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Stage comedy awaits contest winner

Alison Brown, space planning assistant in Facility Services, won Tuesday’s DailyNews trivia quiz and the prize of a pair of tickets to see the University Players production of the laugh-out-loud comedy The Nerd.

Brown’s name was drawn from all those respondents who correctly answered that Mark Hamill starred in the play’s Broadway run, Rowan Atkinson played the nerdy title character, and Dr. Seuss was the first author to use the term in publication.

She will receive two tickets to see the University Players show, continuing its run through Sunday in Essex Hall Theatre. Order tickets online at or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

H.E.R.O day of action volunteers - Photo credit:Samantha Fernandez, The LanceH.E.R.O day of action volunteers - Photo credit:Samantha Fernandez, The Lance

Resident students make a difference on H.E.R.O Day…

“We are so proud of our student volunteers and grateful for the staff volunteers from the Student Success Centre who donated their time to this worthwhile annual feel good day.” expressed Sandra Davis Residence Life Team Leader.

Resident students had the opportunity to participate in a food drive to collect food items from the local community. The H.E.R.O day of action is run by volunteering resident students, and does not only supplies the food bank with the donations it collects, but also provides the students, especially those from out of Windsor, with a chance  to form ties with other members of the community.

“This is a way for students who are not originally from the Windsor area to become engaged with their community, and that is really the foundation that HERO has developed into,” says Jacqueline Mellish, the Residence Life Coordinator for Alumni Hall and Clarke Hall.

Over 120 volunteers arrived in two lancer buses on March 28, at Paulin Memorial Church, and marched through the neighborhood asking for donations, achieving exceptional results. “We received notice this week that we collected 16,700 lbs of food this year! This is almost three times above what was collected last year!” reports Davis. Being able to achieve this result, the team is now motivated to raise the bar even further next year.

Read the full story on the Lance, the official student newspaper of the University of Windsor.

Attend Dr. Johnson's upcoming talk: Skeptical Reflections on “Visual Arguments”

“I remain skeptical about the existence of so-called visual arguments,” says Dr. Ralph H. Johnson, CRRAR Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Johnson who believes in the crucial role visual communication and visual media plays in the landscape of contemporary media, will nonetheless present the reasoning behind his disbelief in the existence of visual arguments, in a free public talk Wednesday, April 22.

In his talk, entitled “Not so fast: some skeptical reflections about “Visual Arguments” Dr. Johnson will argue that there are grounds that support such a skeptical view on visual arguments, while also pointing to what he believes are some of the weaknesses in the position of those who defend it.

Dr. Johnson will stress four weaknesses:

(A) conflationary tendency

(B) the broad use of the “hermeneutic wrench”

(C) the absence of appropriate criteria for the evaluation of the visual arguments

(D) the failure to meet the Hitchcock challenge.

This event is organized by the center of research in CRRAR, and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., at CRRAR Seminar Room in Essex Hall, room 209.

All are welcome.

Dr. Martin KutnowskiDr. Martin Kutnowski, St. Thomas University, composer and pedagogue

Attend a Public lecture and Music Composition Workshops run by Dr. Martin Kutnowski

Dr. Martin Kutnowski, St. Thomas University, composer and pedagogue, will give a public lecture, entitled “The Teacher as Mentor and Adventure Travel Guide”, and will run a series of music composition workshops, April 16-19.

Dr. Kutnowski is Associate Professor of the Fine Arts at St Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.  Earlier this year, he was awarded the John McKendy Memorial Teaching Award by the university, after being nominated by his students and peers. 

The music composition workshops will also include sight-readings/rehearsals of the newly composed pieces. Students are invited to bring their compositions for review and consultation with Dr. Kutnowski. 

This event is organized by the Faculty of Education and Academic Development and the School of Creative Arts, and is funded by the Office of Research and Innovative Services.

Attendance is open to both students and the public. 

Please find detailed information on Lecture, the composition workshops and the Debut Performance of Commissioned work by Dr. Kutnowski

Phil Babbey and Dawn Wisniewski enjoying their cookiesPhil Babbey and Dawn Wisniewski enjoying their cookies

A sweet show of appreciation in the library

Library staff members greeted students today, April 14, with delicious, fresh cookies and coffee, as a simple expression of appreciation.

“ We hold the Students’ Appreciation Day to simply let them know how much we appreciate them.” said Fay Kennedy, librarian assistant.

Students walking into the library had a look of  surprize, followed by a big smile on their faces “I think this is great, it helps student forget how stressed they are for a while, and coffee sure helps!” said Phil Babbey and French student Dawn Wisniewski

Yousef Beiraghder, geophysicist physics Phd students, enjoyed this morning greeting, he found it “ energetic and would help him focus on studying.”

The Students’ Appreciation Day is funded by book sales the library organizes twice a year, and the books are sold at affordable prices to all. 

Professor Professor Frank Simpson receives two awards on National Volunteer Week.Professor Professor Frank Simpson receives two awards on National Volunteer Week.

Professor Simpson receives two awards on National Volunteer Week

“You will not be alone in your volunteer activities and everything you do will be seen and appreciated by others. “ said Professor Frank Simpson, Dr.Nat.Sc., P.Eng., P.Geo. Professor of Geology.  

As part of the National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, Professor Simpson received two Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on April 16 in a presentation at the Caboto Club. One of the awards is for ten years of service to the Polish community of Windsor through the Polish-Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor. The second marks five years of service to the Polish Canadian Students' Association of Windsor.  

Attending previous ceremonies, professor Simpson says he has always been amazed at the large number of people in Windsor and the surrounding area, who so generously give their free time in support of others. “Seeing so many volunteers in one room is in itself is a heartening experience and such events should be more widely known.” Added Simpson

National Volunteer Week recognizes, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers.