As Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, I am delighted to welcome our alumni and other readers to this Fall 2018 issue of VIEW magazine.
This is a great time to be a Windsor grad. You have a lot to be proud of! Here are just a few of the new and exciting things happening at your alma mater.
The University of Windsor is becoming a destination of choice. For Fall 2018, we are shaping up to have one of the largest incoming classes ever: 3,000 first-year students. Counting graduate and undergraduate, domestic and international, and full-time and part-time registrations, we expect to have in total approximately 16,000 students this year – one of the highest enrolments in our university’s history. And all of them potential alumni!
Investments in Faculty
We have just completed two major hiring initiatives in which we recruited 50 additional professors across all Faculties and hired five Indigenous professors in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. These strategic campaigns were a campus-wide initiative, and they represent a major investment in both our faculty members and the undergraduate and graduate students who will be taught and mentored by them. Many thanks to the scores of colleagues who performed the important work of selecting this new generation of teachers, scholars, researchers, and practitioners.
We continue with construction and renovation on main campus and downtown. The Science Research Innovation Facility, part of Essex Hall, will be ready for occupancy this Fall, and will feature 46,000 square feet of research space for collaborative work in such fields as advanced materials chemistry, cancer research, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Downtown, our School of Creative Arts is up and running and making a noise in the world of the fine and performing arts. The former Windsor Star building, housing our School of Social Work and the current Centre for Professional and Executive Education, has been renamed
Windsor Hall. And the Lancer Sport and Recreation Centre is moving ahead, with an official groundbreaking expected early next Summer.
The year 2018 saw the Faculty of Law, the School of Dramatic Art, Lancer Football, and the departments of Music, Visual Arts, and Earth and Environmental Sciences celebrate their 50th anniversaries, and our University Players begin their 60th season. What a track record! There will be special alumni events this Fall to mark these significant milestones.
The University of Windsor is an exciting place to be right now. Having served as Provost and Vice-President, Academic here since 2015, I am now seeing the University from a slightly different perspective – and what can I say? The view is full of promise!
Warmest regards to all our alumni, and sincerest thanks for your continuing support.
Dr. Douglas Kneale
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor