Anumita JainAnumita Jain will receive the Fessenden-Trott Scholarship for academic accomplishment, leadership, and community engagement.

Scholarship honours student’s academic and leadership accomplishments

UWindsor’s Anumita Jain is one of four students from across the province selected for the Fessenden-Trott Scholarship, which rewards academic accomplishment, leadership, and community engagement.

Jain, entering her second year in behaviour, cognition, and neuroscience, will receive $9,000 per year for the three remaining years of her undergraduate studies. It’s well-earned, says professor Dora Cavallo-Medved.

“Anumita is an extremely hard-working, high-achieving, and passionate individual who is always willing to give of herself to help fellow students, professors, and other members of the community,” she wrote in a letter supporting Jain’s nomination for the award. “She is a dynamic force with a strong drive and passion for creating a positive and enriching environment for our students, truly dedicated to her academics and the community around her.”

Jain holds an appointment as an Outstanding Scholar and works in the research labs of Siyaram Pandey and Kendall Soucie, after gaining experience in professor John Trant’s Biopolymetric and Organic Synthesis lab. She founded the STEMx Policy Group, which examines government approaches to issues in science and tech fields.

“There’s a significant knowledge gap in the STEMx policy area, and it’s important that we educate undergraduate students on the policy implications of the research they are doing,” Jain says.

She served as first-year representative for the Science Society and created “Music for Mental Health” in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. She represented 36,000 peers as a student trustee on the Greater Essex County District School Board and chaired the Student Well-Being Working Group for the Ontario Student Trustee Association.

The Fessenden-Trott Scholarship honours the memory of inventor and educator Reginald Aubrey Fessenden and Helen May Fessenden (née Trott). Universities Canada rotates four recipients each year between Canada’s regions — 2021 was Ontario’s turn.

Each university in the province was able to nominate a single candidate, and the University of Windsor had a number of strong applicants, says Simon du Toit, co-ordinator of the Outstanding Scholars program.

“This was not an easy decision for our selection committee, but clearly we made a good choice in Anumita,” Dr. du Toit says. “She is an exceptional leader and a brilliant student as well as an Outstanding Scholar.”

platter of fresh crudites with dipsFoodland Ontario has approved the right of the University of Windsor to display its logo to help patrons identify local foods.

Province recognizes catering commitment to local foods

Its commitment to local suppliers has earned Food and Catering Services a claim as a champion of Ontario food.

The provincial agriculture ministry has approved the right of the University of Windsor to display its Foodland Ontario logo, recognized as the best way to help consumers identify food produced in the province. 

“This is a real honour,” says executive chef Paolo Vasapolli. “Being part of the Foodland Ontario promotion program validates our approach to supporting jobs and economic growth across the province, especially in our Windsor-Essex communities.”

The department has printed up stickers it plans to affix to its wares as applicable.

Foodland Ontario was established in 1977, and partners with producers, processors, retailers and the foodservice sector to promote consumption of Ontario products.

T-shirt with calls for justiceProceeds from registration fees, T-shirt sales, and donations toward the Lancer women’s basketball Run for Anti-Racism will support the Sandwich Teen Action Group and hiring a BIPOC woman as a coach for the team.

Varsity squad inviting action against racism

The Lancer women’s basketball team will hold its annual Run for Anti-Racism on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12.

Organizers hope the event will bring about positive community change by standing against systemic racism. Proceeds from the fundraising portion of the event will support two causes: the Sandwich Teen Action Group and hiring a woman of Black, Indigenous, or people of colour (BIPOC) background as a coach for the varsity squad.

The five kilometre race is virtual; participants can run, walk, or bike wherever they feel most comfortable.

The team invites fans to register for the race, buy a T-shirt, or make a donation on the event webpage.

Next up for the team is its Oct. 2 golf tournament, which will raise monies for scholarship and mentorship programs for the student-athletes. Learn more about the Women’s Basketball Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament.

academic mortarboard perched atop pile of booksThe Special Appointments Committee invites nominations and applications for the title of Distinguished University Professor.

Committee seeking applications for appointments as Distinguished University Professor

The Special Appointments Committee of the University Senate welcomes nominations and applications for the title of Distinguished University Professor.

Intended to recognize faculty at the rank of professor who have distinguished achievements in teaching and an international reputation for scholarship or creative or professional accomplishment, the title has been conferred on 41 individuals since its inception in 1986.

An application for an eligible candidate must be submitted to Senate governance officer Danny Anger in the University Secretariat by Nov. 2. Criteria and process can be found here.

The title “professor emeritus” is now granted automatically. Those faculty or librarians who did not receive automatic emeritus status on retirement because they did not meet the minimum required years of continuous service but do fulfill the other criteria may submit an application to the Special Appointments Committee for consideration.

For additional information, contact Anger by email at

ballot boxThe Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) will hold elections to its board of directors on Oct. 26 and 27.

Nominations to open soon for part-time student board elections

The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) will hold elections to its board of directors on Oct. 26 and 27 and is asking members to begin preparing now.

The nomination period will run Sept. 20 to Oct 1, with campaigning Oct. 4 to 8. Find more information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, on the OPUS website.