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When the Need is Greatest, Canisius Shines Brightest

Today is the day! Every April we host our annual Giving Day – and the Canisius community gathers and pays it forward by investing in the areas of campus that mean the most to them. Today, things are a bit different.

In lieu of our traditional Giving Day, we are launching a special campaign today for the entire Canisius family to rally around. Gifts made today to the Emergency Relief Fund will help to address the most urgent needs of Canisius and our students during this challenging time.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • If you are able, make a gift to the Emergency Relief Fund at canisius.edu/relief-fund.
  • Gather with the Canisius family virtually and share words of inspiration or a thoughtful message for students. Pair your message with a photo in your Griffs gear, a throwback image, or video message. Just be sure to include #Griffs4Griffs!
  • Share this special campaign with alumni, friends and colleagues you think would be interested. You can use the social share buttons on the left-hand side of the campaign page – canisius.edu/relief-fund – to share to your personal social media.

We encourage you to watch this special video, which highlights how Canisius has instilled in its students – and all of us – the values of service and solidarity.  This video is also on the college’s social media channels, so please consider sharing to your own social media platforms to help spread the word about this important initiative.

Please reach out to the Canisius Fund Office with any questions at canfund@canisius.edu or Ext. 2712. We continue to be thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund

Sew REDI Buffalo Contributes to Community Safety

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Refugee clients of Sew REDI Buffalo are sewing non-medical-grade washable face masks, which they’re donating to Hospice.

Sew REDI Buffalo is a volunteer non-profit organization that teaches sewing skills to refugees.  It was formed from a Canisius Enactus team project and is directed by Patricia Hutton, emerita professor of economics.

In addition to donating the masks to Hospice, Sew REDI is selling masks for $8.00 to individuals via the Buffalo Women’s Consortium (BWC).  Click here if you’re interested in purchasing.

Sew REDI Buffalo is donating fabric and its sewers are working hard, and recruiting others, to try to meet demand.

Submitted by: Patricia Hutton, emerita professor, Economics

Solidarity on Tap with Molly Burhans ’14

Socializing meets social justice tonight, Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m., when Canisius alumna Molly Burhans ’14 hosts an Earth Day conversation in the latest Solidarity on Tap series. Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, this virtual weekly gathering features powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice.

Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. To do this, Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development and research to address pressing issues from environmental destruction to mass human migration. The goal, Burhans explains, is to have Catholic conservation and sustainability operate at the same scale as Catholic healthcare, aid and education, as the largest, non-governmental network of its kind globally.

To learn more about Burhans or to register for the (free) Facebook Live event, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology in Need of Virtual Tutors

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT), a neighbor to Canisius at 1221 Main St., is looking for tutors for high school students.  Ordinarily, BCAT provides after school art classes to 75 high school students. The students also receive tutoring and other supports they need, which leads to a 95 percent high school graduation rate.

BCAT is closed now but still working with students to help them succeed.  The center is seeking help from virtual tutors in a variety of subjects (sciences, math, ELA, social studies and Spanish).  Tutoring takes place through Zoom, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Most tutors choose two days per week to work with students.   If you are interested in signing up, the commitment runs through June.  Canisius students, staff members and faculty are welcome to volunteer.

Questions? Please contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, for more information at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute

Canisius Students Engage in Community Outreach

Students in Dr. Fernanda Astiz’ “Foundations of Education” class are engaged in community outreach with primary and elementary students at North Park Community School, Just for Kids, Our Lady of Hope home school program, St. Monica Scholars, and Lafayette Community School.

The Canisius students had established relationships with young people at those schools before the coronavirus forced the move to online learning and they were prevented from continuing their community-based learning and social action project required in the course, which is part of the core curriculum and has a justice attribute designation.

Astiz’ students decided to keep the relationships going by making videos. Some of them produced videos about stress relief and how to stay active and healthy during these times.  Others were read-aloud videos for their young students to view at home.  Click the YouTube links to watch videos produced by Canisius student Alex Silfies (above) and Renae Fisher (below).  Additional videos from Grace DeRoo, Julia Barth and Noel Maciolek will appear in Friday’s edition of The Dome.

Submitted by:  M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor, School of Educaiton and Human Services; Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute

 

 

Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, today, Wednesday, April 22.  The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns put together the following resources to pray, study and act for a renewed commitment to integral ecology and a sustainable future for our planet.

Pray

“God of all creation, your goodness and glory shine forth through everything you have made. Through the light of faith, help us to see this world, our common home, not as a resource to dominate and exploit, but as a gift to be cherished by all generations. Prompted by your Spirit, we ask this in the name of Jesus, through whom all creation was made. Amen.” – From Catholic Charities USA 

“God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you! Amen.” – A Christian prayer in union with creation, Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 

Study

Act

•    Earth Day Live will broadcast three days of live programming, beginning on Earth Day, April 22. The first day of programming will celebrate youth and indigenous voices, the second will include actions to push for fossil fuel divestment, and the third will call for political mobilization.
•    The Earth Day Network is hosting 24 hours of action on April 22. Every hour, on the hour, they will offer new ways you can take action for climate justice. They are also highlighting the work of faith groups to mobilize for climate justice and offer extensive resources for engagement by faith communities, including Earth Day interfaith worship services.
•    The Catholic Climate Covenant is offering a free, one-hour educational online program designed to complement the Earth Day Network’s 50th anniversary theme, “Climate Action,” and help commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato Si’. 

Submitted by: Sarah SIgnorino, director, Mission & Identity

Campus Candid … sort of

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Artworks are by TOP: L-R: Benjamin Paquette ’20, Bailey Lis ’20, Abbie Cole ’20. BOTTOM: L-R: Mathieu Boissonneault ’20, MK Do ’20, Lindsay Dziedzic ’21

In lieu of visiting historical spaces and museums during the last part of the semester, students in Yvonne Widenor’s “Art in Buffalo” class were asked to participate in #ColorOurCollection. Students downloaded and colored images of artworks or objects in archives, and evaluated the activity as a way to connect to those objects and to learn about artists and artifacts in various collections.

Their insights include the following:

“I do think that coloring could create that lifelong connection to a museum, artist or work of art, as coloring allows you to express your own ideas and views and kind of tell your own tale within the piece. It is sort of like a remix to a song,” explained Donny Glavin ’20.

“I was very excited when I first read about this assignment because I love the feeling of zoning into your work while coloring and there is no better time than to take a mental health break then right now during this COVID-19 lockdown. Overall, I really enjoyed this assignment and am grateful for the calmness it brought to me during this time,” said Shauna Lee ’21.

“As a method of engagement, this method is quite efficient at bringing interest to an exhibit, specifically for younger age groups. When I was a kid I got many coloring books from museums and zoos and they helped foster my interest in the exhibits and animals they portrayed. This is a classic and excellent method of engaging younger audiences,” concluded Benjamin Paquette ’20.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History & Fine Arts Department

 

When the Need is Greatest, Canisius Shines Brightest

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Every April, the Canisius Fund hosts its annual Giving Day – and the Canisius community gathers and pays it forward by investing in the areas of campus that mean the most to them. This year, things are a bit different.

In lieu of our traditional Giving Day, the Canisius Fund is launching a special campaign on Wednesday, April 22, to address the most urgent needs of the college and our students through the Emergency Relief Fund.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • If you are able, make a gift to the Emergency Relief Fund at canisius.edu/relief-fund
  • Gather with the Canisius family virtually and share words of inspiration or a thoughtful message for students. Pair your message with a photo in your Griffs gear, a throwback image or video message. Use #Griffs4Griffs in your post.
  • Share this special campaign with alumni, friends and colleagues you think would be interested. You can use the social share buttons on the left-hand side of the campaign page – canisius.edu/relief-fund – to share to your personal social media.

Please reach out to the Canisius Fund Office with any questions at canfund@canisius.edu or at Ext. 2712. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund Team

GGF Advances to Americas Finals

Pictured above is this year’s Golden Griffin Fund Team (l-r): Justin Begley ’20, Luca Zambito ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (captain), Andrew Sagun ’20 and Nick Stinson ’20, This picture was taken following the team’s 1st place win at the CFA Challenge of 20,WNY.

The Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) team learned on Friday, April 17 that it advanced to the Americas Finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. This puts the Canisius team one bracket step away from the Global Final Five and positions them for a rematch with another global champ: the University of Waterloo. The Americas Regional Finals will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21.

In February, the five-person GGF team secured first place in the CFA Challenge of Western New York at Syracuse University.

“What a tribute to this team after the live February 28 finals at Syracuse, to then regroup and take their work to such a higher level in the face of the contagion and having to get to the next level based on their initial written report and an outstanding and carefully choreographed Zoom video PowerPoint presentation,” said Richard A. Wall, faculty adviser to the Golden Griffin Fund, in announcing news of the team’s advancement.

This year’s team, comprised of Justin Begley ’20, Luca Zambito ’20, Cameron Rosenecker ’19, MBA ’20 (team captain), Andrew Sagun ’20 and Nick Stinson ’20, is now the 10th consecutive team to win in the WNY region. The win also makes Canisius one of only two universities in the world to reach its Regional Finals for their continents five out of the last six years.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, reporting, writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance and economics.  Teams are challenged to research a publicly traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition. 

