead. He can be nowhere else because he is in you. You carry Christ in your heart, in your mind, and in your hands. Even as we isolate, be alive with Christ. It is fitting that we are in the midst of Lent. During this season with Christ, our time in isolation can be a period to reflect, to make amends, to forgive, to make peace with ourselves, and to reach out in kindness to others.

Take consolation in this: Wherever you are, there, too, is Christ. He is with you always.

Next Wednesday, April 1, Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, will provide another Lenten reflection.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Examen for Life During COVID-19

The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to practice the Examen during this time of transition. The Ignatian Examen is a way to reflect on your day and notice the consolations and desolations you experience.

Susan Haarmen, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola Chicago, has written an Examen for Life focused on our time of change during COVID-19. The Ignatian Solidarity Network has this Examen available in several languages and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

Mission & Identity Reading Group

The Mission & Identity Reading Group will not meet today, Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room.

If you wish to consider the materials that would have been discussed, this month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group would have watched a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.  Please send an Email message to Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, if you want access to the article.

There will be no further Reading Group meetings during this academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius Colleagues Program Welcomes Students from St. Monica’s

The Canisius Colleagues Program (CCP), a year-long formation experience in Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality, welcomed three students from St. Monica’s, the all-girls Nativity Miguel School on the East Side of Buffalo earlier this month.

Blessing, Martha and Kalani, all 8th grade girls, taught the March CCP gathering about their school, their hopes, their challenges, and gave their advice to what those of us at Canisius College could do to become better educators. The students were accompanied by Nativity Miguel President Nancy Langer and invited to lead the CCP in a discussion about Universal Apostolic Preference (UAP) #3: Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.

CCP participants were honored to listen to the wisdom of the three women. The four UAPs will be the lens that will direct the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years. They were approved by Pope Francis in 2018.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Flashback Friday

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jerome L. Neuner, PhD, greets former President Jimmy Carter in advance of his March 1993 lecture.

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1993 when former President James (Jimmy) Carter Jr. visited Canisius to deliver a poignant lecture on the social condition of the United States.

Speaking at the invitation of the William H. Fitzpatrick Lecture Series, Carter opened his remarks recalling his initial encounter with the Queen City. “The first crisis I faced as president,” he said, “was the horrible storm that affected all of Buffalo back in January 1977.”

The crowd of 1,500 laughed as the president shared his story but the tone turned more somber as Carter went on to discuss issues of poverty, illiteracy and drug abuse in the United States. In closing, he encouraged Canisius students, faculty and friends to “break out of the ivory tower” and set an example by reaching out to those in need.

Submitted by: College Communications

Coronavirus Information for the Campus Community

Canisius College has been closely monitoring the ongoing spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 for several weeks.  The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority and all college decisions are based on the well-being of our campus community.

Out of an abundance of caution, Canisius College is proactively taking the following steps to ensure the successful completion of the spring 2020 semester:

  • Beginning on March 23, after spring break, the college will move to its Academic Continuance Plan to teach classes remotely until at least April 13, following Easter break. Remote instruction may continue until the end of the spring semester.  
  • At this time, the college will remain open and staff should report to work.
  • All residence halls will close on Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m. until at least April 13.
  • Canisius-sponsored events of 50 or more people, whether on or off-campus, are cancelled until further notice.
  • The college has suspended all non-essential, college-sponsored international and domestic travel involving students effective immediately through the end of May. 
  • All students, faculty, and staff who intend to travel (whether for personal or professional reasons) in the coming weeks are asked to voluntarily self-report their travel plans.  This will help us provide our community with relevant guidance as we continue to monitor the situation.
  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has cancelled all spring sports competitions, practices (including captain’s practices), effective tomorrow, March 13th and other athletic related activities for the remainder of the 2020 Spring semester. The remainder of its current conference tournament currently being held in Atlantic City, New Jersey is also cancelled. 
  • Faculty should consult the Academic Preparedness Guide (www.canisius.edu/prepare) for information on transitioning to online teaching. This includes help with planning, methods, tools, a faculty mentor program, and opportunities to get help on campus and online.

