York professor named new dean at Sobey School of Business

Patricia Bradshaw, a former York Senate chair and a professor in the Schulich School of Business, will assume the post of dean at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University effective June 1, reported the The Chronicle-Herald in Halifax Feb. 1. “I’ve been studying and teaching organizational behaviour for years and will now have an opportunity to apply these lessons,” Bradshaw told the paper from Toronto. She said she is especially interested in the success at Saint Mary’s in building networks in the community through continuing education, advisory boards and faculty workshops. Read full story.

Yellow Media swings the axe
In a Feb. 2 story about job cuts at the publisher of the Yellow Pages, Alan Middleton, marketing professor in York’s Schulich School of Business, told The Globe and Mail that if Yellow Media is to survive, it needs to capitalize on decades of brand association to drive traffic toward its websites. “The problem with going online is that there is an awful lot of competition,” he said. Read full story.

PM’s OAS arguments are one-sided
William Gleberzon
, a course director in York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, took issue with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about proposed changes to Old Age Security payments in a letter to the Toronto Star Feb. 2. “He ignores the economic benefit to society – that all seniors, especially poor seniors, spend it on the necessities of daily life and richer seniors pay taxes on it.” Read full story.

Invaders pose threat
Andrea Smith, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science & Engineering, said even the invasive species in Canada that are being looked at are “not being studied very much,” reported Saskatchewan’s Lethbridge Herald. She warned that Canada needs to begin looking ahead instead of reacting. Read full story.

Vaughan singer ain’t Frankie, he just looks that way
York University business student Paul Fracassi, who once made the top 22 on “Canadian Idol”, says he’s a natural fit to play Frankie Valli on stage because he grew up in “a typical Italian family” in Woodbridge, wrote YorkRegion.com Feb. 2. Read full story.

Two new provincial court judges appointed
Laura A. Mennie
, QC, is one of two women who have been appointed to the bench as provincial court judges, wrote Newfoundland’s The Telegram Feb. 2. Mennie is currently enrolled in the master of laws program at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, specializing in family law. Read full story.

Art store joins the local landscape
In January 2011, Heather Phillips (BFA Spec. Hons. ’08) and Miki Rubin (BFA Spec. Hons. ’10) were inspired to open their own business after wrapping up five-year gigs as studio assistants, wrote the Town Crier Feb. 1. The two met while studying sculpture in York’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Read full story.