Alex-Andrei UngurenasuUWindsor English and philosophy student Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu is the City of Windsor's youth poet laureate.

UWindsor student named city’s youth poet laureate

The City of Windsor last week announced Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu as its next youth poet laureate through 2023.

Ungurenasu, a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who uses they/them pronouns, succeeds University of Windsor alumna Samantha Badaoa (BA 2018), appointed the inaugural holder of the post in 2019.

A double major in English literature and philosophy, Ungurenasu has found that both disciplines have influenced their writing.

“Philosophy introduced me to a lot of texts and ideas of philosophers,” they say. “Every semester I would say my writing changes and reflects the material that I’m engaging with.”

Philosophy in general has given Ungurenasu the tools to look at things from different perspectives.

“It helps me when writing both poetry and prose, to shift in a way and draw connections between things,” they explain. “I’m pretty sure if I didn’t know philosophical ideas I wouldn’t see these connections.”

And English courses have made an impact: “Since starting university, I’ve been reading more serious literature. I started letting it affect me. I’ve been reading mostly older classic writers.”

Ungurenasu admits they are not as familiar with contemporary writers, but plans to read contemporary poets this summer.

“The courses I’ve taken and the professors who have been teaching them have influenced my train of thought, my technique,” says Ungurenasu. “I’m a huge fan of William Blake. I compare his illuminated prints to modern day zines.”

Ungurenasu has also been involved with a number of extracurricular activities, serving as a student member of the Humanities Research Group’s advisory board and twice qualifying as a finalist in its Why Humanities? contest. They are a teaching assistant for the Effective Writing course, and an undergraduate representative on the philosophy departmental council, helping at recruitment efforts like open houses.

Off-campus, they belong to the Vanguard Youth Arts Collective and have also volunteered and participated at events with Artcite Inc. and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

“I see my role as youth poet laureate as being a resource and mentor for young people and young writers,” says Ungurenasu. “I’d like to do writing workshops — something hands-on — with high school students. I also see it as having a responsibility to be there as an ambassador for young writers and artists in the community.”

Since the appointment, Ungurenasu has been the subject of five news articles, popping up on friends’ social media feeds, a new experience.

“My academic journey has been such a big part of my life, almost a primary part of my life for the past few years. And I would not be here with this position were it not for the courses I’ve taken and the professors who have inspired me,” says Ungurenasu. “I really think we have some stellar faculty and students in the FAHSS.”

—Susan McKee

phone taking photo of sign for University of WindsorA May 14 workshop will provide opportunities to meet and work with others on campus to champion the Instagram platform.

Photo and video sharing service subject of online workshop

An online interactive workshop on the Instagram social network will provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to meet and work with others on campus to champion the platform. The event is set for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 14, over Microsoft Teams.

Participants will hear from panellists addressing a range of topics:

  • “Creating Pictures and Videos for Instagram,” Naomi Pelkey, digital communications technician in the Office of Enrolment Management – Marketing
  • “Instagram Contests,” Sarah Hébert, communications assistant, student experience, in the Office of the Associate Vice-President
  • “Instagram Takeovers,” Madhu Yadiki and Khushali Parikh, student ambassadors in the Office of Enrolment Management – Marketing
  • “Instagram Stories,” Cailey Theos, student employee in Lancer Athletics
  • “The UWindsor Brand, Top Performers, and Resources,” Tim Brunet, social media co-ordinator in Public Affairs and Communications, and sessional instructor

“Instagram is by far our most active channel on campus,” says Brunet. “Posts on Facebook might get 100 likes on a good day, but a post on Instagram receives between 400 and 1800 likes. UWindsor’s Instagram channel reached 67,158 accounts this past month.”

He promises that whether you are keeping up with @CristianoRonaldo, @arianagrande, and @therock, or just a beginner, you will find the workshop a productive use of your time.

Registration is free but required. Early registration is recommended; priority will be given to staff, faculty, and student administrators who run Instagram channels for UWindsor units.

Nikita Matthew, Hannah Pye Robins, Sophia Cripouris, Kevin MacNeil, and Samantha D’Souza Sen.Walsh Family Law Moot second-place team members: Nikita Matthew, Hannah Pye Robins, Sophia Cripouris, Kevin MacNeil, and Samantha D’Souza Sen. Not pictured: coach Cynthia Nantais.

Law mooting successes go virtual

Mooting competitions offer law students opportunities to practise and improve oral advocacy skills in a simulated appellate court or arbitration for credit.

Recognizing experiential learning as a key component of providing a rigorous legal education, the Advocacy and Mooting Program at Windsor Law engages students each year in a variety of mock advocacy competitions including mooting, mock trial competitions, mock mediation, client counselling, and negotiation competitions.

Windsor Law reports competitors and their successes for the 2020-21 mooting season:

Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot

  • Best Team Appellant Award: Amanat Sandhu and Samuel Abbott
  • Best Oralist Appellant Award: Samuel Abbott
  • Respondent Team: Katarina Tatomir, Klaudia Grabkowska
  • Coach: Emrys Davis

Canadian Client Counselling Moot

  • Third-place: Kevin Szeto and Sophie Teversham
  • Team members: Shelina Ruda, Emilie Ptak, Kevin Szeto, and Sophie Teversham
  • Coaches: Justice Sharon Murphy and Ashley Lavigne

Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot

  • Second-place finalists: Sidney Brejak, Adam Thibert, Jonathan Wakelin, Jennifer Lee, and Devin Lundy (researcher)
  • Best Advocate Award: Sidney Brejak
  • Coach: Marcela Aroca

