UWindsor President Alan Wildeman accepts the Heritage Award from Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens during the Celebrating 2017 Mayor's Award on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.UWindsor President Alan Wildeman accepts the Heritage Award from Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens during the Celebrating 2017 Mayor's Award on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.

Mayor toasts UWindsor for preserving city's history

The University of Windsor was honoured by the Mayor of Windsor this week for its work in preserving historic buildings in the city’s downtown core.

President Alan Wildeman accepted the Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Award Tuesday in honour of the city’s 125th anniversary.

"It was very nice to have the University of Windsor be recognized by the city for the efforts to preserve and reimagine historic locations," Dr. Wildeman said.

"I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to create these exciting new spaces for our students, faculty, staff and community."

In 2011, the University of Windsor announced it would expand its campus into the downtown core by moving into two historic buildings.

The first move was to bring the School of Social Work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education downtown to the former Windsor Star building on Pitt and Ferry streets.

The Beaux-Art- style building, constructed in 1927 and located at 167 Ferry St., is found in the City of Windsor’s original downtown district.

The next big move came from the School for Creative Arts as it moved downtown to the Major FA Tilston Armoury and site of the former Tunnel Bar-B-Q.

The original Armouries was built in 1902 and designed by David Ewart of the Department of Public Works. Ewart also designed the main tower of Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings.

Towering over downtown Windsor, the two-storey brick structure was built in the Richardson Romanesque style with a dominant octagonal turret.

“The University is a great leader in taking bold steps to preserve culture and respect our city’s past,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said at the ceremony, before presenting the Heritage Award to Wildeman.

“By repurposing these buildings rather than tearing them down and building something new, Windsor is able to preserve significant parts of our history and heritage, while still advancing and moving forward.”

Beginning in January, about 500 students, faculty and staff will move into the Armouries and newly constructed Freedom Way building. The new building on the Tunnel Bar-B-Q site will boast film production studios, editing suites, a sonic art studio and making studio for sculpture, metal and woodworking. The Armouries will house 12 practice rooms for musicians, a performance and practice hall, a library, classrooms, offices, a keyboard and computer lab, photography and painting studios.

“Future generations of students and citizens will look back on this time and remember the decisions made that protected historic buildings and contributed to the beauty and development of our downtown core,” Dilkens said.

Chris Pulford, Natalie Sykora, Meaghan Felet, Marcie Roselle, Sonia Sandal, Toufic Kamali, Clark Wiebe.MBA students helped to develop a marketing plan for Create and Flow (from left): Chris Pulford, Natalie Sykora, Meaghan Felet, owner Marcie Roselle, Sonia Sandal, Toufic Kamali, Clark Wiebe.

Marketing students lend skills to local businesses in mindfulness and meditation

Helping local businesses develop marketing plans brought their class material into the real world, students in professor Peter Voyer’s MBA Marketing Management course discovered while partnering with eight enterprises in the growing mindfulness and meditation sector.

“The project involved intense professionalism,” said MBA student Chris Pulford. “It’s one thing learning about a marketing plan in class, but to actually go out and develop it, as well as lay out potential scenarios to a driven local entrepreneur, undoubtedly strengthens the whole process.”

Over the course of the semester, Pulford and his team worked closely with Marcie Roselle of Create and Flow, which offers a wide range of services, including reiki, yoga, mindfulness, expressive and creative arts classes. The team was tasked with developing a comprehensive marketing strategy covering everything from overall growth down to branding.

“It’s projects such as these that make the MBA program a truly unique experience,” said student Arjun Verma. “I feel that the skills developed from this activity are genuinely transferrable to the workplace: time and resource allocation, research and analysis, implementation and evaluation, but most importantly the soft skills developed through communicating with and presenting to a business owner.”

Verma’s group worked with Stephanie John of Aligned N’ Well.

“We completed an industry analysis, company analysis, Google search trends and capped it off with an implementable advertising, publicity, and promotion strategy,” Arjun said.

Each group delivered a comprehensive marketing plan to the respective business owners and capped the project by presenting them to the class and other members of faculty on December 7 and 8.

