The annual Long-Service Reception, held for a number of years now at the
gracious University Club of Montreal, is a real community event for Concordians,
at which faculty and staff mingle and reminisce, and laugh a bit ruefully
at how time has gone by.
That made it especially fitting to have the reply to the toast given by
a historian at this years edition, held May 8. Professor Stephen
Scheinberg was one of two employees being honoured this year for 40
yes, 40 years of service to the university; the other was Physics
Professor Ramesh C. Sharma.
Scheinberg deflected the spotlight away from himself and talked about
others who had worked at Concordia almost as long or, in the case
of the lovely Jane Stewart, who looked about 15 even
longer. He paid tribute to Stewart, now a distinguished psychology researcher,
as a model scholar, to business professor Clarence Bayne as
an upholder of social justice and black theatre, to genocide historian
Frank Chalk as my dear colleague, who has spread Concordias
name in the field of human rights.
To these he added archivist Nancy Marrelli (one of my former students,
he said in some surprise) and economist Balbir Sahni (I love to
talk to him about a range of subjects). He praised the enthusiasm
of math professor Fred Szabo, and called June Chaikelson and David Frost
pillars of the university.
Why did we pass up tempting early retirement packages and job offers from
elsewhere? he asked. Because Concordia is a place of the spirit,
a place of dynamism.
Congratulations to those named below. If youre wondering why your
name is missing, its because employees are honoured in five-year
increments. Stay long enough, and your name will come up!