Dinner for 500 on the mall

July 26, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

More than 500 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving international students as they make choices about post-secondary education were themselves served dinner July 13 at SFU’s Burnaby campus Convocation Mall.

The banquet — one of the largest ever held on the mall — was part of the 2007 Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) conference, co-hosted in Vancouver this year by SFU, UBC and the Emily Carr Institute.

The OACAC brings together student recruiters, primary and secondary-school counsellors, independent counsellors, college admission and financial-aid officers, enrollment managers and organizations engaged in guiding students through the secondary to higher-education transition process.

"We hosted the awards-dinner part of the conference and we also hosted an event on Monday (July 9) for about 40 participants who specifically wanted more information on SFU while they were in town," says SFU student recruiter Lynda Walker.

The smaller group, mostly high-school counsellors, was treated to a mock lecture by renowned criminologist Gail Anderson, a campus tour, a welcome from President Michael Stevenson and a dinner at the Highland pub.

"It was a very international group and they counsel overseas high-school students who are looking at many, many places in the world that they can go to school," says Walker.

"So this was a great opportunity to showcase SFU to this international audience; it allowed us to give them a sense of our university so they may then influence their students.’"

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