woman looking over Code of EthicsIn an Iron Pin Ceremony for its incoming students, the Faculty of Engineering asked them to pledge an oath to ethics, integrity, respect and professionalism.

Engineering students pledge to uphold integrity in new ceremony

The Faculty of Engineering has introduced an Iron Pin Ceremony for its incoming students.

More than 200 first-year students took part in the faculty’s first Iron Pin Ceremony by reciting the UWindsor Engineering Oath and receiving a pin during a ceremony held September 5 in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Taking the oath, students pledge to uphold the ideals and expectations of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, University of Windsor, and Faculty of Engineering. This includes ethics, integrity, respect and professionalism.

The iron pin has three holes, which are placeholders for the bronze, silver and gold medallions they will receive following each year of their studies, having demonstrated the qualities detailed in the oath.

“These ideals are key to the expectations we hold for engineering students as they work through the curriculum on a path to receive their iron ring in their final year and a future career in engineering,” says Jennifer Johrendt, the faculty’s assistant dean, student affairs.

Additional ceremonies will be held for students who wish to participate. Read the full oath on the engineering website.

Code/Design to Win is a showcase for student prowess in computer programming or product design. Code/Design to Win is a showcase for student prowess in computer programming or product design.

Competition to showcase student computer skills

An event on the UWindsor campus Friday, September 28, will give students an opportunity to showcase their prowess in computer programming or product design while competing for a chance to win $5,000.

Code/Design to Win is sponsored by the School of Computer Science and the Office of Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships with Communitech, a public-private innovation hub based in the Waterloo Region.

The competition is open to students registered in any Canadian post-secondary program. The top 75 competitors nationwide have a chance to qualify for the national competition in January 2019. These finalists will enjoy a weekend in Waterloo, fully funded by Communitech, where they will have the opportunity to meet with and tour the facilities of such sponsors as Google, TD Lab, Sonova, Deloitte, Manulife, ZTR Control Systems, Axonify, Oracle NetSuite, ConsenSys, and Thalmic Labs.

Johanna Beneteau, internship co-ordinator in the UWindsor Office of Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships, says the competition provides experience valued by industry.

“This is the type of event our co-op employers are telling us they want to see job seekers engage in to show their passion and interest in the computer science field,” she says.

The UWindsor event runs 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and promises a free pizza lunch. Find more information and an online registration form; select the University of Windsor from the drop-down list to secure your free spot by September 27. For details of the local preliminary challenge, email organizer Noah Campbell at campb12s@uwindsor.ca.

T-shirt bearing logo "Lancer football"Get geared up for the Lancer football game, Saturday against Guelph on Alumni Field.

Lancer teams promise home action this weekend

The Lancer football team back at home Saturday, September 15, hosting the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field.

Quarterback Sam Girard is second in Ontario University Athletics with 337.3 passing yards per game, including nine touchdown passes, while linebacker Daniel Metcalfe is second in the league in tackles with 23.5.

Kickoff Saturday is set for 1 p.m.; tickets are available for purchase at www.goLancers.ca/tickets.

Men’s and women’s soccer return to Alumni Field as well, for games Friday against the Laurier Golden Hawks and Sunday against the Waterloo Warriors. Game time Friday is 6 p.m. for the women and 8:15 p.m. for the men; Sunday games start at 1 p.m. for the women and 3:15 p.m. for the men.

The squads are collecting canned goods and toiletries for donation to the Windsor Youth Centre. Fans are encouraged to bring contributions to any of these soccer contests.

YQG Tech AwardsThe YQG Tech Awards showcase leaders in the local technology sector.

Deadline approaching for tech award nominations

Nominations are open through September 18 for the YQG Tech Awards, recognizing innovators for their achievements while raising the profile of the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent tech community.

The regional innovation centre WEtech Alliance will confer awards during its Tech Week kickoff party, October 29. There are 11 categories, including three most directly relevant to the campus community:

  • Tech Researcher of the Year, for a faculty member of a local post-secondary institution who has made a significant contribution to research in the areas of technology and innovation;
  • Tech Student of the Year, for a student under the age of 30 who has demonstrated commitment to the local tech community through scholarship, leadership, and community involvement; and
  • Tech Teacher of the Year, for an exceptional elementary or secondary school teacher demonstrating remarkable dedication to preparing students for a digital and innovation-based economy.

Organizers expect about 200 people — entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, and media — to attend the awards ceremony. Find more information, including nomination forms, on the awards website.

people playing touch footballThe September 2018 edition of “Workplace Wellness E-Digest” offers information on the social benefits of physical activity.

Benefits of physical activity subject of wellness newsletter

Physical activity can significantly improve health, says the September edition of Workplace Wellness E-Digest.

Published by the Department of Human Resources’ Office of Employee Engagement and Development, the newsletter highlights the benefits of exercise and the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

“By being physically active, we are strengthening our muscles, as well as burning calories. This in turn improves metabolism and blood circulation,” it notes. “However, there are many myths associated with being active and when we believe these myths, it can be much harder to stick to our physical activity goals.”

Articles offer information to demystify some of the misconceptions surrounding physical activity, tips on using wearable and mobile devices to reach fitness goals, and suggestions for activity to introduce into your fall weekends. Read the Workplace Wellness E-Digest.