January 12, 2006

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Alumni donations increase
Donations from generous alumni are up 13 per cent this fall over last says development officer Sofia Janmohamed. The fall 2005 annual appeal calling program raised $367,125 from more than 4,700 alumni, surpassing its goal of $357,000. Included in that sum is $24,000 from 625 new alumni donors, a sum that will be augmented with a $15,000 matching gift from the SFU alumni association. Janmohamed says the average gift this fall increased from $65 to $78.

Faculty nominations sought
Do you know of a faculty member whose outstanding research or scholarly work contributes to their community? The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA/BC) is seeking academics like these for its 12th annual distinguished academic awards. The organization is accepting nominations for both the academic of the year award and the career achievement award. Nominations are due Feb. 3, 2006 and the awards ceremony is April 11. To learn more about CUFA/BC, the awards or to download the nomination forms or purchase tickets to the event, visit; phone 604-646-4676 or email

President's forum slated for Jan.18
Learn about the opportunities and challenges facing SFU in the coming year at President Michael Stevenson's annual open forum Jan. 18, noon-2 p.m. in Halpern centre room 126. The floor will be open for questions and comments. For those who can't attend in person, the forum will be webcast with a link from the SFU home page to The site will be flash embedded, enabling people to type in their questions and have them sent and read out instantly to the president. Questions and comments can also be emailed beforehand to These will be read out at the forum.

Administrators seek award nominees
The American Association of University Administrators is seeking nominations/applications for several awards to be presented during its June 2006 conference in Vancouver. The association is looking for outstanding examples of college or university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education. It is also seeking nominations for the association's distinguished service award, for the Eileen Tosney award recognizing outstanding service as an administrator in the field of higher education, and for the Nikolai N. Khaladjan international award for innovation in higher education. For more information please contact Deadline for nominations/applications is March 15.

Open house set for June 3
For the first time in 16 years, SFU is set to open its doors wide to welcome the public during an open house on June 3. “It's the last of our 40th anniversary celebrations,” says K.C. Bell, SFU's director of special projects. “We want to remind prospective students and the public that SFU is an attractive place to learn, work and visit.” The event, which is still in the planning stages, will include hands-on, interactive, entertaining and informative displays and demonstrations around the Burnaby campus, as well as mainstage entertainment in convocation mall. Bell welcomes ideas from staff and faculty about ways in which they can both volunteer at the event and still participate with their families.

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