Noelle MontcalmOlympic hurdler Noelle Montcalm is the keynote speaker at the Lancer Leadership Conference, Feb. 11 and 12.

Lancer Leadership Conference soaring to Olympian heights

Olympic athlete and UWindsor alumna Noelle Montcalm (BScN 2012) will deliver a keynote address at the Lancer Leadership Conference, Feb. 11 and 12.

The conference will provide students, faculty, and staff opportunities to participate in online simulations, virtual meeting spaces, and interactive presentations by leaders connected to the UWindsor community. Organizers recommend early registration.

A hurdler who represented Canada at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics and a five-time national champion in the 400m hurdles, Montcalm knows how to manage competition. Since beginning her nursing career, she has taken a special interest in health promotion and mental health initiatives.

“As a kid, I had high ambitions, I still do. But I never could have dreamed what emotions would come with being a two-time Olympian,” Montcalm says. “The journey, the process, the hurdles — always the hurdles — to overcome, all add up to one amazing experience to be so very grateful for.”

During her Lancer career, Montcalm was named female MVP in track three times by Ontario University Athletics. She was inducted into the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.

She will deliver her address to open Saturday sessions of the Lancer Leadership Conference; find the current schedule on the conference website. Among the planned activities are:

  • a simulated climb of Mount Everest,
  • student panels on aspects of leadership, and
  • presentations by well-known UWindsor alumni, faculty, and students.

Tim Brunet, co-ordinator of leadership development in the Student Success and Leadership Centre, encourages campus supervisors to send their student staff.

“Participating in the conference is a great opportunity for their personal development,” says Brunet. “Attendees will have a chance to win Amazon gift cards, meet new friends, and learn about time-tested leadership strategies.”

Admission is free and open to anyone over the age of 16. Register here to attend.

Lancer Centre gymnasiumA video offers a look at the current state of the construction of the Lancer Centre gymnasium.

Triple gym built for champions: video tour

“Beyond expectations” is how alumnus and donor Jake Rondot (BHK 2002) describes the Lancer Centre. “It is a huge win for the entire region.”

Rondot’s tour of the centre with Vincent Georgie, UWindsor acting associate vice-president, external, is captured in the latest construction update video.

It focuses on the triple gym, which features seating for 2,000 fans, three courts, an upper-level three-lane recreational jogging track, direct access from the basketball and volleyball team rooms, and an Alumni Lounge. The future home for Convocation ceremonies, the facility will also host community events — from high school, regional, and international sporting championships to science and job fairs.

Get a sneak peek here:

landscapeVirtual beading circles on Feb. 9 and 16 will bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit people.

Beading circle event to raise awareness of MMIWG2S

In February, the Paul Martin Law Library’s Truth and Reconciliation Reading Circle is supporting the Shkawbewisag Student Law Society in its efforts to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) by hosting a virtual beading circle over two nights, with local artist Shane Lyon.

On Feb. 9 and 16, Lyon will coach participants on how to bead their own Red Dress Pins. The pins are an adapted representation of artist Jaime Black’s ongoing art series, The REDress Project, which highlights the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women. Each dress symbolizes an Indigenous woman who has been murdered or is missing, representing just a portion of thousands of people.

The beading sessions will take place virtually over the Blackboard Collaborate platform from 6 to 8 p.m. DIY beading kits will be provided in advance, but registration is limited to 15 participants. Registration closes on Feb. 2 and University of Windsor students, staff, and faculty are eligible to participate.

In conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Reading Circle, the Paul Martin Law Library is collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Campus Community Food Bank, and new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for the Downtown Mission’s Coldest Night of the Year which takes place on Feb. 26. Donations may be dropped off at the Law Library, located in the Leddy West building, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ferry between Windsor and DetroitHow did parish neighbourhoods mapped by the Roman Catholic Church shape the history of Detroit? An urban planning student from the University of Michigan will consider the topic in a lecture Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Lecture to look at Detroit history through lens of Catholic Church

A research presentation Feb. 8 will reinterpret the history of Detroit by examining a powerful institution that planned the city around neighbourhoods, but has nevertheless been neglected by urban studies: the Roman Catholic Church.

