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October 24, 2002 In Brief



Claude Bédard & family

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Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Appreciation for Claude Bédard

A party was held Sept. 26 on Crescent St. for outgoing Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Claude Bédard, seen at left with his wife, Sylvie Boisvert, and daughters Agathe and Jehanne. A third daughter, Camille, was not able to attend, but about 100 of Claude’s friends and colleagues were on hand. Among the attributes mentioned in the speeches was his excellent baritone. Dr. Bédard returns to full-time teaching in Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Sally Spilhaus leaves post as advisor on rights

Sally Spilhaus has announced that for health reasons, she is leaving her position as Advisor to the Rector on Rights and Responsibilities.

In a message to some of her colleagues, she said that she had lived with Parkinson’s disease for the past nine years. “For a long time, it did not impede my work, but the heavy demands of the last two years were starting to affect my health in ways I could no longer ignore.”

Sally came to Montreal in the 1960s from South Africa. There she had been in the thick of the anti-apartheid struggle, working for an organization that supported political prisoners and their families.

She had started a university degree in 1960 in Capetown, but didn’t get a chance to finish it until some 20 years later, at Concordia. By that time, she was a single mother of two, working full-time and studying at night. Still an activist, she worked for a number of community organizations, and became the founding director of the women’s shelter Auberge Madeleine.

In 1991, she came to Concordia, where she became the first and only sexual harassment officer at the university. In 1992-93, in the wake of the Fabrikant killings and under Interim Rector Charles Bertrand, she chaired a task force to review all university policies regulating behaviour, some of which were out of date.

Consulting experienced colleagues and external experts, she worked up a protocol on tracking disruptive behaviour that was integrated into the Code of Rights and Responsibilities, ratified in 1996. In the same year, the expansion of her duties was finally acknowledged with the title of Advisor on Rights and Responsibilities. Since April, her responsibilities have been fulfilled by Ombudsperson Kristen Robillard.

“I loved my work,” Sally said in her message this week. She thanks her colleagues for their support through a turbulent but productive career at Concordia, and added that she hopes to continue to be of service to the university. “I have chosen to reveal the Parkinson’s in the hope that some of you will want to learn more about it and perhaps consider it when deciding on your charitable donations. The Parkinson’s Society of Canada supports research into improved treatment and potential cures. (See www.parkinson.ca.)


Concordians took part in the March of Umbrellas launching the Centraide campaign, on Oct. 4.

Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Centraide weekly raffle winners

Winners of the Oct. 11 draw:

Valdir Jorge
won a Polaroid compact Joycam. Joaquim Borralho won a Concordia polar zippered vest. Patricia Posius won a gift certificate from the Body Shop. Mona Senecal won a Concordia “74” T-shirt. Yousef Shayan won a Concordia Stingers golf cap.

Winners of the Oct. 18 draw:

Barbara Harris
won a Sony Dream Machine clock radio. Sandra James won an Eastpak knapsack. Joaquim Borralho won a Concordia polar scarf. Angelina Trubiano won an HMV gift certificate. Danielle Tessier won a Concordia suede cap. Jack Orstein won a Concordia zippered polar vest. Joel Lauzière won a Concordia cap and T-shirt.

Thanks to all those who have sent in their pledge card with their donation to Centraide. Your pledge automatically enters you in the weekly Centraide draws.

Watch for these Centraide events:

• Putting game: Play for coffee and fun in the atrium on Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Oct. 31, at the lunch hour.

• Bake sales:
Skip breakfast on Oct. 31. There’s a big bake sale in the lobby of the GM Building, and another one at Bishop Court. Crafts and art are for sale, too.

• Halloween goodies: At lunchtime on Oct. 31, costumed volunteers will be handing out candy in exchange for contributions.

• CASA Halloween party: 1,000 revellers are expected at this event, which includes a bachelor/bachelorette auction for charity.
ECA Loony Line: Nov. 5.

• Flea market: Nov. 14. Get your donations ready, and we’ll give you more information in the next issue.

• Teddy Bear Hospital: Adopt a teddy bear in the “hospital” (GM lobby) on Nov. 14. Donations are being accepted now of new or looks-like-new teddy bears, at GM-201.

Knit One, Swim 2

Photo by Denis Farley

The Best-Kept Secret in Montreal at the Ellen Gallery

Knit One, Swim 2:
An interactive installation by Concordia professor and fibres artist Ingrid Bachmann. It’s one of the works in The Best-Kept Secret in Montreal, the 10th anniversary show on view at Concordia’s Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery until December 14.

Discover science and technology by the water’s edge

The 19th annual Science and Technology Exhibition will be held over the weekend of Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stewart Hall, 176 Bord-du-Lac/Lakeshore Road in Pointe Claire.
This year’s edition will feature interactive displays and demonstrations from departments in the Faculties of Arts and Science, Engineering & Computer Science and Fine Arts.
The exhibition attracts up to 2,000 visitors every year and is a tremendous community outreach and recruitment opportunity for the university. 

The West Island is beautiful at this time of year. Drop by and support the students, faculty and staff who make this event such a success. There will be balloons for the kids and door prizes.


TESL beckons would-be teachers

Teachers of English as a second language are an adventurous bunch, and they have tales to tell from all over the world. Join some of them on Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 o’clock, in H-531. Destinations include Azerbaijan, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, France, Mexico and . . . Quebec. Information about qualifying to teach ESL will be available.

Concordia Health Services offers annual flu shot

Flu season is just around the corner. Limited quantities of the flu vaccine will be available, free of charge at Health Services at both the SGW (2155 Guy, Room ER-407) and the Loyola (7141 Sherbrooke Street West, HA- 151).

The flu immunization clinics will begin Nov. 4. Priority will be given to those individuals who meet the following criteria: Have a chronic medical condition; have a long term heart or lung problem (e.g. asthma); have lowered resistance to infection because of cancer or immunological disorders (including HIV); is a healthy adult over 60 years of age; or is a health care worker or have frequent contact with people in the high risk groups previously described. This criteria is applicable to those working in a daycare setting.

If you would like to obtain the free influenza vaccine, please call 848-3565 or 848-3575 to book an appointment.


Loyola Health Services

Staying healthy at Loyola

Donna Cooper, RN, checks out a patient in her temporary office at Hingston Hall (HA-151) on the Loyola Campus. Renovations in the Administration Building should be ready by mid-January and will include new offices for Concordia Health Services. Our thanks to Laurel Leduc for this photo.