still from Boys Vs. GirlsThe Windsor International Film Festival will screen the feature comedy "Boys vs. Girls," directed by professor Mike Stasko, on Nov. 2.

Film festivals to screen prof’s feature comedy

UWindsor film professor Mike Stasko will show his latest feature this weekend at London’s Forest City Film Festival before its hometown premiere at the Windsor International Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Boys vs. Girls, written and directed by Stasko and produced by Theodore Bezaire, was shot in Windsor-Essex with a crew that included UWindsor students and recent grads. It tells the story of a summer camp forced to go co-ed after 70 years, sparking a battle of the sexes.

“Theodore Bezaire and I have been making feature comedies in Windsor for almost 15 years now, including Things To Do and The Birder,” Stasko says. “Boys vs. Girls helps us raise the bar on our filmmaking while continuing to shine a spotlight on our local region.”

The movie features established actors Colin Mochrie and Kevin McDonald. Stasko believes his young crew members will benefit from having it on their resumés.

“I’ve seen first-hand what this jumpstart can do for their careers,” he says.

The film will screen at the:

Watch a promotional trailer.

Waiting for GodotA performance Friday by acting students will explores themes and relationships from Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot.

Drama students to showcase presentations of class work

The campus community is invited to public performances this week showcasing the work of acting students.

Movement class to showcase theatre creations Friday

Drama students in professor Meaghen Quinn’s second-year class, “Movement for the Actor,” will explore themes from Samuel Beckett’s absurdist tragicomedy Waiting for Godot in performance Friday, Oct. 25.

The theatre works devised by the students will also investigate creative research questions in an effort to reveal the voices of those who have been silenced or underrepresented in history.

The free public showcase runs 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Acting Studio, room 100 of the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre.

Works in Progress class to tackle French farces

Varying student casts under the direction of drama instructor Jim Warren will perform scenes from comedies by Molière — The Rehearsal at Versailles, The Flying Doctor, and Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed — at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre’s Studio Theatre.

beetsThe potential for beets as a health supplement is the subject of a lecture Friday in the Human Kinetics Building.

Lecture to inaugurate physical activity promotion campaign

A free public lecture Friday, Oct. 25, by kinesiology professor David Proctor of Penn State University will serve as a kick-off for the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Committee at the University of Windsor.

David ProctorDr. Proctor is a professor of kinesiology, physiology, and medicine at Penn State University and director of its integrative vascular physiology laboratory. He organized that university’s first campus-wide Exercise is Medicine program.

His lecture, entitled “In Search of a Supplement for Aging Arteries and Exercise Intolerance: Is Beetroot the Magic Bullet?” is set for noon Friday in room 145, Human Kinetics Building. It is part of the Faculty of Human Kinetics Distinguished Speakers’ Series.

The faculty has received recognition from the American College of Sports Medicine for leading UWindsor Exercise is Medicine efforts. It is planning additional events to engage the university community in enhancing health and wellness practices.

Luncheon to honour inspirational young women

Two UWindsor graduates are among three recipients of the $5,000 Athena scholarship sponsored by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their community involvement, potential for leadership, academic excellence, and inspiration to women to reach their full potential.

Jessica Glazewski (BA 2018), an outreach officer for the Bystander Initiative, and Katherine Hirsch (MHK 2019), now pursuing doctoral studies in kinesiology, join St. Clair College grad Kiara Clement as the honorees at the annual Athena luncheon, Nov. 1 at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts.

 “This scholarship program reflects the Athena philosophy, which is rooted in the idea that by elevating people with potential and solid values, we help them to be exceptional role models,” says Loretta Stoyka, president of the ATHENA Scholarship Fund (Windsor). “Inspired by their example, others in the community can achieve excellence too.”

Glazewski’s community involvement includes past roles as a peer mentor for the Bystander Initiative, a Walk Safe volunteer, and a member of the outreach and advocacy team for the Downtown Mission.

Hirsh’s accomplishments as a leader include founding the University of Windsor Kinesiology Graduate Student Association and co-founding the Healthy Body Image Program for local female youth athletes.

Senator Gwen Boniface will deliver a presentation entitled “A Look at Leadership through the Rear View Window” at the Nov. 1 luncheon. Tickets are $45 with a student rate of $30, available from windsoressexchamber.org.

Sefu Bernard with Washington MysticsUWindsor alumnus Sefu Bernard, indicated by the blue arrow, director of player development for the Washington Mystics, celebrates with the team following its winning the WNBA championship Oct. 10.

Alumnus celebrates Washington’s first WNBA title

A UWindsor alumnus enjoyed a joyful victory Oct. 10, as the Washington Mystics won the WNBA championship for the first time in the franchise’s history.

Sefu Bernard (BHK 2000) has been the director of player development for the Mystics since 2015 and was there to celebrate the win with his team.

During Bernard’s career as a University of Windsor student, he played for the Lancer men’s basketball team, serving as team captain and nominated twice for the Ken Shield Award for outstanding achievement in the areas of basketball, academics, and community involvement.

—Dana Roe

Windsor Law to host annual conference of Canadian Association for Legal Ethics

Windsor Law will host jurists for discussion of issues relevant to the ethical provision of legal services and the proper regulation of the profession during the annual Canadian Association for Legal Ethics Conference, Oct. 25 and 26 in Windsor Hall.

Law professor Jasminka Kalajdzic says the topic is critical for a self-regulated profession.

“It is important that we — whether we are in private practice, in government agencies, or academics — regularly discuss and learn about ethics,” she says. “It is one way to reassure the public that we take seriously our duty to act with integrity.”

This is the first time Windsor will host the conference, which will feature three research panels, a teaching panel, and a panel on regulatory issues, well as the keynote address “Prosecutorial Independence during the Trump Administration” by professor Rebecca Roiphe of New York Law School.

Windsor Hall is located in downtown Windsor at 167 Ferry St. Students, faculty, and staff interested in legal ethics are encouraged to attend, but registration is limited: attend.com/CALE2019.

—Rachelle Prince

jars of cookiesPrepared foods and handmade products are available from the campus farmers market.

Farmers market returns to student centre

After a hiatus for Reading Week, the campus farmers market returns to the CAW Student Centre Commons today — Thursday, Oct. 24.

Sample the wares from these participating vendors:

  • fresh produce from Bouchard Farms; teas and coffees from Organo;
  • baked goods from Christine’s Bake Shop and Fehr’s Heritage Bakery;
  • gluten-free products from Forgot the Flour; vegan foods from Chlorophyll catering;
  • sweet treats from Kettle Popcorn and Walkerville Candies;
  • specialty cuisine from Little Foot Foods and My Choice Pancakes;
  • personal care products from My Choice Natural; and apparel from Sweetlegs.

The market will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.