In its 45-year history, Sir George Williams University
left an indelible mark on its graduates, a sentiment quite apparent
among the nearly 700 Sir George alumni who received Concordia University
commemorative certificates at Place des Arts’s Théàtre
Maisonneuve, June 8. The commemorative ceremony, as well as a similar
one held for Loyola College alumni on March 31, stemmed from an idea
by Jonathan Wener, S BComm 71, pictured receiving congratulations
from Provost Martin Singer (below right). As the ceremony’s
valedictorian, Wener gave a stirring address about his Sir George
days, the impact that his former professors had on his life and career,
and the continuation of the Sir George philosophy of accessibility,
diversity and quality teaching at today’s Concordia.
The 700 alumni and 500 guests also heard appreciative
and heartfelt speeches from John O’Brien, Sir George Williams
University’s last principal and Concordia’s first rector;
Chancellor Eric Molson; President Frederick Lowy; Robert Barnes, president
of the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University; John
Aylen, president of the Concordia University Alumni Association; Vice-President
of Advancement & Alumni Relations Kathy Assayag; and Provost Martin
Along with the speakers, the party platform included members of Concordia’s President’s Cabinet, Board of Governors and administration; members of the board of directors of the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University; and several former Sir George faculty and administrators. Dr. Rita Shane, the last surviving member of Sir George’s first graduating class of 1937, was in attendance. At the Loyola convocation ceremony, Dr. Guy E. Joron, L BA 36, was the graduate in attendance from the earliest class year.
The events were so successful that another commemorative ceremony for Sir George graduates who were unable to attend will be held October 6 and a ceremony in Toronto for both Sir George and Loyola alumni on November 17 (time and location to be determined). For more information, contact (514) 848-2424 ext. 4397, 1-888-777-3330 ext. 4397, or email@example.com.
Hitting the High Notes
Concordia’s benefit concert Hitting the High
Notes, May 10, was a night to remember. The sold-out event featured
a champagne reception, a concert featuring world-renowned opera singers
and a dinner by moonlight. The concert with s oprano Renée
Fleming (leftmost), bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (rightmost),
and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin took place in the Oscar
Peterson Concert Hall and raised $475,000 to support students in the
Faculty of Fine Arts.
President’s Farewell Tour
On Tuesday, May 3, about 100 alumni attended a Toronto
reception honouring outgoing Concordia President Frederick Lowy, hosted
by Gerry McCaughey, BComm 81, President and Chief Operating Officer
of CIBC. On Thursday, May 19, colleagues, friends and family celebrated
Dr. Lowy at an elegant dinner at the Centre des sciences in Montreal.
The evening saw the announcement of pledges totalling more than $3
million for the Frederick H. Lowy Scholars endowment, which will fund
fellowships for graduate students. The president’s farewell
tour, which began in New York in November and included visits to Hong
Kong, Beijing, Calgary and Vancouver, concluded in Ottawa. On June
21, the Ottawa Chapter hosted the grand finale of the tour. The tribute
included an ode to Dr. Lowy written by Murray Kronick, S BCSc 78,
MCSc 83, past president of the chapter.
Sports Hall of Fame
At the 2005 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet, June 2, at La Brasserie Molson, more than 130 guests helped celebrate the induction of this year’s inductees. The individual winners (right, above): football great Nick Benjamin, attendee 84, who enjoyed a CFL career with the Ottawa Rough Riders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Alexander Mikalachki, S BComm 58, a basketball star at Sir George Williams University; women’s hockey pioneer Laura Leslie, BSc 94, who led the Stingers to five Quebec championships in six years; athletic therapist Ken Lowe, BSc 78, who has had a very successful career with the CFL and NHL (honoured as a builder); Mike Lowe, BA 76, MBA 76, a record-setting forward with the men’s hockey team; and John McAuliffe, L
Also inducted was the 1975-76 Concordia Stingers men’s hockey team, which made a name for Concordia in the first year of its existence and arguably still stands as the best in the institution’s 30-year history (right): Ken Lowe, BSc 78; Bob Philip, S BA 70, MA 86; Dwight Mick, BSc 77; Ken Sinclair, BComm 77; Randy Mohns, BA 77; Dave Boyd, BA 77; Scott Bateman, BComm 80; Michel Blais, BSc 79; Bob Lagarde, attendee 76; head coach Paul Arsenault; John Harris, BComm 77; Mark Shewchuck, attendee 76; Glenn Tomalty, BComm 77; Alex Labelle, BSc 92; Jim Corsi, BEng 76; Dave Wilson, BComm 77; and Donnie Morris, BA 75. And, in a special inclusion, star baseball player Raymond Kramer, L BA 15, was inducted posthumously.
