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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to July 1968 when Canisius College purchased the building at the corner of Delavan and Jefferson avenues from the New York Telephone Company. The plan was to convert the building into a health center that would house the Biology and Psychology departments. That plan came to fruition in spring 1971.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius College Welcomes Students Back to Campus for Fall Semester

Canisius College is making plans to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. The college is proceeding with all the necessary planning and safety measures for students to return to classrooms and residence halls beginning on August 31, 2020. 

The college’s Recovery Task Force developed the reopening plan informed by the latest guidance from local, state and federal government officials and public health authorities.  The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families, remains the college’s top priority and continues to lead all decision-making.

Click here for details regarding the college’s return to campus. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is: In what year was the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame established:

a. 1960

b. 1973

c. 1963

d. 1959

Congratulations to Laura Montaro, executive associate to President John Hurley, who is the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. This is Laura’s first time winning our Trivia Tuesday contest. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for her when the campus returns to normal operations. Thanks for playing!

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

The Canisius community dedicated the Greatest Generation Memorial in November 2007 as a permanent tribute to alumni who served during the war years of 1941 – 1943. Where is the memorial located on campus?

(a) In the Quad, near Koessler Plaza

(b) In front of Lyons Hall, on Main Street

(c) In the plaza, between Bagen Hall and Old Main

(d) Outside the ROTC Offices at the Health Science Building

The correct answer was: (c) In the plaza, between Bagen Hall and Old Main

Submitted by: College Communications

New Arts & Sciences Associate Dean

It is my pleasure to announce that Philip A. Reed, PhD, has agreed to serve as the full-time associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. His three-year term begins on August 1, 2020. Please join me in congratulating Phil on his appointment.

Reed came to Canisius College in 2009 as a member of the Philosophy Department. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015 and to the rank of professor in 2019. Reed earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from that institution. He earned his BA from Davidson College, also in philosophy.

Reed has completed the degree requirements for a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College. A specialist in ethics and applied ethics, Reed has taught an extensive list of courses at Canisius College, including many in the All-College Honors program. He was interim director of Honors in fall 2019 and has provided extensive service to the college, ranging from the Christ and Culture Lecture Series to Faculty Senate. Currently, he serves as chair of the Philosophy Department.

Reed’s list of scholarly accomplishments includes more than a dozen articles and book chapters, co-editing a volume on David Hume’s moral philosophy, book reviews and encyclopedia entries, a score of refereed or invited presentations, and several awards and fellowships. An accomplished scholar, dedicated teacher, conscientious faculty member and keen analytical mind, Reed embodies the qualities inherent in a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.

He will work closely with Barbara Porter, PhD the current associate dean, to transition into his new role. I want to personally thank Dr. Porter for her many years of dedicated, tireless and passionate service to the students, faculty and staff at Canisius College, and I wish her well on her retirement. At some point we’ll be able to assemble in sufficient numbers to recognize her contributions.

Special thanks to the search committee, which devoted extensive hours to this search amid coronavirus and remote working conditions:  Dave Devereux, Jenn Lodi-Smith, Jon O’Brien, Kris Kasbohm and Jen Herrmann.

Submitted by: Tom Chambers, PhD, dean, College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Faithful Voting and Global Concerns Webinar

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To help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is offering a series of webinars to dive deeper into the key world issues featured in their series of two-page global issue briefs, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.

The next webinar is this Thursday, July 9 from 12:30-1:00 p.m. EDT and will focus on climate change, an issue of critical importance for the upcoming elections and the Church.

Chloe Noel, the program coordinator for the Faith Economy Ecology, will speak on the threat of climate change, the Catholic Church’s response and the ways U.S. voters can call upon electoral candidates to promote sustainable climate policy. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Faith & Justice in the Time of COVID-19

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While Be the Light won’t be happening this year due to COVID-19, we’re excited to offer “Faith & Justice in the Time of COVID.”  All current high school students, alumni of the Be the Light Institute and former student leaders are invited to sign up.
For more information, use this link.
Submitted by: Darby Ratliff, co-director, Be the Light Youth Theology Institute

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections

The 2020 presidential campaign is being reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis it created and the national focus on racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd and other African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. These challenges are testing our faith, our politics, our religious communities and our nation.

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University will take a closer look at these challenges on Friday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m. when it hosts a live-streamed conversation titled “Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections: Religion, Racism and the COVID-19 Crisis.”

This online dialogue will focus on how the social and economic costs of the pandemic and the moral and human costs of racism may be affecting religious communities and voters in advance of the November elections; how are our leaders and communities responding; what our obligations are; and opportunities in this time of crisis as citizens and as believers. Further discussion will examine how recent United States Supreme Court decisions affect the views and choices of religious voters and the dynamics of the campaign.

In this volatile context, the attitudes of evangelical, Catholic and other religious voters may be shifting dramatically, with old alignments losing ground to new realities. What do we know now? What are the implications of potential shifts for religious communities, U.S. politics and the November 2020 elections?

The role of religion, racism and the COVID-19 crisis will be addressed by a panel of respected journalists and political leaders who bring differing religious, racial, generational and political perspectives and backgrounds:

  • Michael Gerson is a Washington Post columnist and a policy fellow with the ONE Campaign. He was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Justin Giboney is an attorney and a political strategist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the president and co-founder of the AND Campaign, a Christian civic organization that focuses on asserting the compassion and conviction of Jesus Christ in the public square.
  • Jeanné Lewis is running as an independent candidate for Washington, DC City Council. She is also the vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
  • Gabby Orr is a White House reporter for POLITICO and has been covering Donald Trump since the day he announced his 2016 presidential campaign. She covers social issues, religion, the vice president and the 2020 campaign.

John Carr, director of the Initiative, will moderate the online conversation.

Click here to learn more about this upcoming conversation or to RSVP to the event.  All who RSVP will receive an Email, on the day of the discussion, with instructions on how to join the live-stream.

This online conversation is a Public Dialogue and Salt and Light Gathering for young leaders in public life and is co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. It is part of the Faith and the Faithful series organized by the Initiative and is supported by the Democracy Fund.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Book Discussion: Richard Rohr’s Everything Belongs

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Please join the Office of Ignatian Spirituality for a three-week online book discussion of Richard Rohr’s Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. Virtual meetings will take place on the following Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. EDT: July 15, July 22 and July 29.

In Everything Belongs, author Richard Rohr helps us understand that intimacy with God cannot be achieved in the rational mind. By practicing contemplation, we learn not to reason better but to see things differently, including ourselves and other people. As our perspective becomes wider, we discover that everything belongs.

Please click here to pre-register by July 10 or contact Karen Silver at ksuero@jesuits.org or 516-675-4012.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Examen in Daily Life

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Charis, a young adult ministry, is offering a new online retreat titled “Examen in Daily Life.”  The retreat will offer time and space for prayer and a deeper connection to God in a location and schedule of your choosing. Charis will also provide resources for prayer.  No experience is required.

The retreat runs Monday, July 20 through Thursday, July 23, with set times for opening and closing sessions,  The remainder can be completed on the participant’s own schedule. Click here for more information and to register.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

One Ignatian Community

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On the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, Thursday, July 30, the Office of Ignatian Spirituality will host a bilingual prayer service.  This is an opportunity for individuals to gather online to pray, as one Ignatian community, for healing, justice and peace. The prayer will be facilitated by leaders and partners from the various works of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.

The bilingual prayer service is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 from 7:00-7:30 p.m. ET.  The event is free and open to all. RSVP here and a link will be sent with instructions on how to join the live, online prayer service.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to July 1, 1993 when Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, officially became the 23rd president of Canisius College. Father Cooke’s first order of business was the formulation of a strategic plan for what Canisius should look like in 20 years. That plan would eventually grow Canisius in extraordinary ways.

During Father Cooke’s tenure, Canisius completed a total of 24 capital projects over the course of 17 years at a price tag of nearly $150 million. Nearly half of that investment included the renovation or construction of eight residence hall projects to meet the increasing demand by students of on-campus living.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid

This weekend, eight neighborhood residents gathered at the East West Community Garden on Lafayette Avenue to tend to their new beds. All beds have now been claimed!

Grandma J, Dayatra and Bree represent three generations of gardeners who spent the day working on their plot together. August and his dad joined the community garden for a fun summer activity and to grow vegetables for their family.

