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Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the August episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced 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.

For more than 150 years, Christ the King Seminary has grown and faced the challenges of theological education and spiritual formation.  In these challenging times, Christ the King Seminary is reshaping its mission and offerings and plans to renovate its educational center.  In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Michael Sherry, academic dean, Christ the King Seminary and Deacon Timothy Chriswell, director of deacons for the Diocese of Buffalo, about the current offerings and vision for the seminary in East Aurora, New York

Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, is the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so, at least once in a lifetime. In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Imam Fajri Ansari, Masjid Nu’Man, about his Hajj Pilgrimage in 2018.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ‘86, MS ‘02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute

Employee Parking Reminder

Registration for 2019-20 employee parking tags is now open. Current parking tags expire on Thursday, August 15, 2019. To purchase tags, go to myCanisius; login with your username and password; click on campus services (left side), click purchase parking – follow the prompts – make sure to “submit” or simply click on the link below.

  • Your Canisius username and password
  • If you are not paying via payroll deduction, your credit card or checking/savings account information for payment
  • Vehicle description (year, make, model, color)
  • Vehicle license plate number

You can pay via payroll deduction, credit or webcheck. Your tag will be sent to you once you’ve registered and paid via interoffice mail.

If you pay with cash, you must still register online but will need to pay at the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in Bagen Hall 106 where you will receive your tag.

If you have any questions, please call Shelly Baronich, accounting associate for the Controller’s Office, at Ext. 8529 or at


Click here for the registration form.

Submitted by: Shelly Baronich, accounting associate, Controller’s Office

Human Resources Update

Please join the Human Resource Department in welcoming Bethany Voorhees as assistant for human resources.  Bethany started on Monday, August 5 and is replacing Mary Braun, who was promoted to generalist for human resources this summer. Bethany comes to us from Venture Forthe Inc., in Niagara Falls, where she provided customer service as part of its human resources team.

Please stop by to meet Bethany and welcome her to our campus community!

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

D2L Summer Maintenance

The fall 2019 course spaces are now available for building or adding course content. D2L will undergo technical upgrades from Saturday, August 17 – Monday, August 19 that may impact fall 2019 course spaces.  During this maintenance period, there may be service disruptions where you are unable to reach your D2L course spaces. We ask that during this time you do not attempt to add or change course content.

If you plan to build new or substantially updated content that is different from course materials stored in a previous semester before August 17, please download and save backups of the new or amended course content. D2L makes this quick and easy. See the tutorial video on exporting course packages below.

Backup is an essential practice for any faculty member. If you do not practice a backup plan, now is a great time to start.

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

Campus Candid


Pictured: Be the Light participants and leaders at Buffalo RiverWorks after a day of team building on Wednesday, July 24


High school students from around the world traveled to Canisius to take part in the 4th annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute (BTLI) from Sunday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27. With the help of Canisius undergraduate student leaders and institute staff, these participants explored the faith that does justice through justice-themed immersion experiences and presentations, academic instruction, reflection, prayer and faith-sharing.

This year, students came from Buffalo, Cortland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Newfoundland and the Federated States of Micronesia. While in Buffalo, they traveled to the West Side Bazaar and the Rural Outreach Center located in East Aurora, NY to hear about their work promoting justice in the community. They also heard on-campus presentations from Open Buffalo and Voice Buffalo. Students received academic instruction from various Canisius faculty, staff and friends. The topics of these instructions included structures of sin and systemic causes of injustice, solidarity in Catholic social teaching and the relationships between justice, human rights and power. Students also worked through a project-planning template to develop a justice-themed project that focuses on an issue that they found relevant in their own community. Examples of issues these students decided to address in their projects include enhancing awareness and education about mental health in high schools and tackling local effects of climate change. Each day began and ended with prayer and faith-sharing, ensuring that the day’s activities were framed by exercises of faith. The institute formally closed with a mass at Christ the King Chapel and a dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.

BTLI 2020, which will be the 5th annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute (BTLI), will take place from Sunday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25. Rising sophomore, junior or senior high school students in the 2020-21 academic year and who have not been a participant in BTLI before are eligible to apply. Applicants must also have a nominator (i.e. youth minister, pastor or teacher; not a parent or sibling) fill out a nomination form for them. Applications will open later in 2019 and will be available on BTLI’s website. For more information, follow BTLI on Facebook and Instagram at btli_canisius.

BTLI was founded at Canisius in 2015 thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, Inc. More information about the Lilly Foundation’s Youth Theology Network may be found here.

Donations to sustain the work of the Institute once the grant ends are certainly welcome. Please contact the co-directors, Stephen Chanderbhan, associate professor of philosophy, at or Darby Ratliff, co-director for BTLI, at for more information.

Submitted by: Stephen Chanderbhan, co-director, Be the Light Youth Theology Institute; associate professor, Philosophy

The Dome Goes on Hiatus

The summer edition of The Dome will be on an abbreviated break during the week of August 5 – 9.

The internal newsletter will publish only one day next week, Wednesday, August 7, rather than the usual Tuesday/Thursday publication dates. Submissions for this edition will be due by tomorrow, Friday, August 2 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to submit a story.

The Dome will resume its normal summer schedule the following week of August 12.

Please contact the Communications Office with any questions or concerns.

Submitted by: College Communications