The subject company for this year’s CFA Research Challenge was Graham Corp.  Headquartered in Batavia, NY, Graham Corp. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered-to-order vacuum and heat transfer equipment for process industries and energy markets.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Introduces 3+3 Accelerated Law Program

Canisius College undergraduate students interested in a legal career now have the opportunity to apply to the University at Buffalo School of Law one year early through a new 3+3 Accelerated BA/BS Plus JD program recently launched between the two universities.  Available to first-year students beginning in fall 2020, the new program enables students from a variety of majors to complete their undergraduate education and law degree in less time (and at less cost) than the traditional seven years required. 

The 3+3 Accelerated BA/BS Plus JD initiative now offers an accelerated option for students who want to earn their bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees in six years.  The new program is open to students who plan to major in political science, criminal justice, English, history, sociology, philosophy, classics or environmental studies.

Click here to read more about the new 3+3 Accelerated Law Program.

Submitted by: College Communications

Kinesiology Professors Host Podcast

Kinesiology Professors Shawn O’Rourke, PhD and Karl Kozlowski, PhD, hosted a timely and socially distant discussion on their K.O. Influencers podcast last week about how COVID-19 is impacting college sports.

From student cancellations, to financial and student athlete eligibility waves being felt across colleges, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the domino effect that’s happening. 

Click here to listen.

Launched last summer, K.O. Influencers originated as a way for faculty to keep connected with alumni.  The focus of their podcasts are mentorship, leadership and life influences. 

Submitted by: Shawn O’Rourke, PhD and Karl Kozlowski, PhD, Kinesiology Department

Students Share Some Good News!

In an effort to spread some “virtual sunshine” and help each student recognize the good around them, Karl Kozlowski, PhD, of the Department of Kinesiology and Institute for Autism Research, asked students in his HED 337: Exercise Principles course to answer a simple bonus question on their last online exam.

Students were asked, “What is your good news? (You can’t use anything about this exam either!)“.  From the simple to the profound, students overwhelmingly responded with all the positives happening in their lives.  Students remarked on their personal achievements, their family member’s health improvements, their pets and even the purchase of a guitar and attempt to learn to play the ukulele!

See all of their answers and shared “good news” below:

  • I am growing another new plant because one of the leaves fell off one of mine!
  • We are getting our backyard redone this week, super excited about that.
  • My good news is that I taught both of my grandmas how to get and use Zoom on their phones and laptops so we can all keep in touch!
  • My good news for today is that I helped paint my dad’s room because we are re-painting our house and we have accomplished a lot so far and made a lot of progress in quarantine.
  • I am officially up to biking about 5-8 miles per day! I have not biked in years and I wanted a fun way of exercising and I have been loving it.
  • I set goals for myself everyday and if I complete what I set out to do I reward myself. I have been hitting my goals everyday
  • The weather in Southern California is beautiful. This encourages me to workout outside.
  • They gave every employee at Wegman’s (where I work) free washable masks to wear.
  • As I am taking this exam, my sister is currently in the hospital in labor with my nephew!!! So hopefully, by the end of today he will be born!
  • I got my tax return and I am going to buy a new guitar!
  • My good news is that it is a law that my work now has to provide me with a mask at work! Before the law was passed, my work said that we weren’t allowed to wear masks because it might scare the customers and make them think that one of us could be sick. Now I feel much safer going to work and being around so many people all the time.
  • The gyms are still open here so I go to the gym every morning.
  • It was my dog’s birthday yesterday and we had a mini party.
  • My aunt has coronavirus but she isn’t doing too badly so that’s a positive. Also, I ordered a stand for my punching bag so I’ve finally got that all set up to workout in the back garden.
  • My good news is that I bought two new pairs of sneakers. It is exciting waiting for a package to come during these times. The worst part is getting the sneakers in the mail and then not having anywhere to go.
  • My mom is a nurse at the County Health Department and they are all staying safe and healthy! Chautauqua County has very little amount of active cases! I also painted my bedroom and I am learning how to play the ukulele (maybe).
  • The golf course that I worked at last summer is going to re-hire me to help out with the grounds! I didn’t think I would be able to get a job this summer!
  • My grandma is still cancer free.
  • My good news is that I am week five, post-op, from knee surgery No. 3 and have regained all mobility in my knee so I am now cleared to do all exercises until pain tolerance! Which means I can start to get back in athletic shape.
  • I had my nerve discomfort down my leg since my surgery and today I woke up without nerve pain.
  • I started working out and I have been losing a little weight.
  • My good news is that my sister just got a new French bull-dog puppy that I met for the first time! He’s so cute and fun to have around during this crisis.

The “good news” sharing idea was adapted from an in-class exercise utilized by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, in the Department of Kinesiology.

Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor, Kinesiology

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 2020

The Canisius College chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, recently inducted 35 new members: 18 juniors, 7 seniors, 4 graduate students, and 2 MBA students.

Four honorary members were included in this number:  Amy Betros HON ’09, co-founder and director of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy; Thomas Chambers, PhD, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Marvin LaHood, PhD, a graduate of Boston College and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus; Susan Margulis, PhD, chair of the Department of Animal Behavior & Environmental Conservation and professor in the departments of Animal Behavior and Environmental Conservation and Biology.

The two MBA students inducted were Chelsea Swanekamp and Msaada Nankumba.

The graduate students were Teresa Kurth, Ursula Magsayo, Samantha Shaffner and Conor Shea.

Maxwell Chrzanowski, Christie Connelly, Abigail Hughes, Dylan Huston, Andrew Sagun, Ethan Wood and Joseph Yakovac were the seven seniors inducted.

The junior inductees were Jesse Brodka, Bridget Brogan, Emily Corigliano, Turner Dirrigl, Jessica Dmitrova, Deanna Garwol, Isabella Jankowski, Zara Kazmierczak, Megan Leight, Daniel Mosher, Nicole Newton, Michael Pesarchick, Rebecca Praetzel, Claire Rosenecker, Lauren Thorne and Kaitlan Van Kessel.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, chapter adviser, Alpha Sigma Nu

Athletic Department Staff Assisting FeedMore WNY

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Pictured here is Head Baseball Coach Matt Mazurek, and Director of Project Play WNY Bridget Niland

Members of the Athletic Department have been assisting FeedMore WNY in delivering meals to senior citizens in the North Buffalo area, who are unable to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meal requests into FeedMore WNY have risen dramatically since the start of the crisis. The Community Foundation of Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation have joined forces to work with local groups in and around Buffalo that have delivery vans and drivers who are willing to volunteer their time to assist in the meal distribution efforts.

Numerous members of the Athletic Department have helped deliver meals, and more of the staff is signed up to distribute meals over the next month or so. Pictured in the photo is head baseball coach Matt Mazurek, joined by Bridget Niland, the Director of Project Play WNY.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics

Solidarity on Tap with Molly Burhans ’14

Mark your calendars for 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 when Canisius alumna Molly Burhans ’14 hosts an Earth Day conversation in the latest Solidarity on Tap series. Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, this virtual weekly gathering features powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice.

Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. To do this, Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development and research to address pressing issues from environmental destruction to mass human migration. The goal, Burhans explains, is to have Catholic conservation and sustainability operate at the same scale as Catholic healthcare, aid and education, as the largest, non-governmental network of its kind globally.

To learn more about Burhans or to register for the (free) Facebook Live event, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Into the Cave: An Ignatian Digital Retreat for a Pandemic

During this time of isolation, lockdown and quarantine, it is more important than ever to continue finding God in all things. Therefore, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States has prepared a four part digital retreat to accompany people through this time of pandemic. Each module begins with a short audio reflection. Participants are then invited to meditate on images, short videos and Scripture, as well as reflect on discussion questions and contemplative activities.

The beauty of this digital retreat is that it can happen anytime, anywhere and with any number of people.

To participate, simply click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Library Resources and Academic Continuity

During this time of uncertainty and remote learning, personnel in the Bouwhuis Library have also been adapting to an online-only environment.  We would like to share a guide we have created to introduce instructors to the online resources offered through our website. In fact, students and faculty will have access to nearly all our resources—digital databases, streaming videos, eBooks and more through links in the guide.

Use the link below to access the guide and explore the different pages that describe resources and offer instruction in navigating those resources. Feel free to share the guide with your students; it can be embedded in your D2L site. While the guide is available, we will be updating and adding new content. We also welcome any suggestions for additional information that you would like to see in the guide.

https://libguides.canisius.edu/academiccontinuity

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, assessment and instruction coordinator, Bouwhuis Library

 

 

Helpful Resources for Online or Remote Teaching

Here is a quick list of resources that faculty may find helpful as we approach the end of the spring semester and prepare our summer courses. Many of these are updated frequently, so it’s worth checking back periodically.

Canisius Faculty Preparedness Guide – Our guide for rapidly transitioning courses to online format, in response to COVID 19 Social Distancing. This includes tutorials, possibilities for building online activities, links to live training, and our faculty mentors list.

Resources for Teaching Online – the complete list of resources for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses.

