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directors of the four pieces of “The Stream You Step In.”Student Aruna Martin-Bhalla interviewed the directors of the four pieces of “The Stream You Step In.”

Players production promoting pandemic performances

University Players has released a new video to promote its upcoming series of digital dramas, The Stream You Step In.

Fourth-year student Aruna Martin-Bhalla interviewed each of the directors of the four pieces:

  • Sébastien Heins - good white men by David Yee
  • Kim McLeod - The Jubilant by Elena Eli Belyea
  • Griffin McInnes - River of Forgetfulness by Karen Hines
  • Mitchell Cushman - Thank You For Your Labour by Marcus Youssef

to create a montage that highlights the innovative work being done behind the scenes — and behind the screens.

The student theatre company will present the four shows over Zoom starting Nov. 5. Tickets are $20 per two-show performance and are available through the online box office at www.universityplayers.com.

smartphone displaying My Student Support ProgramMy Student Support Program (MySSP) gives UWindsor students free access to confidential mental health supports and services.

Program gives students access to confidential mental health support

My Student Support Program (MySSP) gives all University of Windsor students free access to 24/7 confidential mental health supports and services through the app or by phone at any time of day, from anywhere in the world.

“Access to services like MySSP allows us to provide a service to all of our students regardless of where they are studying from,” says Mohsan Beg, executive director of Student Health, Counselling, and Wellness Services. “It is also in direct alignment with UWindsor’s Student Mental Health Strategy.”

Offered by a partnership between the University of Windsor and the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA), the program has seen a steady increase in use since launching campus-wide in November 2019.

Some 32 per cent of student users report they have reached out for support as a result of COVID-19, and approximately 66 per cent of all clinical sessions were supported outside of regular office hours and on weekends.

“With disruption to everyday life surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is normal and common for students to be experiencing a change to their mental wellbeing,” says Dr. Beg. “As our students continue to study online, MySSP has proven itself to be a valuable resource that complements our existing services.”

Services are available in six languages and students have the ability to request counsellors based on matching requirements other than language or culture, such as by religious or gender identification. MySSP is also exploring ways to add more focused program supports for students, including Black students and members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

A “MySSP App Feature” video is available on the MySSP UWindsor landing page. Staff and faculty are encouraged to use this video to highlight the features of the app to students.

For more information on My Student Support Program, visit uwindsor.ca/MySSP.

MySSP is provided by keep.meSAFE.

—Sarah Hébert

Marissa Paulin, Cheryl Mengjia Pan, Cheyann Labadie, Jenny Loiselle, Sydney Reid, Chloe Dockrill.Reach peer mentors. Top, left to right: Marissa Paulin, Cheryl Mengjia Pan, Cheyann Labadie. Bottom, left to right: Jenny Loiselle, Sydney Reid, Chloe Dockrill.

FAHSS student mentors online supporting their peers

Now in its second year, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ “Reach” peer support program offers first- and second-year students a virtual place to go to talk to upper-year students about their questions and concerns.

Reach peers can engage via live drop-in sessions on Blackboard, by email chat, or on the FAHSS App.

When a student joins a Reach session, they can expect to receive advice and tips from a trained mentor on:

  • Student life (joining clubs, extra-curricular activities, on-campus involvement);
  • Study skills strategies;
  • Time management strategies;
  • Campus resources and services; and
  • First-year transition questions.

“The purpose of Reach is to ensure that first- and second-year students are receiving the help they need to succeed and get involved,” explains Tony Vo, student success and support coordinator in FAHSS. “All mentors are upper-year students who have received training for this role. They are dedicated to helping their fellow students with the transition to university.”

Reach sessions run from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the Reach website for the schedule and link to the Reach Portal on Blackboard.

FAHSS students can also email questions or concerns to reach@uwindsor.ca and a Reach Peer will try and answer it within 24 hours.

Meet some members of the Reach Peer Support Team:

Cheyann Labadie, a social work student, says her favourite thing about the University of Windsor is the diversity among the students and the staff.

Cheryl Mengjia Pan, a psychology major, says the Writing Support Desk and Academic Advising Office really helped her a lot in my first year: “The staff are always so welcoming and patient.”

Jenny Loiselle, also studying psychology, says her favourite thing about UWindsor is the support system — not just between peers, but from professors as well. “We all celebrate each other and our accomplishments, no matter how big or small, and we are all there for each other when things get hard and we feel like we just can't do it anymore.”

Sydney Reid, majoring in forensic science with a minor in anthropology, says she values how diverse and welcoming the campus community is. “No matter what year, program, or interests you have, there is always a place for anyone at UWin!”

Chloe Dockrill, a drama in education and community student, says she appreciates the numerous opportunities she found at the University of Windsor. “There are resources to help manage classes and other issues, activities to help unwind during the day, and lots of clubs and jobs open for students to get more involved on campus.”

Marissa Paulin, in the law and politics program, feels privileged to hear the insights provided by a wide variety of opinions. “I learn something extra every class just through my fellow classmates speaking on their thoughts and experiences.”

—Susan McKee

Man cowering before computerIT Services recommends keeping your computer and applications up to date and secure.

IT Services offers advice on computer care

Your computer or laptop is your most important work tool. To help you get work done and stay secure, you want to keep it in the best possible shape.

“To keep your workstation performing well, you need to consider your system and your applications,” says Kevin Macnaughton, team lead security, Information Technology Services. “Following some basic care and hygiene practices is a great place to start.”

IT Services’ top systems care basics include:

  • Enabling automatic updates for your operating system;
  • Activating your antivirus and firewall and keeping them up to date; and
  • Shutting down and starting your computer at least once a week.

To keep your applications up to date and secure, IT Services recommends:

For more computer care basics as well as ways to supercharge your workstation, see www.uwindsor.ca/itservices/933/protect-your-pc.

Led by IT Services, Cybersecurity Awareness Month efforts highlight cybersecurity issues relevant to the UWindsor community. More information, along with how you can protect yourself, can be found at uwindsor.ca/cybersecurity.

Cobweb, bat, jack o'lanternA student club is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt on Friday, Oct. 30.

Scavenger hunt to support relief fund

A virtual scavenger hunt Friday, Oct. 30, is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween while maintaining social distancing, says Malak Tehaili.

A biology student and president of the UWindsor chapter of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, she knows people are seeking ways to observe the spookiest of holidays.

“We have set it up so that teams of four to six people will be given a list of tasks to complete around town,” Tehaili says. “The idea is to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions are met, as everyone on your team should be in your social circle.”

The team with the highest score wins a free breakfast at Toast restaurant.

The cost to enter is $10 per person. For more details or to register, email pcrfuw@uwindsor.ca or phone 519-991-8159.