Compiled by Barbara Black
Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up
in the media more often than you might think!
It was reported in a number of newspapers, including the TorontoStar, that Rector Frederick Lowy, a psychiatrist and former dean of medicine at the University of Toronto, took part in a hospital review panel studying the dispute between a drug company and a researcher at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. TheVarsity, a U of T student paper, described Lowy as "greatly respected during his years at the university, and uniquely admired for his reliable and moral actions" as dean.
Lea Katsanis (Marketing) was quoted in Marketing magazine about new products for pets aimed at boosting their health. Katsanis said the products, which include a chicken soup mix and multi-vitamins, should do well because people are willing to spend money on their pets' well-being, just as they would with other family members.
On November 4, Maïr Verthuy (Études françaises) was the only guest on an hour-long interview show, Le troisième élément, on CJNT television (channel 60, cable 14). She was interviewed about Quebec immigrants writing in French, and during her interview, she mentioned the innovative nature of many of the courses taught here.
Pierre Brunet (Finance) wrote an extensive article on doing global business for the National Post on November 28. His advice: start with sound moral values of your own; get to know the country's business culture; decide whether to pick a partner or go it alone; get expert advice on international laws and agreements; and respect the natural environment.
Cinema student Eva Anastasiu, who worked on the set of Brian de Palma's thriller Snake Eyes, was among those interviewed for an Elle Québec article about women in the film industry.
Betty Goodwin, a former student in our Faculty of Fine Arts, was the subject of a feature article in the Toronto-based NOW magazine, which called her "the indisputable grande dame of Canadian art." Goodwin, a student of Yves Gaucher, won the first $25,000 Harold Town Prize for Drawing last year.
Richard Diubaldo, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, was in Argentina recently, and was asked by the newspaper La Nación for advice on how to recruit foreign students. He recommended doing market research to better understand the target country, and focusing on academic programs that show potential for international links. He also prefers forging good relationships with foreign delegations to the hubbub and information overload of an education fair.
A recent article in TheGazette about "Outfoxing online cheaters" quoted Legal Counsel Bram Freedman and Sally Spilhaus (Rights and Responsibilities).
Also in TheGazette over the holidays, an excellent story about accounting ("A job you can count on"), focusing on Jethro Bushenbaum, the top chartered-accountancy student in Canada, and Gail Fayerman, Director of Concordia's crack Diploma in Accountancy program.
A Gazette feature article about the turning of the millennium quoted medieval expert Shannon McSheffrey (History) about the last time around. She said that time was not precisely kept 1,000 years ago, and tended to follow agrarian and liturgical patterns. While mechanical clocks existed, they didn't dominate people's lives, as they do now.
CJAD's Tommy Schnurmacher Show on January 4 turned into a 45-minute Concordia love-fest, when alumni Marianna Simeone and Edbert Gaye reminisced about their days here and praised the University's accessibility and alumni support of the Capital Campaign.
A big close-up photo of Steven Appelbaum (Management) graces the cover of a new publication, Canadian Educator's Resource. Appelbaum recently won the sponsoring organization's Management Education Award.
A full-page article about Concordia's course on HIV and AIDS appeared in the magazine Campus Canada last fall. Writer Sylvain Comeau interviewed students, such as Anthropology student Michael Green, who devised a street-smart marketing campaign aimed at IV drug users at the instigation of the course's sponsors, Glaxo Wellcome. Drugs (and possible infection) are not limited to the underclass, he found. "People you would never think are sticking needles in their feet or their eyelids -- anywhere they can put it that they think no one else can see."