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This week, March 14-18 2022, we are recognizing members of the CUE community who have shown kindness, empathy, and resiliency over the past year. We are also celebrating milestones and our retirees who have given their time and energy to our community, and impacted the lives of countless students and employees.


Celebrating Our Retirees


Dorota Jakobs
Bookstore Manager

When you think of the bookstore, you think of Dorota Jakobs. She has been a fixture here for over 30 years. Every fall and winter semester, one of the first faces students see is Dorota’s to welcome them back to Concordia.  We wish Dorota all the best as she enjoys her retirement and thank her for all her years of service to Concordia.

Al Lyons
Maintenance Coordinator

Al Lyons was a part of the Plant Operations team and had been with Concordia since 2004. You may not have always seen him, but you would recognize him with his great smile and jovial personality. We wish all the best in his retirement year; he will be missed.  Thank you, Al.

Craig Richter
Lab Instructor, Biology and Environmental Sciences

Craig eagerly accepted the invite to join the inaugural Retention Task Force to explore how CUE could improve the retention, persistence and graduation of students. He maintained a list of Biology alumni to stay connected with students and celebrate their career and personal successes. We thank him for his many contributions in his time at CUE.

Pavol Zavarsky
Professor, MISSM

Pavol began his career at CUE in January 2006. He was a dedicated faculty member (he taught here and his family lived in a different country) and a big part of the MISSM and MISAM program (a program that he was instrumental in building); he had a significant impact on many graduate students’ lives. Congratulations on your retirement!

Barbara van Ingen


Pavol Zavarsky began his academic career at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) in 2006, previously serving academic positions at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nagaoka University of Technology. When Pavol joined CUE’s Information Systems Security and Assurance (ISSAM) department he was an instrumental and founding member of the program.

As one of Canada’s first graduate-level information systems security management programs, Pavol taught a wide variety of information security-related courses at CUE. In teaching courses, Pavol is known for his patience and kindness to students. His passion and commitment to information security education led him to acquire some of the world’s leading information security certifications like Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and many others.

In addition to teaching in the Faculty of Management’s graduate program, Pavol also served as a Director of Information Systems Security Research at CUE – a role in which he provided key leadership in facilitating and promoting the ISSAM research. Under his research leadership, students published many high-quality research papers in various academic journals and prestigious conferences. Pavol published more than one hundred peer-reviewed research papers in his time at CUE. His knowledge of information security education also helped him to serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 and to establish student chapters of professional organizations like IEEE and ISACA at CUE.

The faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Management are grateful for all his contributions and we will miss his presence on campus, but know that he will remain connected to the CUE community. We wish him the best as he enters retirement and pursues new interests. Thank you, Pavol.

Alison Yacyshyn

Congratulations to all of our retirees on exceptional careers,
and thank you for your dedication to our students and CUE community.