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October 24, 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 alumnus Dominic D’Alessandro (LOY), who was recently named CEO of the Year by his peers, and fêted at a gala in Toronto attended by many friends and colleagues, including Concordia’s rector and his wife. Mr. D’Alessandro is president and chief executive officer of Manulife Financial. He was given an honorary doctorate by Concordia in 1998, one of many awards for his professional expertise and community involvement.

Bachelor of Commerce student Tommy Moorhouse recently won a $2,280 scholarship from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Moorhouse is from Inukjuak, in northern Quebec, where he is the only person attending university. Once he completes his degree, he plans to return to Inukjuak to stimulate the economy and help locals realize their business plans. He was one of 28 NAAF scholarship recipients in Quebec this year.

Efrosini Gavaki (Sociology and Anthropology) and Anastasios M. Tamis have published a book, From Migrants to Citizens: Greek Migration in Australia and Canada. Orders may be placed with Dr. Gavraki herself.

Lydia Sharman (Design Art) is teaching an intensive one-week course on material culture, including new technologies, to postgraduate students at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India, and will give three lectures to students and faculty on current issues in design. She has also been asked to participate in the South East Asia Pacific Regional Conference, the Design Summit in Delhi, and the regional meeting of the International Council for the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).

Lorna Roth (Communication Studies) recently presented a paper called “The Colour Balance Project: A Cosmetic Recognition of Difference?” at a conference on Color, Hair, and Bone: The Persistence of Race into the 21st Century, which took place at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pa.

Philip Spensely
(Theatre) is playing the role of Howard Safir, New York City police chief under former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, in the feature film Rudy! now being shot in Montreal. The film will be shown on television early next year. Also in the film, with major roles as part of Giuliani’s inner circle, are former Concordia theatre graduates Marc Comacho and John Bourgeois.

Thomas Waugh (Cinema) has written another book. This one is called OUT/LINES: Underground Gay Graphics before Stonewall (Arsenal Pulp Press).

La culture anglophone à la conquête du Québec, by Barry Lazar (Journalism) has been published in L’Annuaire du Québec 2003 (Fides). Here’s his own précis: “If demographics indicate that the anglo community is getting smaller, why is there a resurgence of talented English-speaking writers, singers, and artists? This essay looks at a cultural renaissance that goes beyond traditional ‘anglo’ communities.” Quebec 2003 is an annual compilation of Quebec politics, society, economics and culture.

A.K. Athienitis (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering) has published a book entitled Thermal Analysis and Design of Passive Solar Building. It was co-authored with M. Santamouris, and published by James and James, Science Publishers (The Cromwell Press, U.K.).

Robert Tittler (History) has been elected chair of the executive board of Records of Early English Drama, a Toronto-based international research and publication project involving over 40 scholars in four countries, now in its third decade of work. He also reported that there’s a Concordia connection to the putative Shakespeare portrait that turned up in private hands in Ontario last year. “There was an international colloquium on the portrait in Toronto [last month],” he reports, “and the owner himself appeared — his first public appearance since the published book of essays about the painting revealed his identity last summer. Turns out he is a Mr. Lloyd Sullivan, a 1958 engineering graduate of Loyola College, who lived in Notre Dame de Grâce (with the portrait) for most of his working life until retiring to Ottawa.’ Dr. Tittler has given his views on the provenance of the portrait, and contributed to the book, edited by Stephanie Nolan and called Is This the Face of Genius? (Knopf Canada).

Maïr Verthuy (Études françaises) reports that Hilda Monzon is the 2002-03 recipient of the Judith Litvack Women’s Scholarship, awarded by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Montreal.

Student Emily Shelton, who is in her second year of the theatre performance program, has been chosen by Robert Lepage for the lead role in his remount of The Dragon Trilogy, which will tour London, Paris, Switzerland and Australia. Emily will play the Japanese-American role originally played by Marie Brassard.

Theatre performance student Josh Lewis has been awarded the British Columbia Arts Council student scholarship for his studies at Concordia this year. Josh has also been asked to represent British Columbia as one of four emerging artists (theatre, dance, voice, and visual arts) to perform at the Canada Winter Games to be held in New Brunswick in February.

Suresh Kumar Goyal (Decision Sciences & MIS) has accepted an invitation to join the editorial advisory board of the new International Journal of Six Sigma.