Celebrating Forty Years of Firsts

September 08, 2005, vol. 34, no. 1

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Radical ideas equal bold initiatives. Among Canadian universities, SFU was:

• First to offer academic courses on a year-round trimester system (1965).
• First to offer athletic scholarships (1965).
• First to install student representation on the university senate (1967).
• First to create an executive MBA program (1968).
• First in western Canada to establish a school of kinesiology (1969).
• First to initiate computerized registration (1970).
• First to launch a master's program in pest management (1973).
• First major Canadian university to install a female president: Pauline Jewett (1974).
• First in anglophone Canada to create a school of criminology (1975).
• First to offer a women's studies course (1971) and then a formal credit program in
women's studies (1976).
• First to establish a university campus in downtown Vancouver (1989).
• First to establish an archaeology field school for First Nations offering hands-on
experience in cultural resource management (1989).
• First in the annual Maclean's rankings of top comprehensive universities in Canada
• First to launch a virtual university library with a web catalogue and library website (1995).
• First to establish a forensic laboratory that uses entomology-the study of bugs-to
solve major crimes in Canada (1999).
• First to celebrate an Olympic gold medal in wrestling won by criminology graduate
student Daniel Igali (2000).
• First to create a centre for dialogue, home to the undergraduate semester in
dialogue and action Canada, programs to train Canada's future leaders (2002).
• Home to Canada's first Parliamentary Poet Laureate - English professor emeritus
George Bowering (2002) - and to the four-time world champion SFU Pipe Band

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