Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.6

November 20, 2003


In brief

Native access program given science award in Ottawa

The Native Access to Engineering Program has won a 2003 Michael Smith Award for the Promotion of Science. The NSERC award honours individuals and groups who encourage popular interest in or develop science abilities. It was presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 18.

The NAEP, housed in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, unites educators of native students through online resources and conferences.

The project was conceived in 1993 by the Faculty in co-operation with the Quebec Order of Engineers to address the low participation rate of aboriginal people in the applied sciences in Canada. It was the brainchild of Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté, who teaches technical writing.

Ski deals for alumni

This winter, you can ski for only $44 at Mont Tremblant by purchasing tickets through the Concordia University Alumni Association.

Concordia alumni save close to 30 per cent off the regular $62.50 ticket price, and $2 goes back to the CUAA for student scholarships and support. Tickets are transferable and valid every day during the 2003-04 season, but the deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 5.

There are other alumni benefits, including online deals on hotels, airline tickets, travel packages and car rentals, and on-campus privileges. Tickets may be purchased online, or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at (514) 848-2424, ext. 4856. The alumni association is having a ski day at Mont Tremblant on Feb. 21. Tickets are $44. They are unlimited, but must be reserved by Dec. 5.

A bus will leave from the SGW campus if enough people register.

Bowl for scholarships

The Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University hopes to once again attract record participation and pledges to the Annual Concordia University Bowlathon, whose 11th edition takes place this Saturday, Nov. 22, starting 12:30 p.m. at Laurentian Lanes.

Since 1989, the Bowlathon has raised funds for 62 awards for Concordia students. Individual bowlers or teams of five bowlers are welcome. Great door prizes and fun for all!

Fill a bowl — yours and someone else’s

The Empty Bowls Project started in 1990 and has caught on in many countries.

On Nov. 26, on the mezzanine of the Hall Building, Concordia ceramics students will be selling bowls they have made themselves. With the purchase of a bowl, the customer will receive soup and a bagel.

Every bowl that is purchased will directly help to fill someone else’s bowl, and serve as a reminder for world hunger. All the money raised will go to Dans la rue, which helps street kids and others.

Stocking stuffers that score

On Thursday, Feb. 5, you can join Concordia alumni and friends at Montreal’s Bell Centre to watch the Canadiens play the New York Islanders. Grey section tickets are specially priced at $38 (including all surcharges), savings of 10 per cent per ticket.

Get a group together and come have fun with fellow alumni! A limited number of tickets are available, so book your tickets as soon as possible. Proceeds go back to the CUAA for student scholarships and support.

Jugglers sing for their lunch

Let Jane Hackett, Mary Burns and Nancy Stewart serenade you! The second of six in a series of luncheons aimed at sharing non-work-related passions will take place tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Club in the Hall Building.

The speakers are members of the Lyric Theatre Singers. Jane Hackett and Mary Burns work in the Dean of Students Office and Nancy Stewart works in the John Molson School of Business. They will sing, and then discuss the challenge of juggling a musical theatre career and work.

Lunch will be served. There is space for only 50. To see if there’s still room, or to nominate yourself or a colleague for a future Jugglers lunch, please contact Lauren Gould, at