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Concordia University. Academic Planning Office

  • CUAPO1
  • Corporate body
  • 1967 -

The Sir George Williams University Academic Planning Committee originated in 1963 resulting from a widely-held feeling that academic growth was suffering from a lack of direction and cohesion. It was founded on a somewhat ad hoc basis to establish comprehensive consultative procedures for the University at the time the Hall Building was being planned and constructed. Its mandate at that time was: "To consider the total academic policy of the University, and to make any recommendations to appropriate bodies that may arise out of such consideration."

Initially it was independent of the formal University structure, the principal link being the Vice Principal (Academic) who was both Chairman of the Committee and the Chair of University Council. In the spring of 1967, after discussion within University Council, it was decided that the Committee would become a sub-committee of University Council.

The principal achievements for the initial period of 1963-1967 are the following: planning and consideration of the first graduate programmes; detailed examination of the Parent Commission Report; review of new areas into which the institution might move; establishment of ongoing five-year projections, submitted by all departments and reviewed annually.

Mr. James H. Whitelaw joined Sir George in 1954 as the first head of what became the Department of Modern Languages. In November of '67, he was appointed to the position of Curriculum Coordinator, and in 1971, he became Associate Vice-Principal (Academic Planning). Subsequently, in 1974-1975, 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 he was named Associate Vice-Rector (Academic Planning), and finally, from 1978 up to his retirement, in June 1984, he occupied the position of Associate Vice-Rector (Academic).

Through Chairman Whitelaw, the Academic Planning Committee was very involved in the developing of English speaking CEGEPs in Quebec.

Concordia University. Alumni Association

  • CUAA1
  • Corporate body
  • 1983-

The Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) was created in 1983. In the words of its constitution, the association exists to "encourage the fellowship of graduates from Loyola, Sir George Williams, and Concordia University through social, educational and cultural activities" and to "preserve and promote the interests of Concordia University through alumni involvement in its future and governance." All graduates of the University are automatically lifetime members of CUAA, as are graduates of Concordia's two founding institutions: Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, which merged in 1974 to form Concordia University. CUAA worked with Concordia's Office of Alumni Affairs to provide alumni with a variety of programs and services. It organizes a series of career and personal development seminars and workshops, and a travel program; all are outlined in the calendar of events mailed to Montreal-area graduates. All graduates receive the quarterly Concordia University Magazine. CUAA is committed to the development and support of a worldwide network of alumni chapters.

On June 8, 2001, CUAA president Peter McAuslan and Rector Frederick Lowy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the CUAA and Concordia. The MOU was “for the purpose of delineating the responsibilities of the University and the CUAA to each other for their mutual benefit.” Among other details, the agreement spells out the support that Concordia is to provide the association in the form of funding, services and personnel, and the financial commitment that the CUAA pledges in return, as well as the continuing place of the alumni associations of Loyola and Sir George.

In 2014, the Concordia University Alumni Association, Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University and Loyola Alumni Association have united. On May 28, at special general meetings, the associations unanimously approved amalgamating into one organization.

Concordia University. Art History Graduate Students Association

  • CUAHGSA1
  • Corporate body
  • 1991-2000

The Art History Graduate Students Association is the body that represents graduate students in Art History in the Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts. It is student-run and aims to facilitate the formation of students in the Art History Graduate program by events, funding, and support.

Concordia University. Audio-Visual Department

  • CUAVD1
  • Corporate body
  • 1964-1998

With the formation of Concordia University in 1974, the Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) at Sir George Williams University (SGWU) and the Educational Media Centre (EMC) at Loyola College combined their administrations to form the Concordia University Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT). In 1975, CIT became the Concordia University Audio-Visual Department, a name it kept until its merger with Computing Services to create Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS), in 1998.

