Honourees at the 2013 OPUS Awards Banquet.Honourees at the 2013 OPUS Awards Banquet.

OPUS to honour faculty, staff and students at awards banquet

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) will recognize contributions made by University of Windsor faculty, staff, alumni and part-time undergraduate students at its 22nd annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 20, at the Caboto Club.

Organizers have sent out invitations by e-mail; the RSVP deadline is March 7.

The 2014 OPUS award recipients are:

  • Friend of Students: Leo Groarke, provost;
  • Teacher of the Year: Tom Najem, political science;
  • Volunteer of the Year: Mike Pondi, OPUS student volunteer;
  • Faculty Awards: Pauline Phipps, women’s studies, and Cheran Rudhramoorthy, sociology, anthropology and criminology;
  • Support Staff: Paolo Vasapolli, food services; Nick Baker, Office of Open Learning; and Richard Dumala, IT Services
  • Disability Campus Community Recognition: Anthony Gomez, Student Disability Services;
  • Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award: Cristian Banu;
  • Alumni Association First Year Part-time Undergraduate Student Award: Joshua Pinese;
  • Wayne Girard Leadership Memorial Award: Kevin Douglas Ellsworth;
  • Dr. Kathleen McCrone Award: Carmen Yurke;
  • Ken Long Memorial Award: Stephanie Hernandez;

Eight OPUS members received bursaries valued at $500 based on financial need. For more information, please contact the OPUS office staff at 519-971-3603 or e-mail opus@uwindsor.ca.