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May 24, 2001 Administration In Brief




Honorary doctorate for Miriam Roland

Congratulations to an active member of Concordia’s Board of Governors, Miriam Roland, who will be awarded an honorary doctorate on June 3 by Boston’s Hebrew College.

In announcing her award, officials at the College said, “A businesswoman, psychotherapist and active volunteer, Ms. Roland has donated countless hours to volunteer in the areas of education, public policy, poverty, drug dependence and peace.”

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Greatest Distinction from Stanford University, and received her Master’s degree from the Alfred Ader Institute of Chicago, and certification in French proficiency from McGill University.


Gilles Bourgeois has been appointed Executive Director, Human Resources and Employee Relations. He had been in this post on a temporary basis since September 1, 2000.

Gilles joined Concordia in March 1998 to lead the Employee Relations function within the university with more than 20 years experience as a consultant and a senior human resources executive.

We wish him and his team continued success in their work.

Search Committee for Graduate Dean

The Board of Governors has ratified the appointments of the following to the search committee for the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research: Ann English and Christine Jourdan, full-time faculty members in Arts and Science; Katherine Russell, a full-time faculty member in Fine Arts; Miriam Roland, a member of the Board of Governors representing the community-at-large; Terrill Fancott, a member of the Board and faculty member of Engineering and Computer Science; and Marcel Danis, Vice-Rector, Institutional Relations and Secretary-General, faculty member, and a representative of the senior administration.

Previously named to the search committee were Jack Lightstone (chair), Clarence Bayne and Fariborz Haghighat (full-time faculty), Lidia Santos (staff), Dana Simon and Mark Rozahegy (graduate student), and Ann E. Bennett (secretary). The current dean, Claude Bédard, is not seeking a second term.

University professionals meet here

Concordia and UQAM are playing host this year to employees of Canadian universities and colleges who work in fundraising, alumni affairs, recruitment, marketing and public relations.

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) holds a conference every spring to bring these university professionals together on subjects of common interest, and to share some fellowship as well. Taking its name from Montreal’s impending festival season, this conference is billed as the “Festival of Ideas.”

The CCAE has nearly 1,000 members representing more than 170 post-secondary institutions, including community colleges, CEGEPs, universities and their affiliated colleges, institutes and related agencies.

Sessions will be held June 2 to 5 at the Pavillon Judith-Jasmin at UQAM. The opening speaker will be pollster Jean-Marc Léger, of Léger Marketing, on “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.” The closing speaker will be Toronto writer and broadcaster Evan Solomon, who will talk about how relationships and communications are affected by technology.

The conference co-chairs are Sandra-Lynn Spina, director of Marketing Communications at Concordia, and Gil Desautels, Director, Fondation UQAM.

Inaugural dinner held for the Millennium Circle

A dinner was held April 17 at the home of Rector and Mrs. Lowy to salute the contributors of $100,000 and more to the recent Campaign for the New Millennium.

The Millennium Circle was created to recognize the increased level of giving that emerged during the recent capital campaign. Beginning with the academic year 2001-2002, the Millennium Circle will recognize donors contributing at least $25,000 a year.

Together, the 42 members of this inaugural Millennium Circle represent 38 separate gifts that add up to more than $22 million, or over 28 per cent of the $77 million raised in the capital campaign. The dinner was warm and informal, as many of those attending were well acquainted.

Dr. Lowy and Chancellor Eric Molson both expressed their gratitude on behalf of everyone at Concordia for the very real support of these generous donors.

2000-2001 members of the Millennium Circle:

William Ashby
Francesco Bellini
W. John Bennett
Drummond Birks
Bruce Birmingham
Lawrence Bloomberg
Charles & Andrea Bronfman
Baljit & Roshi Chadha
André Desmarais
Jane H. (Pam) Dunn
Brian Edwards
Leonard & Bina Ellen
Harriet & Abe Gold
Ned Goodman
Norman Hebert, Sr.
Mel Hoppenheim
Michal & Renata Hornstein
Mark Hornstein
Sam Hornstein
Stephen & GailJarislowsky
Paul Kefalas
Daniel Langlois
Luigi Liberatore
Edith Low-Beer
Eric & Jane Molson
Rory Olson
William Pedvis
Richard Pedvis
Penny Pedvis-Tevel
Susan Raymer
Rick & Carolyn Renaud
Miriam Roland
Lino Saputo
James M.Stanford
Brian Steck
Marilyn Steinberg-Cobrin
Lillian Stewart
Sebastian Van Berkom
Ben Weider
Jonathan & Susan Wener
Kenneth Woods
John Xanthoudakis