Stephanie Esentsei Pangowish on Convocation stageStephanie Esentsei Pangowish (centre) is the first Indigenous graduate of the master’s program at Windsor Law.

Grad a leader in Indigenous law scholarship

Upon completion of her Master's degree, Stephanie Esentsei Pangowish became the first Indigenous graduate of Windsor’s LLM program. Pangowish previously earned her Juris Doctor from Windsor Law and held the positions of first-year law representative and president of the Shkawbewisag Student Law Society.

Currently a resident of Toronto, she is from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory and Wikiwemikoong Unceeded Territory. Her commitment to her community and making an impact has increased awareness of Indigenous issues, including the annual awareness campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirited People, the Red Ribbon Campaign, and others.
Since earning her Juris Doctor degree, Pangowish has taught Indigenous studies and Indigenous legal orders at the University of Windsor and the “Combat Indigenous Law in Colonial Spaces” course at the University of Toronto. She is a facilitator for Bimickaway training in Indigenous justice for Ontario’s Attorney General and is pursuing doctoral studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.

—Dalia Mazhar

students engaging in ropes course as teamLancer Recreation is now booking its low ropes Challenge Course for the summer and fall semesters.

Lancer Recreation accepting bookings for Challenge Course

Lancer Recreation is now booking the low ropes Challenge Course for the summer and fall semesters.

A Challenge Course is a combination of mental and physical challenges requiring groups to work as a team to accomplish goals. Through a series of fun and unusual activities, participants learn valuable information about themselves, each other, and the group as a unit. By removing people from their usual environment and placing them in a new, unique setting, a challenge course experience fosters shared learning, openness, and cooperation.

Groups that utilize the course include University of Windsor organizations (athletics, academic, student clubs, residence life, staff, and faculty groups), local schools, youth groups, religious organizations, sports teams, and businesses. Participants come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and levels of physical abilities.

“Any group that would like to play and have fun together, learn about each other, and build a sense of community are likely to benefit from a day at the Challenge Course,” says Giulia Barile Bernabo of Lancer Rec.

She invites those interested in booking a group or seeking more information to visit the Lancer Recreation website or email her at Giulia Barile.

Chantal Vallée shakes hands with Jennifer Jones on Melbourne stage.Rotary International president Jennifer Jones congratulates Lancer women’s basketball coach Chantal Vallée following her address to the service organization’s convention in Melbourne, Australia.

Coach inspires Rotarians at international convention

Lancer women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée drew a standing ovation for an address on building a successful team to win against all odds to more than 14,000 attendees at the Rotary International Convention, held in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of May.

The convention is a platform for global leaders, professionals, and visionaries to exchange ideas on creating change in their communities and beyond. In 2022, the service organization elected UWindsor alumna Jennifer Jones (BA 1991) the first female president in its 115-year history.

Vallée has helmed her Lancer team to five national championship titles. Her dedication to excellence and ability to inspire others have earned her numerous accolades and recognition on the world stage as a motivational speaker and strategic advisor.

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Taral Patel holding Visa gift cardElectrical engineering student Taral Patel was one of the winners in a prize draw for participating in a survey on the Brightspace learning management system.

Committee expresses appreciation for community engagement in Brightspace survey

The LMS Implementation Committee extends thanks to everyone who completed the LMS Implementation survey as part of its review and future planning. The feedback will assist in the evaluation of the implementation process and resources, which will help in the planning of future support and initiatives.

The winners of the top appreciation prizes, each winning a $250 Visa gift card, were Taral Patel, a student of electrical engineering, and philosophy instructor Mark Letteri. Students Ayah Kosi and Sohith Sai Pujari will each receive a $100 gift card, while Dylan Menard, Leo Oriet, Woyengimiebi Joffa, and Scott Wisdom each snagged a $50 gift card. Deepali Gupta, Timothy Noble, Qiyu Shi, Loren Shevitz, and Laura VanDooren will receive a gift bag with combined swag from Brightspace, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Open Learning.

