January 08, 2004

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Playing for supper
The four-time world champion SFU Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm memorial pipe bands will earn their supper on Robbie Burns Day, Jan. 23. They will perform at the annual Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction, an event that raises money to help defray the expenses of the Robert Malcolm memorial family of bands. A fundraising celebration that honours Scotland's most famous bard, the Robbie Burns dinner will feature roast beef and all the trimmings, including haggis. Dancing will follow. Contact Laurie Kortschak at 604-536-5601 or for tickets, which are $65 each. The evening's festivities take place at the Executive Plaza hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam.

SFU television stars
Several SFU researchers bring their science to the small screen beginning this month as part of the Knowledge Network's new 13-part series, The Leading Edge: Innovation in B.C. The half-hour segments, which air Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. until March 30, profile B.C.'s leading innovators and their supporting institutions. (A companion web site - - offers on-demand video of stories covered in the series, and links to aid further study.) The SFU lineup includes John Clague on the Hope slide on Jan. 27; Kieran Egan on imagination and education on Feb. 17; Mark Skinner on forensic archaeology on Mar. 2; Thecla Schiphorst and Andrew Feenberg on technology's impact on Mar. 9; Tony Farrell on Fraser River sockeye on Mar. 23; and Mark Winston on bees and crops on Mar. 30.

Clarification on retirees
From time to time, SFU News will write articles about interesting retirees. However, with the current staff and faculty retirement boom, we suggest visiting the SFU human resources website at retirees and scroll down to retirements to check out a comprehensive list of 2004 retirees that will be updated throughout the year.

Recognizing controversy
It's time again to recognize daring, creative, controversial, unconventional and non-traditional work at SFU. Nominate a colleague - faculty, staff or student - for the Nora and Ted Sterling prize in support of controversy. Those nominated must have undertaken research which not only reflects these criteria but is also morally and ethically sound and of a high standard. A person unconnected to the university may also be nominated if the candidate's contribution is of exceptional merit. Forward nominations to Barry Beyerstein, chair, Sterling prize committee, c/o the office of the VP-academic, no later than Jan. 31. Nomination forms are available at

United Way campaign raises $108,000
The 2003 United Way campaign has raised $108,000 to date but campaign chair Paulette Johnston is hopeful that SFU employees will continue to send in their pledges throughout the year. As usual, the book sales were the highlight of the campaign, raising $4,455 from sales at all three campuses. The bake sales raised $819 and a coffee and chocolate Christmas basket raffle in the department of human resources raised a further $80. Personal pledges accounted for 95 per cent of the total donations, with 66 leadership donors pledging $500 or more. For next year, Johnston is hoping to attract more faculty involvement like that planned by Yaroslav Senyshyn of the faculty of education. He will give a piano concert in the spring and donate the proceeds to the SFU United Way campaign.

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