In the 1960s, the SGWU Centre for Instructional Technology was one of the first centralized audio-visual units among the Canadian universities. It had been established in 1964, under the name of Instructional Media Office (IMO) - which became CIT in 1969 - as a department to assist learning through the use and understanding of audio-visual technology. It was part of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Academic) and under the direction of Assistant Professor G. A. B. Moore. On October 1, 1970, the Centre was transferred to report to the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance.

At Concordia, the AV Department has mainly been part of the Vice-Rector, Services portfolio. Its directors were Bernard (Ben) Queenan, from 1974 to 1986, and Mark Schofield, from 1987 to 1998. In collaboration with the academic sector and other service units, the AV Department identified and promoted appropriate technologies to facilitate the University audio-visual needs. It provided audio-visual equipment and expertise for teaching and learning in classrooms, laboratories and at remote locations. Its Visual Media Resources section (VMR) accumulated through the years a collection of films, videos, and DVDs for academic purposes (VMR was part of IITS between 1998 and 2003, and of Fine Arts after that. It became Visual Collections Repository (VCR) in 2018). And from the beginning, the AV department had a photographic and a graphics sections.

Originally intended as a teaching-aid department, the AV Department early opened its facilities to University community at large, particularly to students (e.g. to CUTV members). For instance, in 1975 the Department established a learning centre called AVISTA (Audio Visual In-Service Technical Area) to help students and faculty members learn to handle audio visual material, equipment and techniques. AVISTA became MITE-AVISTA in November 1989, when it installed a Multi-media Interactive Technology Environment (MITE).

The AV Department also had successful experiments in early distance education with local television channels, in the 1960s and 1970s (e.g. University of the Air). From 1988, it became responsible for the Concordia participation to CANAL Education Television, a Quebec consortium of education institutions which provided facilities for the broadcast of courses on the television network.

To provide information on its services, the AV Department published between 1987 and 1994, a newsletter called Fast Forward. Educational Technology, Concordia University Television (CUTV), Fine-Arts, Cinema, and Modern Languages were some of the heavy users of the AV Department facilities. The links with the Education department were particularly strong as one of its Faculty member, Gary Boyd, was also Assistant Director, Research and Development, of the AV Department for most of its existence.

Concordia University. Board of Governors

  • CUBOG
  • Corporate body
  • 1973-

The Board of Governors is the senior governing body of Concordia University and is responsible for establishing the legal and administrative framework of the university. In 1973, the initial composition of the Board of Governors was the product of the revision and amendment of the Sir George Williams University (SGWU) charter to include representatives of both SGWU and Loyola College in the context of their merger for creating a new university. On August 10th 1973, the Corporation of SGWU adopted Special By-Law “C” which enacted a change of name to CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY– UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA. By-Law “D” was also adopted, which established the governing and administrative structure of the new university. The meeting was adjourned. A new meeting was convened the same day at which corporation and board members resigned and elections were held for new members of the Corporation and of the Board of Governors, in conformity with the revised new structure. During the election which followed, Dr. John W. O’Brien was appointed Rector and Vice-Chancellor and Father Patrick G. Malone was appointed Vice-Rector and Principal of Loyola Campus. At its next meeting, on September 6th 1973, the Board of Governors approved the membership of six associated committees and the constitution of the University Senate. The new university received its legal and official establishment from the Quebec Government only a year later, in August 1974. Meanwhile, the meeting minutes of the Board of Governors and its associated committees were, most of the time, identified as those of “SGWU (to be known as Concordia University)”.

Concordia University. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Concordia Student Chapter

  • CUCSCE1
  • Corporate body
  • 1985-

The Canadian Society of Civil Engineers was formed in 1887. The first members were Thomas Keefer, Casimir Gzowksi, and other civil engineers. By 1918, the Society's members included other disciplines so the name was changed to the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). In 1970 the EIC took steps toward becoming a federation of learned engineering societies and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the first constituent within the EIC, was formed. The Canadian Geotechnical Society, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Canadian Society for Electrical Engineering, and the Canadian Society for Engineering Management followed. On August 27, 1985, the CSCE became incorporated. Student chapters of the CSCE have been established in Canadian universities and colleges which offer a civil engineering program. Student chapters offer undergraduate technical programs, often in conjunction with local CSCE sections, and opportunities to meet with practising civil engineers in the community.

