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February 7, 2002 At A Glance





This column welcomes the submissions of all Concordia faculty and staff to promote and encourage individual and group activities in teaching and research, and to encourage work-related achievements.

Congratulations to Thérèse Pinho (BA ’89 Communication Studies), who won an award from the Canadian Conference of the Arts for her award-winning programs for TVO and TFO. It was the French Rogers Communications Inc. Media Award (a matching award is given for achievement in English), and was given at a gala in Toronto on Nov. 29. Her work on the series A Comme Artiste for TVO led to Panorama Arts et Culture, covering every area of culture in Ontario, and she also developed a TFO youth series called VOLT.

Concordians were on the CASE in Boston recently. The occasion was the District 1 conference of CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, held Jan. 12-15. Marketing Communications Director Sandra-Lynn Spina was joint Communications Track chair for the conference and presented the kick-off session for newcomers to CASE. University Communications Executive Director Dennis Murphy also did a communications overview session with CASE newcomers. Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa and Media Relations Coordinator Chris Mota did a joint two-hour session called “The senior administrator and the media relations officer,” and Howard Bokser presented on “Who owns the alumni magazine?” Andrew McAusland, Executive Director, IITS, was prevented from presenting due to a storm that closed Logan Airport. Concordians also acted as moderators for roundtables and conference volunteers.

Dennis Murphy,
Executive Director, University Communications, was invited to represent the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communication on three panels during Medientage München, held in the Bavarian capital from Oct. 17-19. He participated in panels on e-commerce and the reaction of educators; on e-learning as agenda-setting for media professionals; and on the advantages of the globalization of film and television training. The annual event is held under the auspices of MedienCampus, the Bavarian government’s office responsible for the quality and approval of media training and education.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Bessner, FCA, has been named president of the Montreal chapter of Canadian Friends of Haifa University.

Warren Sanderson (Art History) has been named president of the Association for Art History, whose members include scholars in the U.S. and Canada.

Barry Lazar (Journalism) wrote a 90-page report, “Underestimated Importance: Anglo-Quebec Culture,” that was published by Quebec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique. It was the only English report in an 18-part series about Quebec culture, and will be the basis for a 60-minute television documentary to be broadcast next fall.

Her Concordia friends and former colleagues will want to congratulate Judith Woodsworth on becoming the president of Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ont. Judith taught in Concordia’s Departement des Études françaises and was Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs and International Relations, before leaving to become Vice-President (Academic) at Mount Saint Vincent University for women, in Halifax.

Michel Laroche, FRSC (Marketing), has been given the 2002 Living Legend of Marketing Award by the Omer DeSerres Chair of Commerce of the École des Hautes Études of the Université de Montréal. He is the first Canadian scholar and the fifth overall to receive the award.

An exhibition of new paintings by Janet Werner (Studio Arts) opened at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Jan. 17. A proponent of the “invented portrait,” her new work focuses on “beauty, seduction and the projection of desire.”

Isabelle Van Grimde,
who teaches second-year choreography in the Department of Contemporary Dance, has also had her own company, Van Grimde Corps Secrets, since 1992. They will be performing the world premiere of Érioso with the Studio of the Agora de la Danse on Feb. 27 and 28. Inspired by the idea of the creation of the world, the work is performed to music by saxophone and percussion. The Agora is at 840 Cherrier St. (Métro Sherbrooke).

François Morelli (Studio Arts) opened an exhibition called Sports Divers at La Galérie Chrstianne Chassay, 385 Sherbrooke St. W. It includes drawing proposals for public works and sculptures.

Posing for the Public,
a show involving animals by Trevor Gould (Studio Arts), will be seen from Feb. 23 to March 16 in Amos. The ongoing tour is organized by the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal.

Vesselin Petkov, PhD, adjunct professor in the Science College, was the first speaker in a new inter-university seminar in the history and philosophy of science, which took place on Jan. 29. His subject was “Does the theory of relativity relativize existence as well?”