February 9, 2002

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Putting arts degree to work Their careers run the gamut from immigration enforcement officer to public relations professional, project manager, writer, choreographer and entrepreneur. Their undergraduate degrees range from economics to criminology, psychology, English, communications and interdisciplinary studies. They're all SFU arts alumni and they'll all be on campus Feb. 16 for ArtsWork 2002, a day-long conference designed to help SFU arts undergrads and recent grads discover how they can put an arts degree to work. The event is sponsored by the SFU health and career counselling centre, the Alumni association, the faculty of arts, and the arts co-op program. Marketing and outreach coordinator Liesl Jurock says more than 100 students attended the conference last year. This year, she hopes as many as 150 will pay $10 for a ticket. For information and registration, call 604-291-3106. Catt treks across Africa SFU alumnus Danny Catt is on a six-month trek across Africa to learn more about the continent's environmental and conservation issues. He's inviting the public to follow his footsteps - or Catt-trax, as he calls them on his (website), The Burnaby naturalist and BCIT instructor is documenting his journey and wants to share his experiences - with young students in particular - on his website, which features video clips, photographs, weekly updates and an interactive component that allows browsers to send him questions, or learn more about sustainability issues. Catt will document everything from an integrated forest management project in Ethiopia, to a remote field camp in Uganda where he will learn about protected area management issues. During January he travelled throughout southern Africa and its deserts, and will later make his way through eastern countries on his way to Egypt. Science World is among those making Catt's journey available to the public. SFU biology professor Alton Harestad is also following his former student, who completed his bachelor and master's degrees at SFU. Call for nominations SFU has issued a call for nominations for chancellor and convocation senators to serve for a three-year term commencing in June. The chancellor, who chairs convocation, is a member of both the board of governors and the senate, and confers all degrees. Milton Wong will complete his first term as chancellor on June and the board of directors of the Alumni association is strongly encouraging Wong to seek a second term. He has indicated he would be pleased to continue to serve in this office. SFU is also seeking nominations for four convocation senators for a three-year term commencing June 1. Convocation senators are eligible for re-election. Nomination forms and criteria are available on the (web) at or may be obtained from the registrar's office, 604.291.3168. Deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Technology lecture set for Feb. 12 The final lecture in a four-part series about the often contentious relationship between digital technology and culture will be held on Feb. 12 at SFU Harbour Centre's Fletcher Challenge theatre. Sponsored by SFU's school for the contemporary arts, the centre for art and technology at the Emily Carr institute of art and design and Western Front theatre, the lecture starts at 8 p.m. Stelarc, an Australian-based performance artist, will present the final lecture. He has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and the U.S., often incorporating medical instruments and virtual reality systems in his exploration of the relationship between the human body and technology. Stelarc is currently a principal research fellow in the performance arts digital research unit at Britain's Nottingham Trent University.

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