Click here for much more detailed information related to all areas of the college.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Dome Goes on Spring Break

With spring break upon us, The Dome will be taking a brief hiatus as well.

Today, Friday, March 13 will be the last issue of The Dome until it returns on Wednesday, March 25. All entries should be received by 2:00 p.m. prior to the next publication date.

Submitted by: College Communications

Help Desk Hours – Spring Break

Beginning Monday, March 16 until Friday March 20, the ITS Help Desk will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu, Ext. 8340 or Horan O’Donnell Room 016.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, manager, ITS Help Desk

Payroll Office is On the Move

The Payroll Office has moved and is now located in the Controller’s Office in OM-004. Please stop by to see Sue Lyons or Lynn Incardona with any payroll questions or concerns.

Submitted by: Ronald Haberer, Controller

Canisius Introduces MS in Cybersecurity

Photo courtesy of Ecole polytechnique on Flickr using the Creative Commons.

As cyber threats grow in both sophistication and malice, industries and organizations face a persistent challenge in recruiting cybersecurity professionals skilled in protecting digital infrastructure. By 2021, a remarkable three million cybersecurity jobs will need to be filled, globally, according to the most recent statistics reported by the non-profit ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that number to grow 32 percent through 2028. 

Canisius College is responding to this talent crunch with the introduction of a new master’s degree program in cybersecurity.  Set to launch in fall 2020, the program will be Western New York’s only technology-based master’s-level cybersecurity program. 

Aligned with national guidelines for information security professionals, the program provides students with the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to ensure the security and integrity of every type of computing and information system.  In addition to gaining a complete understanding of 21st century cybersecurity tools, students will learn how to build them. The computers in the college’s new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab afford students the hands-on training necessary to extend their knowledge of computer forensics, cyber intelligence, risk assessment, infiltration techniques, malware analysis, electronic crime, cyber operations and more.  Further distinguishing the new MS in cybersecurity is coursework that leads to certification. 

Click here to read much more about the new MS in cybersecurity or visit the new program page.

Submitted by: College Communications

MLK Award Winners

Canisius College has announced the 2020 recipients of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Awards.

The MLK award is presented annually to a student and non-student (faculty, staff or administrator) who demonstrates the ideals of Dr. King through the promotion of social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, human rights, nonviolence or advocacy for the poor.

This year’s recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award are Herbert Gitego ’21, Fernanda Astiz, PhD and Erin Thornton ’05.

Herbert Gitego ’21 is a digital media arts major at Canisius College. He worked on a holiday marketing project for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for the organization’s food giveaway and toy drive. Striving to be in the video production industry, Gitego uses his skills to shine a light on communities that would otherwise remain unheard and unseen.

Fernanda Astiz, PhD, is a professor of teacher education at Canisius College. Astiz is engaged in connecting teaching partners with community partners who serve local and international underrepresented groups. She developed the Dual-language (English/Spanish) Read Aloud Program for Buffalo Public School 64, in which students were welcomed at Canisius’ library for read-aloud sessions. Mayor Byron Brown   presented Astiz with the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award for her scholarship in the education field and her work with the Buffalo community.

Erin Thornton ’05 is an associate athletic trainer and instructor at Canisius College. She is an advocate for nonviolence and harmony through her responsibilities as an athletic trainer. Thornton has defused situations within racial divides that have affected some of the teams. As a result of her outward compassion for others, she is well respected by the student athletes, faculty and staff.

Honorees will be recognized during the Canisius College Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.

Submitted by: College Communications

March Brown Bag Seminar

The March edition of ICMS’s lunchtime Brown Bag seminars will be Tuesday, March 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Old Main 418.

Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani, assistant professor of classics at SUNY Buffalo, will discuss the ongoing archaeological excavation at Podere Cannicci, Italy. Every summer, his class excavates the site sacred to the ancient Etruscans and Romans. Students interested in joining the excavation team should attend for more information. Bring your lunch and join the discussion. This talk is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Kristina Launa, social media & website administrator, ICMS

 

Mission & Identity Reading Group

 

The Mission and Identity Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room. Wine and cheese will be provided.

This month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group will watch a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  “Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.

