Two words resurface in the letters of support that helped English professor Dale Jacobs win an Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching—innovation and generosity.
UWindsor employees have until May 31 to apply for the Volunteer at Convocation initiative.
A joint project of the Department of Human Resources and the Office of the Registrar, the program offers staff the opportunity to be involved in a tangible way in the culmination of the student experience.
Volunteering at the University’s Convocation ceremonies is one of the perks of his job, says Richard Lanspeary of the Advising Centre.
“It provides me an opportunity to see students after all their academic studies are finished,” he says. “We see them at Head Start, we get them through the admissions process, help them make course selections, nurture their study skills, and provide emotional bolstering when necessary.
“It is wonderful to see them at the end of the day, crossing the stage with a smile on their faces and holding that degree in their hands.”
Videotaping Convocation in high-definition provides a much more immersive experience for viewers, says producer Peter Freele of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The October 13 graduation ceremonies marked the first time the centre’s staff employed high-definition recording for Convocation.
The high-definition process substitutes 1920x1080 pixel resolution for standard 720x480 pixel resolution.
“You can really see the difference in quality,” Freele says. “The new footage puts viewers in the seat as if they were there. It is so much more immediate.”