faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more often than
you might think!
Joanna White (Education) was quoted in the
National Post on Jan. 17 about plans to close École Jacques-Labrie,
a school with a second-language program where she has done research.
Roberto Materassi (BSc 93 , GDip 02), a recent graduate
in the Graduate Diploma in Sport Administration (DSA) who is now working
for the National Hockey League in Montreal, was interviewed by Robert
Burnett of Hour about the legal case launched by the minority shareholders
of the Montreal Expos against the majority owner.
Irene Tschernomor (BAdmin 85, GDip 91), a part-time
instructor in the Graduate Diploma in Administration (DIA) health care
option, and executive director and CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex
(QEHC), was interviewed on Daybreak, the CBC Radio program, about
the variety of services offered at the QEHC. She informed listeners that
although some of the offices are private clinics or are staffed by private
practitioners, many of them were covered by Medicare.
A feature on Concordias Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS and
its organizer and founder Tom Waugh (Cinema) appeared in the Mirror
of Jan. 23. On the 10th anniversary of the series, Waugh said that
people ignore the continuing ravages of the disease, particularly since
the introduction of new medications. The scariest thing is that
the situation with AIDS has actually gotten worse... People are not waking
up to this.
Martin Martens and Marylène Gagné, both in
the Department of Management, wrote an article in The Gazette.
Under the headline Catching it before it hits the fan, they
looked at toxin handlers, people who help their organizations
function efficiently by helping workers who are undergoing emotional stress.
Jordan Le Bel (Marketing) was interviewed on CBC local television
on Jan. 16 by business correspondent Shari Okeke about the lacklustre
performance of the recently opened Les Ailes de la Mode store in downtown
Montreal. Le Bel highlighted the fact that the company has made no major
changes to its original concept since its opening and was quick to dismiss
the importance of the arrival of the discount store Winners in nearby
Place Montreal Trust.
Michel Magnan (Accountancy) was interviewed by La Presse
on Jan. 17 under the headline Parfum de conflits dinteret.
Magnan, who holds the Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy, was questioning
how a board of governors can impartially judge the management of a company
when some members hold a personal interest in the company. In another
La Presse article, he discussed the fact the top three executives at Gildan
had obtained stock options as salary even though they were the principal
stockholders of the company.
In The Gazette on Jan. 20, under the headline Fine line between
friendly and flirt, Robert Soroka, a lecturer in organizational
behaviour in the John Molson School of Business, discussed combining social
and work interactions. He said that co-workers may cross into dangerous
territory when flirting at the workplace, even if it is only intended
as friendly conversation, because it may be interpreted as sexual harassment.
Alumnus and set designer Christine Jones made the front page of
the January issue of Entertainment Design, a distinguished magazine
in the field. The article focused on Joness unconventional style
of set design for the current off-Broadway production Burn This, by Lanford
Wilson. Her method consists of collecting written materials for inspirationbits
of dialogue, quotes, notesbefore visual images. Jones studied English
literature, but completed her undergraduate degree in Concordias
Theatre Department, which she described as phenomenal in the
profile. For the full article, see http://entertainmentdesignmag.com.
Lisa Walsh, a client of Concordias Centre for the Arts in
Human Development, will sing in a fundraising concert at the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall with jazz great Duke Ellingtons son and daughter. The
24 -year-old singer was featured in The Globe and Mail of Jan.
11 in an article about Williams syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder
that fosters extraordinary musical talent but underdeveloped IQs and reasoning
skills. The concert, which will take place in June, will benefit the Centre
for the Arts in Human Development.
Loïc Tassé (Political Science) was invited to share his
academic perspectives on several programs dealing with international current
events last month. On Jan. 22, he appeared on RDIs show Le Québec
en Direct to discuss North Koreas weapons possessions. The next
day, he spoke on CJMFs Franc-Parler about the economic ramifications
on Canada in the case of a war with Iraq.
The Gazette interviewed former Executive Director of Advancement and
Alumni relations Tamas Zsolnay, direct from Ethiopia, where he
has been collaborating on a UN peacekeeping mission since September 2002.
In the Jan. 3 article, Zsolnay admitted that he had mixed emotions: Ive
seen... soldiers with guns who just looked like they wanted to go home
and towns that were intentionally demolished by withdrawing forces. Ive
seen the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Ive seen monkeys in
the wild and every shape, size and colour of bird.