Reflection questions on the video and the article may be accessed by clicking here.

Please contact Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu to receive the link to the material and to indicate interest in attending the session.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity; professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Lenten Reflections III

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Margaret McCarthy, PhD, will present our third Lenten reflection in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 26th from 1:00–2:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to join this group to reflect on the meaning of Lent in our lives.  Please RSVP to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, if you wish to attend.

The flyer above will give you information about the other presenters and dates for our Lenten reflection series.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity 

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays,” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.”

Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

The Civil Rights Movement was among the most important reforms in American history. Which Canisius professor of history authored a book on this subject:

(a) Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD

(b) Nancy Rosenbloom, PhD

(c) Larry Jones, PhD

(d) Keith R. Burich, PhD

Congratulations to Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations for Institutional Advancement. Sandy scored a Canisius baseball hat in last week’s Trivia Wednesday contest. The question was:

Which Canisius alumna was a leading figure in the effort to map the human genome:

a. Cherylyn Harley Lebon ’88

b. Norma Nowak ’79

c. Catherine Burzik ’72

d. Mary Grace Diehl ’74

The correct answer was: (b) Norma Nowak ’79

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Reporter Ed Reilly, from WKBW-TV Channel 7, interviewed Economics/Finance Professor Steve Gattuso on Tuesday, March 10 for a story about the recent low interest rates and whether now is a good time for individuals to refinance their loans. Click here to watch the story.

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry Frank J. Dinan, PhD, published an article in the My View section of today’s Buffalo News. The story, titled “With Spring, Baseball Life Begins Anew,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Board of Trustees Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 2, 2020.  To read highlights from the meeting, click here.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate VP, assistant to the President and Secretary, Board of Trustees

Candidates for VP for Academic Affairs

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the recent closing of Manhattan College campus, Keith Brower, PhD, has withdrawn from consideration for the position of vice president for academic affairs. He was scheduled to visit campus tomorrow, Thursday, March 12.

For those members of the campus community who were able to participate in the open forum with candidate Sunil Ahuja, PhD, on Monday, March 9, we’re asking that you take a moment to complete an evaluation form on the MyCanisius portal and share your feedback on his interview. 

If you were unable to attend Sunil Ahuja’s open forum or that of Sara Morris, PhD, a video from both can be found by clicking on the links below or by visiting the myCanisius portal.

( Those wishing to watch the candidate videos will need to log into their Google Drive/Google Accounts using their Canisius Email address. )

Click here to view the video from Sunil Ahuja’s open forum.

Click here to view the video from Sara Morris’ open forum.

The vice president for academic affairs will play a vital role in the life of the college. Please consider viewing the forums online and completing the evaluation forms for each.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

School of Education Hosts WNY Regional History Day

On Saturday, March 7, students from all over WNY competed in the WNY Regional History Day competition at Canisius College in Science Hall Commons. The BPS sent 57 students to the contest, with 23 of them qualifying for NYS History Day on April 27.  At the WNY History Day Regional competition, the top 3 finishers in each category are honored for their hard work, and the 1st and 2nd place entries will qualify for the state contest held in Cooperstown, NY in April.  The top 2 entries from NYS in each category will advance to the national finals held in College Park, MD each June.  Kudos to the 57 students and their teachers for their winning entries in this annual educational event!

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Best Overall Entry: Breaking Architectural Barriers: Poppy Marrano, Charlotte Lester & Emily Botticelli from BPS#195 City Honors School; Project Advisor; Jen Reiss

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Best Military Themed Entry: Thy Damned Damsels: Ariana Young, Kristen Baker, Maurice Hill & Avery Kinsey from BPS #27 Hillery Park Academy; Project Advisor: Naomi Wiseman

Submitted by: Dr. Lorrei DiCamillo, associate dean, School of Education and Human Services & Wil Green, director of School and Community Partnerships

Gansworth to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius College Alumni Association will confer the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Niagara Falls resident Eric L. Gansworth, during Spring Honors Convocation on May 15.  The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. 

