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In Brief

Search for dean

At the Board of Governors meeting of March 17, approval was given to establish an Advisory Search Committee for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Administration. The current term of Dean Mohsen Anvari ends May 31, 2000.

Filmmakers draw raves

Pierre Jasmin (BFA 84) won an Oscar. The Film graduate was among the group that won an Academy Award for Special Visual Effects for their work on What Dreams May Come, particularly an extraordinary eight-minute animated sequence in which actor Robin Williams walks through paradise.

While Jasmin wasn't named in the nomination or called up on stage, one of the four men who accepted the Oscar publicly thanked him and his colleagues at Mass Illusion, who combined 250,000 elements and used 30 technicians over nine months for the animation project. In addition, La Presse put a phone interview with the California-based Jasmin on its front page.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Eisha Marjara, a former Communication Studies student, is attracting raves for her autobiographical film about India, Desperately Seeking Helen.

Marjara first drew notice in 1990 for 24hrs, and received an honourable mention at a Madrid film festival in 1994 for The Incredible Shrinking Woman. She went from Concordia into the Fast Forward program at the National Film Board, where she made Desperately. It has been playing at the NFB Cinema on St. Denis St.

Radio comedy wins national prize

Second-year Theatre Performance students John Mountsteven and Jacob Richmond have won a CBC Radio competition called Audio Art 99.

From Canada to Canada, a 12- minute comedy, won the students $800, and will have their prize-winning entry broadcast coast to coast on April 12 on the program Outfront (8:45 p.m. on Radio One, 88.5 FM and 940 AM).

Audio Art 99 was open to anyone in Canada under 25, and was created to encourage the production of arts and entertainment for radio. Mountsteven and Richmond want to thank Michelle Girouard and Catherine Tassˇ for help with voices for the show.

The young writers hope to perform and write more for CBC Radio, and are now working on an extended version of their winning entry.

Matti Terho retires

The Rev. Matti Terho, longtime chaplain and all-around Concordia booster, has just retired from Campus Ministry.

He will be given a rousing send-off on April 6 in the Faculty and Staff Lounge, H-767, from 4 to 6 p.m., and all the many people with whom he has worked, celebrated and prayed throughout his career are invited. Donations for a retirement gift should be sent to Campus Ministry, L-WF-101, or 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, H4B 1R6.

Living with grief

Admission is free and welcome to a panel discussion called Living With Grief: At School, At Work, At Worship, to be held in the Alumni Auditorium, Room 110 of the Henry F. Hall Building, on Wednesday, April 14.

The event is the sixth annual national Bereavement Teleconference of the Hospital Foundation of America. It is sponsored in Montreal by the McGill University Health Centre's Palliative Care Services Bereavement Support Program, and has the support of a number of local, national and international associations.

The panel includes Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Michael Jemmott, MDiv, senior staff chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Michael Kirby, MSW, director of the New York State Police Employee Assistance Program; and Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, MA, RN, LPC, a consultant, educator and author.

The panel discussion, conducted by teleconferencing thanks to Concordia's Instructional and Information Technology Services, will last from 1 to 4 p.m., and will be followed by discussion. For information, call 842-1231 or 848-3838.

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