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April 25, 2002 In Brief



Concordia alumni in The Big Apple

“Quebec-New York 2002” was held in New York City on April 10 to bring together Quebec university alumni living in the New York City area.

The celebratory event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and was hosted by Diane Wilhelmy, Quebec’s delegate general in New York. Concordians who attended report that it was a great success.

Alumni Affairs’ Elaine Arsenault said, “This unique occasion created the opportunity for alumni from all Quebec universities to establish new bonds, strengthen existing ones, and perhaps to rediscover their Quebec roots.”

Rector Frederick Lowy, Vice-Rector Marcel Danis, Evelyne Abitbol (Government/Media Relations), Sandra Spina (Marketing Communications), Bernard Pomerleau (Recruitment), and Elaine Arsenault joined over 30 alumni from Concordia at the event, together with more than 500 others from McGill, Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Montréal, H.E.C., École Polytechnique and Université de Sherbrooke.

Dean Claude Bédard's term extended

The term of the outgoing Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Claude Bédard has been extended by Board of Governors from May 31 to August 31, 2002, because of the prolongation of the search process for a new dean.

Internal conference on retention

The Dean’s Office of Arts and Science is planning a daylong conference on retention and enrolment management on May 14.

The presenters will be Cameron Tilson, Senior Planning and Policy Analyst, Rector’s Cabinet, and Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Science Retention Project; Dr. Sup Mei Graub, Director of Counselling and Development, and Marlene Gross, Coordinator, New Student Program; Drew Ness, Director, Canadian Operations, Noel-Levitz, and Roger Côté, Director, Enrolment Management Transformation Project; and Andrew McAusland, Executive Director, IITS.

To register, please contact Brigeen Badour at 848-3895, or e-mail Brigeen.Badour@concordia.ca.

Mikail Mamontov and Dave Chu

Mikhail Mamontov (left), a recent Electrical Engineering graduate, and Dave Chu, a recent Computer Science graduate, adjust their entry in the annual Concordia Robowars Competition, held April 12.

Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Showdown for androids

Mikhail Mamontov (photo, left), a recent Electrical Engineering graduate, and Dave Chu, a recent Computer Science graduate, adjust their entry in the annual Concordia Robowars Competition, held April 12.

Thirty-five teams took part in the contest, organized by the ECA (Engineering and Computer Science Students Association). There was great atmosphere, thanks to raging theme music and mock-WWF rhetoric.

There are two categories. The Solar Roller is for smaller robots (15 cm by 15 cm) powered by a solar panel, and first prize was won by Adam Mariani and Lorenzo Torre, the team from Laurier Macdonald High School. Runners-up were Jason St-Jean, a Concordia student, and Richard Alix, a technician in the Faculty and a perennial competitor.

The big robots (30 cm by 30 cm) competed in the Sumo contest, and it was won by David Palazzo, a professional engineer. Runners-up were Charles Alix, from College Maisonneuve, and the entry above, which came third.

Hats off to student organizer Jeff St-Louis, who ended up doing a lot of work, including visiting many of the participating schools.

However, he’s not turned off robots. “You learn to solder, program, design a mechanical structure, and understand more about electronics.

“The thing I like about it,” he confided, “is that all the devices or electronic products that we use at home can be fixed by me — and the same goes for all the other competitors.”