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Catherine HundlebyPhilosophy professor Catherine Hundleby has found students in the interdisciplinary PhD program in argumentation studies benefit from applying their talents in experiential learning.

Experiential opportunities in argumentation draw national attention

Collaboration between UWindsor faculty and staff to deliver experiential learning options to students pursuing doctoral studies in argumentation has been featured in University Affairs, the national magazine published by Universities Canada.

The article notes that the program’s interdisciplinarity attracts students with backgrounds as diverse as art history, psychology, journalism, business, and computer science. It’s director, philosophy professor Catherine Hundleby, wanted to help her students find where their skills could be applied, so she consulted career advisor Stephanie Dupley.

Together, they developed an approach that allows students to either complete a paper or participate in an experiential learning project, volunteering their skills to serve a not-for-profit organization.

Rather than having opportunities handed to them, candidates must engage their research and networking skills to find organizations that could use their talents. They expand their networks and maintain professional communications with their contacts, plan and ideally implement these projects. This real-world work becomes evidence of workplace experience and skills that students can then reference in resumés, cover letters, and interviews.

The students have found it so fruitful that it has become a larger part of the course, now involving 20 to 35 hours of work, up from the original 10 to 20 hours.

Read the full article, “Incorporating experiential learning in a PhD program,” in University Affairs.

Tree in student centre commonsUWindsor president Robert Gordon will officially light the student centre tree Thursday.

Students invited to join president for official tree lighting ceremony

The annual ceremony to light up the tree in the student centre is back and will mark the official start of the festive season on Thursday, Nov. 25, at 10:15 a.m.

The celebration will include a performance of holiday music by a brass quartet from the School of Creative Arts and free milk and cookies with UWindsor president Robert Gordon. Registration is required and is limited to only to the first 100 students who sign up through the centre’s Instagram account.

Organizer Sandra Riccio-Muglia expects spots to fill up fast.

“Even if you missed out on cookies, please visit our tree,” she says. “It will be lit up to make the perfect photo to send to your family and friends.”

Josh ZillesLancer Josh Zilles secured a top-20 finish at the U Sports cross country championship meet, Nov. 20.

Veteran turns in solid performance at cross-country championship meet

Fifth-year Lancer Josh Zilles finished 18th in a field of 130 at the U Sports national cross country championship Saturday in Quebec City.

He finished the eight-kilometre course across the historic Plains of Abraham in a time of 25:20.8.

Illness prevented Windsor’s only competitor in the women’s race, rookie Samara Quanz, from completing her run.

Host Laval claimed both men’s and women’s team titles.

Read the whole story, “Zilles finishes in top 20 at U Sports National Championships,” at goLancers.ca.

Grad cap and diplomaAn online session Thursday will offer information on UWindsor master’s programs in sociology and criminology.

Session promises information on grad programs in sociology and criminology

The University of Windsor offers master’s programs in both sociology and criminology; an information session Thursday, Nov. 25, will help potential applicants decide whether advanced education in these fields is right for them.

Attendees will have a chance to receive answers to their questions about the application and admissions processes as well as the differences between thesis and course streams of study.

Join the hour-long session on Microsoft Teams at 11:30 a.m.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 tablet computerThere’s still time to complete the Cybersecurity Learning Modules and Self-Assessment for a chance to win a tablet computer.

Still time to take the Cybersecurity Assessment

Information Technology Services reminds the campus community to complete the Cybersecurity Learning Modules and Self-Assessment for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 tablet.

To be eligible for the prize draw, all you need to do is complete the self-assessment by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 28. One winner selected in a random draw will be contacted by email in the days following.

Retired Supreme Court justice Frank IacobucciRetired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci will receive an honorary degree from Assumption University and deliver a lecture Wednesday.

Assumption to honour retired Supreme Court justice

Assumption University will confer an honorary doctor of laws degree on retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci in a live-streamed event Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Iacobucci will also deliver an address entitled “The Law and My Life.”

The event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. Tune in here.

Assumption University is a Roman Catholic institution federated with the University of Windsor.

Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysalisChange can bring on stress and a range of emotions including sadness.

Tips a map to navigating change

Even though change is the one constant in life, adjusting to a new normal can be challenging, acknowledges Human Resources

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor faculty and staff, it shares some tips to help navigate change and transition:

  • Acknowledge that things are changing. Focus attention on the aspects of the change that you can control.
  • Realize that even good change can cause stress. Remind yourself that stress is your body’s way of reacting to change; it’s OK to feel stressed even when something good has happened.
  • Maintain regular routines as much as possible. Structure and routine can be comforting in the midst of change.
  • See the positives that have come from this change. Instead of concentrating on the negative aspects of change, look for ways things may have become better.
  • Vent, but to a point. Having a support group to whom you can vent can be helpful if the conversation also focuses on action.

Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.