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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 Professor Emeritus Bernard Lagacé, O.C., who was honoured in the annual investiture to the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall on May 9 by Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson. He was promoted from the rank of Member, to which he was appointed in 1985, to Officer. His citation reads, in part, “Known for his expressive performances, particularly of the baroque repertoire, he has given us Bach’s complete organ and other keyboard works. This monumental project, a set of 22 CDs, confirms his authority in this area and won him an Opus Award. Also recognized as an outstanding teacher, this professor emeritus of Concordia University continues to communicate his passion for Bach by giving courses at institutions such as McGill’s International Organ Academy.”

Congratulations to Osama Moselhi, chair of the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, who has been awarded the Walter Shanly Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. He will be acknowledged by colleagues and friends at the yearly Fellowships and Awards Banquet, to be held June 6 in Moncton.
Christine Mota (Public Affairs) was a judge for both the RTNDA (Radio and Television News Directors’ Association) National TV News Awards and the Central Canada Radio News Awards.

Karin Doerr (CMLL, Simone de Beauvoir) has published “Etched In Memory: Holocaust Survivors and the Language of Genocide” and a book review on Paul Mendes-Flohr’s German Jews: A Dual Identity (New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1999), both in the bulletin of the Center For Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont.

Murray Sang
(Continuing Education) has been elected Eastern Canada representative to the board of directors of the CAUCE (Canadian Association for University Continuing Education).

Erin O’Rourke, who completed the Graduate Diploma in Administration (DIA) in 2001, has received the 2003 Victor C. Polley Award, given to an outstanding arts administrator in Ontario in the early stage of his/her career. The award is named after the first general manager of the Stratford Festival and St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto. Erin is the administrative co-ordinator at the Lorraine Kisma Theatre for Young People.

Tailor Made, by recent communications graduate Mika Goodfriend, won the prize for Best Documentary in the 2003 Montreal Jewish Film Festival in May. Goodfriend’s film, which profiles local tuxedo tailor Tony Puncsak, will also be screened at the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, which takes place June 3-8. Graduating film production student Erin Laing was also selected to compete in the festival. Her entry, Presenting the Royals, is a quasi-mock documentary about a 1950s doo-wop group. Laing will intern this summer at Alkemi, a Los Angeles company that creates advertisements and trailers for the entertainment industry.

The Department of Theological Studies took part in this year’s edition of Les Journées sociales du Québec, which was hosted by the Faculté de Théologie of the Université de Montreal. Concordia lecturer Marie-France Dion found herself organizing a musical production called A Dream to Share at the Gésu Theatre on May 2 that included movement, monologue, rap, singers and special effects. While many of the participants were showbiz neophytes, “we experienced the message of the production, that all of us, with our cultural and religious differences, created something new together.”

Director of Marketing Communications Sandra Spina has been named to the Commission on Communications and Marketing for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE is made up of more than 23,500 advancement professionals working in alumni relations, communications and development in 3,000 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and 42 other countries.

Congratulations to Cherine Zananiri, director of the Career Placement Centre at the John Molson School of Business. She won the 2003 MS Leadership Award from the Quebec division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The award honours business people who set an example of achievement and social commitment.

The Distillery Art and Culture Centre opened in Toronto recently, and one of the first artists to exhibit was alumnus Frank Barry, MA 1968.

Congratulations to graduate student Gary Chateram, who received a Jackie Robinson Scholarship when Montreal’s black community held its annual awards ceremonies at a downtown hotel.

William Curran, Director, Libraries, spoke in April at a Finding Our Future conference on succession planning. The conference, held in Ottawa at the Library and Archives of Canada, had the subtitle Facing the Challenges of Aging Workforce: Succession Planning Strategies for Libraries and Information Management Organizations.