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Melissa Bishop

Fans rally in support of Lancer Olympian

About 200 people—former track teammates, coaches, professors, university officials, friends and family members—turned out at the St. Denis Centre on Friday to wish alumna Melissa Bishop (BHK 2010, B.Ed 2011) godspeed on the next leg of her journey to the London Olympics.

Bishop will compete in the 800 metre race after becoming just the third Canadian woman to beat the two-minute mark in the event.

Lancer track and field head coach Dennis Fairall said he was proud of Bishop, the first athlete he has personally coached to qualify for the Olympics in his 40-year career.

Fans asked to show Canadian pride for Olympic send-off

The athletics department is encouraging fans to wear red and white clothing or gear with a “Canada” theme to its July 20 reception to show their support for Lancer alumna Melissa Bishop (BHK 2010, B.Ed 2011).

The runner, Canada’s top-ranked woman in the 800 metre event, will leave for Europe this weekend to begin her journey towards the London Olympic Games. The public is invited to a send-off celebration Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the St. Denis Centre’s multi-purpose room.

Athletics plans an Olympic send-off for Lancer alum

The athletics department invites the campus and the broader community to extend best wishes to Lancer alumna Melissa Bishop as she sets off to compete for Canada in the London Olympics.

A public reception starts at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, July 20, in the multi-purpose room, St. Denis Centre. Bishop will leave for Europe the next day in preparation for her competition in the 800m event.

Fellow grad Andrea Steen (BHK 1979, honorary LLD 2002), a hurdler at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games, is scheduled to speak at Friday’s reception.

Silver stars: View magazine traces UWindsor Olympic connection

The London Olympics are just around the corner. Did you know that UWindsor alumni were part of the only Canadian basketball team to ever win a medal at the Games? Or that Lancer track athlete Melissa Bishop (BHK 2010, B.Ed 2011) will compete for Team Canada in London?

Read about them in “Silver Stars,” the cover story in the summer edition of View magazine, published by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

This edition also profiles:

Lancer grad to run for Canada at London Olympics

Former Lancer track star Melissa Bishop made her dream a reality Sunday, as she qualified to compete for Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

Having already met the Olympic standard in the 800-metre race, she secured her berth with a second-place finish at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Calgary. Bishop says she can’t wait for the chance to represent her country.

Lancers representing Canada on the court and on the track

How skilled are Windsor’s women basketball players? Lancers account for half of the Canadian university athletes playing with the nation’s senior national B team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Miah-Marie Langlois, Korissa Williams and Tessa Kreiger join three of their Canadian Interuniversity Sport competitors and six Canadians playing in the NCAA on the squad.

Group to read writings on melancholy

Melancholy is common among students, making it the perfect subject for a reading group, says Alan Davies.

The English department’s writer-in-residence for the fall 2011 semester, he is hosting the free public reading group The Course on Melancholy starting this evening — Monday, September 19.

“The course will focus on texts that express or discuss melancholy,” Davies says. “It gives students the opportunity to explore the relationship between literature and their own feelings.”