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Resolving Conflict & Mastering Difficult Conversations

Please join us on November 14, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for session three of our professional development series hosted by Career Partners International. The series is open to all faculty and staff.

Session 3: Resolving Conflict and Mastering Difficult Conversations

Program Description:

While conflict in the workplace is inevitable, healthy conflict is good for organizations and unhealthy conflict can be very damaging. Some people are conflict avoiders, and some are conflict seekers. This training will help you identify the common causes of conflict, different types of conflict, and five strategies for effectively resolving conflict. In addition, this training will uncover the fundamentals of a difficult conversation including when it is time to have one and how to overcome some of the common challenges that arise. You will learn a framework to prepare for any difficult conversation, as well as research based best practices on when, where, and how to have that difficult conversation. After this training you will have the tools to better navigate conflict and tackle difficult conversations.

The zoom information is below:

Lindsey Zajac is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Meeting ID: 951 571 9440
Passcode: 9409

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance

Financial Wellness Benefit Provided by TIAA


Get one step closer to loan forgiveness

If you missed the deadline for the Department of Education’s (ED) Limited Waiver, you’ll have one more chance to get PSLF credit under the rules of the Limited Waiver.

Borrowers can apply for a one-time credit adjustment that temporarily waives many of the traditional rules for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. To qualify for the one-time credit adjustment, you’ll need to consolidate your
loans by the end of 2023. Adjustments will automatically be made by your loan servicer in 2024. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Here are some key things that you should know:

● Payments typically considered as “non-qualifying” can now be credited towards PSLF.
● Qualifying/eligible employment and having Direct Loans (or obtaining Direct Loans through
consolidation) is still required.
● Certain periods of forbearance and deferment will also be credited towards PSLF.
● If you have previously received forgiveness through the Teacher Loan Forgiveness program, you
cannot count those years of employment towards your PSLF credit.
● Any consolidations must be completed by the end of 2023.
● If you do not receive full forgiveness under the one-time credit adjustment, and have not yet
applied for PSLF, you must repay loans on an Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan
and meet the traditional PSLF requirements for qualifying repayment and employment.

As an employee of Canisius University you and your family members have access to a financial wellness benefit, brought to you by TIAA and provided by Savi, that helps you navigate the
complexities of the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Savi provides a free assessment to help you find the best repayment plans to reduce your monthly payments and search more than 150 state and federal forgiveness programs based on your financial

For $60 per year, you can upgrade to the Essential service to let Savi administer all the program’s paperwork, E-filing, employment certifications and ongoing monitoring to put you on track and
create a path to loan forgiveness. You’ll also receive customized support from Savi’s team of experts.

To learn more about preparing for the one-time credit adjustment and PSLF, visit to register for a free webinar hosted by the student loan experts at Savi.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, Benefits/HRIS Manager, Human Resources

Upcoming Workshops: Panopto & D2L and & D2L

COLI has two upcoming workshops!

Panopto and D2L

The first workshop Panopto & D2L, where we dive deep into how to use Panopto to easily record, edit, and upload right to your D2L course– all without ever needing to sign into another account! and D2L and D2L

The second workshop is on using, a Social Annotation Tool, as an interactive replacement for course discussions. We will discuss how to set up a Assignment as well as some of the advanced features.

Both workshops are on November 16th. The Panopto & D2L workshop is at 9AM. The & D2L workshop is at 11AM.

If you are interested in either workshop (and others besides!), sign up on the Faculty Development Opportunities Wiki Page!

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

Lightboard Studio: A Different Way to Lecture

If you are teaching an online course, the Lightboard Studio might be for you. The Studio may also be useful to instructors that are teaching a flipped classroom or instructors that want to give more context to a previous or upcoming lecture.

The Studio allows for a professional quality recording at a simple press of the button. Once the recording is started, you can begin your lecture with professional-grade audio, video, and (if you would like) screen recording. Using a transparent glass board and neon markers, you can write down important facts, diagrams, equations, etc. You can even “draw” over PowerPoints, webpages, and other documents or images.

Click on the image below to see how Dr. Craig Rogers, Associate Professor in Economics and Finance, uses the Lightboard Studio to teach his own class:

If you are interested in using the Lightboard Studio, send an email to the COLI staff:

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

Campus Candids

Canisius students joined a growing movement to plant new trees throughout the city. With help from the university’s facilities team and grounds crews, students from USA’s Sustainability Committee, Phi Sigma Sigma and Laudato Si’ planed a dozen Honey Locust trees at various locations on campus.

The planting is part of a larger, collaborative project with Re-Tree WNY, a volunteer organization that is working to replace approximately 30,000 trees in Western New York.

Submitted by: University Communications

Israel/Gaza Crisis Panel


Recent events in Israel and Gaza have led to significant loss of life and increased tensions in our community. This panel will engage the Canisius community and members of the Western New York Jewish community in a dialog about the larger historical context of the current crisis and its impact on the region’s Jewish community.

Panelists were identified by Rob Goldberg, CEO of the Buffalo Jewish Federation, with assistance from Nancy Rosenbloom, professor of History.

The panel, moderated by Tom Chambers, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of history, will include an overview of how scholars come to understand contentious modern issues and the complexity of international relations. At least half of the time will be devoted to dialog with the audience.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.


Ted Steinberg was a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English at SUNY Fredonia, where he also served as Director of the Honors Program and of the campus Hillel organization.  He has published books and articles about Yiddish literature, medieval Hebrew poetry and Jewish life in the Middle Ages.  Since his retirement, he has been translating Yizkor Books, records of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust, from Yiddish into English for the Jewish Genealogical Society.

Rabbi Sara Rich serves as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tzedek, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Amherst. Before transitioning to the synagogue, Rabbi Rich worked with Jewish college students, first as the Director of Education at the Princeton University Hillel, and then as Executive Director of Hillel of Buffalo, which serves students from UB, Buff State, Canisius, and all campuses in WNY. Rabbi Rich earned her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature. She has a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been an active member of many organizations in the Buffalo area, including service as President of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis and Cantors, Secretary of the JCC of Greater Buffalo, and a Girl Scout Troop leader.

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