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Alumni names in the news

Suzanne Evans (BFA 91) was the subject of an illustrated article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Planning to make a quilt over the winter to commemorate her grandmother, she duplicated the pattern over the summer with colourful plants on a half-acre of summerfallow prairie.

An article in the Vancouver Sun traces the creative trajectory of Mauro and Marco La Villa, twin filmmakers and former students of our Cinema program, whose documentary about hip-hop and other aspects of DJ culture, Hang the DJs, was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival this summer.

A full-page article appeared in the Fredericton Gleaner about Shelley Cameron, who recently earned her Master's in Art Therapy here and is establishing a practice in her hometown. "It is a highly competitive, intensive program," the article quotes Cameron as saying, "and people apply from all over North America." There are only about 200 practising art therapists in Canada.

An article about Ron Boyer, a graduate of Concordia's Theology program (MA 98) was carried by the Canadian Press across Canada, and appeared in newspapers in Victoria, Cornwall, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Boyer, who is from Kahnawake, is a Roman Catholic deacon, and part of a team formed to build bridges between native and non-native communities.

The Royal Canadian Mint has struck a coin honouring a graduate of Concordia's Biology Department. The late Bill Longhurst was a famous test pilot, and the $20 silver and gold piece -- part of the Mint's aviation cameo coin series -- is pictured with the anti-submarine plane, the Argus. Longhurst flew in the Second World War, worked here for Canadair, then took his biology degree at Concordia and became a cancer researcher. He died in 1990. His widow Susan and daughter Stacie live in Kingston, where they were photographed with the commemorative coin by the Kingston Whig-Standard.

The October 30 universities issue of Canadian Business magazine included a four-page article about specialized programs, and two pages were devoted to Aviation MBA alumnus Richard Cherney. "Four years after graduation, Cherney is thrilled with the payoff from his MBA. He works as managing director of fleet transactions at American Airlines in Fort Worth, Tex., a job that puts him in charge of [many] decisions."

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