Earlier today, Thibault Trancart became the first blind person to graduate from the Desautels Faculty of Management. Trancart was accompanied across the stage by professor Richard Donovan and his faithful service dog, Fiona.
Hans Beck, the Director of Classical Studies in the Department of History and Classical Studies, has embarked upon an ambitious research project looking at the emergence of localism in the city-states of Ancient Greece. The project, funded in large part by a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will focus on how, in reaction to the ever-expanding Greek empire, many Greeks turned their gaze inward toward local culture, customs and community.
A mother driving with her five-year-old daughter in the backseat takes a wrong turn and ends up in a dark back alley, forever altering the young girl’s life. It sounds like the ominous beginning of dramatic film but quite the opposite is true – this is a real-life story about a little girl whose unwavering compassion for human beings serves as an inspiration to us all.
A professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nicole Li has dedicated her research to help protect people’s voices and better heal them when problems arise. “Most people use their voice as their primary method of communication – and many people need it to earn their living,” she says. “But, surprisingly, we hear very little about good vocal hygiene and how to keep your voice healthy.”
Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches is a man on the move – in the water, on his bike, running up and down Montreal’s icy streets. He’s a man in motion who is definitely heading places. Specifically, the 21-year-old Food & Nutritional Sciences student is going to Guadeloupe, where, on Feb. 21, he will compete in his first triathlon as a professional.
McGill grad, Cynthia Knight is the head writer and one of the executive producers of Mohawk Girls, a new television series on APTN and OMNI that follows the lives of four twenty-something Mohawk women trying to find their place in the world.
On Nov. 14, Marc Weinstein, Vice-Principal, University Advancement, was honoured by the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2014 Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Career, which is bestowed to a professional who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the not-for-profit field through exemplary leadership, fundraising skills, forward-thinking vision and steadfast values.
Victoria Leenders-Cheng is one of those people. You know the kind; incredibly accomplished, well rounded and, yes, impossibly nice too. And, for the purposes of this article, it’s important to note that she’s smart. Really smart. So smart, in fact, that she’s vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person as one of the contestants on the new CBC program of the same name.
People often say sports can forge character. But for Allan Downey of the Nak’azdli First Nation and a newly hired academic associate in Indigenous Studies at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, it goes even deeper than that. “Lacrosse was my gateway,” he says. “It was my bridge to an education. It’s unbelievable to me the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the communities I’ve been welcomed to all because of this game, because of this stick.”
That a McGill student is motivated by the prospect of learning isn’t really news. The interesting part is seeing where that motivation takes each individual. Take the case of Courtney Ayukawa. If you had told her a few years ago that one day she would be active in student politics, she would have laughed. Today, Ayukawa President of the Students’ Society of McGill University