BComm student Cole Barbour said a voucher for a semester’s tuition he won during a draw at Wednesday’s Welcoming Celebration will help to keep him afloat, which comes in handy in his line of work—he’s a combat information officer with the Canadian Navy.
Currently holding the rank of ordinary seaman, Barbour hopes that completing his degree at the Odette School of Business will help him to advance.
Thousands of ballots were entered in the draw, sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association. New students and their parents received ballots each time they participated in Head Start activities.
“I’m pretty excited about winning,” Barbour said. “I’ve been getting support from my parents and the navy, but this really helps.”
He was one of thousands of first-year students who filled the St. Denis Centre for the Welcoming Celebration. Besides program partisans chanting and singing, the event featured presentations by UWindsor President Alan Wildeman and dean of students Clayton Smith, a video of deans reminiscing about their own school days, and a performance by juggler Crazy Craig.
Juggler Craig Wise, AKA Crazy Craig, warms up before his performance, which included knives, a unicycle, and balancing 10 folding chairs on his chin.
Nursing student Mervat Khalil adds her signature to the Class of 2015 banner.
Engineering major Austin Crough joins kinesiology students Chelsey Drouillard, Joseph Ellenberger, Hannah Robson and Spencer Bedard in a demonstration of futures so bright, they collectively have to wear shades.
Music students make noise during the Welcoming Celebration for new students.
Exchange students Therese Vegehall and Isa Morheden of Sweden flank Yui Togashi of Japan in the St. Denis Centre fieldhouse following the Welcoming Celebration.
Windsor Welcome Week continues today as classes begin in most programs. The Vendor Fair runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard outside the CAW Student Centre, promising freebies, fun and friendly faces.
The Campus Safety Audit Committee, the School of Dramatic Art and the Educational Development Centre present the hilarious play Single & Sexy at 7 p.m. in the St. Denis Centre, inviting you to watch eight students as they progress through their first year at University.
Friday’s activities include the Campus Community Clean-up litter drive, the Residence Gladiators competition and the Taste of Windsor eatery walking tour. Saturday is Shinerama Shine Day with events from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., including the home openers of Lancer soccer. Visit www.windsorwelcomeweek.ca for a full list of events, locations and times.