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Brunch with John Beilein

Former Canisius men’s basketball coach John Beilein, now the head mentor at the University of Michigan, will be on campus Sunday, January 24 when the Griffs host Siena in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to meet John at a pre-game brunch scheduled for 11:00 a.m. in Science Hall. To register for the brunch, call Terry Nusstein at 888-8206. The cost to attend is only $25.00.

If you cannot attend the brunch, John will be in the Griffins Den, located in the Patrick Lee Center, prior to the game from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. The cost is $10.00 if you plan to eat. Cash will be collected at the door.

During halftime of the game, John and members of the 1994-1996 men’s basketball teams will be honored on the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest three year runs in school history. Those two teams captured two MAAC titles and advanced to a pair of National Invitational Tournaments and one NCAA Tournament.

Game tickets can be purchased with the brunch or by calling 888-TIXX. For additional information, call John Maddock at Ext. 2977.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

WBC Presents Facebook for Business

The Women’s Business Center is hosting a Social Media Learning Lab focusing on Facebook on Thursday, January 28, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Canisius College Center for Professional Development computer lab, 300 Corporate Pkwy., Amherst, NY 14226. Learn how to take Facebook beyond your personal profile, create a business page and successfully utilize it to engage with customers. Call 888-8280 for more information or register online here.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, coordinator, women’s business center

Canisius Students Participate in Winter Service Week

Canisius students are welcoming the stranger as part of Campus Ministry’s Winter Service Week. Two sites worked directly with migrants and immigrants during the first week of January. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called attention to the many issues surrounding migration January 3-9, 2016.

The USCCB writes:
“In the Gospel of Matthew (25:35) Jesus tells his disciples, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

The call to welcome the stranger plays an important role in the lives of faithful Christians. The migrant, who moves from one country to another is truly a stranger in the midst. Often unfamiliar with the local tongue of the new country, not to mention its customs, the migrant needs the support of local communities so that she can better adjust to her new surroundings. National Migration Week 2016 picks up on the theme of welcome and, in doing so, calls on each of us to welcome the stranger among us.”

The first group, led by Canisius alum Joshua Little ’14, will work with refugees at the Northside CYO in Syracuse, NY. The second group, led by Campus Minister Sarah Signorino, will spend the week learning from and about migrant farm workers in Lyons, NY at the Rural Migrant Ministries.

Three additional Winter Service Week groups will travel for Hurricane Sandy reconstruction in NYC, led by Canisius professor Julie Anna Golebiewski; working with the Benedictine Sisters in Erie, PA led by Donna Ortolani from the Griff Center; and learning about nature/Native American culture from the Ndakinna Education Center led by Patricia Waters from the Education Department.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, office of campus ministry

New Mileage Rate for 2016

As of January 1, 2016 the IRS changed the mileage rate to 54 cents per mile. The change will be made to the travel expense report.

Thank you!

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, controller’s office

Technology for Teaching and Research

This semester faculty will have plenty of opportunities to learn about new technologies to support courses and scholarship. Sign up for workshops where participants will learn to use Desire2Learn, Google Drive (and Apps), online surveys, and Microsoft Excel.

Here’s a quick tutorial video to help you get spring 2016 courses up and running in Desire2Learn.

Have you seen the new MyCanisius yet? You can now customize it to quickly get to the resources you use most. Watch the video here.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist