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September 26, 2002 In Brief



Enrolment continues to grow

The latest enrolment figures show a continued rise. Interim Registrar Linda Healey reports that Concordia now has 25,803 undergraduate students, compared with 24,115 at this time last year. This includes all Faculties, as well as independent, visiting and certificate students. Figures for graduate students are slower to come in, but CTR will report them when they are available.

Concordia is the fastest-growing university in Quebec. Last year’s enrolment was the highest in the university’s history: 28,237 full-time and part-time students, representing 20,641 full-time-equivalents (FTEs). Moreover, since 1995, Concordia’s share of Montreal’s and Quebec’s student population has increased.

As Rector Frederick Lowy said in a recent presentation of this data to the Board of Governors, “students’ decision to enrol at Concordia when they have so many other options validates our own belief that we offer programs that are relevant and desirable.”

Engineering undergraduate enrolment has risen by 110 per cent since 1997, taking Concordia from sixth to third place among Quebec universities.

The rise in enrolment is fortunately being matched by an unprecedented renewal of the faculty cohort. In Arts and Science alone, 178 professors — about one-third of the total — have retired in the past six years. Across the university, 206 full-time professors have been hired in the past five years.

Art for passersby

Melanie Authier, president of the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), puts a bright new face on the construction fence of Concordia’s new downtown building on Mackay St. near Ste. Catherine. Authier and fellow art student Jessie Brugger are running the Concordia Fence Project, and invite students and faculty members to participate. Contact them via the Fine Arts web site, http://fasa.concordia.ca/FenceProject.htm.

Reopening of Loyola cafeteria

Loyola cafeteria reopens

Chartwells, the new food services provider, opened renovated cafeteria facilities in the Campus Centre on the Loyola Campus on Sept. 16. Seen cutting the ribbon are Jack MacDonald, CEO of Chartwells Canada; Patricia Posius, Administrator, Vice-Rector Affairs, and Director, Auxiliary Services; and Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Rector, Services.

Quebec Black Medical Association rewards Concordia students

Dione Watts, a student in the Graduate Diploma in Administration, Health Care Option, was awarded the Janssen Ortho Scholarship at a dinner held in May by the Quebec Black Medical Association.

Dione graduated from Concordia in 1997 with a BComm, majoring in human resource management. She is currently administrative associate in the Department of Nursing at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), where she coordinates administrative functions across five hospital sites; she is also an active community volunteer.

The Quebec Black Medical Association awards more than $30,000 in awards and scholarships annually, mainly through the efforts of Dr. E.C. Tucker, Association president.

Here are two more Concordia recipients:

Kieron Motley has been Concordia’s choice to receive a graduate award for the past three years. He completed an MSc in biology in 1998 at Concordia, and is about to complete a PhD in neuroscience at UQAM. Kieron received the Eli Lilly Award.

Onyenyechukwa Nnorom has completed her second year at Concordia in cell and molecular biology, and is a member of the Garnet Key Society. She was presented with one of two Pfizer scholarships.


Science populist Joe Schwarcz to lecture at Concordia

Not many chemists become media stars, but Dr. Joe Schwarcz is a has become a popular figure on local radio, debunking bogus commercial health claims and allaying fears of ubiquitous toxins.

He will give a public talk on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the DeSève Cinema as part of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Research Conference. For more information, go to http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/chem/grad_conference/index.htm