Cover of the viewbook shows young woman in spotlightWith a theme of “UThrive - Step into the Spotlight,” the University’s 2023-24 recruitment campaign will centre around individual contributions to collective success.

Recruitment campaign to shine spotlight on exceptional individuals

The University’s new marketing campaign, “UThrive - Step into the Spotlight,” will breathe life into the student experience and ignite the aspirations of potential undergraduate applicants, says Chris Busch, associate vice-president, enrolment management.

The campaign centres around remarkable individuals who shape the institution’s unique identity.

“We aim to inspire prospective Lancers, encouraging them to explore this outstanding institution and choose UWindsor for their educational journey,” Dr. Busch says. “By celebrating the exceptional individuals who make a difference, we showcase our University’s profound commitment to its community and relentless pursuit of a supportive environment.”

The campaign will share stories of members of the University community and their contributions to its collective successes. Elements will be integrated across all recruitment efforts through the year, spanning the future student website, email campaigns, blog content, events, and social and traditional media platforms.

The University Viewbook will be the first recruitment resource to showcase this approach. Distribution is already in progress among campus stakeholders and every academic unit.

Use this link to request a print copy or access the digital version here.
Back in Black text with all-black attire recommendedThe Back in Black networking mixer will open Black Alumni Weekend on Friday.

Homecoming events to welcome Black alumni

The inaugural Black Alumni Weekend, with events running Sept. 22 to 24, will kick off UWindsor Alumni Week.

This is an excellent opportunity for the University to foster an even deeper sense of belonging for our Black alumni,” says Marium Tolson-Murtty (BA 1996, B.Ed 2003, M.Ed 2008), director of anti-racism organizational change in the Office of the Vice-President, People, Equity, and Inclusion and a member of the informal UWindsor Black Alumni and Planning Committee.

The weekend will open Friday with the Back in Black: Black Homecoming Weekend Networking Mixer starting at 6:30 p.m. in the student centre commons. All black attire is encouraged — RSVP required to attend.

The Black to the Future panel discussion and mini-summit will take place Saturday in the Odette Building. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. with the formal program running from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Again, those intending to join must RSVP.

Saturday night starting at 8 p.m., food, drinks, and music are on offer at the Saila Vibes restaurant and bar, 110 Chatham St. West, site of the Black Homecoming Party.

Self-guided tours of the campus, Sandwich Town, and the McDougall Street Corridor are available, as well as the alumni tailgate party and Lancer football game. wTo find details on these activities, additional gathering opportunities, and a list of on-campus partners, visit the event website.

“This is an exciting time for the University of Windsor as we continue to transform the campus by creating safer, more inclusive spaces where faculty, students, staff, and alumni feel that this is truly a place they belong,” Tolson-Murtty says.

The Alumni Week website lists events Sept. 22 to 29.

pickleball classLearn to play the increasingly popular sport of pickleball Tuesdays in the Toldo Lancer Centre.

Class to provide instruction in pickleball

Join expert Mike Graff on Tuesday mornings this fall at the Toldo Lancer Centre to sharpen your pickleball skills. All skill levels are welcome to register for a weekly instructional class on the courts in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

This six-week program will run Tuesdays from Sept. 26 to Oct. 31. Registration is now open with limited spots available.

For more information and to register, visit the Lancer Recreation website. Email questions and inquiries to

Every Child Matters logo on T-shirtOnline sessions Sept. 25 and 27 will explain the importance of Orange Shirt Day.

Session to explore meaning of Orange Shirt Day

Online sessions Sept. 25 and 27 will explain the origins of the Sept. 30 Orange Shirt Day and what it has grown into.

Jaime Kechego, learning specialist in the field of Indigenization in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, will lead “Let’s learn about the importance of Orange Shirt Day” over Microsoft Teams from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both dates above, discussing what this day means to Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.

Register here for the workshop.

A new template for email signatures will enable people to honour Orange Shirt Day. Find the template and instructions for its use here.

Mariah ChandlerMariah Chandler is the new full-time assistant coach of Lancer women’s basketball.

Assistant coach brings championship experience to women’s basketball

Mariah Chandler, the new full-time assistant coach of Lancer women’s basketball brings years of experience in the sport as a player and coach.

As an athlete, she captured a NCAA Division I national championship and four Big 12 Conference Championships with the Baylor Bears. She has since served as an assistant coach with the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G-League, operations assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, and assistant coach at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and the Galloway School in Atlanta.

Head coach Chantal Vallée called Chandler a “terrific addition” to the Lancers.

“Mariah brings national championship experience, a winning NCAA Division I mentality, great experience with the NBA, and most importantly a wonderful caring, people-person oriented leadership style with great teaching skills,” Vallée said. “I love the fact that she’s been successful with kids, teenagers, as well as professional players in her previous roles within the sport.”


Lancer basketball tips off the 2023-24 season on Halloween, meeting the Western Mustangs in London. Windsor’s first home game is Saturday, Nov. 4, hosting the Laurier Golden Hawks at the Toldo Lancer Centre.

Season tickets are available and can be purchased at

Marion OverholtMarion Overholt is retiring as executive director of Community Legal Aid and Legal Assistance of Windsor.

Reception to celebrate retirement of Marion Overholt

Marion Overholt (BA 1978, LLB 1981), executive director of Community Legal Aid and Legal Assistance of Windsor, will retire on Sept. 29 after 40 years of law practice. She joined Legal Assistance of Windsor in 1988 as a staff lawyer and was appointed as executive director of both clinics in 2013.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach the practice of poverty law to hundreds of University of Windsor law and social work students,” she says. “Our interdisciplinary setting was ideal to support our individual and systemic work. Our community partners were always so supportive and helped us expand our work in disability law, migrant worker rights, workplace adjustment services, and intimate partner violence.”

Those community partnerships extended to Overholt serving on the boards of numerous agencies and social justice groups including the Downtown Mission, Unemployed Help Centre, Windsor Coalition against Poverty, the Welcome Centre, the Windsor Social Justice Coalition, and Project Ploughshares.

Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate her career at a gathering from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Thyme Kitchen, 100 Ouellette Ave. RSVP to

With Overholt’s retirement, Harpreet Burmy becomes the acting clinic director at Community Legal Aid, and at Legal Assistance of Windsor, Shelley Gilbert takes on the role of interim executive director and David Cote the role of interim director of legal services.