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vol. 23, no. 7

Tradition continues
Continuing a strong tradition, SFU students made an impressive showing at the ASI Exchange on March 12, garnering seven of the 15 communication awards given to graduate students who best demonstrate their ability to communicate their research. Six of the seven winners were from the school of computing science: David Beton, Florian Ciurea, Fred Kroon, Christina Lee, Melanie Tory, Manuel Zahariev. Oliver Pitts, a physics graduate student, was also a winner. The ASI Exchange is a day-long high technology swap meet where B.C.'s high technology industry meets B.C.'s graduate students to swap ideas, demonstrate prototypes, explore research and initiate collaborations.

Students win essay prizes
SFU arts students claimed two of the top three prizes in 2000-2001 Classical Association of Canada essay contest (junior division). Lauren Faulkner won first place with The Shadow of Caesar: The Search for Mark Antony from Plutarch to Burton, an essay the judge said offered “a novel approach to get at the essence of a shadowy figure who is often defined in terms of the actions of others.” Mariela Johansen took third with Tiberius: A Prisoner of Resentment, which provided “a good summing-up of the personality of Tiberius and the reasons for the portrait which has come down in the sources, according to the judge.” Both essays “stood out by virtue of the originality of their approach and were well-written.”

Aquaculture plan a winner
A two-minute elevator ride was all it took for an SFU executive MBA team led by Steve Parkhill to convince U.S. venture capitalists that their aquaculture business plan was a winner. They placed among the top five teams in the annual Babcock elevator competition sponsored by Wake Forest University in North Carolina. They were the only Canadian university team to finish in the prestigious top five ranking, along with teams from Harvard, Cornell, Georgia and Wake Forest universities. The SFU Hawaiian Halibut LLC business plan received encouraging feedback regarding potential funding.

Grad stories wanted
Send us your grad stories - please. It's almost time for June convocation and we're on the lookout for interesting grads to feature in the special convocation edition of SFU News. Whether you're faculty, staff or another student, we depend on you to tell us about the special people who are completing their degrees. We're looking for those grads who have unusual accomplishments, have made a special contribution to the university, or outside community, or have overcome significant diversity. If you know of a June graduate who fits these descriptions, please contact the media and public relations office at 604-291-3210 or email us at

McAlvey joins SFU
New arts advancement officer Susan McAlvey joins SFU from the University College of the Fraser Valley where she served as development and alumni officer. McAlvey, who holds a bachelor of applied arts in journalism from Ryerson, is also a certified fund raising executive, a designation granted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Service award nomination open
It's time again to honor SFU's most community-minded citizens. Nominations are now under way for the 2002 service awards that recognize students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to the university community beyond the scope of their normal work. Details of the awards, including terms of reference, are available by calling academic resources: 604-291-4356. Nomination packages should be submitted to Rummana Khan Hemani, in Room 3200 of Maggie Benston Centre, no later than April 18, 2002.

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