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May 9, 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.

A group of adventurous women artists, some of them associated with the Faculty of Fine Arts, presented a show on the Web called Science Fair: Feminist Configurations in Cyberspace, which you can enjoy at www.studioxx.org/sciencefair. Ingrid Bachmann contributed a piece called Digital Crustaceans, because she takes her inspiration from the hermit crab. Barbara Layne contributed Travel Cases, a piece inspired by diagrams from a late-19th-century book called The Workingwoman’s Guide. Lorraine Oades, the coordinator, contributed a timeline, an exploration through several centuries of women’s contribution to science and technology.

Artists Naomi London and Mindy Yan Miller presented their unusual look at The Underside of Clothing at the Marsil Museum, on Montreal’s South Shore, from Jan. 25 to April 28.

Congratulations to Randy B. Swedburg, chair of the Department of Applied Human Sciences, who was recently presented with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Honor Award for his many contributions as a scholar, administrator, teacher, author and speaker. He was described as one of the Alliance’s most productive members. Randy has also been named president-elect of the American Leisure Academy.

Graham Metson (Studio Arts) had a week-long show in Gatineau, at the Galerie Montcalm. Called Kalioka Verberra . . . Elusive Cosmos Emenae, it fitted in with the seasonal theme of spring and tulips.

Congratulations to Sheila McDonough, a longtime member of Concordia’s Department of Religion, now retired. The first woman Islamic scholar in Canada, she received an honorary doctorate at the spring convocation of Queen’s University yesterday. As an undergraduate at McGill, Dr. McDonough came under the influence of religion historian Wilfrid Cantwell Smith, and became the first female graduate student at McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies. She taught for three years at Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan, to gain experience in the Muslim world, and that experience shaped her academic interests and her interest in promoting the understanding of Islam.

Arshad Ahmad,
a 3M Fellow, coordinator of the national 3M program and director of the finance co-op program in the John Molson School of Business, was the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning, held in Halifax, N.S., May 7-9. His talk was on integrating technology to promote student learning, and drew on both theories of well-established open-learning models and his own experience teaching online classes, ranging from very small to very large. He will also participate in a conference on teaching and technology May 13 to 17, organized by the Centre for University Teaching (CUT) of the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Centre for e-Learning, the Second Language Institute, and Carleton University.

Named to the Order of Quebec on May 14 were Michal Hornstein (officer), Stephen Jarislowsky (knight), and Marcel Dutil (knight). All are major donors to the university.
Rev. Emmett Johns (L BA ‘74, Hon LLD ‘97) is one of four people named a Great Montrealer for 2002. He is the founder of Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, which helps marginalized youth.
A number of Concordians took part in a conference held April 26 in Montreal on the subject of how university teachers’ role is changing as a result of technology. Danielle Morin (JMSB), Terry Fancott (ENCS) and student Marie Éve Trudel took part in workshops, and Arpi Hamalian (Education) made a welcoming speech as president of FQPPU, the Quebec university teachers federation. The event was held under the auspices of CREPUQ and FQPPU.

Congratulations to a whole lot of recent graduates from the Journalism Department, who have are shortlisted for Quebec Community Newspaper Awards. Four are members of the class of 2000/2001: Marc Lalonde (best news story), Patrina Alexander (best photo, specialty publication), Lesley-Anne Benjamin (best photo, specialty publication) and Tokunbo Ojo (best story, specialty publication). Fimo Mitchell, class of 2002, was nominated for best story, specialty publication; Stephen McDougall, class of 1995 and an employee of The Sherbrooke Record, was nominated in two categories. Finally, Egbert Gaye (1984), publisher and managing editor of Community Contact, was nominated for best overall specialty publication. The ever-alert Ojo, who provided most of this information, is a technical writer for NSI Communications, Inc.