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April 11, 2002 In Brief



Rector's Report 2000-2001

Solid foundations

Concordians will soon be receiving copies of the 2000-01 Rector’s Report, which covers the activities of last academic year and is titled Solid Foundations on Which to Build.

“We have ambitious plans for Concordia University and these depend for their success on the extent to which we prepare the ground and the infrastructure that will permit them to rise to unprecedented heights,” Dr. Frederick Lowy writes.

The Report will also be inserted in the Saturday, April 20 issues of both La Presse and The Gazette.

Babiniotis, Capobianco

George Babiniotis (left), John Capobianco

Greek university president visits

Dr. George Babiniotis (photo, left), president of Athens National and Kapodistrian University, accompanied by his wife, Rothanthy Babiniotis, visited Concordia recently.

A number of board and faculty members of Greek origin were present, not only from Concordia, but from the Université de Montréal. In the photo, at right, is John Capobianco, Vice-Dean, Arts and Science, Research and International Relations. Concordia has an active Hellenic Studies Unit that is developing exchanges and academic programs. Communication Studies Professor Nikos Metallinos, who spoke on this occasion, is the coordinator of the unit.

On Friday, April 26, a lecture will be given by Dr. Thanos Veremis on “The Role of Greece in the Balkans.” Dr. Veremis is the Constantine Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and South Eastern European Studies at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, in Massachusetts. His lecture will be held in the Faculty Club, Room H-767, starting at 7 p.m.

The last lecture in this year’s Hellenic Stuides Lecture Series will be given on May 31.

Concordia’s busy dance season winds up next weekend

The choreographers of tomorrow are young people bursting with energy and creativity, exploring not only movement, but collaborations with new composers and the use of video in their presentations.

They come from all over Canada and beyond, and many of them are just emerging from Concordia’s Contemporary Dance Department. This program is the only one in Canada to concentrate on choreography, the creative process, and performance, all within a fine arts faculty.

You can see the best of this work in the students’ year-end show at McGill’s Moyse Hall next weekend. For details, please see the Back Page.

Auditions are being held for September 2002 entry to the Department, on Saturday, April 27, for majors, and Saturday, May 25, for majors and electives. Prospective dance students should visit the Web site http://dance.concordia.ca to fill in a pre-audition questionnaire, or call 848-4740 for more information on how to register for an audition.

Two third-year Dance students who call themselves Les Athlètes Émouvantes will present Lolilutte for two performances this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at 8:30 p.m., at Espaces Émergents, in the city’s east end.

Lolilutte is described as a “multi-faceted event, a performance in an open industrial space [that] uses the natural theatricality of the body in exploring aggression and intimacy.”

Espaces Émergents is at 2053 Jeanne d’Arc St. Go to the Pie-IX Metro station and take the 139 bus, going south.


Montanaro debuts as Cirque creator

Varekai, the next blockbuster show by the Cirque du Soleil, opens in Montreal on April 24, and additional shows are already being scheduled to satisfy the demand.

The choreographer is Concordia’s own Michael Montanaro, who has taken a year off his job as head of the Contemporary Dance Department to take on this demanding task. He has had to learn to choreograph acrobatics without any acrobatics experience, developing a new vocabulary with two coaches and the cast of performers.

He has introduced some intriguing elements to Varakai, including a piece developed with a dancer on crutches. As always with this extraordinary company, the show promises to be spectacular. Montanaro returns to Concordia this fall.


Journalism student wins a fellowship to hong Kong

Robert Scalia is collecting trips. Last fall, he was one of six Concordia journalism students chosen to attend an intensive media training session in Halifax for NATO officers, and now he has won a working trip to Hong Kong.

Scalia is one of three Canadian students who have won a fellowship from the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in Canada (HKETO, Canada). The other two students are from the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University (Toronto).

Winners of the Student Journalists Hong Kong Fellowship were chosen by judges Michelle MacAfee (Canadian Press), Saleem Khan, a Toronto-based independent journalist and Tom Arnold, a writer for the National Post and a past president of the CAJ.

The students will spend 10 days in Hong Kong, where they will write stories for publication or broadcast here, either in the local media or in their university newspapers.


Art for life: student vernissage tonight

Creative work by students in the course HIV/AIDS: Cultural, Social and Scientific Aspects of the Pandemic will be on display in the VAV Gallery, starting with vernissage tonight at 7 p.m.

The VAV is on the main floor of the Visual Arts Building, 1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. W. The Concordia Council on Student Life was instrumental on making the show possible.

Student ceramic works on display

Ceramics students are also presenting their work in the VAV, starting April 16. The Arch, the Loop and the Whorl takes its name from the three most common types of fingerprints. The show includes four collective project and sounds intriguing.

One group of students worked with a special subject, community gardens. Another created unusual nesting structures, using paper clay and unfired clay. A third ceramics project was interactive. Students put a field of raw clay across a pedestrian intersection downtown to “trace the im/permeability of transit across a given urban site.” The fourth project used the body as a mold for a clay wall piece.


Renegade students take to the stage

Renegade Productions, which is made up of Concordia theatre students, will present Y-connection, three one-act plays, on April 26-28 and May 3-5 at Studio 303, a small dance space in the Belgo Bulding, located at 372 Ste. Catherine W.

Their first offering is Nosophoros, a 20-minute mime piece inspired by the silent film classic Nosferatu. It’s followed by American Lullaby, a one-woman piece about Filipina nannies, and the third piece is Never Swim Alone, by Canadian Daniel MacIvor.

Amir Ghowil

A scholarship from Hydro-Québec

Congratulations to electrical and computer engineering student Amir Ghowil. He was recently presented with one of seven $5,000 scholarships by Hydro-Québec, all given to deserving graduating engineers across the province.

They are among the 15 students in a new institute created by Hydro-Québec, the Institut en génie de l’énergie électrique, of which Concordia is a member. The utility expects to graduate several hundred engineers specializing in power engineering from the institute over the next decade.

Science College for high-achievers

Second-year Science College student Sebastien Fournier made a presentation recently to a group of students and teachers at Bridgewater State College, in Massachusetts.

The occasion was the annual NEBHE/Quebec Annual Placement meeting, at which representatives from universities and colleges in New England and Quebec meet to place our students in the International/Student Exchange Program (I/SEP). Sebastien was talking about the Science College as a prospective goal for high-achieving students in New England who would like to be able to do research at the undergraduate level.

Though he is still two years away from his bachelor of science in neuropsychology, Sebastien will do research this summer at Harvard University with Dr. Marc Hauser.

The Hobbit at D.B. Clarke Theatre

If you liked Lord of the Rings, your children will love The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale of high adventure, featuring Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit who becomes an intrepid adventurer, is being presented on the stage of the D.B. Clarke Theatre on Friday, April 26, starting at 7 p.m.

The production, by Geordie Productions, is suitable for children aged eight and up. The theatre is accessed from the lobby of the Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. For tickets and information, call 845-1955.