Ottawa On May 13, about 80 alumni and friends of
Loyola College and Loyola High School reunited for the 2005 Ottawa
Friends of Loyola Dinner. The intimate and entertaining evening featured
guest speaker Robert Lewis, L BA 64, former editor-in-chief of Maclean’s
magazine and currently VP, Content Development, at Rogers Media. He
talked about the rapidly changing face of media and the impact of
new technologies on reporting. Special thanks for the evening’s
success to host Corinne Charette, BSc (eng.) 75, the organizing committee,
and Gerry (Sam) McGee, L BSc 51, who has championed the dinner since
its inception in 2001. Pictured: Corinne Charette, Sally and Robert
Lewis, Gail Ryan-Joynt, L BA 72, and Hon. Allan Lutfy,
L BA 64.
More than 130 alumni and friends enjoyed a viewing
of Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum
at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, May 17. The exhibition presented
a rare opportunity to see Egyptian antiquities spanning 3,500 years,
including treasures that have never before left the British Museum.
The exhibit was followed by a private cocktail reception, with remarks
by Barbara Lawson, curator of ethnology at McGill University’s
The 3rd Annual Fine Arts Graduating Class Exhibition took place during convocation week and showcased the talents of Concordia Fine Arts graduates from Fall 2004 and Spring 2005. Since 2003, the CUAA has selected and purchased a work of art from among the works displayed at the Annual Faculty of Fine Arts Graduating Class Exhibition. At a vernissage and reception held at the VAV Gallery, June 15, Marie- Christine Lachance, BFA 05, received the Fine Arts Graduating Class Exhibition Award for her painting, Child Players in an Adult Game.
On July 8, more than 30 Concordia alumni and friends
enjoyed an evening of live improvisational theatre at Toronto’s
Bad Dog Theatre Company. The next Toronto outing will be the chapter’s
first-ever beer tasting dinner, October 19, with host Peter McAuslan,
S BA 72, founder and president of McAuslan Brewing, at the Bier Markt.
Engineering & Computer Science
The Concordia Engineering & Computer Science Alumni
Chapter (ECAC) launched its inaugural Speaker Series on June 22, with
“Making Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.” Concordia ENCS
graduates David Wilkins, BEng 88, president and CEO of VertigoXMedia
Inc., and Tommy Petrogiannis, BEng 88, president and co-founder
of Silanis Technology Inc. (right), both named to Canada’s prestigious
“Top 40 Under 40” list, shared how the skills they obtained
at university contributed to their professional success. Alumni mingled
and networked at the wine and cheese reception that followed.
The JMSB Chapter raised a glass in cheers to new
JMSB graduates, at Montreal’s Cheers Bar, May 31. Pictured (left)
are new grads of the JMSB Class of 2005: Sabrina Lucifero, Carmen
Dunn and Sabrina Crespi.
The 9th Annual JMSB Alumni Golf Tournament, held June 6 at the Club de golf Les Quatre Domaines in Mirabel, Que., was another sold-out success this year, raising $18,000 towards an endowment fund being established for JMSB students. Plans for the 10th anniversary next year are already underway.
On May 18, close to 40 new journalism graduates and
alumni celebrated the Journalism Class of 2005 at Hurley’s Pub
in Montreal. The audience heard from guest speakers Shelagh Kinch,
managing editor at CBC News Montreal, freelance writer Craig Silverman,
BA (journ.) 99, and Ross Teague, city editor at the Montreal Gazette.
New graduates were particularly interested in how to get their foot
in the door and the best way to pitch a story. Pictured (right) are
journalism grads of the Class of 2005: Jonathan Montpetit, Jon
Pearce, Paul Hanson, Alana Coates, Gaälle Hortop and Jennifer
The School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA)
celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception at the Restaurant
Hélène de Champlain on Île Ste. Hélène, June
11. About 75 alumni and friends reunited for the event, at which Marguerite
Mendell was honoured for her years of dedication to the program. The
reunion closed with a Sunday family brunch at the SCPA. Pictured are
SCPA principal Daniel Salée, graduate program director
Eric Shragge and professor Martine D’Amours.
On May 10, at a celebration of the Class of 2005,
TESL alumni and new graduates heard about classroom management from
guest speakers (right) <b>Martin Boutin</b>, BA 99, BEd
03, a teacher at Massey-Vanier High School in Cowansville, Que., and
<b>Mathieu Garston</b>, BA 98, BEd 03, a teacher at Monseigneur
Richard High School in Verdun, Que.
Alumni in the Tri-State area gathered for a day of hiking in the Catskill
Mountains, July 16. This was followed by a guided tour of New York
City’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, July 23. The chapter’s
next event will be the Tri-State Chapter Third Annual Recognition
Dinner, November 10. Register by November 1 for the early-bird price
of $40. After November 1, tickets are $50. RSVP at (514) 848-2424
ext. 4397, or toll free, 1-888-777-3330 ext. 4397.