Braunte PetricFilm student Braunte Petric is excited to see her work Defender among the 10 finalists in TVO’s Short Doc Contest.

Student documentary shortlisted for prize

Braunte Petric hasn’t even begun her graduate studies in filmmaking and she’s already making her mark — TV Ontario has named her work Defender among the 10 finalists in its Short Doc Contest.

The film is an interview with Windsor Law professor Julie Macfarlane, founder of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, which advocates for access to justice.

Petric first became aware of the project as an intern during her undergraduate studies in communication, media, and film, which she completed this spring. This semester, she has begun pursuit of an MFA in film studies.

“My film is about bringing awareness to the world of law,” she says. “Unless you are suing someone, have been sued, or know someone involved in a lawsuit, you would have no knowledge of how our court system is changing.”

While people struggle to afford legal representation, Petric notes Macfarlane is fighting for them.

“She is an amazing interviewee,” says Petric. “I really enjoyed making a powerful story about this group advocating for others.”

She was “overwhelmed” to learn her piece was selected to the top 10 and shares credit with cinematographer Armend Bajrami.

“No matter what, even if our entry doesn’t win, it will always be on the TVO website,” Petric says. “I’m so grateful it has even made it this far.”

Judges will award first, second, and third prizes, but the public will determine the People’s Choice winner. Voting is open through Sept. 16; watch all entries and cast a ballot on the contest website.

Jamie Adjetey-NelsonTrack and field athlete Jamie Adjetey-Nelson is among the inductees to join the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.

Alumni Sports Hall of Fame to welcome new inductees

Former Lancer stars from track and field, football, and volleyball will join the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony Sunday, Oct. 6.

Decathlete Jamie Adjetey-Nelson (BA 2007, B.Ed 2009), jumper Stephanie Gouin (BHK 1999), wide receiver Arjei Franklin (BHK 2005, B.Ed 2006), and men’s volleyball MVP Steve Ray (BASc 1996) will be honoured as part of Alumni Weekend celebrations.

Adjetey-Nelson was an all-star in track and field and helped lead the blue and gold to five provincial and three national championships. He received the Olympic Shield as Lancer male athlete of the year in 2009. A gold medalist in the decathlon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he continues to hold the University of Windsor record in pentathlon.

Gouin was a four-time all-Canadian and provincial first team all-star in long jump and a member of the Lancer 4x200m relay team. She led the Lancer women to two Canadian track and field championships, earning team MVP honours in 1997 and 1998. Her 6.10m mark remains the Lancer record in the women’s long jump.

Franklin received the Olympic Shield in 2005, and still holds the Lancer records in career receiving yards and total punt returns. A two-time OUA all-star and CIS all-Canadian, he was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and enjoyed a seven-year career in the Canadian Football League.

Ray is one of very few student-athletes to capture both the Olympic Shield and DeMarco Award, combining athletic and academic excellence. A four-time OUA all-star, he led Windsor squads to an OUA silver medal in 1995 and 1996, becoming the first Lancer ever selected to the Canadian national team.

To be inducted in the Builder/Coach category are track and field assistant coach Don Garrod (BA 1996) and the late Gary Malloy (BA 1983, B.Ed 1984), head coach of Lancer cross country.

The Sport Achievement award, recognizing contributions to sport beyond the University of Windsor campus, is being presented to major league baseball player and Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall (BHK 2007). The 1995-96 national champion women’s cross country team will receive the Team Achievement award.

Find more information on all the honorees at

Register to attend the awards presentation on the event website.

Kayla Jakobszen, Beth Ann PrinceFirst-year student Kayla Jakobszen accepts congratulations from alumni association president Beth Ann Prince on winning a draw for a semester’s free tuition.

Cheers greet incoming students

Kayla Jakobszen had a “stunning” welcome to the University of Windsor, winning a semester’s tuition free Wednesday in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

“This is the best way I can imagine starting my time at the University,” said the first-year student of English and business. “I can’t believe I won. My parents are going to be so excited.”

The annual prize draw — worth up to $4,000 — is sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association and held during the Welcoming Celebration, a pep rally that forms part of orientation activities for new students.

Nursing major Tala Abdallah said the event drew her in after the more serious presentations on academic expectations.

“I just wanted to stay longer and bond,” she said. “It’s so hype!”

Her friend Lina Mekawi, starting classes today in human kinetics, agreed.

