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Open house gives high schoolers a taste of the UWindsor experience

It takes hundreds of people from across campus to pull off an event as big as Friday's Fall Open House, said Dave Bussière, assistant provost for admissions and recruiting, but it was worth it.

“We had a great day,” he said as his staff wound day from the event, which brought about 2,000 visitors to the University for tours, academic presentations, and information on programs and admissions.

“We have been so busy – the sessions were full to capacity. We have been getting wonderful feedback.”

He said the turnout was boosted by the effort of his recruiters to encourage attendance, coupled with the consistent messaging provided by advertisements this fall by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

“We have seen so many of the people turn up who spoke to us at the Ontario Universities Fair,” Dr. Bussière said. “I think everyone is leaving with a favourable impression of what we have to offer.”

Display set in CAW Commons

Organizers said that using the UWindsor booth from the Ontario Universities Fair gave visitors a familiar point of reference and drew admiration from faculty, staff and students.

professor Ahmed Azab adjusts scale model on table

Professor Ahmed Azab of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering arranges a display before his presentation during the Centre for Engineering Innovation open house. The event brought hundreds of dignitaries, prospective students and members of the community through the facility, providing a showcase for the research of engineering faculty members.

Tour group led by Kevin Stelzer

Architect Kevin Stelzer (right) introduces some of the building’s features to officials and media during a tour of the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Two student high-five Winston

Lancer mascot Winston collects a high-five in exchange for a carnation outside the CAW Student Centre on Friday. He toured the campus with a crew that included UWindsor president Alan Wildeman and volunteers from the public affairs office to spread the message of Random Acts of Kindness Day.

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