Faculty Development Opportunities – live trainings and meetups where you can learn core technologies for teaching online, and discuss possibilities with fellow faculty.

D2L Self-Paced Training – although individually they appear elsewhere, the complete list of current D2L tutorials for Canisius faculty can be found here.

Google Apps Tutorials – for faculty and students at Canisius College. For faculty, particularly, there are fresh tutorials explaining how to integrate Google Drive-based content with D2L.

Pedagogy Primer Podcast – COLI’s podcast focusing on teaching and learning. The latest episodes include tips for Asynchronous Discussions, which are a common element in online teaching and learning.

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

COLI Remote Teaching Meetups

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup at which professors can discuss techniques, troubles and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.  The next COLI Remote Teaching Meeting is next Thursday, April 23.

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

It’s Flashback Friday

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It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to April 1985 when Buffalo’s $530 million Light Rail Rapid Transit System opened for service. Two of the transit system’s largest stations were located on the Canisius campus.

The 6.4-mile subway line, able to carry passengers from Memorial Auditorium to the University at Buffalo Main Street campus, included a stop at the Delavan College Station, at the south end of the Canisius campus and another at the Humboldt Hospital Station, at the north end of campus.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

This past weekend, a family of Griffins prepared and delivered a very special home-cooked turkey dinner, with all of the trimmings, to residents who are still living on campus. The Fullers (Dean, Ann, Ryan, Jordan and Brayden ’23) spent Holy Saturday cooking and packaging amazing meals to make Easter a little bit nicer for those who remain on campus and could not  be with their families.  Thank you Fuller Family!

Submitted by: Al Pilato, associate director, Student Life

Borrowing an idea she saw on Facebook, Cynthia Stewart, PhD, adjunct professor of political science, challenged students in her Western Tradition II class to take advantage of virtual tours being made available by the world’s great museums. She offered students extra credit if they could recreate works from the online collections, using whatever was available in their homes. “The only limitation,” Steward says, “was that students had to recreate something from the Western Tradition, since the Renaissance.”

As you can see, students had fun with the project … and enlisted the help of their siblings and pets, as well.

Submitted by: Cynthia Stewart, PhD, adjunct professor, Political Science

 

 

Canisius in the News




Canisius President John J. Hurley spoke with WBEN 930 AM Radio on Thursday, April 16 about how the college is navigating hurdles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click hear to listen to the full interview.

Also, Sara Vescio, director of the Women’s Business Center, shared some sound advice with Business First this week on how small business owners can stay focused on the long-term health of their companies. Read about it by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Taking Action to Flatten the Curve

A series of social media projects, produced by students in Secil Ertorer’s sociology course, is aimed at helping to flatten the coronavirus curve and support quarantine living.

Students created posters (above) and short videos (links below) to emphasize the importance of social distancing and highlight techniques for staying physically and mentally healthy.  They’re then sharing the messages on different social media channels.  Feel free to join them and spread the messages by contacting Secil Ertorer, PhD, at ertorers@canisius.edu for access.

Click here to watch a short video on staying positive.

Click here to watch a short video about what students are doing to keep themselves and others safe.

Submitted by: Secil Ertorer, PhD, assistant professor, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

 

Social Justice During Social Distancing

We have had many inquiries from members of the campus community who, true to the Canisius spirit of “men and women for and with others,” are interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.

Information has been compiled by the New Buffalo Institute. These opportunities are not run or endorsed by Canisius College but simply provide a helpful resource for individuals considering in-person or virtual volunteering.  (We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents.)

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AS OF 4/13/20

Please visit our website to view previously posted volunteering opportunities. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute

Discerning Diversity

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All Ignatian educators are invited to take part in the upcoming conversation “Discerning Diversity” on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. Mary Wardell- Ghirarduzzi, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco.

Discerning Diversity” is a virtual ISN gathering for Ignatian educators to reflect and discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the Ignatian tradition, and to share resources of support to create a culture of care during these challenging times.

During this unique time of isolation related to COVID-19, we focus our attention toward communities disproportionately impacted by racial injustice. As the impact of COVID-19 increases globally, so too have incidents of racism targeting Asian-identified people impacted by a wave of xenophobia and bigotry. The call will use Zoom video conferencing. RSVP here for Discerning Diversity.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Larry Jones, PhD, Authors New Book

Larry E. Jones, PhD, emeritus professor of history, recently authored a new book, titled The German Right:  Political Parties, Organized Interests, and Patriotic Associations in the Struggle against Weimar Democracy, 1918-1930 published by Cambridge University Press in England.

This book examines the various factors that accounted for the failure of various organizations on the German Right to effective resistance against the rise of Nazism and the eventual Nazi takeover of the German state in 1933.  The official release of the book in the United States is scheduled for May 2.

Professor Jones is also co-editor, with Professor Hermann Beck of the University of Miami, of From Weimar to Hitler: Studies in the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1945 that appeared with Berghahn Books in early 2019. Jones has also authored an essay entitled “From Democracy to Dictatorship:  The Fall of Weimar and the Triumph of Nazism, 1930-33,” for the Oxford Handbook on the Weimar Republic that is edited for publication by Oxford University Press by Benjamin Ziemann and Natalie Rossol and that is scheduled to appear in 2021.

Submitted by: Larry E. Jones, PhD, emeritus professor, History Department

Shelter in Hope

The “Holy Koinonia” icon from the Community of Bose depicts a younger person carrying an older person

This past Sunday was Easter. But when we rolled away the stone, things looked much the same. Many of us, it seems, remain hidden in our own tombs.

This Easter was unique. But perhaps we have more in common with that first Easter week than we realize. Let’s not forget that the disciples locked themselves away in fear, and it was the risen Christ that sought them out behind lock and key.

Let us make ourselves ready and available, then, to encounter Jesus in our homes, to welcome him into this moment of uncertainty and fear. To help, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States prepared this brief digital retreat – “Shelter in Hope” – to follow their popular “Into the Cave” retreat.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

 

CEEP 2020-21 Award Recipients

A hallmark of academic excellence at Canisius, CEEP (Canisius Earning Excellence Program) facilitates student collaboration with faculty mentors through highly rewarding educational experiences. These intellectually demanding collaborations create exciting opportunities for applied learning and enhance faculty scholarship. Working closely with faculty on scholarly projects, students gain readiness for a professional career or advanced graduate study. Click here to learn more about CEEP.

The 2020-2021 CEEP students and mentors worked closely at the start of the semester to put together their proposals. Projects were then evaluated and approved by an interdisciplinary faculty review panel. All of the students and their mentors should be very proud of the accomplishment of being recognized as a CEEP awardee. Congratulations!

As with so much these days, CEEP 2020-2021 will not go unaffected by the ongoing pandemic crisis. In the days and weeks to come, the Office of Academic Affairs will work closely with individual mentors to identify ways to support CEEP students while realizing the extra public health and fiscal responsibility we must take in these unprecedented times.

While disruption to many CEEP projects may be substantial, students will still include this award on their resumes and curriculum vitae in recognition of the excellence of their proposed project, regardless of whether the project is completed. This recognition will remain an important part of their professional experience and Canisius history.

We extend our sincere appreciation to the CEEP awardees and their mentors as well as to the CEEP advisory committee. We wish to extend a special thank you to the CEEP review team who worked diligently to approve these projects through the growing disruptions of COVID-19:

Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

Submitted by: Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

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 pubrel@canisius.edu 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:

What is the meaning of the Latin phrase Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam?

Congratulations to Courtney Sullivan, a leadership giving officer with the Canisius Fund. Sullivan was last week’s winner of Trivia Wednesday. She’ll receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

What percentage of Canisius graduates work or study in their chosen fields?

a. 90%

b. 85%

c. 92%

d. 80%

The correct answer was: (C) 92%

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candid … sort of

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Faculty, students, and alumni from the anthrozoology master’s program held a meet-up on Zoom to get together, socialize and talk about human-animal relationships during the quarantine. Twenty-four participants showed up, representing students from the first cohort (2010-2011) all the way up to current students. There were attendees across four different time zones and plenty of students and alumni who wanted to attend but could not for various reasons. It was a great opportunity to reconnect during these precarious times and to talk about current events that are impacting people’s studies, research, and careers.

Submitted by: Joshua Russell, PhD, assistant professor, ABEC

Canisius in the News

Emeriti Professors of Psychology Judith E. Larkin, PhD and Harvey A. Pines, PhD, penned a letter to The Buffalo News editorial page, which appeared in the Tuesday, April 14 edition. The letter, titled “Reaction to Scarcity has Scientific Basis,” offers an unusual but science-grounded explanation for why so many people are amassing toilet paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read their letter.

Submitted by: College Communications

Physics Professors Join Effort to Develop Ventilators

Physics Professors Michael Wood, PhD and Erden Ertorer, PhD, are joining a multi-university effort to develop an inexpensive ventilator to supplement a predicted shortage of the devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the public has learned in recent weeks, a ventilator can be a lifesaving device for those hospitalized with the respiratory infection caused by the virus, and the cost to produce them can run upwards of thousands of dollars.