In addition to Marcie Roselle (Create and Flow) and Stephanie John (Aligned N’ Well), participating business owners included Heather Nodello and Cheryl Bak-Nielsen (Truthful Healings), Ainslee Winter (Revival Through Hands), Kelly White (Heal ’n Sole), Greg Gurniak (Time to Heal), Rick Saruna (Body and Mind Natural Health), and Nikki Sebastian (Breath Pilates and Fitness Studio).

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Selena Chauhan, Nour Hachem, and Linda DiPaolo sort donations to the Unemployed Help Centre as part of a community service learning experience.Selena Chauhan, Nour Hachem, and Linda DiPaolo sort donations to the Unemployed Help Centre as part of a community service learning experience.

Experiential learning staff explore community service

Spending a morning volunteering with some of the city’s charitable organizations was an eye-opening professional development experience for staff of the UWindsor offices of Career Development and Experiential Learning and Cooperative Education and Workplace Partnerships, says Chris Busch, acting executive director of experiential learning.

The staff divided into teams to help out Victoria Manor Supportive Housing, the Windsor Youth Centre, the Unemployment Help Centre, and the Downtown Mission: cleaning, organizing donations, and spending time with residents and visitors.

The exercise was meant to introduce the concept of community service learning, an educational approach that integrates service in the community with intentional learning activities.

“By taking our own professional development off campus, our team was able to see how faculty and staff could embed learning outside the classroom while helping the community,” says Busch.

Afterwards, the teams came together to reflect on how community service learning could be supported within an academic course or intentionally designed as part of a co-curricular experience.

Busch notes that the partnering organizations are constantly in need of donations and volunteers, not only during the holiday season but year-round.

“Please consider making a donation, whether it be monetary, food or clothing, or even your time,” he says. “Every bit helps.”

  • Victoria Manor Supportive Housing helps house those with mental health diagnosis, complex physical health care issues, developmental disability, frail seniors, and other people who cannot live independently.
  • The Windsor Youth Centre aims to meet the immediate needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness. It provides food, clothing, personal hygiene, info about shelter, referral to other agencies, a safe place to hang out every evening, homework help, and other creative activities.
  • The Unemployed Help Centre is dedicated to meeting the needs of the unemployed and economically challenged. Its programs and services include employment, educational, and career counselling; effective job search techniques; resumes and cover letters; pre-employment training programs; on-the-job training programs; literacy; a resource centre for self-conducted job search; and emergency food assistance.
  • The Downtown Mission focuses on serving and advocating for those who struggle with poverty — men, women, and children. It provides emergency shelter, hot meals, and food packs for individuals and families in need.

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Powering up passwords provides privacy protection

Compromised accounts and unauthorized access is a major issue for institutions and individuals who use computers or high-tech devices such as smartphones or tablets. The consequences can include the loss of valuable data, identity theft, and privacy breaches.

“One of the ways hackers break into IT systems and devices is by cracking passwords,” says Kevin Macnaughton, acting manager of Client Services and Technology in IT Services. “Weak and commonly-used passwords enable people with malicious intent to gain easy access.”

A password that is difficult to guess, however, makes it more difficult for hackers to break in and often deters them enough to look for another target.

“The more difficult the password, the lower the likelihood that one’s account will become compromised,” says Macnaughton.

To help address this issue, changes have recently been implemented to strengthen UWin account passwords.

Starting December 1, anyone who changes their UWin account password will be required to pick a new password with a minimum length of 10 characters (up from eight) that contains at least one of each of the following:

  • special character (new requirement);
  • uppercase letter (no change);
  • lowercase letter (no change); and
  • numerical digit (no change).

Special characters can include spaces and any other non-alphanumeric characters, such as a dollar sign ($), ampersand (&), or at sign (@).

To learn more about your UWin account or to change your password, visit uwindsor.ca/myuwinaccount.

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Course to explore success as a 21st Century educator

The Office of Open Learning is offering a free open online course exploring teaching in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world, and ways in which educators and learners can navigate these challenges.

The course, which runs for six weeks from January 22, is structured around Simon Bates’ concept of the anatomy of a 21st Century educator, which identifies six core elements of a modern teacher in higher education: Scholar, Technologist, Curator, Teacher for Learning, Collaborator, and Experimenter.

