Concordia alumni brought home some hardware from the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Award gala on Nov. 17 at the Lion d’Or.

The Cello Suites by alumnus Eric Siblin [MA 87] was awarded two prestigious honours: the McAuslan First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction, receiving $2 000 for each. The First Book Prize jury called Siblin’s work, “an almost pitch-perfect story of the making of one of the great pieces of music in Western civilization.”

The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry went to Carmine Starnino [BA 94, MA 01] for his book This Way Out. He was awarded $2 000. This is the second time Starnino has won the A.M. Klein; his collection With English Subtitles took the prize in 2004.

Alexandra Redgrave [BA 07] was also given an honourable mention in the Quebec Writing Competition.

Recent journalism and sociology graduate Siena Anstis has been awarded the 2009 Forces Avenir Undergraduate Personality award to honour her social commitment and involvement in projects contributing to the greater good. She is currently based in Nairobi as a communications officer with the Aga Khan Foundation. (To read more about Anstis, see Journal Nov. 12, 2009.)

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Congratulations to the JMSB MBA team for winning the fifth annual TATA Cup Sustainability Case Competition hosted by the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. The victory comes less than a week after the inauguration of the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise.

Contemplating the scenario involving the severed relationship resulting from Magna's failed bid to purchase Opel, the team’s proposal and recommendations, entitled Become The Resource in Environmentally Sound Technologies, will be reviewed by the corporations in the actual case in the future. The win is JMSB's first at a TATA Cup event.

Pictured (left to right): Coach Dan Silverman, Michelle Nero, Shawna Rose, Ivonne Medina and Annaleigh Greene.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Abdel Sebak has been recently made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to electromagnetic scattering and design/modeling of antennas. The grade of IEEE Fellow honours engineers who have demonstrated outstanding proficiency and have achieved distinction in their profession.

Congratulations to Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ted Stathopoulos for receiving the 2009 Jack E. Cermak Medal of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His work has been an integral part of developing the low-rise wind provisions of the Canadian Building Code and the ASCE 7 Standard. The medal was awarded during the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress in Austin, Texas earlier this year.


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