DailyNews Issue for Monday, Jun 27th, 2016

Drama professor traces influence of Windsor grads

costumesDrama professor Esther Van Eek designed these costumes for a production this summer by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, of a comedy loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Enrico Spada, Shakespeare & Co.

“All the world may be a stage, but the theatre is a definitely a small world,” says UWindsor faculty member Esther Van Eek.

A professor in the School of Dramatic Art, she recently returned from her fourth season designing costumes for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

While there, Van Eek was assisted by a student who spent the last academic year at Ohio State University working with Windsor drama grad Joshua Quinlan (BA Drama 2013). Another connection to Windsor comes through the tailor’s assistant working on the production, who currently studies with UWindsor alumna Kristen Nuhn (BA Drama 2015) at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

“It’s exciting to see our graduates launching themselves into the profession,” says Van Eek. “Our Windsor alumni are showing that our great drama program belongs on the world stage.”

This year she worked on The Taming, a rollicking political comedy very loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Lauren Gunderson’s timely play explores American political extremism, feminism, beauty queens, and liberal angst, and features an unlikely cast of characters—American founding father George Washington, Miss America, and a hipster blogger.

Reviewers called Van Eek’s costume designs “terrific,” “delectable,” and “inspired.”

Dialling for dollars: Campus Bookstore embraces new payment option

Martin Deck of the Campus Bookstore rings through a purchase for student Chris Easby, using his iPhone to pay for it.Martin Deck of the Campus Bookstore rings through a purchase for student Chris Easby, using his iPhone to pay for it.

Customers of the Campus Bookstore have a convenient new way to settle accounts for their purchases: using Apple Pay.

The mobile payment service allows users to employ their iPhones or iPads like a credit card.

“We seem to be the first on campus to accept Apple Pay,” says marketing manager Martin Deck. “It’s one less thing for our clients to worry about—they can leave their wallets in their pockets!”

Currently, this method has a limit of $100 per purchase.

Bursary draw highlights open house for new part-time students

Steve Jancev, Chris O’Gorman, Justin Skalaa, Maryan Amalow, Chris BaillargeonJustin Skalaa (centre), winner of a $500 bursary, accepts congratulations from OPUS employee Steve Jancev, student recruitment officer Chris O’Gorman, OPUS executive director Maryan Amalow and treasurer Chris Baillargeon.

When Justin Skalaa begins part-time studies at the University of Windsor this fall, he’ll have a hand up courtesy of the Organization of Part-time University Students. The lucky student won a $500 bursary towards his tuition during an open house June 21 and 23 in the CAW Student Centre.

The event provided information for those considering part-time studies—including overviews of OPUS services, available academic programs, and admission requirements. It was a great success, says OPUS executive director Maryan Amalow.

“Numerous support staff came to help prospective part-time and mature undergraduate students that attended,” she says. “We are proud that we succeeded in gathering students to start studying at UWindsor.”

She also shared her experiences as a two-time graduate, who has earned honours and masters degrees.