Congratulations to Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Professor Daniel Cross for winning the Jutra Award for Best Documentary for his film Last Train Home on March 28.

As well, congratulations to filmmaker Patricia Chica (BFA 96) in advance for winning a Remi Award for her film, Day Before Yesterday. The film is nominated in the Best Short Fiction and Best Directing categories. Chica will attend the 43rd annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, April 18.

In February, Chica’s film won best short drama award at the thirteenth annual Magnolia Film Festival.

Finance Professor Arshad Ahmad has been elected as President of Canada-wide teacher association Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Ahmad will begin his new position in June 2010.

The World Economic Forum has named Concordia Alum Désirée McGraw as one of the five Canadians honoured as a Young Global Leader. McGraw graduated from the School of Community and Public Affairs and is currently Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. Each year, leaders under the age of 40 are invited to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders and participate in a network of peers committed to significantly impact world affairs.

Two teams representing Concordia at the annual Computer Science Games March 5 to 7 at École Polytechnique Montréal earned honours. Team T-800 brought home a third overall finish, placing second in debugging and third in relay programming.

Team T-800 was comprised of Sandy Woo, Alexandre Tristan St. Cyr, Yonatan Levi, Sven James, Harley Cooper, Erik Miller, Hendrik Boom and Pascal Guay.

Team T-1000 won first in relay programming and third in participation. Team T-1000 was comprised of Kyle Sama, Alex Vallée, Matthew Gallant, Kevin Newcomen, Ali Ahmed, Shu Chun Lee, Alex Ionescu, Bogdan Corciova and Matan Nassau.

On March 22, it was announced that Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science was selected as a recipient of the 2009 Supporting Friend of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Member and Geographic Activities Award.

This award was championed by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Amir Aghdam, and endorsed by both the President and President Elect of IEEE Canada, as well as by the Chair of IEEE Montreal Section.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence. ENCS has long been involved in the Montreal chapter of IEEE, having co-sponsored more than 85 IEEE-affiliated seminars since 2002, as well as providing funds and space for several of the organization’s conferences.

Five Days organizer Josh Redler (centre) Magnifying glass

Five Days organizer Josh Redler (centre)

Well done to the Five Days for the Homeless team (see Journal, March 18, 2010). The grand total of funds raised for Montreal’s homeless population came in at $38 400, well above their goal of $35 000. Concordia’s team worked in partnership with HEC and raised $30 000 and $8 400 respectively.

Congrats to the JMSB team for winning first overall at the twenty-fourth edition of the Excalibur Tournament in Human Resources March 19 and 20 at the Hilton Bonaventure. Rebecca Golt, Scott Fisher and Mitch Robitaille along with coach Aaron Dresner topped 23 teams from across Canada for the crown.


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