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Mendell named to Ordre national du Québec, Rudin receives rare award once again

A collection of accolades received by Concordians
June 18, 2014

Just last fall, the director of the Karl Polanyi Institute and vice-principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs was awarded the Prix du Québec for her three decades of scholarship and engagement in the field of social economy. And now, Marguerite Mendell has been named an officer of the Ordre national du Québec, the highest honour accorded by the Government of Quebec.

“The nomination to the national order of Quebec is an expression of gratitude and admiration for those who advance the province of Quebec. These individuals are an inspiration for us all,” says Premier Philippe Couillard.

Other Concordians to receive the distinction include Luc Beauregard, Knight, 2013; Roch Bolduc, Knight, 1998; André Desmarais, Officer, 2009; and Stephen A. Jarislowsky, Knight in 2002 and Grand Officer in 2007.

The Canadian Committee on Public History has awarded its annual Public History Prize to Department of History professor Ron Rudin, Philip Lichti and the Archinodes Lab (the web design company that created the site) for their website Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park.

Lichti and the three principles at Archinodes, Mél Hogan, Jeff Traynor and Paul Juricic, are all Concordia graduates.

From the citation, “The map created to facilitate the removals is reworked into an accessible online navigational tool that allows the user to locate memories of place within the park’s boundaries. In its multi-media presentation of audio memories, videos of the park, and still photographs, Returning the Voices sets a new standard in design for producing historical narratives of place.”

This is only the fourth time this important distinction in Canadian public history has been awarded; and it’s the second time Rudin has won it.

Janis Timm-Bottos, assistant professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, hosted a symposium on the Art Hive model from June 13 to 15. Funding for the design of the symposium came from the J.W. McConnell Family and Gainey Foundations.

Alexandra Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Management, has been named director of the Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau, which operates out of the John Molson School of Business. Dawson replaces Bakr Ibrahim, who founded the bureau 30 years ago.

The Space Concordia team finished second out of 11 teams in the second Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, held in May. The winning team is from the University of Victoria.

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