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Course design workshop runs in April
Anyone developing a new course or wanting to revitalize current ones has until April 4 to register for a workshop based on an instructor's understanding of disciplinary learning. Rethinking Teaching: A Course Design Workshop for Professors is nationally known for its innovative approach to course design. SFU education professor Cheryl Amundsen founded the workshop at McGill University about 11 years ago. For the third consecutive year, Amundsen, in conjunction with McGill colleagues and SFU's learning and instructional development centre, is offering the workshop at Burnaby campus. Participants learn how to choose and develop teaching strategies, which draw on their passion for their discipline and their understanding of how learning develops within it. The team of instructors of the intensive five-day workshop includes past participants of the workshop at both SFU and McGill. Faculty developing courses under SFU's new undergraduate curriculum initiative can apply to the taskforce overseeing the initiative for coverage of their $200 workshop fee. The workshop runs April 21-22 and 25-27. For more information, contact:, 604-291-4853 or check

Louie, Chan win business award
SFU board of governors chair Brandt Louie and SFU student Charlena Chan, a joint business and molecular biology/biochemistry major, are winners of the annual SFU business impact awards. The awards recognize both a corporate leader and a current student who have demonstrated dedication, creativity, and an ability to make a positive impact on their community.

The award recognizes Louie's leadership, integrity, innovation and drive, both at the university, in business where he is president of H.Y. Louie Co. and chair and chief executive officer of London Drugs, and in his personal life. Says Louie, “It is especially gratifying to receive recognition from another new generation entering the business world.” The student award recognizes Chan's high academic standing and her dedication to the SFU community.

Young drummers wanted
For youngsters interested in drumming, here's an opportunity to learn from the world's best - the SFU Pipe Band drumming corps is looking for drummers aged 8-14 to join its Robert Malcolm memorial band. Find out more at an open house March 29 in AQ3154 at 7 p.m. For more information check www. or email Rob Watt, at

Ministry, education faculty meet
SFU dean of education Paul Shaker hopes that a recent meeting between members of the faculty's education executive and officials from the provincial ministry of education will lead to further collaboration between the two groups. The parties met for more than an hour on Feb. 28 in an effort to pave the way for joint ventures on education initiatives, and to foster closer relations among all education stakeholders. Education professors Phillip Winne and Kieran Egan , and assistant professor Mark Fettes also attended the meeting. Among the issues discussed with government ministry officials were services that SFU's education faculty has been providing to the provincial ministry of education and the educational advancement of First Nations people.

Planning for retirement
Human resources has scheduled a pre-retirement planning seminar for those 50 or over who want information on planning a financial strategy for retirement. The one-day seminar on April 14 will cover topics such as: determining an investment strategy that meets your needs; preparing for life after work; estates, wills and power of attorneys; and a panel of retirees discussing what they would do if they had to do it all over again. For more information contact Laurie Boyd at

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