Student Awards and Financial Aid

Student Awards office is on the move

The Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid will close the middle of next week to accommodate its relocation to a new space in the Neal Education Building.

Director Marian Doll says that she and her staff are looking forward to the move to the building’s room 1124.

“Our new space is looking great and fresh,” she says. “The architects made really good use of the space and everyone involved has done a great job with the renovations.”

Financial aid clerk to write a few retirement postcards

Zina Plantus is most commonly known to her student clients as “the postcard lady,” for her collection on display in the financial aid office, says acting director Marian Doll.

“Zina’s workstation is wallpapered with postcards from vacations that she has taken and that others have taken,” Doll says. “Many times, students have brought in postcards to add to her collection.”

Plantus is retiring at the end of October after a 29-year career with the University of Windsor. Doll says her even temperament suited the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.

Ontario student assistance funding goes electronic

Waiting in line to pick up their financial aid funding may have been a rite of passage for university students, says an official with the UWindsor student awards office, but it will soon be a thing of the past.

Starting this fall semester, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will disburse monies through an Electronic Funds Transfer system.

Marian Doll, the University’s acting director of Student Awards and Financial Aid, called it a “major step forward” and said her office is working closely with Information Technology Services to implement the new system.

Financial aid administrator appointed acting director

Marian Doll, a financial aid administrator since May 1990, will assume the position of acting director of the Student Awards and Financial Aid office while a formal search identifies a permanent successor to Aase Houser, who will retire August 1.

In announcing the appointment, Dave Bussière, assistant vice-president, admissions and records, praised Houser’s almost 40 years of service to the university, characterized by her “calm demeanour, diplomacy and tact” when dealing with stressful situations.