Open House gives prospective students a little UWindsor experience

In what organizers are describing as the University of Windsor’s largest recruitment success yet, more than 3,000 high school students and their parents came from all over Ontario to Friday’s Fall Open House.

Sunny skies greeted visitors for tours of academic, residence and athletics facilities, presentations on programs and services, and a barbecue lunch served under four tents in the courtyard outside Dillon Hall. The Mark Calcott Band, an ensemble of UWindsor students, entertained guests as they enjoyed their lunch.

“This has been our biggest open house yet. The tents were a new addition so that guests could eat and interact in a comfortable, open-air environment,” says Wendy Bedard of the Office of Liaison and Student Recruitment. “Many families came from all over the province, which shows that we reached a bigger market this time around.”

The Li family of Toronto brought parents and their daughters Anna and Esther, who intend to study social work and nursing, respectively.

“The campus is beautiful and clean,” says Anna Li, now in 11th grade. “I'm checking it out now so it will help me make a decision come next year.”

“The barbecue was a nice touch,” says her sister Esther Li. “It was important for me to check it out now so I could decide whether to come next year.”

The event coincided with Random Acts of Kindness Day, which saw extra nice behaviour across campus, including the distribution of carnations by volunteers from the public affairs office.

— article and photos by Chantelle Myers

Commons area full of people

Crowds fill the CAW Student Centre to check-in for open house.

professor talking to students

Faculty members explained academic programs—admission requirements, course offerings, and career opportunities to prospective students.

young women eating lunch

The lovely fall weather made dining al fresco a pleasant part of the day.

looking at medical equipment

Some visitors appreciated specialized facilities, like the nursing learning centre inside the Alumni Hall residence.

handing out carnations

Renée Bombardier of public affairs (right) hands out flowers to guests as a Random Act of Kindness.