EDID WeekBeginning Monday, EDID Week will educate participants on issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization.

EDID Week activities to advance work toward justice

The University of Windsor’s second annual Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Week – beginning Monday, March 20 – will offer the campus community an opportunity to explore and gain a greater understanding of topics including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Islamophobia, accessibility awareness, sexual violence prevention, 2SLGBTQQIA+ rights, and the ways that historic and ongoing marginalization intersect.

Presented by the Office of the Vice-President Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, EDID Week is intended not only to continue efforts to challenge oppression, but to acknowledge the ongoing and future work required in building a more just campus, community, and world.

Registration is free but required for most events; find details on the EDID Week website.

Toldo Lancer Centre exteriorThe Toldo Lancer Centre has been featured in Award Magazine, which carries news on the best architecture, design, and construction in Canada.

Toldo Lancer Centre featured in architecture magazine

The Toldo Lancer Centre is getting national attention, being featured in the latest publication of a magazine that focuses on the best new developments in Canadian architecture, design, and construction.

Award Magazine calls the University’s new athletics and recreation centre “a bold and impressive project that will positively impact health and wellness for many years to come.”

Author Jessica Kirby quotes UWindsor’s Vincent Georgie, associate vice-president external, and architect Craig Goodman of CS&P Architects.

Goodman talks about the inspiration and design themes used throughout the building.

“An important characteristic of this project was how deeply involved the student and faculty members were from early design to completion,” Goodman said. “We recognized their input and contribution as they were the major funders… We built a strong relationship with each of the representative student groups, and I think that comes through in the built result.”

Dr. Georgie calls the Toldo Lancer Centre “a beacon of campus and community pride for generations to come.”

Read the full article here.

—Sarah Sacheli

Anatomy of an entrepreneur

Interview provides inside view of entrepreneurship

An interview with Connor Holowachuk (BASc 2019), co-founder of Eigen Fitness, is the first in the “Anatomy of an Entrepreneur” series of videos planned by the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) to share the experiences of graduates of its programs.

Holowachuk, a UWindsor alumnus of electrical engineering, completed the RBC EPIC Founders program. He has developed two applications in the iOS App Store, designed custom printed circuit boards, and built an automatic reflow oven for small-scale surface mount technology soldering.

His latest venture, Eigen Fitness Nodes, has launched as wearable technology built for weightlifting, monitoring movement to prevent injury and optimize form. To learn more, watch Holowalchuk’s video interview with EPICentre marketing and special projects co-ordinator Layan Barakat.

volleyball coach James GravelleU Sports named James Gravelle its coach of the year in men’s volleyball ahead of the national tournament this weekend.

Volleyball coach named tops in country

Lancer men’s volleyball head coach James Gravelle has led his team where it has never gone before, as it enters the national championship tournament this weekend with its first-ever Ontario University Athletics silver medal.

This success has won notice from U Sports, which named Gravelle its coach of the year during its annual banquet Thursday.

The Lancers enjoyed a 15-5 record that had them ranked in Canada’s top 10 squads on the strength of leading OUA in points and service aces per set, finishing second in blocks and digs per set, third in hitting percentage, and fourth in assists and kills.

The team begins its pursuit of a national title with a 3 p.m. Friday match against the Sherbrooke Vert & Or in Hamilton.

Windsor’s men’s hockey team will get an earlier start, facing off against the Alberta Golden Bears in a University Cup quarter-final at 11 a.m.

All games from both the hockey and volleyball competitions will be webcast live on CBC Sports digital platforms, up to and including Sunday's gold medal games. The full webcast schedule will be available throughout the tournaments at usports.ca/en/broadcast.

Shetina JonesShetina Jones has accepted an appointment as UWindsor associate vice-president, student experience, effective May 15.

Commitment to service characterizes new AVP for student experience

The newest member of the UWindsor administration brings 15 years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs, says interim provost Patti Weir.

Shetina Jones has accepted an appointment as associate vice-president, student experience, effective May 15. She comes to Windsor from her current position as director of student success and graduate opportunities at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her previous roles include serving as the dean of students and the director of the Center for Leadership in Management and Business at Wilberforce University, and senior associate director of residential living and learning at Texas A&M-Commerce.

“The committee was impressed by Dr. Jones’s commitment to student-centred experiences and transformational learning,” Dr. Weir said. “Her critical lenses and impressive track record as a leader in student affairs speak to what we heard our community tell us they needed in this leader.”

Jones said she can’t wait to get to know the community — and get to work.

“I am so excited to join the University of Windsor in this important leadership role,” she said. “There are important conversations happening here that position us to lead the way forward in shaping truly exceptional and equitable experiences for all students.”

power out signPreventative maintenance will require an outage of electrical and steam services to campus on the weekend of May 6.

Maintenance to shut down campus electrical and steam services

Annual preventative maintenance will require an outage of electrical and steam services to campus on the weekend of May 6, reports Facility Services Operations.

The electrical outage portion will be in two phases.

Phase one will disable card access, elevators, lighting, air conditioning, and all power supply and is scheduled for two hours, 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. The shutdown will disrupt the main campus buildings, with the exceptions of downtown properties, Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER), Centre for English Language Development (CELD), 2629 Riverside Dr. West, Centre for Automotive Research and Education (CARE), maintenance and grounds buildings.

Find details in this document: Campus Wide – Temporary Complete System Outage (Steam and Electrical Outage) - Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Phase two is scheduled for nine hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 6. The shutdown will disrupt the power in the following facilities: Vanier, Laurier and Cartier halls; the GLIER and CARE buildings. It will disable card access, elevators, lighting, air conditioning, and all power supplies in those facilities.

Find details in this document: Steam and Electrical Outage - Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 700 a.m. to Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 400 p.m.

The steam outage will also disable hot water and heating and cooling systems. It is scheduled to begin at noon Friday, May 5, and run through 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7. The shutdown will disrupt most campus buildings, with the exceptions of downtown properties, GLIER, CARE, 2629 Riverside Dr. W., and CELD on Wyandotte.

Find details in this document: Campus Wide - Temporary Complete Steam System Outage, Friday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Facility Services Operations at facilitynotices@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000, ext. 2158.

TECK week YQG logoA series of events next week will bring together tech leaders, founders, talent, researchers, investors, expats, and the broader community.

Events aim to re-unite regional tech ecosystem

TeCK Week YQG returns March 20 through 24, offering a series of collaborative events bringing together tech leaders, founders, talent, researchers, investors, expats, and the broader community.

This year, the event will be a hybrid experience, combining in-person and virtual participation options. It plays an important role in supporting businesses in the field says Yvonne Pilon, president of the sponsoring organization, WEtech Alliance.

“As we move further into the digital age, every company, regardless of industry, is becoming a technology company,” she says. “TeCK Week YQG provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to explore the ever-evolving tech landscape and connect with other like-minded individuals and companies.”

The opening event is “Women in Tech: Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Economy,” a fireside chat highlighting the experiences of female tech professionals, Monday, March 20, at noon in the School of Computer Science building at 300 Ouellette Ave.

The week is free to attend and gives unique access to experts and thought leaders sharing their knowledge on such subjects as emerging technologies and trends, advanced manufacturing, startup growth, mobility, green economy, and community innovation. Find a full schedule, more information, and registration details, on the WEtech Alliance website.