Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.4

October 23, 2003


In brief

Theatre Department to show three Ives plays

The Theatre Department will present Ives for You: Three Short Plays by David Ives, the Chicago-born playwright who has been hailed not only as a lively theatre talent, but as an intelligent and “anarchically funny” experimental dramatist.

The three works to be presented at the Cazalet Theatre on the Loyola Campus are:

Bolero: About a man and a woman dealing with the sounds next door in the middle of the night.

Babel’s in Arms: Set in Babylonia circa 1000 B.C., where two workers are building the tower of Babel stone by stone.

The Green Hill: Follows a man’s search for his vision of ultimate happiness.

Ives for You is approximately one hour and a quarter, and will be directed by theatre professor Ralph Allison.

The plays run Oct. 23 to 25 and Oct. 30 to 31 at 8 p.m.. A matinée will be presented on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and can be reserved at the box office: 848-2424, ext. 4742.

Graduate journal launched

The Graduate Researchers Consortium, which organized an interdisciplinary conference last March at Concordia and McGill, has published the first issue of Graduate Researcher: Journal for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

The issue includes selections from the First Millennium University Conference by Gary Boyd, Brooke Jeffrey, Abigail Shorter, Rocci Luppicini and Nisha Sajnani (Concordia), Steven Rytina, Mario Bunge and Bruce M. Shore (McGill), Lee Harris (Ottawa) and David Peters (Memorial).

For more information about the journal, please contact the editor, Rocci Luppicini, at 848-8895.

Adult learning holds intellectual smorgasbord

The Quebec Association for Adult Learning, which is housed at Concordia, is celebrating Adult Learners’ Week, Oct. 25 to 31.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the QAAL is holding an “intellectual smorgasbord” from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room H-763.

The guest speaker is Noel Burke, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education for the English-speaking community. This will be followed by round tables on the ages and stages of adult learners.

More participants are welcome at this free event, and you can indicate your interest by calling Malka Benjamin, in the QAAL office, at ext. 2036.

AIESEC places students in international internships

Students with wanderlust should go to the mezzanine of the Hall Building today, and look at a display called The Global Village.

Robert Kim, a member of the sponsoring group, AIESEC, explains that the title is an acronym for Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales. However, the full title is no longer used, because the membership, academic disciplines and activities have broadened.

The tables on the mezzanine are intended to display the cultures of the four main regions of the world, Europe, Africa and South America, and to promote AIESEC’s International Internship Exchange Program.

“Each booth will have information pertaining to AIESEC’s international network and opportunities, i.e. traineeships in other countries, demanding positions to build up professional skills,” Kim said.

AIESEC claims to place 5,000 young people every year in positions lasting up to 18 months in business, public service or civil society. Kim added, “To enrich that experience further we create opportunities for them to interact with their local environment and its challenges, supported by the members of each of our local offices.”

If you missed the Global Village display and want to know more, contact the AIESEC office at Concordia, at 848-2424, ext. 7435.

Management seminars include negotiating skills

The John Molson Executive Centre is now offering two-day management seminars tailor-made for businesses and other institutions.

Among the offerings are Acquisitions and Alliances: Managing After the Deal is Done; Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour Relations, The Trading Room Experience, and The Essentials of Successful Negotiation. Each two-day session costs about $1,000.

For more information, please call 848-3960, e-mail, or consult

Vanvari appointed as Director, Major Program Management

Executive Director of Facilities Management, Peter Bolla, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tony Vanvari to the newly created position of Director, Major Program Management.

As Director, Major Program Management, Tony Vanvari will provide general project management support for the Concordia's major building program and, more specifically, spearhead the construction of the new John Molson School of Business Pavilion, the renovation of the Drummond Building and the renovation of our Loyola Athletics Complex. He will also be responsible for the leasing of retail spaces, particularly in the two new downtown buildings. Tony will report to Peter Bolla.

Tony is a graduate of Concordia University, where he obtained a Master of Business Administration degree. He also holds an Engineering degree from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Toronto.

An experienced project administrator, Tony Vanvari was the CEO of Madi International (Croissant Plus) from 1990 to 2002 and before that Director of Development at Steinberg Corporation.

Please join Peter Bolla and the team at Facilities Management in wishing Tony the best of success at Concordia University.

Research & Technology Fair

Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) will be holding its fourth Research and Technology Fair on Monday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the J.W. McConnell Building (1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.).

Current research projects of members of the CSLP will be exhibited in the form of poster presentations and multimedia demonstrations. Projects include the use of digital portfolios in the newly implemented Quebec Education Program; technology integration in Quebec English schools; computer-mediated communication and distance education; the role of attention in the acquisition of second language; and the development of a computer-based learning environment to help children at risk of dropping-out of school.

Teachers and students from CSLP partner schools will be on hand to display their technology-based classroom projects, including representatives from the Tomorrow's School Today Project.

The Fair is an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand view of the innovative instructional technology activities currently unfolding in Quebec schools.

For more information, call (514) 848-2424, ext. 2020 or go to the CLSP website at: