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October 10, 2002 In Brief




Left to right are students Jeannine Carter, Kim Lippert, ceramics technician Kit Griffin and student Kate Puxley.

Photo by Robert Winters

Signs of spring

Signs of spring: It may be on dusty René-Lévesque Blvd., across the street from a huge construction site, but ceramics students turned over the earth in their garden recently.

Associate Professor Thérèse Chabot teaches a six-credit course called Art, Nature and the Garden that emphasizes the affinity between gardening and ceramics, both of which make creative use of our hands.




Advisory search committee appointed for provost

At the May 14 meeting of the board of governors, members of the advisory search committee for provost were named.

They are Rector Frederick Lowy, chair; Lillian Vineberg and June Chaikelson, representing the executive committee of the board; Thomas Waugh, from the Faculty of Fine Arts; Terrill Fancott, from Engineering and Computer Science; Rocci Luppicini, representing the Graduate Students Association; and Miriam Pos-ner, representing administrative and support staff reporting to the provost.

Enza de Cubellis, Assistant to the Rector, will act as secretary for the search.

The nominating process continues until June.



A work by Valentina Gueurra Aguilera, of Mexico.

Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

International art

Elsewhere II: Concordia’s international art students are holding an exhibition of their work in the VAV Gallery, 1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., until May 23. There are over 2,000 international students at Concordia, both visa and exchange students, from all over the world.

This show of work by the artists among them is a celebration of their diversity.


Staff appeal takes root

Concordia is breaking new ground – physically, academically, socially. You see it all around you. Be part of this exciting period of growth for the university by subscribing to the Staff Appeal.

Many areas of the university need a financial boost, such as the libraries, recreational facilties, and athletics. You can direct your contribution to a faculty development fund, the department you work in, the program you graduated from, or you can leave your donation “unrestricted,” and let it go toward much-needed scholarships for deserving students.

The higher the participation rate on the part of faculty and staff, the more generous donors in the community are likely to be.

The easiest way to give is through a payroll deduction. Most of you have already received an invitation to support the campaign. Please be generous – it’s our university.


Spring 2003 convocation dates

Faculty of Arts & Science – Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Honorary doctorates: Neuroscientist and Nobel laureate Eric Kandel
and neurobiologist Larry Swanson

Faculty of Arts & Science
– Thursday, June 12, 2:30 p.m.
Honorary doctorates: Molecular biologist and Nobel laureate Sidney Altman
and biologist John Tyler Bonner

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science - Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Honorary doctorates: Gilles Ouimet, chairman of Pratt & Whitney Canada,
and Tom Brzustowski, president of NSERC

John Molson School of Business - Friday, June 13, 9:30 a.m.
Honorary doctorates: Investment counsellor Stephen A. Jarislowsky
and Robert E. Brown, former CEO/president of Bombardier Aerospace

Faculty of Fine Arts - Friday, June 13, 3 p.m.
Honorary doctorate: Actor/artistic director Richard Monette
Ceremonies will take place in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.



In our article in last weekÕs issue on the success of academic planning at Concordia, enrolment figures quoted by Provost Jack Lightstone refer to full-time equivalents (FTE).

As university statistician Cameron Tilson points out, the actual headcount of our students is even more impressive: 24,920 for fall 1999 and 30,179 in January 2003.



In our last issue, in the column At a Glance, we reported that Arthur Kroker will be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Victoria. In fact, the honour is a Canada Research Chair. The editor regrets the error.




CTR schedule change

Due to religious holidays, we have changed our publication schedule.The remaining issue of CTR will be published on June 5.