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Organizing committee members (l to r) Julie Wong, Mike Peragine, Michelle Demers and Fiona Burrows review the program guide.

Open House countdown

May 15, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

The countdown is on, as organizers of SFU’s Open House 2008 on Saturday, May 31 at the Burnaby campus complete the final arrangements for what promises to be the biggest public event in the university’s history.        

"It’s show time," says Fiona Burrows, assistant director for community relations in the public affairs and media relations office and a member of the event’s 20-person organizing committee.

"It’s taken a full year and a university-wide effort including countless hours of preparation and the teamwork of hundreds of SFU people from about 60 different operating units, but we did it – and everyone involved should take a bow."

As many as 15,000 visitors are expected to flock to Burnaby Mountain for a fun-filled day featuring hundreds of exhibits, interactive displays, lab demonstrations, performances and presentations featuring the university’s academic programs and campus services – and a big carnival on Convocation Mall.

More than 1,000 staff, faculty, students, retirees and alumni will be working to keep things operating smoothly.

That includes President Michael Stevenson, all the vice presidents and faculty deans who are in town and members of the board of governors, as well as facilities services and dining services staff.

It all starts at 10 a.m. with an education fair in Convocation Mall for admitted students and then everything is wide open to the general public from 12 - 4:30 p.m., rain or shine.

There will be contests, music, entertainment, guided history tours and tons of food available throughout the day as visitors take in the activities and explore other campus facilities such as SFU’s award-winning UniverCity development.

Parking is free and extra buses will be operating. For complete Open House 2008 details visit www.sfu.ca/openhouse/.

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