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099Facebook video contest winner happy to share new iPad09090909090Thursday, April 21, 2011   
Marina Savic is the proud new owner of an iPad, but doesn’t seem terribly troubled by the fact that she’ll have to take turns using it.~

“We’re pretty good at sharing,” said Savic. The fourth-year biology student joined with her sister Ana, a third-year biology and Spanish major, and brother Milos, a student at Herman Secondary School, to create the winning production in the university’s Facebook video contest.

Their three-minute video—which garnered 1,049 likes in the contest—was an attempt to demonstrate that despite the fact that the two sisters are very distinct people, the university was the right choice for both of them, Marina Savic said.

“We wanted to let everyone know that no matter what you’re interested in, you can find it at the University of Windsor,” she said. “I just realized that there was a lot more that this university has to offer than most people think.”

Adrien Hunter, a student in the Faculty of Education, finished second with 1,013 likes, while Kaitlyn Quigley, a second-year communications student, earned 311 likes to place third. Hunter, who earned an undergraduate degree in history, said his video’s message focused on his favourite campus locations and the relationships he’s made here while Quigley tried to showcase how the student experience at UWindsor can be enriched by getting involved with the vast array of activities available.

Six student videos were submitted to the contest, which opened March 20; fans voted for their favourites between April 8 and 15. The contest was a great exercise for students to demonstrate their pride in the university and for encouraging people to interact with the university through social media, said John Powell, director of web communications. As a result of the contest the number of likes for the school’s Facebook page increased by about 2,200, bringing the total close to more than 6,100.

“My expectations have been exceeded for what we’ve accomplished in the last few weeks,” he said.

Powell credited the work of Jake Pfaff, a first-year biology student and part-time electronic community assistant in public affairs and communications, for making the contest such a huge success.

“He did most of the leg work,” said Powell. “He developed the content, all the rules and he promoted it. He really brought it all together very quickly.”

Watch the six videos that were submitted here.

Marina Savic holds up the brand new iPad she'll be sharing with her sister and brother.

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