Concordia Research Chair on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Viviane Namaste was one of eight honourees at the Farha Foundation’s gala Heroes Night. The annual event recognizes those whose “passion and tireless efforts” help raise awareness about AIDS and offer services to those affected by the virus. Namaste took the opportunity to thank her friends and Concordia University for supporting her research with populations (among them bisexuals, swingers and transexuals) not often identified as primary ‘at risk’ communities. “As a researcher, I don’t claim to have the answers; I’m more interested in posing the right questions.”

Former Concordian Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay has been named Vice-President Academic and Provost of the University of Victoria. Her term at uVic will begin Jan. 1, 2011. From 1998 to 2005, Chowdhari Tremblay was Chair of the Department of Political Science at Concordia. She also served as Dean of Arts at Memorial University from 2006 to 2009.

Painter Megan Hepburn, a current MFA student, has been awarded the prestigious Joseph Plaskett Award.

Given each year, the award (valued at $25 000) celebrates excellence in painting in honour of Canadian painter Joseph Plaskett, now 92. The winner is chosen by a jury of three artists of significant reputation.

This is the second year in a row a Concordia MFA student has won. Last year, now Berlin-based painter Vitaly Medvedovsky won the award.

Kudos to Campus Retail Stores (Bookstore, Computer Store and Digital Store), who announced they would be contributing $1 500 to both the Emergency Food Fund and R4 from the proceeds of the sale of reusable bags in our stores during the past year.

Michael Abravanel, Soraya Linge and Alex Oster. (Absent: Megan Putnam) Magnifying glass

Michael Abravanel, Soraya Linge and Alex Oster. (Absent: Megan Putnam)

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Award for Community Services: Michael Abravanel, Soraya Linge, Alex Oster and Megan Putnam.

The awards are given to those who have demonstrated self-sacrifice and the ability to surpass themselves through tangible commitment within their school or community.

Read more on the awardees.

Coinciding with her retirement on May 31, long-time Art History Professor and former director and curator of the Concordia Art Gallery (now the Ellen Gallery) Sandra Paikowsky received a special acknowledgment in the recently-released 35th anniversary edition of the publication, the Journal of Canadian Art History.

Paikowsky, who joined the Department of Art History in 1969 and served also as the director and curator of the Concordia Art Gallery from 1981 to 1992, currently serves as the publisher of the publication she helped found in 1974.

The acclamation was written by Brian Foss, former Concordia Professor of Art History and current Professor of Art History and Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University.


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