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April 5, 2007

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The SFU 2007 campus fundraising campaign is under way, and campaign chair Jon Driver, dean of graduate studies, says this is a great opportunity for faculty, staff and retirees to support students in their departments.

"Every $20,000 of endowment funding generates a $1,000 award each year forever," says Driver. "Last year's incredibly successful campaign raised almost $300,000."

Wanda Dekleva, director of annual giving, says the departments of archaeology, chemistry, mathematics, public policy, history and psychology all created new endowments last year.

Dan Weeks, chair of psychology and vice-chair of this year's campus campaign, challenged his department to establish a new endowment honouring retired professor Marilyn Bowman. She created SFU's doctoral program in clinical psychology and served as department chair in the late 1970's.

Faculty, staff and retirees donated over $13,000, which SFU matched dollar for dollar. The $26,000 endowment supports the Marilyn Bowman Graduate Scholarship in Psychology, an annual award for a student in the PhD clinical psychology program.

"Everybody pitched in to make this happen," says Weeks. "Marilyn was a dynamic professor, researcher and administrator who made the department what it is today. This award allows us to honour our past and support our future at the same time."

Driver says matching opportunities are available again this year to make your dollars go further. Group or individual contributions of $10,000 to an existing endowment, or $50,000 to a new endowment will be eligible.

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