One-stop, one-step academic support opens at SFU Burnaby

July 13, 2006, volume 36, no. 6
By Diane Luckow

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Although the drywall dust is still settling, Elaine Fairey is confident the new student learning commons (SLC) will be open for business in time for the new fall semester.

Standing amidst construction debris and paint pots, Fairey who is the associate university librarian and SLC director, is excited about the new one-stop, one-step student academic support centre on the ground floor of SFU Burnaby's Bennett library.

“We're offering friendly and expert help with academic writing; study and learning strategies; library research; computer technology; English language support; thesis formatting advice; and a lot more,” she says.

The renovated space will include offices for Fairey, two coordinators, the thesis assistant, and a receptionist, as well as student drop-in space.

Since the library is at the hub of the campus, notes Fairey, it's an ideal location for students to seek help easily.

Along with writing services coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones and learning services coordinator Donna McGee Thompson, Fairey will spend the summer creating the SLC web site, planning workshops, and training 20 peer educators.

The Yosef Wosk student learning commons, headed by coordinator Cynthia Wright, will open in its new space at SFU Surrey this summer, adjacent to the campus library. Programs and services for SFU Vancouver will start up in the fall.

Watch for the SFU Burnaby student learning commons' grand opening September 19. For more information visit

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