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Michael Batu, Marcelo Arbex, Richard Corneil, Robert WeaverA partnership between the UWindsor economics department and Assumption University will consider factors that prompt men to become Roman Catholic priests. From left: economics professors Michael Batu and Marcelo Arbex; Richard Corneil, principal of Assumption University; Robert Weaver of the Diocese of London.

Survey to probe factors in decision to join priesthood

What factors prompt men to enter the priesthood? A research project based at the University of Windsor hopes to find out.

Economics professor Marcelo Arbex is the lead investigator on the study, entitled “Determinants of Catholic men entering the priesthood: A Canadian-based analysis.”

His team will conduct an electronic survey of Roman Catholic priests asking about determinants that guided their choice to enter clerical life.

“This research project will yield a detailed combination of quantitative and qualitative data and will incorporate a variety of relevant factors, including the respondents’ demographic information, family faith life, and their educational experiences during high school and university,” Dr. Arbex says. “We will also assess the impact of the church’s efforts to promote clerical vocations.”

The study is sponsored by partners in the Assumption University Vocations Research Project.

Besides Arbex, team members include Rev. Robert Weaver, a priest and former faculty member in the UWindsor School of Social Work; economics professor Michael Batu; a Master’s candidate and two undergraduate students of economics.

sunglasses, a toy flying disk, and an inflatable beachball balanced on folding lawn chairOne DailyNews reader will win this summer prize package courtesy of the Alumni Association.

Contest offers last chance at summery prizes

With just a month left in summer, the University of Windsor Alumni Association is offering DailyNews readers a chance to get the most out of it. One lucky quiz winner will receive a seasonal prize package consisting of a folding chair ideal for lawn or beach, a pair of sunglasses, a toy flying disk, and an inflatable beachball — all bearing the alumni imprimatur.

To enter the contest, just send your answers to the following three questions about activities planned for Alumni Weekend, September 27 to 30. The winner will be selected at random from all correct responses received by noon Tuesday, August 21.

  1. A free Grab ’n’ Go breakfast on Thursday, September 27, will welcome diners at which campus location?
    a) CAW Student Centre
    b) south campus stadium
    c) Vanier Hall
    d) the Welcome Centre
    e) Windsor Hall
  2. The Family Barbecue and Carnival outside the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre on Saturday, September 29, will feature which activity?
    a) an aerialist show by grads Philip Psutka and Lindsay Bellaire
    b) performances by Stilt Guys, alumni Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens
    c) crafting sessions led by students of drama in education and community
    d) refreshments
    e) all of the above
  3. Which of these Lancer alum to be inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame on September 30 is the earliest UWindsor grad, with a 1978 BComm degree?
    a) runner Melissa Bishop
    b) swimming coach Reg Chappell
    c) basketballer Charles Pearsall
    d) basketballer Ryan Steer
    e) running back Daryl Stephenson

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to One entry per contestant, please. Note: the decision of the judge in determining the most correct response is inviolable.

Dylan Kristy is the University of Windsor's social media coordinator.Dylan Kristy is the University of Windsor's social media coordinator.

New social media co-ordinator a familiar face

Chances are you may have encountered Dylan Kristy in some capacity at the University of Windsor.

Whether Kristy reported on your research, engaged with you on social media, or stopped to talk on campus, he has been active on many fronts since joining the UWindsor staff in early 2017.

Describing himself as a “recovering newspaper reporter,” he spent eight years working as a reporter and senior copy editor at the Windsor Star before joining the University as its research communications co-ordinator.

Kristy takes up a new position this week as social media co-ordinator in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, succeeding Tim Brunet, now experiential learning development officer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“I’ve had a blast sharing the amazing research stories that are happening all over campus,” Kristy said. “I look forward to continuing to tell the stories about the University’s amazing people, events and research through its social media platforms.”

To get in touch with Kristy and to share ideas about how your story can be shared through the UWindsor’s social media channels, email him at

cupola of Dillon HallThe Chancellor Search Committee is now accepting nominations for the position of Chancellor of the University of Windsor.

Search committee opens nominations for UWindsor chancellor

The Chancellor Search Committee is now accepting nominations for the position of Chancellor of the University of Windsor.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University and confers all degrees and diplomas on behalf of Senate. The Chancellor also represents the University in an official capacity at external functions from time to time. Read the Chancellor position profile and criteria.

The search follows the Honourable Ed Lumley’s announcement of his intention to step down as the University’s Chancellor.

Nomination packages are to include, at a minimum:

  1. A biography of the nominee (awards and honours, charitable works, connections to the University of Windsor or the City of Windsor, current and former employment, etc.);
  2. A statement on how the nominee meets the criteria set out in the position profile and criteria;
  3. Any other relevant documentation (links to articles, newspaper clippings, etc.);
  4. Contact information of the nominee (if available);
  5. Contact information of the nominator.

Nominations should be submitted by September 21 to Renée Wintermute, University Secretary, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor ON  N9B 3P4 or at