UWin Proud T-shirtA T-shirt like this will help raise awareness of how the University’s workforce gives back to the community.

Spirit campaign promoting community volunteerism

Connections Early Years Family Centre aims to build a stronger, more connected community by providing integrated learning and early intervention services for children up to six years old. Six UWindsor employees volunteer for the agency; the UWin Proud campaign has profiled them on its website to encourage campus engagement with the community.

Organizers of the spirit effort are seeking to support groups of five or more faculty and staff who volunteer off-campus as a team. The Office of Student Experience will provide them with free swag — T-shirts and buttons — to promote how the University’s workforce gives back to the surrounding community.

To register, email Jacqueline.Veres@uwindsor.ca. Learn more on the project website.

tabletop presentation on Cambodian historyShowcase your culture, history, and heritage with a display at the Celebration of Nations on March 14, 2019.

Celebration of Nations issues invitation for participation

Want to express your culture and represent your country? Sign up now to display your country on a table booth during the Celebration of Nations on March 14, 2019.

The event is a showcase of the diversity throughout the campus community and consists of demonstrations and displays of food, dance, dress, and music.

Individuals and groups interested in exhibiting a table booth display during the event have until Feb. 8 to sign up. Judges will rank the booths in a prize competition.

UWinsite learning labHands-on learning labs will help faculty and staff transition to UWinsite Student, the University’s new student information platform.

Learning Labs to help faculty and staff transition to UWinsite

Hands-on learning labs for faculty and staff transitioning to UWinsite Student, the University’s new student information platform, are being offered during the next few weeks.

The learning labs are part of post-go-live support for the campus community. They are intended to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions or get assistance with tasks in-person. The learning labs are come-and-go sessions open to all faculty and staff members who use UWinsite Student. The current learning lab schedule is posted here.

Assistance at the learning labs will largely be provided by members of the UWinsite Student Brigade. The Brigade is made up of University of Windsor students who assisted with the delivery of training for UWinsite Student.

“We have been working hard to learn the new student information platform so we can assist all users,” says Sonia George, a UWinsite Student Brigade member. “Our goal is to help users successfully complete common tasks in the system. If we are unable to assist a user, we will submit a help ticket on their behalf.”

Users can also reach a Brigade member by phone or email from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during University business days. They can be contacted at 519-253-3000, ext. 5385, or uwinsite@uwindsor.ca.

The team also encourages faculty and staff users to reach out to colleagues in their area who are familiar with UWinsite Student.

In addition, self-guided learning materials, including videos and how-to guides, are available at www.uwindsor.ca/uwinsitestudent. Additional resources will continue to be developed as needed.

Email any questions to uwinsite@uwindsor.ca.

Ambassador BridgeThe inaugural Lancer Leadership Conference, Feb. 2 in Alumni Auditorium, is seeking presenters.

February event to promote diversity in leadership

Do you have a story of leadership experiences that will help inspire others? Are you interested in improving your leadership skills, practicing public speaking, networking with other students, and sharing your experiences?

Seize the opportunity to pitch your idea and present at the inaugural Lancer Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Alumni Auditorium. The theme is “diversity in leadership” and organizers hope to hear from students in every major, of every ethnic background, gender or sexual orientation, and nationality.

The conference convenors also invite faculty and staff to encourage students they believe suitable to participate.

There are two categories of presentation: a 10-minute oral presentation or a 50-minute workshop. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15. Find details on the conference website.

Michaela Jacques, Ashlyn DewarMichaela Jacques and Ashlyn Dewar, Grade 11 students at Belle River District High School, attended campus Friday for the Specialist High Skills Major health and wellness conference.

Campus conference provides skills certification to secondary students

A conference Friday provided a “fabulous opportunity” for more than 200 Windsor-Essex high school students to get a taste of post-secondary education, said Krysta Brosseau.

A teacher consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, she helped to organize a conference on health and wellness for students pursuing the Specialist High Skills Major. The program is aimed at students in Grades 11 and 12, and provides them job placements and a chance to earn industry certifications.

UWindsor faculty led sessions Friday in a range of related topics, from concussion awareness to laboratory best practices to sterile techniques. All attendees received certification in communications skills.

Brosseau said that bringing the students to the University is a powerful motivator.

“It’s a game changer in terms of being able to showcase opportunities in our community,” she said. “They get a chance to dip their toes in the water.”

Katia Benoit, a student recruitment officer in the Office of Enrolment Management, said the event may encourage some of the attendees to consider pursuing post-secondary studies at UWindsor.

“Exposing students to the academic pathways we have at the University helps them to get a feel for what’s it’s like to be a student at the U,” she said.

Certainly that attracted Ashlyn Dewar, a Grade 11 student at Belle River District High School. After registering for the day’s activities, she looked forward to a session that promised an introduction to medical terminology.

“It sounds like a unique sort of thing,” she said. “I signed up in the first place because I figured it would be good to learn more about what it would be like to be at the University.”