Students unbox copies of the book they produced in the Editing and Publishing Practicum courseStudents unbox copies of the anthology they produced in the Editing and Publishing Practicum course. A public event April 6 will formally launch “In the Middle Space,” which celebrates Windsor’s public art through storytelling.

Reception to launch student-produced anthology

As a creative writing major, Leah Levy has edited and produced works from classmates in workshops and chapbooks, but never had the opportunity to cultivate a professional relationship with an author. The Editing and Publishing Practicum course gave her that opportunity.

Taught by resident writing professional Marty Gervais, the class engages students over two semesters in editing material, designing interiors and covers, and marketing the final product. This year’s project, In the Middle Space, is an anthology exploring Windsor’s rich public art culture. It is published by Gervais’ literary house Black Moss Press under the auspices of the city’s poet laureate program.

“The Editing and Publishing Practicums have been eye-opening for me in exposing the machinery behind the professional publishing industry,” Levy said. “As we transitioned to the publishing portion of the practicums, we got to unbox our copies of In the Middle Space and see our efforts come alive after two semesters of work.”

She and her classmates will host a launch for the volume at Mackenzie Hall on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Creative writing professor André Narbonne is one of the 13 featured contributors to the book. He said his student editor, Iori Khuhro, faced a “perilous” task: the student schooling the professor.

“I tend to wave my hand at other people’s opinions, but this was true collaboration. Iori’s insights were on the mark,” Dr. Narbonne said. “She brought energy and conviction to our meetings. Looking back on our work, Iori was one of the top editors my writing has known.”

The launch is free and open to the public and will feature readings by the authors, who include past and present civic poets laureate and graduate students Rawand Mustafa and Maya Jessop. Register here to attend.

Lancer baseball co-captain Colin Jeun teaches kids how to run basesWindsor Lancers baseball co-captain Colin Jeun teaches kids how to run bases at the “First Pitch, First Catch” Little League event held Saturday in the Toldo Lancer Centre’s Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

Lancers help teach fundamentals of the game at Little League clinic

Members of the Lancer baseball team spent Saturday afternoon sharing their love of the sport with youngsters from across the city.

About 80 children as young as four turned out to “First Pitch, First Catch” in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse. The baseball clinic was organized by Windsor West MP Brian Masse in partnership with Windsor West Little League, Nantais Athletics, and the Department of Athletics and Recreational Services.

“I like working with kids, so this is fun,” said Lancer pitcher and team co-captain Colin Jeun. With an ever-present smile on his face, the kinesiology student taught the youngsters how to run bases. Meanwhile, Jeun’s teammates ran drills on catching pop flies and grounders, batting, and other fundamentals of the game.

Community partners including members of the Windsor Lady Expos Fastball Association, officers with the Windsor Police Community Service Branch, and Take a Shot Sports and ASSIST Group which help underprivileged youth participate in sports, also participated.

Masse has been affiliated with Windsor West Little League for more than two decades. Together, they have begun offering “First Pitch, First Catch” to introduce children to the game.

“I truly believe that sport is a valued activity that can be used to promote physical activity and positive youth development while nurturing the qualities and attributes that build self-confidence,” Masse said. “This is about the kids.”

The free event included snacks and drinks, and every child took home a string bag shaped like a baseball.

The use of the fieldhouse in the Toldo Lancer Centre was made possible by a grant from IG Wealth Management. IG’s Empowerment Program allows the University to offer space in the Toldo Lancer Centre to community groups for free.

Windsor West Little League president Yvette Temple said, with the season beginning in April, the event could not come at a better time. Parents were signing up their children with the league at the event and Temple was directing others living outside the league’s boundaries to similar associations across the city.

“This was a great turnout,” said Temple. Motioning to the flurry of activity around her, she said, “This is our goal. “We just want kids playing sports.”

—Sarah Sacheli

Alexa Dimoulas as Sir Toby Belch, Lauren Jenkins as Maria, and Colin Crawford as FabianUniversity Players presents Twelfth Night through April 2 at Essex Hall Theatre. Among the cast are Alexa Dimoulas as Sir Toby Belch, Lauren Jenkins as Maria, and Colin Crawford as Fabian.

Trivia contest offers theatre tickets as prize

University Players is offering DailyNews readers a chance to win two tickets to its current production, the Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night.

The play is a classic combination of mistaken identity, unrequited love, and fools who speak the truth. This production, directed by Yanna Mcintosh, is set on Brighton Beach in the Victorian era.

To enter the contest, just send your answers to the following trivia questions. A winner, selected at random from all correct responses received by noon Thursday, March 30, will receive two tickets to attend a performance.

  1. Upon arriving in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man. What name does she take?
    a) Stuart
    b) Lance
    c) Cesario
  2. Twelfth Night is named for the 12th night of what Christian celebration?
    a) Christmas
    b) Michaelmas
    c) Easter
  3. In the play, what separates Viola and her twin brother Sebastian?
    a) a pirate raid
    b) a shipwreck
    c) a kidnapping

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to One entry per contestant, please.

