grads in gowns awaiting their turn on stageMore than 1,000 graduands will receive their degrees during Convocation ceremonies Saturday in the St. Denis Centre.

University to graduate 1,182 during Saturday Convocation ceremonies

The University of Windsor will confer degrees on 1,182 graduating students during its 110th Convocation ceremonies Saturday, October 13, in 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. sessions in the St. Denis Centre.

Faculty of Nursing experiential learning specialist Judy Bornais will address Convocation at the 10 a.m. session. Prof. Bornais is the recipient of a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, created in 1986 by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to recognize exceptional teachers in post-secondary education.

At the 3 p.m. session, the University will award an honorary degree to Francis Plummer, distinguished professor in the departments of Medical Microbiology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Plummer is recognized in Canada and abroad for his work in public health and science, and has published many articles on HIV/AIDS that have changed global public health policy. He oversaw the development of VSV-Ebov, a vaccine successfully trialed in West Africa in 2015, and ZMapp, the first effective treatment for Ebola virus infection.

Plummer was scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg) of the Public Health Agency of Canada, followed by a position as Canada’s chief public health officer until 2017. He has served as advisor to the National Academy of Sciences in the US, and a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the governments of Kenya, India, and Lesotho.

Among his many honours, Plummer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada; the Order of Manitoba; and received a grant from the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his HIV research.

Students in the renovated interior of the historic Windsor ArmouriesStudents appreciate the renovated interior of the historic Windsor Armouries building, now home to the School of Creative Arts.

Downtown home inspires creativity in UWindsor arts students

Students are inspired by the downtown campus of the School of Creative Arts. Read about how the glow of the new facilities continues to shine brightly in the Fall 2018 edition of View magazine, published by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

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Windsor midfielder Jade Samping puts boot to ball in action against Laurier.Windsor midfielder Jade Samping puts boot to ball in action against Laurier.

Soccer only varsity action at home this weekend

Lancer soccer will host Western at Alumni Field on Friday, October 12, for the first contests in a home-and-home weekend series with the Mustangs.

The women will play at 6 p.m. and the men at 8:15 p.m. Friday, then Sunday in London it’s a noon start for the women and 2:15 p.m. kickoff for the men.

The Lancer football team will line up against the Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo on Friday, October 12. will livestream the contest; game time is 11 a.m.

Women’s hockey will open its regular season Saturday, October 13, in Toronto against the Varsity Blues, then play the Ryerson Rams on Sunday. Men’s hockey is in Thunder Bay to face off against the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Saturday.

Varsity golf will compete in the Ontario Athletics Championship tournament, October 14 to 16, hosted by the McMaster Marauders at Heron Pointe Golf Links, outside Hamilton. Read a summary of recent play at

Professors to lead discussion on cancer research

Two UWindsor professors of chemistry and biochemistry are among the participants in a “Think Tank” event hosted by the Windsor Cancer Research Group on October 26.

John Trant will present on “Multimodal Imaging” and Yufeng Tong on “Understanding the role of molecular mechanisms of ubiquitin regulatory enzymes” during the event, which will run 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre.

Ken Schneider, radiation oncologist at Windsor Regional Hospital, will discuss “Truths, Triumphs and Opportunities: The Clinician-Oncologist, Bedside to Bench.”

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book cover: "A Rich Brew"A professor of Hebrew literature will discuss his book on the influence of cafés on modern Jewish culture in a free public lecture Monday.

Author to discuss book on Jewish café culture

Unlike the synagogue, the house of study, or the delicatessen, the café is rarely considered a Jewish space. However, argues a scholar of Judaic studies, coffeehouses profoundly influenced the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-19th century.

Shachar Pinsker, professor of Hebrew literature and culture at the University of Michigan, will discuss his new book on the subject, “A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture,” in a free public presentation Monday, October 15.

His lecture will uncover a network of interconnected cafés that were central to the Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization — in Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Dr. Pinsker will also sign copies of his book after his talk.

The event is set for 7 p.m. at Mazal Tov kosher restaurant, 1653 Ouellette Avenue, and is sponsored by Assumption University as well as the Windsor Jewish Community Centre.

Admission is free but seating is limited; RSVP to 519-973-1772, ext. 221, or