Associate Professor of Management Robert (Bob) Oppenheimer
has been appointed director of the Centre for Mature Students. Bob has
been with Concordia University for 28 years. He teaches a range of management
courses, including Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management,
Entrepreneurship, and Negotiations and Conflict Resolution.
The Centre for Mature Students is dedicated to providing academic advice
and support for the universitys mature students, who are defined
as those who are over 21 and do not have the normal entrance requirements
for university. Mature students comprise about 10 per cent of the student
population, and to provide service and support to them, the Centre has
three full-time advisors, Anne Marie Ferrari, Brigeen Badour and Nelly
Trakas, and a part-time advisor, Steven Clark. The Centre is also supported
by approximately 40 faculty and staff members who are Fellows of the Centre.
The mission statement of the Centre says: Concordia University has
a long history of making education accessible to men and women of all
ages and academic backgrounds. Through mature entry, those lacking the
regular pre-university requirements can still earn university degrees
The mission of the Centre for Mature Students is to facilitate the
recruitment, registration, retention and graduation of mature students
and to support learning opportunities for the non-traditional students
within Concordia University.
Since the retirement of the former director Mary Brian, there have been
two acting directors, Professor Randy Swedburg and Associate Dean of Graduate
Studies Jim Jans.
Jans commented: The staff of CMS Brigeen, Anne Marie and
Nelly should be commended for having kept the CMS functioning at
a high level during the four years that they were without a permanent
director. Now, with Bob stepping in with his skills and personality, I
expect enthusiasm around the CMS will be even higher.
We wish Professor Oppenheimer and his team all future success.