Bethany RussellRecent UWindsor music grad Bethany Russell founded Brava Studios, celebrating its opening this weekend.

Music school opening to sponsor student scholarship

A new music school will celebrate its opening by launching a scholarship to support a year of lessons for a child in need.

UWindsor alumna Bethany Russell (BMus 2018) is the founder of Brava Studios, which offers private instruction in piano and voice, classes in music theory and ukulele, summer camps, the Jingles4Juniors early music education program, and more.

She says she is excited to offer quality music education to the city.

“At Brava, we believe everyone should have access to music, no matter who they are,” says Russell. “Through our competitive pricing and our scholarship programs, we strive to make musical education something that is accessible to everyone.”

She has partnered with New Beginnings, a non-profit agency serving at-risk youth, to sponsor music education for a child. A raffle will raise funds for the scholarship during the grand opening event on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The public is invited to tour the school at 755 Tecumseh Rd. East from 1 to 4 p.m. Besides the raffle, the event promises live entertainment and discounts on some programs. Find more information, including how to buy a $15 raffle ticket in advance of the draw, on the event Facebook page.

Graduate students of sport management toured the MLSE Launchpad.Graduate students of sport management toured the MLSE Launchpad.

Sport management students get chance to learn from the pros

A mid-October trip to Toronto afforded graduate students of sport management a chance to hear from industry professionals and network with UWindsor kinesiology alumni.

Professor Jess Dixon organized the experience for students in his MHK course in strategic management.

The group toured facilities of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, including the MLSE Launchpad, which encourages young people to reach their full potential through sport. It features a professional-scale basketball court, a rock-climbing wall, and a large teaching kitchen. Staff provides physical and mental health programming free of charge.

“Visiting the MLSE Launchpad enabled students to see what goes on in the not-for-profit sector of sports, and learn how major professional sport organizations are giving back to the communities in which they operate,” said MHK student Zachary Evans.

Dr. Dixon also took the students to the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a repurposing of the former Maple Leaf Gardens to house Ryerson University’s athletic department; the Toronto offices of the sports marketing and talent management agency Wasserman; and a reception with UWindsor grads.

“This event allowed us to interact with alumni from the sport management program and provided insight into some of the careers that are available to us after graduation,” Evans said. “Alumni representing a broad range of sport industry sectors and job classifications were in attendance.”

Read a more detailed report of the trip on the Human Kinetics website.

—Zachary Evans

Jean-Paul SartreThe philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre is the subject of a Uni-Com study group in the winter session.

Seniors’ study groups ready for winter registration

The Uni-Com: Retirement Learning Centre is now accepting registrations for classes in the winter session.

A wide variety of areas of interest are again featured for seniors from the University (Uni) and from the community (Com). Available choices include: Underground Railroad, Poetry for All, Tai Chi, English and Irish Literature, Islamic Art and Culture, A Lover and Two Priests, Visiting Places of Worship, Photography at its Best, First Nations Art, Law and Languages, Human Nature and Identity, and Sartre: Existentialism.

Study groups convene once a week starting Jan. 28 for five or nine week terms. Most classes take place in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge. Other locations include the WFCU Centre, the Islamic Association Mosque, and the Studio, 1770 Wyandotte St W.

See the website for more information: For more information or to enroll, call the Uni-Com office at 519-253-300, ext. 3430.