The CSCE Concordia promotes civil engineering by informing the student body of upcoming competitions and conferences. The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - Concordia Student Chapter has been the host of an annual bridge-building competition since 1984.

Source: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Web site.

Concordia University. Caribbean Students' Union

  • CUCSU1
  • Corporate body
  • 1953-

The West Indian Society was created in 1953 at Sir George Williams University. With the adoption of a new constitution at the end of 1969, the society changed its name to the Caribbean Students' Union.

Concordia University. Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies

  • CUCCBJS01
  • Corporate body
  • 1981-

The Concordia Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies has been involved with the study of media since 1981, as a research centre and as an archive. The centre prides itself as a hub of intellectual engagement with media by sociologists, journalism and communication scholars, historians, and literature specialists.

Concordia University. Centre for Building Studies

  • CUCBS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1977-

The Centre for Building Studies (CBS) was established in January 1977 to serve the building industry through teaching, research, and development program. Then located at the corner of Guy and Ste-Catherine, it was officially opened by the Quebec Minister of Education Jacques-Yvan Morin on February 17, 1978. Dr. Paul Fazio, who created the CBS, was its director until 1997. In May 1997, the CBS and the Department of Civil Engineering were united in one academic and administrative unit called School of Building which was renamed the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering in November 1998. The Centre for Building Studies remains an active research centre within the Department.

Concordia University. Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies

  • CUHRCS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1963-

The Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies was created in 1963, simultaneously with the Department of Applied Social Science of Sir George Williams University under the vision and guidance of Principal Robert C. Rae and Dr. Hedley G. Dimock, who became the first Director of the Centre and Chairman of the department. He was later joined by Richard D. McDonald in 1965 who became the Centre Director after Dr. Dimock’s retirement in 1980.

Both the Centre and Applied Social Science grew directly out of Sir George Williams University’s roots in the community, specifically through the YMCA of Montreal. As the YMCA developed, Sir George Williams adapted to meet the needs for professional development and its workers and community members. In the 1940’s, courses were offered in counselling, group work, organization development, and supervision as part of a B.A. in Association Science which fulfilled the academic requirements for becoming a certified YMCA secretary. In 1963, these courses were used as the basis for creating a program and department of Applied Social Science.

Since its inception, the Centre has provided consultation and training services to hundreds of organizations, community groups and agencies, delivered hundreds or workshops open to the public, developed Canada’s most established Human Relations Training Development Program, and created learning opportunities to students through internships and student placements. The Centre has also been instrumental in developing curriculum and academic programs such as the Family Life Education and Community Service certificates, as well as the MA program in Human Systems Intervention.

In 1994, the R.D. McDonald endowment fund was established to insure the financial viability of the Centre.

Concordia University. Centre for Mature Students

  • CUCMS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1978 - 2007

The Centre for Mature Students (CMS) facilitated the recruitment, registration, retention and graduation of mature students and supported learning opportunities for the non-traditional students within Concordia University. Established in 1978, it was among the five colleges created by Concordia at the Faculty of Arts and Science. In 1987 (effective June 1, 1987), the Centre for Mature Students extends its services to all Faculties of the University and reported to the Vice-Rector, Academic. With the creation of the School of Extended Learning in 2007, the CMS became part of the operations of the School’s Centre for Continuing Education, under the name of Student Transition Centre.

