student leading campus tourTours will introduce new students to campus during Head Start orientation.

Student orientation to span seven summer dates

The Student Success and Leadership Centre has released 2020 dates for the Head Start orientation program, which introduces new students to the campus facilities and services, as well as academic expectations at a university level.

Attendees will tour the grounds and buildings, receive information on managing finances and classwork, and have a chance to purchase a parking pass, explore residence halls, and visit the Campus Bookstore.

Faculty-specific dates will also provide an opportunity to meet with professors to ask questions about individual programs of study.

  • Friday, July 10 – Education and Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Saturday, July 11 – Human Kinetics and Nursing
  • Friday, July 17 – Science and Education
  • Saturday, July 18 – General
  • Friday, July 24 – Business and Engineering
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 – General

An additional evening session on Thursday, Aug. 13, is targeted at mature, transfer, and part-time students.

Registration will open soon. Find more information on the Head Start website.

Leddy Library exteriorLeddy Library staff and librarians will conduct 20-minute tours of the building and its facilities, Jan. 21 to 23.

Kick off the new year with a library tour

Start the new year off with a library tour and find how out Leddy Library can help you power through the semester.

Library staff and librarians will conduct 20-minute tours of the building and its facilities starting at the information desk at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Jan. 21 to 23.

Students who attend may enter a draw for a $50 gift card to the Campus Bookstore.

The tours are free with no need for advance registration; find additional details on the Leddy website. To request a specialized group tour, contact Angela Sullivan at 519-253-3000, ext. 3180.

graphic reading "authentication" with series of locks

IT Services to launch new login process today

The first of two changes to authentication at UWindsor will be introduced today — Thursday, Jan. 16.

  1. If you are using Windows 10 on a centrally managed device, after logging into your computer, you will gain access to several UWindsor online resources including Blackboard, Office 365, and UWinsite Finance without having to re-enter your and UWin Account password. UWinsite Student will be added Friday.
  2. Otherwise, after logging into your computer, you will encounter new login pages when accessing UWindsor online resources. You will be prompted to enter your and UWin Account password. In addition, if you log into at least one of Blackboard, Office 365, UWinsite Finance, or UWinsite Student, you can access the others without needing to re-enter your credentials.

“With the introduction of this new login process, we want to underscore the importance of locking, signing out or shutting down your device when it’s not in use — even if it just for a moment,” says Marcin Pulcer, assistant director of client services, Information Technology Services. “Failing to do so could expose your accounts and confidential information to others.”

To learn more about UWindsor’s new login process and how to properly protect your accounts, check the email sent yesterday or visit the IT Services website. You can also ask a question or open a UWin Account ticket.

person doing yogaLancer Recreation is offering a free trial of its employee fitness classes during the week of Jan. 20.

Free trials to introduce employees to campus fitness classes

Lancer Recreation will help UWindsor employees meet their New Year’s resolutions by offering a free trial of its fitness classes during the week of Jan. 20.

Sessions are conducted over the noon hour:

  • Monday Yoga
  • Tuesday Body Blast
  • Wednesday Pilates
  • Thursday Sculpt ’n’ Strength
  • Friday Essentrics

Instruction runs 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. in the Education Gym, between the computer centre and the student centre. The fitness program continues through to April 1. Faculty and staff may register for one class or access them all with the “All-Access” pass or individual classes.

For more information, email Lancer Recreation at or phone the Service Desk at 519-253-3000, ext. 7029.

Donald MavinicEngineering grad Donald Mavinic has been named a member of the Order of Canada.

Engineering alum to join Order of Canada ranks

UWindsor grad Donald Mavinic (BASc 1969, MASc 1971, PhD 1973), a professor emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia and an internationally recognized expert in water treatment, received a call to the Order of Canada from Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Dec. 28.

Membership in the order is extended to people “whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities.”

The announcement praised Dr. Mavinic for his contributions to environmental engineering science and technology in Canada, notably in the areas of liquid wastewater and residuals management.

It is the latest in a series of honours for Mavinic. In 2010, he received the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award. The following year, he was given the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He is the only Canadian to be named a Water Environment Federation Fellow. In 2016, he received the Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award.

He will be invited to accept the insignia at a ceremony to be held later.

Matthew KrauseMatthew Krause is one of two UWindsor professors who will present Friday in the Faculty of Human Kinetics Distinguished Speakers’ Series.

Profs to pair up for presentation

Terry EddyA lunchtime event Friday in the Human Kinetics Building will feature a pair of presentations by UWindsor kinesiology professors.

Terry Eddy, pictured at right, will discuss “Sport sponsorship and the role of sponsor activation.” His research centres on sport marketing, particularly consumers’ responses to — and behaviours toward — sponsorship and social media marketing.

Matthew Krause will deliver “Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Repair: Is there such thing as too much PAI?” Dr. Krause and his graduate students examine how damaged tissues regenerate and how the regeneration process can be influenced by numerous factors such as exercise, disease states, drug treatments, specific hormones, and the hormone plasminogen activator inhibitor-1.

The event is set for noon Jan. 17 in room 145, Human Kinetics Building. Part of the Faculty of Human Kinetics Distinguished Speakers’ Series, it is free and open to the public.

Denice Shuker, Tina Gatt, Mike ClarkVolunteer Denice Shuker, who helped lead Adopt-a-Family collection in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, chats with Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society representatives Tina Gatt and Mike Clark during an appreciation event Wednesday in the Welcome Centre.

Volunteers celebrate campus contributions to children’s charity

A reception Wednesday celebrated the contributions of the UWindsor community to the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society Foundation’s Adopt-a-Family program, which collects gifts for local families in need.

“The University’s assistance is immensely important,” said Tina Gatt, manager of community outreach at Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society. “This year, we helped 761 families, 41 of those sponsored by various departments at the University of Windsor. You have made a significant impact and brightened the holidays for those families.”

Campus volunteers have been participating for years, and last year donated a record total of $27,000 worth of clothing, toys, food, and household items.

Sabina Howell, administrative assistant in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, co-ordinates the UWindsor effort.

“It’s nice for us to come together like this afterward to show some appreciation for the work of our volunteer partners,” she said. “We’re so lucky to be able to share our good fortune with local families who have less.”

Image of Madama ButterflyPerformances this weekend by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra of Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” boast connections to the University of Windsor.

Alumna to direct opera with symphony orchestra

UWindsor alumna Erin Armstrong (BMus 2007) will direct performances this weekend of Madama Butterfly, one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest works and one of the most popular operas in the world.

The tragic story of a geisha who falls in love with a U.S. naval officer, the opera will be presented in a concert version by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 19, at the Capitol Theatre.

Chorus master Bruce Kotowich will lead the University of Windsor Chamber Choir and University Singers.

Friday’s show begins with a talk at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s pre-concert talk is at 1:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at 121 University Ave. W., or over the phone at 519-973-1238, ext. 2.