Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.15

May 6, 2004


In brief


Superlative evening gets results

The Best of the Best, a peripatetic dinner that took place in three upscale Italian restaurants on April 19, surpassed the highest hopes of its organizers in the John Molson School of Business.

Last year, the fundraising event raised $94,000 for PhD Fellowships in Business. This year, $115,000 was raised, under the chairmanship of Frank Di Tomaso, BComm ‘68, partner of the accounting firm of Raymond, Chabot, Martin, Pare.

The organizing committee comprised Lee Hambleton (honorary chair), Charles Lapointe (past chair), Michael Di Grappa, Cornelia Molson, Carolyn Renaud, Rick Renaud and Marianna Simeone.

The event was sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, Italvine, Berchicci Importing Ltd, Consorzio Del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and VR Services Michael Di Grappa. The superb wines were donated by Rick Renaud from his personal wine cellar.

Tables were purchased by Aéroports de Montréal, Concordia University, Frasken Martineau, Le Groupe Petra, Molson Inc., Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Sajo Inc., Seed Capital, Wynnchurch Capital.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Peace and Conflict Resolution Academic Series has established an additional submission date of Thursday, May 27, for proposals for the 2004/2005 schedule.

Fourteen proposals for 29 activities were selected for the current academic year. The many faculty, students and staff worked together, with external groups, to create a successful series of challenging and stimulating academic events.

From the Middle East to Rwanda, South Africa to Montreal, Iran to Cambodia, the Series has examined a wide range of faculty interests and expertise while contributing to public debate.

The commitment and energy with which members of the Concordia community have addressed these issues and the development of this series have been impressive.

Proposals for 2004/2005 will be announced following the fourth due date: May 27.

The last event of the year will be a public lecture talk by Martha Nussbaum, of the University of Chicago, on “Ethical Systems Interfacing with Religion, Law, Development and Gender,” on Thursday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Room H-520 of the Hall Building. This event is co-ordinated by Religion Professor Norma Joseph.

Deputy Speaker of Senate needed

Nominations are still open for the new position of Deputy Speaker of Senate.

The term is for one year, renewable by Senate. This is not a paid position.

For additional information, please contact Danielle Tessier, Director, Board and Senate Administration, at, or ext. 7319.

Librarians Poster Forum

The third annual Librarians Poster Forum was held yesterday, May 5, at the Georges P. Vanier Library, Loyola Campus. Seven 15-minute presentations were made by librarians and library students, followed by questions and discussion.

William Curran, Director of Libraries, said, “We invite any and all university librarians in Montreal, plus the two library schools at the Université de Montréal and McGill.

“The idea is to share their area of interest, or research, whether it’s finished or in progress.”

Curran said the only thing the organizers would like to add is higher francophone participation.

Books wanted

The Concordia Used Book Fair is the annual fundraising event sponsored by the Concordia Volunteers (originally started by members of the Association of Sir George Williams Alumni).

They would like to appeal to members of the Concordia community for donations of books members no longer need, read, or have space for in their homes.

The Book Fair’s proceeds during the past five or six years have been used to supplement the Student Emergency Food Fund, which is administered by the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, and to initiate the Concordia University Used Book Fair Scholarship.

The Fair is usually held during the first week of October, but donations will be happily accepted throughout the year. Boxes marked “Concordia Used Book Fair” may be dropped at the loading dock of the Hall Building.