Nearly 300 grads and guests enjoyed Windsor Law's annual alumni dinners at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto and the Windsor Club on Nov. 27 and Dec. 10, respectively.
This year’s award recipients include:
To learn more about Windsor Law’s second annual alumni awards, visit the event website.
—Rachelle PrinceAlumniAcademic Area: Law
UWindsor president Robert Gordon, chancellor Mary Jo Haddad, and dean of law Christopher Waters launched the campaign at an alumni event in Toronto last month.
Early donors include Allan Stitt (LLB 1988), Jamie Johnson (LLB 1987), John Bitove (LLB 1984) and Randi Bitove, Greg Monforton and Partners, Norton Rose Fulbright, Lerners LLP, McTague LLP, and Himelfarb Proszanski.
In a show of support during the Toronto launch, in addition to his existing pledge, Johnson challenged alumni through a dollar-for-dollar matching campaign that raised over $200,000 in just 24 hours.
“The $30 million dollar project is slated to commence in the summer of 2020,” says Dr. Waters. “The building is proudly rooted on a renewed University of Windsor campus. The transformed space will enhance our reputation and make us all proud. With the help of our community, we are going to take what’s good about our building and make it more warm, welcoming and suitable for law teaching today.”
In total, with the help of alumni and donors, the Faculty of Law has so far raised more than $2 million towards the fundraising goal, in anticipation of Board approval in early 2020.
Donations can be made online towards the Transforming Windsor Law campaign in support of the upcoming renovations to the Ron W. Ianni Faculty of Law building. The campaign continues this evening with a sold-out dinner for alumni at the Windsor Club.
—Rachelle PrinceChris WatersAlumniAcademic Area: Law
Sue Skrobiak’s career of almost 40 years dedicated to the Odette School of Business will receive recognition with a new award. She joined the University’s staff as a secretary in the Faculty of Business Administration in 1980, and died in November 2018.
The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence will be presented annually to a recipient who has positively impacted the Odette School of Business MBA Program for a sustained period.
“Sue worked for the School of Business for almost 40 years and most of that time was devoted exclusively to our MBA program,” explains dean Mitch Fields. “The entire Odette team — faculty, staff, students, and alumni — really wanted to recognize her contribution.”
Award recipients can be an alumnus of the program, a past Odette faculty or staff member, or an engaged individual or organization. The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence will be bestowed at the Odette Dean’s Dinner, the culmination of the fall MBA orientation and an event that Skrobiak cherished.
In addition, an annual bursary will be given to a current MBA student in honour of the Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence recipient. The school plans to raise funds for an endowment to support the student bursary.
Donations given beyond the endowment target will be directed to other worthy causes related to the Odette MBA program and its students. Priority will be given to the refurbishment of the Odette MBA student lounge; upon its completion, the space will be renamed in honour of Skrobiak. Any additional funds will be directed to activities and projects, like MBA case competitions, MBA leadership forums, and updates to the main MBA classroom within the Odette School of Business.
The Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence was developed in consultation with her husband John and daughters Amie and Melissa.
“No words can express the devastating loss our family has endured,” explains John Skrobiak. “This award will be a constant reminder to us and others of Sue’s contributions, efforts, care, and kindness that she exhibited throughout her life and her career. We are honoured and humbled that Sue’s name will live on through Odette, the MBA program and in our family’s hearts forever.”Mitch FieldsGerry KerrSue SkrobiakAlumniAcademic Area: Business
Saturday’s Lancer football game, the team’s final home contest of 2019, promises action off the field as well as on it.
As part of Alumni Week festivities, the University of Windsor Alumni Association is hosting a barbecue, starting at 11:45 a.m. in the stadium. This year’s inductees in the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame will be introduced to the crowd.
For Seniors’ Day, fans will have a chance to show appreciation before kick-off for all Windsor football players graduating this year.
It’s Minor Football Day, allowing free admission to all Windsor minor football players wearing their team jerseys.
Athletics staff promise loads of promotions and giveaways over the course of the day, and there’s even a game — the Lancers will take to Alumni Field to line up against the Laurier Golden Hawks at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.
Visit the Lancers webpage for additional information or to purchase game tickets.Sam GirardAlumni AssociationAlumni
The J.P. Wiser’s Experience Centre in the Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery is the setting for a whisky tasting and dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 2. The event is hosted by the University of Windsor Alumni Association as part of its Alumni Week activities.Alumni
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