Phil WernettePhil Wernette, organizer of the UWill Discover Undergraduate Conference, cites it as a high-impact practice for engaged learners.

Workshop to help undergraduates prepare submissions for conference

The organizing committee is currently accepting submissions of abstracts, original work, and artist statements for oral presentations, visual presentations, performances, media or film productions, and a special Lancers Lair session at the UWill Discover Undergraduate Conference, March 22 and 23.

The deadline for submissions is January 31.

Environmental studies major Alexandra Scaman says that winning a cash prize during the 2017 conference was an added bonus for her participation.

“The real highlight was having the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and share my work with fellow students,” she says.

She enjoyed the UWill Discover experience so much, she joined this year’s conference organizing team.

A free workshop Thursday, January 18, will explore the basics of writing abstracts, and original work or artist’s statements. It will begin at 3 p.m. in room 302, Leddy West. Additional sessions as the conference approaches will cover the development of a professional presence online, and communication strategies for effective presentations.

Learn more about the conference and each of the preparatory workshops on the conference website.

Leah BrownlieLeah Brownlie of the Windsor Equestrian Team said she signed up a lot of interested students during Clubs Fest, Thursday in the student centre.

Clubs Fest a chance to spread the word on campus associations

With more than 80 groups looking for new members and spreading awareness of their activities, this week’s Clubs Fest is the biggest yet, says Anthony Dalla Bona, student groups co-ordinator for the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance.

“The level of activity on our campus is second to none,” he said Thursday, as the first day of the club fair ran down in the CAW Student Centre. “I am very astonished at how much is going on here — many larger universities would be envious.”

Leah Brownlie, co-ordinator of the Windsor Equestrian Team, said staffing a table at the event was definitely worthwhile.

“We signed up a ton of people interested,” she said. “It’s a great way to advertise our existence.”

Her club engages in competitive show jumping, so while it isn’t for everyone, it is an outlet for students who may not have known the local area offers opportunities in the sport.

“We bring together all the people who like horses,” Brownlie said. “Even if you’re not experienced enough to join our team, we can refer you to places to get training.”

Clubs Fest continues today — Thursday, January 18 — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the student centre Commons. Dalla Bona invites anyone interested in starting a new student group to contact him at

Leddy LibraryLearn about the Leddy Library’s collections, facilities, policies, and services during tours January 22 to 25.

Library tours to familiarize patrons with resources and services

Free guided tours of the Leddy Library next week will introduce its facilities and policies, collections and help services.

Each takes about 20 minutes and will leave from the building’s lobby:

  • Monday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.

No registration necessary — just join in.

Navdeep BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains makes a point during a discussion Wednesday in Assumption Hall.

Students engage with federal cabinet minister

Students and faculty from law, political science, and business heard from UWindsor alumnus Navdeep Bains (MBA 2001), Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, during an informal discussion Wednesday in Assumption Hall.

“It’s great to be back home,” Bains said to the overflowing room. “I’m very comfortable here and this is a very important discussion on some very key issues that pertain to our economic roadmap going forward.”

Bains was joined by UWindsor president Alan Wildeman; Myra Tawfik, EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy; and law professor Shanthi Senthe for a fireside chat that ranged from national intellectual policy to Bill C-25, which requires corporations to make an annual disclosure relating to diversity among their directors and members of senior management.

A question-and-answer session followed the moderated discussion.

Ronnie HaidarUWindsor student Ronnie Haidar is one of the speakers at the TEDx event “Diamonds from Pressure,” January 28 in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Deadline approaching to attend UWindsor TEDx program

It takes a lot of pressure to make a diamond, and the organizers of an event on the UWindsor campus Sunday, January 28, hope to spark discussion on that principle.

TEDx University of Windsor promises a series of talks on the theme “Diamonds from Pressure.” It is a local project drawing on a global movement to share ideas worth spreading in Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

The conference will feature:

  • science advocate Tasnia Nabil, a Grade 12 student at Massey Secondary School;
  • Leigh Ann Hello of the green kitchen design team the Cabinet Studio;
  • Lancer women’s basketball coach Chantal Vallée;
  • Emily Branton, president of food bank software company Link2Feed;
  • St. Clair College psychology professor Andrea Dinardo;
  • UWindsor nursing professor Maher El-Masri; and
  • former University of Windsor Students’ Alliance president Ronnie Haidar.

It will run noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Registration is $50 per person, due no later than Friday, January 19. Find details and an application form on the event website.