Alumni News

Award to recognize commitment of secretary to business school

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 00:44

Sue Skrobiak’s career of almost 40 years dedicated to the Odette School of Business will receive recognition with a new award. She joined the University’s staff as a secretary in the Faculty of Business Administration in 1980, and died in November 2018.

The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence will be presented annually to a recipient who has positively impacted the Odette School of Business MBA Program for a sustained period.

“Sue worked for the School of Business for almost 40 years and most of that time was devoted exclusively to our MBA program,” explains dean Mitch Fields. “The entire Odette team — faculty, staff, students, and alumni — really wanted to recognize her contribution.”

Award recipients can be an alumnus of the program, a past Odette faculty or staff member, or an engaged individual or organization. The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence will be bestowed at the Odette Dean’s Dinner, the culmination of the fall MBA orientation and an event that Skrobiak cherished.

In addition, an annual bursary will be given to a current MBA student in honour of the Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence recipient. The school plans to raise funds for an endowment to support the student bursary.

Donations given beyond the endowment target will be directed to other worthy causes related to the Odette MBA program and its students. Priority will be given to the refurbishment of the Odette MBA student lounge; upon its completion, the space will be renamed in honour of Skrobiak. Any additional funds will be directed to activities and projects, like MBA case competitions, MBA leadership forums, and updates to the main MBA classroom within the Odette School of Business.

The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence was developed in consultation with her husband John and daughters Amie and Melissa.

“No words can express the devastating loss our family has endured,” explains John Skrobiak. “This award will be a constant reminder to us and others of Sue’s contributions, efforts, care, and kindness that she exhibited throughout her life and her career. We are honoured and humbled that Sue’s name will live on through Odette, the MBA program and in our family’s hearts forever.”

Donation information is available on the Odette website.

Mitch FieldsGerry KerrSue SkrobiakAlumniAcademic Area: Business

Final home game to draw Lancer football fans to Alumni Field

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 00:44

Saturday’s Lancer football game, the team’s final home contest of 2019, promises action off the field as well as on it.

As part of Alumni Week festivities, the University of Windsor Alumni Association is hosting a barbecue, starting at 11:45 a.m. in the stadium. This year’s inductees in the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame will be introduced to the crowd.

For Seniors’ Day, fans will have a chance to show appreciation before kick-off for all Windsor football players graduating this year.

It’s Minor Football Day, allowing free admission to all Windsor minor football players wearing their team jerseys.

Athletics staff promise loads of promotions and giveaways over the course of the day, and there’s even a game — the Lancers will take to Alumni Field to line up against the Laurier Golden Hawks at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

Visit the Lancers webpage for additional information or to purchase game tickets.

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Alumni dinner to feature whisky tasting

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 00:08

The J.P. Wiser’s Experience Centre in the Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery is the setting for a whisky tasting and dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 2. The event is hosted by the University of Windsor Alumni Association as part of its Alumni Week activities.

It will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at 2072 Riverside Dr. E. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance. Find more details, including the online order form, on the alumni website.

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Partnership provides platform for career conversations

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 00:15

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners can meet up for career conversations, in-person or online, thanks to a partnership between the University of Windsor and a technology platform called Ten Thousand Coffees.

Launched during 2019 Spring Convocation, the platform has registered students and alumni eager to meet like-minded individuals to share their experiences, answer questions, and provide guidance.

UWindsor Ten Thousand Coffees will help participants gain a better understanding of what careers are available, develop their communication skills through real-world practice, and build a network of other University of Windsor students, alumni, faculty and staff based on interests and skills.

It is powered by RBC Future Launch, which funds programs to prepare youth for the changing world of work.

“Technology is changing the way we network and communicate,” says Rob Janisse, leader of the UWindsor Ten Thousand Coffees team. “This platform provides participants with meaningful conversations based on shared interested and areas of expertise in an easy-to-use online environment.”

He encourages staff and faculty not only to share this new platform with students they interact with, but to sign up as mentors. Find more information, including details on how to sign up, on the program website.

Rob JanisseStrategic Priority: Provide an exceptional undergraduate experienceAlumni

Event to introduce social work grads to new faculty and spaces

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 00:40

An event Oct. 3 will show appreciation to alumni of the School of Social Work, inviting them to tour its facilities in Windsor Hall and meet new members of faculty:

Rory Truell, secretary-general of the International Federation of Social Workers, will deliver a keynote address.

The event will run 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the downtown home of the School of Social Work, 167 Ferry St. Space is limited; RSVP by Monday, Sept. 23.

Filipe DuarteKristen LwinCamisha SibblisCynthia StirbysMary Kay MorandAlumniAcademic Area: Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesSocial Work

Student documentary shortlisted for prize

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:28

Braunte Petric hasn’t even begun her graduate studies in filmmaking and she’s already making her mark — TV Ontario has named her work Defender among the 10 finalists in its Short Doc Contest.

The film is an interview with Windsor Law professor Julie Macfarlane, founder of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, which advocates for access to justice.

Petric first became aware of the project as an intern during her undergraduate studies in communication, media, and film, which she completed this spring. This semester, she has begun pursuit of an MFA in film studies.

