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Students celebrating Thanksgiving on campus have the opportunity to enjoy a peer-run event featuring good food and good company.

University event to share the harvest this Thanksgiving

Students celebrating Thanksgiving on campus can enjoy a peer-run event featuring good food and good company.

The Peer Support Centre is hosting "Friendsgiving" on Monday, Oct. 14.

The event invites students to come and celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and fellow university students. The day will consist of games, activities, crafts and snacks.

The event is to help those who are unable to go home for the holidays, which could be a difficult time. However, last year the turnout was spectacular and is sure to happen again.

“Friendsgiving” is all about gathering together and making new friends in this safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

The event is in McPherson Lounge, inside the Alumni Hall Residence from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information on the event, contact psc@uwindsor.ca

— Dana Roe

MindFlow is designed to provide ELIP students with mindfulness enhancing techniques applicable to any area of life.MindFlow is designed to provide ELIP students with mindfulness enhancing techniques applicable to any area of life.

Wellness program gives language learners mindfulness techniques

Inspiration, movement, transformation — these words highlight the intent of a wellness initiative offered to learners in the English Language Improvement Program. MindFlow is designed to provide students with mindfulness enhancing techniques applicable to any area of life.

Anouchka Plumb, manager of language programs in Continuing Education, says it is a natural extension to the student pathway of learning.

“Although ELIP targets English skills development for academic purposes, it is also concerned with supporting students in becoming familiar with strategies that promote optimal mental health,” she says. “Essentially, we work toward preparing students for the linguistic and academic demands as well as the mental rigour involved with academic studies.”

MindFlow is facilitated by Nicole Daignault, an instructor of yoga and mindfulness. Sessions run as a part of regular classes for 30 minutes, once per week over a 10-week period.

“We have been purposeful in its implementation so that sessions address particular themes, such as adapting to a new learning environment, identifying frustrations and external stress, and preparing for anxiety-inducing situations like assignments and exams,” Dr. Plumb says.

A couple years of feedback reveals the top three areas in which students observed personal changes:

  1. decreased stress,
  2. improved sleep, and
  3. improved focus.

There also seems to be an increased level of student responsiveness in planning to use the mindfulness strategies “a little” or “a lot” in the future, Plumb notes: “We look forward to continue to understand how MindFlow sessions support ELIP students as it contributes toward the building blocks in developing resiliency.”

World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct. 10 every year, with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Special appointments committee issues call for applications

The Senate Governance Committee on Special Appointments welcomes applications for Distinguished University Professor, Professor Emerita/Emeritus, and Honorary Professor.

Applications for eligible candidates must be submitted to the University Secretariat by Nov. 15, 2019. The criteria and process can be found here.

For additional information, contact Maria Giampuzzi by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 3317, or by email at woody@uwindsor.ca.

Agatha Knelsen, costume designer in the School of Dramatic Art, is delighted with her purchase of a cherry pie from the campus farmers market.Agatha Knelsen, costume designer in the School of Dramatic Art, is delighted with her purchase of a cherry pie from the campus farmers market.

Stock up for Thanksgiving at farmers market

Get ready for Thanksgiving by buying baked goods and hospitality gifts at the campus farmers market in the CAW Student Centre Commons today — Thursday, Oct. 10.

The market will be on hiatus for Reading Week, so this is your last chance to grab some goodies until Oct. 24 from these participating vendors:

  • fresh produce from Bouchard Farms and maple syrup from Ruscom Farms;
  • personal care products from My Choice Natural;
  • apparel from Sweetlegs;
  • baked goods from Christine’s Bake Shop and Fehr’s Heritage Bakery;
  • teas and coffees from Organo;
  • specialty cuisine from Little Foot Foods and My Choice Pancakes; and
  • sweet treats from Kettle Popcorn and Walkerville Candies.

The market will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Charu Chandrasekera is the founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods.Charu Chandrasekera is the founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods.

Non-animal testing lab to celebrate grand opening

The Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) is celebrating its grand opening today.

The new research lab is dedicated to developing, validating, and promoting non-animal, human biology-based platforms in biomedical research, education, and chemical safety testing.

The Centre was founded with a $1 million donation in 2018 by the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation. Eric Margolis was an internationally syndicated journalist, as well as former owner and chairman of Jamieson Laboratories.

His focus is now on animal welfare issues. Margolis and his wife Dana will be on hand for the opening.