May 7, 1997 * Vol . 12, No. 1


Last month, a large crowd from across campus said goodbye to three popular dining services veterans. The colorful retirement party was in honor of: Irene Gault, a Burnaby campus cashier at Mountain Top Deli, who has worked at SFU for 33.5 years; Lee Forsberg, the ever-friendly cashier at MacKenzie cafeteria, 19.5 years; and Sue Lee, a pizza/pasta cook at Raven's Cafe, 10.5 years. Gault was hired in October, 1965, a month after the university opened. "It was all very exciting in the 60's, " she recalls. "There was one cafeteria -- the mall cafeteria, and at morning coffee time I pushed a wagon back and forth in the AQ which was still being constructed. When I rang a bell, everyone would stream out of their offices and line up and chat. For me, that's where many of my long friendships at SFU began." Adds Forsberg: "It's surprising how much you learn about people's lives when you add up all the brief chats at the cash registers over the years. There are lots of wonderful and amazing people at SFU."

For the second time in three years, a student in SFU's actuarial program has won a prize for the top mark in an exam of the Society of Actuaries. This year, Christina Liu shared top honors with two others in the exam, which was taken by 1,665 students around the world. Only 476 students -- including four other SFU students -- passed. The exam is offered three times a year and is one of the first steps on the road to a professional qualification in actuarial science, the study of calculating insurance risks and premiums. Liu receives a $200 prize from the society.

Louis Riel House bid farewell to longtime apartment clerk Bev Carlson last week when she retired after 25 years in SFU's residence and housing office. Carlson began her career at Madge Hogarth House, and switched to Louis Riel in 1980, where she considered student residents as her "second family," and they, in turn, viewed her as an adviser, confidante, and friend. "Bev was everywhere and so was her camera," writes one former resident. "She would show up at residence potluck dinners, thesis or dissertation defences and, of course, Convocation, to help us celebrate our big day." Carlson won SFU's first staff achievement award in 1996. "Even if there are little problems," she said in a 1996 SF News interview, "the good always comes to the top. I've always maintained there's a good side to everybody."

SFU anthropology major Maegen Giltrow is heading to Africa this summer, along with 19 other Canadian university students, to participate in the 51st annual World University Service of Canada (WUSC) international seminar to Botswana. The seminar is intended to give students their first experience in a developing country and to create greater awareness of international development issues. Giltrow is particularly interested in medical anthropology and hopes to find out how AIDS education programs are developed and applied in Botswana. The dean of arts office and the department of sociology and anthropology have contributed toward the $2,500 Giltrow needs to make the trip, but she's still looking for donations. For a minimum $5 donation, she'll send the donor a postcard from Botswana, relating her experiences and observations. Cheques can be made out to WUSC with reference number GS191, and sent to Giltrow at 341 Metta Lane, Port Moody, B.C. V3H 4H5.

Look for a few administrative changes at the departmental level this fall. On Sept. 1, three new chairs begin three-year terms: Paul McFetridge, linguistics; Bill Cleveland, history ; and Guy Poirier, French. Also on Sept. 1, Robert Gordon begins a three-year term as director of the school of criminology, while Michael Plischke starts a five-year appointment as chair of physics -- a post he held from 1988-93. Meanwhile, Nancy Olewiler continues on as chair of the economics department for a two-year term beginning Sept. 1. And Lynda Erickson is interim chair of political science while current chair Stephen McBride is on a one-year administrative leave. McBride will resume as chair on Sept. 1, 1999.

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