DailyNews Issue for Friday, Nov 21st, 2014

UWindsor alumni support campus capital developments

Alumni Cheque Presentation

Construction of the Welcome Centre and downtown campus received a major boost with the announcement of a $750,000 gift from the University of Windsor Alumni Association at its annual general meeting Thursday.

The gift continues the association’s legacy of philanthropy, said president Mike Bates, who points to previous contributions to Alumni Hall and “the amazing Alumni Field which has brought so much recognition and glory to our beloved Lancers.”

He said the University’s graduates want to play a meaningful role in its mission.

“We know that our University inspires the students who will drive Canada’s future,” said Bates. “We need to be here for the University to ensure this future is realized.”

Music Society president Jocelyn Putnam spoke on behalf of the students who will benefit from the new facilities. The School for Creative Arts will occupy the former Armouries building at the intersection of University Avenue and Freedom Way once renovations are completed.

“It means so much to the students in my department and across faculties that our alumni believe in investing in our future,” she said. “We look up to the Alumni Association not only for your professional accomplishments, but for your service, generosity and dedication to the University of Windsor."

The donation will be made in annual installments over 10 years.

Alumni Association recognizes education professor as excellent mentor

Dragana MartinovicEducation professor Dragana Martinovic received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Alumni Association at its annual general meeting Thursday.

Education professor Dragana Martinovic is an inspiration, says former student Atinuke Adeyemi (BEd 2007, MEd 2010). It’s that effect that earned Dr. Martinovic the 2014 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the University of Windsor Alumni Association.

“Dr. Martinovic stood out to be a passionate advisor who had her students’ progress at heart,” says Adeyemi. “Undoubtedly, Dr. Martinovic has inspired me in so many ways and I see her as a successful role model.”

Association representative Vince Bassman presented the award to Dr. Martinovic during its annual general meeting Thursday. He praised her outstanding support, encouragement and guidance to her many students.

“As a result of her mentorship and support, many of her students have presented at conferences, published in a variety of academic journals and proceeded to complete graduate and doctoral degrees,” he said. “Dr. Martinovic has been recognized as being able to communicate her vast knowledge of complex ideas and theories into simplified understandable units. Her approach facilitates critical thinking and learning in her students.”

The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence by offering personal, academic and professional guidance to students, and make a significant contribution to their all-round development up to and following graduation.

Candidates for provost to speak on challenges facing institutions of higher learning

Two short-listed candidates for provost will make public presentations on the University of Windsor campus next week.

“Both of the candidates are currently in academic leadership roles and the search committee is pleased that they have agreed to explore this important position at the University of Windsor,” says president Alan Wildeman, chair of the search committee.

The University campus community is invited to hear each candidate address the topic of “What in your view are the challenges facing institutions of higher learning today?”

The candidates and the times of each presentation are as follows:

  • Douglas Kneale will make a presentation on Thursday, November 27, at noon in the Ambassador Auditorium. Dr. Kneale is dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of English at Brock University. View his curriculum vitae.
  • Jim Weese will make a presentation on Friday, November 28, at noon in the Ambassador Auditorium. Dr. Weese is professor and dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. View his curriculum vitae.

Following the presentations, the candidates will have an opportunity to respond to questions from the audience. The presentations will be taped for later viewing by those who are unable to attend.

Curtain rises on “The Crucible”

John Proctor (Mauro Meo) takes to his knees“We will burn, we will burn together!” John Proctor (Mauro Meo) takes to his knees in the University Players’ production of “The Crucible.”

The University Players production of The Crucible opened Thursday at Essex Hall Theatre. The show continues its run through November 30.

Arthur Miller’s hair-raising classic unmasks deadly truths about the nature of humanity and the terrifying ends to which a society, blended by suspicion and mass hysteria, will go. The Crucible was written in 1953 about the 1692 witch hunts but the story and its relevancy is “ever-green,” says director Gordon McCall.

“The play speaks boldly to our contemporary social dilemma in our era of uncontrolled social media where reputations—and lives—are often destroyed by vicious gossip and innuendo,” he says. “This play reminds us of the importance of maintaining vital principles such as integrity, honour and basic human decency.”

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, November 23, a “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance.

Tickets are available online at www.UniversityPlayers.com or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

Jazz fan celebrates epic win

Lavinia Jula, an administrative assistant in the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre, won Wednesday’s DailyNews contest and its prize of two tickets to the Jazz Ensemble concert, Saturday, November 22, in Assumption Hall Chapel.

Jula’s entry was drawn from all those which correctly identified A Damsel in Distress as the original source of the standard “Nice work if you can get it,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” presupposing it ain’t got that swing, and Wayne Newton as the first singer to record “Summer Wind.”

