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Photo Tayshawn, Munsee St. @ Kildare Ave. by Shayenna Nolan.An event Friday at Art Windsor-Essex will honour local Indigenous culture. Photo: Tayshawn, Munsee St. @ Kildare Ave. by Shayenna Nolan.

Event to honour Indigenous culture on June 14

In celebration of the upcoming National Indigenous Persons Day, the Department of Human Resources invites the campus community to an event at Art Windsor-Essex. The gathering aims to honour and reflect upon the rich, diverse, and resilient local Indigenous culture.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, guests will tour two exhibitions featuring works by First Nations artists:

  • Nii Ndahlohke / I Work,” a collection that delves into the history of forced labor endured by students at Mount Elgin Industrial School (1851-1946), the closest residential school to Windsor, and
  • Waawiiatanong Forever,” which celebrates women, two-spirit individuals, and their families within the local community.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an instructor-led studio activity related to the exhibitions.

At noon, a lunch prepared by Native Wonders Gourmet Grub will have participants dining on traditional and Indigenous-inspired foods.

The gallery is located at 401 Riverside Dr. West. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by noon Thursday, June 13, as space is limited. Find more details on the event website.

residential apartment complex constructed using modular building processesThe Flatz 520 multi-family residential apartment complex in Maricopa, Arizona was constructed using Z Modular’s innovative modular building and construction processes. (Photo courtesy of Z Modular).

Modular construction researcher named industrial research chair

Z Modular, a division of Zekelman Industries, has committed more than $1 million to bolster research and development at the University of Windsor into innovative materials, designs, and support systems for modular housing construction.

Civil engineering professor Sreekanta Das, associate dean of research and graduate studies, has been appointed the Industrial Research Chair of the Zekelman Centre of Modular Innovation and Sustainable Construction. Having already made invaluable contributions to the field, Dr. Das will continue to address critical challenges in the modular housing industry.

With deep roots in southern Ontario, Zekelman Industries is enthusiastic about the burgeoning collaboration with the UWindsor Faculty of Engineering, acknowledging the potential for groundbreaking advancements in modular construction.

“This is an important investment in research for the industry and for Zekelman Industries,” said Barry Zekelman, executive chair and CEO. “Traditional construction methods are just about tapped out for further optimization of improved housing, construction speed, and cost control. In our Z Modular company, we’ve piloted and are now expanding an integrated approach to development, design, and construction. Leveraging new processes and technologies will help solve the multi-family housing crisis.

“Our partnership with the University of Windsor will support continued research for broader opportunities for a better way to build.”

Das underscores the significance of this partnership in nurturing the Faculty of Engineering's research ecosystem and fostering closer ties with local industry partners. He said the establishment of this industry-sponsored research centre signals the University’s commitment to driving innovation, societal impact, and strengthening ties with local communities.

“For the past eight years, our partnership with Z Modular has driven remarkable progress in cutting-edge modular construction technology,” Das said. “With the establishment of our new research centre, supported generously by Z Modular, we stand on the brink of delivering innovative solutions to the housing challenges facing our region and other areas across Canada.”

Dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst called the partnership with Z Modular a groundbreaking event.

“This collaboration is not just a milestone for us, it’s a leap towards redefining the future of engineering research, education and practice,” said Dr. Van Heyst. “We are not just hopeful but committed to elevating this partnership to unprecedented levels of innovation and impact.”

Shanthi Johnson, UWindsor vice-president, research and innovation, said the announcement shows the University’s commitment to working with industry partners on research.

“The University of Windsor is proud to be at the forefront of this transformative collaboration, reaffirming our commitment to groundbreaking research and this strategic partnership,” said Dr. Johnson. “Together, we are driving innovation to address complex challenges and championing sustainability in construction and housing.”

The project will provide training for undergraduate and graduate students, arming them with skills demanded by the construction sector and ultimately aiming to alleviate the housing crisis in Windsor-Essex and beyond.

The Faculty of Engineering and the Office of Vice-President, Research and Innovation aspire to replicate this model of collaboration with other community partners and industries, propelling Windsor-Essex to the forefront of sustainable construction innovation.

students engaged in learningThe Strategic Enrolment Management Plan aims to enhance academic offerings, attract and retain a diverse student body, and foster a nurturing environment supporting student success from admission through graduation.

Plan for enrolment management calls for focus on student success

The Strategic Enrolment Management Plan approved May 31 by the UWindsor Senate, “Aspiring for Student Success,” focuses on diversifying the student body, improving student experiences, and promoting an inclusive environment.