Researchers at the University of Florida Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies are working to develop a less expensive but still viable ventilator that can be used by healthcare providers.  The cost of the design is about $200 and consists of parts that can be purchased at Lowes or Home Depot.  The electronic controllers for the devices are made of common circuit elements and programmable micro-controllers called Arduino’s.

The Canisius Physics Department teaches programming of micro-controllers in its Basic Electronics course (PHY226) and introduces the Arduino’s in its Introduction to Engineering course (EGR111).  With their experience in these two areas, Wood and Ertorer have joined the effort to test the ventilators’ control software.

Others can too.

Christopher Bass, PhD, an associate professor of physics at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, has put out a call for volunteers on the project through a list serve for instructors of Advanced Physics Lab courses.  Additionally, the University of Florida has made the project an open source and is sharing the design freely on its webpage.

Anyone interested in joining the project should visit this webpage for more information.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair and professor, Physics and Pre-Engineering

 

(Virtual) Therapy Dogs Help Health Communication Students Cope

Canisius student Leah Simmons photo shopped a picture of herself and her (virtual) dog, Halford, in the park.

Melissa Wanzer, EdD, is using some (virtual) creativity to help students in her Health Communication class cope in these confusing times … and she’s doing it with a little help from Canisius President John Hurley.

During a recent class group chat, students suggested that “if the college gave them each a dog, it would help with their stress levels,” says Wanzer. After some serious consideration, Wanzer pitched the idea of a fun pilot program to students; one aimed at both engaging students and determining the effects (virtual) dogs could have on student health.

Students responded to the idea with great enthusiasm and confidently suggested that “If each student received a free dog from the college, they would report less stress – and get 4.0 GPAs,” explains Wanzer.

Griff Dogs was launched and the first request for a pet pooch went to none other than Canisius President John Hurley. Always a good sport, President Hurley responded, sending each student in Wanzer’s class their own virtual dog.

“Canisius already has emotional support animals on campus so sending them off campus to our students at this time seems like a logical next step,” wrote President Hurley in a letter to Wanzer’s students.

Since then, students have “named their dogs” and share “updates” about them with their classmates.

“I just felt like the students needed some levity,” explains Wanzer about her idea for Griff Dogs. “They are a bit overwhelmed and so this is something light that they can run with.”

Below are pictures of the virtual dogs President Hurley sent to Wanzer’s students.

Submitted by: College Communications

COVID-19’s Impact on Human-Dog Relationships

All the time we’re spending at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the nature of the human-dog relationship and both, says Christy Hoffman, PhD, have the potential to benefit from this new arrangement.

Hoffman is an associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation and director of the anthrozoology program at Canisius. She recently authored an essay for Companion Animal Psychology that explores the impact recent social restrictions may have on human-dog relationships but also discusses how this new situation requires thoughtful consideration.

Click here to read Hoffman’s essay in its entirety

Submitted by: College Communications

What Canisius Means to Me

Starting today, the Office of Mission & Identity is launching “Ignatian Moment,” which will appear on the myCanisius portal login page. The purpose of Ignatian Moment is to provide a centralized place for spiritual resources, reflections and initiatives for the campus community.

As part of this launch, the Office of Mission & Identity is asking for responses to “What Canisius Means to Me.”

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are all invited to reflect on this question and submit a written or even video-recorded response to Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu. The reflections will be posted, starting today, on Ignatian Moment, and be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“We’re hoping that this will be something to ground people back to campus,” explains Signorino.

In answering the question “What Canisius Means to Me,” Signorino suggests faculty, staff and administrators to consider their colleagues, their conversations with others or maybe their favorite physical place on campus and why. She encourages alumni to reflect on memories of their favorite classes, professors or student organizations.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Ignatian Scholarship Day

The 13th annual Ignatian Scholarship Day highlights the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students in various forms of expression including poster, oral, multi-media presentations and performances.  For our sesquicentennial year, more than 140 projects were submitted and endorsed.

I invite you to take a moment to read through the Ignatian Scholarship Day Project Compilation that is available on the Ignatian Day Scholarship Day portal page through the Academic Affairs community page.

Thank you for supporting our Canisius students and faculty mentors.

Submitted by: Connie M. Pileri, assistant dean, Student Affairs; director, Office of Event Services

Solidarity on Tap with Molly Burhans ’14

Mark your calendars for 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 when Canisius alumna Molly Burhans ’14 hosts an Earth Day conversation in the latest Solidarity on Tap series. Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, this virtual weekly gathering features powerful reflections from members of the network who are engaged in work for justice.

Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands, which is mobilizing the Catholic Church to leverage its landholdings for good. To do this, Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development and research to address pressing issues from environmental destruction to mass human migration. The goal, Burhans explains, is to have Catholic conservation and sustainability operate at the same scale as Catholic healthcare, aid and education, as the largest, non-governmental network of its kind globally.

To learn more about Burhans or to register for the (free) Facebook Live event, click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Finding God During a Pandemic

As the global health crisis grinds on, the demands of managing life in a new reality are taking a toll. Known routines of prayer and self-care have fallen away leaving many feeling unmoored.

On Thursday, April 16, why not take the opportunity to re-center, however briefly, in the positive connection between well-being and spirituality. 

In collaboration with the Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Karen Shields Wright will present “Love thy Neighbor as Thyself,” from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in a live, online event.

Shields Wright is an Ignatian spiritual director, wellness expert, chaplain and doctor of chiropractic medicine. During this live presentation, she will share ways in which individuals can answer the spiritual call to care for self and how to balance the body and soul.

This event is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Into the Cave: An Ignatian Digital Retreat for a Pandemic

During this time of isolation, lockdown and quarantine, it is more important than ever to continue finding God in all things. Therefore, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States has prepared a four part digital retreat to accompany people through this time of pandemic. Each module begins with a short audio reflection. Participants are then invited to meditate on images, short videos and Scripture, as well as reflect on discussion questions and contemplative activities.

The beauty of this digital retreat is that it can happen anytime, anywhere and with any number of people.

To participate, simply click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Faculty Development Opportunities for Remote Teaching & Learning

To help faculty teach their courses via the internet, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers several opportunities:

Workshop: Using D2L Quizzes

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.

Using Google Sites to Build Online Lessons

Learn to use Google Sites to build simple but interactive web-based lessons. These are great replacements for in-class lectures in online courses, and in face-to-face classes, freeing up class time for more social and active learning.  Online lessons can also fill gaps in published materials, and can incorporate web based content like YouTube videos or websites.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.

COLI Remote Teaching Meetup

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup where professors can discuss techniques, troubles, and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions, but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.  The next COLI Remote Teaching Meetup is Thursday, April 16.

As always, see our Faculty Preparedness site for other resources and opportunities, at www.canisius.edu/prepare.

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

Campus Candids … sort of

Using a mix of resources he borrowed from the Canisius College Media Center and supplies from his own research lab and recording gear, Jonathan O’Brien, PhD, has set up a make-shift television studio from which to broadcast his lectures.

“I knew from prior experience that audiences connect much better when they can see your face,” says the associate professor of biology. “So I record all my lectures as a mix of PowerPoint slides, animations and cuts of myself presenting the material.”

The green screen, O’Brien explains, is a backdrop for the recordings and enables him to change the backgrounds during the editing process in Adobe Premier Pro. O’Brien uploads the completed videos to a YouTube account and then links them to D2L.

“My goal is to keep the learning experience as engaging and informative as possible for the students,” O’Brien continues. “The setup allows us to have a bit of fun while presenting material that could otherwise be rather dry or difficult. “It is probably a bit more effort than other lecture recording tools and methods but so far, the students seem to like and appreciate the the results.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

While most sports have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Esports is prepping for its upcoming MAAC championship tournament this week. WKBW-TV Channel 7 Reporter Jeff Slawson interviewed Canisius’ Esports Coordinator Kiernan Ensor, on today’s morning show, about what viewers and fans can expect. Click here to watch the story.

Economics Professors Julia Anna Golebiewski, PhD and George Palumbo, PhD, were both interviewed by Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson for an April 12 story titled “Coronavirus is Hitting the Buffalo Niagara Economy Harder Than Most Places.” Click here to read the article.

Buffalo News Reporter Stephen Watson interviewed Political Science Professor Kevin Hardwick, PhD, for an April 9 article titled “Will Covid-19 Restrictions Take Toll on Civil Liberties.” Click here to read the story.

WalletHub featured Steven Gattuso, executive director of the Golden Griffin Fund, in an article about American Express 0% credit cards. The article appears on the website’s “Compare Credit Cards” page, and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Making Hope Real

With the reality of what everyone is facing in their lives, what others are facing around us and what the world is facing together, how can we continue to have hope?

Ignatian-trained spiritual director and author Becky Eldredge can help. In collaboration with the Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, she will host an online retreat on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eldredge with share with participants how to make hope real, even when this season of life feels anything but hopeful. The retreat will include guided prayer, small group discussion, handouts, resources and time for silent reflection.

Click here to register.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

(Virtual) Solidarity on Tap

Socializing met social justice last Wednesday, April 8, when the Ignatian Solidarity Network hosted the latest in its virtual “Solidarity on Tap” series. The guest was Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, PhD, a theologian at Loyola Marymount University, who spoke on the subject of “Radical Hope.”

