Dora Cavallo-Medved, Jenny Noble, Ally Noble, Phil DuttonInterim dean Dora Cavallo-Medved and associate dean Phil Dutton flank the Faculty of Science winners of the Board of Governors In-Course Medal: twin sisters Jenny and Ally Noble.

Twin grades result in tie for medal win

It is a tie. The 2023 Board of Governors In-Course Medal for the Faculty of Science has two winners this year — twin sisters Ally and Jenny Noble.

The medals usually go to one student with the highest average in each faculty. But this year in science, the twins tied with their cumulative average of 99 per cent. The third-year undergraduates are in the same double major of biomedical sciences and biochemistry.

“Jenny and I have done almost everything together, so it seems fitting to share this award with her as well,” says Ally Noble.

“We’ve both worked very hard throughout the last year, and I’m very happy to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with her.”

The high achieving sisters, who previously also shared the Ruza Robote Memorial Award, are not simply focused on academics. They each hold two jobs, as well as volunteer in a multitude of places.

Ally Noble wants to be a dentist.

“I’m an executive member of the pre-dental society, volunteer for Let’s Talk Science Outreach at UWindsor, VP Recruitment and Exam-Aid tutor for Students Offering Support, Windsor/Essex Humane Society volunteer, research assistant in Dr. Rondeau-Gagné’s lab under the Outstanding Scholars program, and I’m a lifeguard and swim instructor,” says Ally Noble.

Jenny Noble plans to apply to medical school.

“I decided to attend the University of Windsor because they offer a unique program specifically tailored to professional health schools,” says Jenny Noble.

“I really appreciate the opportunities that the university offers undergrads in research, extracurriculars and academics, and I am so thankful that they have taken the time to recognize the hard work my sister and I have put into our studies.”

She is just as busy as her sister.

“I am the president of the Pre-Medical Society. I am also an Outstanding Scholar and do research in Dr. Dason’s lab as a part of the program. I volunteer for Students Offering Support, Let’s Talk Science, the Humane Society and the Windsor Regional Hospital. I also work at the Toldo Lancer Centre as a lifeguard and swim instructor,” says Jenny Noble.

The Student Awards and Financial Aid office announced all the faculty winners of the Board of Governors in-course medals. The medallists are ranked by major average and must achieve a cumulative average of at least 83 per cent. The recipients are all still working toward their degrees.

still from “Shower Thoughts”“Shower Thoughts” was named Best Student Film at the 2023 Sault Film Festival.

Student work claims film fest kudos

Student filmmaker Evan Johnson has garnered another win on the film festival circuit.

His short film “Shower Thoughts” won the Best Student Film category at the 2023 Sault Film Festival, which ran Nov. 24 to 26 in Sault Ste Marie.

This film was created for professor Mike Stasko’s class, Film Production III, during the Winter 2023 semester.

The assignment was to write a short film, then with the help of classmates, bring your story to life in a short film of 3 to 5 minutes.

“The tagline for this film is: ‘Annoyed by his fellow roommate, Nick seeks out the disruptive noises coming from the bathroom...’,” says Johnson.

The cast and crew are almost identical to the filmmaking team “The All-Stars” that took home two awards — for best cinematography and best use of character — at the 2023 Windsor international Film Festival Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest:

  • written, directed, and edited: Evan Johnson
  • assistant director: Gwyneth Roy
  • director of photography: Clay Leblanc
  • sound recordist: Sam Rosso
  • assistant camera: Kendra Schmidt

The film can be viewed on Vimeo.

Marko Rosa, Luka Malbasic, Xavier DaCruz, and Kanan Gosine celebrate their win with Don Gilles NtoreLajeunesse team members Marko Rosa, Luka Malbasic, Xavier DaCruz, and Kanan Gosine celebrate their win with Don Gilles Ntore of the Odette Accounting Society. Missing: Lajeunesse student Judah Davis.

Accounting competition welcomes local high school students

More than 200 Grade 11 and 12 students in accounting and business courses from the Windsor and Essex County region came together to participate in the inaugural Odette Accounting Case Competition from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8.

