Russell Nahdee

Drum social to celebrate Aboriginal and First Nations communities of Windsor-Essex

A drum social this weekend at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts sets the stage for celebrations, gatherings and new beginnings among the Aboriginal and First Nations communities of Windsor-Essex, says Russell Nahdee, coordinator of the University’s Aboriginal Education Centre.

“The intent is to promote our identity by focusing on our culture, our languages, our achievements, our children and our values as Native people,” says Nahdee, one of the organizers. “It is an awareness event for the general public to learn, to see and hear what we as a people are all about.”

Art gallery to showcase work of Aboriginal youths

An exhibition opening this weekend at the Art Gallery of Windsor will feature works by local youths participating in an educational program through the campus Aboriginal Education Centre.

The 4 Winds STEM – Beginning Time Teaching Project is aimed at encouraging Aboriginal students in grades six, seven and eight to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

UWindsor to offer science and technology camp for Aboriginal youth

A new program to encourage Aboriginal students to pursue science-related careers will offer local grade schoolers field trips, experiments and lectures from faculty members, current science students and Aboriginal instructors.

The 4Winds Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) and Beginning Time Teachings Aboriginal Youth Science Camp, for students in grades six, seven and eight, will run Saturdays on campus.

Electronic form to streamline employee tuition waiver application process

An electronic application tool currently in development will simplify the process of applying under the Tuition Remission Benefit Program for faculty and staff, says Cheryl Paglione, associate director of pensions, benefits and HR systems in the Department of Human Resources.

She calls the eTuitionWaiver part of the department’s ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality and most effective levels of service delivery. While the electronic application will not be available until later in the school year, applicants will already see one benefit.