massed choir in Assumption ChurchBruce Kotowich will lead the University Singers in the Festival of Christmas concert, Saturday at Assumption Church.

Choral concert to kick off Christmas celebrations

This year’s School of Creative Arts Festival of Christmas concert features students in the University Singers and UWindsor Chamber Choir, and some demonstrating the progress of their studies as conductors.

The program covers a wide spectrum of holiday music from classical, traditional Austrian and Scottish, to contemporary compositions by Ola Gjeilo, John Rutter, and Pinkzebra — to an audience carol sing-along.

Bruce J.G. Kotowich conducts the University Singers and UWindsor Chamber Choir, and teaches conducting students Jamie Brown-Hart, Haiden Couvillon, Éoghan McCullough, and Nora Wood.

Nicholas Morvay conducts special guests the Windsor Essex Youth Choir.

The choirs are accompanied by pianists Alde Calongcagong and Monique Simone, percussionists Nicholas Papador and Tristan Wiley, flutist Mercedes Greer, and harpist Charlie Cassidy-Boulos.

The Festival of Christmas takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 2735 University Ave. West.

Tickets are $20, with a $10 student rate, available in advance online or at the door using debit or credit card.

student clutching at hair during bout of study stressThe Exam Stress Management Group can help students learn to challenge thinking, create action, be mindful, and manage their stress.

Group to help students manage exam stress

Exam season can cause a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and general feelings of overwhelm for students, says Brianna Valenzuela.

Group therapy co-ordinator in the Student Counselling Centre, she is facilitating an Exam Stress Management Wellness Group for all UWindsor students beginning Friday, Dec. 8.

“These uncomfortable feelings of stress can play havoc on students’ sleep, nutrition, and mental health, making it increasingly difficult to focus on studying,” Valenzuela says. “This group offers students the opportunity to learn therapeutic strategies to deconstruct negative ways of thinking, create action, and be mindful during exam season.”

At the Student Counselling Centre, we recognize that exam season can cause a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and general feelings of overwhelm for our students. Symptoms of these uncomfortable feelings can play havoc on our students sleep, nutrition, and mental health, making it increasingly difficult to focus on studying.

The group is open to all UWindsor students at no cost. Attendees will leave with a fidget, a nutritional snack, and skills for maintaining wellness during stressful times.

Sessions run for one hour in room 240, CAW Student Centre, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Register and find more details on the Student Counselling Centre Website, email scc@uwindsor.ca, or visit the Student Counselling Centre office in room 293, CAW Student Centre.

hands loading foods into boxesCBC Windsor News at 6 will broadcast live from the Armouries on Friday as part of the network’s “Sounds of the Season” charity drive.

Armouries to host charity broadcast

A special edition of the CBC Windsor News at 6 will broadcast live from the School of Creative Arts Armouries on Friday, Dec. 8, as part of the national network’s annual “Sounds of the Season” charity drive.

The Windsor campaign will collect donations of foods and funds in support of the UHC – Hub of Opportunities.

The UHC distributes goods through the Windsor Essex Food Bank Association, and provides services to:

  • help job seekers secure employment,
  • assist newcomers in settling into the community,
  • train youth to enter the workforce, and
  • address immediate needs, including warm winter clothing or meeting energy bills.

It reports usage of its programs is at an all-time high.

That need is why the University was happy to host Friday’s broadcast, says Marian Gayed, associate vice-president external.

“The work of the UHC is so important to those in need in Windsor-Essex,” she says. “Our students, faculty, and staff are engaged with its programs in so many ways, from the clubs collecting cereal to the Lancer winter clothing drive. Helping with Sounds of the Season is just another way we can support the community.”

Alumna Meg Roberts (BA 2017) will anchor the evening newscast from the Armouries at 353 Freedom Way. The public is invited to attend and donate non-perishable food items; doors will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Those who aren’t able to join in person may watch the show on CBC Gem and make a contribution online.

Santa's hand holding mug of cocoaStudents can meet Santa over breakfast today in the CAW Student Centre.

Students to enjoy meet-and-greet with jolly elf

The student centre will host its annual Breakfast with Santa today — Wednesday, Dec. 6 — at 11 a.m.

It’s a way of congratulating students on finishing the fall semester, says organizer Sandra Riccio-Muglia, director of the centre’s events and programming.

“We want to send off our students with some best wishes as they prepare for final exams,” she says. “Just wishing them all success at the completion of their classes.”

The event will feature a chance to take a photo with jolly St. Nick, a breakfast buffet sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association, cookie decorating and other activities hosted by Lancer Recreation and the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance — all while supplies last.
table filled with holiday treatsFood Services is ushering in the spirit of the season with its holiday flavours.

Festive flavours available through Food Services

Food Services is ushering in the spirit of the season with its holiday flavours, inviting patrons to indulge in festive treats and savoury delights through December.

Available through Dec. 20 are:

  • Reheatable meals: Save time for friends and family with quick and delicious reheatable options available at the Marketplace in the student centre.
  • Made-from-scratch soups: Find these comforting classics at the Marketplace, the Corner in Alumni Hall, and the Croc in Vanier Hall.
  • Cookie dough: Take home and bake your favourite cookies with freshly prepared cookie dough from the Simply to Go fridges at the Marketplace, the Corner, and the Croc.
  • Thursday specials: Treat yourself to a specially crafted holiday menu every Thursday at the Marketplace and the Corner.

Browse a holiday market

Looking for delicious holiday treats made in-house? Food Services has freshly baked sweets at the holiday market tables located in the Marketplace and the Corner.

Pre-order a holiday meal

Students, faculty, and staff can elevate their holiday celebrations by pre-ordering a meal from a specially curated menu. The deadline for holiday meal orders is Friday, Dec. 8. Orders can be picked up at the Crocodile Grill on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Send orders to Misty.Harezga@sodexo.com with the following information:

  • The name, e-mail address, and phone number of the person ordering.
  • Which menu items and how many of each they want. (view the menu)
  • The method of payment.

From hearty soups to festive treats, campus eateries are geared up to make this holiday season a deliciously memorable one.