DailyNews Issue for Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014

Week of activity promises a warm welcome to UWindsor for new and returning students

kid hauling boxes to dorm roomResidence Move-in Day—Sunday, August 31—will usher in UWindsor Welcome Week.

UWindsor Welcome Week isn’t just for students, says organizer Soula Serra.

“We hope that faculty and staff will get a chance to enjoy our activities, too,” says Serra, a student development specialist in the Student Success Centre. “Whether as participants, spectators or volunteers, there is plenty for everyone to do.”

She says the centrepiece of the week is the Welcoming Celebration on Wednesday, September 3, which caps a day of orientation sessions for every academic program.

“Welcoming Celebration is a tradition that gathers all first-year students to represent their programs,” she says. “Students sign their Class of 2018 banner and are welcomed by our president, Alan Wildeman. We invite all faculty and staff to attend and support Dr. Wildeman in welcoming the new students. Don’t miss the excitement!”

Serra encourages everyone to wear their Lancer gear to attend the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in the St. Denis Centre fieldhouse.

Highlights of the week’s activities include:

Sunday, August 31. Residence move-in day ends with a reception for parents at 3 p.m. Students will hang around for an interactive comedy show featuring Daryn Jones and Danielle Wade and close out the evening with an outdoor double film feature in the Residence Quad.

Monday, September 1. The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and Campus Ministry are sponsoring a pancake breakfast; next up is a pep rally to gets fans ready for the Lancer football season opener at 1 p.m. on Alumni Field.

Tuesday, September 2. Get wet at the Lancer Nation Slip ’n’ Slide water balloon fight or enjoy free barbecue at the UWWW Beach Party. Or both!

Wednesday, September 3. Academic orientation sessions are mandatory for first-year students in all faculties and programs; the 3 p.m. Welcoming Celebration is a must for new students. The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance is hosting a pool party at the city’s new downtown water park, Adventure Bay.

Thursday, September 4. The first day of classes offers free grub at the Adrenaline Rush inflatable carnival, at a pasta buffet dinner, and at midnight: pancakes!

Friday, September 5. The Lancer Cup competition will wrap up with Crazy Olympics but if brain power is more your bag, check out the trivia extravaganza. End your week with a drive-in movie—no car necessary.

Saturday, September 6. Shine Day will see UWindsor students joining the largest post-secondary fundraiser in Canada, taking their shoe-shining skills to the streets of Windsor to benefit cystic fibrosis charities. Cheer on the blue and gold at the second Lancer football game of the season before heading out to the Coming Home Music Festival on Windsor’s riverfront.

Visit www.uwindsorwelcome.ca for a full list of events, locations and times, or grab the event guide from the Welcome Tent, located in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 2 to 5.

Buttons aid students in identifying eager helpers

Joanne Gibbs exhibits a button inviting questions from newcomers to campus.Joanne Gibbs exhibits a button inviting questions from newcomers to campus.

The Student Success Centre invites all UWindsor staff and faculty to wear “Ask Me” buttons for the first half of September, making it easier for new students to identify people who can provide them with a welcoming smile, directions or basic campus information.

A key piece of information is the location of the Welcome Tent, says UWindsor Welcome Week organizer Soula Serra.

“Please point our new students or anyone looking for information on activities to the tent, which will be set up in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls,” she says.

The tent is staffed September 2 to 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Ask Me” buttons are white and sport the university’s official logo. To get yours, contact Joanne Gibbs in Student Affairs at buddy@uwindsor.ca. She asks that wherever possible, departments coordinate their requests so that all of the buttons can be sent to one contact person for distribution.

Competition designed to spawn tradition

Lancer Cup poster imageThe Lancer Cup will foster school spirit through a series of competitions through UWindsor Welcome Week.

A new campus-wide competition will combine several different categories of contest to build school spirit.

Although only in its first year, the Lancer Cup is designed to become a long-standing tradition, says coordinator Rob Crawford.