Concordia University. Commerce and Administration Students' Association

  • CUCASA1
  • Corporate body
  • 1985-

The Commerce and Administration Students' Association (CASA) was formed in 1985, when the Commerce Students' Association (CSA) of Concordia University's Sir George Williams campus merged with the Commerce Students' Society (CSS) of Concordia University's Loyola Campus. Both the CSA and the CSS were formed in the 1950s. CASA is funded by the Concordia Association of Commerce Students Inc. (CACS), accredited in 1989 following a referendum to secede from the Concordia University Students' Association. Commerce students' fees are collected by CACS and redistributed to CASA which uses this money to fund activities, projects, and services offered throughout the academic year. Its officers are elected by undergraduate commerce and administration students.

Concordia University. Computing Services

  • CUCS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1974-1998

Computing Services provided computing, information management and data communication services to the University community until 1998. Before their merger that created Concordia University in 1974, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University had their own computer facilities, Loyola had the smaller ones. In the fall of 1974, they were combined to form one single unit with a central office in the C Annex (on Sir George Williams Campus), where the main computers were, and two branches, Loyola and offices in the Hall building. In 1989, the Concordia Computer Centre became Computing Services. In 1998, Computing Services was merged with the Audio-Visual Department to create Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS).

Concordia University. Concordia Centre for Management Studies

  • CUCCMS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1980 - 1987

The Concordia Centre for Management Studies (CCMS) was created in 1980 by Pierre Simon, Dean of the Concordia Faculty of Commerce and Administration, with the aim the improvement of existing links between the University’s business school and the business community its services. The CCMS ceased its activities in 1987.

Concordia University. Concordia HIV/AIDS Project

  • CUCHAP1
  • Corporate body
  • 1993 -

In 1986, the Concordia University Office of the Rector became concerned with the rising of social and health issues related to HIV/AIDS. In 1988, the possibility of establishing a HIV/AIDS policy to protect persons studying or working at Concordia, living with HIV or AIDS, began to make it-self clear. After a consultation process, on December 1, 1988, the University Guidelines on HIV/AIDS Related Concerns was approved by the Rector, the Vice-Rectors and the Secretary-General. This policy made provisions for the following:

A HIV/AIDS Resource person to work with the University’s Health Services to provide confidential information, counselling and referral services;
A part-time coordinator working with departments, associations and individuals to develop an on-going training and information programme to counter the effects of misinformation and the possible discrimination it breeds;
A HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee to implement and update the new guidelines on a regular basis.

In the same month, the HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee was established. In 1993, the Committee, with a group of faculty and staff, founded the HIV/AIDS Project. That same year, the HIV/AIDS Lecture Series was launched. Speakers are social, scientific, medical, arts and community leaders who provide public lectures in their respective areas of expertise. In 1994-1995, the Course HIV and AIDS: Cultural, Social and Scientific Aspects of the Pandemic was introduced. Enrolled students have to do an internship in an HIV/AIDS community organization. As course projects, students are asked to produce creative works which are exhibited in a gallery at the end of the academic year. In 1998, the Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality was introduced. In 2001-2002, an on-line course HIV/AIDS: An Interdisciplinary Introduction was launched. It is offered throughout Canada.

