March 20, 1997 * Vol . 8, No. 6
New community bursary fund has rosy future
Orders for more than 100 Simon Fraser roses have laid the groundwork for
a university community bursary fund.
as plant sale takes shape
The rose ($20) is a focal point of the first annual SFU campus plant sale
(Wednesday, May 14th, in C-lot). The event will establish the SFU campus
community bursary endowment.
"Although we'll have a few of the roses at the sale, we've virtually
sold-out our first year's supply and have had to stop taking orders,"
reports the plant sale committee's Malgorzata Dubiel, math and statistics.
"We're delighted about this endowment, which will be of interest to
everyone at SFU," says Ron Heath, dean of student services and also
a member of the plant sale committee. "Individuals can make donations
at any time and groups of people are encouraged to come up with ideas for
fundraisers for this brand new bursary, which reflects on all of us who
work and study here."
There were almost as many reasons for buying the Simon Fraser rose as orders
taken. Among the reasons: to support the bursary endowment; Mother's Day
and birthday gifts; something for the balcony; a rose free of "mildew,
black spot and aphids." Many are intended as gifts for alumni, for
parents in California, siblings in Prince Edward Island. Purchasers predicted
that, like the honey produced on campus, buying a rose would become such
a popular tradition that it would be difficult to get one for themselves.
"This is a very encouraging beginning, but not an end," adds Dubiel,
who assures everyone that more roses will be available next year. "The
committee wants to involve everyone at SFU in the sale and to create an
opportunity for the community to join together in a common, worthwhile and
People are invited to donate divided perennials from their gardens, propagate
new plants, or volunteer for the sale. E-mail Dubiel at: email@example.com
A Web site has been set up: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/plantsale.
It includes a color photograph and information on the Simon Fraser rose.
The bursary, valued at a portion of the earned income of the endowment,
will be awarded annually to undergraduate students in any faculty, in any
semester, based on demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic
performance. Under the terms of reference, multiple bursaries may be granted
at the discretion of the awards committee, if sufficient funds are available.
The award will be made by the senate undergraduate awards adjudication committee,
and a portion of the annual earned income will be reinvested to protect
the fund's value over time.
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