Windsor Welcome Week

Organizing committee invites proposals for Welcome Week events

The Windsor Welcome Week committee invites individuals and organizations to submit proposals for events for the annual fall orientation, which this year will run September 1 to 7.

Proposals are due no later than July 2 for inclusion in the event guide that will be distributed in September and available on the web.

Events must be inclusive and accessible for all, and must contribute toward at least three of the desired outcomes:

Album a photographic record of welcome week highlights

The University of Windsor presented a lot of opportunities to her, says recent biology and biotechnology grad Irina Bacanu. She joined hundreds of students in signing a large “thank you” card to donors, Thursday outside the CAW Student Centre.

“I am very grateful to the university for all the resources it has offered us,” Bacanu says. “I just wanted to say thank you to the supporters who made it possible.”

Lancer game Saturday to feature fun for football fans

Saturday’s football game offers more than the opportunity to watch the Lancer team—ranked seventh in the nation after Monday’s lopsided victory over Ottawa—take on the Guelph Gryphons under the lights on Alumni Field.

It also marks the Windsor debut of the NFL on Campus, a program of the American professional football league offering interactive games, promotions and prizes for young fans.

Celebration welcomes first-year students to Lancer ranks

The chance to win a semester’s tuition was a huge draw to attend the Welcoming Celebration on Wednesday afternoon, says Kelsey Adams.

The social work student did win the raffle, sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association, but walked out of the St. Denis Centre with more than just a cheque. She also gained inspiration and Lancer pride, courtesy of a presentation by UWindsor president Alan Wildeman on the theme “Believe in Yourself” and a special appearance by varsity athletes and mascot Winston.

A cool welcome for new and returning students

It’s nice to come to campus and feel wanted, says Lana El-Osta: “It really builds University of Windsor pride.”

The first-year biochemistry student joined her childhood friend Nikita Gandhi in trying to take advantage of all that is offered during Windsor Welcome Week. Tuesday, they enjoyed free snow cones outside the CAW Student Centre, courtesy of the International Student Society.

“There’s so much free stuff to do,” Gandhi says. “It gives you a good sense of how friendly the university is.”

Volunteers make move-in smoother for new residence students

Going away to school takes more stuff than in his day, said a father helping his son move in to Macdonald Hall on Sunday.

“When I packed for college, I just threw my backpack on my shoulder and I was ready to go,” said Steve Robinson, who said it took seven trips from the van to carry in the supplies of his son, Dillon Robinson. “Between the iPad, computer, guitar, every bit of clothing he owns—it adds up.”

Luckily, he said, there was plenty of help.

“There were all sorts of volunteers offering to haul with us,” he said. “They were very polite and very helpful.”

International students enjoy a welcome from Windsor

More than 350 new students coming to UWindsor this fall from overseas—including almost 90 exchange students—help to define the campus as an international destination, says Enrique Chacon.

The international student advisor helped to organize orientation sessions especially for this group, with sessions Sunday and Monday on topics ranging from adjusting to Canada’s culture and climate, understanding expectations for academic integrity, and dealing with visa and immigration issues.

Paschal Dim said that he already made some new friends during a welcoming barbecue on Sunday.