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July 10, 2009
SFU support student job search
Math adds up to fun
Good-news stories to relieve depression

SFU supports student job search
As the jobless rate among youth aged 15 to 24 continues to skyrocket, Career Services within SFU Student Services is stepping up its support. Career Services manager Tony Botelho can elaborate on his unit’s transformation of a pilot project into a summer job-finding club. Beginning August 24, the club is offering an intensive half-day, five-days-a-week workshop over two weeks to 20 successful applicants. As well as coaching recent SFU grads on the ABCs of successful job hunting, the workshop series will teach them how to ferret out prospects in hidden job markets.

Tony Botelho, 778.782.5263, 778.782.3106, botelho@sfu.ca
John Grant, 604.290.3375 (cell), jagrant@sfu.ca

Math adds up to fun
You’d think, with a zillion things for kids to do in the sunshine, sitting in a math camp would be the last thing on their minds. But judging from the rising number of Grade 6 to 10 kids lining up to solve math problems at SFU Burnaby and SFU Surrey summer math camps, math adds up to fun. The number of participants has increased from 20 in 2001 to 35 in Surrey and 32 in Burnaby this summer. Malgorzata Dubiel, a senior math lecturer and coordinator of the Canadian Mathematical Society’s math camps at SFU, can explain why Asian and East Indian youth are particularly keen on math camps. This summer’s camp wraps up this afternoon at 3 pm with a cake and celebrations in room 10051 at the Burnaby campus’ Blusson Hall.

Malgorzata Dubiel, 778.782.3800, dubiel@cs.sfu.ca

Good-news stories to relieve depression
Recession? Depression? Gloom and doom? Brighten up your audience's day with some "success stories" from Simon Fraser University.  There's a short menu of positive stories about students in the SFU president's annual report to the Community. Good research stories, too, such as Prof. Robert Hogg, who is heading Canada’s first nation-wide HIV/AIDS antiretroviral research network.

The president's report is online at http://www.sfu.ca/report2008 

And we have more, any time, at SFU's office of Public Affairs and Media Relations: 778.782.3210 or e-mail sfumpr@sfu.ca

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