The New Buffalo Institute partners with nonprofits and grassroots organizations on Buffalo’s East Side and is committed to social justice and providing a welcoming place for community partners to convene, voice concerns and exchange ideas.  Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/New-Buffalo-Institute-Canisius-College-110313490679328/?modal=admin_todo_tour

-Instagram: @newbuffaloinstitute

-Twitter: NBICanisius

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge

The Ignatian Solidarity Network presents a 21-day Email campaign that will provide daily resources to learn, pray and act on a variety of issues related to racial justice and equity. This challenge begins July 20 and continues through August 9.

Click here to RSVP.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the July episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, July 4 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

Every year since 1937 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has celebrated the stories from the Book of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, one of the world’s largest outdoor theatrical productions. In the first segment of this episode, program host Dr. Stan Bratton, executive director of the Network of Religious Communities, interviews David, Dana and Moira Dwyer about the Hill Cumorah Pageant and their participation in it.

The second segment focuses on Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), which brings together theological students and clergy of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis to learn how to minister to them. Bowen Theory postulates that the family is an emotional unit that regulates development and behavior of its members. Stan Bratton interviews Rev. Robert Spilman, a certified Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor, about CPE and how Bowen Theory helps him understand the functioning of families and congregations.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of Digital Media Arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, Ph.D., professor, Department of Communication

Canisius Business Student Competes in “X-Culture”

Canisius College student Sara F. Nicolas was part of a winning multinational team that competed in the “X-Culture” competition during the spring 2020 semester.  Nicolas’ team was one of 28 winning teams that earned near perfect scores in the competition.  A total of 975 teams competed from around the world. 

“X-Culture” is a large-scale experiential learning project which, this year, engaged more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate business students from 652 universities in 100-plus countries.  Participating students are placed in virtual teams of about six and charged with completing a consulting project for a multinational company.  As part of the competition, teams are required to complete a market analysis of their assigned company, and develop marketing messaging, promotional materials, operations management considerations and pricing strategies.  The competition is all that more challenging as each student on a team represents a different country and therefore must navigate cultural differences, time-zone dispersions and communication barriers. 

Nicolas is a marketing major at Canisius with an expected graduation date of spring 2021.  She became involved in the “X-Culture” competition upon enrolling in a Global Marketing Strategy course at Canisius, taught by Coral R. Snodgrass, PhD, professor of management. As part of the coursework, Snodgrass requires students to participate in the multinational competition.  

Click here to read more about the competition and Nicolas’ winning project.

Submitted by: College Communications

Making Meaning in a Pandemic

“Reflections on COVID-19,” a free, interdisciplinary summer course, is resonating with the Canisius community and Buffalo at-large. To date, more than 250 individuals have registered for the collaborative learning opportunity aimed at helping people better understand the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can respond with knowledge, empathy, faith and resilience. The interdisciplinary approach provides rich perspectives on critical topics that include everything from the science of disease to plagues and responses in the ancient world, and much more.

Each class (i.e. module) is fully digital (not live) and taught using a combination of PowerPoint and video presentations, recorded interviews with subject-matter experts, films, video chats and other online discussions and readings. There is no official start or end date for the course. Rather participation is self-paced and people are encouraged to sign up for as many modules as they would like.

For more information or to view a list of the various modules offered in this course, click here.

“Reflections on COVID-19” is a non-credit bearing course.

Submitted by: College Communications

Face Covering CDC Guidance

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As we return to campus, please review the following guidance from the CDC regarding how to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering. Faculty and staff are being provided with two face coverings with the Canisius logo. As you return to campus, please check with your supervisor or human resources to receive your masks.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

Novena for Racial Justice

In the Catholic tradition, a novena is an ancient form of devotional prayer over a period of nine days for a specific intention. The Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to join their Novena for Racial Justice via text message to unite with the Ignatian family in prayer and action.

Click here to RSVP.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Additional Security Features in Zoom

Beginning July 19, Zoom will require that all scheduled meetings have a passcode or waiting room.

In Zoom, a passcode is simply an additional security code that is added to the join link. As before, when you share a link with a participant, they click the link and join the meeting. However, if a participant attempts to join the meeting by entering the meeting number into their Zoom app, they will also be prompted to enter the passcode, which can be found (along with the meeting link) in the invitation text.

Another option is a waiting room. For any meetings scheduled or active in your account on July 19, if they lack either a passcode or waiting room, Zoom will add a waiting room by default. Here’s an explanation for how the waiting room feature works in Zoom:

The passcode and meeting room options are selectable when scheduling any meeting in Zoom. You can select either one or both.

In COLI, if we had to choose a favorite for teaching courses remotely, it would be the waiting room. Students can be told beforehand to expect it and after a quick scan of all participants, the professor can simply approve all. If students subsequently attempt to join late, the professor can be sure of which students may have missed something earlier to their arrival.

Zoom has a more comprehensive discussion of this available here.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is: The Canisius community dedicated the Greatest Generation Memorial in November 2007 as a permanent tribute to alumni who served during the war years of 1941 – 1943. Where is the memorial located on campus?

(a) In the Quad, near Koessler Plaza

(b) In front of Lyons Hall, on Main Street

(c) In the plaza, between Bagen Hall and Old Main

c. Outside the ROTC Offices at the Health Science Building

Congratulations to Suli Calianno, Canisius Fund coordinator, who is the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. Suli is a frequent player of Trivia Tuesday and often among the first to respond. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for her when the campus returns to normal operations. Thanks for playing!

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was: In what year was the Golden Griffin ‘born’?

a. 1942

b. 1950

c. 1938

d. 1933

The correct answer was: (c) 1933

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News



Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a story in the June 25 edition. Golebiewski offered insight into the potential duration of the region’s economic recovery. The article, titled “COVID-19 Dug a Big Hole for the Local Economy. The Climb Out is Just Beginning,” can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

July 4th Holiday

The college will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. All but essential operating personnel are included in this early closure. The college will be closed on Friday, July 3 and will reopen on Monday, July 6. We wish you a safe and Happy 4th of July Holiday!

 Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

Return to Campus

Dear Canisius Community,

I hope that you have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather and enjoying some time with family and friends.

As you know, our three-stage Return to Campus Plan for faculty and staff began on Monday, June 29.  The college’s Recovery Task Force developed the plan with the latest guidance from local, state and federal government officials and public health authorities. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and their families remains our top priority and continues to lead our decision-making regarding the reopening of the campus.

We have prepared a Return to Campus Guide which includes detailed information for transitioning back to work on campus.  The Guide outlines carefully thought-out health, safety and cleaning protocols, flexible work from home policies, changes to some offices and physical workspaces and much more.  Please read the guide carefully to ensure you have all the necessary information.

 Here are a few important items to note when returning to work on campus:

  • You will be required to access the building you work in using swipe access with your college ID card.
  • Each employee will receive two washable facemasks that can be picked up in the Office of Human Resources. 
  • All Canisius College employees must complete a Daily Health Screening for COVID 19 prior to reporting to work on campus.  Employees who answer “No” to any questions should stay home.
  • As announced last summer, parking for the Main Eastwood (Bagen) Lot will not have relaxed parking rules during the summer. Only “A” permits are permitted to park in the Main Eastwood Lot.  Please also remember that the Tower Lot is designated for Visitors Only throughout the year.  As a courtesy to our guests, please observe these restrictions. Flexible parking is permitted in other employee parking lots effective June 29 through August 14, 2020. 

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the stress levels of employees across the country. We have made every effort to make certain that the campus and workspaces are safe for our employees to return to work.

As a community, we share the responsibility to work together to keep our friends, families and colleagues safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance

Klump Appointed to NYS Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Robert A. Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center and adjunct professor of Political Science, has been appointed to a four-year term as a member of the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. State advisory committees are comprised of citizens familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions. Reports issued by advisory committees have contributed to policy changes at the national, state and local levels.

Submitted by: Robert A. Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Canisius Diversity & Inclusion Statement

In September 2019, a subcommittee began meeting to develop a Canisius College Diversity & Inclusion Statement.  The subcommittee consists of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, student affairs and facilities management staff, as well as neighbors from the Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association. The guiding principles for the statement were to frame diversity and inclusion work as an integral part of our mission and identity, to communicate the importance of our urban location and being in solidarity with others, and to make a commitment to address diversity and inclusion issues at the macro and micro levels of the institution. The statement is both descriptive and aspirational. Our final draft of the statement, reflecting feedback from the senior leadership team, was presented and approved by the college Strategic Planning Committee this past February.

