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Kayla Jakobszen, Beth Ann PrinceFirst-year student Kayla Jakobszen accepts congratulations from alumni association president Beth Ann Prince on winning a draw for a semester’s free tuition.

Cheers greet incoming students

Kayla Jakobszen had a “stunning” welcome to the University of Windsor, winning a semester’s tuition free Wednesday in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

“This is the best way I can imagine starting my time at the University,” said the first-year student of English and business. “I can’t believe I won. My parents are going to be so excited.”

The annual prize draw — worth up to $4,000 — is sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association and held during the Welcoming Celebration, a pep rally that forms part of orientation activities for new students.

Nursing major Tala Abdallah said the event drew her in after the more serious presentations on academic expectations.

“I just wanted to stay longer and bond,” she said. “It’s so hype!”

Her friend Lina Mekawi, starting classes today in human kinetics, agreed.

“It’s like a family, so you don’t want to leave in case you miss anything,” she said. “Even if you’re normally quiet, you’re screaming.”

UWindsor Welcome Week programming continues across campus. Classes in most programs begin today — Thursday, Sept. 5. The week will culminate in the Lancer varsity football game at 1 p.m. Saturday on Alumni Field.

Find more information on UWindsor Welcome Week activities on the program website.