Alumni News

Alumni and friends invited to test knowledge in trivia challenge

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 00:46

A fun night of trivia is on offer Friday, Oct. 1, as part of Alumni Week.

Hosted by Mack Flash, the online quiz is open to alumni, employees, and friends of the University to team up with classmates, family, or colleagues.

The action gets underway at 7 p.m. and will consist of eight rounds of trivia, including a round to test your knowledge specific to the University of Windsor. The top three teams will receive prizes.

Registration is free but required in advance; sign up as an individual or team here.

Alumni Week activities celebrate all things UWindsor through Oct. 3. Find a full schedule of events on the Alumni Association website.

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Author to address alumni Thursday

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 00:25

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, the 11-year-old is adopted by two white professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Far away from all he’s ever known, he struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging, The Leavers was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Join the Alumni Book Club for a talk with author Lisa Ko on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. Register here. Sign up here to join the Alumni Book Club.

The event is part of Alumni Week activities celebrating all things UWindsor through Oct. 3. Find a full schedule of events on the Alumni Association website.


Session to help clear mental roadblocks to change

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 00:30

A presentation in the Alumni Webinar Series will offer strategies to maximize your greatest potential Tuesday, Sept. 28.

David F. Haas (BComm 2002), the “Letting Go” coach, has dedicated his life to helping people uncover what is holding them back. In a half hour talk, he will discuss mental roadblocks that prevent us from taking the leap to create real change in our lives and the lives of others — and will share the three things you can do right now to help get you moving in any area of your life.

A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

The event will run 1 to 2 p.m. on the Zoom videoconference platform. Register to attend.

This is part of Alumni Week activities celebrating all things UWindsor through Oct. 3. Find a full schedule of events on the Alumni Association website.

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Discount makes it easier to don the Blue and Gold

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 00:51

The Campus Bookstore is making it easier than ever for alumni to show their Lancer pride with a 15 per cent discount on UWindsor apparel through Oct. 3.

“We want to encourage everyone to wear our branded clothing during Alumni Week,” says general merchandise buyer Jackie Imeson. “What better way than to offer a special discount to show your Windsor Pride?”

Apply the code “Alumni-21” at the store’s online or in-person checkout.

The University of Windsor Alumni Association has organized a series of events and celebrations for Alumni Week 2021, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. Find details, including a full schedule of activities, on the Alumni Week website.

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Week of activities planned to celebrate grads

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 00:28

The University of Windsor Alumni Association will engage its members and friends in virtual celebration during Alumni Week 2021, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.

A series of events and activities will renew old acquaintances and recall times past, with prizes for participating.

Alumni are invited to share positive messages about their time at UWindsor via the UWin Remembers form submission. Uplifting messages will be shared with current and graduating students.

Post a picture showing your Lancer pride to social media and tag @UWinAlumni for a chance to win a prize pack.

Find details, including a full schedule of activities, on the Alumni Week website.

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Poetry bomb drops on itinerary for book launch

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 00:34

The title of Lorenzo Buj’s debut poetry collection is a jest at his own expense.

A faculty member in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, he will hold a launch event for Earlybloom Bombs on Saturday, Oct. 2.

“The title is a line from one of the poems,” says Dr. Buj. “You can say it’s a self-targeting irony, given that I’m turning 60 this year — not exactly an early bloomer. The book is a kind of promise made to professors and mentors long ago — like John Ditsky and Alistair MacLeod and Walter Skakoon — only now being fulfilled.”

What he delivers is “punkoid, COVID-annoyed” poetry that draws on his experiences as a fixture on the Windsor-Detroit punk scene of the 1980s, when he fronted a band while sporting a hairstyle best described as Mohawk-bouffant.

“I voice the persona of a grumpy character 40 years later,” Buj says.

Taking inspiration from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1962 novel Pale Fire, he follows the poetry with pages of notes, using these to extend the persona and add  “prickly cultural commentary.”

The launch event will run 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dominion House Tavern, 3140 Sandwich St. It’s scheduled as a casual drop-in on the patio but will move indoors if weather dictates.