Canisius College Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Consistent with our Catholic Jesuit mission and identity, we stand in solidarity with and advocate for everyone of all abilities, identities, life experiences and perspectives.

As a campus located in a diverse Buffalo community, we are committed to:

  • Creating a culture of acceptance, awareness, learning, respect and understanding inside and outside of the classroom
  • Pursuing academic excellence through a curriculum of diverse ideas and vibrant interpersonal classroom experiences that challenge individuals to grow
  • Promoting a safe and welcoming experience that encourages questioning and discussion
  • Advancing equity by removing institutional barriers to success for all members of the community
  • Developing lifelong learners who contribute to an increasingly diverse and global society

I would like to thank the following subcommittee members for their thoughtful contributions and collaboration:

Stephanie Barber Geter, president, Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association

Sierra M. Bonerb, associate director, Support Services-Accessibility Support & Veterans

Paola C. Fajardo-Heyward, associate professor, Political Science/Faculty-Student Liaison, Faculty Senate

Deanna Garwol, student, Campus Ministry Intern

Susan C. Gruttadauria, administrative associate, Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Core

Donald Hamilton, staff, Facilities Management

Mylan Hawkins, student, ULLC

Abby Hughes, student, USA President

Jabril Moore, graduate student, HESA

Lizzy Nankumba, student, ULLC

Rodrigo Ortiz, student, Executive Board LASAF

Brian Smith, director, International Students & Study Abroad

Malini C. Suchak, associate professor, ABEC

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts on the statement, I welcome your feedback. Please email me at rodrig23@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

Further Information About Printing

As faculty and staff start to return to campus, you may notice that there is a new printer/copier in your department.  All of the campus Xerox devices have been replaced. None of the HP printers were affected. Those will remain unchanged. If your printer has not yet been changed, it will happen before July 3. ITS and ComDoc are running a little behind in the rollout and there are a few devices not installed or configured yet. If you can swipe your ID card and see your print jobs sent to MyColor or MyGrayscale FollowMe print queues, then the device is set up and ready to go.

We will be performing some testing at each device and cleaning up cables during the week of June 29. If you previously had any extra features like extra paper trays or envelope specific trays, those will be arriving soon. The new devices were scaled and sized according to your typical use so you may see some feature changes but overall all the features are still available in most cases. In areas where color printing was not heavily used, we have scaled back but everyone can still print to any of the color devices in public spaces same as before.

We are working on updating all of the printer documentation in the Canisius Wiki.

Check back for updates in the Wiki. We will be adding training materials, tutorial videos and user manuals for all the new devices.

All users will now be using the MyColor and MyGrayscale print queues. There are many reasons for this change including safe handling of papers during the COVID pandemic, needs to increase accountability, security, HIPAA and FERPA concerns and to make our campus more environmentally friendly. The new devices will no longer directly release print jobs. You will need to swipe your ID card and select the print jobs you want to release. To do this most users have already switched to using this Follow-Me queues (MyColor & MyGrayscale). Once you print to those queues, you can go to any of the over 100 devices on campus and get your printouts. They are held on the servers for 24 hours if you cannot print them right away. Banner printing will still directly print for now. Be sure not to leave these items on the printers for extended periods of time.

As part of new campus initiatives, all users will need their ID cards for printing, building access and identification while on campus. You will be required to carry it whenever you are on campus.  The college will be providing Canisius-branded lanyards to everyone if you choose to use one. You can pick yours up at the ITS Help Desk. You may also prefer to purchase your own retractable ID card holder. These are available on Amazon and other retail locations. You may need a hole in your ID card because of this. ITS will provide guidance on how to do this yourself in the Wiki soon so the magnetic stripe on the back is not damaged. You can also stop by the ITS Help Desk and we can do it for you. If you do not have an ID card or yours is not working, you can always get a new one at the Public Safety dispatch office in the lower level of Bosch Hall. Please note that for security reasons only one ID card can function at a time.  If you get a replacement card, your old one will no longer function.

Student copy card policy is not changing but is going to be more strictly monitored. These generic department ID cards were never meant to be left on the copiers as a convenience option to copying and scanning. As the new devices were installed, in some cases, copy cards were found unattended in offices. These cards were returned to ITS. There is a loss of accountability and the appearance is that your student workers are printing thousands of copies a month. Individual users must use their own ID cards for their print and scanning needs. These cards are only to be used for student workers in the department that need to print as part of the job function so it does not count against their student print quota. More information about this policy is available in the Wiki here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu, call 888-8340 or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

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

Immersion on Migration

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration, as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration. Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, and daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1.  The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students.

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu for more information.

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

Throwback Thursday

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. meets his inaugural scholarship recipients

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 1995 when Ralph C. Wilson Jr., owner of the four-time defending AFC Champion Buffalo Bills, visited Canisius to permanently endow a $500,000 sports scholarship. The Ralph C. Wilson Sports Scholarship annually awards four student-athletes, from Western New York or Southern Ontario, who are in good academic standing and play a college-level varsity sport.

At the time of Wilson’s gift, it was one of the 10 largest scholarship endowments in college history. It has since benefited nearly 100 student-athletes.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, provided insight to Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson about the region’s jobs report for May. The article, titled “From Highest to Simply High: Local Unemployment Rate Fell in May,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Register for the 23rd Annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic. This year’s event is scheduled for August 3 at Wanakah Country Club. Tee times will begin at 11:00 a.m. on both the first and 10th tees with a box lunch available upon arrival and dinner in small groups upon conclusion. Entry fee includes golf, a cart, lunch, dinner, a bottle of wine and a gift bag containing a Nike duffel and a sleeve of golf balls.

To register, visit www.GoGriffs.com and click on the rotating banner ad across the front of the web site.

For questions, call 716-888-2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Emergency Food Assistance – Volunteers Needed

Due to loss of employment, hundreds of families in our community are without food.  Through the efforts of Pastor Kinzer Pointer and the Health Equity Task Force, a food supply is available and ready for packaging but volunteers are needed.  If you are available on Monday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m., please join us Mt. Olive Church, located at 701 East Delavan Avenue (come to the parking lot adjacent to McDonalds), to help sort and pack groceries for needy families.  Social distancing guidelines will be strictly observed. Volunteers are asked to please wear a mask or face shield.

To sign up or get more information, contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, director, New Buffalo Institute

Immersion on Migration

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration. Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, and daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost to participate but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1.  The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students.

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu for more information.

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

Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice

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The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to join us and the Ignatian Solidarity Network for a virtual Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice on the one month anniversary of the killing of George Floyd tonight, Thursday, June 25 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

The vigil will be an opportunity for each of us, as members of the Ignatian family, to gather for shared prayer across our network, and to lament and commemorate the black lives that have been lost due to police brutality and white supremacy in the United States. You can RSVP here to let us know you plan to participate.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Pope Francis reminded us that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” With this in mind, during the prayer vigil, anonymous lamentations from across the network will be shared to illuminate the many emotions people are feeling in this present moment. The ISN invites you to use this form to share a lamentation. Several submissions will be shared during the prayer service, and we will silently uplift all of the stories that were submitted but not read out loud.

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

Promoting a Safer, More Sustainable Environment on Campus

As the campus prepares to reopen, there will be some changes implemented to make progress on the college’s Sustainability Plan and also enable the campus to maintain a clean, safe environment. Starting this summer, we will introduce a new process for the collection of waste on campus. Changes include the following:

  • Trash cans will be removed from all classrooms and offices.
  • Plastic liners will no longer be used or supplied for the collection of recyclables.
  • Receptacles for the collection of trash and recyclables will be centrally located in the corridors.
  • All trash and recyclables need to be deposited at the collection points.

The facilities staff will monitor and empty the receptacles as necessary. Please note that it is very important to separate trash from recyclables as any trash found in a recycle bin sends the entire bin to the landfill.

As the Sustainability Plan for the campus was being developed, the college enlisted the help of Waste Management to perform a waste audit. The audit revealed that an extremely large quantity of plastic bags was being used to collect trash. This was due in large part to the frequency with which the trash was being collected and the number of collection points located throughout campus. Waste Management’s recommendation was to centralize the collection points and reduce the number of receptacles contained in each building.

