Douglas KnealeDouglas Kneale, interim president of the University of Windsor, has issued an official hello as he begins his tenure.

Interim president issues initial communiqué

To all members of the University of Windsor community:

I wanted to say an official hello to everyone as I begin my role as interim President and Vice-Chancellor.

Let me start by introducing the team.

Jeff Berryman has moved across the hall to become Acting Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Cheryl Collier has stepped in as Acting Associate Vice-President, Academic. Anna Kirby has assumed the role of Acting Vice-President, Planning and Administration, and both Rita LaCivita and Michael Siu continue in their respective roles as Vice-President, Human Resources and Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

I want to thank both new and continuing colleagues for their collaborative leadership as we prepare for a fresh academic year.

Other team members reporting through the President’s Office continue as diligently as before:

  • Jane Boyd, Executive Assistant;
  • Laura Lewis, Executive Secretary;
  • Renée Wintermute, University Secretary;
  • John Coleman, Director of Public Affairs & Communications;
  • Kaye Johnson, Executive Director, Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility;
  • Patti Lauzon, Director of Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications;
  • Susan Maxwell, Managing Director of the University Campaign; and
  • Mary-Ann Rennie, Special Events Manager.

Sandra Aversa moves into her new role as Special Advisor, Capital Projects. I know that I’ll be depending on all these colleagues for their institutional knowledge and administrative know-how in the days ahead.

There will be much to report on when the campus comes to life again in September — not least, what new directions for postsecondary education in Ontario the recently elected government will be charting, and the implications for all of us.

In the meantime (which is what the Latin interim literally means), I wish everyone — students, staff, faculty, and community partners — a satisfying shore leave at some point this summer. They say a change is as good as a vacation, so one way or another we’ll all have either the real thing or a reasonable facsimile.

Here we go! For more information about the Office of the President, please visit my website here, and feel free to contact me at


— Douglas

Dennis Duku's theatre designHis design of a theatre for the University of Detroit Mercy campus earned an architectural award for VABE grad Dennis Duku.

Architectural design project wins notice for student

His design of a multi-form theatre sited on the University of Detroit Mercy campus has earned a new graduate of the Visual Arts and the Built Environment program recognition from the American Institute of Architects.

Dennis Duku (BA 2018) received the institute’s Michigan Student Project Award for his 54-page thesis, which included a site plan, floor plans, interior and exterior renderings, three-models, and proposals for landscaping, lighting, interior finishes, and mechanical systems.

He says the VABE program — a collaboration between the UWindsor School of Creative Arts and the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy — was a great fit for his interests.

“I love to draw and VABE’s dual aspect of visual arts and architectural science was perfect for me,” Duku says. “There is no other program like VABE in Ontario.”

He says he appreciated the individualized attention students receive from program co-ordinator Jason Grossi, an architect himself.

“I really appreciated the hands-on help from Prof. Grossi, especially when we were learning to build models. I enjoy tactile learning,” says Duku. “Jason would even stop in to the VABE studio at 3 a.m. when he knew we were working on a project to see how it was going and everyone was okay.”

Duku has also enjoyed real-world experience he earned through a paid internship with the architectural firm SmithGroupJJR, based in downtown Detroit’s historic Guardian Building. He will continue his work there as he enters the master of architecture program at UDM in the fall.

See his project on the VABE website.

Teal GoveSport management grad Teal Gove (MHK 2018) at the Canadian Olympic Committee where she completed her internship.

Publication ranks UWindsor MHK program top in Canada

The Master of Human Kinetics, Sport Management major (MHK SM) has been ranked the best postgraduate sports business program in Canada and in the world’s top 25 by SportBusiness International.

UWindsor’s offering ranked seventh among all non-U.S. schools and is the only Canadian school ranked by the U.K.-based trade publication. SportBusiness International used the class of 2015 as the benchmark to measure the programs.

Graduate co-ordinator and sport management professor Jess Dixon credits the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff, and students in helping the program earn the recognition.

