line drawing depicting Open Streets WindsorCampus organizations are invited to participate in Open Streets Windsor, the “paved parks” festival, on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Volunteers sought for community event

Lancer Recreation will run fitness classes and games, law students will share information about drafting a will, the Faculty of Engineering will display design projects, Let’s Talk Science will teach kids about oceans, and the Campus Community Garden will serve mint tea — and there are eight more kilometres of activities besides during Open Streets Windsor on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Now in its fourth year, the community festival promises an 8-kilometre route closed to vehicular traffic from Sandwich Towne to Ford City. Citizens will walk, jog, bicycle, or roll from Drouillard Road to Brock Street, enjoying healthy and fun community building along the way.

Campus organizations will head up a University Hub located on Riverside Drive by Assumption Park, says Mary-Ann Rennie, special events manager in the Office of the President.

“Groups interested in participating can contact me to reserve space, tables, and chairs, and register for a free lunch sponsored by president Robert Gordon,” she says.

The commitment is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus set-up and teardown times. To inquire, email Rennie at

Also, festival organizers need volunteers to help with everything from greeting visitors to directing traffic. Learn more and register on the event website.

students making their own buttonsStudents exercise their creativity during a button-making session outside the Leddy Library.

Library books cool treats and creativity

The Leddy Library invites students to stop by for Brain Freeze and Button-Making, from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

The Leddy team will set up outside the library to hand out freezies and help make buttons. Those who join the fun will also have the opportunity to win a Leddy Library prize.

The team will provide all the equipment and supplies needed — magazines to cut images from, drawing tools, and pre-made templates.

Students are encouraged to bring their favourite photos and designs to make custom buttons. The necessary diameter is 6.5 cm to produce a button 5.6 cm across.

—Marcie Demmans

cartoon of person doing yogaThe lawn outside Dillon Hall will host sunset sessions of yoga for the next three Thursdays.

Dillon lawn site for Thursday yoga sessions

Yoga classes on the lawn outside Dillon Hall for the next three Thursdays will be an opportunity to soak in the amazing fall weather, says organizer Sandra Riccio-Muglia.

Director of events and programming for the CAW Student Centre, she has partnered with Lancer Recreation and the Wellness Centre in hosting the one-hour sessions at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 19, and 26.

“It’s the perfect way to give yourself one hour to breathe in the cool evening air and take in the campus dusk,” Riccio-Muglia says.

The event is free and open to all employees and students and their families. Mats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or bring your own.

Students attending OPUS barbecueThe annual OPUS welcome barbecue is open to all students, faulty, and staff, Sept. 26 outside Assumption Hall.

Giveaways greeting part-time students

The Organization of Part-time University Students is welcoming its membership to the University of Windsor with a free gift package during its Appreciation Week, through Friday, Sept. 13.

Part-time undergraduates who stop by its office, room 172 in the CAW Student Centre, receive swag while supplies last, as well as information on services — including scholarships and bursaries — provided to OPUS members. Watch a video celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In addition, they can complete a ballot for a prize draw of a tuition bursary worth up to $1,850, sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The winner will be announced at the organization’s 17th annual welcome barbecue, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, on the north lawn outside Assumption Hall.

Volunteers pick up litter during #OurCommunity Clean-up Day, Sept. 9.Volunteers pick up litter during #OurCommunity Clean-up Day, Sept. 9.

Campus community pitches in to clean up neighbourhood

Almost 200 students, staff, and faculty members came out Monday afternoon to help clean up streets neighbouring the main campus.

#OurCommunity Clean-up Day saw volunteers pick up litter from University to College avenues, from Sunset St. to Bridge Ave.

Mounted with the support of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and the Sandwich residents’ association Our West End, it was part of the #UWinProud spirit campaign, explains organizer Sarah Racinsky, communications assistant in the Office of Student Experience.

“We’re so pleased with the first of what we hope will become an annual event,” she said. “Our volunteers really made a difference and I know they got a good feeling from improving our neighbourhoods.”

Racinsky said crews filled dozens of trash bags before gathering for a celebration of the day’s successes.