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Part-time students support campus food bank

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) is joining with Iona College in an effort to fill the shelves of the student food bank located in the college’s home at 208 Sunset Avenue.

The organization has donated $200 and is fielding a team of volunteers to collect canned foods and other non-perishable items.

“We encourage everyone to get involved and help those in need and make a difference this holiday season,” says executive director Maryan Amalow. “We appreciate your generosity in advance as this will be beneficial for students.”

OPUS officials congratulate provost Leo Groarke.OPUS officials congratulate provost Leo Groarke, recipient of the organization’s 2014 Friend of Students Award. From left: vice-president Anthony Meloche, health plan administrator Steve Jancev, executive director Maryan Amalow, Dr. Groarke, president Ed King.

Banquet honours OPUS award recipients

The 22nd annual OPUS Awards Banquet recognized 14 award recipients Thursday.

Part-time students enjoy social evening

Olivia Parent and Maryan Amalow

Olivia Parent, a student of languages, literatures and cultures, receives a $250 cash prize during last week’s Organization of Part-time University Students social from executive director Maryan Amalow. Parent's name was drawn from respondents to the organization’s fall 2012 survey on engagement of its members, which was aimed at improving access to and the quality of its services.

OPUS administrator recognized as community leader

Maryan Amalow values the importance of community and student engagement, says dean of students Clayton Smith.

“She always ensures to lend a helping hand for students with her advocacy and leadership experience as she was a student who can relate to their issues,” he told a group gathered June 8 at Windsor Water World to see Amalow—a UWindsor grad (BA 2005, MA 2008) and executive director of the Organization of Part-time University Students—receive an award in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario.

Part-time students welcome increase in federal support

An increase to the income eligibility thresholds for federal loans and grants to part-time students is being welcomed as a measure to ensure their access to post-secondary education.

The Canadian government announced May 16 it will invest approximately $22.5 million over the next 10 years to increase accessibility for student financial assistance. It is projected that over 2,500 additional part-time students will be eligible for a Canada Student Loan in year one, rising to just under 8,000 in year five.