Gonzalez-Andrieu is a leading scholar in her field and the author of Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty. She is also a contributor to America: The Jesuit Review and serves on the board of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Click here or on the video link above to watch her discussion.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid classes. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the internet. The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses. The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC. Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity. The next OFDC begins on April 13th, 2020. To enroll, email coli@canisius.edu.

To learn more about the OFDC, and see other COLI opportunities for faculty development, visit the Faculty Development Resource.

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

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 pubrel@canisius.edu 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:

What percentage of Canisius graduates work or study in their chosen fields?

a. 90%

b. 85%

c. 92%

d. 80%

Congratulations to Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director for the Art History Program and Fine Arts Department. Widenor was last week’s winner of Trivia Wednesday. She will receive some Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations.

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

Before it became the Montante Cultural Center, the building which sits at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood place was which of the following:

a. The Villa

b. St. Michael’s Church

c. Sears Roebuck

d. St. Vincent de Paul Church

The correct answer was: (d) St. Vincent de Paul Church

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Academic Affairs hosted its first remote teaching virtual meet up on Thursday, April 2.

We welcomed Mark Gallimore back from paternity leave, congratulated Sara Morris on her appointment to vice president for academic affairs, and Karl Kozlowski on his promotion to full professor. We also shared our successes, exchanged a few pro-tips for teaching and learning online, laughed at bloopers and commiserated with each other about our experiences so far.

Stay tuned to The Dome for information on future meet ups!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

And on Friday, April 3, faculty from the Philosophy Department, a few philosophy majors and even a prospective student met online for a virtual happy hour (pictured above).

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, professor and chair, Philosophy Department

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Campus Ministry’s Holy Week devotions continue today with “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

To recognize this devotion, the Office of Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published throughout the week in The Dome, on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and on the Campus Ministry blog. 

Click on the links below to read or watch the student reflections that began on Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday.

Wednesday, April 8:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46)

Reflection by: Bridget Brogan ’21

Tuesday, April 7:

“Woman, behold your Son.” (John 19:26-27)

Reflection by: Andrew Erdman ’22

Monday, April 6:

“This day you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Reflection written by Cara Smith ’22

Sunday, April 5:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Reflection written by Erik Pawelski ‘22

Submitted by: College Communications

Update on Zoom Use

While there is a lot of negative media attention being paid to the Zoom conferencing tools, we still recommend using it on campus.  Many of the problems being discussed are not unique to Zoom.  Problems do exist on other platforms such as Google Meetup, WebEx and Adobe Connect.  The biggest problem is open and public meetings.  If you prepare your meeting properly, they should be secure and free from the disturbances of Zoom-bombing.  Utilizing waiting rooms and passwords will ensure your meetings are secure.  Do not share the meeting links on social media.  Share them directly with your students via Email or D2L.

Here is a link to resources at Zoom, which I recommend all users review.

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event

Also, if you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at the article I posted last week in The Dome.

Beware of Zoombombing

For more questions or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 888-8340, email to helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, IT User Services

Online Faculty Development Course

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The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence and community building in courses on the internet. The core of COLI’s approach to online teaching and learning is that the professor is the single most important element in successful student learning. The Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC) helps professors achieve a strong teaching presence within their online and hybrid courses. The OFDC also simulates a quality online course, so participating faculty get a sense of what it’s like to be an online student.

All Canisius College faculty are eligible to participate in the OFDC. Whether you plan to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, aren’t yet sure you’ll teach online or would just like to know more about online courses and coursework, this is an excellent opportunity. The next OFDC begins on April 13, 2020. To enroll, email coli@canisius.edu.

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

COLI Remote Teaching Meetups

 

Starting on Thursday, April 16 and continuing each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup during which professors can discuss techniques, troubles and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending the COLI Remote Teaching Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16.

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

Canisius Connects – Volunteer Opportunities to Help Those in Need

The New Buffalo Institute has updated its list of ways to support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing. Please see the revised list below:

Calls for Volunteers: Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge. We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents and families.

Donations: Consider donating to one of the emergency funds below to support our neighbors. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to mary.rockwell@canisius.edu for distribution.

Political actions:

  • Justice for Migrants is calling for the full release of all in detention centers and they have a petition to sign.  Those who are released need shelter and food. justiceformigrantfamilies@gmail.com

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

 

 

 

 

Catholic Social Thought & the Coronavirus

John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, recently hosted two panels about Catholic Social Thought and COVID-19.  The first of these panels was titled “Catholic Social Thought and the Coronavirus Crisis: Moral Principles for Terrible Times” and may viewed by clicking here or on the video above.

The second panel, “Life and Dignity, Justice and Solidarity: Moral Principles for Responding to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis” with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Michael Strain and Maru Bautistia, may be accessed (at the 16-minute mark) by clicking here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Bring Some Social Engagement Home

Not getting out much these days?  Why not bring some social engagement home.  Tune into “Threadtalks,” a podcast series available in a language-enhanced format featuring interdisciplinary exchanges – and guests from Canisius College and beyond.

The podcast started as an investigation of the many facets of the textile trade and industry with guests sharing their thoughts and expertise. Originally embedded in the interdisciplinary course FRC326 (“Threads: Weaving Industry, Culture and Commerce Through the History of Textiles), it provides Canisius students with an opportunity to share their exploration of the course outside the classroom.

In episode 1, Isabella Jankowski (a French minor, and journalism, communication and political science major) interviews Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history, on the confluence of slavery, inter-regional trade and the cotton industry in the early American republic.

In episode 2, Erin Metz (a French and adolescence education major) initiates a conversation with Erin Robinson, PhD, professor of sociology, about the contributions of Pierre Bourdieu, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard to the semiology of taste and “distinction” and carries on with a discussion of the social consumption of fashion in today’s society.

The next episode will present a conversation with the historian Patrick Fridenson (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) about his collaboration with Larissa Zakharova considering the field of mass communications, its production and reception, across the past eighty years of its history, from early radio to the latest smart media.

To keep up to date with the episodes, subscribe to the podcast or visit www.threadtalks.org to explore more.

For questions, suggestions or comments, Email Emilie Pack, packe@canisius.edu, a clinical instructor for the Department of Modern Languages, Literature & Culture. 

Submitted by: Emilie Pack, clinical instructor, Department of Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

Virtual Dual Immersion

Here’s another great example of an incredible teaching moment.

Students in Margaret Stefanski’s SPA 323 online course are participating in a virtual dual immersion, facilitated with assistance from AUSJA and AJCU.  They’re connected with students from a Colombian University (Javeriana, Cali) and a Mexican university (Ibero-Torreon) via Zoom.  Here, they go into virtual rooms for conversation sessions and Stefanski is able to join and leave any room at any time.

The class has close to 30 participants including four Mexican instructors of English.

“This is as close as it gets to learning a language with a native speaker at a native pace,” said Stefanski, associate professor of Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures.  “The dynamics were fabulous.”

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies

National Public Health Week Projects

 

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For the HON 225 “A Public Health & Mental Health in America” class, taught by Kate Dierenfield, PhD, adjunct professor of history, students submitted projects for National Public Health Week (April 6-12) including some that might be useful and inspiring for public health or mental health in our current unsettling times. (See above and below.)

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Submitted by: Kate Dierenfield, PhD, adjunct professor, History

Campus Candids … sort of

Sue Putman, PhD, professor emerita of psychology, had a little fun with her students on April Fool’s Day, sending them this video greeting from her dog, Cooper.

Here’s something else that’s sure to lift your spirits:

Dan Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, created a “Canisius in Quarantine” playlist for his students on Spotify, the audio streaming platform.  He included some of his favorite songs that spoke to his current mood, hopes and fears surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.  Higgins then asked his students to add to the playlist with a few of their own favorite tunes.  It didn’t take long for them to respond.  The “Canisius in Quarantine” playlist now includes nearly 115 multi-genre songs.  Certainly something for everyone!

Click here to listen to the playlist. (You may need to create a free account on Spotify.)

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors George Palumbo, PhD and Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, comment on the fate of the Western New York economy in today’s edition of The Buffalo News.  The column, written by business reporter David Robinson, is titled “Hope Fades for a Quick Economic Recovery as COVID-19 Spreads.”  Click here to read the article.

Canisius alumna Maria Scrivani ’76 contributed to the Sunday, April 5 edition of The Buffalo News.  An acclaimed author and freelance writer, Scrivani wrote a column for the Viewpoints section titled “Finding Gratitude in a Challenging Time.”  Click here to read it.

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis won the Pulitzer, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Congratulations to Adam Zyglis ’04, who won the 2020 Best Cartoon Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. The award recognizes the best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs. The OPC judges describe the Canisius alumnus this way: “An impressive caricaturist, Zyglis is the kind of cartoonist who would have to be jailed immediately if he lived abroad. That’s the standard by which all great political cartoonists should be judged.” Zyglis, who works for The Buffalo News, can now add the OPC award to his other accolades, which include a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Submitted by: College Communications

 

 

The Seven Last Words of Christ

On Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday, Campus Ministry initiated “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

To recognize this devotion, the Office of Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published throughout the week in The Dome, on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and on the Campus Ministry blog. 

