Surrey students win awards

Sep 18, 2003, vol. 28, no. 2
By Terry Lavender

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Two SFU Surrey graduate students, Sara Coldrick and Joe Ilsever, have recently been awarded major national scholarships.

Coldrick, a student in the master's program at the school of interactive arts and technology, has been awarded a $17,500 Canada graduate scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Ilsever, a research associate and PhD student, was awarded the first certified general accountant Canada doctoral scholarship, worth $8,000.

A multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing, painting, and experimental multimedia, Coldrick came to the SFU Surrey graduate program last year from the Emily Carr institute of art and design, where she majored in animation.

She has also studied at the Alberta college of art and design, and Edinburgh college of art and design. In her graduate studies at SFU Surrey she is “integrating my creative background in painting and animation practice with motion capture technologies and performance arts, while exploring theoretical and conceptual studies in the area of media environments as virtual spaces,” she says.

Ilsever is conducting research into online trust and e-loyalty for his PhD thesis at SFU Surrey. A professional accountant, he also teaches business, finance and quantitative courses at Douglas college.

After many years in the corporate world, he came back to academia a few years ago, enrolling at what was then the Technical University of British Columbia (TechBC) in its new graduate program.

“In my last position, I was responsible for all the information systems, finance and accounting functions. I was involved in conversion from mainframes to PC networks as far back as 1970s. So, having had the exposure to the evolution of technology at the workplace, I wanted to find an institution that was positioned for the future. TechBC had this vision and mission.”

This isn't Ilsever's first time at Simon Fraser University. He received his BA from the Burnaby campus in 1974 before embarking on his academic and professional career in accounting.

He recalls his earlier SFU days as turbulent. The campus was in political turmoil. “All my friends went to UBC as they were not prepared to give SFU a chance,” he remembers. “I was the only one who stayed to complete my degree. In my night classes, the class size would be somewhere between five and 10. What a great way to get personalized instruction.”

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