New downtown name for SFU

March 24, 2005, vol. 32, no. 6

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Downtown, it's now Simon Fraser University Vancouver.

It's been 25 years since SFU first opened a storefront office on Howe Street to offer access to university education in downtown Vancouver.

Since then the address has changed to reflect the growth in student numbers and new homes at Harbour Centre, the Wosk centre for dialogue, the Chief Dan George centre, the new Segal graduate school of business (opening in fall 2005) and the recently announced relocation of the school for the contemporary arts as part of the Woodward's redevelopment.

VP-academic Warren Gill was there to open the first door at 822 Howe St. He proposed the name change, recently approved by the SFU board of governors, saying, “The university's substantial and growing presence downtown really needed an overall name.

“The new name reflects SFU's commitment to the urban community. When we opened the Harbour Centre campus we said it was to be a university in and of, the city. Simon Fraser University Vancouver has earned its name.”

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