Student helps open Surrey

October 05, 2006, volume 37, no. 3
By Marianne Meadahl

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The opening of the new SFU Surrey campus on Sept. 8 drew speeches from the premier, SFU's President Michael Stevenson, various government officials and Amanda Hall, one of the first students to enter the SFU program now known as interactive arts and technology.

It wasn't the first time Hall has shared the stage with such distinction. Two years ago she shared the spotlight, once again with the premier and company, during the announcement of the campus expansion.

"I've always been thought of as a quiet person and never would have expected to be in this position," concedes Hall, who graduates in October with a bachelor of science degree in interactive arts. She describes sharing the stage with political dignitaries as "a humbling experience, a huge honor."

Memorable, too, as Hall's grandparents were there to watch and later spoke to Premier Gordon Campbell about their granddaughter, who told them, "you must be proud of her."

Hall's time as a student at SFU Surrey has been anything but low key. She has worked as a student ambassador promoting campus programs in local schools and as a student life volunteer. She worked with youth camps and participated in co-op, as well as an exchange program to Sweden, where she worked on a game project with a team of students who have demonstrated the work around Europe.

Such involvements, coupled with her academic qualifications and a large dose of enthusiasm, helped her land a job doing community liaison work at SFU Surrey. The job runs the gamut of skills, from event coordination to outreach and relationship building between SFU Surrey and local elementary high schools. "I have always felt comfortable being a part of this campus," says Hall. "I've had great experiences as a student and hope they will continue."

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