Gale Cup Moot

  • Team members: Meghan Chant, Kristan Jazvac, Mark Omenugha, and Nisheet Karthikeyan
  • Coach: David Tanovich

Jessup Moot

  • Advanced Round team members: Ramisha Farooq, Lyann Ordenes, Adrian Cormier, Allison Spiegel, and Kelsey Buchmayer (ranked 67th in the world for the preliminary and advanced rounds of the international competition, which resulted in the team becoming the fourth-ranked team in Canada)
  • Individual Oralist: Kelsey Buchmayer placed 42/1,879 in the world for her performance in the preliminary rounds
  • Coaches: Scott Robinson and Flavia Zaka

Julius Alexander Isaac Moot

  • Spirit of the Moot award: Taneeta Doma
  • Final Round team members: Taneeta Doma and Sarah Khan
  • Team members: Jackie Eboh, Katherine Cinerari, Taneeta Doma, Sarah Khan, and Natasha Daley (researcher)
  • Coaches: Lana Strain, Eric Costaris, and Linda McCurdy

Kawaskimhon Moot

  • Team members: Samantha Rouble and Sophie Reynolds
  • Coach: Arlene Dodge

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Cup

  • Will Davidson Award for Best Opening Address: Paniz Rahdari
  • Team members: Paniz Rahdari, Sophie Jackson, and Sigma Khan
  • Coaches: assistant dean Francine Herlehy and Monica Pathak

Walsh Family Law Moot

  • Second-place team members: Kevin MacNeil, Samantha D’Souza Sen, Sophia Cripouris, Nikita Matthew, and Hannah Pye Robins (researcher)
  • Coach: Cynthia Nantais

Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition

  • First-place team members: Danielle Talbot and Sabrina Mangiapane
  • Third-place negotiator: Julianna Galifi
  • Coach: Jennifer Rooke

Winkler Class Actions Moot

  • Second-place team members: Mikal Daniel, Aditi Gupta, Stefanie Hill, and Olivia Trojko
  • Joan Lax Top Oralist Award: Aditi Gupta
  • Coach: Jasminka Kalajdzic

Canadian National Negotiation Competition Moot

  • Team members: Charles Campbell, Taiwo Onabolu, Arfi Hagi-Yusuf, and Arathi Ajit
  • Best Communication and Relationship-Building Award: Charles Campbell and Taiwo Onabolu
  • ​Spirit of Negotiation Award: Arfi Hagi-Yusuf and Arathi Ajit
  • Coaches: Tess Sheldon and Vasanthi Venkatesh

Wilson Moot

  • Team members: Roxana Jahani Aval, Maya Korparkar, Inderdeep Toor, and Samuel Mazzuca
  • Coaches: Tess Sheldon and Vasanthi Venkatesh

“Year after year, Windsor Law students continue to shine in all moot competitions they participate in,” says Wissam Aoun, acting associate dean, academic. “This is a testament to the hard-work, commitment, and dedication of not only our students, but also the coaches — many of whom are Windsor Law alumni — faculty and staff who dedicate countless hours to providing our students with an unparalleled learning experience and ensuring that they are prepared to excel in competition.

“We could not be prouder of our students’ 2020-21 moot accomplishments.”

Nicole KanikiNicole Kaniki will present the webinar “Why EDI? Exploring equity, diversity, and inclusion in research” on Friday, May 7.

Webinar to explore equity, diversity, and inclusion in research

The Office of Research and Innovation Services will open its equity, diversity, and inclusion workshop series on Friday, May 7, with the webinar “Why EDI? Exploring equity, diversity, and inclusion in research.”

Learn why a diverse team that includes members of equity-seeking groups drives more innovative research and improves outcomes, and identify how to put in place best practices to support EDI in your research team.

Presenter Nicole Kaniki (she/her) is the director at Senomi Solutions, a diversity consulting firm informed by research in the fields of anti-racism, anti-oppression, feminist theory, and trauma-informed approaches.

“There is a humanitarian imperative for us to do what we can to build and sustain equitable and inclusive environments where diversity can thrive,” says Dr. Kaniki. “In order to do this work effectively, leaders and organizations must be willing to self-reflect and take action with intention.”

Friday’s session will run noon to 1 p.m. in Microsoft Teams and is intended for all faculty, staff, and students interested in learning more about EDI in research; register here.

Trivia Night in lightsOrganizers invite UWindsor faculty and staff to register for the sixth virtual trivia night Friday, May 7.

Time to register for UWindsor trivia night

After several of the first teams registered with six members, organizers of an online Trivia Night for UWindsor faculty and staff agreed to increase the limit.

The PAC Rats team from Public Affairs and Communications — Renée Trombley, John-Paul Bonadonna, Kevin Johnson, Angelo Montilla, and Sarah Sacheli — is preparing questions and answers for the collegial competition on Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m.

“Teams with a maximum of six players, why not?” Sacheli says. “The more the merrier!”

Contestants may form teams of up to six; individuals can request assignment to a team. Email Sacheli to sign up or for more information.

There is no cost to participate; to register as a team, provide all members’ names as well as a team name.

mascot saying "we are hiring student employees"Lancer athletics is accepting student applications for its summer 2021 marketing and communications team through Friday, May 7.

Athletics marketing and communications jobs open to students

Lancer athletics is hiring student employees for its summer 2021 marketing and communications team.

Positions available include:

  • digital media and graphic design assistant
  • communications assistant
  • Lancer television production assistant

Applications are open until Friday, May 7. Find details at