Allen VizzuttiTrumpeter Allen Vizzutti will join this weekend’s spring concerts of the university wind and jazz ensembles as musician-in-residence.

Trumpeter to perform with wind and jazz ensembles

Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will join this weekend’s spring concerts of the university wind and jazz ensembles as musician-in-residence.

Vizzutti’s varied performances include classical and jazz repertoire with artists ranging from Chick Corea and Chuck Mangione to the Budapest Radio Orchestra, Frank Sinatra to Prince. He has contributed to soundtracks for such films as Back to the Future and Star Trek and video games like Medal of Honor and Halo.

He will perform as a special guest during the University Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. in Assumption Hall’s Heritage Auditorium. The program will feature his compositions “Montana Sketches” and “Three Magical Places.” Tickets are $10, with a student rate of $5. Find more information on the concert website.

Vizzutti will conduct a master class in the Music Building’s room 139 at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The public is welcome to audit; learn more on the music website.

Saturday evening, the University Jazz Ensemble will present its cabaret concert in a new venue with a large floor to accommodate dancing during its second set. The Water’s Edge Events Centre at 2879 Riverside Drive East will also host a cash bar. The show gets underway at 8 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for students. Order advance tickets online or phone 519-253-3000, ext. 4212. Details are on the concert website.

Residence graphics behind bars

Lock-up of residence student leaders to fund fight against cancer

Robyn Scott and Martine McDaniel have personal reasons to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

The two are heading up “Lock Up Your Leader,” which will see 22 students from campus residences confine themselves to a single room for up to 24 straight hours. The event is a fundraiser pledged this year to fight leukemia and lymphoma.

Residence assistants in Macdonald Hall, they both have people close to them affected by these forms of cancer. McDaniel, a fourth-year disabilities studies major, says her mother was diagnosed last fall with lymphoma. Scott cites Michael DaSilva, who died in November 2015 of leukemia, as a mentor.

“He was my RA when I first entered residence,” says the third-year student of drama and communications.

Lock-up participants—current and future residence assistants as well as two members of the Windsor Inter-Residence Council—have been soliciting donations to determine the length of their mock incarcerations. Donors can also purchase rewards or punishments for set amounts.

“For $2, they can put a pie in the face of any of the leaders,” McDaniel says.

Scott says her favourite idea is that for $10, donors can specify that any two participants spend a half-hour shackled together.

The event will run from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, and is set in the overflow room for the Crocodile Grill on the ground floor of Vanier Hall. Besides offering the space, Food and Catering Services will supply coffee to participants.

Anyone can drop by during that time to make a donation. To contribute on line or consult the full list of available rewards and punishments, visit the event’s crowdfunding site.

Sue Mark, Drew Dilkens, Alan Wildeman, Craig Goodman, Douglas KnealeExecutive director facility services Susan Mark, UWindsor president Alan Wildeman, architect Craig Goodman and provost Douglas Kneale accept congratulations from Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens (second from left) on recognition from the city heritage committee.

City recognizes University’s commitment to architectural heritage

UWindsor officials received the 2016 Built Heritage Award during a meeting Tuesday of Windsor city council.

The award, conferred by the Planning, Heritage and Economic Development Standing Committee, honours the transformation of buildings at 167 and 181 Ferry Street to house the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.

It particular, it acknowledges the efforts of the University and CS&P Architects to retain the historic facades of the former Windsor Star newspaper building.

City council also heard that the building, which opened for classes in the fall of 2015, is the first completed project of the University’s downtown campus to bring more people to the city’s core for work, study, entertainment and living.

Research posters to showcase ideas for enhancing community

Master’s students of social work will showcase their ideas for enhancing the Windsor-Essex community and its social service agencies during poster presentations of their research proposals, Friday, April 1.

The 10th annual event will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CAW Student Centre Commons.

25 years of service logo

Tickets now available for 25 years of service luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the annual 25 Years of Service luncheon, to be held April 29 in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium.

At this event, the University will recognize and celebrate the dedication, commitment and contributions of faculty and staff members who in 2015 reached the milestone of 25 years of campus employment.

The list of 26 employees being honoured can be found on the Department of Human Resources website at:

Faculty and staff interested in attending can purchase tickets for $25 each. The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 14; additional details are available at

For additional information, contact Oliga Tserakhava at 519-253-3000, ext. 2044, or e-mail

calculator, forms, coinsIt’s that time again—April 30 marks the end of the University’s fiscal year.

Memo explains year-end accounting procedures

The finance department is preparing for the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, and controller Gillian Heisz says UWindsor employees are an essential part of the process.

“As always, we appreciate the efforts of the campus to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting,” she says.

Her team in Financial Accounting and Reporting has prepared a memorandum explaining the year-end procedures and cut-off dates. The memo is available on the finance website; read it in portable document format here.

Sign-up form ready for Head Start registration

Organizers have posted the online registration form for Head Start. New students have started receiving their admissions packages with directions to sign up for the orientation program, says Beth Oakley, director of the Student Success Centre, which should spark more inquiries about the transition to university.

“Members of the campus community should be ready to receive questions from new admits as they begin to register for their courses,” she says.

Head Start 2016 will welcome new students by academic program:

  • May 27, 28 or 30—Business, Engineering, Nursing and Science;
  • June 3, 4 or 6—Human Kinetics and Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

It offers opportunities to connect with classmates, meet faculty advisors, learn about student aid and campus support services, tour the grounds, enjoy a complimentary lunch, get quick timetabling tips, take an ID card photo and buy a parking pass. Learn more on the Head Start website.