Buj is making copies of his book available for a voluntary donation.

“I have no ambition to recoup the costs,” he says. “It’s not about money wasted; finding readers is money well-spent.”

Learn more on the event Facebook page. To RSVP, email by Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Lorenzo BujStrategic Priority: Recruit and retain the best faculty and staffAlumniAcademic Area: Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesEnglishLanguages

Engineering alumnus honoured by professional colleagues

Wed, 08/25/2021 - 00:37

An alumnus of the University of Windsor has been named an Officer of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour.

Dedicating over two decades to the advancement and promotion of engineering, Sean P. McCann (BASc 1989, MASc 1993) has been recognized for his voluntary contributions to the community and engineering profession. He was inducted into the Order at a virtual gala on June 19, 2021.

McCann was inducted as a Member of the Order of Honour in 2006 and serves as a PEO Windsor-Essex Chapter executive. He has also taken positions on PEO’s Continuing Professional Development, Competency and Quality Assurance Task Force, and Advisory Committee on Volunteers.

“As a PEO Windsor-Essex chapter executive, Sean has been invaluable in providing the board with input and recommendations on various chapter activities and issues,” says a statement released by PEO.

“His contribution and insight have proved to be invaluable for the engineering profession and community.”

McCann was elected as the Windsor-Essex Engineer of the Year in 2016. He is a prominent role model for engineering students at UWindsor, regularly speaking on campus, and helps organize events aimed at inspiring children with education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Additional sessions opened for consultations with Black alumni

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 00:54

An overwhelming response to a call for Black alumni to join roundtable discussion of their experiences has led organizers to add sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1 and 2.

The meetings are an initial measure by the University to engage with its Black alumni to establish and rebuild relationships.

“We have seen a significant increase in interest,“ says Jeremiah Bowers-Vandusen, a current student and anti-Black racism projects assistant in the Office of the Vice-President Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. “This reconciliation process will not be easy or quick. Still, it is necessary in order to inform the University's work in creating a safer, more inclusive, and conducive future for Black students, staff, and faculty.”

The consultation sessions will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams and begin both days at 4 p.m. Participants are requested to register by visiting

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Singers to take to outdoor stage Sunday

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 00:51

Leamington’s Abridged Opera is taking advantage of its location to present an open-air concert Sunday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The concert features three University of Windsor alumni: mezzo-soprano Erin Armstrong (BMus 2007), soprano Brianna DeSantis (BHK 2014), and soprano Alyssa Epp (BMus 2012, B.Ed 2013), accompanied by clarinetist Trevor Pittman of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and School of Creative Arts, and Toronto-based pianist Bill Shookhoff.

Rounding out the cast are three youth singers — Hayley Romanyk as Bastienna, Julia Martin as Bastien, and Sage Stapleton as Colas “the witch”.

The performance will take place in the backyard of the Abridged Opera farm, located at 209 Mersea Road 6, Leamington. Bring a chair or blanket and come out for a casual afternoon of opera and classical favourites to connect with after so long apart.

Abridged Opera is an independent opera company which condenses classic works without compromising their integrity to provide the essentials of operas, simply and accessibly for all audiences.

Armstrong, the company’s founder and executive director, says it is ready to return to work bringing this grand artform to the Windsor-Essex County community.

“We are so excited to reconnect with our audience after a year apart,” she says. “The reason we make music is because it brings us together and it has never been more important that it is right now.”

Tickets to the Open Air Concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, are $25, available at or by calling 226-346-8372. Reservations are limited.

Brianna DeSantisErin ArmstrongAlyssa EppTrevor PittmanStrategic Priority: Engage in community partnershipsAlumniAcademic Area: Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesCreative Arts

Perspectives of Black alumni sought for roundtable discussions

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 00:54

The Office of the Vice-President Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Windsor is reaching out to Black alumni in an effort to help the University establish — and in many cases rebuild — its relationships with them.

