January 22, 2004

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Callers raise $377,155 in alumni appeal
It took 45 nights of relentless phone calls but the results are worth it. The fall 2003 alumni annual appeal raised a record-breaking $377,155. That's $27,000 more than the $350,000 target and $37,000 more than in fall 2002 according to Sofia Janmohamed, development officer for the annual campaign. The callers, all student fundraisers, convinced almost half of all previous donors to increase their gifts this year and raised $45,000 from new donors and recent graduates.

Fattah recognized for life's work
Ezzat Fattah, professor emeritus of criminology, was recently awarded the Hermann Mannheim prize in recognition of his life's work and service to the field of international criminology and in particular, victimology. The International Society of Criminology awards this prestigious prize once every five years. Fattah, who founded SFU's school of criminology, is renowned for his outspoken criticism of the victim movement, whose demands, he says, are punitive and vindictive. He was an early advocate of restorative justice. Fattah was the recipient of a 1999 Sterling prize for controversy.

Open forum scheduled
Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing SFU in an open forum with President Michael Stevenson on Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. in AQ 3150. The floor will be open for questions and comments. The forum will be web cast for those unable to attend the meeting. There will be a link from the university's homepage at

Lawyer appointed to board of governors
B.C. lawyer Debra Hanuse has been appointed by order-in-council to a three year term on the SFU board of governors, effective Dec. 11, 2003. A former commissioner for the B.C. Treaty Commission, Hanuse is a member of the ‘Namgis Band. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from SFU and a bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia. She was admitted to the bar in 1991. Hanuse practiced corporate, commercial and aboriginal law for four years with the legal firm of Davis and Company. In 1995, she began her own practice in Alert Bay, where she is the sole legal practitioner and is involved in treaty negotiations on behalf of First Nations.

Punja featured in magazine
SFU biology professor Zamir Punja's work is front and centre in the January 2004 issue of Greenhouse Canada. The monthly national business magazine targets the commercial greenhouse grower readership in Canada. This month's magazine cover features a picture of Punja and promotes an article inside about his recent acceptance of two prestigious awards - the Synergy award for innovation and the Leo Derikx award. Punja co-shares the latter with the B.C. Greenhouse Growers Association. The productivity of Punja's 12-year relationship with the vegetable producers' group garnered him Canada's two most prestigious university-industry awards. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council bestows the annual Synergy awards.

Library network moves to SFU
B.C.'s Electronic Library Network (ELN) is moving from the Open Learning Agency to SFU's Burnaby campus under a new agreement with the ministry of advanced education. ELN, a partnership between the ministry and B.C.'s post-secondary libraries, develops, promotes, and maintains licences for electronic journals, indices and e-books. It also coordinates interlibrary loans for B.C. post-secondary institutions and supports other tools that allow the libraries to meet students' and researchers' expanding information needs.

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