cartoon of bat biting victim's neck, spewing bloodA storyboard illustrating "Vampire Zombies… from Space!" gives a sense of the film’s horror spoof sensibility.

Kickstarter campaign to add gore and gags to film prof’s horror spoof

From the depths of space, Dracula has devised his most dastardly plan yet: turning the residents of a small American town into his personal army of vampire zombies.

This is the plot of the latest feature film by UWindsor professor Mike Stasko, an over-the-top comedy that pays homage to — and satirizes — science fiction and horror movies of the 1950s.

Vampire Zombies… from Space! is set to go into production Aug. 8 and will employ an entirely local crew in historic Windsor-Essex locations including the Low-Martin mansion, the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, and the Essex railway station.

“We're always trying to push ourselves as local filmmakers, and this production raises a lot of bars for us,” Stasko says. “From the period costumes being created by Emily Eansor to the very challenging vampire and zombie make-up being done by Stephanie Johnston.”

The filmmakers have secured funding, but launched a fundraising campaign to help round out the budget to add gruesome practical effects, B-movie miniatures, and gut-busting laughs.

“We want the zany comedy of Vampire Zombies… from Space! to be set against a very realistic backdrop,” they write in a Kickstarter appeal. “The film will look, sound, and feel like it was shot in 1957. Transforming our present-day locations into the 1950s is a massive task.”

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Friday, Aug. 5, and promises donors rewards that range from T-shirts and posters to cameos in the film. Get details on the project website.

Infographic indicating factors in employee engagementApply by Aug. 5 to join the Employee Engagement Survey Action Group.

Volunteers sought to join the Employee Engagement Survey Action Group

The results from the 2022 Employee Engagement Survey provided the University with a more accurate picture of the employee experiences, highlighting opportunities to create the conditions in the work environment that allow everyone to do their best and feel valued, supported, and included.

As a next step, the Office of the Vice-President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is establishing an action group to turn the Employee Engagement Survey results into action.

“The Action Group will include representatives from various areas of the University, employee groups, and two members-at-large,” says Marcela Ciampa, director, of organizational development and training.

Faculty and staff interested in joining the action group as a member-at-large are asked to complete the online interest form by Aug. 5. Interested individuals should meet the criteria outlined in the terms of reference:

  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge and understanding of employee engagement.
  • Knowledge and understanding of one or more of the drivers of engagement covered in the Employee Engagement Survey (i.e., professional development, communication, work-life balance, etc.)
  • Willingness to work collaboratively to enhance the workplace culture and the employee experience.
  • Availability to attend meetings at least twice a month during the period August to December 2022.

Read the terms of reference for the Employee Engagement Survey Action Group.

Birmingham stadium hosting Commonwealth gamesThree Lancers are with Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Lancer alumnae representing country on world stage

Team Canada has some blue and gold in its red and white as the Commonwealth Games open today in Birmingham, England.

Lancer alumnae Sarah Mitton (BSc 2018) and Noelle Montcalm (BScN 2012) will compete in athletics and Brett Lumley, associate head coach for Lancer track and field, is serving as a coach.

Birmingham 2022 will feature up to 4,500 athletes in 19 sports and eight para-sports. The meet runs until Aug. 8.

Mitton is a shot putter and Montcalm will race in the 400m hurdles.

Athletics Canada calls the Commonwealth Games a valuable opportunity for competitors working toward Olympic success, noting that Commonwealth athletes won more than four-fifths of the country’s medals at Tokyo 2020.

Read the full story, “Three Lancers named to Canada’s Commonwealth Games roster,” at goLancers.ca.

football helmetBuy season tickets for Lancer football by Aug. 5 to qualify for the early bird price of just $40.

Season tickets on sale for varsity football

Lancer football 2022 season tickets are now available for purchase. Holders have reserved seats in Alumni Stadium as the blue and gold hit the gridiron in four contests:

  • Aug. 27 vs. the Ottawa Gee Gees at 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 17 vs. the Toronto Varsity Blues at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 vs. the Laurier Golden Hawks at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 vs. the Waterloo Warriors at 1 p.m.

Early bird pricing of just $40 applies until Aug. 5.

Visit goLancers.ca/tickets and click on the season tickets tab at the top. Individual game tickets are also available.