DailyNews Issue for Monday, Aug 29th, 2016

Day’s activities help neighbours discover opportunities at UWindsor

Brooklyn EchlinBrooklyn Echlin, soon to begin secondary school studies, said the Discovery Day program helped to introduce her to the UWindsor campus.

Organizers are crediting a program Thursday to introduce West Windsor residents to educational and cultural resources available at the University of Windsor as a great success.

A collaborative project of the University, the United Way, and the group Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal, Discovery Day brought youth participants in On Track to Success to campus for tours, a pizza lunch and presentations that included a stage performance, nursing simulation, and science demonstration.

Education professor Karen Roland said the event helped guests, mostly students in grades eight and nine, feel more confident about post-secondary education.

“We want them to feel this is a place where they belong,” she said. “By the afternoon, you could see they were growing more comfortable.”

The feedback from participants was excellent, said Alicea Fleming, a representative of the On Track to Success program, which provides tutoring and other supports to youths chosen from vulnerable populations.

“All participants had many positive comments about the day and they all indicated an interest to learn more in the future about a variety of programs and supports available at the University of Windsor,” she said. “In fact, on the ride home two of our students let us know that the information they learned today has helped them decide which career path to pursue. We couldn’t have asked for more!”

One of those participants was Brooklyn Echlin, a recent graduate of St. John Catholic Elementary School who will begin studies at Assumption High School this fall.

“I learned a lot today,” she said as the program wrapped up. “It’s a good experience to see the University and meet these people who can help us get here.”

Buttons invite queries from new arrivals

“Ask Me” buttonWearing an “Ask Me” button identifies UWindsor faculty and staff as people with answers for 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 campus newcomers to identify people who can provide them with a welcoming smile, directions, or basic information.

UWindsor Welcome Week organizer Amber Norman suggests a good place to start is the Welcome Tent, located in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls.

“Please point our new students or anyone looking for information on activities to our welcoming staff and volunteers,” she says.

The tent will be staffed during Windsor Welcome Week,Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. 

“Ask Me” buttons are white and sport the university’s official logo. To get yours, contact Shelby Marchand in Student Affairs at shelby@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.

Research Ethics Board office closed through Labour Day

The office of the Research Ethics Board will be closed through September 6. The ethics@uwindsor.ca e-mail account will be continuously monitored during this time. As at all times, emergency communications should be directed to ethics@uwindsor.ca, with the word “emergency” in the subject line.

New applications for the delegated review scheduled for September 6 will be accepted through August 29 at 4 p.m. Please submit one electronic version to ethics@uwindsor.ca and one signed printed copy to 2146 Chrysler Hall North. Consultations will not be scheduled during this week, and requests for consultation will be responded to when the office re-opens.

Course-based REB presentations

The Office of the Research Ethics Board offers course-based training presentations by special advisor Pierre Boulos. To request a presentation, e-mail ethics@uwindsor.ca with the proposed date, time, course code and topics you would like addressed.

Planning for Winter 2017

Those submitting applications for the Winter term are encouraged to consider planning early. The volume of reviews is highest at the start of each term, and turnaround may take longer than is typical.