Concordia University. Concordia Student Union

  • CUCSU1
  • Corporate body
  • 1979 -

The original idea for a single, united students’ association at Concordia started even before the university was created in 1974 by the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University (SGWU). As early as 1972 negotiations took place between the Loyola and SGWU undergraduate student associations and went on for some years before reaching a final structure. In March 1979 undergraduate students from Loyola and SGW campuses voted in a referendum and approved the formation of the Concordia-wide Students' Association, to represent all undergraduate students: Concordia University Student Association (CUSA). On April 2-5, 1979 the first election for the CUSA co-presidents and legislative council was held. Agop der Khatchadurian and Louis Francescutti, were the first CUSA co-presidents.
In a referendum held in March 1982, students voted for incorporation in principle. CUSA was incorporated by Quebec, on September 3, 1982. In March 1983, students voted 84 per cent in favour of CUSA’s new and improved by-laws, taking legal ownership of the Association from the university administration to the students. Elected officers would be accountable to the undergraduate student body, the shareholders of the corporation. In 1984, CUSACorp was created, a wholly owned subsidiary of CUSA whose sole purpose was to provide and run student entertainment services at Concordia, namely the Loyola Campus Centre and Reggie’s Pub on the downtown campus.
In March 1994, undergraduate students agreed in a referendum to change the name of CUSA to the Concordia Student Union (CSU), and additionally supported several restructuring motions. A major change saw the replacement of the co-president system with the election of a single CSU president. In April 1994, Marika Giles was elected as the first CSU president.
On March 29-30, 2000 undergraduate students voted in a referendum to end the appointment of the CSU vice-presidents. Starting in 2001, all presidential candidates would run for office with a slate of vice-presidents, ending over 20 years of their being appointed after the general elections.

Concordia Student Union has been publishing, at the beginning of every academic year, the CSU Student Handbook.

Concordia University. Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History

  • CUUJAH1
  • Corporate body
  • 2004-

The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH) is a student-run annual publication that aims to showcase the talents of Concordia University’s undergraduate Art History and Fine Arts students since 2004-2005. CUJAH is composed of an executive committee of editors, copy editors, feature writers, and is assisted by faculty members in the Department of Art History.

Concordia University. Council of the Faculty of Fine Arts

  • CUCFFA1
  • Corporate body
  • 1975 -

The Council is responsible for the governance of the academic affairs of the Faculty of Fine Arts and for making recommendations concerning academic matters to Senate.
On June 14, 1974, the Board of Governors authorized the establishment of a Faculty of Fine Arts. The new faculty being in its early states of development, an Interim Council of the Faculty of Fine Arts was established by Senate on February 21, 1975 and was subsequently approved by the Board of Governors. The Interim Council was asked to study its composition and make recommendations to Senate which was done on January 28, 1977. Senate recommended a permanent composition of the Council on January 28, 1977, subsequently approved by the Board of Governors. It had its first meeting on March 4, 1977.

Concordia University. Department of Applied Social Science

  • CUDASS1
  • Corporate body
  • 1963-1997

The Department of Applied Social Science was created in1963 at Sir George Williams University, simultaneously with the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies under the vision and guidance of Principal Robert C. Rae and Dr. Hedley G. Dimock, who became the first Chairman of the department and Director of the Centre. The Centre was a research, consultation and training service of the Department. In November 1997, the Department of Applied Social Science was amalgamated with Leisure Studies to establish the Department of Applied Human Sciences.

Concordia University. Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • CUDBCEE1
  • Corporate body
  • 1974 -

The department has its origins in the respective programs of Civil Engineering of the University’s two founding institutions: Sir George Williams University (SGWU) and Loyola College. At SGWU, a formal department of Civil Engineering was established at the end of the 1960s. In May 1997, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Building Studies (CBS) were united in one academic and administrative unit called School for Building which was renamed Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering in November 1998.

Concordia University. Department of Communication Studies

  • LCDCA1
  • Corporate body
  • 1976-

Founded in 1965 as Communication Arts, the Department of Communication Studies was the first department to study the art of communication in Canada. In keeping with this ground-breaking tradition, the department has since gone on to develop three highly innovative graduate programs: a Diploma in Communication, a Master of Arts in Media Studies, and a Joint PhD in Communication.

Concordia University. Department of Contemporary Dance

  • CUDCD1
  • Corporate body
  • 1980-

The Department of Contemporary Dance has its origins in the hiring of Professor Elizabeth Langley to teach a dance course in the Division of Performing Arts of the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1978. In May 29, 1979 the University Senate approved a B.F.A. Major in Modern Dance programme for 1980-1981. This was the first Canadian university dance programme geared to training choreographers. Elizabeth Langley was the first chair of the Department of Modern Dance, which became the Department of Contemporary Dance after 1987.

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