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November 23, 2000 A woman of mystery




Graduate fellowships in Jewish Studies

Through the generosity of Charles and Andrea Bronfman and the Seagram Foundation, Concordia’s Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies offers graduate fellowships in Canadian Jewish Studies.

They will be worth between $5,000 and $7,500, depending on the number awarded. They will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, without citizenship restriction, to full-time students at Concordia in a Master’s or doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences.

The awards committee will also consider applications from students at other institutions who wish to use the archives of the Canadian Jewish Congress in Montreal.

For more details, please contact Norman Ravvin, chair, or his assistant, Marlene Bonneau, at the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Department of Religion, Concordia.

Concordians attend AUCC annual general meeting

A number of Concordians attended the annual general meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) held in Montreal from October 31 to November 2. They included Dean of Arts and Science Martin Singer, Vice-Dean John Capobianco, CIAC director Bir Sahni and deputy director Frederick Francis.

Some of the participants also attended the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) annual conference, November 3-6, of which Claudette Fortier, Coordinator of the International Students Office, was co-chair.

The Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) held its annual conference in Montreal from November 8 to 11. The opening reception featured Contemporary Dance Professors Michael Montanaro and Silvy Panet-Raymond and their students Andrew Tay, Ng Chang, Amanda Wurtz, Sasha Kleinplatz, Livia Pellerin, Nadia Pasqua, Shar Zukinskey, Magalie Cantin and Hinda Essadiqi.

A bi-regional conference was held by NAFSA Association for International Educators on November 12-14. Presentations were made by Frances Shaver (Vice-Dean, Arts and Science), Donald Boisvert (Dean of Students), Ann Kerby (Director of Advocacy and Support) and Sally Spilhaus (Advisor, Rights and Responsibilities) on “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues: A Canadian Perspective.”

Romesh Vadivel and Lissa Matyas (Commerce and Administration) also participated. Raya Fridman, a Fine Arts student, led a group of fellow student string musicians performing at the Mount Stephen Club. In addition to being a member of the Montreal planning committee, Frederick Francis (CIAC) was a co-presenter on a panel.

Appointment: Jean-Pierre Labelle joins Concordia

Erica Besso, Director of Research Services, has announced that Jean-Pierre Labelle has been hired as the new Technology Transfer Officer. This position, made possible by an Intellectual Property Management grant from NSERC, had been vacant since September 25 following the departure of Alain Aubertin.

The principal responsibilities of the Tech Transfer Officer are to maintain communication with Concordia researchers and inventors, potential industrial partners and liaison staff in the Faculties; administer the Concordia patent portfolio; identify potential industrial licensees; and negotiate license agreements. Jean-Pierre has a BachelorÕs degree in geology from UQAM and a MasterÕs degree in project management from the UniversitŽ du QuŽbec ˆ Trois-Rivires. He worked for several years in the private mining and exploration sector before joining the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in 1992, where he was, most recently, a senior program officer in the Research Partnerships program.

Welcome to Concordia, Jean-Pierre.