Click on either of the links below to view the first two of the seven last words of Christ:

Sunday, April 5:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Reflection written by Erik Pawelski ‘22

Monday, April 6:

“This day you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Reflection written by Reflection by Cara Smith ’22

Submitted by: College Communications

Lenten Reflections V

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This week Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate for Mission & Identity, presents our fifth Lenten Reflection on Jesus’ Passion.

He suggests that we approach this event through the lens of Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.  In the first week of the four weeks of these Exercises Ignatius has the exercitant repeatedly ask oneself: “What have I done for Christ?  What am I doing for Christ?  What ought I to do for Christ?” (#53)

As we reflect on Jesus’ passion and death in the light of John’s Gospel, Father Lynch proposes that we turn these questions around and ask what Jesus has done for me.

The easiest but most comprehensive answer would be that he died for my sins and the sins of everyone else.  Let us, however, be more specific: What has Jesus done for me yesterday, today and in the future?  For one with the eyes of faith he has kept me in existence.  I also may see that Jesus helped to save me from an accident or rescued me from a bad relationship.  On a more positive note, we might look over our past life to see how Jesus might have been helping me in my studies or obtaining a new appointment or promotion, in finding a mate, or in helping me in doing a complex project.

I also can ask: What Jesus is doing for me now?  Might I believe that he is protecting my family and me from COVID-19?  Might he be guiding me in the work that I am doing or in offering me assistance with teaching students online?  Might he be assuring me that I have a job and am therefore be able to earn a living and support my family?

Finally, I can reflect: How might Jesus help me in the future?  I can trust, hope and pray that he will be protecting and nurturing me to become the best person that I can be.  He will be seeking the best for my family and friends.  He will be offering us help in protecting our planet, walking with the poor, the outcast and those whose dignity has been violated.  In short, I can pray that he will help us to develop a hope-filled world and offer us ways to find him in the people with whom we live and work and in our plans for promoting the common good.

By these means we can become more aware and grateful why Jesus died for me, for other women and men, and the rest of creation and our planet.

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Here are also some other ideas that may appeal to you, if you have time for a period of extended reflection on Jesus’ Passion.  At the close of the third week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius suggests that a person spend the entire day contemplating the complete story of Jesus’ passion.  If you have the time, you can follow Ignatius’ suggestion by reading John’s account of the passion or that of another Gospel and reflecting on those parts of the text that you find of interest or appealing.  Alternatively, you may want to listen to J. S. Bach’s “St. John’s Passion” BWV 245 on YouTube while reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ Passion and his death for you and our entire world.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

Jesuit Preferences in a Time of Uncertainty

 

Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, spoke in English for about 15 minutes on Thursday, April 2, and then answered questions related to COVID-19 and the Jesuits journey of the UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences).

For those who may have missed or been excluded from the Webinar, you may now view the Webinar by clicking here or on the image above.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Faculty Development Opportunities for Remote Teaching & Learning

To help faculty teach their courses via the internet, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers several opportunities:

Workshop: Using D2L Quizzes

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.

COLI Remote Teaching Meetup

Each Thursday at 2:00 PM, COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup where professors can discuss techniques, troubles, and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions, but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to coli@canisius.edu if you plan on attending.  The next COLI Remote Teaching Meeting is next Thursday, April 16th.

As always, see our Faculty Preparedness site for other resources and opportunities, at www.canisius.edu/prepare.

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

Arts Canisius Informally-Formal Recital – Postponed

Due to ongoing event cancellations, the April 14 Informally-Formal Recital featuring Janz Castelo has been postponed until next year. Updated recital dates  will be available at www.canisius.edu/artscanisius.

Submitted by: Ryder Shelly, co-director, ArtsCanisius

World War I Class Designs Memorial for COVID-19 Pandemic

Students in Jane Fisher’s English 365 capstone class, titled “Representing World War I’,” are currently designing their own memorials for the war.

On Friday, April 3, Fisher, an associate professor of English, asked her students would might be an appropriate way to remember COVID-19.  “They quickly came up with this response (pictured),” said Fisher.

Submitted by: Jane Fisher, PhD, associate professor, English

Physics Experiments and Science Fun the Kids (and You) Can Do at Home

Are you feeling trapped at home?  Or maybe looking to provide your children with some simple – but fun – lessons in science?  Then let physics expand your horizons.

Try these 20 experiments by clicking on the image above. Remember – anyone can do physics!

And here’s more, if you’re still looking for something for the kids* to do.

Try these science-themed coloring pages from Popular Mechanics. (I especially recommend the astronomy page with the image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.)

*- kids is loosely defined.  If you are a Canisius student or even the new Vice President for Academic Affairs, no one will stop you.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, chair, Physics and Pre-engineering

 

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to April 1979 when members of the Empire State Ballet Company performed a pas de deux in the Quad. The group was brought to campus as part of the college’s 10-day celebration of St. Peter Canisius.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Prepares for Holy Week

With strict societal measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Canisius College offices of Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity are finding novel ways for the faithful on campus to participate in liturgical celebrations leading up to Easter.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Beginning this Sunday, April 5 and continuing each day through Holy Week, Campus Ministry will offer “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” 

The seven last words of Jesus Christ are actually seven short phrases.  In the Gospel, these passages provide a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. 

This year, Campus Ministry invited seven Canisius students to read and reflect on one passage each day, during Holy Week.  Some offered written reflections; others provided video reflections.  All will be published in The Dome, on the Campus Ministry blog and on the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts during Holy Week. 

Stations of the Cross

Perhaps the most powerful way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us is to contemplate the Stations of the Cross. 

This ancient exercise has been offered at Christ the King Chapel in past years.  But as national circumstances prevent this devotion from continuing in-person, some faith-based organizations are innovating and presenting the traditional devotion in virtual ways.  For those wishing to fulfill the Stations of the Cross devotion, Campus Ministry recommends the following:

  • Busted Halo is an online ministry that created a virtual Stations of the Cross, designed for personal devotion.   Click here to participate. 
  • Similarly, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns is presenting a more contemporary (yet still virtual) version of the Stations of the Cross.  The live, online gathering, scheduled for Good Friday at 12:00 noon, will cast the story of Jesus’ final days in the context of the current economic and ecological issues of the world.   Interested participants can click here to RSVP to this event.

Live Liturgies

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is encouraging the faithful to come together in prayer -virtually- during Holy Week and beyond.  Several local parishes are offering live-stream feeds for Sunday and weekday Masses.  Click here for the full list of parishes participating and the various Mass days and times.

One Minute Meditations and Evening Examen

Finally, Campus Ministry has been hosting “One Minute Meditations” and “Evening Examen.”  Both are led, daily, by Campus Ministry Director Mike Hayes.

One Minute Meditations offer the faithful a brief prayer break in their day and a chance to reflect on a Scripture passage.  The final One Minute Meditation is today, Friday, April 3, around noon and can be viewed on the Campus Ministry Instagram page (@CanisiusCampMIN), where all past editions of One Minute Meditations can also be seen. 

The Evening Examen offers a deeper and more prayerful reflection on the events of the day.  Under the direction of Mike Hayes, participants are guided through 10 to 20 minute reflections that lead participants to detect God’s presence in their day and to discern His direction for them.  The final Evening Examen will take place, “live,” tonight at 8:30 p.m. on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.  Past editions of the Evening Examen are also available for viewing on the Facebook page.

Submitted by: College Communications

Biology Department Donates Medical Gloves to Catholic Health

The Biology Department recently answered the call from Catholic Health requesting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). On Thursday, April 2, the department’s laboratory manager, Larry Tassini, organized and personally delivered 6,000 pairs of non-sterile nitrile exam-grade gloves to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo.

The gloves will be worn by healthcare workers to protect them, and to help prevent the spread of germs between patients.

WIVB-TV Channel 4 and WBEN-AM Radio 930 but reported on the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

An Incredible Teaching Moment

Richard Reitsma, PhD, is proving that despite having to move classes online in less-than-ideal circumstances, incredible teaching can still happen.

The chair of the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department shared a recent experience from his HON 271 class “Sexuality & Political Discourse.”

“We met via Zoom and also invited into the discussion Flavio Alves, the director of the film “The Garden Left Behind,” which is one of the items we were discussing today, along with Kristine Hollander, a local trans representative,” says Reitsma.  He explains, “The film deals with a trans DACA person in New York City and her relationship with her Mexican grandmother. It’s an incredible film. The conversation with Flavio and Kristine was so wonderful, and I’m so grateful to the both of them for stepping up and joining our class and sharing their stories.”

Reitsma recorded the class discussion, which can be viewed by clicking here(Viewers will need to log into their Google Drive/Google Accounts using their Canisius Email address.)

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

 

Christy Hoffman, PhD and her Dog, Santiago, Host Office Hours

 

Christy Hoffman, PhD, works with her dog, Santiago on his math skills during ABEC 363 office hours.

When students log onto the Google Meet session, he shows off his ability to identify the board with more magnets. He also provides a little dog therapy from afar.

Check out his progress in the video above. Clearly, Santiago has been studying hard for the upcoming dog cognition module!

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, associate professor, ABEC

Do You Know a Senior Who’s Committed to a Year of Service?

