Longevity assured for seniors program

January 11, 2007

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SFU's continuing studies program for seniors got a $1.5-million shot in the arm in December, thanks to an anonymous donor. The gift, one of the largest ever made to a continuing studies program, will be matched by the university to create a $3-million endowment to pay the salaries of the program's director and program assistant, in perpetuity. “By ensuring that the program's administrative costs are covered this gift will ensure the longevity of a very popular and important program and help keep course fees down for our seniors,” says program director Alan Aberbach. The program, which is unique in Canada, provides seniors with a variety of intellectually challenging non-credit courses throughout the year. Enrollment typically exceeds 1,800 students per year.
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