Tamra Morley

Dressed to kilt: Ceremonies & Events coordinator Tamra Morley is clad in plaid, sword and dirk, ready for a Scottish wardrobe battle at SFU’s first-ever Robbie Burns Day “Dressed to Kilt” fashion show, 12:30 pm, Jan. 23 at the Highland Pub.

250th Burns day celebrations Jan. 23

January 22, 2009

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SFU is all set to celebrate the 250th birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robbie Burns, with a riot of piper-led, plaid-mad partiers, poetry readings, toasts to the haggis and the first-ever "Dressed to Kilt" fashion contest. While the bard’s birthday is on Jan. 25, SFU will celebrate on Friday, Jan. 23. The fun begins at 11 am at the Surrey campus with festivities that include a fiddlers’ performance, then carries on at the Burnaby campus at 12:30 pm with the Dressed to Kilt fashion contest (including great prizes) at the Highland Pub.

The celebrations wind up with a 3 pm ceremony at the Vancouver campus, complete with Scottish country dancers. And let’s not forget the traditional toast to the haggis at each campus, including a wee taste of this Scottish delicacy for those who dare.

No kilt to wear to the fashion show? No worries. Instead, purchase a $2 plaid badge to help raise funds for the current and five-time world champion SFU Pipe Band. The badges are on sale at all SFU bookstores and the ceremonies and events office, Strand Hall, Rm. 2300.

The fun continues at the SFU Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction, featuring highland dancers and performances from the SFU Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. The annual band fundraiser starts at 6 pm at the Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Coquitlam. For information and tickets ($70) contact Dorothy McLean at 604.463.3421 or email

SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies is hosting a design contest to create a modern 21st-century digital image of the bard. The winning submission will receive $300 and appear on SFU’s "island" in the popular Internet virtual world, Second Life, during Tartan Week (April 6-10). The contest deadline is April 1, 2009. Contact Leith Davis at

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