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Teaching Retreat

Canisius College will host a teaching retreat titled “There is Room: Intentionally Incorporating Race into Course Content” on Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall.

This day of focus will feature a panel of faculty and students, as well as information on institutional resources that can help build race into courses. Time and quiet, collaborative space will be available throughout the day so that participants can work on ideas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, December 13 by clicking here or contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, at

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to join colleagues at a workshop to help identify ways to support professional scholarship on Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This one day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY and presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on topics identified as interesting to registered attendees.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics you are interested learning about. The location of the workshop will be determined after registration closes.

If you have any questions, contant Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at

A working lunch will be provided at the Workshop.

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; Mary Ann Langlois, director, Sponsored Programs

January Writing Retreat

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center will co-host a day-long writing retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat will be for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day, but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the December episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will 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 Dr. Stan Bratton speaks with Othman Shibly, DDS, assistant professor of periodontics at the University at Buffalo, about his effort to deliver free dental care and education to Syrian refugees. Establishing the University at Buffalo Miles for Smiles program with organizations like the Alliance for Oral Health has allowed treatment to be provided for thousands of refugees through medical missions in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Our nation and communities have become increasingly religiously diverse and secular. Many Christians struggle with how to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ within the wider culture, while being respectful of persons of other religious traditions. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton speaks with Rev. Paul Varuvel, assistant professor of moral theology, about celebrating Christmas and the life of Jesus in a religiously diverse world.

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: Christian Conner, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Teaching Online: Updates and New Resources

Canisius College is regularly updating resources available to professors teaching online or hybrid courses. D2L, Zoom or Google Apps may have new features that you might like to try out in your next course. The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) developed new online tutorials that may help you or your students.

COLI offers an online live-remote workshop that helps attending faculty discover new tools and resources for teaching online. This workshop takes place via web conference, so you need not be on campus to participate!

See the dates and times for this, and other faculty development opportunities, by visiting the Academic Affairs Faculty Development Opportunities Resource. RSVP for this workshop by emailing

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

It’s Trivia Wednesday!

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

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

This week’s giveaway question is:

Canisius College has hosted many elected officials throughout its history, including former presidents and presidential candidates. Which of the following did NOT speak at Canisius?

(a) Harry Truman (b) Jimmy Carter (c) Woodrow Wilson (d) William Clinton

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Bakowski, development officer for institutional advancement, who was last week’s special Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

What was the name of the predecessor to the now called Canisius Magazine? The Chronicle

Submitted by: College Communications