A professor of English at Canisius and director of the college’s creative writing program, Gansworth embodies the ideal of teacher-scholar. Described as “inspiring” by his students, Gansworth shares his love of literature through such coursework as Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing and Advanced Poetry Writing.  He also teaches the important course titled Native American Literature.  Each of his classes is marked by rigor and high standards but also care and attention, which Gansworth is careful to give to each student. 

In addition to his vocation as an educator, Gansworth is a prolific creative artist whose rich body of work has garnered him a national reputation as one of the most original and important voices in Native American literature.  An enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, Gansworth is the author of 10 books of fiction, poetry and memoir/non-fiction.  His most recent young adult novel, Give Me Some Truth, captures the difficulties of reservation life for teenagers and was selected for numerous Best Books of 2018 lists, including National Public Radio’s Book Concierge.  That same year, Gansworth was one of only 18 writers to be awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

The 2020 I. Joan Lorch Winners

The Canisius College Women and Gender Studies Program presents the 2020 Dr. I Joan Lorch Award Winners. The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies honors a person (or persons) who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. Receiving the Community Award is Family Promise of Western New York. The Student Award recipient is Morgan Morris, ’21. The Canisius Employee Award recipient is Matt Kochan, librarian.  This year we also celebrate a special career achievement recognition for Dr. Barbara Porter, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Save the date!  Please join us in honoring all of our award winners on March 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge located in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.  Appetizers, beer and wine provided. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English and co-director, Women and Gender Studies

14th Ranked James Madison Visits Demske Sports Complex

The Canisius women’s lacrosse team continues its current home-stand Friday, March 13 afternoon when 14th ranked James Madison leaves itsVirginia home to travel to Buffalo. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is slated for 4:00 p.m. The Dukes have knocked off #21 Penn State and #23 Virginia Tech and are en route to a 5-1 record.

For additional information, visit http://www.GoGriffs.com. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

March is National Nutrition Month

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What is considered a healthy portion size? Learn how to keep your daily intake within the general guidelines set by the USDA. This article from Lawley provides recommendations on serving size per major food group, as well as tips for breaking down the meals you eat on a daily basis.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

D2L 2014 Courses to be Removed During Spring Break

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L. During the 2020 spring break, March 16-20, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2014 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2014 courses as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2014.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2014 course content that you wish to save by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m.  COLI has a tutorial video showing how you can export a backup package from your courses, including anything you created or uploaded but not student work.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Lenten Reflections II

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Sharon Federico will present our second reflection for Lent in Loyola Hall’s Great Room on Thursday, March 12 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. She will base her reflections on Mark 10:17-22, the story of the devout rich man who was unable to give his possessions to the poor and to follow Jesus. Lunch will be provided. If you wish to join this reflection session, please RSVP to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, at lynchp@canisius.edu, by 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 11.

The flyer above will give you information about the other presenters and dates for our Lenten reflection series.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., Jesuit Associate for Mission & Identity, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

Academic Affairs Divisional Meeting and Microaggressions Workshop

The Academic Affairs Division will hold its spring meeting on Monday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Sara Morris, PhD, will use the first half hour to provide updates from academic affairs, including recently approved and developing programs, professional development opportunities during the summer, the most recent information about the coronavirus and campus planning related to it. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Similar to the fall meeting, we will hold a workshop for the remainder of the time that is open to all faculty and staff.  The workshop is focused on microaggressions, an area for professional development subject requested by many people on campus. There will be a reception at the end of that workshop, so we ask that you RSVP in advance.

Monday, March 23 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge

Microaggressions are Not So Subtle:  The Verbal, Behavioral and Environmental Indignities!

Presenter: Isabelle Oritz, University of Buffalo, Intercultural & Diversity Center

Description: This workshop is an introduction to the concept of microaggressions and the impact it has on marginalized individuals. During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities and dialogue around the impact behind words and behaviors, how to spot a microaggressions in everyday life and how to be an active ally for individuals of marginalized identities.

RSVP at Microaggressions  

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Facilitating Difficult Conversations Training

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The Office of Academic Affairs is hosting two opportunities for training on how to have difficult conversations during the month of April open to all faculty and staff.  These half-day sessions are limited to 30 participants each, so please reserve your spot here.

