May 4, 2006

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Alumni gather at Segal school
This year's annual alumni gathering and general meeting  on May 17 promises to be better than ever. Join them at SFU's new Segal graduate school of business at 500 Granville St. in Vancouver to meet the alumni association board of directors, taste a selection of fine wines and hors d'oeuvres and listen to award-winning speaker Peter Legge, CEO and publisher of Canada Wide magazines. An SFU honorary degree recipient, Legge is passionate about inspiring others to achieve happiness and success. Tickets are $25 for SFU alumni, $35 for guests. Please pre-register by May 9 at or call 604-291-4049.

Silent auction open for business
A colour laser printer, dinner for two at the Manhattan restaurant or the Copper Club Grill, a guided fly fishing trip, art work, gift certificates - there are items galore in the SFU plant sale silent auction. Place your bid May 1-17 at and support the campus community bursary endowment fund.

Case wins achievement award
SFU education professor Roland Case believes there is merit in replacing memorization and rote learning with critical thinking skills in the classroom. “It's a life skill,” says Case, a co-founder and executive director of the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2), which provides support for teachers wanting to use critical thinking teaching methods. Case, who has worked with more than 30,000 teachers in B.C. and Alberta, as well as the U.S., Hong Kong and India, is the recipient of a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C.(CUFA). He received the award at a ceremony April 11.

Simon Fraser's cemetery restored
The cemetery where explorer Simon Fraser is buried will be restored, thanks to the efforts of a group of history buffs in St. Andrews West, Ontario. The group, working with the local Cornwall Township Historical Society, received news that the Ontario government will provide a $50,000 grant to repair the 70-year-old stone fence surrounding the cemetery, which had crumbled. The grant, along with funds raised by the society, and donations from SFU chancellor Brandt Louie and Yosef Wosk of SFU continuing studies, will make the project possible.

“Without these donations we would still be struggling to find the remainder of the funds needed,” says resident Maureen McAlear, who spearheaded the drive to restore the site. SFU's centre for Scottish studies took an early interest in the project and word was spread around campus. McAlear says SFU has been “our greatest supporter,” noting, “I think Simon himself would be very pleased.” An event is planned once the restoration has been completed.

Student volunteers sought
SFU's Golden Key International Honour Society is looking for students to help out with the annual Lifetime of Learning day at SFU on May 25. Thirty-three disadvantaged students from grades five to seven at Mt. Pleasant elementary school in Vancouver will visit SFU for a day of fun that includes an interactive Science Alive program in the biology labs, lunch and a tour of campus.

The society chooses children whose parents have not had post-secondary education and who have not been exposed to university before. “We want to make university real to them,” says organizer Lenawaty Tansuma. “We want to make them aware that they can make their own life and goals and that university is not an elite place.” Contact before May 7 to volunteer for this event.

Jaccard takes Donner prize
SFU professor Mark Jaccard is the recipient of the Donner prize for his latest book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy. The $35,000 prize recognizes Canada's best public policy writing. The award jury described Jaccard's work as “first class,” calling the book “well-presented and persuasive, offering practical solutions to policy issues that must be among the most important and most urgent for the Canadian government, and for governments around the world.” Jaccard was also short-listed for the prize in 2002, for The Cost of Climate Policy co-written with SFU colleagues John Nyboer and Bryn Sadownik.

Tech conference draws expert speakers
Learn more about how information technology and high-performance research networks are benefiting research innovation at SFU. Attend the IT and Advanced Research Networks symposium on May 8 and May 9 at the SFU Burnaby campus. Speakers from BCNET, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Silicon Graphics, CANARIE and Network Appliance Canada will share information about using advanced technology for research. SFU's chief information officer Jim Cranston, academic computing services staff, several faculty members and directors of some of SFU's research centres will discuss how IT and advanced networks are assisting them with their unique research projects.

Speakers will also discuss provincial and national initiatives to accelerate advanced internet technology for research and education. A networking reception for SFU researchers to meet and share ideas with the presenters begins at 6 p.m. on May 8 at the Diamond Alumni centre. RSVPs to are required for this event. For more information visit

Two join national softball team
Two members of the Simon Fraser University Clan women's softball team will go to bat for Softball Canada, joining its senior women's national team. Students Erin McLean and Melanie Matthews will participate in the Ontario Pro tour, the Canada Cup and the U.S. Cup, culminating with the 2006 International Softball Federation World Championships Aug. 27 - Sept. 5 in Beijing, a qualifier for the 2008 summer Olympics. Former SFU players Erin Cumpstone, Angela Lichty and Rachel Schill were also named to the team.

Thorbes receives silver award
Media and public relations communications officer Carol Thorbes recently won a silver award in the best news release category of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education's prix d'excellence awards. She won for a news release describing SFU professor of biology Gerhard Gries' $2.5 million research grant to intensify his earth-friendly war on household, forest and agricultural insect pests. The news release generated more than 20 radio, television and newspaper interviews.

“It triggered a media frenzy,” says Gries, who was later inundated with calls from industrial companies proposing collaborations, students inquiring about graduate studies under his supervision, government institutions seeking advice about specific pest problems and private citizens seeking solutions for insect problems in their homes and gardens. Thorbes won a gold award last year in the same competition for a news release publicizing the work of SFU biologist Rolf Mathewes.

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