Provost Robert Aguirre calls it a testament to the University’s commitment to academic excellence, student success, and a sustainable and prosperous future.

“Once implemented, it will play a critical role in shaping the destiny of our institution,” Dr. Aguirre said.

He noted the plan is not simply about admitting and enrolling more students. It seeks to strategically balance the composition of the student body across various demographics, including the level of study, geographic origin, and fields of academic interest while prioritizing improvements in retention rates to ensure successful student progression to graduation.

The document highlights the need for enhanced support systems, including refined advising services, to identify and assist students facing academic challenges; engaging prospective students earlier; and building relationships at transfer institutions.

Chris Busch, associate vice-president, enrolment management, expressed enthusiasm and gratitude for the collaborative efforts that brought this plan to fruition.

He called its development a “meticulous process” spanning 20 months, involving over 200 colleagues from across the University.

“Their collective input and dedication were instrumental in shaping a strategy that aligns with the University’s goals as an anchor institution in the region,” Dr. Busch said.

“I extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to this plan, including those who participated in workshops, working groups, and consultations. From senior administrators to faculty members, academic governance to those responsible for implementing strategic initiatives, each plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing our enrolment strategies.”

Read the Strategic Enrolment Management Plan here.

Ashish Mahajan shaking student's handInterim dean Ashish Mahajan congratulates one of 80 Dean’s Honour Award graduates.

Business school celebrates high-achieving graduates

On June 5, 80 graduating business students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement in an event hosted by the Odette School of Business.

The Evening of Excellence celebrated Master of Management and Master of Business Administration students who maintained a cumulative average of 85 per cent or above for each semester of their program, and Bachelor of Commerce students who achieved Dean’s List honours for all four years of their program.

Each student received a plaque and certificate commemorating their success.

Interim dean of business Ashish Mahajan says the event was a fitting way to honour the students’ triumphs and successes.

“The students of Odette are nothing short of spectacular,” he says. “I am always so proud to speak to our distinguished alumni and guests to update them on the many contributions our students have brought to the Odette School of Business and the Windsor and Essex County area.”

John DubeJohn Dube will take on the role of acting executive director of the Office of Institutional Analysis effective July 1.

Alum ascends to acting role at helm of Institutional Analysis

John Dube (BA 2006, MA 2008) has accepted an appointment as acting executive director of the Office of Institutional Analysis effective July 1, provost Robert Aguirre has announced.

Dube is currently serving as manager of data and analysis. Since joining the University of Windsor staff in 2017, he has focused on government relations as well as budget and planning.

“John has been instrumental in enhancing the university’s strategic and operational frameworks,” says Dr. Aguirre. “His efforts have been crucial in supporting the development and implementation of the university’s annual budget.”

He notes Dube’s “pivotal role” in strengthening the University’s provincial government relations, and says his transition to this role reflects the University of Windsor’s commitment to excellence and innovation in education and research, underpinned by robust analytical expertise and collaborative engagement across the university community.
officials welcoming studentsThe University welcomed students from around the world Monday at a breakfast for the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program.

University welcomes international interns

Research interns from around the world mingled over eggs and coffee Monday morning at an event welcoming them to the campus and the country.

The University hosted a breakfast for undergraduate students visiting campus as part of the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Program. UWindsor president Rob Gordon; Shanthi Johnson, vice-president, research and innovation; Chris Busch, associate vice-president, enrolment management; Mike Houston, director of the International Student Centre; and education professor Clayton Smith addressed the students with words of welcome.

“We are delighted to have you here,” said Dr. Johnson, who was once an international student herself. “Mitacs does a wonderful job of boosting innovation by bringing together institutions, industry, researchers, and students seeking international training opportunities. The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship will provide you with hands-on research experience while you immerse yourself in our culture.”

The interns come to Windsor from India, Mexico, Colombia, China, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, South Korea, France, Tunisia, Hong Kong, and Pakistan. This year, 39 students are working with 19 researchers across various disciplines — chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, quantum technologies, education, and the social sciences.

A few interns will be arriving in the coming days, while others arrived as early as last month. The internships, for upper-year undergrads, last 12 weeks.

Mitacs is a national nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs in partnership with Canadian academia, private industry, and government.

The University is planning other events for the students, including more meet-and-greets and a bus trip to Point Pelee National Park.