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Ed LumleyEd Lumley has announced his intention to step down after 12 years as chancellor of the University of Windsor.

Chancellor to step down after 12 years in post

The Honourable Ed Lumley has announced his intention to step down as the University of Windsor’s Chancellor.

Appointed as Chancellor in 2006, Lumley has worked tirelessly to promote the University and has helped fundraise over $100 million in support of capital projects and scholarships. Of that total, $80 million came from federal and provincial government contributions for the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

On May 30, 2012, Lumley was also the focus of a benefit attended by former prime ministers, premiers, and federal and provincial cabinet ministers that helped raise $5.3 million for the centre.

Lumley’s unwavering support of the University resulted in the naming of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation in 2013.

The $112-million building was the largest capital investment in campus history. This world-class hub for innovation spans 300,000 square feet, and features the latest in classroom teaching technology, an Industrial Courtyard for collaborative work with the region, and 80 research labs.

In fall 2014, Ron Joyce, chair of the Joyce Foundation, announced a $10-million gift in support of students at the University of Windsor in the form of a bursary to be named the Ed Lumley Bursary, in recognition of the Chancellor’s commitment to the University and the Windsor-Essex community. Since 2015-16, 58 individual students have benefited from the bursary and each will qualify for as much as $32,000 in assistance during their four years of study.

As Chancellor, Lumley has also conferred degrees on nearly 55,000, or 40 per cent of the University’s 134,000 alumni.

“Ed has been an exemplary Chancellor through his engagement with literally thousands of students, his success in securing significant material support for the University, his advocacy on behalf of our city as well as our campus, and his extraordinary personal generosity,” said interim president Douglas Kneale.

Born and raised in Windsor, Lumley graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Commerce from Assumption University, the predecessor of the University of Windsor. In 1973, Lumley was named a recipient of the University of Windsor’s Alumni Association Award.

Lumley said that “it has indeed been an honour to be the Chancellor of the University these past 12 years. Having been born and raised in the City of Windsor, It has provided me the opportunity to repay many people in my hometown and alma mater who helped me in my formative years.

“I was privileged to work with two presidents, seven chairs and members of the Board of Governors, and dedicated faculty and administration in our successful effort in improving the reputation and image of our University,” he added. “Our students are our most precious assets and I will be eternally grateful having participated in a small way in their development.”

Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Lumley had a distinguished record of achievement as an entrepreneur and mayor of Cornwall, Ontario, before serving 10 years as a Member of Parliament, holding several senior cabinet portfolios in the federal government. Those positions included Minister of Industry, of International Trade, and of Science and Technology. A successful corporate executive, Lumley served as vice-chair of BMO Nesbitt Burns for more than 25 years and was a member of a number of domestic and international corporate boards of directors. He has also been involved in numerous non-profit organizations.

In July 2014, Lumley was invested as a member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.

Rebecca ShearonRebecca Shearon, an MSC candidate in environmental studies, examines a sample of particulate matter from a Windsor neighbourhood.

Scholarship to support environmental studies major in air pollution research

A master’s student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will receive access to geographic information systems software, books, and on-line resources to further her research into air pollution in Windsor.

MSc candidate Rebecca Shearon won an Esri Canada GIS Scholarship, which also carries a $1,500 award. Esri Canada is a company that sells geographic information system (GIS) solutions.

Shearon examines the chemical characteristics of particles found on Windsor’s roadways and tree leaves, mapping out their distributions throughout the city’s neighbourhoods. She says she was thrilled to be chosen for the award.

“I believe this scholarship helps me enhance my geospatial skills and knowledge,” says Shearon. “It will allow me to use various media to visualize and develop exposure maps, which can eventually be coupled with other health-based data to determine the level of association between air pollution and local health outcomes, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, etc.”

Her graduate advisor, Alice Grgicak-Mannion, notes this is the 12th year that the company has awarded a scholarship to a UWindsor student.

“We are grateful because students from a variety of disciplines are now starting to recognize how powerful GIS can be for a variety of applications,” says Grgicak-Mannion, geospatial learning specialist at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and in earth and environmental sciences. “This type of support just reiterates how important it is for us to continue to teach these skills at a multidisciplinary level.”