“We want to instill a sense of pride to students along with the idea that everyone at Windsor is a Lancer,” he says. “While it is important for us to welcome new students, our intention is to bridge a gap to bring upper-year and commuter students to inter-mix with the first years.”

The competition will field teams of six participants drawn from societies, clubs, groups, and faculties across campus in four contests:

  • Tough Lancer, a 5km “fun-run” designed by fitness coordinator Frank Jenney to test students’ physical fitness and mental toughness;
  • Bedracers, teams race against the clock—and each other—to push a bed on wheels carrying one of their members;
  • Lancers Got Talent, performances that allow participants to show their creative sides;
  • Crazy Olympics, testing teams on their problem-solving skills and ability to work together through 10 events.

When the dust settles and the points are tabulated, top teams will win prizes in UwinCASH—$1200, $600 and $300 for first, second and third place, respectively.

Sign up as an individual or a team of six through the online registration form.

Labour Day to close most campus facilities Monday

Students sitting outside BruThe Bru outlet in Alumni Hall is one of the few campus amenities that will operate on Labour Day.

University offices will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of the Labour Day holiday.

Facilities in the St. Denis fieldhouse will close Monday, although the stadium will open for the Lancer football home opener. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Leddy Library will open from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Paul Martin Law Library will close at noon Friday, August 29, and re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1.

Food Services will serve dinner Monday in the Crocodile Grill in Vanier Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. and will operate the Bru outlet in Alumni Hall from 5 to 11 p.m.

Lancer fan analyzes data for contest win

Football players enter stadiumLancer football kicks off its 2014 season Monday, September 1, hosting the Queen’s Gaels on Alumni Field.

Institutional analyst Robyn Nease put her analytical skills to good use, winning Monday’s DailyNews quiz contest and its prize of two gold-seat tickets to the Lancer football season opener, Monday on Alumni Field.

Nease’s entry was drawn from all those which correctly named kicker Dan Cerino as the team’s leading scorer last season, sixth place as Windsor’s 2013 finish, and Tai Pham as the squad’s leading sacker.

The Lancers will host the Queen’s Gaels in the Labour Day Classic with kick-off set for 1 p.m.

Varsity golfers to tee up at Ambassador Golf Club

The Lancer golf program has a new home—Ambassador Golf Club, where new coach Adam Hughes is head pro.

It is an exciting partnership, says athletics director Mike Havey.

“We are thrilled to have Adam Wagner on board to serve as head coach,” he said. “We expect he will help grow our program in the years to come and help ensure that our student-athletes have an outstanding golf experience here at the University of Windsor.”

Wagner said he is looking forward to the opportunity to develop student-athletes both on and off the course. He named Randy McQueen, head pro at Roseland Golf Club, as an assistant coach.

The team will hold try-outs September 3. Find more details in the story Wagner named new Head Coach of Lancer Golf at goLancers.ca.

Women and work theme of 2014 visitors series

Renée Bondy speaks at a sneak preview event Tuesday.Renée Bondy, an organizer of the 2014 Distinguished Visitors in Women’s Studies program, speaks at a sneak preview event Tuesday.

When Jacqui Cardillo first began work at Ford some 30 years ago, she found an environment less than welcoming to women.

“There wasn’t a locker room, just an area of the production floor with lockers in it,” she recalls. “I had to turn my back so the men wouldn’t think I was watching them.”

Feeling uncomfortable changing in front of her co-workers, Cardillo simply pulled coveralls over her street clothes.

Although workplaces have improved since then, progress still remains before they can be called equitable, she told those gathered Tuesday in the Odette Building for a sneak preview of the 2014 Distinguished Visitors in Women’s Studies program.

Cardillo, a tool- and die-maker and 2014 grad of women’s studies, shared her experiences to help set the tone for this year’s theme, “Women’s Lives, What’s Working?” Events this fall will allow for a broad view of the topic, says organizer Renée Bondy.

“We all work, don’t we—whether it’s paid, underpaid or unpaid,” she says. “It’s a theme everyone has some investment in.”

Discussions will range from employment issues to volunteering, care-giving and activism: work that is essential to society but often unacknowledged.

“The way we think about work is changing in the 21st century,” Dr. Bondy says. “While there are so many more opportunities for women, it raises new questions.”

The centrepiece of this fall’s program is the community keynote event, October 29 at the WFCU Centre.

Titled “The Work of Feminist Activism,” it will feature Shari Graydon, founder of Informed Opinions, a social enterprise which works to build women’s leadership through media engagement, and Julie S. Lalonde, a social justice advocate working in the areas of sexual violence prevention and reproductive justice.

IT Services staff prove to be big wheels on campus

bikers pose in front of the University Computer CentreIT Services staff racked up more than 3,600 km in commutes during the Bike to Work program this summer.

Working on computers all day can be dangerous to one’s health, says Eyob Woldemichael. That’s why the application programmer in Information Technology Services decided to challenge his co-workers to get more active.

“Working in IT is very sedentary; you’re just sitting all the time,” Woldemichael says. “I wanted to think of a way to promote more exercise.”

His solution: issuing a challenge for IT Service staff to bicycle to work this summer, with a total goal of 3,000 km. Once they got pedalling, they blew right past that goal, topping out at 3,600 km Wednesday.

“Bicycling is better for the environment and saves money, too,” Wolemichael says. “But the main motivation is health. Every time you bike in to work, it’s the start of a good day.”

Michael Kenney, with a 13-km commute each way, led the pack with a total of more than 700 km.

“I enjoy riding my bike when I can,” he says, especially after a record long, cold winter. “It’s a lot less stressful than fighting car traffic.”

He plans to continue riding to work, and now has an added boost as the winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ambassador Bicycles in a draw celebrating the conclusion of the ITS Bike to Work program.

Other winners included:

  • Kevin Macnaughton, who won another $100 Ambassador Bicycles gift certificate sponsored by CUPE Local 1393, which represents most IT Services staff, and
  • Armand Gaudette, who won two $50 gift certificates to Best Buy, courtesy of IT Services.

In addition to providing a prize, the department’s executive director Bala Kathiresan allowed participants to store their bikes in the University Computer Centre basement lab.

“Supporting staff members’ health and well-being will have a positive impact on their morale,” he said. “I fundamentally believe that staff who bike to work will improve their health, be productive and help improve our environment.”

He said he will be glad to allow other campus employees to park their bikes in the lab when it closes each summer.

Another key support came from the Lancer Green Fund administered by Paul Henshaw, the Univeristy’s environmental advocate. The fund paid for juice, water and cereal bars for riders each Wednesday.

Employees report to re-assigned parking spots

Laurie Butler-Grondin distributes coffee and cookies to a patron of the new campus parking garage.Laurie Butler-Grondin, manager of parking services, distributes coffee and cookies to a patron of the new campus parking garage to mark its official opening Tuesday.

Faculty and staff who switched their campus parking spots Tuesday reported few hurdles, says Laurie Butler-Grondin, manager of parking services.

She was on hand in the new parking garage through most of the morning, greeting employees who took up their new assignments, handing out coffee and cookies. Other parking services staffers did the same at the entrances to S and Q lots.

“We wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible,” she said. “I have been here to address any concerns, but so far I haven’t heard of any major challenges.”

Hundreds of permit holders saw a change in their parking spot assignments as a result of the closure of several lots to accommodate the reconstruction of Sunset Avenue as a pedestrian esplanade from Wyandotte Street north to the Education Building.

Work-Study program now accepting job proposals

The Student Awards and Financial Aid office and the Student Success Centre invite campus departments to submit job proposals for the 2014/2015 Work Study Program.

The Work Study Program funds on-campus, part-time employment to students demonstrating financial need. For additional information about the Work Study Program and the policies and procedures associated, please visit the Work Study website at: http://www.uwindsor.ca/awards/work-study-employer-information.

Job proposal submissions are to be submitted through the mySuccess system managed by the Student Success Centre/Career Services, and are due by October 15.