We promised in the last issue of Concordia's Thursday Report to run the other half of the list of outstanding Arts and Science students, but the many special events over the past week have crowded them out. They will soon be added to our Web site, and will be published in the next Thursday Report, October 21.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Affairs Administration in the Faculty of Commerce and Administration has been awarded a grant of $70,000 from the Quebec government, one of three such awards received at Concordia.
The award has been made for three specific purposes. An amount of $30,000 is to be used to develop distance education courses. These will particularly benefit arts and cultural administrators in smaller or remote communities. The award provides $10,000 for program promotion and $30,000 for curriculum development.
Evidence of the booming arts and cultural sector has also been felt by the Graduate Diploma in Administration, with the enrolment this fall of a record number of students in the Arts Administration option. They represent all areas, including music, theatre, art education and visual arts.
The Festival International de Nouvelle danse, held recently in Montreal, was a chance for students in the Contemporary Dance Department to get some insight from the leading edge of their discipline.
Dance's Michael Montanaro reports that Clara Andermatt, Vincent Mansoe and Peter Chin, all visited Concordia to give workshops.
Friends of Alex Lawrie, a much-loved staff member who died last year, will hold the Alex Lawrie Memorial Dinner on Thursday, October 21, in the Faculty Club, on the 7th floor of the Henry F. Hall Building.
The dinner will launch a drive to raise funds for a scholarship endowment. Cheques may be sent directly to David F. Brown, Director, Capital Gifts (Advancement), BC-316.
Brown and the other organizers promise full Scottish honours at the dinner, including Addressing the Haggis (a ritual involving a Robbie Burns poem, bagpipes and single malt scotch), a demonstration of country dancing, and a raffle. Brown says the tentative first prize is single malt scotch, and the second prize, aspirin and an ice pack.
It's a triumph in postmodern chic on a grad student's budget. Grad House, at 2030 Mackay St., was re-opened last week with a sleek new look, and the Graduate Students Association (GSA) executive were quietly exultant.
Upstairs there are two computer labs with 16 machines, and facilities for scanning, faxing, photocopying and, soon, laminating. "Our prices are the best around," said GSA president Colin Dennis proudly.
Downstairs, there are comfortable sofas and a functioning cafˇ. The striking art on the walls is an exhibit organized by GSA vice-president services Martin Kapustianyk, a graduate student in Art History. He said he "jumped at the chance" to involve more Fine Arts students and faculty in the association.
Drop in and see the first exhibit, called appropriate. It comprises work by Meredith Browne, Grayson Cooke, Trevor Gould, Sheena Gourlay, Cynthia Hammond, Suzanne Leblanc, Katja MacLeod Kessin, Kathleen O'Brien and Caroline Stevens.
All are artists in the PhD programs in the Humanities and
Special Individualized Programs. While they work in the visual
arts, they have no access to other exhibition venues at the