Campus Digest: Nominations open for Western Green Awards

By Communications Staff
February 07, 2013

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Nominations are now being sought for the Western Green Awards, to recognize contributions to sustainability on campus.

Looking to help raise awareness of sustainability at the university through the acknowledgement of community members who have made positive contributions, nominations may be made at sustainability.uwo.ca/green_awards. Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28. 

The Western Green Awards recognize an individual or team that initiates or supports an activity with positive environmental outcomes; encourages participation and involvement; works together with others, groups and organizations to meet their goal; or demonstrates an environmentally friendly effort/campaign.

“The Green Awards are a fantastic way to recognize environmental initiatives at Western,” said Beverley Ayeni, Western’s energy and environment manager. “By taking the time to nominate a person or group for the award, individuals help to shed light on important projects or people within our community. I encourage everyone to take the time to nominate someone they know who deserves a Green Award.”

For more information contact greenawards@uwo.ca.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Deadline is March 1 for students to apply for a 30 per cent off grant to be applied to Ontario tuition for 2012-13. Students who have applied for Ontario Student Assistance Program will be automatically enrolled. However, those who have not, are encouraged to apply before the deadline.
    Students are eligible if they are a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario; have been out of high school for less than four years; are in a program you can apply to directly from high school; meet citizenship/residency requirements; and parents have a gross income (total before taxes) of $160,000 or less.
    Visit the program’s website, ontario.ca/education-and-training/30-off-ontario-tuition, for details.
  • London’s first Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival takes to the screen Feb. 8-10. The event is co-sponsored by Western’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.
    The film schedule includes Prisoners’ Justice: 2 Spirit, Queer & Trans Perspectives at 7 p.m. Friday at London Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; Indigenous Sovereignty, Immigration and Detention at 1 p.m., Criminalization of Women and Mental Health at 4:30 p.m. and Political Prisoners and the Criminalization of Dissent at 7 p.m. Saturday at Old East Studios, 755 Dundas St.; and Political Prisoners in Latin America at 1 p.m. and festival closing panel, Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex: From Reform to Abolition, at 5 p.m. Sunday at Old East Studios, 755 Dundas St.
    Details are available at prisonjusticefilm.wordpress.com.
  • Help Western Mustang softball outfielder Michelle Reynolds make one last grab. The Nursing student’s game-winning catch in the National Championship Quarterfinal last October has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the TSN Highlight Contest sponsored by Advil.  The highlight with the most votes wins $25,000. Visit advil.tsn.ca/en/finalists.aspx to vote.
  • The University Students’ Council (USC) has opened applications for students-at-large who wish to sit on the USC’s Board of Directors for one- or two-year terms starting during the 2013-14 academic school year. These positions were necessitated by changes made to USC by-laws last December in order to strengthen the board’s functions.
    Applications will remain open until Feb. 15. In total, there will be five positions available with three on a one-year term and two on a two-year term. Each term will begin June 1. Visit usc.uwo.ca for details.
  • For the third consecutive year, the Western Mustangs squash teams have swept the OUA Squash Championships, winning both the men’s and women’s titles on Sunday afternoon. It’s the third straight title for the women’s team and 13th in school history, more than any other OUA institution. For the men’s squad this year’s title was its 30th in a row, and 40th overall, far surpassing any other team in Ontario.
  • Western has requested the assistance of a conciliator from the Ontario Ministry of Labour to help with negotiations between the university and CUPE Local 2692, representing approximately 574 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food storespersons in Western’s Hospitality Services department.
    Conciliation is a process through which either a union or employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in resolving differences between the two parties so they can reach a collective agreement.
    “The university welcomes the addition of a conciliator as we continue negotiations with representatives of our food service employees, and we’re hopeful an agreement will be reached,” says Helen Connell, Western’s associate vice-president, Communications & Public Affairs.
    The union’s current collective agreement expired June 30, 2012, and the two sides have had three negotiation meetings to date. Once a conciliator is appointed, dates for conciliation will be confirmed.























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