Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.6

November 20, 2003


At a glance

Congratulations to Steven H. Appelbaum (JMSB Chair in Organizational Development), whose paper, written with Anthony J. Steed, MBA, won the best paper award at the IBER Conference held recently in Las Vegas. The paper, which will be considered for publication in the Journal of Business & Economics Research, was called “The Client-Consulting Relationship: A Case Study Of Critical Success Factors in a Telecommunications Organization.”

Congratulations also to Cristina Juristo, a fall 2003 graduate of the co-op program in translation, who has won this year’s Prix Mary-Coppin from the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ).

Balbir Sahni, director of the Centre for International Academic Co-operation, was a speaker at the annual conference of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), held in Charlottetown in October. Frederick Francis, deputy director of the CIAC, was elected to the CIAC board. The co-ordinator of the International Students Office, Isabelle Lacelle, and her two colleagues, Brenda Buisson and Anna Nigoghosian, also attended.

Calvin Kalman (Physics) presented a paper titled “Helping students get the most out of introductory gateway science courses” at the Physics Education Research Conference and the American Association of Physics Teachers in Madison, Wisc., in August.

Charles Kannengiesser (Theology) has published a major theological study which was presented at Oxford University last August. The study, a handbook in two volumes, took Kannengiesser, an adjunct professor, seven years to complete. It is called the Charles’ Handbook of Patristic Exegesis and is an encyclopedic study of the interpretation and the reception of the Bible during the first seven centuries of the common era.

Congratulations to Susan Elizabeth Reid, a PhD student in marketing at the John Molson School of Business, who won the 2003 Dissertation Competition organized by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). Her dissertation, entitled “Market Vision for Radically New, High-Tech Products,” was written under the supervision of Professor Ulrike de Brentani. Susan, the first Canadian to win this competition, will present at the upcoming PDMA conference in Boston, and receive a plaque and cheque.

Charles R. Acland (Communications) will see his latest book, Screen Traffic, published this month by Duke University Press. In it, Acland examines how the U.S. commercial movie business has changed the culture of moviegoing.

Bernice Goldsmith (Adjunct Professor, ENCS and Arts & Science) is serving as an external member of the advisory committee for the Auditor General’s Office, Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development’s 2004 audit of the federal government’s strategic environmental assessment policy.

Alumnus David W. Scott (Loyola BA 57) was recently named president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the first Canadian in the post. The College held their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Scott, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais in Ottawa, is a specialist in civil litigation and a Queen’s Counsel who has honorary degrees from both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Ottawa.

Congratulations to Simon Dardick (English) and Nancy Marrelli (Archives), owners of Véhicule, the longstanding Montreal literary publishing house. One of their authors, Jane Brierley, won the Governor-General’s Award for Memoirs of a Less Travelled Road: A Historian’s Life, a translation of Marcel Trudel’s Mémoires d’un autre siècle. Another Véhicule Press author, Stephanie Bolster (English), won the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry in 1998 for White Stone: The Alice Poems.

Rachael Van Fossen teaches part-time in the Theatre Department, but she is also the artistic director of the Black Theatre Workshop, which recently mounted a production of Wade in the Water, by Halifax-born George Boyd. Lighting for the show was by full-time faculty member Eric Mongerson.

Concordia alumnus Wayne Larsen has published a book, A.Y. Jackson: A Love for the Land. Jackson was one of the Group of Seven, which has iconic status in Canadian art. Larsen, editor of the Westmount Examiner, also teaches journalism classes at Concordia.

Congratulations to student Sobia Virk, who has received a journalism scholarship from the Montreal chapter of the Canadian Islamic Congress. The scholarship is part of the group’s aim to invest in journalism talent among Canadian Muslims.

Barry Lazar (Journalism) has produced a new film, Y a rien de sacré/ Nothing Sacred, about editorial cartoonists Aislin of the Gazette and Serge Chapleau of La Presse. It is by director Gary Beitel and co-produced with the National Film Board. The film premiered at Maison-Théâtre on Nov. 19.