Twelfth Night continues in the Essex Hall Theatre through April 2. Performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 2 p.m. Student tickets are just $10; get more details and visit the box office on the University Players website.

University SingersThe University Singers present their year-end concert April 2 at the Capitol Theatre.

Singers to raise voices in year-end performance

On April 2, Bruce Kotowich will lead the University Choirs in their final performance of the year.

Guest performers include harpist Amy Ley and percussionist Nicholas Papador, who will join the choir to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The choral concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. West. Admission is $20, with a student rate of $10; find ticket information on the event webpage.

Datta PillayUnited Way honoured the late Datta Pillay as a faithful friend and champion at its 2016 “I Believe in My Community” awards. A lunch of vegetarian chili will honour his memory Thursday.

Charity campaign nears close

The Campus Campaign for United Way invites the UWindsor community to lunch today — Thursday, March 30 — in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls. In the event of rain, it will move inside the student centre.

The event, open by freewill donation, offers vegetarian chili with the fixings: sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese, and a roll and butter, from 11:30 a.m. while supplies last. It will honour the campaign’s long-time chair, Datta Pillay, who died in January.

A table in the student centre is selling campaign T-shirts, ball caps, and raffle tickets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle prizes include Apple AirPod headphones, personal training sessions at the Toldo Lancer Centre, and a package of UWindsor swag. T-shirt or ball cap purchases include a ballot in a draw for an eight-month campus parking pass.

Friday, a wrap event will see the lowering of the United Way flag at 10 a.m. outside the west side of Chrysler Hall Tower. Coffee, tea, and doughnuts will be served. Faculty and staff in attendance can enter a draw for an extra vacation day.

Learn more on the Campus Campaign for United Way website.

Bill Marino, Geraldine Ymana, Judy Bornais, Kristen MorrisGeraldine Ymana, team lead for early talent acquisition at TD Bank Group, accepts co-op and internship employer of the year award. From left: Bill Marino, Geraldine Ymana, Judy Bornais, Kristen Morris.

TD Bank Group and students honoured for contributions in co-operative education

Hosting 62 UWindsor co-op students in 2022 and 60 more in 2023 makes the TD Bank Group a worthy recipient of the Co-op & Internship Employer of the Year Award from the Office of Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships, according to manager Kristen Morris.

“Those are incredible numbers and we are very grateful to have this partnership that is intrinsic to our work-integrated learning program,” she said. “We’re happy to celebrate and recognize TD’s commitment to the University of Windsor and want to say thank you for believing in the benefit of hiring our students.”

Morris noted that the company actively engages with on-campus activities to the benefit of student learning, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the University of Windsor, and creates exceptional work-term experiences throughout the year.

Morgan Klein-MacNeil, vice president of finance technology with TD Bank Group, says the company values the relationship: “University of Windsor has been a great partner for us. We are a big fan of the talent we’ve recruited and continue to recruit.”

Rising Star Awards recognizing the outstanding achievements, contributions, and performances of co-op and internship students and their employers, went to:

  • Selina Pescara, business co-op student and three-time intern working in both advisor sales and exchange traded funds at Fidelity Investments Canada;
  • Celia Liburdi, electrical engineering co-op student and former distribution design engineer at Entegrus Inc.;
  • Angel Grace Salomi Richard Samuel, a graduate of the Master of Applied Computing program and former developer for RBC Canada;
  • Julie Israel, kinesiology co-op student and former student therapist at Schlegel Villages who will be completing her final co-op work term this summer as a student ergonomist with Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare; and
  • Brandon Mailloux, a computer science co-op student, former programmer with Health Canada and active member of Students Helping Students, an open learning organization on campus.
Shirley Knight, Clinton Beckford, Darrell Strand, Sabrina Montgomery, Robert Gordon.Representatives of CUPE 1001 and UWindsor administration met March 24 to sign a new collective agreement. From left: 1001 recording secretary Shirley Knight; UWindsor vice-president for equity, diversity, and inclusion Clinton Beckford; 1001 president Darrell Strand; 1001 vice-president Sabrina Montgomery; and UWindsor president Robert Gordon.

University signs new six-year contract with CUPE 1001

On Friday, March 24, president Darrell Strand, vice-president Sabrina Montgomery, and recording secretary Shirley Knight of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1001 met with University of Windsor president Robert Gordon and vice-president for equity, diversity, and inclusion Clinton Beckford to formally sign a new six-year collective agreement.

CUPE 1001 represents approximately 88 full-time and 122 part-time employees in Food Services, Catering, Grounds, Maintenance Helpers, Custodial, and Housekeeping.

Ava MastronardiFirst-year math major Ava Mastronardi enjoys a cup of coffee from the Tim Hortons outlet in the Odette Building.

Back in business: Tim Hortons returns to Odette Building

Just in time for the exam-time crunch, the Tim Hortons outlet in the Odette Building is once again ready to fuel patrons.

“We are currently serving hot beverages, doughnuts, croissants, and muffins,” advises Madhav Vohra, marketing co-ordinator for Sodexo Campus Canada.