June 3 open house aimed at visitors of all ages, interests

May 19, 2006, volume 36 number 2
By Marianne Meadahl

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Preparations are under way for Simon Fraser University's biggest public event ever. The university's 40th anniversary open house being held on June 3 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. is billed as a community celebration for visitors of all ages and interests. More than 10,000 visitors are expected to check out the university and what it has to offer.

“The open house is unprecedented in its scope,” says K.C. Bell, who is coordinating the event, working together with dozens of volunteers. “It will be truly representative of the university's broad range of activities and will provide a unique opportunity to see just how much the university has to offer and how it is evolving.”

The event will feature hundreds of exhibits, displays, demonstrations of the university's programs and services. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an education fair in convocation mall for admitted students and will open to the public at 11 a.m.

Throughout the day there will be music, entertainment and contests, as visitors take in the displays and activities, explore labs and other facilities, and venture around the campus. Visitors can learn about minute worms that have visited space, hear a gamelan performance, see amazing feats of physics, express an opinion at a philosophers café, experience atmosphere in a hyperbaric chamber, see robotic dogs play soccer, watch the re-enactment of a murder trial in 5th century Athens, or check out B.C.'s new mobile emergency communication vehicle. Visitors can also take a historic walking tour of SFU and picture themselves as an SFU grad.

The day will wind down with a performance by the band Wager, featuring Warren Gill, SFU's VP-university relations.

Parking for the day is free, but transit will be available and extra shuttle buses will run from the Production Way/University SkyTrain station to the university.

Visitors who wish to stay on campus have several options. The Simon Hotel has rooms with spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and surrounding city.

Families can reserve townhouse quads that sleep four and are fully furnished with daily housekeeping.

There are also private residence rooms that are single occupancy with shared washrooms. Reservations can be arranged by calling 604-291-4053 or email at confacom@sfu.ca. Check www.sfuaccommodations.ca/.

To check out details, or to sign up as a faculty, staff or student volunteer for the day, see www.sfu.ca/openhouse/.

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