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Roger Lauzon, Jordyn LiebmanRoger Lauzon, president of the Windsor University Retirees Association, shares a smile with the recipient of its scholarship, fourth-year nursing student Jordyn Liebman.

Donors support student success and engagement, says scholarship recipient

Scholarships mean so much to students, says fourth-year nursing student Jordyn Liebman, recipient of an award sponsored by the Windsor University Retirees Association.

“It’s easier to succeed academically and get involved in activities on campus when you don’t have to choose between studying and picking up an extra shift to pay bills,” Liebman says.

Besides her coursework, she has been involved in research projects and volunteered as a peer mentor and tutor.

“Without this scholarship, I would not have had the opportunity to further explore my interests,” she says. “I feel very fortunate to have been so involved on campus during the past four years, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of University of Windsor donors.”

Roger Lauzon, president of the Windsor University Retirees Association and a UWindsor alumnus, says the organization is proud to support scholarship funds.

“These young men and women are our country’s and community’s future leaders,” Lauzon says. “Without our assistance, they may not be able to enjoy the entire university experience, which broadens their horizons and makes them truly appreciate their new-found knowledge.”

The Annual Giving Program encourages employees and retirees to give to their favourite campus causes. A donation to the campaign by April 18 offers a chance for one of the incentives listed below:

  • an extra vacation day;
  • Beats headphones;
  • Apple AirPods;
  • Google Home smart speakers;
  • a pair of University Players season passes;
  • Lancer all-sports pass;
  • $100 UwinCASH card;
  • two tickets to see the Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 11;
  • two tickets to the Carrie Underwood concert June 9 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena;
  • two tickets to the Who concert June 1 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

To make a tax-deductible donation online — including by convenient payroll deduction — visit the UWindsor donations page.

Jeff NoonanPhilosophy professor Jeff Noonan defends the value of work in a column published this week in the New Statesman.

Work fulfils need to be needed, says philosophy prof

Imagine a world where humans no longer work.

Students would be taught by professor bots, or they could simply play video games all day. Nurse and doctor bots would tend to us when we’re ill and automation would grow our food, design our buildings and create our art.

According to UWindsor philosophy professor Jeff Noonan, such an existence would leave us feeling empty because a world without jobs would undermine the relationships that bring meaning to our lives.

Dr. Noonan makes that proposition in his article in the latest edition of the New Statesman. The British publication has launched a popular philosophy column called Agora moderated by UWindsor alumnus Aaron Wendland.

“It’s an idea I’ve been working on for a while,” said Noonan of his essay on what he calls “post-work.”

“We need to be needed,” Noonan said, calling jobs a form of “self-creative activity.”

Losing the ability to work “would not be a tremendous step on the road to happiness,” Noonan wrote. “As I see it, losing the need for labour altogether would lead to an existential crisis. If we were to substitute work for a life of absolute leisure, we would experience a rapid loss of meaning in our existence, manifested as an inability to care for or value anything.”

Wendland, who cites Noonan as one of the professors who helped him foster a passion for ideas, approached Noonan about writing a column.

Noonan said he was happy to find a medium outside of academia to share his thoughts and lauded the New Statesman for introducing Agora.

“It’s is an attempt to find space in the media outside of the academic world for philosophical material,” he said.

Of his article, Noonan said, “I hope it connects with people more broadly.”

─ Sarah Sacheli

woman leading presentationThe Ontario regional meeting of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, June 10 and 11, offers UWindsor staff opportunities for professional development.

Registration open for international education conference

Registration is now open for the Ontario regional meeting of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, June 10 and 11 at the University of Windsor.

With a theme of “Building Bridges in Uncertain Times,” the conference promises networking and professional development activities for about 200 delegates from more than 35 post-secondary institutions.

“This is a unique opportunity for individuals to participate,” says conference chair Chris Busch, UWindsor acting associate vice-president, enrolment management. “Since we are hosting, our staff can enjoy professional development at a relatively low cost.”

Find additional information on the conference website.

server handing food to studentThe student centre food court is set to begin summer hours of service.

Food Service outlets set to begin summer operations

Food Services outlets in the student centre and engineering building will begin summer hours next week.

The Marketplace food court in the CAW Student Centre and the Tim Hortons Express location in the Centre for Engineering Innovation will open to patrons 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

These hours are subject to change; find the most up-to-date information on the Food Services website.

exterior of CAW Student CentreCampus buildings will close April 19 in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

Campus to close for Good Friday holiday

University of Windsor offices will close Friday, April 19, in observance of the statutory holiday Good Friday.

Both the Leddy Library and the Paul Martin Law Library will close Friday.

The CAW Student Centre will close for the weekend at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, re-opening Monday, April 22 on its summer schedule: 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.