Advancement needs student fundraisers

September 21, 2006, volume 37, no. 2
By Carol Thorbes

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Among the many booths set up at convocation mall during the opening days of the new fall semester, was one featuring a cardboard cut-out of a grad. New and returning students took advantage of the opportunity to be photographed as Simon Fraser University grads.

Liz Cave, a first year criminology student, had fun posing for a picture, getting her friend Meregon Mahjoub, a third-year SFU criminology student, to make her an instant grad. Cave, who started her first year at the University of British Columbia last year, says SFU's selection of courses and Mahjoub convinced her to switch universities.

Advancement coordinators of this year's calling campaign to alumni used the grad cutout to their advantage, encouraging grad photo seekers to become student callers for the campaign.

Alumni relations and the Alumni Association set up the grad cut-out and are partnering with advancement on student recruitment for the alumni calling campaign.

Advancement is looking for motivated, energetic students who are able to work the phones, encouraging alumni to donate funds for student scholarships, bursaries, programs and SFU's library. Recruits typically call more than 60,000 SFU graduates during this campaign.

Callers have to be available to work from Sept. 26 to Nov. 24, a minimum of three shifts a week. Shifts are Sundays 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The job pays $8.50 an hour, plus performance bonuses and prizes.

Previous sales or customer service experience is helpful, but not necessary. Recruits must go through training, for which they will be paid, on Sept. 23 and 24.

See for more information or email Sofia Janmohamed at

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