Part-time students to honour faculty, staff, and students

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) will host its 28th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 20, in the student centre’s Alumni Auditorium at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow.

The event will recognize UWindsor faculty, staff, and alumni for “Going Above and Beyond”

  • Senior Administrative Support Award: Jeff Berryman, associate vice-president academic;
  • Friend of Students Award: Kaye Johnson, executive director of human rights, equity and accessibility;
  • Teacher of the Year Award: Philip Ricciardi, psychology;
  • Faculty Awards: Bruce Kotowich, School of Creative Arts; Rashid Rashidzadeh, engineering; John Albanese, criminology;
  • Support Staff Awards: Kelly Dagenais, student awards and financial aid; Yvonne Arnowitz, Leddy Library; Diane Luu-Hoang, human rights, equity and accessibility;
  • Staff/Faculty Leadership Award: Mohsan Beg, Student Counselling Centre;
  • Disability Campus Community Recognition Award: Danny Castellan, Facility Services;
  • Appreciation Awards: Campus Bookstore, Centre for Teaching and Learning;
  • Student Leader Appreciation Awards: Grace Bastien, Anthony Meloche, Christie Nelson, Eric Sternberg.

The following part-time undergraduate students will be honoured:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Sharmini Rampersaud;
  • Alumni Association First Year Undergraduate Award: Crystal Desjardins;
  • Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award: Laura Cutler;
  • Dr. Kai Hildebrandt Part-time Student Award: Brenda Hanson;
  • Dr. Susan Wendt Hildebrandt Part-time Student Award: Julienne Rousseau;
  • Mary C. Schisler Award in Dramatic Art: Konrad Jarecki;
  • Ken Long Memorial Award: Cody Vanderzwaag;
  • Dr. Kathleen McCrone Award: Derrick Biso;
  • VEK Ternoey Academic 2nd Chance Award: Nathan Pota;
  • Wayne Girard Memorial Leadership Award: Omar Ahmed;
  • Student with Disability Achievement Award: Andrea Ruys.

Ten OPUS members received bursaries based on financial need. Two of these bursaries are sponsored by the Alumni Association and three are sponsored by the Campus Dental Centre.

RSVP by Friday, March 6, to 519-253-3000, ext 3603, or email: For more information, contact OPUS staff at Find more details on the event website.