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At a Glance

Compiled by Barbara Black

This column welcomes the submissions of all Concordia faculty and staff to promote and encourage individual and group activities in teaching and research, and to encourage work-related achievements.


Congratulations to SofiŹne Tahar (Electrical/Computer Engineering), who became a full member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec this month.

Marie Melenca (Applied Linguistics, TESL Centre) took part in one of TESOL 1999's academic panel sessions on March 12 in New York City. The panel, on Integrating Pronunciation within Task-Based Curricula, included Joan Morley (University of Michigan), Barbara Seidlehofer (University of Vienna) and several others. Melenca also co-presented with Carole Mawson of Stanford University on March 10 at the same convention. They led a discussion on Suprasegmentals: From Classroom Experience to Spontaneous Speech.

Pierre L'Hériault (Études franćaises) was guest professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from October to December 1998. Appointed by the Institute of Romanistic Studies and the Canadian Studies Centre, he taught two courses, one in Quebec literature and the other on post-war Quebec theatre. He also gave a lecture at the University of Vienna. In May, he received the Prix Jean-Cléo Godin for his text, L'Espace immigrant et l'espace amérindien dans le théČtre québécois (XYZ, 1997). He has been appointed to the editorial board of the literary journal Études franćaises, published by that department at the Université de Montréal.

Sandra-Lynn Spina, Director of Marketing Communications, has been invited to join the advisory committee for a new program, Publication Design and Management, to begin at Champlain Regional College next fall.

Leo Bissonnette, Coordinator, Services for Disabled Students, and Maria Teresa Zenteno, Case Worker, Services for Disabled Students, recently presented at the 24th annual International Conference on Learning Disabilities, held in Montreal from March 25 to 27 on the theme Imagine mon avenir/Imagine my Future. The title of Leo and Maria's presentation was "Holistic Interventions: Sharing our experiences at Concordia University."

Nathaly Gagnon (Applied Human Sciences) has a second career as a financial expert, and was the featured speaker at an Investors Group seminar held recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Kenneth-Roy Bonin, former Director of Libraries at Concordia, has been named rector of the Université de Sudbury.

Recent Cinema graduate Jean-Franćois Monette won the Best Lesbian and Gay Film Award at the 37th Ann Arbor Film Festival for his graduate thesis, Where Lies the Homo? The film, along with the festival's other prize-winners, will be screened as part of a travelling festival across the U.S. and Canada.

Chantal Maillé (Simone de Beauvoir Institute) has been appointed by the Quebec government to serve a four-year term on the Conseil du Statut de la femme.

Michel Laroche (Marketing) will receive the SMA Advances in Marketing Award for service to the discipline, one of the first 10 people to be so honoured. He will give a presentation at an SMA conference in Atlanta, and his paper will be published in Advances in Marketing Theory and Practice.

Nghi M. Nguyen (Civil/Environmental Engineering) was guest speaker at the March 30 conference of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Montreal, on the "Effective and Practical Risk Management for Project Managers: A 21st-Century Approach." This was one of two papers he presented in October at the PMI 98 Symposium in Long Beach, California.

Aimé Avolonto has published Minimalisme et complémentation (Éditions Glott International, Leiden, Holland), and Économie de dérivation et interprétation (Revue Langues, 1998).

Paul Bandia (Études franćaises) contributed to the Bibliography of Translation Studies (City University of Dublin, Ireland, St. Jerome Publishing), an article called "Language Choice and the Colonial Legacy in Africa" to the MLA Journal, and two reviews, one in The Translator (Manchester, U.K.) and the other in Indigo, the journal of CEELCA, the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane.

The Atlantic Journalism Awards were held in Halifax recently, and among the award winners were several Concordia graduates, including Steve Lambert (1989), who was part of a broadcast news team that covered the Swissair disaster at Peggy's Cove. One of the emcees of the awards night was Amy Cameron, a Studio Arts grad of Concordia (BFA 96), who is now a reporter at the Saint John Telegraph-Journal. She also received three honorable mentions in the awards, including one in the category of "best new journalist."

A group of University of King's College students won the Imperial Oil Award for outstanding student journalism. Their winning project was about prostitution in Halifax, focusing on the unsolved murders of several prostitutes in recent years. One of their faculty advisors was Lindsay Crysler, retired director of Journalism at Concordia.

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