Nathan WiebeThe United Way helped set science student Nathan Wiebe on the track to success at the University of Windsor.

Donors support cradle-to-career anti-poverty strategy

United Way donors helped Nathan Wiebe find his way to science studies at the University of Windsor.

In his last year of high school, he says, he was feeling “pretty lost and confused” about his future, but the On Track to Success program helped him route a map to post-secondary education.

“Right away I had access to tutoring, workshops, and a success coach that helped outline exactly how I could get to university,” Wiebe recalls. “Because of On Track, I was able to actually visit the campus, find out where my classes would be, and talk to current students ahead of September.”

He says the support helped him to realize he could succeed in pursuit of his goals.

“These activities gave me a sense of clarity and really helped me to literally visualize myself as a student at the University of Windsor,” says Wiebe. “It made it feel real for the first time and it took away a lot of the stress and anxiety I was previously feeling.

“I’m really grateful to the donors and everyone who has helped make this incredible program possible!”

The Campus Campaign for United Way runs through Friday, March 31. Faculty and staff will receive an email with a personalized link to donate. Employee donors, including those already signed up as continuous contributors, will be entered into a draw for an extra vacation day.

An extra vacation is also up for grabs by staff and faculty who attend the raising of the United Way flag at 10 a.m. today — Monday, March 27 — outside Chrysler Hall Tower.

The event will kick off a week of activities to encourage learning about and giving to United Way. Volunteers will staff a table in the student centre commons March 27 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accept donations and sell raffle tickets toward prizes of Apple AirPod headphones, personal training sessions at the Toldo Lancer Centre, and a package of UWindsor swag. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, with payment accepted by cash or card. Buying a campaign T-shirt or ball cap for $20 will earn students as well as employees a ballot in a draw for an eight-month campus parking pass.

Learn more on the Campus Campaign for United Way website.

journal and penA gala event Wednesday promises readings by students of creative writing.

Gala to feature readings by student writers

A gala event Wednesday, March 29, is a chance to hear students of creative writing read from their original works.

Hosted by the Department of English and Creative Writing, the event gets underway at 7 p.m. at Green Bean Café, 2320 Wyandotte St. West.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Find a full list of the students scheduled to read.

Laverne JacobsAccessibility Awareness Days 2023 will conclude March 28 with “Celebrating disability rights: A Conversation with Dr. Laverne Jacobs.”

Advocate for disability rights to wrap accessibility series

The last of the 2023 Accessibility Awareness Days will take the form of a conversation with law professor Laverne Jacobs, “Celebrating disability rights,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, both online and in person.

In June 2022, Dr. Jacobs was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by countries that have ratified it.

The event will also serve to announce the winners of the 2023 IDeA Competition, honour the legacy of David C. Onley, and highlight recent accessibility initiatives on campus.

It will be live-streamed on YouTube from Alumni Auditorium, CAW Student Centre. Those attending in person may register in advance to receive a complimentary lunch.

Walkerville BreweryThe Walkerville Brewery is the site of a social gathering for UWindsor faculty and staff Friday.

Salon promises a collegial gathering of faculty and staff

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus has felt less full, says Beth Daly. A professor of anthrozoology, she has organized a gathering for faculty, staff, and their partners to relax and share some conviviality.

“I’m often the sole occupant of my office hallway. Outside of teaching, I feel lonely on campus,” she says. “Because staff and faculty have no central place to socialize on campus, I thought it would be fun to have an after-work salon.”

The first, held March 16, was fun and Dr. Daly is hoping more colleagues come out for the next, scheduled for Friday, March 31, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Walkerville Brewery. Located at 525 Argyle Rd., the venue promises live entertainment starting at 6 p.m.

Daly notes that social interaction can spark creativity.

“I really miss running into colleagues and ending up having a great discussion about ideas,” she says. “It’s the reason Steve Jobs would not let Apple employees work remotely. He believed that great inventions came from people who met randomly at the water cooler, or in hallways, and shared what they were working on or thinking of.”

student nurseDiscuss job opportunities with employers at the Nursing Career Fair, March 31 in Alumni Auditorium.

Nursing fair set to help students launch careers

The 2023 Nursing Career Fair will bring more than 30 employers from hospitals, health-care organizations, and agencies to campus to meet nursing students from all levels of study.

Hosted by the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning in partnership with the Faculty of Nursing, the event will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the CAW Student Centre’s Alumni Auditorium.

Explore diverse career opportunities available from employers offering full-time, part-time, and occasional job openings in both Canada and the U.S.

Admission is free to students and recent graduates of the University of Windsor.

Visit the Nursing Career Fair webpage for a list of employers attending.

Career development is also offering peer advising drop-in appointments leading up to the career fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, suite 100, where students can review their resumés, cover letters, and practise their pitches.

chartsFinance reminds those involved in accounting and reporting that the fiscal year-end is again upon us.

Memo details procedures for fiscal year-end

The Financial Accounting and Reporting team has prepared and circulated a memorandum outlining procedures and specific deadlines for the fiscal year-end.

The memo is available on the finance website, along with supplemental and training information.

Finance will also provide a fiscal year-end training session via Microsoft Teams on April 13. Watch for an e-mail invite to the training session this week.

“As always, we appreciate the efforts of the campus to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting,” says controller Rachel McRae.