Top row: Martin Lefebvre,
Michael Golden, Shoushan Aroyan, Rabih Sebaaly, Pierre-Olivier Savoie,
Vince Labossière, Nisrine Jaafar, Kathy Lim. Second row: Bilal
Hamideh, Jennison Asuncion, Monica Etwaroo, Norman Ingram, Michael Whatling
and James Luckow.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Jane Shulman
At a reception held March 30 in the downtown Faculty Club, the Concordia
Council on Student Life honoured 16 members of the Concordia community
for their contribution to the university over the past year.
As always, the awards are divided into four categories: outstanding contribution,
merit, teaching excellence and the media awards.
There were two winners this year, both from The Link. If Kathy
Lim had not been The Links production manager for the last two
years, said presenter Ariel Troster, Link editor, there wouldnt
have been a paper. It would just be ideas in the writers and editors
Ive met a lot of people at The Link and made some of my closest
friends, some of whom are like family, Lim said. The Links
news editor, Pierre-Olivier Savoie, also won an award.
Three professors were presented with awards by their students. Michael
Whatling, from Education, was nominated by one of his students, Louyse
Lussier, who is also assistant to the Dean of Students. With Michael,
its about learning in a different way. It makes you a better teacher
and a better person, she said.
Whatling responded, This is really wonderful. Thanks for validating
that there is a way of teaching besides lecturing. I try to create a positive
environment that motivates students, and then get out of the way.
James Luckow also from the Education Department, accepted his award,
saying, I have learned a lot from the class. I hope they learned
as much from each other as I have learned from them.
The third winner was Cinema professor Martin Lefebvre, whose philosophy
of teaching is partly explained in a letter to the editor in this issue.
There were five winners. Vince Labossière has been a top
player on the mens hockey team and a top student at Concordia, explained
his coach, Kevin Figsby. He also worked closely with alumni from Loyola
and Sir Georges hockey teams to give players a sense of the history
of their program. Labossière, who also won an alumni award last
week (see page 5), expressed his pride in Concordias sports program.
History Professor Norman Ingram was nominated by student Mark Wilson:
He is an excellent human being, and by luck, he is also a talented
The other merit award winners were Shoushan Aroyan, president of
Concordias Armenian Student Association and a member Delta Phi Epsilon
Sorority; Monica Etwaroo, secretary in the Computer Science Department;
and Rachel Berger, a top History undergraduate who has also been
heavily involved with student groups.
As a student representative in Education Technology, Jennison Asuncion
helped put computer systems in place that help students with disabilities.
He has [created] a legacy of research and advocacy at Concordia
for others to follow, said presenter Leo Bissonnette, Director of
Services for Disabled Students.
Nisrine Jaafar is a graduate student who was the vice-president,
advocacy, for the Graduate Students Association.
Rabih Sebaaly, present of the Commerce and Administration Student
Association, was recognized for his efforts, as was Bilal Hamideh, president
of the Muslim Students Association.
Dan Jose Abraham, an engineering student, was recognized for his
work in two student groups, the National Society of Black Engineers and
the Concordia University Building Engineering Society. Like so many other
winners of CCSL awards, he successfully manages a crowded schedule of
academic, work and community-related activities.
The last CCSL award winner, Michael Golden, began by declaring,
Since everyone else kept their speeches so short, Im going
to take all the time they left!and he did.
Golden, a student in the Music Department, was one of the organizers of
the Art Matters festival, held at Concordia last month. In an impassioned
speech, he underlined the importance of bringing art to people in their
Jane Shulman won the CCSL Media Award last year.