Miah-Marie Langlois

Retirees’ banquet falling later this year

If you have been waiting for word about this year’s retirees banquet and reunion, your wait is over. But if you have been waiting for the event itself, your wait is just beginning.

The dinner, formerly held in the spring each year, has been moved to the fall, says organizer Mary-Ann Rennie.

“Under the previous schedule, we missed recognizing many employees who would retire late in the calendar year,” she says. “This way, we hope to be able to congratulate almost all the faculty and staff in the year of their retirement.”

Panel to discuss NGO intervention in developing world

A video calling for the arrest of fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony ignited unprecedented backlash and counter-backlash and in the process generated a reported 100 million views on the Web site of the sponsoring organization, Invisible Children.

A panel will discuss intervention by non-governmental organizations in third world countries, with a focus on the issues raised by the Kony 2012 video, Wednesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre.

The panellists include:

UWindsor student reclaims world ice dance crown

UWindsor psychology student Tessa Virtue and her ice dancing partner Scott Moir reclaimed their top ranking at the world figure skating championships in Nice, France.

The pair won the 2010 world title as well as the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games, but had to settle for second place at the 2011 world championship. This week, they won both the short program and free skate, finishing with a total of 182.65 points – more than four points ahead of the defending titlists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Universities welcome federal investment in research

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada welcomed strategic investments in research and innovation in Thursday’s federal budget.

“The budget provides new opportunities for talented graduate students to gain research experiences in companies across Canada,” association president Paul Davidson said in a statement. “We’re also pleased the budget recognizes the importance of deepening international education and research linkages.”

Barbecue night a highlight for Vanier diners

Café Chez Vanier’s “Best of the Best” promotion continues today — Wednesday, March 28 — with a barbecue dinner on the outdoor terrace from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring grilled strip loin steak, burgers, or a quarter chicken, as well as penne primavera, vegetarian hot dogs and burgers.

The Best of the Best offers the most popular dishes of the year. Today’s lunch menu boasts chicken fingers, a philly steak sandwich, a black bean and quinoa quesadilla, and a spinach and Swiss omelette.

Check out all this week’s menus at www.uwindsor.ca/food.

Contractors commence clean up of Cody Hall

Contractors Jones Demolition have begun preparation for the demolition of Cody Hall, beginning with the Hazard Materials Abatement (HAZMAT), says project administrator Mark Rudkin of Facility Services.

HAZMAT abatement requires specialized training and equipment. Cody Hall, a former residence, is slated for demolition during the summer.

“The heavy work won’t start until after semester’s end,” Rudkin says. “We have every intention of minimizing the disruption to the campus.”

City planning department invites input on review of lodging houses

The City of Windsor planning department is hosting an open house Thursday, March 29, to consider land use issues relating to lodging houses.

City by-laws define a lodging house as a dwelling in which a minimum of four persons receive lodging for hire, excluding places of detention or correction, residential care facilities, groups homes, hotels or motels.