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In Brief...

Journalist remembered

Concordia Journalism students will be among those eligible for a new bursary honouring the first head of CBC Newsworld. The Joan Donaldson Newsworld Scholarship has been established to acknowledge the contribution of a once-dynamic journalist and administrator.

Donaldson, then 43 and just having launched the Newsworld network in Toronto, was walking across René-Lévesque Blvd. to a meeting in the Maison Radio-Canada when she was hit by a cyclist. She sustained massive brain damage, and eventually was replaced in her job.

After several years in a coma, she regained consciousness, but can only speak for short periods and has the use of only one arm. Her short-term memory is severely limited.

Concordia is one of eight Canadian universities that will award the bursary each year to a journalism student.

In search of adventure?

One of the best ways is to teach English in another country. On Tuesday, February 16, in Room H-820, graduates of the TESL Centre will share their experiences -- some dire, some heartwarming, some hilarious -- with anyone who cares to join them. The countries they have been to range from Bhutan to Japan, from the Arctic to China, from Korea to Spain to the Czech Republic, not to mention Quebec.

Study in Italy

Josée Di Sano, a Concordia graduate, organizes successful tours to Florence, Italy, every summer to learn or perfect the Italian language at a private school. You may live with a local family or take an apartment with other students. The $2,450 package includes return airfare and four weeks' accommodation, and the trip is from May 30 to June 27. For more information, call Josée at 488-1778.

Leave your mark

You don't have to be an art student to try your luck at designing for the Royal Canadian Mint. The Mint is accepting entries to replace the image of the caribou on the back of the 25-cent coin for the year 2000. Twelve designs will be selected by a panel of art students from across the country. The contest is open to all Canadian residents. The theme for 2000 is: How Canadians see their future in culture, exploration, science, technology, and so on. The deadline is June 30. For an entry form, or more information, call 1-800-671-2327.

Pension lawsuit

University Legal Counsel Bram Freedman reports that in late December, the Quebec Court of Appeal unanimously granted appeals by both CUFA (the faculty association) and representatives of the non-active members of the Pension Plan for intervenor status in the ongoing pension suit supported by the CSN-affiliated unions

against the University.

As such, CUFA and the pensioners' representatives are now parties to the suit and have the same rights as the University in the case. They may examine witnesses, file pleadings and make motions in order to have their views considered by the judge when deciding upon whether to grant authorization for the class action to proceed.


Lectures on Monet

Retired Photography Professor Gabor Szilasi will give talks on "Photographing Giverny" at the Museum of Fine Arts, in French on February 24, and in English on March 3. His large-format photos of Monet's garden in all seasons is being shown currently with the Monet exhibit.

Art History Professor Loren Lerner will give a lecture called "Monet's Private Gardens at Giverny: The Metamorphosis of Effect into Sacred Space" on March 24. These lectures are free, and are being given at 6 p.m. in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium. There are many other events planned around the Monet exhibit, including a series of talks by Henry Lehmann and a series of readings with music.

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