Do you know a graduating student who has committed to doing a year of service after graduation with an organization such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps or AmeriCorps?

If so, we’d like to recognize them!

Students who have been accepted to a year of service -OR- are planning to do a year of service but are awaiting final placement details should Email Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at buehlmak@canisius.edu, with the following details:

  • Name
  • The program they’ll be serving with
  • Their placement site (ex. Catholic Charities)
  • The city and state they’ll be serving in

All information should be submitted by Wednesday April 8.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Canisius’ Employee Assistance Program

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Canisius’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Integrated Behavioral Health is here for you during these difficult times. This program provides free, confidential services, which include COVID-19 resources, short-term counseling via phone or video, online peer support groups, work/life balance resources, financial advisement and much more.

There are three different ways to contact them:

  1. Call at 1-800-386-7055 (available 24/7)
  2. Send an Email to eapcounselor@ibhcorp.com
  3. Visit the website at ibhworklife.com (For login information, Email Bethany Voorhees at voorheeb@canisius.edu)

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

February’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Amy Beiter is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for February 2020. At Canisius for a little over five years, Amy currently works as an administrative assistant for both the Political Science and Fine Arts departments.
Amy was selected for this award because she has been an incredible asset to the college through her strong organizational and time-management skills, which have kept both departments on track in all they need to accomplish. In addition to these strengths, Amy is an effective communicator, a creative problem solver and a proactive team player, as she is able to anticipate and complete the next task before anyone asks her to do it.
Through all of her diligent work, Amy manages to maintain a positive attitude in every situation, and is constantly challenging herself to learn new things and develop her own skills, setting a great example to all who come in contact with her.
Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Amy on this achievement!
Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

Tune into “Crossroads”

Tune into “Crossroads” this Sunday, April 5 when Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, sits down with program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, to discuss Holy Week in the Catholic, Christian Tradition.”

Father Mattimore is an associate campus minister at Canisius College and also assists with the New Buffalo Institute. During the program, he’ll discuss the services that commemorate and celebrate the central events of Christianity including Palm Sunday, the Sacred Triduum, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

In addition, Father Mattimore will share the latest initiatives underway with the New Buffalo Institute.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities and hosted by Father Lynch, professor emeritus of religious studies and theology. It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

If you miss the Sunday, April 5 broadcast, you can catch it starting Monday, April 6 on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Faces of DACA

This spring, the Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Thousands of DACA recipients will learn if they will continue to be protected from deportation and be able to work in the U.S.

Through the stories of DACA recipients, featured in “Faces of DACA,” the Ignatian Solidarity Network is helping the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to better understand the gravity of what is at stake in this moment for DACA recipients and for our country.

Later today, Friday, April 3, the Ignatian Solidarity Network will release a new set of DACA stories.  To view these stories, please follow this link.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Examen Live II

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Examen Live! is back today, Friday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m.

This week, Deacon Jason Downer, SJ, a graduate of Canisius College, will lead us in an opening prayer and Ms. Kathy Maher will guide us through the Ignatian examen.

Jason serves at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, MA, and is studying theology at Boston College as part of his formation for the priesthood. Kathy serves as coordinator of spiritual life and Ignatian community development at St. Ignatius.

Click here to pray the Examen with us today. 

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

 

 

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 pubrel@canisius.edu 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:

Before it became the Montante Cultural Center, the building which sits at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood place was which of the following:

a. The Villa

b. St. Michael’s Church

c. Sears Roebuck

d. St. Vincent de Paul Church

Congratulations to Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, who was last week’s winner of Trivia Wednesday. Lawrence will receive his Canisius swag once the college returns to normal operations. In the meantime, he shared a photo of himself working remotely from the “Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem” (Thanks for being such a good sport, Jonathan!)

Last week’s Trivia Wednesday question was:

Which Canisius alumna made history in May 2011 when she became the first African-American woman to be named executive sports editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper?

(a) Lisa Wilson ’91

(b) Lenora Foote-Beavers ’92

(c) Cindy Odem ’92

(d) Detra Trueheart ’99

The correct answer was: (a) Lisa Wilson ’91.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Canisius faculty are having all kinds of fun with students while incorporating online tools into their classrooms.

Chris Lee, PhD, professor of religious studies and theology, shared the photo, above, of himself outside 221-B Baker Street, the London address of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

And then there’s Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, also from the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, who beamed in from onboard the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise, to welcome his students to “the new frontier” of online learning. Click above to listen to his clever message.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Damon Young ’02, author and co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, wrote an essay for the Sunday issue of The New York Times, about his angst in the face of COVID-19. Titled “Nothing Matters Anymore (Except What Actually Does),” the piece can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Lenten Reflection IV

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, presents our fourth Lenten Reflection this week via a recorded YouTube video (above). Lawrence’s reflection focuses on Psalm 42, the text of which can be read here.

In addition to his reflection, Lawrence is offering up the short video (above), which he produced a few years ago. The video combines photos from his trips to Israel with a recording of his college choir singing “Sicut Cervus.” “The images show the contrast between the stark desert landscape and the rivers of water,” explains Lawrence.

Lastly, Lawrence shares the following prayer (below), written by his friend Rabbi Arlene Goldstein Berger. The prayer is an adaptation of the “Misheberach” prayer, a traditional Jewish prayer blessing.

Misheberach Avoteinu v’Emoteinu…May the one who blessed our Ancestors bless all of us as we transition from a time of illness and fear to health, from a time of despair to a time filled with blessings of wholeness and happiness.

Bless us with the inspiration of the role models from our heritage:

From Abraham – the ability to get up and go to places unknown because of one’s faith;

From Sarah – the ability to receive the gifts of life after she had lost all hope;

From Isaac – the consciousness of love in and for others;

From Rebecca – the ability to make difficult decisions;

From Jacob – the awareness of when to flee and when to stay and fight;

From Leah – the ability to experience life with dignity;

From Rachel – the existence of patience and ingenuity.

May the Eternal One grant us all years of life and peace, in which we may offer thanks and praise to the faithful and compassionate Healer,

For many days to come.

And let us say, Amen.

Jonathan Lawrence has been a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology since 2005. He is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves a small congregation in the area.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius Connects – Opportunities to Help Those in Need

The New Buffalo Institute created a list of ways to support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing.

Calls for Volunteers: Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge. We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents and families.

Donations: Consider donating to one of the emergency funds below to support our neighbors. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to mary.rockwell@canisius.edu for distribution.

Additional suggestions on how you can assist in the community during this challenging time:

 

Check on your neighbors, especially those who are older. If you do not have a phone number, consider leaving a note with your contact information in the mailbox or on the door, or talking through the door to see if they need support in accessing services or food

 

Basic Needs

 

http://www.volunteerwny.org/    Organized by the United Way and the Service Collaborative of WNY

 

Feeding Health Care Workers WNY Feeds the Frontline provides meals to healthcare workers through local restaurants. To make a donation https://wnyfeedsthefrontline.org/
Blood Donation https://www.redcrossblood.org/
Big Brothers Big Sisters Recruiting volunteer mentors now to begin screening and vetting process for service beginning in the summer.
Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Follow the needs and responses thread on Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, sign up to provide whatever you can.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/740052889874229/

 

Buffalo Solidarity Relief Fund Provides direct peer-to-peer cash  http;//bit.ly/Buffalo Solidarity Support
BMAN’s GoFundMe Funding for the Mutual Support Network program

https;//www.gofundme.com/f/buffalo-mutual-aid-network

 

WNY Covid-19 Community Response Fund https://app.mobilecause.com/form/L0uCXA?vid=6j743       Join 22 local foundations in assisting those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19.
FeedMore WNY Visit FeedMore WNY for a list of active food pantries
https://www.foodbankwny.org/pantry-locator/
NY Immigration Freedom https://nyimmigrantfreedom.org/let-my-people-go/ this fundraiser goes toward bailing people out of immigration detention.
Family Promise WNY List of donations requested

https://www.facebook.com/fpwny/photos/a.189709964373104/3090448497632555/?type=3&theater
http://bit.ly/38WXF0s

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Academic Affairs Hosts Virtual Meet Up

Join in the first Academic Affairs remote teaching virtual meet up this Thursday, April 2, at 2:00 p.mm.

We will welcome Mark Gallimore back from paternity leave, share our successes, exchange new found pro-tips for teaching and learning online, laugh at bloopers and commiserate with each other about our experiences so far.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Canisius Alumni Contribute to the Virtual Classroom

A couple of Canisius alumni, currently working in the field of conservation education, dialed in to Josh Russell’s ABEC 335 class on the subject earlier this week.

Heather Desorcie ’16 and Nick Morelli ’18 shared virtual videos with students in which they spoke about their careers, what students “need to know” and how their Canisius education helped get them to where they are today.

“I figured the alumni videos would give students an opportunity to hear from different voices (other than me) and to see, firsthand, what former students are doing locally with what they’ve learned in my course,” says Russell, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.

Spring Break Social Justice Trip Moved Online

 

Due to the ongoing crisis involving COVID-19, the Society of Pre-Health Professionals’ Social Justice in Health and Healthcare service-learning trip to Washington, DC, during spring break was relocated to Buffalo and ultimately online.

Students (above) met virtually with a representative from the National Coalition for the Homeless.  He shared how his health and healthcare issues contributed to his becoming homeless, how he moved out of homelessness, and how he currently manages his health.

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Then our young alumni (2nd and 3rd year medical students) who have been helping to run UB HEALS, a local street medicine program at the Jacobs School of Medicine, shared their experiences with students, in bringing medicine to individuals here in Buffalo who are living with homelessness and how their Jesuit education influenced their involvement with UB HEALS.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

The Counselors Are In!

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Attention all:  This may be a challenging time but know that the staff in the Counseling Center is available – virtually – to support students. Anyone in need can call the Counseling Center directly at Ext. 2620 or send an Email to counsel@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center

Distancing with a Doc

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The Society of Pre-Health Professionals regularly hosts a “Dessert with a Doc” series, during which small groups of students join one of our medical alumni to discuss their work while enjoying the Doc’s favorite dessert.

This series has moved to an online format March 30, and is now called “Distancing with a Doc.”  And although students missed out on some tiramisu, they still enjoyed their evening with cardiologist Brian Page ’99, MD.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, director, George Schreiner Pre-Medical Center

(Virtual) Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

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The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has developed a virtual Stations of the Cross, a Catholic, Christian devotion common during Lent, in which the campus community is invited to participate.

This online gathering will cast the story of Jesus’ final days in a contemporary context that focuses on pressing economic and ecological issues in our world.  These two issues relate to two of the Society of Jesus’ UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences): Walking with the Excluded and Caring for Our Common Home.

Interested participants can click here to RSVP to the live virtual presentation, scheduled for Good Friday, April 10 at12:00 noon.  Those unable to join the live Good Friday service can view a slide show  and accompanying script to learn more about these issues.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Jesuit Preferences in a Time of Uncertainty

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Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will speak (in English) for about 15 minutes on Thursday, April 2, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., about how he sees the journey of the UAP (Universal Apostolic Preferences) so far and the road ahead.  Father Sosa will also reflect on the particular challenges at this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jesuit companions in mission and friends are all welcome.  Listeners will get a chance to submit questions, to which Father Sosa will reply.

To register, click here

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius in the News

Economics Professors Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD and George Palumbo, PhD, weighed in on a Buffalo News commentary written by reporter David Robinson, which appeared in the Sunday, March 29 edition. The article is titled “Remember When the Steel Plants Closed? This is Twice as Bad” and can be read by clicking here.

Also in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News, a viewpoint article authored by Canisius alumna Cindy Skrzycki ’76. Skrzycki is a visiting professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada who had to make the difficult decision about whether to remain in Canada during the COVID-19 crisis or returning to their permanent home in Pittsburgh, PA. Skrzycki’s article is titled “An Agonizing Decision: Stay in Montreal or return (via Buffalo) to Pittsburgh” can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

The video chat app Zoom is proving to be a communication lifeline for those of us teaching, learning and working remotely. The images above and below, of department and team meetings, were shared with The Dome by Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor of ABEC and biology, Tom Chambers, PhD, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; and Mark Harrington, PhD, assistant vice president for student success.

Pictures (above): Mark Harrington, PhD, leads a team meeting with the team from Student Success

Keep ’em coming! If you’re finding unique ways to stay connected to your Canisius students, colleagues and friends while we’re apart, share with the campus community by making a submission to The Dome by clicking here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Faculty Tenure & Promotions

Let’s all join together in congratulating the eight Canisius faculty members recently promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure status. Their work and scholarly achievements enrich Canisius College and play a significant role in preparing today’s students to become the next generation of leaders.

The following honorees were awarded tenure status and promoted to associate professor:

Shawn M. O’Rourke, PhD, co-chair of the Kinesiology Department and director of sport management and sport administration; and

Joshua J. Russell, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation.            

The following honorees were promoted to full professors:

Lorreine DiCamillo, PhD, associate professor of teacher education and interim associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services;

Michael Forest, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC);

Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology;

Matthew W. Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology;

Jamie O’Neil, MFA, associate professor of digital media arts; and

Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor of management.

Submitted by: College Communications

Public Safety Swears in Newest Officer

Director of Public Safety Kimberly Beaty swore in the department’s newest officer, Jared Westhoven on Monday, March 20. Westhoven was promoted from full-time dispatcher to full-time officer. He is a 2019 graduate of Canisius College with degrees in criminal justice and psychology.

Congratulations Jared!

Submitted by: College Communications

Tea@2 via ZOOM

Faculty and staff from the Classics and Fine Arts departments and members of the Institute of Classical and Medieval Studies continued their Tea@2 tradition – virtually – on Friday, March 27.

‘Medusa’ also joined the conversation, which included lively chats about working and teaching remotely, our students, gardening and the adventures of grocery shopping. Everyone was grateful for the continued connections to the campus and while Medusa was particularly anxious about not sharing snacks, we look forward to next week’s Tea@2, scheduled for Friday, April 3.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Yvonne Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of Art History and the Fine Arts Department, at widenory@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

 

(Virtual) Solidarity on Tap

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Socializing meets social justice at 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, April 1 when the Ignatian Solidarity Network welcomes Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, for its weekly “Solidarity on Tap” session.  Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women.  He will host a conversation titled Radical Kinship.

To join the conversation, click here or visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Facebook Live page.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Looking for a Way to Volunteer?

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Campus Ministry is asking the campus community to consider donating to the Jewish Family Services Emergency Donation Drive. The organization is in need of non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and medical supplies, which can be dropped off at Jewish Family Services located at 70 Barker Street in Buffalo. (Drop-off bins are located in the downstairs hallway through the Barker Street entrance.)

Submitted by: College Communications

Beware of Zoombombing

With so many of us turning to Zoom and other video-conferencing platforms to stay connected to one another, an unfortunate phenomenon is taking hold. “Zoombombing” is an instance in which an uninvited guest (or guests) uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast inappropriate content. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allows anyone to join. Violators collect these links and share them in private chat groups, and then sign on to other people’s calls to cause mischief.

On Thursday, March 26, Zoom released an update to the default screen sharing settings for education accounts, in an effort to increase security and privacy for meetings. To learn more about these protective changes, click here.

In addition to these steps, everyone should follow these best practices:

  • Be sure your computer has the latest version of Zoom installed
  • Share your Zoom links with students directly or via D2L
  • Do not post links publicly or on social media
  • Watch the participant list while you are running the meeting.
    • The host has all the control so set your preferences accordingly
    • If you don’t recognize a name on your list of participants, question or eject them

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at 88i-8340, email helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS

It’s Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1987 when Canisius College broke ground on the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library expansion project.

The Bouwhuis Library was originally built in 1958. Since that time, student enrollment at the college had doubled and the library collection nearly quadrupled, necessitating the need for increased space and more modern equipment.

The $8 million expansion project renovated and expanded the original library structure, tripling its size and including space for a half-million volumes and seating for 760 students.

Submitted by: College Communications

Campus Candids … sort of

Marya Grande, PhD, professor of teacher education, shared the screenshot above of students in her course, titled Nature and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities. The class is using a tool called FlipGrid to host video discussion forums. It’s simple, says Grande, “students post a video and can post video replies back to their classmates’ videos.” Grande adds that “many elementary and high school teachers are using FlipGrid so I thought it would be great to model how it could be used at a time like this, to help us continue a sense of community.”

Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, is helping to keep her students’ spirits up during this time of transition. Earlier this week, she invited those in her Gender & Philosophy course to share any pictures, memes or video messages that they found “hilarious or heartwarming,” on their class discussion board. The students came through. Pictured above are just a few images of what students shared.

We hope you’ll find them hilarious or heartwarming, as well, and continue to share, with The Dome, the fun and innovative ways in which you, your students and colleagues are staying together, while we’re apart.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Connects – Volunteer Opportunities to Help Those in Need

In this time of crisis, many of our students, faculty and staff are asking how they can be of help.  Some are developing online resources for homeschooling parents or providing advice to small business owners or non-profit organizations.

At the same time, schools and non-profit organizations are seeking our help.  The New Buffalo Institute is working to assist the Buffalo community through these difficult days by providing a list of volunteering opportunities with contact information for our community members as we become aware of them.  More detailed information is included in the list below.

If you would like to add to our collection of resources or if you are aware of community needs, please contact Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute, at mary.rockwell@canisius.edu.

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Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

ITS Help Desk Hours & Using VPN

Working remotely is a new reality for all of us.  Many are now using VPN (Virtual Private Network) on a college-owned computer from home to do their college-related work.  If you are using VPN, please look over the wiki page for some useful information to be aware of while using the VPN.

If you need help with VPN or any other computer-related issue, be assured that the ITS Help Desk is open for business.  We are manning the phones from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To get in touch with us, you can still call 888-8340.  If we don’t answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get right back to you.  You can also Email the Help Desk at helpdesk@canisius.edu or visit http://helpdesk.canisius.edu

We can use TeamViewer to remotely assist you on your PC or Mac computer.  Please contact us with any IT-related issue you may be having.  Working remotely is a new and exciting challenge and we are here to help.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS