Jazz Ensemble on stageThe Capitol Theatre is home to concerts this weekend by the University’s jazz and wind ensembles.

Concerts to spotlight student talents

Concerts this weekend will showcase the talents of student instrumentalists and vocalists.

On Friday, the 41-piece University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Trevor Pittman take to the stage for an evening of music inspired by video games, steampunk, urban sculpture, and the oral histories of Northwestern Indigenous peoples. The performance will also feature digital creations by art students under the direction of professor Sigi Torinus.

Saturday evening, it’s time for the University Jazz Ensemble directed Robert Fazecash. Get ready to swing listening to songs by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more. The big band is joined by vocalists Allison Boismier and Sabrina Novelletto, both members of Shahida Nurullah’s studio.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. West. Admission is $20, with a student rate of $10. Buy tickets at the door, through the box office at 519-973-1238, ext. 2, or online:

Coming soon: the University Singers present the Festival of Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Assumption Church. Get details and tickets on the SoCA Music website.

Noah Campbell at Networking HubAlumnus Noah Campbell, now an employee of Blackberry, speaks with students during a networking event at the downtown building housing computer science programs.

Computer science students enjoy networking opportunity

Undergraduate computer science students got a chance to meet Windsor-based tech innovators during a networking event downtown on Friday, Nov. 18.

Networking Hubs are held across Ontario in the lead up to the annual Canadian Undergraduate Tech Conference (CUTC). Computer science students were invited to 300 Ouellette Ave. for networking, discussions, and learning about STEM in Windsor.

At the Windsor Networking Hub, students met with leading people from BDO, CGI, Blackberry, Rocket Innovation, and WeTech Alliance to learn about employment opportunities and to get feedback on their resumes.

“There are a lot of up-and-coming tech companies here in Windsor with amazing opportunities for undergraduate students and this event is a way to showcase them and highlight the things that they’re offering to students,” says Laila Albalkhi, third-year computer science student, Networking Hub organizer, and 2023 CUTC co-chair.

“The companies here are eager to tap into the UWindsor talent because unfortunately students leave Windsor not knowing the opportunities that exist locally, so it is nice to showcase them and give them a venue.”

The conference will be held in April 2023.

“I really want Windsor to be a key member of the national stage,” Albalkhi says, “to be able to put our names in bright lights and say we do have a lot of talent here.”

young person raising hand confidently in classOrganizers of the campus campaign in support of the community United Way charity plan a one-week fundraising drive in the winter semester.

United Way planning for winter fundraising campaign

Organizers of the campus campaign for United Way are planning a focused one-week fundraising drive in the winter semester but want to assure supporters their donations are being put to good use.

“The United Way’s Cradle to Career approach provides supports to children from their birth to the start of their working lives, leveraging investments from a broad cross-section of community partners,” says Vincent Georgie, chair of the UWindsor committee and acting associate vice-president, external.

“The University is committed to this partnership and we’re excited to be launching a refreshed campaign early next year, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months.”

In the meantime, he offers this guidance to donors:

  • Those who give by continuous payroll deduction will see their current contributions rolled over automatically into January.
  • Contributions from those who have given by payroll deduction will end with the final pay period of 2022. To extend into next year, contact Sheri Lowrie at sherio@uwindsor.ca.
  • Donations by cash, cheque, or credit card donors for the 2022 tax year may be made online at www.weareunited.com/donate/.

For more information on the community impact made by the United Way, see its annual report.

poolThe Toldo Lancer Centre pool will close for a period from Nov. 27 to 29.

Repair to close Lancer Centre pool for three days

Repairs to its refrigerant system will close the pool in the Toldo Lancer Centre from 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Regular pool programming will resume Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The centre’s staff apologizes for any inconvenience and will extend all memberships involving the pool for five extra days.