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Air Canada jet in flightAir Canada will offer exclusive promotional rates to international students under an agreement with the University of Windsor.

Agreement with airline to give international access to affordable flights

Canada’s largest airline will help international students coming to the University of Windsor find affordable flights under an agreement between the institutions.

Air Canada serves more than 200 airports on six continents. Chris Busch, UWindsor associate vice-president for enrolment management, says the new partnership will help students from abroad seeking to travel to Canada.

“We are delighted to have entered into a partnership that helps our students travel to Canada, especially given the changing international travel landscape,” he says. “Co-operation between the University of Windsor and Air Canada will facilitate the flight booking process while offering exclusive promotional rates for our students as they start their educational journey.”

Under current pandemic restrictions, international students can enrol and travel to Canada, as long as they hold a study permit. The University of Windsor is a Designated Learning Institution with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

The University will email details of this agreement — including information on how to book qualifying flights — to its international students.

hands typing on computer keyboardA new series of self-directed workshops on Blackboard will introduce students to citing and referencing styles.

Self-directed resources for citing and referencing available online from Writing Support

The Writing Support Desk has introduced a new series of online self-directed workshops on Blackboard to support students and faculty on campus.

These short sessions introduce students to citing and referencing styles, such as APA 7th edition, MLA 8th edition, and Chicago 17th edition. Each workshop is followed by a short test and, upon completion, the student is granted an achievement on Blackboard.

Faculty may assign them to supplement instruction, but admittance requires access to the Writing Support Blackboard page; email writingsupport@uwindsor.ca to request this access.

For more information about this resource, contact Grant Yocom at gyocom@uwindsor.ca.

Alison BrooksArchitect Alison Brooks will discuss her work in a free public online lecture Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Architect to discuss contextual approach to design

One of the United Kingdom’s most acclaimed architects, Canadian-born Alison Brooks, will discuss her work in a free public online lecture Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Brooks is internationally recognized for her award-winning works ranging from urban design and housing to performing arts venues, higher education buildings, private residences, and exhibitions.

She is the only recipient of the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Manser Medal for Architects’ Journal house of the year, and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for best project with a construction budget of less than £1 million.

Brooks’ architectural approach emerges from broad cultural research, with each project expressing a specific response to place, community, and landscape. This has produced a portfolio of projects of distinct identity.

Her lecture Wednesday, entitled “Ideals, then Ideas,” is sponsored by the Visual Arts and the Built Environment program as part of its ArchiLecture series. It begins at 6 p.m. on the Zoom videoconferencing platform, Admission is free but requires registration to attend.

Political science professor to take up decanal appointment

Cheryl CollierCheryl Collier will take up an appointment as dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences effective July 1, UWindsor provost Douglas Kneale announced Monday.

Dr. Collier (pictured at left) is currently associate professor in the Department of Political Science and acting associate dean of partnership development and interdisciplinary studies in FAHSS. Her administrative experience includes stints as acting head of the Department of Political Science and acting associate vice-president, academic.

“Please join me in welcoming Cheryl as she transitions into her new role,” Dr. Kneale wrote. “I will value her participation at the deans’ table, and I look forward to striding alongside her on the journey ahead.”

person walking in snowscapeA wellness tip from Human Resources offers suggestions for physical as well as mental health.

Care for body and mind, advises wellness tip

Taking care of your overall health means paying attention to your body as well as your mind, according to a message shared with UWindsor employees Monday.

The Department of Human Resources circulated a wellness tip to faculty and staff that listed some simple ways to improve physical and mental health:

  • Turn off devices such as cell phones and computers at least one hour before bed to improve sleep quality.
  • Get your heart pumping to your favourite tunes; playing motivational music can inspire people to become more physically active.
  • Drink water. Staying hydrated is important for your physical and mental health.
  • Practice doing breathing exercises to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.

See the full message.

Finalists selected in virtual business case competition

Judges have selected a shortlist of teams to advance to Round 2 in a business case competition to address a real-world challenge in health systems managing the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health), hosted by the Odette School of Business, asked students to provide advice to the Government of Canada on the development of a co-ordinated healthcare supply chain to support health systems in sourcing critical supplies, such as personal protective equipment.

Entries came in from business schools in 11 countries and have been narrowed to 12 teams. Former dean of the Odette School of Business, professor emeritus Allan Conway, is chairing the panel of judges adjudicating submissions.

The winners will have the opportunity to win cash prizes and present at HIMSS21 Global Health Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. Find more information, including the second-round competitors, on the SCAN Health website.

WEtech awardsNominations are now open for the 2021 WEtech Alliance Tech Awards.

Tech awards invite nominations

Organizers of the 2021 edition of the WEtech Alliance Tech Awards are now accepting nominations from people and companies to celebrate technology innovators at all stages for their achievements.

“The pandemic has shown us how just how vulnerable we are without technology—and how instrumental it is in keeping us working, learning, entertained, informed, and healthy,” said WEtech president Yvonne Pilon. “This year’s Tech Awards are extra special in that we get to celebrate another group of COVID-19 heroes.”

This year’s edition will feature a new category: the Tech COVID-19 Innovation Award. Other awards include:

  • Tech Mentor of the Year
  • Tech Teacher of the Year
  • Tech Researcher of the Year
  • Woman in Tech of the Year
  • Tech Student or Young Professional of the Year

All finalists will take part in a public voting social media campaign across Facebook, with winners appearing in videos produced by Media Street Productions.

Nominations are open until Jan. 26. Winners will be announced during Tech Week, March 22 to 28.

Find details of all awards categories, deadlines, and how to nominate, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/TechAwards2021.