Involvement started early for President’s Medal winner

Before he even got to the University of Windsor, Michael-Anthony Ferrato was helping new students get oriented to campus. It was a habit he kept up through his undergraduate career.

That level of involvement helped to earn the chemistry graduate the 2012 President’s Medal, awarded each year to a graduating student who has made significant contributions to campus and community activities while maintaining a superior academic record.

After his acceptance to the University in the summer of 2008, Ferrato produced videos documenting his experiences with academic orientation and course registration.

“We were looking for ways to get students involved and then we were pleased to find out Michael-Anthony was there ahead of us,” recalls liaison officer Tim Brunet. “He was helping to orient students by sharing his own experiences.”

After he started classes, Ferrato joined the recruitment team, acting as a guide for campus tours and working alongside staff and faculty to represent Windsor at the Ontario Universities Fair. He says that experience helped him see the many opportunities available on campus.

“I tell anyone who asks that the University of Windsor has everything they could want,” he says.

Ferrato made the most of his time here, holding an appointment as an Outstanding Scholar, getting involved in Lancer athletics, and pulling down top grades.

His work in the research lab of chemistry professor Tricia Carmichael brought him two summer research awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and earned him credit as a published author in a top academic journal.

He served as video coordinator for the Lancer basketball program; the broadcast he produced of the 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s championship tournament was the primary feed for fans across Canada.

Ferrato is just as excited about his role as a co-founder and co-captain of the men’s baseball team: “With the talent we have in  this part of the province, it could be a powerhouse.”

And he earned places on the Dean’s List and President’s Honour Roll with a cumulative grade point average of 12.70 and a major grade point average of 12.90. Ferrato will continue his University of Windsor career in September as he pursues a masters degree in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.