February 10, 2005

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Agreement signed with Burnaby
SFU and the Burnaby school district are teaming up to help physical education teachers improve their skills in the gym and on the courts. The university is offering a three-year, 42-credit graduate diploma in exploring physical education. The program is open to elementary and secondary teachers looking to increase their confidence, knowledge and skills in physical education curriculum, instruction and assessment. The university has signed an agreement with the district to help provide tailored program content and instructional strategies for Burnaby teachers who participate in the program.

Chappell speaks on women's rights
Learn about women's rights under international law at a presentation on Feb. 16 by Louise Chappell, the new Ruth Wynn Woodward chair of women's studies. Chappell will talk about how the international criminal court statute encompasses a new understanding of women's equality, women's experience of war and conflict and how the court structure calls for greater equality of women in terms of representation on the bench and in other key court roles. The speech begins at 3 p.m. in room 7200 at the library on the Burnaby campus.

Partnership formed with UBC
A new partnership with UBC's public knowledge project will see the SFU library and SFU's Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing working to support and improve the process of publishing scholarly research through innovative software development. The partnership aims to develop and maintain open source software that can support those with little scholarly publishing experience, reduce costs of scholarly publishing and support a variety of publishing models, including open access to the contents of journals online.

Mario Pinto, VP-research at SFU, says the partnership is a good example of how libraries and researchers can work together to ensure cost-effective publication of research results as well as ongoing software development for this field. Under the partnership, the centre will take the lead in publishing development and associated training while the SFU library will head up software production and implementation, as well as supporting and housing the software in the SFU library.

Donations of $1 million for Segal school
Donations worth more than $1 million to fund SFU's new Segal graduate school of business were announced recently at a birthday party to celebrate SFU chancellor emeritus Joe Segal's 80th birthday. In 2001, Segal and his family made a $7.5 million lead donation toward the new school, donating the former Bank of Montreal's Vancouver headquarters, a heritage building at the corner of Pender and Granville streets.

At the birthday party on Jan. 26, BMO Financial Group donated $750,000, with $350,000 designated for renovations and naming of the vault level and student commons area and $400,000 assigned to BMO Financial Group graduate school of business scholarships, with students to benefit from $20,000 in scholarships each year. CN Rail announced a $500,000 donation, with a portion to support a CN Joe Segal award in entrepreneurship for graduate students and the remainder going toward renovations and the naming of a room in the school. The Segal school is slated to open in September.

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