Not only does this initiative support the college’s commitment to sustainability, this new process effectively reduces the number of touch points for the transfer of germs. All of our plans are attentive to the heightened standards for cleaning, disinfection and the health and safety of our faculty, students and employees. These measures will help us to reduce the potential for exposure during the collection and handling of trash and recyclables, both in classrooms and offices. Our success with the Sustainability Plan and in the containment of COVID-19 will both require the support and cooperation of the entire Canisius community.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus. God bless and be safe.

Submitted by: Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities Management

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is: In what year was the Golden Griffin ‘born’?

a. 1942

b. 1950

c. 1938

d. 1933

Congratulations to Anthony J. Bellia, dean emeritus of enrollment management, who is the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for Tony when the campus returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was: What was the original name of the DiGamma Honor Society?

The correct answer was: The Coffin Club

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Vice President for Enrollment Management Danielle Ianni, PhD, spoke with The Buffalo News about the college’s decision to suspend the requirement that students submit SAT or ACT scores when applying for admission in fall 2021. The article can be read by clicking here.

The Buffalo News also interviewed Economics Professor Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a June 18 article about the Buffalo Niagara region’s private-sector jobs, which fell 21percent from a year ago in May. The full article can be read here.

And on June 19, Mary Owusu, assistant professor of marketing and director of the college’s Integrated Marketing Communications Center, spoke with Buffalo News Reporter Jason Wolf for a story about why the Buffalo Bills chose to publicly support ‘Black Lives Matter.’ The article can be read here.

The Wall Street Journal reached out to Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, for insight into New York’s Primary Day election and how it is unprecedented in several ways. Hardwick spoke specifically about the race to represent the 27th Congressional District. The seat has been vacant since Chris Collins pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges in November. Click here to read the story.

Hardwick also weighed in with WIVB-TV Channel 4 about today’s Primary Day race involving the special election in New York’s 27th Congressional District. Click here to watch the story, titled “Coronavirus and Two Elections: Experts Say Expect Confusion in the 27th.”

Clancy Seymour, EdD, spoke with a reporter from On Board and E: Erie 1 BOCES Journal about the new physical education standards for schools, which were recently adopted by New York State. Seymour is the director of physical and health education teacher education (P/HETE) at Canisius and was a member of the team that developed the new standards, which are intended to guide physical education teachers.

On Board is the online publication of the New York State School Boards Association. Click here to read the full article.

E: Erie 1 BOCES Journal is a printed publication of educational trends and programs affecting the local community. Click here to read its article on the new physical education standards.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius College Presents Live Webinar on Big Data

The Canisius College School of Arts & Sciences will present a live webinar on Thursday, June 25 at 12:00 p.m. titled “Causal Impacts: Extracting Evidence of Causality from Big Data.”  The webinar is being hosted by H. David Sheets, PhD, director of the MS program in data analytics at Canisius.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.    

To register for the webinar, click here.

Considered ‘the next frontier for innovation,’ data analytics is becoming a necessity for U.S. businesses, which consider it a key tool for investigating complex issues, identifying and solving problems, better decision-making and providing an edge over competitors. To learn more about the data analytics program and the upcoming webinar, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Virtual Immersion on Migration

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration. Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, and daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost to participate but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1.  The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students.

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu for more information.

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

Jesuit Book Club Welcomes Author Alice McDermott

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The Jesuit Book Club, from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, is an online community open to anyone interested in Ignatian spirituality. Their summer reading selection is The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, who will join in a live conversation about her novel on July 27. Sign up to read along and get more info at jesuits.org/bookclub.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Emergency Relief Fund Helps Students in Need

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When the need is greatest, the Canisius community shines brightest! There is no better example than the support of our Emergency Relief Fund, which is directly benefiting students in need as a result of COVID-19. The impact has been astounding and will continue to help students continue their Canisius education.

Submitted by: Matthew Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund

Canisius College East West Community Garden is Growing!

Sandrine and Joseph Musumbu tend to their garden bed in the East West Community Garden.

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The Canisius College East West community garden is now open! The garden has beds available for the community. Please see the flyer for contact information if you are interested in planting and maintaining a bed.

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Follow-Me Printing

Upon the return to campus over the next several months, notice that the Xerox printer/copiers all look shiny and new. There was a new agreement signed with ComDoc and the college received  a new leased pool of devices. There are some changes to the interface but overall they should be faster and have larger screens. If you or your department would like instructions on using the new devices from one of ComDoc’s trainers, you can contact ComDoc to make arrangements starting June 1.

All users will now be using the MyColor and MyGrayscale print queues. In order to increase accountability, security and make our campus more environmentally friendly, the new devices will no longer directly release print jobs. You will need to swipe your ID card and select the print jobs you want to release.

Most users have already switched to using this Follow-Me queue. Once you print to those queues, you can go to any device on campus and get your printouts. They are held on the servers for 24 hours if you cannot print them right away.

New documentation in the Canisius Wiki will be available soon for the new devices. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu, call 888-8340 or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

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

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 19, 1911 when more than 1,500 people witnessed the laying and blessing of the cornerstone at the “new” Canisius College on Main Street in Buffalo, NY.

Attired in military splendor, Col. John L. Schwartz, president of the Alumni Association and head of the college’s Building Fund Committee, addressed the crowd. Col. Schwartz spoke about the committee’s campaign to raise $100,000 for the new building. He explained how its 140 members, many of them businessmen, abandoned their work for days at a time to canvass the city asking for donations of a dollar or more. In the end, the volunteers of the Building Fund Committee raised $100,059. Soon after, Buffalo Bishop Rev. Charles H. Colton turned the first spade of earth and the building of Old Main began.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Business First Reporter G. Scott Thomas interviewed Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD, and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, in advance of Buffalo’s new employment numbers, which are due out today. The article, titled “Is More Bad News Coming,” can be read by clicking here.

Canisius President John J. Hurley is quoted in the latest issue of Politics & Business, a digital magazine published by Gildshire Magazines. The article, titled “Will College Kids be Physically in School This Fall,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the June episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, program host Stan Bratton, PhD, executive director of the Network of Religious Communities, speaks with Buxees Singh about the life and significance of Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru and a martyr who was known for contributing to and compiling the Sikh Scriptures, as well as for his teaching that Sikhism is open to all, regardless of caste.

Pentecost is the commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, and it marks the beginning of the Christian Church. Bratton interviews Rev. Jeff Carter, of Ephesus Ministries, about Pentecost and the Pentecostal movement.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of Digital Media Arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Department of Communication

Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to join a virtual Ignatian Prayer Vigil for Lamentation and Racial Justice on the one month anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on Thursday, June 25 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

The vigil will be an opportunity for each of us, as members of the Ignatian family, to gather for shared prayer across our network to lament and commemorate the black lives that have been lost due to police brutality and white supremacy in the United States. You can RSVP to let us know you plan to participate here.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Pope Francis reminded us that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” With this in mind, during the prayer vigil, anonymous lamentations from across the network will be shared to illuminate the many emotions people are feeling in this present moment. The ISN invites you to use this form to share a lamentation. Several submissions will be shared during the prayer service, and we will silently uplift all of the stories that were submitted but not read out loud.

Before we can move forward as an Ignatian family, it is important that we acknowledge the pain among us and lament all that has happened.

This prayer vigil is a small action. In the coming weeks, we will share other ways that we hope to more deeply commit to anti-racism work. However, we will do so acknowledging we are an organization that is predominantly white-led. In addition, we work within an Ignatian and Catholic landscape that historically, and even today, is often complicit in the sin of racism, both implicitly and explicitly.  We know that in working for racial justice we will, at times, fall short and make missteps but to fulfill our faith-based social justice mission rooted in the Gospel, we must make this a priority.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Kino Border Initiative Virtual Immersion Experience

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative.

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration.  Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, as well as daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost to participate, but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students. 

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu for more information.

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

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be applying database security patches on Saturday June 20, 2020 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.

If you have any questions please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of Administrative Computing, ITS

Using Video in Online Courses

Please join Kris Kasbohm, director of the Bouwhuis Library, for a conversation about best practices for the use of video in online courses on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference. Kris will discuss legal/copyright concerns and the cost of using DVDs and streaming video. The library offers a variety of ways to access films, and librarians will be on hand to answer questions. If you are thinking of using video for a course in the fall, please attend this session.

Interested participants should contact Kris Kasbohm directly, at kasbohmk@canisius.edu, for information on how to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Submitted by: Academic Affairs

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

What was the original name of the DiGamma Honor Society?

