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Emma DonoghueBest-selling author Emma Donoghue will discuss her craft in a free public presentation Thursday, Nov. 12.

Week of events to celebrate humanities

The Humanities Research Group will host a series of online events exploring society and culture Nov. 9 to 17.

Humanities Week will open Monday at 4 p.m. with a roundtable discussion featuring scholars from across disciplines on research careers inside and outside academia. All UWindsor students are welcome; register in advance to receive the link to the webinar.

Author Emma Donoghue will make two appearances: leading a seminar for Outstanding Scholars and students of English and history on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and delivering a public address exploring her craft on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Dr. Donoghue has written literary history and for stage, screen, and radio, but is best known for her fiction. Her 2020 novel The Pull of the Stars was inspired by the centenary of the Great Flu of 1918 and is set in a Dublin hospital where a nurse midwife, a doctor, and a volunteer helper fight to save patients. International bestseller Room was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation of it was nominated for four Academy Awards.

An Evening with Emma Donoghue will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission is free; register in advance to receive the Zoom link to the event.

Finalists in the “Why Humanities?” contest will make the case for why the humanities matter in times of crisis at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. An overall winner will receive a $3,000 tuition credit. Register in advance for this free public event.

A screening and discussion of the film The North Was Our Canaan is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Directed by Anushray Singh (MFA 2020) and produced by Irene Moore Davis of the Essex County Black Historical Society and Heidi Jacobs of the Leddy Library, the film explores the role of Sandwich as a terminus of the Underground Railroad for freedom seekers fleeing slavery in the United States. Register in advance for this free public event.

Learn more on the Humanities Research Group website.

Chantal Vallée, Nyamuoch Teny, John Elliot, Bill Jones, Yasmeen SmithThe Lancer women’s basketball team donated proceeds from its Sept. 27 virtual Run 4 Anti-Racism to the Sandwich Team Action Group on Tuesday. From left: Chantal Vallée, Nyamuoch Teny, John Elliot, Bill Jones, Yasmeen Smith.

Lancer donation to benefit youth at risk

The Lancer women’s basketball team donated proceeds from its Sept. 27 virtual Run 4 Anti-Racism to the Sandwich Team Action Group on Tuesday, in support of the organization’s work on behalf of local youth.

The effort raised a total of $1,775 for the non-profit, which provides programs to address poverty, isolation, racism, and hunger in minority and at-risk youth.

Executive director John Elliot and Bill Jones, chair of the group’s board of directors, were on hand to accept a cheque from Lancer head coach Chantal Vallée and athletes Nyamuoch Teny and Yasmeen Smith.

Read more at goLancers.ca.

symbols: facemask, social distancing,Good hygiene practices help to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Health unit confirms second, unrelated case of COVID at UWindsor

The University of Windsor was informed Thursday by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that a second member of the campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed case at a student residence is unrelated to the initial case reported on Nov. 3.

The University has taken the necessary steps to initiate self-isolation requirements in consultation with WECHU, which says there is no current risk to the on-campus community.

UWindsor has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in affected areas and is providing additional support to any individuals who may be impacted.

The health unit will take the lead on contact tracing and next steps, and and will contact directly any individuals identified as close contacts.

The University of Windsor is currently following a remote learning model with most classes being held online this semester. Students, staff, and faculty are reminded to practise good hygiene; wear a mask; keep 2m from others when possible; and 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.

The University’s response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/354/confirmed-case-covid-19-campus.

man using computerIT Services has launched a cybersecurity self-assessment for faculty, staff, and students.

Assessment a test of your cybersecurity prowess

To wrap up Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020, Information Technology Services has launched a Cybersecurity self-assessment for faculty, staff, and students.

To encourage completion of this self-assessment, IT Services is offering a $100 UWinCash prize.

To be eligible for the prize draw, all you need to do is complete the self-assessment by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. The winner will be selected by random draw and contacted by email in early December.

Presentations to address diverse needs of prospective students

In an effort to make its recruitment practices more inclusive, the University is introducing presentations with specific content to address the needs of diverse students.

Each session will have a short presentation with information pertaining to the subject matter, followed by a panel which includes staff, faculty, and students who either work in these areas, identify with the population under consideration, or have services and supports to offer.

“We would like to invite you to participate in these sessions and encourage you to provide the details to those who need it most,” says student recruitment officer Radha Patel. “We feel that inviting parents, educators, community, and students is important for many of these conversations.”

She explains that parents may have questions, concerns, or anxieties about sending their students to university and students may need additional guidance during these challenging times.

“We want to provide them with a clear idea of the pathway and the support their child will receive if they choose UWindsor,” Patel says.

Registration links are available to share with those who may be interested in attending these webinars.

Accessibility Needs, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Are you concerned about how you will navigate a university career because you have accessibility needs? Perhaps you are currently on an IEP. Do not fear! We are here to support you! Register today to find out how the University of Windsor works with our students who have accessibility needs (both physical and learning) to ensure their success. You will hear from accessibility advisors, staff and students who will share their unique experiences.

First-Generation Students, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Are you the first in your family to pursue University? You are not alone! Join University of Windsor recruitment officer Radha Patel as she welcomes campus partners to share details about the many supports in place to ensure your success at University of Windsor.

Enactus Windsor Hackathon logoStudents will work together to create solutions to social problems this weekend, during Enactus Windsor Hacks.

Competition seeking students’ solutions to social problems

Students from differing disciplines will work together, creating innovative solutions to today’s social problems this weekend, during Enactus Windsor Hacks.

The social-enterprise-themed challenge runs Nov. 6 to 8 and will see teams of two to five post-secondary students compete to develop sound business models that seek to maximize both revenue and benefit to the world’s social or environmental well-being.

Solutions must address problems falling into the scope of one of the specified challenges to compete for a prize:

  1. Best United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Implementation Award
  2. Enactus Windsor Social Enterprise Accelerator
  3. The Best Eco Solution Award
  4. Clean Water Accessibility Challenge
  5. The Healthy Mind Mental Wellness Challenge

Over $2,000 in prizes are available to be won and winning teams have the opportunity for their project to become one of Enactus Windsor’s new projects, benefiting from the club’s implementation, project management, and financial resources.

“Our primary interest is to bring like-minded students together to create innovative solutions for tomorrow,” says faculty advisor Trevor McFadyen from the Odette School of Business. “We’re providing the opportunity to give them the chance to be the change they want to see in their society.”

Successful teams will also earn the chance to compete regionally, nationally, and internationally for prizes.

OPUS seeking rep to serve on task force

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) is looking for a part-time or mature undergraduate student who self-identifies as Black to represent it on the University’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force.

Task force meetings will be held virtually, so representatives do not have to live in Windsor. Find more information about its scope and function on the task force website.

To express an interest, email opus@uwindsor.ca by Wednesday, Nov. 11.

student consulting computerFind out what students want to know by consulting the most-referenced Knowledge Base Articles.

Students hoping to learn to access tech systems

Campus partners are working to maintain a robust set of Knowledge Base Articles (KBAs).

The KBA team will continue to compile a weekly digest of the most-referenced KBAs to streamline student-focused questions to ask.UWindsor to support consistent communication with current and future students.

These are this week's top-five referenced KBAs:

Find Winter 2021 KBAs by clicking here.

You can submit common questions to askkba@uwindsor.ca.