Early Evening Pieces is Marianne Bluger's eighth collection of poetry, nine poems that, with simplicity and grace, describe mundane events such as highway driving and the onset of winter as things of beauty.
For those interested in the last 150 years of Montreal history - its cultural development, its changing religious complexion, the role of wealth and the voice of the poor, the importance of the landscape - there is no better institution to study than Mount Royal Cemetery. McGill history professor Brian Young, who earlier gave us The Making and Unmaking of a University Museum, on the McCord, here gives us a remarkably colourful and lively social document.
A well-written and beautifully illustrated book by McGill architecture professor Robert Mellin, Tilting interweaves tales of the lives and lifestyles of the inhabitants of this small fishing village on Fogo Island, eight miles off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, with descriptions of the various buildings they have constructed.
Sevag Yeghoyan, BA'97, Director of the McGill Alumni Association of Toronto, presents first-year McGill student Laura Cornish with the association's Community Service Award in August. This $500 award is given to a student who has demonstrated a love and passion for community service. Despite the blackout that occurred two hours prior to the event and shut down much of southern Ontario and the eastern U.S., 20 first-year undergraduates showed up to meet McGill alumni, current students and fellow frosh and to have last-minute questions answered about Montreal and life at McGill.
Russ Merifield, BA'38, BCL'41, the oldest surviving past president of the Students' Society of McGill University, and his wife, Helen Merifield, BA'39 with a McGill friend at the Toronto Leacock Luncheon held in May. Guest speaker was Jane Farrow, host of CBC Radio's Workology. Dentistry grads joined in the fun as well.
The McGill Maimonides Outreach Dental Clinic was the winner of this year's Prix Qualité from the Quebec Association of CLSCs and CHSLDs (local health and long-term-care centres). The award is given in recognition of the exceptional quality of care provided to the community by the outreach clinic, which is run jointly by McGill's Faculty of Dentistry and the Maimonides Geriatric Centre.
Chicago-area grads enjoyed a tour of the Chicago Tribune newspaper offices in June. Pictured in the editorial conference room of the 150-year-old publication are Glenn Casbourne, BEng'80, Cristine Santos Casbourne, Jon Anderson, BCL'59, Pamela Anderson, and Les Jackson, BCom'80.
Members of the Engineering '62 Reunion Class Gift Committee, who raised $300,000 to equip three "intelligent" classrooms in the new Lorne M. Trottier Building, took a tour of the building still under construction. The special classrooms will be decked out with information technology teaching tools like digital smartboards. The Class of 1962 also funded an undergraduate scholarship in Engineering.
The Faculty of Law hosted an evening in New York in June with guest speaker Mort Zuckerman, BA'57, BCL'61, editor-in-chief and publisher of U.S. News and World Report. The event was attended by more than 100 McGill alumni, including Principal Emeritus Bernard Shapiro, BA'56, LLD'88, a longtime friend of Zuckerman. The publisher, who is also a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, spoke on the topic of "International Security, Peace and Human Rights."
The Brome-Missisquoi branch held their annual dinner in July at the Auberge West Brome with guest speaker, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum. Pictured here are Brome-Missisquoi Alumni Association branch president and event chair Sue Winsor, the Principal, and Bill Barakett, BSc'67, MDCM'71.
John and Nancy Kellett opened up their home to 100 McGill alumni and friends for the McGill Alumni Association of Toronto's Annual General Meeting and Garden Party held on June 11. The cake shown here was emblazoned with the McGill crest and motto, Grandescunt aucta labore (By work, all things increase and grow).