Organization of Part-time University Students

Time running out for OPUS award nominations

Monday, February 4, is the deadline for nominations for the 2013 Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) awards banquet, to be held March 21.

The banquet recognizes professors and staff members and celebrates the contributions of part-time students and the organization’s members.

All part-time undergrads, as well as UWindsor staff and faculty members, are welcome to submit nominations for these awards:

Hallowe’en food drive issues call for volunteers

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) has thrown its support behind Trick or Eat, which organizes volunteers to dress up and head door-to-door asking for non-perishable food items instead of candy.

Last year, the program of Meal Exchange Windsor raised over 3,000 pounds of food for Hiatus House and the Well-Come Centre for Human Potential.

OPUS has agreed to provide volunteers, funding to run the event, and promotion.

OPUS social moves to Ambassador Auditorium

A big crowd demands a big room. An overwhelming number of RSVPs prompted the Organization of Part-time University Students to relocate its social today to the Ambassador Auditorium’s Salon C, CAW Student Centre.

The event will feature discussion with Sean Moriarty, acting executive director of Information Technology Services, as well as free food and drinks. It will begin at 5 p.m. Learn more on the organization’s Web site.

Health Fair full of giveaways and takeaways for students and staff

UWindsor students and staff were educated on wellness issues and treated to giveaways at the Health Fair in the CAW Student Centre Commons on Wednesday.

“Students need to know about our programs so that they can easily access the help they need right here on campus,” says Sophie Kargl, who staffed a booth for Campus Recreation.

Kargl promoted physical activity and fitness classes at the Forge Fitness Centre, encouraging students to spin the Info Wheel, which had questions testing their knowledge of health issues affecting young people.

Health Fair aimed at promoting student well-being

Lots of giveaways, interactive displays and even a chart to track the nutritional value of your food intake are on the menu for the Health Fair in the CAW Student Centre Commons on Wednesday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Displays by health providers on campus and in the community will encourage attendees to focus on issues relevant to young adults:

Barbecue to serve as a campus welcome for part-time students

The Organization of Part-time University Students invites all part-time undergraduate students, faculty, staff and alumni to its annual welcome barbecue on Tuesday, September 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The event promises free food and beverages prepared and served by Catering Services, on the lawn outside the northwest corner of the CAW Student Centre.

Find more details on the OPUS Web site.

OPUS administrator recognized as community leader

Maryan Amalow values the importance of community and student engagement, says dean of students Clayton Smith.

“She always ensures to lend a helping hand for students with her advocacy and leadership experience as she was a student who can relate to their issues,” he told a group gathered June 8 at Windsor Water World to see Amalow—a UWindsor grad (BA 2005, MA 2008) and executive director of the Organization of Part-time University Students—receive an award in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario.

Part-time students welcome increase in federal support

An increase to the income eligibility thresholds for federal loans and grants to part-time students is being welcomed as a measure to ensure their access to post-secondary education.

The Canadian government announced May 16 it will invest approximately $22.5 million over the next 10 years to increase accessibility for student financial assistance. It is projected that over 2,500 additional part-time students will be eligible for a Canada Student Loan in year one, rising to just under 8,000 in year five.