2002: A Look Back

Jan 09, 2003, vol. 26, no. 1

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Biology student Christina Ames (above) is one of only three recipients in B.C. of a Women in Engineering and Science award.

New campus
The SFU Surrey campus formally opened in September after six months of preparation to integrate the former Tech BC into the SFU fold.

Grad management centre
SFU announced plans to establish western Canada's first dedicated centre for graduate management education in the former Bank of Montreal building at 520 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. The heritage building will be restored and the centre is slated to open in 2004.

Investment in technology
The B.C. government announced the provision of $23 million for SFU to build a new technology and applied science centre. The new centre will permit an additional 136 undergraduate admissions annually into the computing science and engineering programs.

New student housing
The SFU board of governors approved construction of 500 single residential units for students entering SFU from high school.

Undergrad curriculum
Senate granted approval-in-principle to one of Canada's most innovative curriculum revisions. Plans for a new undergraduate curriculum feature an increased emphasis on writing, quantitative reasoning and breadth of study.

Increased tuition fees
Along with other B.C. universities, SFU raised tuition fees for the first time in six years, increasing them by an average 30 per cent.

New community
An official sod turning in September marked the long-awaited construction of infrastructure, such as roads and sewers, for UniverCity, the new residential and commercial community planned for university lands.

Canada research chairs
SFU garnered four more Canada Research Chairs, bringing the total number to 12. The federally funded Canada Research Chairs program aims to keep leading edge researchers in Canada and to attract more.

Canada honours poets
Professor emeritus George Bowering was appointed as Canada's first poet laureate while Ron Miki, also an English professor, was honoured with a prestigious Governor-General literary award for poetry.

Lifetime of achievement
SFU Chancellor Milton Wong received a 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year lifetime achievement award from Ernst & Young.

Science council awards
Hal Weinberg, president of applied brain behaviour systems at SFU and director of the office of research ethics, received the B.C. Science Council's chairman's award for career achievement while associate professor of mathematics Keith Promislow received a Young Innovator award, which recognizes an individual under age 40 who has had a significant impact on B.C. science and technology in a business, academic or collaborative environment.

Order of B.C.
Two former SFU presidents, Jack Blaney and George Pedersen, were appointed to the Order of British Columbia.

North American champions
A trio of SFU business students' marketing strategies for a perfume brand beat out 17 other Canadian university teams and 58 U.S. teams in an internatonal, online strategy simulation game called e-Strat Challenge by L'Oreal. Aaron Chow, Laura Game and Pokin Yeung won the title of North American champions.

National champions
SFU women's Clan basketball team won its first national championship title, finishing the season with an incredible 35-0 record in its second season of competing in the Canadian interuniversity sports (CIS) league.

Women of distinction
Her groundbreaking diabetes research earned SFU kinesiology professor Diane Finegood a YWCA Woman of Distinction 2002 award. Patricia Gallaugher, director of continuing studies in science, won in the category of social action.

Women in engineering
Student Christina Ames was one of only three B.C. students to win a 2002 Women in Engineering Science award.

Outstanding librarians
The B.C. Library Association honoured SFU library's 13-member liaison librarian team with its first award recognizing oustanding service for academic librarians in public service.

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