March 18, 2004

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New president for AUCC
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has named Claire Morris as president and chief executive officer, effective April 5. Morris succeeds Robert Giroux, who is retiring after leading AUCC since December 1995. Appointed president and CEO for a five-year term, Morris will join AUCC's 13-member board of directors, and will be responsible for managing the 93-member national higher education association, which represents universities and university-degree level colleges across the country. Morris has been deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs in the Privy Council Office since May 2002, responsible for providing policy advice on federal-provincial relations and for the conduct of First Ministers' meetings.

Cellular antennas coming to campus
Cellular phones should be ringing louder on the Burnaby campus by this summer now that agreements have been signed with wireless providers Telus Mobility and Rogers Wireless, says Sam Dahabieh, director of facilities management. Both companies have their building permits and will be installing cellular antennas in the near future.

Phillipson new CEO of CFI
Eliot Phillipson, the chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, has been appointed the fourth president and chief executive officer of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Phillipson's appointment takes effect on July 1. Phillipson, a clinician-scientist with a research focus in respiration regulation, will be responsible for managing the CFI's $3.65 billion annual budget. He will also work to strengthen the capacity of Canadian post-secondary institutions, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to achieve world-class research and technology development. The CFI is a non-profit organization, sponsored by government, that funds research infrastructure in Canada.

Engineers win awards
A SFU engineering science student team won two awards in the recent Canadian engineering competition, which attracted 150 Canadian participants. Nima Jahadi, Daniel Kim, Farhan Ali and Ted Liu took third place in the entrepreneurial design category for their dynamic directional system for the visually impaired and also won the award for social awareness

Igali wins Olympic berth
Daniel Igali is heading for Athens, Greece this summer, following two convincing wins against Canadian freestyle wrestling champion Zoltan Hunyady March 6 in St. Catharine's, Ontario. Igali needed the double win to clinch a spot on the men's freestyle wrestling team heading to the 2004 summer Olympic games. Igali took a cut to the cheek early into the first match, but brushesd off the battle scar. “Compared with the end result of this, it is nothing to complain about,” he says. Igali, the reigning gold medallist in the 69-kilogram weight class, claims a berth in the newly designated 74 kilogram weight class. The criminology graduate student's plans include rigorous daily training for the next several months, as well as further competitions. Next on his plate is a tournament in Azerbaijan at the end of March.

SFU assistant professor of politics Kennedy Stewart is seeking the nomination to represent the NDP in the federal riding of Vancouver Centre. Incorrect information appeared in the March 4 edition of SFU News.

Business students impress peers
SFU business students captured fourth place in an international, online marketing simulation involving student teams from 22 universities. Bibiana Au, Simran Gill, Theoni Pilarinos and Jessica Wong were required to make marketing strategy decisions each week for 10 weeks for the 22nd annual Manitoba international marketing competition. The decisions took place from October 2003 to January 2004. “We had to make optimal decisions ranging from product research and development to design, advertising and sales force distribution in order to succeed in the competitive environment,” says team member Wong.

The team travelled to the University of Winnipeg in January to make their oral presentation, which catapulted them into the final round. The winning team was from Fachhochschule Bielefeld in Germany. “It was an excellent experience, and it was especially rewarding to have impressed so many of our peers,” says Gill.

Engineers hold open house
Cool student projects in computing science, interactive arts and engineering science will be on display at the faculty of applied science's employer open house and reception at the Harbour Centre campus on March 23, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Segal conference room.

In all, about a dozen student projects will be featured and demonstrated at the open house, including a home inventory system, an interactive retail experience, a web-database processing system and a wireless device for measuring muscle activity. Engineering student Eric Hennessey will talk about his award-winning energy logging system which collects, quantifies and analyzes energy usage. The Light up the World Foundation will use Hennessey's device to measure energy usage in developing nations as it seeks support to develop lighting systems powered by renewable resources. For more information, visit open house.

Play raises thousands for charity
For the fourth consecutive year a volunteer student production at Simon Fraser University of a well-known play has generated thousands of dollars for charity. A group of 33 students, led by SFU students Wincy Li and Briana Peacock raised more than $7,500 through their three-day performance of the Vagina Monologues in February. New York playwright Eve Ensler wrote the award-winning play six years ago. Since then it has spawned V-Day, a registered charity that dedicates the proceeds of performances of the Vagina Monologues to curbing violence against women and girls worldwide.

SFU is among many post-secondary institutions internationally where students register annually with V-Day to raise money for chosen organizations helping female victims of violence. Prostitution, Alternative Counselling and Education (PACE), an advocacy and support group for sex trade workers, is the beneficiary of this year's charitable performances at SFU. Rhiannon Coppin, an engineering student who performed in a previous production of the Vagina Monologues helped organize this year's. She says the choice of this year's beneficiary was inspired by the 2004 V-Day theme: to draw attention to the number of women who have disappeared in Juarez, Mexico. “We wanted to raise awareness of a similar problem on the Lower Mainland,” explains Coppin.

Help with student information system
Are you having problems with the new student information system? Students who need help can call 604-268-6930, email or go to between 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Staff can call 604-268-6939, email or get online help at between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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