Crissi Cochrane playing guitarSinger-songwriter Crissi Cochrane takes to the stage in this scene from “Band Together” by UWindsor film students Braunte Petric and Adam Dunn.

Broadcaster to showcase local filmmakers

Students and alumni of the University of Windsor are among the local filmmakers whose works will air on CBC Television as part of the network’s Absolutely Canadian series on Nov. 7.

UWindsor film instructors Mike Stasko (BA 2002) and Theodore Bezaire (BA 2002) produced Windsor Shorts, a compilation of short documentaries, dramas, and comedies. Recent grad Rachel McEwen (BA 2020) is credited as an associate producer.

In a release, the three note that entries explore performance and the creative process, identity, and learning to love who you are — plus some fun with time travel, dogs, and fireworks.

The featured films include:

  • Band Together by master’s candidates Braunte Petric (BA 2019) and Adam Dunn (BA 2017);
  • Starving Artist by drama student Dominique Nickels;
  • Led By Her by political science major Inanna Adam;
  • Love Me by communications students Sydney Cremasco and Makenzie Sheriff;
  • Fire Work by alumni Alex Forman (BA 2016) and Jakob Skrzypa (BA 2016), and Luke Mitchell;
  • Time Record by Jett Shields; and
  • Season of Seven Loves by Janel Roe, Carmen Leardi, and Ian Simon.

The program will air Saturday at 8 p.m. and will be available on the Gem streaming service following its initial broadcast.

poppy pinA campus ceremony marking Remembrance Day will go virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remembrance Day observance to go online

A campus ceremony marking Remembrance Day will go virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The plan is to present recorded elements of our usual ceremony, inviting faculty, students, staff, and all those interested to watch a video presentation at 11 a.m. Nov. 11,” says organizer Mary-Ann Rennie, special events manager in the Office of the President.

“It will include a message from the president, music by a bagpiper, a drama student reading the poem In Flanders Fields, and a performance of O Canada by a music student.”

She adds that the Armouries building will serve as a fitting backdrop: “thousands of Windsorites gathered at this same location in 1918 to celebrate the end of the war.”

Remembrance Day is observed on the anniversary of the armistice ending the First World War to pay tribute to members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Face mask with UWindsor shield on itMedical officer of health Wajid Ahmed reminds people to wear a mask to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Member of on-campus community tests positive for COVID-19; WECHU says no risk to campus

The University of Windsor has been advised by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that a member of its on-campus community has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently isolating off campus. The health unit says there is no risk to the campus community.

UWindsor is operating under its COVID-19 response plan and working closely with the health unit. The University will provide further updates to members of the campus community as they become available.

Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex County, reminds members of the campus community to continue to be mindful of public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission, which include:

  • completing the campus self-assessment before attending campus;
  • practising good hygiene;
  • wearing a mask; and
  • remaining at least two metres from others when possible.

“The affected individual is in the thoughts of all members of the University of Windsor family at this difficult time,” said UWindsor president Rob Gordon. “We wish them a very swift recovery.”

The University is currently following a remote learning model with most classes being held online this semester.

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Lancer Gaming logoLancer Gaming dropped a 2-1 decision Oct. 29 to the St. Clair College Saints and will play Queen’s on Thursday.

Lancers suffer legendary loss to cross-town rivals

Lancer Gaming dropped a 2-1 decision to the St. Clair College Saints in League of Legends competition Thursday.

Head coach Ali Abduelmula said he was happy with his team’s performance.

“The Saints program has been well-established, with members of their team practising regularly before we formed,” he said. “The fact that we hung in the trenches with them and were able to hold our ground through a three-hour battle speaks accolades to the potential we have that will only flourish with experience.”

Read a full recap.

The Lancers next see action against Queen’s University on Thursday, Nov. 5. The game will be webcast through at 6 p.m. Fans can follow Lancer Gaming on, Twitter (@UWLancerGaming), and Instagram (

Jennifer CharronUWindsor labour studies grad Jennifer Charron is the founder of Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions.

Personnel firm founder demonstrating importance of community

Being the mother of two young boys has been the driving force in Jennifer Charron’s entrepreneurial journey. When she launched Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions, she not only set out a goal to help local companies find great hires, she wanted to set an example for her children to demonstrate the importance of helping others and contributing to the local community.

A UWindsor graduate of labour studies, Charron (BA 2006) is now participating in the EPIC VentureWomen program, giving her access to mentorship, workshops, industry connections, and tools and resources specific to her startup’s needs.

Her firm aims to assist community-based companies by providing access to an international candidate network. Its reach has so far proven successful in identifying and attracting professional and executive talent in communities across Ontario, with a focus in the not-for-profit, finance, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

“I feel so honoured to have developed a great network of female entrepreneurs and peers that I have been able to offer my support and knowledge and vice versa that I have gained knowledge from,” Charron says. “I believe that this program will provide me with a different lens on how I approach my business and has given me the opportunity to work with great mentors in different sectors of business and community.”

Read a full profile on the website of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre.

This is the second in a series of articles introducing the current cohort of EPIC VentureWomen.