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The Segal Graduate School of Business hosts the Royal Canadian Mint during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

SFU venues showcased for Olympics

February 4, 2010

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From discussing security and counter-terrorism measures with a New Scotland Yard detective to scheduling diplomatic events at SFU’s downtown venues, SFU’s Vancouver campus Olympic liaison Mark Zimmerman has been busy since last May.

SFU will open its downtown buildings to the world during the Olympic winter games, with revenues to go toward much-needed building repairs and renovations.

"It’s also an opportunity to showcase our outstanding campus and our customer-service skills," says Zimmerman. "We have a thriving meeting, event and conference business here but this is four events on a grand scale all at once, which is not something we’ve done before."

Harbour Centre’s main floor will become German House, a centre for visiting German dignitaries, media and athletes. The entire Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue is morphing into the Family and Friends Home for U.S. athletes, a drop-in space for families to watch Olympic events on TV, have a meal and check their e-mail. The new SFU Contemporary Arts complex at Woodward’s has temporarily opened its Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre to host The Blue Dragon, part of the Cultural Olympiad. And the Segal Graduate School of Business houses a two-floor display for the Royal Canadian Mint, including a $1-million gold coin (the world’s largest) and Olympic medal-casting demonstrations. Athletes will also be invited to have their medals engraved there.

Vancouver campus staffers will be working long hours during the winter games and for a week before and after. "The staff here have done an incredible job," notes Zimmerman. "It’s a real team effort."

At the Burnaby campus, almost 3,000 people a day will park in lots B and G and catch buses to Olympic venues. And in Surrey, faculty and students will offer presentations at adjacent Holland Park, a free Olympic celebration site.

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