Robbie Burns Day

Mad for Plaid: Getting in the Robbie Burns Day spirit are (l-r) admissions assistant Wendy McGonnigal, event coordinator Donna St. Louis, LIDC TV studio manager (and haggis wrangler) Francis Campbell, applied sciences faculty advisor Leigh McGregor and application integration specialist Heather Rhodes.

Don yer kilt-Robbie Burns Day's a-comin'!

January 11, 2007

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“The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley (go often astray),” wrote Robbie Burns. But don't let your plans go agley Thursday, Jan. 25, when SFU once again celebrates the birth of Scotland's national poet—and its own Scottish heritage—with bagpipers, poetry, addresses to the haggis and general foolishness at all three campuses.

Don yer kilt, or at least wear something plaid, and join the university's traditional Robbie Burns Day procession beginning outside the Surrey Central SkyTrain station (11:00 am) with a march to SFU Surrey's ceremony in the mezzanine (11:15 am).

From there, the procession continues via SkyTrain to SFU Burnaby where contingents from the student residence dining hall (12:15 pm) and Strand Hall (12:20 pm) march to the main program at Convocation Mall (12:30 pm). The party then proceeds to the Diamond Alumni Centre (1:00 pm) and continues outside the Waterfont SkyTrain station (2:30 pm) for the final march to SFU Vancouver's ceremony at Harbour Centre in the Teck gallery (2:40 pm).

But wait, there's more: don't forget to buy your $2 “I wear plaid for the pipe band” button, in support of the SFU Pipe Band, which will be available at all SFU bookstores and at the ceremonies and events department in Strand Hall.

And this year why not go all out and join the four-time world champion SFU pipe band and the Robert Malcolm memorial pipe bands on Friday Jan. 26 for the annual Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction. The fundraiser helps defray the expenses of the Robert Malcolm Memorial family of bands. The festivities take place at the Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam. Doors open at 6 pm with dinner and haggis at 7 pm and dancing to follow. Contact Andrea McLatchy at 1-604-793-9747 or email for tickets ($70 each). Also see

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