Grace McLeodNursing grad Grace McLeod is the recipient of the Governor General’s Silver Medal for the most outstanding undergraduate academic record in the class of 2021.

Appreciate your surroundings, says top-achieving grad

Four years of university can fly by, so it’s important to pause and experience the moment, says Grace McLeod.

The nursing graduand will savour her Convocation ceremony Thursday afternoon, when she will receive the Governor General’s Silver Medal as the most outstanding student in her graduating cohort, relative to her peers.

“This award has such a significant history within our country, receiving it is an incredible honour that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” McLeod says.

She cautions students following her that their undergrad days will be over before they know it.

“Sometimes it is nice when you are spending time with friends or walking around campus to take 30 seconds just to appreciate your surroundings and where you are at,” she says.

That said, she notes that university life can be challenging for a variety of reasons.

“During these times, it is important to reach out to the many services available to students at the University of Windsor. Everyone needs support.”

McLeod attributes her academic achievements to a drive to always want to know more.

“As a student in the Faculty of Nursing, I was inspired by professors, clinical instructors, and my peers to always look deeper and strive for a greater understanding,” she says.

In making the award, provost Patti Weir notes that McLeod’s talents go beyond her passion for knowledge.

“As a graduate of the Faculty of Nursing, she will continue to be a true asset to nursing,” Dr. Weir says. “She brings to the profession caring, compassion, and a strong work ethic.”

McLeod will write her professional registration examination at the end of the month, and has taken up a position at London Health Sciences Centre.

University issues statement on fatal attacks in London

The University of Windsor community is appalled and horrified by the fatal attacks on members of London, Ontario’s Muslim community on June 6, vice-president for equity, diversity, and inclusion Clinton Beckford said in a statement released yesterday.

“Our hearts and very deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victims and the entire Muslim community. We extend a special embrace to all members of the University of Windsor Muslim family as we take stock of this heinous act of racist terror,” Dr. Beckford wrote.

“We continue to stand by members of our Muslim community, and all peoples who are targets of hatred, violence, and racism.”

Read the entire statement.

Among the services available to those seeking support is the Muslim Chaplaincy, which provides faith-based counselling that complements mental health services at the University.

Kevin McDonald and Colin MochrieVeteran comic actors Kevin McDonald and Colin Mochrie star in the feature Boys vs. Girls, produced by UWindsor professor Mike Stasko and his producing partner Theodore Bezaire.

Service to stream professor’s comedy

Summer camp comedy feature Boys vs. Girls, by UWindsor film instructor Mike Stasko and his fwellow producer Theodore Bezaire, will be available in Canada on the broadcast channel and streaming service Crave starting today — June 9.

Set in 1990, the film is about the first summer a camp goes co-ed: the counsellors don’t like the change and a prank-filled battle of the sexes ensues. Stasko and Bezaire produced the work; Stasko also wrote and directed.

He is proud to have shot it entirely in Windsor-Essex.

“We had a lot of help from local talent, including many film students from the University of Windsor,” Stasko says. “And to now have their work showcased on the national level is very exciting.”

Bezaire adds that airing on Crave lends prestige to the production.

“Crave is Canada’s leading streaming service and it’s a great validation for the Windsor-Essex region to be recognized as a spot for professional content creation,” he says.

The film will continue to be available on most video-on-demand platforms, including Google Play and Apple Movies.

Pandemic prompts cancellation of 2021 Lancer summer camps

The Department of Athletics and Recreational Services has cancelled in-person Lancer summer camps in response to the continued emergency measures in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Organizers invite parents to visit for information on virtual program options that will become available in the coming months.