Campus Candid

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Pictured (l-r): Joe Baschnagel; Sandra Lewis; Johanna Fisher, instructor, Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures and David Schiavone

On Tuesday, December 4 the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) hosted the Zoe Players, a local group dedicated to keeping alive the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. The free concert was held in the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall. A small reception followed.

The group has been performing in the Western New York area for over 20 years. Each member brings her or his unique talent as educators and performers to create shows that highlight the music, dance and song of the three periods. The performers are grateful to bring their passion to the college. Thank you to all who made this special event possible.

The ICMS event calendar will take a break for the Christmas and New Year holiday season, but will begin again in late January with our Brown Bag seminar series. Watch this space for details, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Don’t Throw It Away, Give It Away!

When cleaning out your dorms…don’t throw it away, give it away!

Please bring any non-perishable food items to the dining hall by Friday, December 14 and Chartwells will donate the items to the local food Pantry.

Submitted by: Sharif Hamdy, marketing manager, Chartwells

 

El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage for Alumni and Lifelong Learners

Embark on a pilgrimage through El Camino de Santiago, Spain, from May 24 – June 2, 2019.

El Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old, month-long Christian pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Join Alice Zicari ’13 and Matthew Cortese, SJ, in walking an average of 10-15 miles a day for three days along the pilgrimage trail from Sarria, Spain to the cathedral. This span of walking is not only a form of exercise but an opportunity to foster spiritual connection, renewal and reflection. Visits to Sarria and Santiago are allotted at the beginning and end of the pilgrimage.

Costs of travel are:

$2,800 (includes airfare from Toronto, shuttle to Sarria, room and board (double occupancy), all dinners and miscellaneous program expenses)

$1,700 (book your own flight and meet the group in Sarria, Spain. Includes room and board (double occupancy), all dinners and miscellaneous program expenses)

+$350 for single occupancy room.

Visit https://www.canisius.edu/roadlesstraveled for more information or register before Friday, February 1 by contacting Nicolle Barsch at barschn@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Nicolle Barsch, Institute for Global Engagement

Replace Your Flash-Powered Videos

Adobe Flash, a popular technology for streaming video and interactive content, will gradually be phased out of use by Adobe and other major web browsers. If you have any web content that is dependent on Flash, plan to make arrangements to replace or convert it within the next several months. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Jing, a popular screencast application. Jing records video in flash format. Videos created in Jing, hosted anywhere, will soon become practically difficult to use. Contact the Center for Online Learning & Innovation to learn about newer and more efficient screencast creation options.
  • Many Jing users upload their videos to a free Screencast.com account. Beginning Friday, November 2, Screencast.com began deleting content from free account spaces that have not been viewed in the past twelve months. If you have video content stored on screencast.com within a course you have not taught in the past year, it will likely be deleted. Be sure to download or otherwise make arrangements to convert that content.
  • If you had videos placed on the web by the Canisius College Media Center outside of Google Drive, they will need to be converted or replaced. New content in .MP4 and several other formats can be hosted in Google Drive (as well as D2L, YouTube and other locations.)  ITS will phase out it’s flash video servers in January before the Spring 2019 semester begins.

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

2019 403(b) Updates

On Thursday, November 1, the IRS announced the new limits for 2019 for 403(b) plans. Currently, the annual limit for those under age 50 is $18,500 and this will increase to $19,000 for 2019. Employees over age 50 may contribute an additional $6,000, making the annual limit $25,000 for 2019.

If you would like to change your contributions for 2019, please complete the attached 2019 Salary Reduction Agreement and return it to the Human Resources Department. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources