Copy of April 2018 Newsletter
April 2018
Faculty Development & Opportunities
DYC Conference on Teaching Innovation |
May 22


This year, we will host our first D’Youville Conference on Teaching Innovation. The event will be focused on six major concerns: exemplary pedagogy, technology-infused instruction, outcome-based assessment, inclusive strategies, research and scholarship, and faculty wellness. The morning will take place in our historic Kavinoky Theater and will feature our “Classroom Moments” series, short story-style talks about Aha! classroom moments that made our speakers pause. After lunch, attendees will get a chance to select from a list of active workshop sessions. Speakers are being added to our site daily. Registration is open to the public.

THATCamp Buffalo @ DYC | May 23


A THATCamp is a conference for educators to explore the critical integration of technology (see below) into their teaching. The morning will be comprised of focused “Boot Camp” sessions. An initial brainstorming session will lead to any number of possible presentations in the afternoon. It is all up to the group. Come with a curiosity and leave with answers and strategies from the collective.
>>>Register now.
DYC Faculty Retreat |
June 12-14


The Institute for Teaching Innovation (ITI) is pleased to announce DYC’s inaugural Faculty Retreat, entitled “Recharge and Reflect.” This three-day retreat will take place from June 12-14, 2018, at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and will provide time and support for faculty members to collaborate on solutions that plague classrooms and focus on how to redesign or design a course that will support these solutions. Applications are now open and will remain open until capacity is reached or until May 5.
>>>Apply now.
Faculty Library Workshop | April 10


Come celebrate National Library Week by learning about the new tools that the library has to offer! Get updated on some new projects that the library is working on! This event promises to highlight updates to Refworks, an overview of Curriculum Builder (a new product that allows faculty to create reading lists in Canvas that link students directly into the library’s databases), an update on Credo Education, and an update on embedded librarians in online courses.

Join the ITI Team to Volunteer for Feed my Starving Children on April 14 – 15


D’Youville is partnering with Villa Maria College to pack mobile food packs that will be distributed through Feed My Starving Children.  D’Youville is signing up for Saturday, April 14 from 6:00-8:00pm and Sunday, April 15th from 3:30-5:30pm at Villa Maria College in their gym. The ITI…
Lunch & Learn: Accessibility, Accommodations, and Disability Services in the Classroom | April 18


This Lunch & Learn will be a discussion about accessibility, accommodations, and disability services in the classroom. Join Isabelle Vecchio as she leads the group in a discussion on this important topic.
>>>Register now.
Local Conferences & Events


Research & Scholarship Day | April 23 | Call for Abstracts
D’Youville College will host its annual Research and Scholarship Day on Monday, April 23, 2018. As usual, we will select faculty and their student collaborators from across the college to present posters showcasing their cutting-edge work. As an added feature, there will also be a small number of short “Ted-style” presentations of exciting work on projects unsuited to poster presentation. We invite faculty from all disciplines to submit abstracts for review by a committee of faculty from across the four schools by Friday, April 6.

WHO: D’Youville College
WHAT: Annual Research and Scholarship Day
WHEN: April 23, 2018, 4-6 PM
WHERE: Second Floor, School of Arts, Sciences, and Education Building
CONTACT: Shoshanna Zucker ( or Brandon Absher (
Sign up to Join A Faculty-Led Writing Group
One faculty member expressed interest in starting a writing group. If you are interested in joining, please email We will find a time each month that works for everyone.
Our Faculty
Mixed Methods Teaching in Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Therapeutics


This month, I asked to observe two Pharmacy classes I had heard about, Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Therapeutics. Both classes are taught by Dr. Michael MacEvoy, clinical assistant professor and director of experiential education in our School of Pharmacy. Today’s pharmacists act as part of…
Teaching Strategies & Methods
Guide to Better Group Work


In general, the research says that group work can increase motivation, develop individual responsibility, and allows students to co-construct knowledge as a result of member interactions that produce new viewpoints.
Educational Technology


The College Library subscribes to the Refworks, a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources.

Word Online


Word Online allows you to work on your documents from anywhere and co-author with anyone.

Other News
ITI Monthly Survey: What writing tools and apps are you using?


Please share what is working for you with your fellow faculty. The results will be published in the next newsletter.
Chinese Faculty Experience D’Youville Through New Partnership


Thanks to a partnership with Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (GXTCM), D’Youville will be the temporary home to 22 faculty members throughout this semester. The GXTCM faculty members are on campus from February 11 to May 11 to take part in the Global Faculty Professional…
Administrators and Teachers from Charter School for Applied Technologies Visit D’Youville College


The room features a SimMan3G that is a simulated patient model. SimMan3G is surrounded by audio and visual devices for capturing and recording activities students engage in for health care education. The unit features flexible and mobile wireless technologies, an automatic drug recognition system,…
The academic withdrawal date is Thursday, April 29th. Please email names of any of your students who have not attended at all or stopped attending your course to Amy Yoder ( before this deadline.
The fall 2018 schedule went live on Friday 3/30/2018. Advisors should begin advising students as to which individual sections they should register for. Students can now use the DYC app, Ellucian Go, to view 2018 Fall’s course offerings and register for classes. More information on the app is available here. For questions, contact the Registrar’s office.

The D’Youville Facilities, IT and Academic Affairs teams are collaborating to conduct a comprehensive assessment of classroom technology needs, co-chaired by Rooz Tavakoli, CIO, and James Cypert, Director, Interprofessional Education Simulation Center, who together will focus on classroom technology issues through both an academic and an IT/facilities lens. In the meantime:

  • For urgent tech support while teaching a class: call the Help Desk at 829-8282, or classroom technology in need of repair or upgrade, but not immediately: please fill out a ticket at
  • For Interprofessional Education or simulation design and planning: please contact James Cypert.·
  • For classrooms (and other areas of campus) that are in need of repair or attention, but not urgently: please enter the work ticket at:
An enhancement to the faculty overview page is now available in Self-Service. To access Self-Service, go to the DYC portal at and click on the red Self-Service button. The number of students on a waitlist for your section can be accessed on the faculty overview page. For questions, contact the Registrar’s office.
As the termination of Moodle is fast approaching, eLearning would like to remind the campus community that all Moodle committee sites and courses will be inaccessible as of May 31, 2018. For those of you who are in charge of your committee sites you will need to initiate the migration process ASAP. If you have not already done so please fill out this form: Any questions or inquires in regards to committee sites, please contact James Proulx.
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