three youngsters looking through binoculars at pond in Ojibway ParkChildren get close to nature in Windsor’s Ojibway Park.

New scholarship to spur conservation research

A new scholarship aims to further public awareness about the biological, historic, and archaeological resources of the Ojibway Prairie Complex, a nature reserve on Windsor’s west side.

The Friends of Ojibway Prairie (FOOP) donated $50,000 dollars to the Faculty of Science to create the Friends of Ojibway Prairie Muriel Kassimatis Memorial Scholarship in memory of a long-time member who left funds to the organization on her death in 2012. The group sponsors environmental outreach, provides equipment for the nature centre, and runs special events.

Board member Carl Maiolani says this scholarship contributes to its educational mission by encouraging university-level conservation research.

“I believe that Ojibway is Windsor’s most underappreciated natural asset and that FOOP should use whatever means available to promote local awareness of the beauty and importance of all the properties in the Ojibway complex,” says Maiolani. “I have long felt that the connection between the university and local nature groups should be fostered whenever possible and hopefully this scholarship will enhance the profile of Ojibway within the University community.”

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Chris Houser, says the new scholarship complements the faculty’s commitment to creating innovative research opportunities that benefit the community.

Each year, a student who pursues a graduate degree focused on environmental conservatism or prairie conservatism will be eligible for the new scholarship. The winning student will receive $2,000 with the award going to an earth and environmental sciences graduate student in even years and a biology student in odd years.

“We are continuing to identify and establish new partnerships that will strengthen the student experience at the University of Windsor, while giving back to the community,” says Dr. Houser. “The Ojibway prairie is a precious and threatened area with unique species of flora and fauna, and it will greatly benefit from conservation research by Science UWindsor students.”

Muriel Kassimatis’ husband Konstantine Kassimatis taught mathematics at the University of Windsor before his death in 1967.

“The board decided that a wonderful way to honour her bequest would be to be to fund a scholarship with a focus on Ojibway, and environmental studies in general,” says Maiolani.

The Wonder Of Ojibway Prairie from Friends of Ojibway Prairie on Vimeo.

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Timeline for search for next president extended

The University of Windsor Board of Governors continues to work towards the goal of selecting the next President and Vice-Chancellor. The timeline for the completion of this search has been extended beyond February 2018.

This extension will assist the search committee as it continues to work toward completion of its very important task of bringing forward the candidate who best fits the position profile and mandate that were developed through wide community consultation.

Navdeep BainsNavdeep Bains, federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will lead a discussion of corporate board diversity and the national intellectual policy Wednesday on the UWindsor campus.

Federal minister to visit campus for discussion on economic growth, innovation, and inclusion

The campus community is invited to attend a moderated discussion led by Navdeep Bains (MBA 2001), Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and a UWindsor alumnus, on the topics of the diversity component of corporate board membership of Bill C-25, and the national intellectual policy.

The event will take the form of a fireside chat on Wednesday, January 17, beginning at 11:45 a.m. in Freed Orman Commons, Assumption Hall. Minister Bains will be joined by UWindsor president Alan Wildeman; Myra Tawfik, EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy; and Shanthi Senthe, assistant professor in the Faculty of Law.

Bains, Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga-Malton, has made fostering economic growth through innovation a high priority for the Government of Canada. He has led the development of its Innovation and Skills Plan — the centrepiece of the 2017 federal budget. Bains has also spearheaded negotiations among the provinces and territories that led to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Bains has introduced a bill in Parliament that promotes the advancement of women, cultural minorities, and other under-represented groups to the highest levels of leadership in corporate Canada.

students having fun on downtown streetsUWindsor employees as well as students can benefit from discounts offered by downtown businesses.

Downtown discount program benefits UWindsor employees and students

UWindsor students, faculty, and staff qualify for discounts on goods and services from dozens of downtown businesses hoping to welcome patrons to the city’s core.

Entitled “Our Students, Our Future,” the coupon program offers savings on retail, accommodations, and food at about 40 locations. Coupons may be printed or displayed on a smartphone or tablet screen, and must be accompanied by UWindsor ID.

The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association calls it a way to show appreciation for the support of its clients while creating a lively atmosphere in the urban centre. Find more than 80 discounts at

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Hot lunch service promises cross-campus delivery January 24

Student participants in the 2018 Alternative Spring Break program are prepared to deliver — and they will deliver lunch directly to any office on campus.

About two dozen volunteers are raising funds for a week of social action during Reading Week in February. They have partnered with Catering Services to offer a fresh, hot lunch delivery on Wednesday, January 24.

It’s a great way to support a service-learning opportunity for students, says co-ordinator Simon du Toit.

“Your contribution will help our students engage in meaningful community-driven service and critical personal reflection,” he says. “Plus, you’ll get a great catered lunch!”

The menu offers four meals:

  • Shrimp stir-fry with vegetables on rice;
  • Quarter barbecued chicken with mashed potatoes and corn;
  • Quarter honey-garlic chicken with mashed potatoes and corn; or
  • Vegetarian stir-fry on rice, which is vegan and gluten-free.

Each option costs only $12 + tax, with half the proceeds going to the ASB program.

Place your order no later than January 17 on the ASB website.

caricatures of actor Angelina Jolie, musicians Drake and Michael JacksonYou may not be Angelina Jolie, Drake, or Michael Jackson, but you can still have a caricature drawn.

Caricaturist to create cartoon characterizations

Have you ever wanted a hand-drawn portrait? The CAW Student Centre will host a caricaturist to create free cartoons for students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, January 15.

“No one walks away from a caricaturist not smiling or happy holding their keepsake,” says organizer Sandra Riccio-Muglia, the centre’s director of events and programming. “We want to turn around a blue Monday to a happy one!”

Nominations open for 2018 equity leadership award

The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee is now accepting nominations for the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award for 2018.

The award is named to honour Mary Lou Dietz — a late UWindsor faculty member and former head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology — in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

The recipient will be a current, former, or retired member of the faculty association who demonstrates the spirit of equity leadership by:

  • Innovative strategies, approaches and activities for creating a climate of equity and diversity on campus;
  • Leadership in recruiting diverse candidates, colleagues and students;
  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students and colleagues in the spirit of equity and diversity;
  • Service on equity and diversity committees;
  • Service to the Faculty Association;
  • Public advocacy on equity and diversity;
  • Scholarly work, including paper presentations, lectures, or publications on equity and diversity;
  • Excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum design to further the cause of employment equity and diversity.

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, title, and credentials, as well as a single page outlining the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions, addressing the criteria set out above, and should be received by March 2.

Send nominations to the faculty association office by:

  • e-mail to as an MS-Word document; or
  • post to WUFA, 366 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, ON  N9B 3P4.

Find details and forms on the faculty association’s website.