“In this course, we will explore what it means to be an educator in the 21st century university, especially focusing on online and technology enhanced teaching,” says Nick Baker, director of the Office of Open Learning, who will be leading the course.

The course is designed for busy faculty and grad students who need flexibility, and will be delivered online in Blackboard, with synchronous and asynchronous components.

Another important aspect of the course is that it is based on open educational resources (OERs — openly licenced online educational resources that are free to use and adapt), and participants who complete the course requirements will earn a digital badge that can be displayed in their LinkedIn profiles or other digital portfolios.

It also counts for credit towards the new Certificate in Open and Online Learning that the Office of Open Learning is launching in the new year, designed to offer flexible learning opportunities for faculty and graduate students interested in online, open, and technology-enhanced learning and teaching, as well as a way to recognise the scholarly work they might be doing in this field.

The course is open to all UWindsor faculty and graduate students, although space is limited so registering early will help secure your spot. Interested people can register at: https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/openlearning/workshops/20/#wkshp-87.

For more information on the course or the Certificate in Open and Online Learning, contact Baker by email at nbaker@uwindsor.ca or phone 519-253-3000, ext. 4925.

Wooden pens hand-turned by retired biology professor Michael WeisWooden pens hand-turned by retired biology professor Michael Weis make a great gift, says marketing manager Martin Deck of the Campus Bookstore.

Campus Bookstore has shoppers covered for last-minute gifts

Not finished your holiday shopping yet? The Campus Bookstore can help, with “scratch-and-save” discounts of between 10 and 25 per cent for all UWindsor staff and faculty today — Thursday, December 21.

“We have lots of terrific gifts, from Lancer gear to novelty mugs and, of course, books,” says marketing manager Martin Deck.

He touts the wooden pens hand-turned by retired biology professor Michael Weis as being appropriate for anyone who appreciates a well-made writing implement. They range in price from $30 for a simple twist mechanism to $100 for a boxed set of a pencil and fountain pen. Find the current stock on the online catalogue under “Weis Wood.”

Authors Marty Gervais and Herb Colling will be in the store from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday to sign copies of their recent books — Five Days Walking Five Towns and Ford City, respectively.

The store will close for the holidays at 3 p.m. Friday, December 22.

plush Lancer pillowIzabella Kojic-Sabo identified “Merry Christmas” in seven languages to win a plush Lancer pillow.

Language instructor masters tongue-twisting contest

Izabella Kojic-Sabo, ESL curriculum co-ordinator in the Centre for English Language Development, won Monday’s DailyNews trivia contest and its prize of a plush Lancer pillow.

Kojic-Sabo’s entry was drawn from all those which correctly matched the seasonal greeting to its language: Italian Buon Natale, Esperanto Feliĉan Kristnaskon, Spanish Feliz Navidad, German Frohe Weihnachten, Danish Glædelig Jul, French Joyeux Noël, and Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka.

She will receive the prize, valued at $22.95, courtesy of the Campus Bookstore.

Special appointments committee issues call for applications

The Special Appointments Committee invites applications for professor emerita/emeritus, distinguished university professor, and honorary professor.

An application for an eligible candidate must be submitted to Maria Giampuzzi in the University Secretariat by February 15. Direct any questions to Giampuzzi by email at woody@uwindsor.ca or at 519-253-3000, ext. 3317.

Find more information, including criteria and process, on the University Secretariat website.

telephone handsetIn the event of an emergency on campus while phones are disabled, use a mobile phone to call 911.

Reminder: campus phones to go dead Friday night

Maintenance work to the campus telephone system will take it offline overnight after the University closes Friday, December 22.

The entire telephone system will go silent sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Friday evening. Work will proceed over the next seven hours and the system is projected to be back online by 3 a.m. Saturday.

While the telephone system is down, there will be no dial tone on any phones on campus. Traditional phones will be without power. VoIP phones will appear operational, but will be unable to connect. There will be no answer if someone dials the University and voicemail will be unavailable. Emergency phones also will not work.

In case of emergency on campus during this period, use a mobile phone to call 911. Windsor Police Services will relay the call to Campus Police. Direct any questions or concerns to IT Services at 519-253-3000, ext. 4440.