DailyNews Issue for Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

Senior provincial mediators called in to assist with contract negotiations

Chrysler HallDuring mediation October 1 and 2, there will be no work stoppage and all university operations will continue.

The Windsor University Faculty Association and the University of Windsor Administration have jointly agreed to request the assistance of senior provincial mediators from the Ministry of Labour on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2, to assist with contract negotiations.

During the period of mediation there will be no work stoppage, and all university operations will continue. No public communications will be issued during mediation.

Welcome Centre shaping up on time and on budget

aerial photo: Welcome Centre construction siteConstruction of the University’s unique, ribbon-shaped Welcome Centre is on schedule for opening in July 2015.

Construction of the Welcome Centre remains on schedule for turnover to the University in July 2015, says the building’s senior project manager.

“With the structure now in place, our focus is to enclose the building prior to the winter break so interior work and finishes will not be negatively impacted by the weather conditions,” says Robert Balicsak of MHPM Project Managers.

The University has prepared a call for proposals for furniture, fixtures and equipment with the audio-visual installation not far behind. The Welcome Centre Implementation Steering Committee will soon finalize its selection of flooring materials, ceiling types, wood finishes, countertops, and finalized colour schemes. The committee is also reviewing various concepts for heritage and donor recognition, which will be located in a predominate area in the new Windsor Hall space in the Welcome Centre.

“Soon everyone will begin to see the second floor curtain wall and exterior finished applied to the building, which will then solidify its unique and complex shape and form,” Baliscak says. “This is an exciting time for the University as the new address is taking shape.”

The $8.4 million building, located on the north side of Wyandotte Street at its intersection with Patricia Road, will house the offices of Student Admissions and Recruitment, Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications, the University Campaign, Public Affairs and Communications, and Alumni and Donor Records. It boasts a unique ribbon-shaped exterior and an all-encompassing open-concept interior for staff and future students, which will encourage greater collaboration between individuals and departments.

Find more information about the Welcome Centre, including architectural renderings, on the project website.

Hallowe’en social promises a frightfully good time for staff and faculty

Witches-in-LawWinners of the best group costume, Witches-in-Law, wowed the crowd at the 2013 Hallowe’en Social.

Put on your thinking caps and start getting creative, says special events organizer Mary-Ann Rennie: the annual UWindsor Faculty and Staff Hallowe’en Social is just a month away.

Sponsored by the president’s office, the event will include a catdered lunch, a door prize draw, and judged prizes for best individual and group costumes.

“Coming in costume is not just about the prizes,” Rennie says. “It’s a way for us to have fun with our campus colleagues. It is always a treat to see what people come up with!”

The party is set for Friday, October 31, noon to 1:15 p.m. in Vanier Hall’s Winclare A and is free for all University of Windsor staff and faculty.

Session to introduce tools for recording lectures and other learning materials

Mobile devices from smartphones to tablet computersTools available to UWindsor instructors can make learning materials available to students on a range of devices.

Powerful tools that provide flexible, simple and reliable options for recording multimedia learning materials are available to UWindsor faculty, reports the Office of Open Learning.

“We get a lot of calls from faculty wanting to know how they can record their lectures, or if they can record a tutorial at home or while they are travelling, and make it available for students through CLEW,” says acting director Nick Baker. “Over the last few years, the University has invested in several tools with a wide range of options from very basic to more sophisticated, depending on their needs and the needs of their students.”

He says that instructors are already employing technology for uses ranging from recording live lectures in class and making them available securely through CLEW to all their sections, to being proactive and creating mini-tutorials for students in areas they know regularly cause students difficulty.

“Others are recording their lectures and making them available to students to watch before class, and then using class time to work on problems,” Baker says.

The Office of Open Learning is running a two-hour introductory workshop on Wednesday, October 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 2103, Lambton Tower. It will introduce instructors to a number of options for recording lectures and other multimedia, including Blackboard Collaborate, Echo360, Camtasia, and other screen capturing tools.

This very basic introduction will provide attendees with tools to begin recording lectures and other educational resources on their own. The workshop will show how instructors can go beyond voice over PowerPoint, and discuss the potential benefits for both students and faculty of recording their teaching.

Register online for the workshop; for more information, contact Alicia Higgison by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 2008, or e-mail higgison@uwindsor.ca.

Workshops to provide information in advance of Graduate and Professional Schools Fair

Students considering further education once they have completed their undergraduate degrees will benefit from a workshop on the subject hosted by the Student Success Centre in three sessions this week.

“Considering Further Education?” will offer tips and general information about the decision-making process in contemplating graduate and professional programs.

It is offered in room 351 Dillon Hall at:

  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 30;
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 1; or
  • 12 noon Friday, October 3.

Registration is required and costs $5. Visit https://career.uwindsor.ca, click on “Career” and then “Events Calendar.”

The workshops will help prepare students at every level of their education for the 9th annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair, October 7 and 8 in the CAW Student Centre Commons.

The event brings together representatives from more than 40 educational institutions, both Canadian and international, to promote their graduate programs, post-graduate certificate programs and professional schools. It runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day:

  • Tuesday: business, law and graduate studies
  • Wednesday: medicine, health, education and colleges

Learn more about educational opportunities and programs, the admission requirements and deadlines to apply. Find details, including a list of participating schools, on the fair’s website.

Part-time students organization welcomes members and guests to campus

Melissa Woods accepts congratulations from OPUS executive director Maryan Amalow and Patti LauzoMelissa Woods accepts congratulations from OPUS executive director Maryan Amalow and Patti Lauzon, director of alumni and donor communications, on winning a bursary worth up to $1500, courtesy of the alumni association.

Melissa Woods won a voucher for free tuition, but she wasn’t the only winner at a barbecue held Friday by the Organization of Part-time University Students. With free welcome packages for members and free food for all attendees, everyone was a winner at the 12th annual event.

More than 300 students, faculty and staff members enjoyed the festivities, which featured a meal catered by the University’s Food Services and music by DJ Shauhrat Gill of PanjAab Entertainment.

The barbecue is a welcome for part-time students, said vice-president Anthony Meloche, who thanked sponsors for their support.