April 23,1998

In Brief

Interim enrolment report presented

A report on the "identification stage" of the Enrolment Management Project (EMP) was presented April 20 to the Rector's Cabinet.

The EMP was organized to address the way the University handles students from recruitment through to graduation.

Through an approach now called the Quality Programs Initiative, teams have worked since October 16 to gather information on how recruitment and admission are currently organized.

Scholars honour Verthuy

A major three-day conference on women writers in French will be held May 15 to 17 in honour of Études françaises Professor Maïr Verthuy.

The event, titled Les Femmes de lettres et le français hors frontière, will bring scholars from all over the world, including France, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, the U.S. and Canada, and, of course, the other Quebec universities. It will include the screening of three films with commentary by the filmmakers.

Verthuy has received many honours for her achievements in feminist as well as literary circles. She was the co-founder of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary.

For more information on the conference, please call Professors Catherine Mavrikakis or Lucie Lequin, 848-7500 or lequin@vax2.concordia.ca

Concordians pay tribute to Nick

Nick Auf der Maur, the well-known Gazette columnist who died April 7, was the city councillor for the downtown Peter McGill district of Montreal during much of the period between 1974 and 1994.

In November 1988, he was in the official party, along with then Education Minister Claude Ryan and MNA Jacques Chagnon, when ground was broken for the construction of Concordia's newest building, the J.W. McConnell library complex. The building had its official opening four years later.

Nick was a good friend to Concordia, and spent much of his time in the nearby district of bars and restaurants. He was only 56 when he died, after a long and gallantly fought battle with cancer.

His funeral, held Easter Monday at St. Patrick's Basilica, drew nearly 3,000 people, and was followed by a wake on Crescent St. A memorial fund has been established in Nick's name to help the families of cancer patients at the Montreal General Hospital.

In tribute to his memory, the University's Public Relations Department placed a book of condolences and a small display in the lobby of the J.W. McConnell Building for several days. The book, which gathered more than 100 signatures, will be forwarded to the Auf der Maur family. It is now available for signing at Ziggy's pub, 1470 Crescent St.

New operating hours for Physical Resources

Starting May 1, the hours of operation for the Service Centre in Physical Resources will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After working hours, line 848-2400 will be transferred to Security, who will respond only to emergency calls.

Young at 40

Members of the Garnet Key Society cast aside their dark red blazers for an evening at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on April 9. The student group, hand-picked to guide visitors to University events, celebrated their 40th anniversary with a banquet, followed by typically informal speeches and skits.

The outgoing 40th Key are Jason Albino, Micheline Ammar, J.P. Blanchette, Lizwan Mohan, Salima Nathoo, Robert Paris, Parisa Rezaiefar and Neil Simmerman.

The 41st Key, who don their blazers next fall, are Diana Audino, Samantha Cukier, Ferdinando DeLuca, Christopher Feret, Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste, Siddharth Kashyap, Rehan Mian, Hasmatulla Mujahid, Christina Persaud and Lamis Subai.

CASA Cares raises $7,000 in charity drive

CASA Cares, in the Faculty of Commerce and Administration, has started with a bang, raising $7,000 in one day for the Children's Wish Foundation.

April 9 was packed with activities. Beer and hot dogs were on sale on the mezzanine of the Henry F. Hall Building, canvassers with money buckets roamed outside. There was a loony line with vouchers as prizes, and a pub crawl in the evening.

"We expected about $3,500," said CASA Cares president Michael Bright, "but the results were just amazing. The woman at Children's Wish couldn't believe it. Next year, we'd like to see students in the other Faculties involved, and we might challenge another university to see who can raise the most."

In March, the students organized a dinner at the Old Brewery Mission. More than 500 clients came to eat.

Goodbye, Beverley

More than 80 colleagues, faculty members, former students and friends honoured Beverley Rennick last Sunday for her 32 years of service to Concordia. She is taking early retirement at the end of March from the Department of Applied Social Science, where she has served as department secretary, secretary to the Chair, and secretary to the graduate program. Six of the seven chairs of the department attended, including its founder, Dr. Hedley Dimock, and virtually all her clerical support staff colleagues through the years, some from as far away as Ann Arbor, Washington, Toronto, Dartmouth, St. Catharines, and Ottawa.

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