The session will be Tuesday, April 7 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 8 from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room

Facilitating Difficult Conversations:  Calling One Into a Conversation, Not Calling One Out

Presenter:  Robbie Routenberg,  InciteChange!

RSVP for one (1) of the training sessions here.

Click here to add April 7 event to calendar.

Click here to add April 8 event to calendar.

Description:  We live in a time where call out culture has been used to address social and political issues. This has also been the experience of many colleges and universities across the country. This facilitator training will define dialogue, as distinct from discussion and debate.  Explore how we can navigate emotions in dialogue, including negative triggers, asking questions that open up dialogue while engaging multiple perspectives, and understanding the impact of dominant narratives in difficult dialogues. Participants will learn multi-partial facilitation techniques to balance power within a dialogue, identify and practice strategies for transforming participant resistance to learning in difficult dialogues.

InciteChange! partners with colleges, universities and organizations by engaging all constituents in reflection and skill development to deepen social justice conversations, practice and impact.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive associate, Academic Affairs

Koessler Spring Break Hours

The Koessler Athletic Center will adjust the hours of operation for the upcoming spring break. Below are the hours of operation during that time.

Koessler Spring Break Hours:

Friday, March 13: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 14: Closed

Sunday, March 15: Closed

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21: Closed

Sunday, March 22: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no open swim March 14 – March 22.

Submitted by: Tim Seil, assistant director, Athletic Facilities

 

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing a database upgrade Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. During this maintenance window Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits and custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, HR Appraisals, athlete travel contracts, budget management, etc) will be unavailable.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, ITS

EVENT CANCELED – Paul Taylor Lecture

The Thursday, March 12 lecture featuring Paul Taylor, PhD, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, has been CANCELED.

The event is currently not being rescheduled.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, chair, Philosophy Department

Save Your Old Zoom Recordings

Those who use Zoom for web conferencing, meetings and courses frequently make recordings of their online sessions. Canisius’ Zoom license includes plenty of room to house these recordings online, but there is a limit to total storage for all users. Periodically, the Zoom administrators at Canisius must delete old videos within the Zoom account. In most cases, videos still stored in Zoom accounts are no longer in use or haven’t been viewed recently.

After Friday, March 13, videos stored within Zoom recorded before Monday, July 1, 2019 will be deleted.

If you have videos stored in Zoom that you continue to use in coursework or administrative work, please download and transfer them to your Canisius Google Drive by Monday, March 2.

For further information about Zoom video recordings and using videos hosted in Google Drive, contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Join Canisius College Men’s Soccer Club

The Canisius College Men’s Soccer Club is open cc logo mascot 3.pngto all students. Competing in the NIRSA Region I, the club aims to compete at an advanced skill level. Open House practices are held during winter and spring seasons. Following tryouts in mid Spring, the club will begin to train and compete for the fall season.

The club competes against colleges and universities throughout the Lake Erie/Ontario Division, with the opportunity to compete nationally in the NIRSA Collegiate Soccer Championships, in case of qualification.

If you are interested in playing Soccer Club this fall season or have any question about the program, please click here or reach out to Giovanni Cambareri at cambareg@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Giovanni Cambareri, coach, Men’s Soccer Club

 

Campus Candid

Faculty, staff and students gather in the ICMS Reading Room in OM 418 for Classics Tea@2. This is a no-pressure gathering of people inside and outside the Canisius community to unwind from the stresses of the week. Different varieties of teas are served and snacks are eaten. Join us at our next Classics Tea@2 this Friday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. for hot drinks, cool people and warm conversation.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media & website administrator, ICMS

 

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 featured Canisius Public Safety Director Kim Beaty during its Sunday, March 8 newscast in recognition of International Women’s Day. Click here to watch the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

Candidate for VP for Academic Affairs

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in an open forum with Sunil Ahuja, PhD, candidate for the vice president for academic affairs, today, Monday, March 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Science Hall rooms 1013 A. Please note this location has changed since the initial Email announcement. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Information about Ahuja can be found on the myCanisius portal under the “VP for Academic Affairs Search” tab located on the blue navigation bar across the top of the page. After the open forum, an evaluation form will also be posted here to allow the campus community to submit feedback.

