Turtle Island WalkThe University of Windsor was informed Tuesday by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that an off-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19.

Health unit confirms first student case of COVID-19

The University of Windsor was informed Tuesday by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that an off-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of Health for Windsor-Essex County, states that while this is a low-risk exposure, everyone is reminded to continue to be mindful of public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The student is currently in self-isolation at home, did not attend classes on campus, and no campus exposures have been identified. The University has implemented its COVID-19 response plan and is working closely with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in this matter.

“The University of Windsor family extends sincere wishes for a quick recovery to the affected student,” said UWindsor president Rob Gordon. “I have every confidence that the strict protocols the University has in place and its close relationship with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will continue to keep our campus safe and healthy.

“Once again, I encourage students, faculty, and staff to follow the advice of the health unit regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, and vigorous hand washing. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will keep our campus and the public informed going forward.”

The University of Windsor is currently following a remote learning model with most classes being held online this semester. Any individuals who must attend campus are required to wear a non-medical mask when entering all campus buildings and in common areas where physical distancing is difficult, and must complete a self-assessment questionnaire prior to attending campus available at: www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/336/before-going-to-campus.

Updates will be provided at uwindsor.ca/returntocampus.

stone painted with slogan "One Day at a Time"Students in the Lancers Recover program have been painting inspirational messages on rocks and placing them in public flowerbeds across Windsor-Essex.

Rocks carry messages of recovery from addiction

The distribution of dozens of stones painted with inspirational slogans and symbols will help raise the profile of issues of addiction and recovery, say participants in the Lancers Recover Program.

The #RecoveryRocks project is already underway. September is National Recovery Awareness month, meant to educate people about substance use disorder and available mental health services and supports.

UWindsor student Jason, who asked that his surname not be used, placed a stone in a park near his home, painted with the words “One Day at a Time.” Both the saying and the timing have significance for him, marking one year of sobriety.

“I only found recovery a year ago,” he says. “My addiction was always kept in silence, as a shameful secret.”

He says the idea of taking one day at a time helped him to manage his addiction.

“The real success of happiness is to make the most of each day,” Jason says. “I am grateful for the support that services and resources have afforded me over the past year.”

Psychology professor Onawa LaBelle founded Lancers Recover as a supportive environment of peers to reinforce any student’s decision to abstain from alcohol or drugs. She hopes the public placement of the rocks will serve as an awareness campaign to reduce stigma and let people affected by substance use disorder know there is help available.

Messages that members contributed include: “It works if you work it,” “Keep coming back,” and “Recovery is a journey, not a destination.”

“For the students in the Lancers Recover program, this is an opportunity to express themselves artistically, do service work related to awareness about recovery, work collaboratively as a team, and get outside for some social connection — all while staying safe during COVID-19,” Dr LaBelle says.

Jason adds that the experience was both creative and cathartic.

“The recovery group is a perfect fit and makes me feel like I am at home,” he says. “It feels amazing to be able to give back and help someone else.”

Learn more about the University of Windsor’s collegiate recovery program on the Lancers Recover website.

student working on laptop computer in front of living wallThe Student Mental Health Strategy Fund invites proposals for projects to promote campus mental health.

Deadline approaching for Student Mental Health Strategy Fund proposals

The Student Mental Health Strategy Fund invites proposals from students, faculty, or staff for projects that foster a community of caring and promote campus mental health.

The University of Windsor invests $24,000 through the fund each year, with the next application deadline Oct. 1.

In addition to financial support, applicants can be provided with potential collaboration opportunities with campus partners and supports from the Wellness Outreach Office.

In the winter term 2020, $14,000 was disbursed to student groups and departments to fund prevention and intervention efforts, including:

  • a Collegiate Recovery Program for students with addictions,
  • a therapy dog in the Faculty of Engineering,
  • Muslim chaplaincy counselling and anti-stigma events,
  • a female-centered wellness program in residence, and
  • a weekly wellness program hosted by the Science Society.

Visit the fund website to learn more, view funded proposals, and submit an application.

—Sarah Racinsky

T-shirt with a modified basketball logo on the front and the words “Lancers 4 anti-racism” across the backSupporters may buy a T-shirt promoting the twin causes of anti-racism and the Lancer women’s basketball team.

Women’s basketball squad signs on to anti-racism effort

The Lancer women’s basketball team will dedicate the proceeds of a charity run Sept. 27 to anti-racism efforts and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The virtual 5km run, walk, or bike will support the Sandwich Teen Action Group, which provides programming for west-end youth, and a fund to create an internship position for a BIPOC female hoping to pursue a career in coaching.

The event will run the entire day; participants can plot their own course wherever they feel most comfortable. Organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $20 for registration, and are offering for purchase a T-shirt with a modified basketball logo on the front and the words “Lancers 4 anti-racism” across the back.

Find more details at goLancers.ca.

woman stretching in what appears to be her backyardRegistration is now open for free virtual fitness classes from Lancer Rec.

Registration open for virtual fitness classes

Lancer Recreation will continue offering virtual fitness classes free for the fall semester. All classes will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Participants will register for the classes using this link [https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LancerRecreationVirtualClasses@uwindsor.ca/bookings/]. Ensure that registration takes place before the class begins; the site generates one-time bookings which need to be redone each week to participate.

Find more information, including the schedule of classes, on the Lancer Rec website.

Nicole Daignault leading a yoga classNicole Daignault leads online yoga classes for people of all ages, skill levels, and abilities.

Yoga sessions move online

Experienced yoga instructor Nicole (Coco) Daignault is now teaching online sessions through Campus Recreation.

Whether you are new to yoga and meditation or have established a practice already, Daignault will help you establish the proper foundation to a healthy and healing practice, and offers suggestions to challenge yourself further as you gain skill and confidence.

Classes vary from energizing morning salutations to restorative evening sessions, as well as mid-day mixes of uplifting, relaxing, and meditative practices. Daignault teaches that yoga is non-competitive, peaceful, and healing, but she makes her classes challenging enough to keep students stretching the boundaries of comfort in their bodies.

Find class times, descriptions, and registration details on the Campus Rec website.

Gears labelled "Together everyone achieves more"WE-Spark Health Institute highlights its key accomplishments in a report covering May to July 2020.

Quarterly report details WE-Spark Health Institute progress

WE-Spark Health Institute has published its first quarterly report, entitled Achieving More, Together.

Executive director Lisa Porter said that title will set the direction for the year ahead.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability to our partners, and to our community and will be reporting our ongoing progress through quarterly impact reports,” she said.

The report highlights the key accomplishments for each of the institute’s goals for the first quarter of 2020-21, covering May to July 2020. Read the full report here.

headphonesMindfulness of sound can be helpful as an addition to, or replacement of, mindfulness of breath, suggests a wellness tip from Human Resources.

Sound meditation practice subject of wellness tip

Any sound can be the object of focus in mindfulness practice, the Department of Human Resources says in a message shared Monday with UWindsor faculty and staff.

A wellness tip provided by clinical therapist Giselle St. Louis of the Student Counselling Centre notes that sound can be a helpful addition to a meditation repertoire. St. Louis provides an audio file and suggests taking breaks through the day to listen to it.

Consult the written and recorded messages.