Drew Dilkens standing in front of classroomWindsor mayor Drew Dilkens met Monday with students in Marty Gervais’ editing and publishing practicum.

Planned publications on local communities excite Windsor mayor

Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens says he is inspired by the enthusiasm of students in Marty Gervais’ editing and publishing practicum.

“I felt their passion for Windsor history, and I share that passion,” Dilkens said Monday after visiting the class to learn about its current project: poetry collections reflecting communities of Windsor and Amherstburg. “It’s so great when you hear a group of people working on something positive.”

The course engages students in producing books that are published by Black Moss Press, Gervais said.

“They get a new manuscript in September and it’s their job to sort through the material, work with the author, and because they run into difficulties, they learn,” he said.

This year’s class is working on two publications: one that saw 13 poets write about the city’s 10 municipal wards, and one collecting works by six writers who visited the town of Amherstburg.

Third-year English major Christian Wilkinson explained that the Windsor volume draws its title, “Where the map begins,” from a submission by professor Andre Narbonne.

“These poems translate the identity of Windsor much the way that you can look at a map,” Wilkinson said.

Meg Mooney is working on the Amherstburg book, and said the process has proven very educational.

“As a writer myself, I have found it interesting being on the opposite side for once,” she said. “The detail that goes into editing — you can spend hours trying to figure out what words work.”

And as someone raised in the digital age, she enjoyed a more tactile approach championed by her instructors.

“It’s the physicality of it,” Mooney said. “We printed out the poems, laid them all out to sort through them, used sticky notes to append information — I’m learning a lot in this class.”

Gervais praised Dilkens for taking an interest in the projects: “We have a mayor in this city who is dedicated to the arts,” he told the students.

For his part, Dilkens said he is looking forward to reading the resulting books on their release in April.

“I love the stories about Windsor.”

Memorial of HopeThe Memorial of Hope between Dillon and Essex halls is the site of a vigil Wednesday on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

Memorial to honour massacre victims

Members of the campus community will gather Wednesday, Dec. 6, to commemorate the 14 women killed in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

A ceremony reflecting on the fight against gender-based violence will begin at noon at the Memorial of Hope located between Dillon and Essex halls.

nursing studentsStudents learn about job opportunities at the nursing career fair, Nov. 30 in the Ambassador Auditorium.

Career fair highlights opportunities for nursing students

More than 180 students took time Thursday to speak with representatives from 25 health-care organizations from both sides of the border at the Nursing Career Fair in the CAW Student Centre’s Alumni Auditorium. The event was jointly hosted by the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL), a unit of the Office of Experiential Learning, and the Faculty of Nursing.

“The nursing fair not only connects aspiring students with invaluable opportunities, but it also fosters meaningful partnerships between academia and healthcare employers by getting them on campus and exposing them to the exceptional student talent UWindsor has to offer,” said CDEL manager Krista Kelly.

Kelly said her office helped prepare students in advance of Thursday’s fair by hosting nursing-focused resumé pop-up workshops, ensuring students put their best foot forward.

Third-year nursing student Victoria Funmilayo said the fair was an exciting and eye-opening experience.

“It was nice to see a variety of career opportunities like home care, long-term care, hospice, public health and acute care at hospitals,” she said. “I also liked that there were employers from across Canada, as well as from across the border in Detroit.”

Susan Fox, associate dean in the Faculty of Nursing, said the volume of students who registered and attended the event was incredible.

“It’s a testament to their dedication for learning and how passionate they are about establishing career connections,” said Fox. “They’re excited and really want to make a difference once they enter the workforce.”

The event helped match future grads to prospective employers from hospitals, health-care organizations, and agencies all offering full-time, part-time, and occasional nursing opportunities.

We Spark after dark

December networking event to bring together health research community

WE-Spark Health Institute hosts monthly networking events for members of the Windsor-Essex health research community to get to know one another through fun and casual conversations. There is no formal agenda, and all are welcome.

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in health research to make connections in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere. The next event is Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bourbon Tap & Grill, 1199 Ottawa St. No RSVP is required.

WE-Spark Health Institute is supported by an innovative partnership between the University of Windsor and Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the Windsor-Essex region.