“My film is about bringing awareness to the world of law,” she says. “Unless you are suing someone, have been sued, or know someone involved in a lawsuit, you would have no knowledge of how our court system is changing.”

While people struggle to afford legal representation, Petric notes Macfarlane is fighting for them.

“She is an amazing interviewee,” says Petric. “I really enjoyed making a powerful story about this group advocating for others.”

She was “overwhelmed” to learn her piece was selected to the top 10 and shares credit with cinematographer Armend Bajrami.

“No matter what, even if our entry doesn’t win, it will always be on the TVO website,” Petric says. “I’m so grateful it has even made it this far.”

Judges will award first, second, and third prizes, but the public will determine the People’s Choice winner. Voting is open through Sept. 16; watch all entries and cast a ballot on the contest website.

Braunte PetricJulie MacfarlaneStrategic Priority: Pursue strengths in research and graduate educationAlumniAcademic Area: Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesCommunications, Media & FilmCreative ArtsLawResearch

Alumni Sports Hall of Fame to welcome new inductees

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:25

Former Lancer stars from track and field, football, and volleyball will join the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony Sunday, Oct. 6.

Decathlete Jamie Adjetey-Nelson (BA 2007, B.Ed 2009), jumper Stephanie Gouin (BHK 1999), wide receiver Arjei Franklin (BHK 2005, B.Ed 2006), and men’s volleyball MVP Steve Ray (BASc 1996) will be honoured as part of Alumni Weekend celebrations.

Adjetey-Nelson was an all-star in track and field and helped lead the blue and gold to five provincial and three national championships. He received the Olympic Shield as Lancer male athlete of the year in 2009. A gold medalist in the decathlon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he continues to hold the University of Windsor record in pentathlon.

Gouin was a four-time all-Canadian and provincial first team all-star in long jump and a member of the Lancer 4x200m relay team. She led the Lancer women to two Canadian track and field championships, earning team MVP honours in 1997 and 1998. Her 6.10m mark remains the Lancer record in the women’s long jump.

Franklin received the Olympic Shield in 2005, and still holds the Lancer records in career receiving yards and total punt returns. A two-time OUA all-star and CIS all-Canadian, he was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and enjoyed a seven-year career in the Canadian Football League.

Ray is one of very few student-athletes to capture both the Olympic Shield and DeMarco Award, combining athletic and academic excellence. A four-time OUA all-star, he led Windsor squads to an OUA silver medal in 1995 and 1996, becoming the first Lancer ever selected to the Canadian national team.

To be inducted in the Builder/Coach category are track and field assistant coach Don Garrod (BA 1996) and the late Gary Malloy (BA 1983, B.Ed 1984), head coach of Lancer cross country.

The Sport Achievement award, recognizing contributions to sport beyond the University of Windsor campus, is being presented to major league baseball player and Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall (BHK 2007). The 1995-96 national champion women’s cross country team will receive the Team Achievement award.

Find more information on all the honorees at goLancers.ca.

Register to attend the awards presentation on the event website.

Jamie Adjetey-NelsonStephanie GouinArjei FranklinSteve RayDon GarrodGary MalloyJoe SiddallAlumni

Cheers greet incoming students

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:24

Kayla Jakobszen had a “stunning” welcome to the University of Windsor, winning a semester’s tuition free Wednesday in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

“This is the best way I can imagine starting my time at the University,” said the first-year student of English and business. “I can’t believe I won. My parents are going to be so excited.”

The annual prize draw — worth up to $4,000 — is sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association and held during the Welcoming Celebration, a pep rally that forms part of orientation activities for new students.

Nursing major Tala Abdallah said the event drew her in after the more serious presentations on academic expectations.

“I just wanted to stay longer and bond,” she said. “It’s so hype!”

Her friend Lina Mekawi, starting classes today in human kinetics, agreed.

“It’s like a family, so you don’t want to leave in case you miss anything,” she said. “Even if you’re normally quiet, you’re screaming.”

UWindsor Welcome Week programming continues across campus. Classes in most programs begin today — Thursday, Sept. 5. The week will culminate in the Lancer varsity football game at 1 p.m. Saturday on Alumni Field.

Find more information on UWindsor Welcome Week activities on the program website.

Kayla JakobszenBeth Ann PrinceTala AbdallahLina MekawiAlumni AssociationStrategic Priority: Provide an exceptional undergraduate experienceAlumni

Book promises to help student reach goals

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 00:46

Is there a secret to achieving success at university?

There is, says UWindsor computer science grad Franklin Ezenwa (BSc 2015), and he promises to share it in his recently-published book, Be a High Achiever: Achieving All-round Success in College & University.

“The content of the book was squarely directed by a survey done on current students in colleges and universities to learn about their needs, fears, concerns, and desires,” Ezenwa says.

“I garnered priceless success tips from high-achieving students.”

His tips include:

  • planning a successful school journey;
  • selecting the right courses and program;
  • setting goals and formulating plans to bring them to fruition;
  • maintaining balance at school;
  • succeeding in the major areas of school life; and
  • getting ready for life after graduation.

In addition to earning high grades while at university, Ezenwa participated in extracurricular activities, including more than three years mentoring peers in the Connecting4Success program. Within a week following his graduation, he was hired by IBM Canada, where he currently works as a cloud developer.

Franklin EzenwaAlumni


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