Brandi Banks ’13, senior graduate admission counselor

Congratulations to Brandi N. Banks ’13, senior graduate admissions counselor, who is the winner of last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for Brandi when the campus returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

Approximately 2,600 Canisius students participate in global service initiatives throughout the year. Can you guess how many hours of service they rack up in total:

(a) 33,000 hours

(b) 45,000 hours

(c) 62, 500 hours

(d) 26,000 hours

The correct answer was: (b) 45,000 hours

(Full disclosure: 55,000 is the most current number of service hours completed annually by students. We’re accepting (b) as the correct answer because there was a typo. Selection (b) was supposed to read 55,000. Our apologies for any confusion.)

Submitted by: College Communications

Making Meaning in a Pandemic: Free Summer Course

How do we make sense of a global pandemic that has caused millions of deaths around the world?

Join us for a new interdisciplinary course titled “Making Meaning in a Pandemic.” In this special summer course, Canisius faculty, alumni and guest presenters will explore the many ways humankind has responded to disease-related crises throughout history.

The course is a collaborative learning opportunity to better understand challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can respond with knowledge, empathy, faith and resilience. An interdisciplinary approach, the hallmark of a liberal arts education, can provide rich perspectives on critical topics, including unprecedented public health disasters.

Topics include: The science of disease | Plagues and responses in the ancient world | Art and pandemics | Catholic and Jesuit responses to plagues | Pandemics through a feminist lens | State surveillance during a pandemic | Frontline healthcare perspectives from Canisius alumni | Covid-19 and marginalized communities | and MORE!

Participants are encouraged to attend as many modules as they would like, whether that means one session or all of them. This is a free, non-credit-bearing course.

Click here to register.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Join Jesuit Refugee Service USA to Recognize World Refugee Day

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Join Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) USA to recognize World Refugee Day on Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. ET for an online dialogue on asylum.

Those who are fleeing violence in search of safety are being turned away at our borders. Even in a pandemic, we can both protect public health and continue to welcome asylum seekers.

Join JRS/USA as experts discuss the current situation on the U.S./Mexico border, the impact of US policies on asylum seekers in Mexico and what we can do to ensure our system of asylum stays intact even during a global pandemic.

Speakers include:

  • Yael Schacher, senior U.S. advocate, Refugees International
  • Patricia Hernandez Lopez, country director, JRS Mexico
  • Joanna Williams, director of education and advocacy, Kino Border Initiative
  • Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA, director of advocacy and operations (Moderator)

RSVP TODAY

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

 

“Wrestling with Whiteness” Course from Jesuits West

Jesuits West is offering a four-week “Wrestling with Whiteness” course this July. Fall sessions with different time options will be announced at a later date.

This series will run for four weeks, with online sessions Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. PT, July 1, July 8, July 15 and July 22.

The training will center on creating a shared understanding of white supremacy, grounded in theology and Catholic identity. Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness, opportunity and privilege and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy. Participants will get equipped with tactics of resistance to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.

Training outline:
Session 1 – Whiteness and White Supremacy: What is it and how does it show up? Take a deeper dive into the history of whiteness and understanding our role in it, and begin to explore the concept of an “opportunity story.”
Session 2 – Story of Self: Moving from guilt to positive and accountable white identity. Articulating our stakes as white folks in racial justice work. Guidance and training on articulating how your personal story brings you into the work of racial justice.
Session 3 – Implicit Bias and White Supremacy Culture: What are implicit bias and white supremacy culture and how do they show up in our work and activism? Exploring how this gets in our way of truly building power and what is the work we need to do in order to counter it.
Session 4 – Calling In and Relational 1-1s on Race: How do we invite more white folks into this work, challenge our white peers in their relationship to race and how do we build meaningful relationships with people of color.

Participants must be:
– Committed to doing the work of racial justice and dismantling white supremacy.
– Active with a Jesuit parish, school, university or other ministry. That includes attending as a student, working at, volunteering with etc.
– Committed to attending all 4 cohort sessions by video and completing assigned preparation and homework.
– 16 years old or older.

Participants can register here for the summer session or register to receive information about the fall sessions.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Resources for Reflection and Action

A number of colleagues have reached out to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to share the actions they are taking to address structural racism, inequity and social injustice.  There are also members of the college community who would like to start and/or continue conversations with their departments and offices in an effort to respond to the challenge framed in President John Hurley’s message, “to reflect on the injustice in front of our eyes, on our campus, in our hometown of Buffalo, in New York State, in the United States and in the world …  How can we recommit ourselves to the promotion of justice in the lives of people of color?  How can we address this in our teaching and learning, in our scholarship and in our service activities?”

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has compiled a list of resources that might be helpful as individuals, offices and departments engage in this work of reflection and action:

Websites and Podcasts:

Books:

  • “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
  • “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
  • “White Fragility” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
  • “How To Be An Antiracist” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • “We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Bettina Love
  • “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Olou
  • “Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Film/Video

  • 13th by Ava DuVernay on Netflix
  • The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) on Netflix
  • Race: the Power of An Illusion available through the Canisius Library
  • I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck on Amazon Prime
  • The Danger of a Single Story, TedTalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on YouTube
  • The Urgency of Intersectionality, TedTalk by Kimberle Crenshaw on YouTube

Social Media:

  1. Antiracism Center: Twitter
  2. Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  3. Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  4. Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  5. Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  6. Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Special thanks to Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, who contributed to this list and who is developing a more extensive list of resources for the college.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, MS ’98, associate dean for Diversity & Inclusion

TIAA Counseling Sessions Available

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Molly Amos, financial consultant for TIAA, is available for individual counseling sessions virtually.  She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

See the attached flyer for information on how to make a virtual appointment.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

It’s Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 1970 when the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education granted full accreditation to Canisius’ teacher education program. This made the college one of only two private liberal arts colleges in New York State to be so designated. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

Canisius in the News

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 interviewed Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher on its June 8 broadcast about how the college is preparing for the return of student-athletes. Maher spoke about guidance provided by the NCAAClick here to watch the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

Gordon Meyer, PhD, Receives National Mentoring Award

The Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS) has conferred one of its highest honors upon Gordon W. Meyer, PhD, emeritus professor of management in the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. Meyer is the recipient of the Peter J. Frost Mentoring Award, bestowed by the national organization to acknowledge an individual who has distinguished him or herself as a gifted teacher and scholar, and as someone who unselfishly imparts these gifts through the mentoring of students, colleagues and associates. 

“This annual award recognizes the energy and dedication of Gordon Meyer who, through his willingness to provide advice, guidance, friendship and a supportive ear, furthers the development of current and future students, teachers, scholars and mentors in the field of management and management education,” said Micheal Stratton, president of the MOBTS, in announcing the award. 

Meyer’s depth and breadth as a mentor, teacher and colleague are evidenced through the several nomination letters submitted to the MOBTS by alumni and colleagues. 

Described as someone who “embodies the extraordinary qualities for which Peter J. Frost was admired,” those who nominated Meyer for the award characterized him as “a listener who never spoke for you but offered honest, insightful guidance” and “a passionate advocate for faculty.”  He was someone who “went above and beyond, was critical to people’s success and made you his top priority,” said one nominator.  Another added, Meyer is “a relationship-oriented individual who had a unique ability to create a harmonious working environment.”  Still another wrote, “He’s provided honest, insightful guidance and perspective as I’ve navigated the twists and turns of my career, and my roles as a husband and father.”

During Meyer’s more than two decades in the Canisius classroom, he supervised undergraduate internships for academic credit and mentored students pursuing their undergraduate honors theses. Meyer also furthered the school’s business explorations course, which provided undeclared business majors with the opportunity to learn about the diversity of business fields and help them identify the program that best met their interests and career aspirations.

Meyer’s education and mentorship of students is paralleled only by the ways in which he modeled teaching, scholarship and leadership to junior faculty and colleagues at Canisius.

To read more about this, click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius College Hosts Virtual Commissioning Ceremony

The Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program at Canisius College commissioned twelve cadets as second lieutenants during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony starts 1:44 into the video.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Brigadier General John C. Andonie, Joint Staff, New York Army National Guard. President John Hurley also offered remarks and congratulations.

