Students sit on lawn outside Welcome CentreThe University of Windsor wins high marks for its urban campus in ranking among the greenest post-secondary institutions in North America.

Windsor wins high ranking for environmental commitment

The University of Windsor has once again been ranked among the greenest post-secondary institutions in North America by the Princeton Review.

The Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges, 2017, profiles universities and colleges with exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

UWindsor is one of only 18 Canadian universities ranked among the greenest in 2017. The University also made the list two years ago.

The Princeton Review choses institutions based on “Green Rating” scores that the U.S.-based company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from a survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

The Review says the rating, on a scale of 60 to 99, provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution. The University of Windsor received a Green Rating of 83 out of 99.

Specifically, the Green Rating measures:

  • Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable;
  • How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and
  • How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

In the Green Guide, UWindsor is profiled as an “urban campus, which is easily accessible by foot, bus and bike (the preferred methods of student transport), is also near one of the busiest trade crossings between the U.S. and Canada. This proximity makes the university acutely aware of the environmental and financial impact of trade, motor vehicles, and the gasoline they require.”

The university is cited for programs that place an emphasis on transportation electrification, wind power, solar energy, and smart grid technology, and “bring together industry experts, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows for research and development a focus on complex environmental problems.”

As well, UWindsor gets high marks for a commitment to sustainability, has an environmental advocate, a food budget that includes local and organic foods, a bike-share program, and reduced-price transit passes for students.

The Princeton Review is a U.S.-based college admission services company. It is not is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit

Winston, Lancers mascot

Last chance Sunday to turn Lancer pride into prizes

Lancer fans will have a chance to show their appreciation for graduating student-athletes on the track and field and hockey teams this weekend.

The Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse is the setting for the Team Challenge in track and field this weekend, with action in weight throw, pentathlon, and heptathlon opening Friday at 3 p.m., while the remainder of the events start Saturday at noon. The meet can be seen live at Before Saturday’s events, fans and teammates will be invited to salute fourth-year Lancers.

Men’s and women’s hockey will also observe Seniors’ Day on Saturday prior to their final home games of the regular season. The women face off against Ryerson at 4 p.m. and the men against Western at 7:30 p.m. Both games are in the Capri Pizzeria Recreational Complex, the former South Windsor Arena.

Lancer volleyball will host the Western Mustangs on Sunday, February 11, in the final contests to qualify for the Ignite Pride campaign. UWindsor students in attendance may register towards a draw for an Apple iPad tablet computer. Learn more on the campaign website. The women open the action at 1 p.m. with the men taking to the court at 3 p.m.

Men’s and women’s basketball will be in Sault Ste. Marie for games Friday and Saturday against the Algoma Thunderbirds.

Minty boost portable USB chargerBuild a portable USB charger during the first workshop in the “Make It and Take It” series, Thursday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Workshop series encouraging students to design and build gadgets

There is an old proverb that says give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

With its new Make It and Take It series, the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) strives to feed all students’ imaginations through practical workshops in its brand new makerspace at the EPIC Industrial Hub in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Participants will learn not only how to build or design popular gadgets, but also the theories behind them from guest instructors.

This series gives students an opportunity to learn interesting and creative ways to build or design gadgets ranging from USB ports, flashlights and more. They will take home their designs along with the basic knowledge and training necessary for their specific project, giving them a chance to explore the possibilities of their own imagination: what else can you make with the new skills you learned? Can this innovative idea eventually become an entrepreneurial endeavour?

The opening workshop, Make a Minty Boost Portable USB Charger, runs 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 15. To register for it or other entries in the series, visit the EPICentre website

Sam Cooke, King of SoulSam Cooke wrote and sang the 1961 song “Cupid,” a subject of one of the questions in Thursday’s quiz.

Quiz winners set to receive leather goods

Winners of Thursday’s DailyNews trivia quizzes will receive prizes celebrating their knowledge of St. Valentine and romance.

Laura McLean, secretary to the dean of science, won a tote bag by designer Kenneth Cole for correctly identifying The Two Gentlemen of Verona as the Shakespeare play featuring Valentine and Proteus, Paul VI as the Roman Catholic pope who oversaw the exclusion of St. Valentine from the liturgical calendar, and Chicago as the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Julie Sando, administrative assistant in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, won a Timberland belt for answering that Dom Perignon is incorrectly considered the inventor of champagne, Sam Cooke composed the 1961 hit “Cupid,” and the liver was called the seat of love by medieval poets.

Both had their entries drawn at random from all correct responses and will receive their prizes from UWindsor staffer Lily Powis, who donated them for the contest.

Mobile application allows users to capture expenses on the go

UWinsite Finance is pleased to announce the release of the Oracle Fusion Expenses mobile application to the UWindsor campus community.

Oracle Fusion Expenses empowers users to quickly capture their expenses as they are incurred with minimal data entry. In addition, expense reports can be approved while on the go.

A comprehensive solution, Oracle Fusion Expenses supports mobile entry for both iPhone and Android devices. Blackberry devices with the Android operating system are also able to operate the app.

To download and install the Oracle Fusion Expenses mobile app for use with UWinsite Finance, follow these instructions.

For assistance with the download and installation of the Oracle Fusion Expenses mobile app, submit a support ticket at

Accessibility Awareness Day graphicRegistration is now open for the sixth annual Accessibility Awareness Day, March 28 in the CAW Student Centre.

Accessibility Awareness Day registration now open

Registration is now open for the sixth annual Accessibility Awareness Day, set for March 28 with a theme of “Accessibility: More Than Meet the Eye.”

Sessions held in the CAW Student Centre’s Alumni Auditorium throughout the day will focus on increasing awareness of accessibility challenges and breaking down barriers within the campus and broader communities. Faculty, staff, and students will share their accessibility advocacy stories during breakout sessions.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Advance registration is required; find a link and more information on the event website.

“If Music be the Food of Love” graphicThe Windsor Classic Chorale presents “If Music be the Food of Love,” an evening of romantic choral music, Saturday, February 10.

Chorale cooking up delicious Valentine concert

The Windsor Classic Chorale, under the direction of Bruce Kotowich, sets the table for a celebration of love, music, and food in a concert featuring a twist on St. Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Kotowich has cooked up a lighthearted program for “If Music be the Food of Love,” Saturday, February 10, at Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church. Besides two compositions by David Dickhau and Jean Belmont sharing that title, featured pieces include “There is Sweet Music” by Edward Elgar, “The Seasonings” by PDQ Bach, and “Eat Your Vegetables” by John Muehleisen.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church, located at 3200 Woodland Drive. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Find more info on the event webpage.