Using archival, oral history, and historical mapping methodologies, Christine Hwang — a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan — will demonstrate how Catholic parish neighbourhoods paradoxically served both as places of refuge for European Catholic immigrants against a hostile Protestant national landscape and as tools for excluding Black migrants arriving from heavily-Protestant regions of the American South.

By considering the church as an urban planning entity, Hwang explores how both religion and race shaped Detroit and how some neighbourhoods, by bridging outwards in an era of turbulent social unrest and decline, hoped for, imagined, and, in some cases, built alternative futures. 

Entitled “The Unbounded Parish: The Catholic Church and Mapping Paradoxical Space in Twentieth-Century Detroit,” the presentation is part of the history department’s Detroit River Region Research Group Speaker Series. UWindsor history major Lily Zitko will host the event on Microsoft Teams beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8.

To receive the link to attend, email history professor Guillaume Teasdale at

Reminder: UWinsite Finance Single Sign-On process changing today

The Single Sign-On landing page for UWinsite Finance changes today in advance of the new self-serve supplier portal launch.

Here are the steps for UWindsor faculty and staff:

Finance screen

A new screen will open.​

Oracle sign in

  • Click Company Single Sign-On
  • If you are already signed into another UWindsor single sign-on enabled resources, you will be directed straight to UWinsite Finance.
  • If you are not signed into a UWindsor single sign-on enabled resource, you will be prompted to enter your UWin ID and password. Multi-factor authentication will also be applied if you are off campus and not using the GlobalProtect VPN.

The User ID and password section of this landing page will be used for suppliers only.

If you have any issues signing into UWinsite Finance, submit a UWin Account ticket.

Nominations open for 2022 equity leadership award

The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee is now accepting nominations for the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award for 2022.

The award is named to honour Mary Lou Dietz — a late UWindsor faculty member and former head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology — in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

Eligible individual must be a current, former or a retired Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)   member who demonstrates the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion in leadership exemplified by accomplishments or contributions.

New in 2022, group applications will be considered to recognize and celebrate the achievements of groups through their ongoing diligence and commitment on equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Windsor. Eligible groups must have at least 50% of the members being current, former or a retired WUFA member.

The candidate or group will have demonstrated a consistent commitment to, and provided quality work on behalf of, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Windsor, as demonstrated by, one or more of the following categories:

  • Initiated educational or public awareness programs that benefit members of marginalized groups, including but not limited to: women; racialized persons; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples; differently-abled persons; persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or 2-spirited; francophones and all persons whose first language is not English; and immigrants and persons seeking immigration status;
  • Innovative strategies, approaches, and activities for creating a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus;
  • Leadership in recruiting diverse candidates, colleagues, and students;
  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students and colleagues in the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Service on equity, diversity, and inclusion committees;
  • Service to the Faculty Association;
  • Public advocacy on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Scholarly work, including paper presentations, lectures, or publications on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum design to further the cause of employment equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Distinguished achievement as a group: In contributing to the advancement of EDI on campus. Including but not limited to, providing organizational leadership; implementing new policy; initiating education or public awareness programs related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; achieving political, legislative, or collective bargaining gains; and performing distinguished service in support of equity and equity seeking members within their own and/or other university organizations;
  • Collaborative/Intergroup Relations: Group works to promote a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive learning or working environment on campus; increases EDI outreach, collaboration, partnerships and learning programs to initiate and strengthen relations with communities, including through community service.

Find details and forms on the faculty association’s website.

Nominations must include the nominee or group name, title, and credentials, as well outline the nominee or group’s accomplishments and contributions, addressing the criteria set out above, nominations are to be received by March 4, 2022. Send nominations to the faculty association office by:

  • mail to as a PDF or MS-Word document
  • post to WUFA, 366 Sunset Ave, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4