Memorial of Hope sculpture between Essex and Dillon hallsA vigil Thursday at the Memorial of Hope will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Event to observe National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The University of Windsor’s Women in Engineering (WiE) Club and Womxn’s Centre will host a vigil in honour of the 14 women who were killed in the 1989 L’Ecole Polytéchnique massacre and a local nurse who was the victim of workplace violence.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, people will gather at 6 p.m. for a candlelight vigil at the Memorial of Hope, located between Dillon and Essex halls.

Fourteen female UWindsor engineering students will read a statement about each of the victims before placing a rose on the monument; the event will also honour Lori Dupont, a Windsor nurse who was murdered at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in 2005. 

“We are doing this to remember the victims of this tragedy, as well as all women who are victims of violence,” said Micaela Nimmo, co-ordinator of the Womxn’s Centre.

A presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the Hum Café in the CAW Student Centre. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada designated Dec. 6 the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in response to the massacre of the women — most of them engineering students — at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

cartoon of Santa ClausJoin Santa for breakfast Dec. 5 in the CAW Student Centre.

Breakfast with the big guy on menu for student centre Wednesday

A free breakfast invites students to de-stress before final exams today — Wednesday, Dec. 5 — in the CAW Student Centre Commons.

The third annual Pre-Exams Santa Breakfast will begin at 11 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at 11:30 a.m. to pose with fans for photographs that will be printed on the spot for them to take home as keepsakes of his visit.

“'The event gives a chance for students to wind down and come together before classes end and exams begin for a warm breakfast and pictures with Santa,” says Sandra Riccio-Muglia, the centre’s director of events. “There will be lots of goodies, music and giveaways on hand for the festive occasion.”

Bookstore to help patrons scratch their itch for savings

The Campus Bookstore will show appreciation for its faculty and staff clientele as the semester winds down, offering a “scratch & save” discount to all UWindsor employees on two dates: Dec. 6 and 20.

On those Thursdays, customers will scratch cards to earn discounts of between 10 and 25 per cent on their purchases, excluding course materials and already-discounted merchandise.

The Campus Bookstore is located on the lower level of the CAW Student Centre, open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walton Wood Farm products

Rep to demonstrate personal-care gifts in store Thursday

A representative from Walton Wood Farm will be on hand in the Campus Bookstore to introduce and demonstrate its line of personal care gift products for men and women, from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

The company promotes its products, made with sustainable ingredients, as gluten-free, vegan friendly, and helping to protect the environment for future generations.

The Campus Bookstore will offer a selection of shaving soaps, lip balms, solid cologne, hand creams, body lotions, and sugar scrubs for purchase. UWindsor employees can apply the Staff Appreciation Day discounts to all Walton Wood Farm products on Dec. 6 and 20.

Campus services to extend hours during exam period

Several UWindsor services have lengthened their hours of operation to better serve students during final examinations. Food Services, the UwinCARD office, and the Leddy Library have all announced extended service times.

The Marketplace food court in the CAW Student Centre will open:

  • 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 to 7;
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8;
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 9;
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 10 to 14;
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16;
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18;
  • 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19;
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20;
  • 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

The Brown Gold Café in the Leddy Library will open:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6;
  • Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 to 9;
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 10 to Dec. 14.

These hours are subject to change. Find the most up-to-date information, along with the schedules of all campus outlets, on the Food Services website.

The UwinCARD office, recognizing the urgent need for valid student identification during final exams, will extend its hours starting this weekend. The office, located in room B104 on the lower level of the CAW Student Centre, will serve clients:

  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 10 to 12, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It will resume regular office hours on Monday, Dec. 17.

The Leddy Library has begun 24/5 operation to facilitate exam study.

It will remain open around the clock from 10 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Saturday, then re-open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. These extra-long hours will end at midnight Thursday, Dec. 20, and will not involve the library’s full services. It will operate as a study hall from 2:30 to 7:30 a.m.

The library will open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, closing Dec. 22 to Jan. 1. It will return to normal hours of operation on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Check the details on the Leddy website.

mouse in experiment“Toxicity-in-a-Dish” will explore non-animal methods to assess chemical safety, Dec. 10 in the Biology Building.

Alternatives to animal testing subject of seminar

A seminar on Monday, Dec. 10, will discuss non-animal methods to assess chemical safety.

“Toxicity-in-a-Dish” is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods/Validation of Alternative Methods at noon in room 122, Biology Building.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its legislatively mandated “Strategic Plan to Promote the Development and Implementation of Alternative Test Methods” within the U.S. Toxic Substance Control Act Program. The law now requires the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine, or replace vertebrate animal testing.

Anna Lowit, a senior science advisor from the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, will discuss the EPA strategic plan as well as the U.S. federal inter-agency strategic roadmap for establishing alternative methods to evaluate the safety of chemicals and medical products.

Her presentation will explore how her office is advancing and adopting non-animal methodologies, illustrating recent alternative test methods implementation activities in the areas of skin sensitization and inhalation.