Admission to the concert is $10, with a student rate of $5, available at the door, or in advance by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 4212, or online at www.uwindsor.ca/music.

Breakfast reception honours decades of service to University

officials and honoreesChief human resources officer Rita La Civita (left) and president Alan Wildeman (right) congratulate 40-year employees Bruce Watt of the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Richard Mallat of the St. Denis Athletics and Community Centre. Missing from photo: Lou Ann Greenham of the Leddy Library.

Working at the University of Windsor gave him “a window on the world,” says Richard Lanspeary, a Student Success Centre staffer who spent a decade of his 30-year campus career as international student advisor.

A reception Thursday recognized him and more than 150 UWindsor employees for attaining 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of service in 2013.

“The greatest part of this job has been that, by interacting with students from around the globe, the world has come to me,” Lanspeary said. “It has been a wonderful experience.”

Katia Benoit of the student recruitment office has just 10 years under her belt, and acknowledges it has gone by very quickly. She said that Thursday’s event showed the University’s appreciation for the contributions of faculty and staff.

“This kind of recognition is valuable in building community,” she said.

UWindsor president Alan Wildeman said the breakfast is a way to acknowledge people reaching career milestones.

“The success of the University is built on everyone who works here,” he said.

See a full list of the individual faculty and staff members honoured this year.

Exhibit by local graphic artists to celebrate 75th birthday of fantasy film

girl holding balloonThis drawing by UWindsor graphic artist Renée Bombardier is one of the works featured in the exhibit Generation Oz, this weekend at the Walkerville Brewery.

An art show celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz has given creative professionals from Windsor-Essex a chance to strut their stuff.

“When you get a chance to see what designers do when the creative constraints are removed, it really shows you their true style,” says Renée Bombardier, one of the show’s organizers and a graphic designer in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Generation Oz: The Wizard of Oz Redesigned runs November 21 to 23 at the Walkerville Brewery, in conjunction with the Made in Windsor Walkerville Holiday Sale. More than 25 custom art pieces each incorporate a quote from the original screenplay.

Many of the participants are entrepreneurs who tend to work alone and spend more of their creative energies bringing other people’s visions to fruition, Bombardier says. The format of this exhibit allows the designers to do art for art’s sake with no creative limits.

The show concludes in a closing reception and silent auction on November 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will include light refreshments and Wizard of Oz-inspired decor.

Walkerville Brewery is located at 525 Argyle Road. Find more info on the event Facebook page.

Crochet lessons to hook donations of winter wear

bundles of yarnCampus Ministry is offering free crochet lessons Monday to those willing to donate their handiwork.

Campus Ministry wants to do its bit to keep Windsor warm, and it’s ready to get crafty.

Besides holding a drive to collect hats, scarves, mitts and gloves, it is offering free yarn and crochet lessons to volunteers willing to donate the results to the cause.

The needleworkers will make headbands and scarves. No experience is necessary; bring a crochet hook or buy one for a dollar. Sessions run in Assumption Hall on Monday, November 24, at 10 a.m., 1:30 or 4 p.m.

Learn more on the event Facebook page.

Fundraising volunteer work earns award for UWindsor grad

Community enthusiasm is contagious, says Carol Reader, and she has caught a bad case.

The UWindsor alumna (BA 2013) received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the year award from the Canada South Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during its Philanthropy Day breakfast Thursday.

Reader has served eight years on the organizing committee for Distinguished Visitor in Women’s Studies program, and also volunteers as a mentor to first-year students in history.

Off-campus, she has volunteered for the Windsor International Film Festival, the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, and making buttons for causes as varied as the Art Gallery of Windsor, United Way, and the math club at Ste. Anne’s high school.

“Carol has set a great example for the entire community to emulate,” said AFP chapter president Fedela Falkner. “It was my pleasure to present her with this well-deserved award.”

Catholic position on family life subject of Sunday discussion

Rev. Thomas Rosica and Pope Francis.Rev. Thomas Rosica with Pope Francis.

Thomas Rosica, president of Assumption University, offers an inside look at the Roman Catholic church’s 2014 extraordinary synod on the family in a free public lecture entitled “What is the Gospel of the Family?” at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23.

The synod, a meeting of bishops, took place in Rome over two weeks in October. Rev. Rosica is the Vatican’s English language spokesperson and will discuss its implications for the church and the world.

The event is set in LaSalle’s St. Paul’s Church, located at 5885 Malden Road. Part of the Christian Culture Series, the presentation will be televised on Salt and Light Catholic Television Network.