“As part of the University’s ongoing and rigorous strategic planning effort toward dismantling Anti-Black Racism, voices of alumni are essential,” says Marium Tolson-Murtty (BA 1996, B.Ed 2003, M.Ed 2008), anti-Black racism strategic planning officer.

“Since June 2020, the University has undertaken several initiatives, as part of a broader strategy, to address anti-Black racism.”

She says the University is extending an invitation to all Black alumni to participate in roundtable discussions to share stories and perspectives with each other. This initial meeting is intended as a first step in helping to inform and shape future, more extensive engagement initiatives.

“Not all of the experiences of our Black alumni have been negative. However, one negative experience is too many,” Tolson-Murtty says. “Good or bad, we need to acknowledge that there has been a disconnect once students leave campus, and the University of Windsor needs to remedy that.”

Alumna Yvette Blackburn (BA 1993, 2004, B.Ed 2005) says the consultation process is a step in the right direction in gathering Black student body voices of the past and galvanizing them into a collective.

“Bringing our experiences, insight, knowledge, and progressive mindsets, we collectively can impact and affect change that makes the future truly inclusive and allows our voices to be heard and taken seriously,” she says. “I encourage every Black alumnus to participate and add to the conversation. No matter how minuscule you deem your time on campus, you play an integral role.”

The consultation sessions will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams. Participants are requested to register by visiting by Aug. 20. Read more.

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Grads combine talents to pay tribute to inspiring anime

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 00:54

When a popular streaming service added his favourite television show to its line-up last summer, Allesandro Rotondi was inspired.

A 2020 graduate of the music program, he set out to produce a few “lo-fi” instrumental works, but the project he launched Friday grew into something bigger — a full album entitled Tunes of Ba Sing Se.

“The songs are inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I attempted to create instrumental landscapes that suit the atmosphere of the show’s universe,” in which some characters have the ability to manipulate the elements, says Rotondi.

“I combined sounds commonly heard in the show such as kalimba, erhu, glockenspiel, with my own assortment of pop, rock, and jazz influence — like back-masked electric guitar, Hammond organ, electric bass, and traditional and electric drum kit.”

What really excited him, though, was the opportunity to collaborate with his girlfriend Ashley Spina (BA English and visual arts, 2019), a graphic artist who operates under the business name “Werks By Ashley.” She created illustrations used for the album cover and prints included in a deluxe edition of the album, which will be sold as a physical compact disc.

“They make a wonderful accompaniment to the 10 pop tracks I composed, performed, and produced myself at home,” says Rotondi.

The songs are available to stream or for purchase in digital or physical form.

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Alum’s charity run to benefit children affected by war

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 00:52

Children shouldn’t have to grow up hearing gunfire every day, says UWindsor alumnus Jaydee Tarpeh (BSc 2016). That’s why he has begun a campaign to raise $100,000 for children affected by war.

“One out of every six children lives in a country affected by war — that’s 420 million children at risk,” he says. “They’re living under constant threat.”

It’s a threat Tarpeh understands. He grew up in Liberia during its first civil war, which killed some 250,000 people in the West African nation.

“There’s nothing normal about a kid’s life when every day they’re hearing gunfire,” he says. “I know how much that can impact a kid. Not too long ago, I was one of those kids.”

He has launched Jaydee Runs for War Child Canada, which will see him run 77 km (48 miles) over 48 hours, one weekend each month for a year. He is seeking sponsorships to support War Child, a humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children and their families overcome the brutal impact of violence. The charity’s founder, Samantha Nutt, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor in 2016.

“They do important work and they need the money,” Tarpeh says. “Actually, the cause needs a lot more money, but this is a first step.”

He takes his runs on the selected weekends as four miles every four hours, even overnight.

“This challenge mimics some aspects of living through war, such as waking up and running in the middle of the night, not sleeping fully, or walking for days on end,” he says.

Now CEO of Xenia Education, which provides tools to ease the transition to Canadian universities for international students, Tarpeh served as president of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance during his undergraduate career.

To make a donation to his War Child Canada fundraiser, visit the campaign website.

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