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Patricia Posius has been appointed Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services, effective June 26.

She had been Manager, Administrative Affairs, and Assistant to the Director, IITS (Instructional and Information Technology Services) prior to this appointment.

In her new post, she will provide administrative leadership to the following departments: Conference Services, Food Services, Mail Services, Printing Services, and Parking Services. She will report to Auxiliary Services Director Robert MacIver, whom we join in wishing Patricia success in her new duties.

Museum opens its doors

On Sunday, May 28, Concordia's Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery was once again an enthusiastic participant in the annual Montreal Museums Day tours. These are well-organized circuits of the area's many museums and art galleries, with transportation provided by bus.

The Gallery saw hundreds of visitors throughout the day, and had good company, sharing their bus route with the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

The current show is especially accessible. Called Vital Signs/Signes de Vie, it is a lively exploration of the non-visual senses, which tend to get "overlooked."

The following day, the gallery was the setting for a reception for a group of journalists from Kosovo. Five senior news executives took a three-day intensive graduate seminar in electronic media management at Concordia as part of a Canadian working visit.

Their trip was organized by a non-profit organization, Réseau Liberté. As part of the exchange, Concordia Journalism Chair Enn Raudsepp is in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, conducting workshops with reporters. CTR will catch up with him in the fall.

Agreement signed

Last Friday, a partnership agreement was signed between Concordia and three Moroccan universities, Hassan II, Ibn Toufail and Mohamed V, in the presence of the Moroccan ambassador, the consul-general, and the Moroccan secretary of state for social and family services.

The agreement will foster academic co-operation in women's studies, particularly in the areas of women and the law, entrepreneurship, media, and cultural studies and North African literature.

The signing coincides with a forum on women's interest and issues organized for May 30 to June 2 by the Moroccan consulate in Montreal, in which Concordia was one of the participating institutions.

Concordia has also signed agreements with four universities and the Saudi Arabian government to permit Saudi students to enrol at Concordia. The agreements also provide for collaborative research by faculty.

Two ounces for safety

Une once de prévention: Santé et sécurité dans les arts visuels, a publication of Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts, was launched at the Musée d'Art Contemporain on May 25.

The English-language version, An Ounce of Prevention: Health and Safety in the Visual Arts, was published in December 1998 to address a widespread need for reliable information on maintaining a safe studio -- such issues as ventilation and air quality, electricity, lighting fire hazards, temperature, noise, floors, plumbing and lighting.

Devora Neumark did much of the research for the book, and, with Douglas Scott and Paul Gregory, compiled and wrote it. The translator is Jean-Paul Champagne, whose daughter, Micheline Champagne-Tremblay, won a competition for Design Art students for the book cover.

The Quebec government's Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) heartily endorsed the book. Copies may be bought for $8.25 at the Concordia Bookstores and the art supplies shop in the VA Building, among other locations.

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