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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.

SGW Honorary Convocation

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 Singer.

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

Hitting the High Notes
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
Sports Hall of Fame

Sports Hal of Fame Team

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 Friends of Loyola

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.

Fine Arts

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 Redpath Museum.

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
Tommy Petrogiannis

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.

JMSB grads

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.

Journalism grads

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 Ornstein.

SCPA reunion

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.

Martin Boutin, Mathieu Garston

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&#8217;s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, July 23. The chapter&#8217;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.

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