Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.3

October 9, 2003


In brief

Exposcience marks 20th anniversary

Suburban show dedicated to founder Bob Pallen

The Pointe Claire Cultural Centre has requested that Concordia University organize another Science and Technology Exhibition at Stewart Hall.

This event has been well received by residents of the West Island for the past 19 years. Co-organizer Cameron Tilson said in a letter to participants that it has been a great way to recruit students and instill an interest in science, engineering and technology.

“The public has an opportunity to discuss their interests with the students, who have already made a commitment to Concordia. We couldn’t have better public relations than is offered by our students,” Tilson wrote.

This Exposcience, Nov. 1 and 2, will be dedicated to Dr. Robert Pallen, who retired from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is in poor health.

“His tireless efforts and enthusiasm have been the driving force behind this event since the first Stewart Hall exhibition in November 1984,” Tilson said.

The following departments have confirmed their participation: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography, Physics, Psychology, the Science College, Digital Image and Sound, Building, Civil and Environ-mental Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information, please contact Tilson (ext. 7976) or his colleagues on the organizing committee: Miriam Posner (ext. 3361) or Louis Cuccia (ext. 3344).

Exposcience, a showcase of Concordia science and technology, will take place at Stewart Hall, Lakeshore Drive/Bord du Lac, Pointe Claire, on Nov. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JMSB ranks high in international surveys

As every commerce student knows, it’s all about competition. The John Molson School of Business has been climbing that pole of success lately in terms of international business school rankings.

The School’s MBA program was ranked 96th in the world by The Economist’s annual publication Which MBA?, one of only five Canadian schools to be ranked.

The designation is based on a school’s ability to deliver the most important elements that have been identified by the students themselves in deciding which MBA program to pursue. In addition to data supplied by the schools, over 23,000 MBA students and alumni were surveyed to give qualitative assessments of MBA programs.

JMSB also made it into the Wall Street Journal’s Guide to the Top Business Schools 2004, which is based on the characteristics that corporate recruiters consider most important.

The School has also been ranked 18th among international schools (again, one of only five Canadian business schools to make the ranking) by the Forbes magazine’s Survey of the Best Business Schools.

The Forbes survey measured how much return on investment an MBA graduate earned.

Students interested in spirituality fair

A steady stream of students to Concordia’s Faith Mosaic, a showcase of religions set up on the Hall mezzanine on Sept. 30, pleased Ellie Hummel and Daryl Lynn Ross, the university’s full-time chaplains.

“I see a lot of students who want to have a spiritual life,” Hummel said. “Many don’t want to be connected to a religion, but others have a deep love for their faith and maintain it.”

Student groups ran many of the information tables, and some students stayed throughout the event. Almost all of the university’s assocociate chaplains, volunteers from Concordia and the community, showed up to the event.

Faith Mosaic was the first event of its kind in several years by Multi-faith Chaplaincy.

“The purpose of the day is to foster respect, understanding and goodwill among the diverse groups that study and work together at Concordia,” Hummel said. “We also wanted the community to meet the chaplains.”

One of the features was called “Anything you ever wanted to ask about [any religion].” Chaplains fielded questions, and “connections were made” between adherents and others, she said. She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada.

Chaplains or associate chaplains presented overviews of their own religions or sects: Unitarianism (an intellectually liberal offshoot of Christianity), Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism.