Simon Fraser University

Big plans for June open house

February 09, 2006 , vol. 35, no. 3

By Diane Luckow
The faculty of applied sciences is in the midst of big plans for SFU's university-wide open house on June 3.

The applied sciences atrium will be filled with interactive and passive displays. Visitors will be able to watch robotic dogs play soccer on a 35 square metre soccer field and view a special DVD compilation of work from students in the school of interactive arts and technology.

Computing science is creating a display that reflects how computing science affects everyday life. A focus on artists, authors, academics and action research will see all artists in the faculty displaying their work and authors displaying their books. Tours will include the kinesiology labs and the new advanced mobile emergency communications vehicle.

There are lots of other plans afoot from other departments and faculties too. Continuing studies' program in dialogue is considering bringing its yurt to the Burnaby campus and holding dialogues inside it; the David Lam centre plans to demonstrate Chinese brush painting; 7th Floor Media, located at Harbour Centre, may bring its electronic games to the Burnaby campus.

Mainstage entertainment in convocation mall will enliven the day too.

K.C. Bell, SFU's director of special projects, says there are still many departments that haven't come forward with their plans, but he's confident that the thousands of expected visitors will find lots to interest and amuse themselves as they discover how much SFU has to offer as a place to learn, teach and work.

All SFU food services outlets will be open on the day, as well as the shops and restaurants at UniverCity, which will be celebrating its first anniversary.

Bell notes that all staff and volunteers working at the open house will receive food vouchers redeemable at SFU, SFSS or Cornerstone food service outlets.