Read the full article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Particles for Justice

On June 10, Physics Professor Michael Wood, PhD, joined the #ShutdownSTEM and #Strike4BlackLives strike. The strike was a small action by not participating in academic research for one day. He did this in conjunction with his colleagues in the CLAS Collaboration at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, located in Newport News, VA.

For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, chair/professor, Physics

Printer Replacement Project

As we start to look at re-opening the college, ComDoc will be on site upgrading all of the 86 Xerox devices distributed across campus. The printers from ComDoc are leased and as the new five-year contract starts, the old devices will be coming off lease and need to be replaced. This will not affect any of the HP printers, only the Xerox printers. These new printer/copiers are faster, have larger screens and smaller footprints.

Starting June 16, we will be visiting offices and replacing devices. There may be some minimal disruption of services over the following few weeks as ComDoc and ITS tackle this large upgrade project. If you have concerns about scheduling and are already back to campus working, please notify the ITS Help Desk. We will try to accommodate your schedule the best we can.

If you have any questions please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

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

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Approximately 2,600 Canisius students participate in global service initiatives throughout the year. Can you guess how many hours of service they rack up in total:

(a) 33,000 hours

(b) 45,000 hours

(c) 62, 500 hours

(d) 26,000 hours

Congratulations to Suli Calianno, Canisius Fund coordinator, who won last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for her when the campus returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Tuesday question was:

Canisius played its first televised college football game in Western New York in 1948 against what school?

(a) Xavier University

(b) College of the Holy Cross

(c) St. Francis University

(d) John Carroll University

The correct answer was: (c) St. Francis University, PA. (Canisius 61, St. Francis 0)

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

An article in the Sunday, June 7 edition of The Buffalo News included data and insights from the latest edition of Western New York Economic News. Published by Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD, Mark Zaporowski, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, the quarterly publication provides analysis and forecasts of economic trends in the Buffalo-Niagara Metropolitan Statistical Area and contrasts these trends with those in New York State and the nation.

The Buffalo News article, titled “It’s a baby-steps reopening. Expect a baby-steps recovery,” was written by Reporter David Robinson and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

June Episode of “Crossroads” Focuses on Canisius’ New PA Program

Aimee Larson is the featured guest on this month’s episode of “Crossroads.” The director of Physician Assistant Studies at Canisius spoke with “Crossroads” host Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, about the new PA program at Canisius, the role of physician assistants in healthcare, and some of the challenges and opportunities in Buffalo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities. 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), and is hosted by Lawrence, associate professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius.

If you missed the Sunday, June 7 broadcast, you can catch it now on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

Throwback Thursday

The Imagine Canisius campaign comes to a historic conclusion. Pictured (l-r) are: Lillian Levey MS ’67, HON ’03, James McNicholas ’68, MS ’97, Hugh Neeson ’55, John J. Hurley ’78, Campaign Chair R. Carlos Carballada ’56, HON ’81 and his wife, Virginia, Jerry Castiglia ’55, HON ’94, Martin M. Breen ’52 and Chet Pawenska ’52.

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to June 2000 when the college’s largest-ever capital campaign, Imagine Canisius, concluded with a total of $38.8 million raised, surpassing the goal by $8.8 million. Highlights of the campaign included 13 gifts of $1 million or more to Canisius. The campaign also attracted 65 gifts of $100,000 or more, saw the creation of 95 new endowed scholarships and the enhancement of several existing scholarships. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids

On Tuesday, June 2, a contingent of 20 Canisius students and faculty volunteered at Mt. Olive Church on Delavan Avenue to fill grocery bags with food that will be delivered to neighborhood residents.  Pastor Kinzer Pointer coordinated the event.  Students in the Western New York Teacher Residency program, who are enrolled in Dr. Marya Grande’s Inclusive Strategies class, participated, along with students from Allyson Backstrom’s pre-health programs.  Combined, the group pitched in to fill close to 800 grocery bags.

Canisius alumni, faculty, staff and friends later joined in to make quick work of distributing the pallet loads of staples into bags for individual families. Raisa Mehltretter, a student in the WNY Teacher Residency program who was not able to attend, sewed 60 cotton face masks for adults and children, and donated them to the church.

Pastor Pointer indicated that this is an ongoing project and volunteers will be needed every week.  If you would like to join in, please contact mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley was one of several college and university presidents recently interviewed by The Buffalo News about plans for face-to-face classes in the fall. President Hurley spoke about scenario planning on campus and what students should expect when classes resume. Click here to read the full story. 

Also, Business First reported on the college’s transfer of ownership of two college-owned houses at 6 and 16 Glendale Place to Zambito Realtors. Canisius purchased a vacant home at 64 Florida Street from Zambito’s 64 Florida Trust. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Public Safety Director Kim Beaty participated in a live panel discussion hosted by WKBW-TV Channel 7 on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The half-hour special, titled “Buffalo Strong Conversations: Perspective on Racial Tension in WNY,” featured discussions with several religious leaders, local law enforcement and public safety experts who addressed concerns and proposed solutions to the local and national reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Click here to watch the program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Business Center Receives Grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation awarded the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College a six-month, $47,000 grant to support small businesses harmed due to COVID-19.  The WBC will use the funding to expand capacity and provide additional technical assistance and support services to women-owned businesses in Western New York.  Small businesses, moreso women-owned small businesess, have been disproportionately harmed by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many need additional assistance to develop recovery plans, to work through Small Business Administration funding opportunities and to support their employees.

The Women’s Business Center at Canisius College empowers entrepreneurs to succeed and grow their businesses through education and engagement with and in the community.  The professionals at the WBC work with women business owners at every stage of their business growth to help them build relationships with experts and agencies in the area and to bring a wide and strong network of support to the business owners.  It develops leaders through fostering opportunities and building collaboration.  As reported by the WBC in its 2018-2019 Impact Report, the center assisted 286 distinct clients that year, supported 363 jobs, helped launch 19 new businesses and contributed to $3.89 million in revenue growth.

Click here to read more about the grant.

Submitted by: Sandy Miller, director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Institutional Advancement

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the June episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30 minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of the region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, Stan Bratton, PhD, Executive Director of the Network of Religious Communities, talks with Buxees Singh about the life and significance of Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru and a martyr who was known for contributing to and compiling the Sikh Scriptures, as well as for his teaching that Sikhism is open to all, regardless of caste.

Pentecost is the commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, and it marks the beginning of the Christian Church. Dr. Bratton talks with Rev. Jeff Carter, Ephesus Ministries, about Pentecost and the Pentecostal movement.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of Digital Media Arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Department of Communication

Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe

The Office of Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe on Monday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend.  You can join the service using the following call details:

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For more information please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann at buehlmak@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry

Courseleaf Review Sessions

CatalogScreenPrint.pngThe 2020-21 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live the first week of July and all catalog page and program curriculum edits are to be completed by Tuesday, June 30. To help users make these changes, Academic Affairs has set up virtual review sessions and linked instructions on the Academic Affairs wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses) and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the “courseleaf” button found on the myCanisius portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula or any staff member currently assigned to a catalog page. Contact Emily McGorry for the list of assigned pages.

The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. Click here for Zoom link.
  • Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. Click here for Zoom link.

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Emily McGorry at mcgorrye@canisius.edu or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays,” which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Canisius played its first televised college football game in Western New York in 1948 against what school?

(a) Xavier University

(b) College of the Holy Cross

(c) St. Francis University

(d) John Carroll University

Congratulations to Mike Rappl, last week’s winner of Trivia Tuesday. It’s probably not too surprising that the former head coach of softball scored the correct answer to last week’s contest, considering the question (see below). We’ll have some Canisius swag waiting for him when the campus returns to normal operations.

Which sports team has had the most NCAA appearances in postseason up until 2018?

(a) softball

(b) women’s lacrosse

(c) men’s basketball

(d) women’s basketball

The correct answer was: (a) Softball

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius President John J. Hurley spoke with Business First Reporter Paul Lane about the college’s commitment to reopening the campus to students for the fall 2020 semester. In the article, President Hurley outlines a five-point plan that the college is working on to ensure the health of everyone on campus. Click here to read the story. 