Hot buttered corn on the cobHot buttered corn on the cob and a chance to engage with festival-goers await Alumni Association volunteers at the Tecumseh Corn Fest.

Alumni association seeking volunteers to raise presence at Tecumseh Corn Fest

The University of Windsor Alumni Association is seeking volunteers to represent it at the Tecumseh Corn Festival, August 24 to 26 at Lacasse Park.

“The Corn Fest is a real institution that people look forward to year-round,” says co-ordinator of special projects Rob Janisse. “Join us to connect with alumni and friends, promoting our association while having a great time.”

The Corn Fest promises food, music, and midway entertainment. Acting as “brand ambassadors” for the alumni association, volunteers will engage attendees to receive future communications and stay in touch with the alumni association.

A number of shifts are available:

  • Friday, August 24 — noon to 3 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 25 — 3 to 6 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 26 — 3:30 to 7 p.m.

For more details or to sign up, contact Janisse at 519-253-3000, ext. 4055 or

Skewers of grilled chicken souvlaki garnished with rosemary sprigsSkewers of grilled chicken souvlaki highlight the Welcome Week lunch menu from Catering Services.

Catering menu to streamline orientation week lunch orders

Catering Services has set a menu for hot and cold lunch items which will provide campus clients with quick, efficient, and satisfying meals to serve groups both large and small during Welcome Week, September 4 to 7, says co-ordinator Rana Chan.

“Everybody’s schedule is packed full this time of year, so we have tried to streamline the menu to make ordering and service much easier for our clients while being able to accommodate all of the groups on campus with a delicious meal,” she says.

Breakfast and bakery items are available as usual, she says. All items will be delivered with paper plates and napkins:

  • Pita wraps of grilled chicken souvlaki with tzatziki or falafel with hummus, each topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion for $11.95 per person, accompanied by tossed garden salad and chilled soft drink.
  • Barbecue lunch for $8.50 per person, halal beef or chicken hotdog or vegetarian burger, ketchup, mustard, relish, a bag of chips, and chilled soft drink.
  • Sandwich lunch for $8.95 per person, an assortment of deli baguettes filled with beef, turkey, egg salad or fresh grilled vegetables, freshly baked cookie, and chilled soft drink.
  • Traditional pizzas, each 12 slices, choice of cheese for $18.95, pepperoni or vegetarian for $19.95, and garlic dipping sauce for an additional 75 cents.
  • Cold trays to serve 15 to 20 persons offer vegetable crudités with dip for $52, hummus with pita chips for $47, or fresh fruit for $68.

All orders submitted after Tuesday, August 28, will incur an additional late fee of 20 per cent.

To place an order contact Rana Chan at 519-253-3000, ext. 3276,, or Megan Fulmer at ext. 3277,

logo for the EPICentre Ambassador ProgramApply by September 5 to become a student ambassador for the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre.

Students invited to become ambassadors of entrepreneurship

Applications are now open for the EPICentre Ambassador Program, which gives students an opportunity to promote the centre’s workshops and programming on and off campus.

Located at the University of Windsor, the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre promotes the development of a culture of enterprise.

Student ambassadors will receive opportunities to learn and network as well as acknowledgement on their co-curricular transcripts.

Applications are due by September 5. Find more information, including descriptions of the position and the application process, on the EPICentre website.

woman making soupThe August 2018 edition of “Workplace Wellness E-Digest” offers information on the importance of a balanced diet.

Wellness newsletter offers tips for healthy eating

A well-balanced diet provides the energy and nutrients needed to stay strong and healthy, says the August edition of Workplace Wellness E-Digest.

Published by the Department of Human Resources’ Office of Employee Engagement and Development, the newsletter highlights eating habits as a key in the prevention and treatment of many illnesses.

“An easy way to tell if you are eating a balanced diet is to determine how many food groups are represented in your meals throughout the day,” it notes.

Articles offer tips for recognizing a balanced diet, avoiding junk food, and managing meal portion sizes. Read the Workplace Wellness E-Digest.