Congratulations to mechanical and industrial engineering professor Javad Dargahi for his recent honourable mention at the 2009 Professional and Scholarly Excellence Awards (PROSE) awards. His book Artificial Tactile Sensing in Biomedical Engineering was the runner-up in the Engineering & Technology category.

The 2009 PROSE Awards received a record-breaking 441 entries from more than 60 professional and scholarly publishers across the U.S.

Congratulations to filmmaker Patricia Chica (BFA 96) for winning the best short drama award at the 13th annual Magnolia Film Festival for her film Day Before Yesterday.

Chica was among 64 other Concordians involved in 67 films shown at the Rendez-vous Film Festival, held Feb. 17 to 27. The festival has become one of the most important venues to promote contemporary filmmaking. See a full list of participating profs and grads.

The films Last Train Home and Antoine, executively produced by cinema professor Dan Cross, have both been nominated for the Jutra Award for feature documentary. Honouring the best in Quebec films, the awards will be handed out March 28. Last Train Home was also listed in the top five films of the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Until now, Last Train Home has only shown in Quebec, U.S. and Europe. In late February it opened in English Canada, showing at the Toronto Human Rights Watch film festival. The film will continue and be shown in Western Canada in following months.

Numerous members of the Stingers football were honoured at their awards banquet on Feb. 20 at the Molson brewery. Linebacker Cory Greenwood was honored as the outstanding player as well as the team’s MVP defence. In eight games, Greenwood collected 62 tackles and led the Quebec University Football League. Quarterback Rob Mackay was the Stingers’ MVP offence. The fourth-year senior completed 201 of 328 passes for 2 739 yards and 18 touchdowns, setting Quebec records for yards passing and touchdowns thrown in a single season. Running back Cedric Ferdinand was the inaugural winner of the Ricky Zieba Memorial Award, to be given out to an unsung hero on the team demonstrating dedication and a teamwork. Ferdinand and defensive back Mark Deslauriers were also honored for their careers. Both have completed five years with the program. Defensive tackle Alexandre Turp was named the outstanding lineman, and linebacker Alexandre Lemire was named top rookie. Linebacker Marc-André Lewis was recognized as the team’s top academic. (Currently, Economics and Business student Lewis maintains a GPA of 4.13.). Guards Kristian Matte and Joel Belerique were named top lineman and outstanding rookie, respectively. Tackle Anthony Barrette was named the most dedicated player.

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Congratulations to BSc student in Specialization Actuarial Mathematics Ka Yan (Vivian) Lee and Co-op BSc student in Specialization Actuarial Mathematics and Finance Yadvinder Matharu for each winning a $1 000 actuarial mathematics scholarship from Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also wishes to thank Towers Perrin and extends congratulations on their recent merger with Watson Wyatt.

Students, faculty and staff from Exercise Science wrapped up two successful fundraisers for the people of Haiti in early February. Eager cyclists from various departments pedaled for 55 hours over five days in the Spin to Save event. They raised an impressive $7 600 for Médecins sans frontières. Certification students from one of the athletic therapy laboratories also offered 20-minute therapeutic massages during the Helping Hands fundraiser. They collected $1 800 for the Canadian Red Cross. The federal government matched their funds, bringing the combined total close to $19 000.


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