Submitted by: College Communications 

Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe

The Office of Campus Ministry will hold a Memorial Service for Diane Wolfe on Monday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  All members of the Canisius community are invited to attend.  You can join the service using the following call details:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://canisius.zoom.us/j/93995637721

Meeting ID: 939 9563 7721
One tap mobile
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+13126266799,,93995637721# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 939 9563 7721
Find your local number: https://canisius.zoom.us/u/aqGit0MVU

For more information please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann at buehlmak@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate minister, Campus Ministry

 

Canisius College Video Institute Receives Two Telly Awards

The Canisius College Video Institute earned two Telly Awards for student-produced films.  The Telly Awards is a New York City-based organization that honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. 

The Canisius College Video Institute received a bronze Telly Award in the student non-broadcast category for its film “Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.”  Produced by digital media arts majors Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, the film premiered at Canisius in April 2019 and focuses on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants in the film are from Buffalo’s international high schools, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson.

The Video Institute also received a bronze Telly Award in the social issues non-broadcast category for the film “NewBorn: Maternal Resources in New York State.” The film was produced by Kathryn MacConnell ’19 (digital media arts), Emyle Watkins ’20 (journalism and digital media arts), Elaine Stickney ’20 (digital media arts and communication studies) with assistance from Deysha Johnson ’18 (business economics).  “NewBorn” premiered at Canisius in March 2019 and focuses on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York.  From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care.

Click here to read more about these films and the Canisius College Video Institute.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Athletics Earns Record-Setting Semester

The Canisius Athletic Department recorded its best semester on record, as all 20 varsity programs posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2020 spring session. Sixteen teams recorded a team grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and the school’s 345 student-athletes combined to post a department grade point average of 3.41 for the term.

The spring semester had 58 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  Those 58 student-athletes were part of a group of 236 Canisius student-athletes to record a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. That breaks down to 68.4 percent of the college’s student-athlete population.

The rowing team led all Golden Griffin programs in the spring semester with a 3.772 team grade point average. The women’s soccer team (3.768) just edged out the women’s swimming and diving program (3.767) for second overall in the spring session, followed by softball (3.760), women’s indoor/outdoor track (3.72) and women’s cross country (3.719).

The college’s hockey (3.714), volleyball (3.617) and women’s lacrosse (3.542) teams were all better than 3.50 for the semester, while men’s swimming and diving (3.496), men’s soccer (3.482) men’s indoor/outdoor track (3.460), men’s cross country (3.451), baseball (3.395) and men’s lacrosse (3.381) programs all finished with a team GPA higher than 3.35. The golf program (3.333), women’s basketball (3.201) and the men’s basketball team (3.061) round out the list of varsity programs over 3.00 for the term.

Last week, the NCAA announced that all of the Canisius’ varsity athletic programs are in good standing, and two teams posted perfect single-year scores according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics release.

In all, 17 of Canisius’ 18 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points. For this data report, the NCAA counts men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track as one program.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate director for communications, Athletics

Professional Development at NativityMiguel School of Buffalo

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Congratulations to Betsy DelleBovi, PhD, on her publication in the latest issue of A Journal about “Professional Development: Ignatian Principles at Work with Teachers of Underserved Students.”  The article explains how she helped teachers at the NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo to learn and employ Ignatian values in their work with students. The article also explores how Jesuit colleges and universities currently work to maintain Ignatian ideals as the presence of Jesuit priests diminishes.

Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Professor Emeritus Religious Studies & Theology

Faculty Meetups on Thursdays

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., faculty can meet via the web to discuss past teaching experiences, present teaching problems and triumphs, as well as future possibilities in teaching courses during the fall 2020 semester.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to gallimom@canisius.edu and he will send you the link!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, COLI

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday (formerly Flashback Friday)!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1972 when Canisius senior Terrance R. McKnight was named the top debater in the country. McKnight placed first in a field of 108 debaters at the National Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT.

He and his teammate, sophomore Mary Grace Diehl, also placed first in the National Debate Tournament of Champions held that same spring at Illinois State University. It was the fourth consecutive time the Canisius debate team finished among the top 10 in the National Tournament. In 1970, the debate team of David J. Goss ’70 and David L. Wagner ’71 took home first place in the tournament.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Canisius College President John J. Hurley discussed what the fall 2020 semester may look like in a lengthy interview with WGRZ-TV Channel 2. During the wide-ranging interview, President Hurley provided insight into how the college is planning to adapt to ensure safety and social distancing measures in the classrooms, the residence halls and in the dining areas. 

Click here to watch the interview. 

Also, Economics Professors Mark Zaporowski, George Palumbo and Julie Anna Golebiewski are all quoted in today’s Buffalo News. The article, titled “As Reopening Gains Speed, Buffalo Niagara’s Recovery Will be Slow,” is written by Reporter David Robinson and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications 

WNY Economic News

The coronavirus pandemic has ended the 42 quarter national economic expansion that began in 2009.  Advanced estimates of GDP growth for 2020 show the economy contracting by 4.8% in the first quarter and that contraction likely to continue – and be much worse – during the second quarter.  

The latest edition of Western New York Economic News explores how long this economic downturn will last, and how quickly the economy can be re-opened. 

The quarterly publication provides analysis and forecasts of economic trends in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area and contrasts these trends with those in New York State and the nation. The newsletter is prepared by George Palumbo, PhD , Mark Zaporowski, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, of the economics and finance faculty at Canisius. 

Click here to read the latest volume of WNY Economic News.

Submitted by: College Communications

Emergency Food Assistance

Due to loss of employment, hundreds of families in our community are without food.  Through the efforts of Pastor Kinzer Pointer and the Health Equity Task Force, a food supply is available and ready for packaging and delivery.    But volunteers are needed to help with this.

Please come to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 701 E. Delavan Avenue in Buffalo (14215), on Tuesday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. to help sort and package groceries for needy families.  Masks and gloves will be provided for all volunteers.  For more information, contact Mary Rockwell at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, director, New Buffalo Institute

Volunteer Opportunities – Local to International

The New Buffalo Institute is once again updating its list of ways to support the larger Canisius community while recognizing the need for social distancing.  Volunteering online lets you donate your virtual time to a cause that matters, which means you can make a difference even if you cannot go physically volunteer somewhere.

New opportunities for volunteering locally:

  • Say Yes to Education The Say Yes Buffalo Internship & Career Pathways Program is launching a certificate program to provide professional development for our scholars and engagement opportunities with our local workforce.  To obtain a certificate, each scholar must complete two informational interviews with local professionals. Interviews should be 45 – 60 minutes in length and Say Yes Buffalo staff will assist with connecting students with volunteers. They will begin in June and conclude by mid-August. We are seeking volunteers to participate in these informational interviews. As a professional volunteer, you are welcome to sign-up for more than one interview if you choose. We are accepting volunteers until May 28.
  • City Year AmeriCorps Member Food Pantry As this period of social distancing continues, we want to find ways to offer additional support to our AmeriCorps members. While all of our AmeriCorps members are continuing to receive their healthcare and living stipend for the remainder of their term of service, we know this will place extra strain on them and their support networks. To that end, we’ve developed a wish list on Amazon to help us create a Food Pantry for any of our members to access non-perishable items during this critical time. If you are interested in purchasing any items to be distributed to our members, please click here.

Opportunities to volunteer nationally or internationally (thanks to First Lady Maureen Hurley and the Newman Center for sharing these ideas):

  • United Nations Volunteers If you are looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.
  • Catchafire This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help non-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.
  • Amnesty Decoders Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights violations. Volunteers have used their phones and computers to verify the location of oil spills, find evidence of drone strikes and flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India.
  • Translators Without Borders For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health and education.
  • Crisis Text Line Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If you are at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.
  • Zooniverse Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that would not be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you would like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.
  • Project Gutenberg Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they have amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form or proofreading others’ work.
  • All for Good Points of Light’s database includes thousands of volunteer opportunities. To find virtual opportunities, enter “virtual” in your search under “more options.”

Go to the New Buffalo Institute website to find additional volunteering suggestions. Click here for more information.

Submitted by:  Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Global Ignatian Pentecost Vigil this Saturday

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COVID-19 has affected the entire community. What better response than to pray together? “Come, Holy Spirit, and Renew the Face of the Earth” is a 30 minute online Pentecost prayer vigil which will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. It will bring together the Ignatian family and our Jesuit and Ignatian networks throughout the world in more than 100 countries. Please join these brothers and sisters of yours, in spirit and in prayer, at this unique moment in human history.