For more information about the LMS Implementation process and Brightspace, visit UWindsor’s Brightspace website or email

prize package of alumni swag surrounded by photos of campus buildingsCivil engineering student Teagan Grinwis won a prize package of alumni swag for correctly identifying the buildings pictured here.

Student engineers contest win

Teagan Grinwis, a master’s student of civil engineering, won Monday’s DailyNews contest and its prize of swag donated by the University of Windsor Alumni Association.

Griswin’s entry was drawn from all those which correctly identified images of vertical views from campus buildings:

  1. Toldo Lancer Centre
  2. Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation
  3. CAW Student Centre
  4. Leddy Library
  5. Dillon Hall
Grad with cap and gown and coloured cordA new cord added to their Convocation gowns honoured graduates of programs in co-operative education and workplace partnerships.

Accessory honours co-op and internship experience

Co-operative education and internship students were presented with a new distinction at Convocation — a teal and gold cord signifying graduates who complemented their academic studies by participating in Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships.

The cords were created to honour and recognize the dedication and effort of those graduating with skills, experiences, and connections that give them a competitive edge in their post-graduate job search, says Kristen Morris, manager of co-operative education and workplace partnerships.

She says the colour teal symbolizes clarity of thought, which students often gain through their work experience and required reflection.

“The colour teal is also connected to the image of sea and sky, representing infinite potential and a future full of possibility,” Morris says. “The colour gold is a symbol of a student’s roots as a Lancer and the hope of continuing that relationship as alumni.”

Representatives of UWindsor administration and UniforRepresentatives of UWindsor administration and Unifor signed collective agreements for four bargaining units Monday.

University signs new three-year contracts with Unifor bargaining units

On Monday, June 12, representatives from Unifor locals 2458 and 444 met with University of Windsor president Robert Gordon and vice-president for equity, diversity, and inclusion Clinton Beckford to formally sign new three-year collective agreements for four bargaining units.

Unifor 2458 Full-Time Office and Clerical represents approximately 300 full-time employees; Unifor 2458 PT represents approximately 50 part-time employees; and Unifor 2458 Engineers represents approximately 20 employees. Unifor 444 Special Constable represents approximately 25 Campus Community Police employees.

logo Think Tank topped by lightbulbA virtual think tank on June 23 will discuss three local health research projects.

Online session to spark health research collaborations

Researchers and students in all disciplines interested in discussing new ideas, solving problems, and making new connections are invited to WE-Spark Think Tanks.

A session on Zoom scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 23, will hear three presentations:

  • Finding solutions together that take into account the real experiences of providing care to those living with Borderline Personality Disorder in Ontario, Aman Ahluwalia-Cameron (she/her), School of Social Work, University of Windsor
    Stigma manifests in many ways between providers and patients, and at the organizational and policy level. The goal is to discuss with healthcare providers their experiences with supporting those with BPD in our communities, and public health level suggestions on how to disseminate this knowledge about provider based and structural stigma towards those living with BPD.
  • Readiness of healthcare professionals to care for children and youths with medical complexities in regional hospitals and community settings, Joanne Tay, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor
    Dr. Tay is new to Windsor-Essex and works as a registered nurse with families and children with complex medical conditions. Her program of research aims to improve children and families’ access to equitable and quality care. She is looking to connect and discuss opportunities to collaborate for recruitment and community partnership.
  • Endometriosis: Lateral flow assays moving beyond the antibody paradigm, John Trant, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor
    Dr. Trant is looking to develop a multi-biomarker semi-quantitative point-of-care lateral flow assay coupled with machine learning approaches to address endometriosis, and looking for clinical partners who can help provide patient tissue from the disease, both positive and negative for endo, to validate the assay.

Details on each topic can be found on the WE-Spark website. Click here to register for the event.

WE-Spark Health Institute is a partnership of the University of Windsor, Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital designed to take health outcomes to the next level through research.