“We have an outstanding group of faculty members who are supported by tremendous staff,” says Dixon. “Each member of our team aims to ensure the best possible academic experience for our students.”

The efforts placed on student experience were not lost on the more than 1,300 survey respondents. UWindsor placed particularly high in student satisfaction, value of program, employment rate, and gender diversity.

The MHK in Sport Management program allows students to complete their degree through internship or thesis pathways. Dr. Dixon says he often cites this flexibility as one of the hallmarks of the program.

“Students have the option to pursue a practitioner-based education or a more traditional graduate pathway through the thesis route,” he says. “In each pathway, students are exposed to a diverse, research-based education that provides them with multiple lenses through which to examine the sports management landscape.”

Milana McNamee, a graduate of the class of 2015, cites the MHK degree as the biggest stepping stone to her current role as athlete services retention co-ordinator in high performance athletics at Queen’s University.

“The MHK program allowed me to research topics that sparked my interest, gain real-world experience, and make connections within the community,” McNamee says.

As well, she worked as an intern with the 2014 Ontario Summer Games and held a position as sport operations manager with the FINA World Swimming Championship held in Windsor in 2015.

Dean of Human Kinetics Michael Khan says he is pleased with his faculty’s impressive showing: “I am proud that our programs reflect the values of our faculty, staff and administration.”

Visit for more information on the award. For details on graduate programs, contact Sharon Horne at or visit

Ryan Donally

Abrahim AbduelmulaFourth-year nursing student Abrahim Abduelmula is working with EPICentre to develop an app that will hasten help to opioid overdoses.

Start-up hopes to keep opioid overdose victims breathing

Abrahim Abduelmula says he didn’t truly appreciate the scope of the opioid crisis in Canada until he was confronted with an overdose victim.

“It was then that I understood that this was much bigger than I had previously thought,” says the fourth-year nursing student. “This made me realize that we aren’t doing enough as a community to battle this crisis.”

His project, Second Breath, aims to leverage resources to prevent overdoses from becoming fatal. Abduelmula is working with the RBC Summer Founders Program to make the idea a reality.

“A drug called Naloxone can reverse the effects of overdose, if it reaches patients in time,” he says. “I want to develop an app that will alert anyone holding a Naloxone kit near any individual who has overdosed, allowing for help to arrive in a much timelier manner, possibly saving a life.”

This is the fourth in a series of articles introducing participants in the RBC Summer Founders Program, leading up to a showcase of their prototypes on August 1 at EPICentre. Learn more on the centre’s website.

Science Research and Innovation FacilityThe end is in sight for the construction of the Science Research and Innovation Facility adjacent to Essex Hall.

Newest addition to campus almost ready to be revealed

The Faculty of Science’s new research and innovation facility is nearing completion.

The campus will see furniture delivered in mid-July, with additional moves conducted in three phases.

The first phase in mid-August will move in research labs of six materials chemistry faculty and graduate students, and one medical physics lab, to be housed mainly on the third floor.

Phase two, slated for the end of September, will relocate six faculty members from biology and biochemistry as well as graduate students, into the second floor of the new building.

The largest, most sensitive equipment is scheduled to move to the first floor during the final phase in mid-October.

For photos of the progress, visit UWindsor’s campus transformations website.

Sara Elliott

expense paperworkA change to the UWinsite Finance will make it easier to claim expense reimbursements.

Update to UWinsite Finance improves process for expense reimbursement

A change to the UWinsite Finance will make it easier for users to claim travel expense reimbursements.

Previously, expense claims could be submitted only against an individual’s primary account, and any research grants they hold. Effective July 1, the expense module has eliminated this restriction, allowing individuals without specialized access to the system (for example, general ledger users) to charge any operating, ancillary, or trust account combinations they are provided.

There is no change to research grants.

The system will continue to route all expense reports first to the traveller’s immediate supervisor, then to the budget owner of the account that was charged. The finance office encourages reviewers to consider all claims carefully before approving.

More information is available at