Some of the CCSL award winners, seen at the ceremony on April 11, are,
seated, left to right, Professor Bill Reimer (or a facsimile thereof),
and Professor Fran Shaver, Jenny Calder and Claudette Fortier, from
the International Students Office, and Laurel Smith, from Fine Arts.
Behind them are Claire Beaudreault (ISO), journalist Tim McSorley and
sociology graduate student Stefania Traglia.
Photo by Andrew
Every year, the Concordia Council for Student Life gives out awards based
on nominations from students.
Here is the 2002-03 edition of winners, celebrated at a reception on April
11 in the SGW Faculty Club:
Sobia Virk was given a Media Award for her coverage for The Link
of the substantial growth of the Muslim Students Association, and her
other activities to promote the interests of Muslim students on the board
of governors, university senate and other bodies.
Tim McSorley, a writer for The Concordian, got a Media Award for
his dedication and helpfulness to both student newspapers. Yves Engler,
in his nomination, said that McSorley has the journalistic knack.
He has that combination of being informed and being able to write clearly
. . . Like any serious journalist, he understands his role in shaping
Awards for Teaching Excellence went to sociology professor William Reimer
and mechanical engineering professor Rama Bhat. Tara Lyons, who
signed her nomination A Grateful Student, paid tribute to
Reimers innovative use of technology, availability to students,
fairness and enthusiasm. Fran Shaver got a laugh with a life-sized sign
of her husbands face, and expressed his gratitude and regret that
travel prevented him from accepting the award in person.
For Professor Bhat, it was a busy day, as he presided over a prize-giving
in his own department at lunchtime and then received his own award later
in the day.
Three students who signed his nomination wrote that as well as being chair
of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Bhat has
more graduate students under him than any other professor in the department
. . . He makes sure that every one in the class understands the subject
properly. He gives a lot of importance to basic concepts, which are essential
to engineering students.
Merit Awards were given to eight people, including Stephan Herman,
chief electoral officer for student union elections two years in a row
during a particularly turbulent period in student politics. Bilal Hamideh,
who presented the award, praised Herman for impartiality and efficiency.
Merit Awards were also presented to Arlene Zimmerman, secretary
in CONCAVE, the engineering facility located on St. Jacques St., halfway
between the two campuses; to Amir Al-Shourbaji, vice-president
of the Muslim Students Association; to Laurel Smith, student life
advisor in Fine Arts, for her help with the Art Matters festival and other
initiatives to promote students work; and the administrative staff
of the International Students Office, Claudette Fortier, Pat Hardt,
Jenny Calder and Claire Beaudreault.
Outstanding Contribution Awards were presented to Seanna Miller,
vice-president academic in the John Molson School of Business; Bilal
Hamideh, president of the Muslim Students Association for the past
three years; Stefania Traglia, for her contributions to graduate
students in the sociology program; Emily Pearlman and Craig
Desson, organizers of this years edition of Art Matters; and
Peter Tragoulias, president of CASA, the business students association.
The awards committee comprised Fran Shaver, Reine Perreault, Bilal Hamideh,
André Munro and Keith Pruden.