January 13, 2005

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Scholars contribute to Oxford history
The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Canadian History had the daunting task of identifying, and then convincing, more than 500 experts to write the 1654 sections of the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the people, places, issues and events that make Canada what it is today. SFU scholars are well represented among the ranks of national and international contributors. The list includes Klay Dyer, English; David Gagan, history; Rosemary Gagan, women's studies; Carole Gerson, English; Hugh Johnston, history; David Laycock, political science; Mark Leier, history; Jack Little, history; Martin Robin, political science; David Stouck, English; and Colin Yerbury, continuing studies.

Lougheed mall targets illegal parking
Anyone on campus planning to save a few dollars by parking in Lougheed mall should think again. Mall security has notified SFU that they will tow any car misusing parking facilities. The mall will monitor its parking lots and tow vehicles belonging to those who are not shopping. Vehicle owners will be charged for the tow.

New business program launched
SFU business will introduce a new PhD program in business administration in September 2005. The program will enhance the faculty's research culture, stimulate teaching excellence and improve faculty retention and recruitment, says Ernie Love, dean of SFU business. “There is no doubt that a PhD program focused on leading-edge management research will enhance our national and international reputation,” he says.

The four-year degree program will accept five students in the first year. A distinctive feature of the program is a teaching certificate earned through the learning and instructional development centre. One of the program's aims, says Love, is to train students who are interested in becoming professors of business administration. He also expects that PhD graduates will find jobs in government and as consultants.

Research task force named
The university has appointed a task force, chaired by Mario Pinto, VP-research, to develop a strategic research plan. The plan is intended to identify research priorities to guide decision-making in the allocation of resources, and provide an annual means for assessing how objectives are met. The task force is inviting submissions from those interested but will not consider anonymous opinions. Submissions can be sent to Pinto at Other members of the task force are: Wade Parkhouse, Carole Gerson, Dan Weeks, Blaize Horner Reich, Phil Winne, Michael Hayes, Norbert Haunerland, Peter Borwein, Greg Dow, Arvind Gupta and Lynne Quarmby.

Sun Life provides seminars
Representatives of Sun Life Financial will provide one-hour seminars for SFU employees on 2005 registered retirement savings plans. Topics include risk management, investment options, management expense ratios and determining an investment strategy to meet your future financial requirement. Sessions will be held at the Burnaby campus on Jan. 25 at noon in the Maggie Benston centre, room 1300; at the Surrey campus on Jan. 27 at noon in room 14-400; and at Harbour Centre on Feb. 1 at noon in room 7000. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sterling honoured in Washington
Professor emeritus Ted Sterling, who founded the SFU school of computing science, was recently honoured in Washington, D.C. where the American Public Health Association recognized him for his 40 years of membership and granted him emeritus membership status. Sterling is internationally recognized for his pioneering use of the computer to analyse statistical data.

Program supports good governance
The Canada corps student internships and Canada corps university teams program will send 100 senior Canadian university students and 10 student/faculty teams to developing countries to provide advice for projects that support good governance and democratic development. The two new programs, administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), receive $2 million over 18 months from the Canadian International Development Agency.

The internship program will consist of 100 four-month student internships, with each of AUCC's 92 member universities across Canada being allocated at least one. Universities will oversee the selection of the students, expected to be experienced third or fourth-year undergraduates or graduate students. In the second program, teams of senior undergraduate or graduate students, led by faculty members, work with developing country partners to strengthen governance capacity. Each of the 10 teams would receive up to $50,000, and would be chosen through a peer review process.

Pipe band performs at Burns dinner
The four-time world champion SFU pipe band and the Robert Malcolm memorial pipe bands will earn their supper on Robbie Burns day, Jan. 21. 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. Also see The evening's festivities take place at the Executive Plaza hotel, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Diamond centre closed for renovations
A $1.2 million renovation has closed the doors on the Diamond University Centre until May 1. When it re-opens it will feature an expanded kitchen, at least 60 more seats on the top floor and an updated interior.
SFU will contribute$700,000 toward the renovations while the SFU alumni association has donated the remaining $500,000. In return, the DUC will be renamed the Diamond Alumni Centre at the official opening in September and SFU alumni will receive internal SFU rates when renting the centre's facilities. The association will also have free use of the centre once a month.

“One of the purposes of alumni relations at SFU is to provide relevant benefits and services to our alumni,” says Janis Horne, director of alumni relations. “The fact that we'll now have this centre means that our alumni can celebrate their life events here at a reduced rate.” Upon re-opening, the centre will still welcome the general public for lunch and for evening and weekend bookings. Horne says there are approximately 50,000 SFU alumni in the Lower Mainland who could enjoy this new benefit.

Sodexho renews contract
Sodexho, the firm that provides SFU's custodial services, recently renewed its contract for a three-year term and announced a $10,000 annual gift toward student awards. An annual graduate fellowship for First Nations students will receive $5,000 and the remaining $5,000 will fund annual bursaries for students in the social sciences and humanities faculty. Sodexho, which is involved with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is committed to helping SFU attract more First Nations students to higher education.

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