by Shelbey Hernandez
The Lance – News Editor
The walkway that goes from the Stephen and Vicki Adams Welcome Centre to the Leddy Library will be named after a past university professor.
The process of naming this walkway began earlier in the year when the UWindsor community was asked to submit name suggestions. There were more than 300 suggestions, some were of names of individuals and others were revolved around the university’s history. In the end, it was decided the walkway would be named after Alistair MacLeod, a past university professor who taught English and creative writing at UWindsor for more than 30 years.
“It is a fitting honour for the walkway to be named after Professor MacLeod who is one of Canada’s greatest short story writers, who spent more than 30 years at the University of Windsor as a dedicated professor and who taught literature and creative writing.” said John Coleman, the director for Public Affairs and Communications at UWindsor.
MacLeod had an extensive literary career. He wrote “No Great Mischief” in 1999 and just two years later, won multiple awards for it. These awards included the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Lannan Literary Award. Aside from this novel, he also published short story collections including “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood,” “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun” and “Other Short Stories and Island.”
His recognition didn’t end there. He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (a national and bilingual council consisting of Canadian scholars, artists, humanists and scientists) and was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada because of his work in Canadian literature.
With so many accomplishments and a connection to the university, UWindsor staff said it is clear why the walkway was named after him.
The street-naming project also included the pedestrian area of Sunset Avenue. This area will be called Turtle Island Walk, to honour the First Nations history of the land that the university is on.
“The goal was to create a new and university- focused identity for the pedestrian walkways that have greatly changed the look of the campus.” said Coleman.
The signs for these walkways will be unveiled in the fall as part of the official ceremonies.