The vice president for academic affairs will play a vital role in the life of the college. Please consider attending this event.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist

Panera Fundraiser Tonight!

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Support students participating in Campus Ministry’s international service-immersion experience to El Salvador and the U.S.-Mexico border by joining us at the Panera on Elmwood today from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Men’s Soccer Club

The men’s soccer club is hosting open house practice sessions starting today, Monday March 9 from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Patrick Lee Gym.  The open sessions are free and give potential players an opportunity to sample a practice, and meet the players and coaching staff.

If you can’t make tonight’s open house, plan on joining us Wednesday, March 11 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. in the Demske Sports Complex.

Submitted by: Giovanni Cambareri, coach, Men’s Club Soccer

 

Secrets of Publishing Panel Today

Canisius will host Michael McGandy from Cornell University Press today, Monday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  McGandy published a book authored by Tom Chambers, dean of Arts & Sciences, titled Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic.

McGandy will speak with Canisius faculty about their book projects. He will also participate in a panel discussion, “Secrets of Publishing,” with Dean Chambers and other Canisius faculty authors. Wine, beer, and light snacks will be provided. Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend this discussion.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Order Your Pierogis Today

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Support students participating in Campus Ministry’s international service-immersion experience to Poland by purchasing homemade pierogis! Orders cost $5 for a half-dozen or $10 for a dozen.  Email Alex Bogart at bogart2@my.canisius.edu to place an order.  Order deadline is today March 9 and pierogis will be delivered on March 27.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

RAISE Benefit is This Week

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Campus Ministry is hosting its annual RAISE Benefit this week.  More than 25 Canisius students will take part in one of the college’s 2020 international service-immersion experiences this summer, journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others.  This year’s trips include experiences in Jamaica, Poland, El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico border.

Students are excited to embark on this transformative experience but they need your help!

Participants are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of their trip. You can help them meet their goals by attending the RAISE Benefit Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event is located on the second floor lounge in Old Main. The fundraiser will include a basket raffle, 50/50 split, bake sale and grilled cheese/soup for lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Raffle and auction items include a signed 2013 Stanley Cup Puck, wine, restaurant gift cards and more.

You can also attend the RAISE Benefit dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The night will be complete with food tastings from around the world, live music and a cash bar.  Basket and raffle winners will be chosen!

Tickets:

Single tickets are $25 each

Group Discount: 4 tickets for $75

You can purchase tickets at www.canisius.edu/RAISE

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

 

Women’s Lacrosse Hosts St. Bonaventure

Your Canisius women’s lacrosse team will host its home opener, Wednesday, March 11 vs. St. Bonaventure. Game time, at the Demske Sports Complex, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

This game was originally scheduled for February 28 but was postponed due to poor weather. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Next Steps for Fundraising on Giving Day!

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In preparation for Giving Day 2020, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, the Canisius Fund Team is communicating with program directors and/or the respective contact for the programs, institutes, teams, etc. that have opted in to fundraise on Giving Day. With the 24-hour fundraising campaign less than two months away, it’s now time to begin submitting content for your respective campaign pages.

This information has been communicated via Email to those who have opted in to fundraise, and is also below:

  • Copy and images for campaign pages due! Please email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) with any copy and images that you would like to appear on your campaign page no later than Thursday, March 19. To reference your page from last year, visit https://www.canisiusgivingday.com/leaderboards (you can access your campaign page by clicking on your respective program from the Giving Day 2019 Leaderboards).
  • Submit your list request! If you will need the Canisius Fund Office to provide an email list of graduates from your program, please notify Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) no later than Monday, March 23. List requests submitted after the deadline may not be honored.

The Canisius Fund Team is here to support those fundraising on Giving Day so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can contact the Canisius Fund Office at Ext. 2712.

In addition, you are encouraged to join us for one (or both) of our remaining Giving Day Training Sessions to learn how to leverage this special campaign to fundraise for your area. Email Suli Calianno (lyons@canisius.edu) to register!

 

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, March 12 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. LY203 Conference Room
Monday, March 30 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LY203 Conference Room

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund Team