“Black History – Black Futures”Activities with the theme “Black History – Black Futures” are set through February.

Black History Month activities promise to look forward as well as back

It’s important to celebrate the current and future accomplishments of Black people as well as the past during Black History Month, says Marium Tolson-Murtty, UWindsor director of anti-racism organizational change.

That’s why organizers have chose the theme “Black History – Black Futures” for a series of events through February that will engage faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

“Black people are not trends or fads,” says Tolson-Murtty. “People of the African diaspora are integral to the fabric of our society not only in Canada but worldwide.”

Learn more on the Black History – Black Futures website.

The site includes a calendar of the month’s events, which range from giveaways and contests to lectures and performances. To add a listing, email abr@uwindsor.ca.

Nicholas PapadorMusic professor Nicholas Papador has released an album of contemporary classical works for marimba.

Professor pulls together performers for percussion project

Today, Redshift Records will release Marimba Collage: Open Score Works by Jordan Nobles, a contemporary classical album by Nicholas Papador, associate professor of music in the School of Creative Arts.

Dr. Papador has released a number of commercial recordings since joining the UWindsor faculty, but this release is particularly notable in that all performance and production stages of the project were completed by SoCA students, alumni, and faculty.

Visual arts professor Catherine Heard created the album cover images. Recent alumni Cody Weldon (BMus 2018) and Lilly Korkontzelos (BMus 2020) handled the production, tracking, mixing, and mastering of the recording. And current students Joshua Mathews and Martin Shultz, and alumni Martin Andres (BMus 2013), Nicholas Baddeley, Aaron Eichler (BMus 2015, B.Ed 2017), Vanessa Harnish (BMus 2008, B.Ed 2009), Jefferson Hills (BMus 2021), Charlie McKittrick (BMus 2009), Justin Skalaa (BMus 2020), and Taylor Unis added their talents on marimba or other percussion instruments to Papador’s arrangements and performances.

This CD project received grant support from the Ontario Arts Council, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts Elizabeth Havelock Grant in the Arts, and the University of Windsor Alumni Association.

Juno award-winning composer Jordan Nobles has had a significant impact on performance studies at the University of Windsor since the composer’s residency at the 2010 Windsor Canadian Music Festival, where student ensembles premiered and preformed a number of his chamber pieces, says Papador.

In the following years, Nobles’ open score works have been regularly programmed in concerts as well as in pedagogical improvisation and chamber music exercises in the School of Creative Arts. The term “open score” means that a piece of music has instructions from the composer: some notes, a framework, but it allows for creative interpretation.

“For instance, the piece Stasis is 10 minutes long,” explains Papador. “It’s a sustaining gorgeous work. I think it would sound pretty hollow if just one person played it, but it could be performed by a quartet, or it could be performed by 100 people. And if you're tasteful in how you choose your notes, it's still going to be a successful and very different performance.”

He says the timing was right to release a recording.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was looking for ways to continue the artistry with the University of Windsor’s percussion community and felt it was time to create recorded realizations of Nobles’ open score works for marimbas,” Papador says.

The multitracked recording format allowed the group to create large sonic landscapes that wouldn’t be easy to capture in a live setting. The setting also allowed the performers to record safely in distanced individual sessions. Each musician’s performance was recorded at Red Dragon Studios in Windsor.

“The marimba is a warm sounding percussion instrument whose large size and stereo profile have a pronounced spatial effect in a recorded medium,” Papador says. “The timbre of the instrument, with its rich low tones, water-like high register, and sustained tremolo seemed an ideal subject for these work’s improvisatory, meditative, and ambient qualities.

“The open score works of Jordan Nobles unify a number of conceptual and sonic elements within contemporary music practices. They are a joy to perform and it has been a pleasure to undertake this project alongside these talented young artists.”

Marimba Collage is available for streaming and CD purchase on Bandcamp, Spotify, other streaming platforms, and through local record outlets.

—Susan McKee

display in the Leddy Library of books reflecting Black History MonthThe Leddy Library used community input to create a list of 28 titles that capture the broad areas of Black history.

Library releases list of recommended readings for Black History Month

The Leddy Library and the UWindsor community have put together a digital reading list to recognize Black History Month.

Each day for the month of February one recommendation from the list will be shared on the library’s social media channels and featured as an online collection on the library’s website.

“We asked our community to share their top book recommendations to highlight for Black History Month,” says organizer Heidi Jacobs. “With their input we were able to collect 28 titles that capture the broad areas of Black history, including formal histories, memoirs, collections of poetry, novels, books of visual art, graphic novels, children’s or young adult books.”

In addition, the University of Windsor Alumni Association will be giving away sets of literature featured in the Black History Month reading list.

One set of five books (as determined by the University Librarian) will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Elementary teacher or student with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • Elementary teacher or student with the Greater Essex County District School Board
  • High school teacher or student with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • High school teacher or student with the Greater Essex County District School Board
  • One alumni winner
  • One UWindsor student winner

Note: Elementary and high school teacher and student winners will be given books for their school library — not a personal prize.

The contest runs throughout February and winners selected at the beginning of March. Winners will be randomly chosen once the contest concludes on Feb. 28 and will be announced and contacted in early March by the Alumni Office.

Patrons are invited to view the 28 Days, 28 Books you Should Read collection on the library website.

ethernet cable being unpluggedThe University of Windsor’s internet will be inaccessible Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 12 to 3 a.m.

University internet inaccessible early Wednesday

The University of Windsor’s internet will be inaccessible Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 12 to 3 a.m. due to ongoing network improvements by service provider, Connecting Windsor-Essex.

In addition to the internet access on campus being disrupted, all UWindsor systems will be off-line during the same period, including:

  • UWinsite Student
  • Blackboard
  • MyUWinfo

Users may have to restart or log in again on various platforms when internet service resumes.

If you have difficulties accessing the internet on campus after the outage, contact the IT Service Desk by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 4440. The IT Service Desk opens at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

young man rolling up sleeve to show site of his vaccinationStudents who get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a Feb. 4 clinic in the Education Gym will receive $25 in UwinCASH.

Campus clinic to provide vaccine against COVID-19

UWindsor students who receive vaccination against COVID-19 at an on-campus clinic this week will receive $25 in UwinCASH.

The funds allow students to use their UwinCARDs to purchase products and services from campus food outlets, printers and photocopiers, and the Campus Bookstore.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit will operate public pop-up clinics open to anyone 5 years or older: Friday, Feb. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Education Gym.

No appointment or health card is necessary to receive a first, second, or booster shot. Students who attend may fill out a form on their way out to claim their $25 reward.

person sitting in sunny windowHuman Resources shares tips for coping with anxiety about returning to campus.

Human Resources shares ways to cope with anxiety of return to campus

As faculty and staff begin to return to campus, it’s normal to experience varying degrees of anxiety about returning to routines that were once comfortable but have now become unfamiliar, says Human Resources.

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor faculty and staff, the department shares strategies that can help ease return-to-work anxiety:

  • Plan ahead to gain a sense of control over a future that is uncertain.
  • Take the time to reflect on your boundaries so you can anticipate how you may respond to different situations at work.
  • Focus on the positives about returning to work to boost your hope and optimism.
  • Accept that things will be different and don’t hesitate to reach out to your supervisor, colleagues, and family for support.
  • Reach out for help if you feel that the anxiety associated with the transition is becoming too much to manage.

Additional supports are available on the Employee Mental Health Resources website.

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