Lancer grads to grace Canadian athletics roster

Two UWindsor alumnae are among the 56 athletes who will represent Canada on the track at the 2013 Summer Universiade, July 7 to12 in Kazan, Russia.

Melissa Bishop (BHK 2010, B.Ed 2011) and Noelle Montcalm (BScN 2012) will suit up in the red and white; Bishop will run the 800-metre event, while Montcalm will compete in the 400-metre hurdles.

UWindsor grads to carry on Catholic Campus Ministry

Two UWindsor grads working for Assumption University have pledged to carry on the work of Campus Ministry as chaplain Rev. Chris Valka prepares to take up a posting in Toronto.

“Campus Ministry will continue to provide a rich experience of spiritual, liturgical, educational, and social opportunities for students,” says Thomas Dula, faith formation coordinator.

Hundreds enjoy close encounters of the scientific kind

The wonders of science were on display Saturday to hundreds of visitors attending Science Rendezvous at the CAW Student Centre. Volunteer presenters organized activities and exhibits in a range of disciplines, from chemistry, physics and biology to computer science, astronomy, forensics and engineering.

Windsor was one of a number of sites across Canada participating in the festival, showcasing world-class research happening at the nation’s universities and other institutions.

UWindsor student-athlete recognized as woman of influence

Lancer alumna Nicole Sassine was one of 19 female scholar-athletes from across the province honoured by Ontario University Athletics as “Women of Influence” at a luncheon held Tuesday, May 7. The award honours female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study.

Sassine says she is proud to have won recognition both for academic and athletic accomplishment.

Audit turns up additional opportunities for recycling

Sorting through the University’s garbage can be a little disheartening, says Taylor Purdy.

A master’s student of environmental engineering, she combed through a pile of trash Friday outside the maintenance compound on Union Avenue, conducting an audit of the waste produced on campus.

“At least half of this could have been recycled,” Purdy said. “It’s especially sad because this pile comes from the Centre for Engineering Innovation, a LEED-certified building where we are not recycling like we could be.”

Teacher candidates put secondary science students through their paces

Science Olympiad serves several purposes, organizer Paul Preney said Friday as teams from local high schools took part in the event.

“The competitors have fun, learn about teamwork and solve problems,” said Preney, a doctoral candidate in computer science and three-time UWIndsor grad (BSc 1996, MSc 2000, BEd 2006). “Plus they get to see a university campus and meet some of our students.”

PhD student hopes to make life easier for young Arab immigrants

Nesreen Elkord wants to make life a little simpler for young Arabs who are new to Canada.

“It’s really my passion to try to make the experiences of these kids easier than it was for me,” says Elkord, a PhD student in the Faculty of Education who studies under the tutelage of professor Shi Jing Xu. “I know I can’t do that all by myself, but I do feel that I have a duty to do this work.”

Faculty of Education to open doors for March 8 recruitment event

Friday’s open house is aimed at helping applicants appreciate what the University of Windsor has to offer, but that doesn’t have to mean just first-entry programs, say organizers of a project in the Faculty of Education. They are hoping to attract University graduates interested in pursuing study in education.

“An education degree will enhance graduates’ abilities in leadership, professional development, instructional, motivational and interpersonal skills,” says acting dean Karen Roland.

Education students planning fun activities for Family Day

Teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education are offering local families a fun way to spend their holiday February 18. The Family Fun Day promises games and activities Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Neal Education Building.

Students have planned arts and crafts, face painting, fortune telling, carnival games, a fingerprinting clinic and more.

Admission is by donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation and the Teachers for Tanzania project.

Social justice conference promotes teachers as agents of change

By making a difference in their students and their classrooms, teachers can make a difference in the world. That was the theme of the sixth annual Social Justice in Education Conference, held Friday, February 1, in the Education Building.

In addition to presentations on topics as diverse as Aboriginal history, intercultural communication, civil liberties and addressing disabilities, the daylong event included a volunteer fair and exhibit of student projects promoting pluralism.