The details:

  • The 30-minute prayer vigil will take place at three separate times to accommodate the global Ignatian family across different time zones. Join us at either 8:00 p.m. (Asia Pacific, Manila time), 8:00 p.m. (EMEA, Rome/Madrid time), or 8:00 p.m. (the Americas, New York/Santiago Time).
  • Find more information at http://pentecost.jesuits.global
  • Come to the vigil with an open heart, your prayer intentions and a candle that you will light.
  • Between now and May 30, pray daily for God’s Holy Spirit to come powerfully among us. Invite your friends and networks to join the vigil. Share your own prayers in advance on social media with #IgnatianPentecost and #TogetherAMDG

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Drawn into Friendship: An Interactive Art Retreat

 

Jesuit scholastic Christopher Alt, SJ, in collaboration with The Jesuit Post, invites you to join him for an interactive art retreat based on the creation story found in Genesis.  “Drawn into Friendship” guides participants through a series of scripture passages, drawing exercises and meditations, which can be viewed in one, hour-long setting or broken up according to reach respective day of creation.

This free retreatis available in English and Spanish. The retreat particulars and a supplemental guide can be viewed at your convenience here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Prayer in the Jesuit Community

One of the graces for the Jesuits at Loyola Hall during these difficult days has been the opportunity for all of us to gather together for Mass in our community chapel each day. The students, faculty, staff, alumni and benefactors of the three schools we serve – NativityMiguel Middle School, Canisius High School and Canisius College – are always remembered in our prayers.

During these challenging times, we invite you to let us know of any particular intentions you or any of your family and friends would like us to remember at Mass.

Intentions can be sent to us at prayers@canisius.edu and we will remember them both at Mass and in our personal prayers.

May God bless you with peace and consolation today and every day.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Campus Ministry/ New Buffalo Institute

It’s Trivia Tuesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Tuesdays” (formerly Trivia Wednesdays), which will be published in every Tuesday edition throughout the summer. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesday of each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Which sports team has had the most NCAA appearances in postseason up until 2018?

(a) softball

(b) women’s lacrosse

(c) men’s basketball

(d) women’s basketball

And here’s a first … There was no winner in last week’s Trivia Tuesday contest. Several people made guesses but no correct answer was submitted.

Last week’s trivia question was:

What 1977 event forced Canisius to postpone commencement ceremonies in May of that year?

a. A fire destroyed part of the Student Center Auditorium

b. New York enacted extreme budget cuts on all independent colleges across the state

c. The Blizzard of 1977

d. Canisius hosted the New York State Championships for women’s gymnastics

The correct answer was: (c) The Blizzard of 1977

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News interviewed Assistant Professor of Economics Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for two separate stories that appeared in the Friday, May 22 edition.

Golebiewski weighed in on those industries that should see improvement as the region begins to reopen in a story by Reporter Patrick Lakamp titled “Jobs Vanish but Businesses Plot Their Comeback from the Coronavirus Shutdown.” The story can be read by clicking here.

Golebiewski also spoke with Reporter Matt Glynn about those industries hit hardest by COVID-19. The story, titled “Buffalo Niagara’s Jobs Plunged 23% but Not Every Industry Hit as Hard,” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry

The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar today, Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m., titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.

Click here to read more about this upcoming webinar.

To register for the webinar, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Laudato Sí After Five Years

Five years ago, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Sí, the first papal encyclical to focus on care for creation as a central moral obligation. His groundbreaking letter brought together the call to protect the environment and to defend the “least of these” through an integral ecology that challenges all of us. The letter is a hopeful call to action, holding that climate change is a moral test as well as a scientific reality and policy challenge.

In cooperation with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Initiative is hosting an online dialogue on the powerful message, continuing importance and future implications of Laudato Sí with the following leaders:

  • Cardinal Peter Turkson is prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, a leader in the development and implementation of Laudato Sí, and the leader of the new Vatican COVID-19 Commission.
  • Dan Misleh is the founder and director of Catholic Climate Covenant, which engages the U.S. Catholic community at the national, state, and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change.
  • Kim Wasserman is the executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, Illinois which has led several campaigns, including one that resulted in the closure of two local coal power plants. She is the 2013 recipient of the Goldman Prize for North America.
  • Christiana Zenner is an associate professor of theology, science, and ethics in the department of theology at Fordham University. Her research has focused on emerging and established fresh water ethics and its intersection with the ecological turn in Catholic social teaching.

Kim Daniels, associate director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental… Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

—Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 2014

This online session is an Initiative Public Dialogue, Salt and Light Gathering, and Latino Leader Gathering and is held in cooperation with the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Click here to RSVP

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday (formerly Flashback Friday)!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1991 when the academic mace was carried for the first time at commencement ceremonies. Created by craftsmen at Kittinger Furniture in Buffalo, the highly ornamented wood staff was presented as a gift to Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, on the anniversary of his 25th year as president of Canisius.

The mace is traditionally carried before official academic ceremonies such as graduation, honors convocation and presidential inaugurations, and serves as a visible sign that a formal session is being called to order.

The staff of the mace is constructed of cherry wood, as is the emblematic Griffin that sits atop the standard. The mythological mascot is stylized with the body and paws of a lion and the wings of an eagle. Surrounding the staff below the Griffin standard is a commemorative brass ring.

Submitted by: College Communications

Former Superior General Passes Away

The General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome announced yesterday that the former Superior General, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, passed away on Wednesday, May 20 in Tokyo, Japan. The Jesuits in Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region, his family and compatriots in Spain, as well as his many friends around the world, deeply regret his loss.

Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the present Superior General, expressed his sorrow and condolences in a public message on Wednesday:

“Fr. Nicolas gave of himself throughout his life. It was a life marked by intense service, serene availability and a profound ability to live inculturation in Japan, where he went as a young Jesuit. It was a culture that he loved very much and in which he invested himself. The period of his Generalate was marked by his sense of humour, courage, humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis. Due to current travel restrictions, I am unable to travel to Japan for the funeral, but I assure all his many friends there of my closeness, compassion and condolences.”
“All those who worked with Father Nicolás at the General Curia greatly appreciated his presence during his term as General. He will be greatly missed throughout the Society as a wise, humble and dedicated Jesuit, a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious,” Father Sosa also said.

The funeral of Father Adolfo Nicolás will take place in Tokyo on Saturday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. The celebration will be broadcast live, in English, on the internet.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Rome in the Church of the Gesù at a date to be determined. It will be available live on the General Curia’s YouTube channel.

Click here to learn more about the life of Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ.

Submitted by: College Communications

WellNow Urgent Care – COVID 19 Testing

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COVID-19 virus and antibody testing is now available at all WellNow Urgent Care locations for anyone who has symptoms of or has been exposed to Coronavirus.

All WellNow facilities are doing car-side triage for patients, have socially-distanced waiting rooms, are reinforcing disinfecting practices and providing protective gear for staff and patients in need. Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, marketing coordinator, Athletics 

Pray for the Class of 2020 through Friday’s Examen – Live

This week, we pray the Examen Live! with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and we pray for the class of 2020, especially those who are #JesuitEducated.

Friday, May 22, 4:00-4:20 p.m. EST.

Stephanie Russell, Jeanne Lord and Joe DeFeo will lead us in prayer. Russell is the vice president for Mission Integration at AJCU. Lord serves as director of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar and associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students at Georgetown University. DeFeo is the executive director of AJCU’s Ignatian Colleagues Program.

Sign up and you will receive a quick reminder a few hours before the event.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry

The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon.  Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.

Click here to read more about this upcoming webinar.

To register for the webinar, click here

Submitted by: College Communications

Physics Professors Present at National Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop Erden Ertorer, PhD, and his colleagues from presenting their research on ultrafast lasers on May 14 at a national conference.

The CLEO Conference (www.cleoconference.org) is a prominent meeting for the field of photonics or the technical applications of light.  The laser is the most recognizable example of photonics.  Ertorer and his colleagues at the University of Toronto are studying the application of ultrafast lasers to medical procedures, as well as precision manufacturing.  An ultrafast laser concentrates the laser’s power in quick bursts on time scales of attoseconds (one quintillionth of a second) to picoseconds (one trillionth of a second).  Having a laser on for such short periods of time reduces the damage to the material or tissue.

The virtual CLEO talk, titled “Femtosecond Laser Nano-Filament Explosion: Opening Fiber Bragg Gratings for Opto-Fluidic Sensing,” was presented by Peter Herman, a professor at the University of Toronto.  Ertorer’s work was partially funded by a Dean’s Summer Grant.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics