There are many things to say about a university. Universities have a long history of enabling people to address the challenges and opportunities in society. There are stories about great discoveries that are making a difference in people’s lives, about how technology is changing the way information is disseminated, or about how athletics and entrepreneurship are shaping tomorrow’s leaders. These and other stories are exciting and certainly justify the headlines they attract.
At the same time, along with all of these eye-catching stories and headlines, there is the foundation of what universities do that ultimately enables everything else. It is the foundation of teaching and learning. In this issue of VIEW, we go back to these roots, and explore how they are shaping the future of the University of Windsor and the lives of our students before and after they graduate.
In this edition, there are, of course, snapshots of some of the research and scholarship happening on campus, including a story about recent UWindsor additions to the Royal Society of Canada. But much of what you will read is a glimpse into the heart and soul of teaching and learning. It is a truism that any organization is about its people, and it is with great pride that we can showcase some of the people who are continually reinforcing our foundation.
When Faculty of Law Prof. Jasminka Kalajdzic describes the experience of seeing students immersed in the material and asking hard questions as being “intoxicating,” and Kinesiology Prof. Kevin Milne says that his whole approach to teaching is to make sure his students do not feel like “a number,” you start to get a sense of how strong the dedication to teaching and learning is at the University of Windsor.
Our university’s commitment to teaching has been its royal jelly throughout its history. It is the great concoction that binds all disciplines together in the common goal of improving lives.
For VIEWers who are alumni, I hope that these—and other stories in this issue—make you wish, if even for a moment, that you could do it all over again.
President and Vice-Chancellor