Social Work

Board approves budget for downtown campus renovation

The Board of Governors approved a budget of just over $32 million for the renovation of the former Windsor Star site to house the University’s social work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education programs at its meeting April 30.

The administration will tender a construction contract in the coming weeks, with a projected occupancy date in spring 2015.

Adoption of cross-discipline approaches is the new frontier, says social work theorist

Seeing the UWindsor School of Social Work prepare to relocate into the former Windsor Star buildings brings back a lot of memories for Francis Turner.

A native of the city, he delivered the newspaper on a route near his boyhood home between Bruce and Janette avenues near Giles Boulevard.

“This was just at the end of the Second World War, so people were very anxious for news,” he recalls. “You really felt you were providing an important service to them.”

Posters showcase social work graduate student research

No university program in social work can cover everything a practitioner requires, says Toni Parker: “The field is too diverse—that’s why we need continuing education and professional development.”

Her placement with Community Partners for Applied Research and Consultation was the subject of her research proposal, one of dozens presented during “Bridging the Gap: The Voice of Social Work,” Friday in the CAW Student Centre.

The master’s candidate says the event was a great chance to learn and network.

Social work students to present research proposals

Masters candidates in social work will share their proposals to improve local service agencies during a presentation of their research posters on Friday, April 5.

“Bridging the Gap: the Voice of Social Work,” the seventh annual Graduate Student Research Proposal Showcase, will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CAW Student Centre Commons.

Participating students have created posters related to their placements in community agencies, with an eye to improving their programming. Viewing is free and open to the public.

Seminar to engage social workers in critical thinking

A seminar next month promises professional development for practising social workers and students of the profession, as Community Partners for Applied Research and Consultation presents “Social Work: What have we done to ourselves?” Wednesday, April 17.

Brent Angell, director of the UWindsor School of Social Work, will act as host for the event, which runs 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Avenue.

Scheduled speakers include:

Film focuses on Ford City community

A University of Windsor graduate wants to brighten the city with a quick look at a community that is fighting back. With help from a small grant from the Social Work Students Association, Matt Krawl has created a short film about Ford City, the neighbourhood east of Walkerville centred on Drouillard Road.

“I hope to leave a mark on Windsor by showing the good things about the area,” said Krawl.

Key transfer video available online for viewing

A video recording the November 30 celebration of the University’s takeover of the former Windsor Star buildings is now available for viewing.

The video by Suede Productions captures the historic handover of keys to the complex from Star publisher Marty Beneteau to UWindsor president Alan Wildeman. Hundreds of students, staff, faculty, alumni and assorted well-wishers were on hand to witness the moment.

Crowd cheers University’s takeover of downtown site

Hundreds of students, alumni, staff, faculty and well-wishers cheered as UWindsor president Alan Wildeman accepted the keys to the former Windsor Star buildings from publisher Marty Beneteau on Friday, symbolizing the transfer of the property to the University.

First-year business student Qiaotian Yan said it was fun to participate in the event, which jammed the corner of Pitt and Ferry streets for a photograph and video to document the historic occasion.