Susan McKee hands box of groceries to Michael ChantlerSusan McKee, communications co-ordinator in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, drops off a donation to volunteer alumnus Michael Chantler during Tuesday’s food drive event.

Alumni Association food drive stocks shelves at Campus Food Pantry

In response to the issue of food insecurity among students, the Alumni Association hosted a community drive ’n’ drop event to collect non-perishable donations Tuesday in the Vanier Circler as part of a week-long food drive supporting the Campus Food Pantry run by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance.

Alumni volunteers were on campus Tuesday morning and evening and helped to collect more than 650 donations from campus and community members.

“As part of our mission to support the lives of students and alumni, the Alumni Association heard the call and knew we had to do something to support the hunger issue on campus,” said Rob Janisse, alumni co-ordinator of special projects.

“In addition to the community drive ’n’ drop event, the Alumni Association committed to matching up to $1,500 in donations received online. This, we hope, will help stock the shelves at the Campus Food Pantry.”

The Alumni Association has raised $1,295 to date and is encouraging the campus community to help meet the target by donating using the online form.

The food drive will run through Friday, Dec. 1; donations can be dropped off at the Alumni Relations office in the Stephen and Vicki Adams Welcome Centre.

students walking in snowfallA Jan. 4 orientation program will welcome undergraduate students entering in the Winter 2024 semester.

Orientation sets new Lancers up for success

The Student Success and Leadership Centre has been working hard to develop an innovative and informative online orientation to support all undergraduate students entering the University of Windsor in the Winter 2024 semester, says student development specialist Amber Norman.

The 2024 Winter Orientation will take place on Thursday, Jan. 4.

“Winter Orientation is for students admitted for the winter semester and prepares students for their educational experience at the University of Windsor, including an opportunity to chat with an academic advisor,” Norman says. “The event will aim to answer questions incoming undergraduate students may have about their transition to UWindsor and online learning.”

Information, including a schedule of events, can be found on the Winter Orientation website.

Bijan Mandal, Amie Mandal, Melissa Skrobiak, Martha Reavley, and John SkrobiakCelebrating the naming of the Sue Skrobiak MBA Lounge were Bijan Mandal, Amie Mandal, Melissa Skrobiak, Martha Reavley, and John Skrobiak.

Lounge named in honour of late program secretary

The Odette School of Business’ newly renovated MBA student lounge was renamed the Sue Skrobiak MBA Lounge on Nov. 29 to honour program secretary Sue Skrobiak, who died in 2018 after a 40-year career of service to students and the faculty of business.

A fundraising campaign to reflect her legacy funded the Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence and the refurbishment of the MBA lounge. Led by past dean Mitch Fields, as well as Dave Bussière, Gerry Kerr, Lisa Fransen, John Mihalo, and Kelly Gosselin, the campaign was buoyed by the support of Skrobiak’s family, friends, colleagues, and Odette MBA alumni.

Dr. Kerr said the unveiling of the lounge is five years of work in commemoration.

“A committee, regardless of its devotion, can only go so far and dream so big,” he said. “Thank you to those that donated; you are the reason we are here today.”

Skrobiak’s husband John Skrobiak, daughters Amie Mandal and Melissa Skrobiak, and son-in-law Bijan Mandal were present for the ceremony, which included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a donor wall and hand-painted artwork commemorating Skrobiak. The ceremony also included recognition of the 2023 Sue Skrobiak Award for Excellence MBA Partner, Martha Reavley, for her leadership, empowerment, and innovation.

John Skrobiak said the ceremony was a fitting tribute for his late wife: “I was blessed to have her in my life and all these kids were blessed to have her too.”

Ashish Mahajan, interim dean of the Odette School of Business, said “Sue was truly a transformational employee to the business faculty and to the MBA program.”

Home furnishing company Tepperman’s provided support and design of the lounge.

—Sienna Ducharme

menstrual productsStudents in a women’s studies course will collect menstrual products Monday for donation to the Womxn’s Centre.

Project setting out to meet need for menstrual products

A severe community and health issue is going unaddressed, in part because the topic makes people uncomfortable, says Jada Malott: inadequate access to menstrual products.

A second-year student of political science, she is one of the organizers of a drive to collect menstrual products for those in need.

“I think we can agree that menstrual products are not luxury items,” Malott says. “They are actually one of the most requested items at outreach centres like food banks but are the least donated, simply because people are not aware of the need.”

She and Danielle Dewar, classmates in professor Rita Haase’s course “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Health,” will staff a table in the CAW Student Centre for noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, collecting donations of unopened packs of sanitary pads, tampons, panty liners, or menstrual cups or disks for the campus Womxn’s Centre.

“Maintaining your period with dignity should not be considered a luxury,” says Malott. “This is why I call on all of my peers to participate in our Menstruation Monday initiative, ensuring that students have proper access to menstrual products at all times.”

hand holding credit cardAllocate charges in CentreSuite before end of day on Monday, Dec. 18, to ensure budgetary deadlines are met.

Notice: Allocate purchasing and business travel card expenses by December 18

Finance advises that charges to all purchase and business travel account cards incurred during the Nov. 16 to Dec. 15 statement cycle must be allocated in CentreSuite before end of day on Monday, Dec. 18, to ensure budgetary deadlines are met.

This deadline allows for processing before the University closure for the winter break. Direct questions to pcard@uwindsor.ca.