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Beverly JacobsBeverly Jacobs will address issues that Canadians need to know about leading up to Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30.

Talks to address issues of Indigenous genocide

“Most Canadians are not aware of the treaty history of Indigenous Peoples or are not aware of the violations of this treaty relationship,” says Beverly Jacobs, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach. “Nor are they aware of the genocide against Indigenous Peoples to try to erase them as people.”

A professor of law and a former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, she will address these issues in a free talk Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the River Bookshop. The public event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the store at 67 Richmond St. in Amherstburg.

Owner Richard Peddie (BComm 1970, honorary LLD 2001) says his bookstore wants to contribute to the dialogue of Truth and Reconciliation.

“Indigenous peoples have lived here since time immemorial. They walked on these lands and cared for them well before us,” he says. “Yet today, there is very limited recognition of their important role in our community.”

See a list of the store’s related events.

Dr. Jacobs will also be presenting on campus at UWindsor’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 Orange Shirt Day Drum Social Teach-In at the David Wilson Commons, following a community walk. Details of Orange Shirt Day events at the University of Windsor can be found at www.uwindsor.ca/indigenous-peoples/316/orange-shirt-day.

Jacobs will also present during a discussion of the impact Canada’s death investigation and legal systems have on the lives and deaths of Indigenous people, Oct. 4 at the Ontario Forensic Sciences and Coroners Complex in Toronto.

The seminar, entitled “Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Medicolegal System,” will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both in person and online. Register for virtual attendance by Sept. 26.

grads taking selfiesHelp make Convocation memorable for graduands and their guests as a volunteer.

Volunteers to help make graduation ceremonies unforgettable

Convocation is an extraordinary time for graduates, their families, supporters, friends, and the entire campus community — and UWindsor faculty and staff can help make the celebration unforgettable by joining the Volunteer at Convocation program.

A joint project of the Department of Human Resources and the Office of the Registrar, it recruits employees to welcome guests, usher them to their seats, and answer any questions. It’s a great way to show UWindsor community spirit and be a part of this crucial milestone in students’ academic journey.

Fall Convocation is scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 in the Toldo Lancer Centre.

To learn more about this opportunity or to sign up, complete the online Volunteer at Convocation form by Oct. 5. Direct questions to volunteer@uwindsor.ca.

football playersThe University of Windsor Alumni Association is giving away 12 pairs of tickets to the Oct. 1 Lancer football game.

Contest giving away tickets to Lancer football Alumni Week game

The University of Windsor Alumni Association is giving away 12 pairs of tickets to the Lancer football game against the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Alumni Field as part of Alumni Week celebrations.

To enter the draw: follow the association on Instagram, like its post announcing the contest, and tag a fellow UWindsor grad or student. Winners will be drawn at random from all entries by Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Kick-off Saturday is at 7 p.m. The Alumni Week game promises activities and giveaways as well as football action.

Not a winner but want to attend the game? Visit golancers.ca to purchase tickets now.

Esther Yang, Larissa Cioci, Catie Lenover, Amarice Manzerolle, Tony VoThe Natively Creative team won a trophy as the top performers in the Transform program. From left: Transform community leader Esther Yang mentored first-year students Larissa Cioci, Catie Lenover, and Amarice Manzerolle, pictured here with co-ordinator Tony Vo.

Program prepares students for university experience

During summer 2022, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) launched Transform, its school readiness program for first-year students coming directly from high school.

Incoming students met in person or online weekly over nine weeks and participated in a series of fun interactive exercises that gave them similar experiences to being in class — conducting research, taking mock tests, and working on team projects. At the same time, the program gave upper-year student mentors an opportunity to gain leadership experience.

The program is coordinated by Tony Vo, student experience co-ordinator in FAHSS, and his team of upper-year student leaders, the Transform Community Leaders. Throughout the summer, the leaders created transition activities for their mentor sessions, answered questions from their mentees, and learned leadership skills.

On Sept. 1, the Transformation Conference gave participants the chance to hear from president Robert Gordon and attend presentations by partnering campus offices. At the end of the conference, the group “Natively Creative” won the Transform Trophy Cup as the top scoring team.

“I wouldn’t say that I am a shy person, but I am not a confident person. I couldn’t speak in front of large groups before Transform, but now I have confidence in my speaking abilities that I didn’t know I had,” says Mariam Morra, a third-year psychology student.

“Everything about this experience was a positive one. Being a student who started their university experience during the start of COVID-19, Transform has gotten me more involved on campus, made me become more informed about our university, and helped me make new friends and connections.”

Vo touts the program’s benefits for students at every level.

“Although Transform was created to help our first-year students with their school readiness and preparation, the program was also designed to help our student leaders develop their skills,” he says. “Leadership is one of the fundamental traits of FAHSS and providing student leaders with these opportunities so that they can grow and develop themselves is a core mission in this faculty.”

Drupal logoAn online class on Oct. 6 will help faculty and staff responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites learn Drupal content management system basics.

Session to train website editors in Drupal content management system

An online class on Oct. 6 will help faculty and staff responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites learn Drupal content management system basics and understand web accessibility requirements.

The session will cover web page creation, how to upload graphics, organize menus, accessibility fundamentals and more.

“The training is designed to provide the required knowledge for new web editors and give others the opportunity to update their skills,” says web development team leader Rob Aitkens.

Sign-up is required to attend the online Drupal 7 + Web Accessibility Basic Training on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

suitsWindsor Regional Hospital received the Sue Skrobiak Award of Excellence on Sept. 20 from the Odette School of Business. From left: Bharat Maheshwari, MBA academic director; Mitch Fields, dean of the Odette School of Business; John Skrobiak, Sue Skrobiak’s widower; Karen Riddell, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of Windsor Regional Hospital; Amie Mandal, Sue Skrobiak’s daughter; Bijan Mandal, Amie Mandal’s husband; Anthony Paniccia, chair of the Windsor Regional Hospital board; David Musyj, Windsor Regional Hospital CEO; Gerry Kerr, MBA professor.

Business school celebrates ties to hospital

The partnership between the Odette School of Business and Windsor Regional Hospital has been long and fruitful, dean Mitch Fields said Sept. 20 in announcing the hospital as the recipient of the Sue Skrobiak Award of Excellence.

Named in honour of a staff member who died in 2018, it is presented annually to a recipient with a positive impact on the MBA program for a sustained period.

“Over the years, the Odette MBA has been through several iterations, redesigns, and formats,” Dr. Fields said. “Throughout our evolution, Windsor Regional has been a valued partner organization. It has hired our graduates, provided valued co-op and internship opportunities, encouraged employees to enroll in our programs, and provided opportunities for faculty research.”

He noted that Skrobiak’s career of almost 40 years at the University of Windsor was dedicated almost exclusively to the MBA program: “The entire Odette team — faculty, staff, students, and alumni — really wanted to recognize her contribution.”

The award presentation was made during the MBA Dean’s Dinner. In attendance were more than 70 MBA students, members of Skrobiak’s family, and representatives of the hospital: board chair Anthony Paniccia, president David Musyj, and chief operating officer Karen Riddell.