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October 24, 2002 Faculty mentors reach out to new mature students



The annual Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Induction Ceremony and Reception took place on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The reception, held in Guadagni Lounge, preceded the ceremony, which was held in the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall.

Over 40 donors were guests of the university and came to meet the recipients of their awards again this year. Dolly Shinhat-Ross, who helps organize this event, said, “One of the things that is so striking is the number of alumni who create awards, as well the number of corporate representatives that turn out to be alumni.”

Happily, the number of awards continue to grow. This year, 14 new awards were inducted, funded by a variety of donors — alumni, friends, corporations, faculty and staff. In addition, some 140 recurring scholarships were awarded.

A new endowment was created by the Concordia University Pensioners’ Association (CUPA) under the leadership of John Hall. The endowment established by CUPA is one of the largest at the university for student support. It was created following the de-mutualization of Sun Life shares with CUPA’s share of its proceeds.

Mr. Hall, who is CUPA president, approached the university to ask that CUPA’s share be matched for an endowment. The university agreed, and the resulting endowment of some $700,000 will annually and in perpetuity fund a total of 12 awards: four undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 each, four undergraduate bursaries of $2,375 each and four graduate awards of $4,375 each.

On Oct. 30, an endowment signing ceremony was held at the Ellen Gallery and a framed certificate of recognition presented to CUPA through Mr. Hall.

Awards for students in any faculty:

The Concordia Retired Faculty & Staff Scholarships & Awards Endwment Fund, established by the Concordia University Pensioner's Association (CUPA) under the leadership of John Hall (S BSc’57), president. Inducted by Mr. Hall and Geoff Adams, past President, CUPA. (see below)

Concordia Staff Endowed Scholarship Fund, established with non-teaching staff contributions during the Campaign for a New Millennium. Inducted by Ann Kerby, Director, Advocacy & Support Services and Co-Chair Faculty & Staff Division of the Campaign for a New Millennium.

The Benoit Pelland-Loyola Alumni Association Inc. Educational Grant and The Father Marc Gervais-Loyola Alumni Association Inc. Educational Grant, are two existing awards re-named in honour of the late Benoit Pelland (BAdmin’88) and Communications professor Marc Gervais S.J. (L BA’50). Inducted by Raymond Huot (L BSc’68), president, Loyola Alumni Association:

Awards for student in Arts & Science

The Athletic Therapy Award of Excellence, established by Athletic Therapy. Inducted by Ron Rappel (BSc’85), Head Athletic Therapist, Concordia Athletics

The Donald L. Boisvert Scholarship for Gay & Lesbian Studies, established an inducted by Donald L. Boisvert (BA’75 MA’79), Dean of Students

The Dr. Ben Weider Bursary Endowment (in History), established by George F. Lengvari (L BA’63) and inducted by his wife Inez Lengvari, who came their home in London, England, to induct the bursary on behalf of her husband.

Awards for student in Engineering & Computer Science

The CAE Scholarships in Engineering, established by CAE Inc. and inducted by Gerhard Serapins, Manager - Research & Development, Commercial Simulation & Training, CAE

The Department of Computer Science Scholarship, initiated by Dr. Clement Lam during his term as chair of the department, with additional funding from other faculty members. Inducted by current chair, Dr. T. Radhakrishnan.

The Elvie Smith Memorial Scholarship, established jointly by PWC and the Aerospace Hall of Fame in honour of the the late Elvie Smith, former Chairman & CEO of PWC. Inducted by Annick Laberge, Director of Public Affairs, Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc. (PWC).

The Stelvio "Software Engineering Excellence" Scholarship, established by Albert Carbone (BEng’81 MEng’84), President, Stelvio Inc.

Awards for students in Fine Arts

The Buddy Abrams Shizgal Memorial Endowment, established and inducted by Harold Shizgal in honour of his late wife Buddy Abrams. Mr. Shizgal was accompanied by his daughter Ellen Shizgal.

Awards for students in JMSB
Export Development Corporation (EDC) Inc. Scholarship, established by EDC Inc and inducted by Harold Riley (BCom’82 MBA’88), Senior Business Development Manager, EDC. Inc.

The PEAK Financial Group Scholarship, established by Robert Frances (BCom’87 MBA’91) and inducted by former JMSB professor Dr. Lawrence Boyle (L BA’57 BCom’58), Vice-President, Consulting, PEAK Financial Group