Don Jones, Odette accounting area chair and faculty member, says “This was an opportunity to both interact on a personal level with potential future students and to raise student awareness of the learning and developmental opportunities that the Odette School of Business offers to make them career ready in professional accounting.”

Starting in their classrooms, students were introduced to an accounting case written by Odette Accounting Society co-presidents and accounting students Emily Davis and Grace Mardegan, with supervision by professor Peter Savoni. A panel of Odette faculty, alumni, corporate partners, and MBA-PAS students judged the competition in each school, selecting the winners to attend the final conference Dec. 8 in the Odette Building.

The co-presidents say their team was glad for the opportunity to introduce the diverse pathways within accounting to high school students: “With the support of our entire Odette Accounting Society team and the contributions from our Odette faculty members and alumni, we were able to provide high school students with valuable insights into real-world applications of accounting.”

The conference included interactive activities, panel discussions, and keynote speaker Marie Campagna, former vice-president of finance at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, discussing how accounting helped her to achieve her career goals.

“It was invigorating to see these high school students engaged and eager to learn more about accounting,” says Odette School of Business interim dean Ashish Mahajan. “We hope to see them again soon, this time as Odette students.”

An awards ceremony recognized the top group from each class and the overall winning group from E.J. Lajeunesse High School. Marko Rosa, Xavier DaCruz, Kanan Gosine, Luka Malbasic, and Judah Davis of the winning team each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Odette School of Business.

—Sienna Ducharme

Johnny Murer, Eva Bernachi, Armand Gaudette, and Mary BrownlieJohnny Murer, Eva Bernachi, Armand Gaudette, and Mary Brownlie are among the six IT Service staff members whose retirements will be celebrated Wednesday at an open house reception.

Open house reception to celebrate retirements of IT Services staff members

An open house reception Wednesday, Dec. 13, will celebrate the retirements of several long-serving Information Technology Services team members.

Eva Bernachi has been at the University since 1982. Bernachi has over 41 years of service, most recently as a database administrator and senior application developer in IT Services.

Mary Brownlie, database administrator/programmer analyst, will retire after 43 years with the University. Brownlie began working in the Office of Personnel Services in 1980 as a secretary-receptionist. From this position she was promoted to programmer in IT Services in 1985.

Ed Drouillard, systems support and operations manager, retired in early 2023. He was a long-dedicated member of Information Technology Services for 42 years.

Armand Gaudette, senior application programmer, started working in IT Services in 1985 and will retire after more than 38 years of service.

Mike Kenney will be posthumously recognized for his 41 years of dedication to the University. He was set to retire this year.

Johnny Murer, system programmer, retired from IT Services in the summer of 2023. He began his career with the department in 1981.

Friends and colleagues are invited to wish them well during an open house from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the University Club, Vanier Hall.

image of tree made of human handsNominations are now open for the second annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards.

Nominations open for the second annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards

Nominations are now open for the second annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards.

These awards honour, celebrate, and shine a light on individuals and teams who have made significant contributions towards building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community and who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to address the systemic barriers, contemporary and historical injustices, and inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, racialized people, the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community, women, and other equity-deserving groups.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit nominations in the following categories:

  • Student EDI Award
  • Faculty EDI Award
  • Staff EDI Award
  • Team/committee EDI Award
  • Alumni EDI Award
  • Aspire EDI Award (new for 2024)
  • Community Group EDI Award (new for 2024)

The new Aspire EDI award recognizes an individual actively inspiring and advancing Indigenization, equity, diversity, and inclusion across the University of Windsor, including those for whom this work is their primary responsibility as faculty or staff.

The Community Group EDI Award, also new for 2024, is open to any local community group, charity, or non-profit whose work, through formal or informal partnerships with the University of Windsor, has advanced Indigenization, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. Find details, including award criteria and nomination forms, on the EDI Awards website. Direct questions to EDIawards@uwindsor.ca.

Awards will be presented at the EDI Awards Recognition Celebration on April 3, 2024.

hand holding charge cardCharges to purchase and business travel account cards incurred during the Nov. 16 to Dec. 15 statement cycle must be allocated before end of day Dec. 18.

Reminder: Allocate purchasing and travel card expenses by December 18

Finance reminds employees holding purchase and business travel account cards that charges to them 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.