“It’s like a family, so you don’t want to leave in case you miss anything,” she said. “Even if you’re normally quiet, you’re screaming.”

UWindsor Welcome Week programming continues across campus. Classes in most programs begin today — Thursday, Sept. 5. The week will culminate in the Lancer varsity football game at 1 p.m. Saturday on Alumni Field.

Find more information on UWindsor Welcome Week activities on the program website.

UP logoThe 50x50 campaign will see the University Players donate 2,500 tickets to local charities and non-profit organizations over the course of its 61st theatre season.

Ticket donation to open theatre to community

As part of an effort to connect with the community, University Players will donate 2,500 tickets to local charities and non-profit organizations over the course of its 61st theatre season.

The 50x50: Community Connections campaign will distribute packages of 50 tickets for 50 different performances to 50 community groups.

“Here in Windsor-Essex, we have a ton of amazing local theatre groups, and the arts community is so supportive,” says Kristen Siapas, organizer of this year’s campaign.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for people who might not normally engage in theatre to have a chance to see something new — student actors working with professional directors and designers to create world-class entertainment, right on the University of Windsor campus.”

Non-profit groups interested in receiving tickets should contact the University Players box office to inquire about availability.

The campaign kicks off with an opening-night reception for William Shakespeare’s Othello, Sept. 27 in the lobby of Essex Hall.

University Players offers season packages and individual tickets for six shows through the school year. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by phoning the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

University of Windsor students can purchase a ticket for just $8, and regular price tickets start at $19.

Iain Baxter&Professor emeritus Iain Baxter& will be invested as a companion of the Order of Canada at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5.

Investment ceremony to be live-streamed

Professor emeritus Iain Baxter& will be invested as a companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony today at 10:30 a.m. in Rideau Hall by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

Baxter& is a pioneer of Canadian conceptual art whose unique body of work defies the limits of art. The ceremony will be streamed online at

Paolo Vasapolli and Chris Del GrecoUWindsor executive chef Paolo Vasapolli and Chris Del Greco, owner of greenhouse operator Under Sun Acres.

Food Services taps local source for sweet peppers

The University’s Food Services will partner with Leamington-based Under Sun Acres to use its bell peppers in campus meals, says executive chef Paolo Vasapolli.

“We are pleased to announce this partnership, bringing fresh local produce to our diners,” Vasapolli says.

The company operates one of Ontario’s largest greenhouse facilities. It is a technology leader, investing in systems for energy co-generation and filtration, research into solar power, and more.

“Our in-house entomologist and research team of scientists and engineers allows Under Sun Acres to cultivate innovative ideas and push technological barriers,” says owner Chris Del Greco. “We believe we are a leading example of modern greenhouse life.”

Vasapolli has also supplied Under Sun Acres with recipes to introduce consumers to creative uses for peppers: stuffed with orzo, roasted, or stewed into the Italian dish peperonata.

Watch for the company’s wares in dishes in the University’s food outlets.

peppers stuffed with orzo, roasted, peperonata.
UWindsor executive chef Paolo Vasapolli has created recipes using sweet peppers from Leamington-based grower Under Sun Acres.

Open house reception to celebrate retirement of Maria Giampuzzi

Friends and colleagues of Maria Giampuzzi, Senate governance officer/elections and administrative manager in the University Secretariat, are invited to an open house reception to celebrate her retirement from the University of Windsor on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Giampuzzi joined the University staff in 1990 in the Office of the Registrar, transferring into her governance role in 1997.

The event will run 2 to 4 p.m. in the Freed-Orman Commons, Assumption Hall. Organizers request that well-wishers planning to attend RSVP by e-mailing Carol Perkes at by 3 p.m. Sept 16.

laptop displaying Drupal screensA free class for UWindsor employees Sept. 19 will provide instruction in the basics of the University’s website content management system.

Session to train staff and faculty in web content management system

A free class in Website Basic Training for UWindsor faculty and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 19, is the first of the fall semester, advises instructor Rob Aitkens.

Web development team lead in Information Technology Services, he will teach the basics of the Drupal content management system: University and legislative guidelines for posting content, as well as how to create pages and events, upload graphics, and use menus and blocks.

The training is required for all employees responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites and is valuable for those with little previous experience with the system, for those upgrading their sites from version 6 to 7, or as a refresher. It will run 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the University Computer Centre classroom. Registration is required through this online form.