May 12, 2005

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Social history conference slated for June
Learn how the history of social movements in Canada and the U.S. can inform today's struggles at Thinking Through Action: Twentieth-Century Social Movements and Their Legacy, a conference at SFU Vancouver's Harbour Centre campus from June 10-12. The conference program includes panels on issues vital to social movements today: building a democratic culture; the necessities and challenges of coalition building; the impact of movements on electoral politics; labour and social justice; organizing poor people's movements; and the struggles and balance between rights-based reform and social transformation.

For registration information, please visit or contact Karen Ferguson, associate professor of history at 604-269-6681 or

Governors elected
Recent SFU board of governors elections saw Catherine Murray, a professor in the school of communication and Judy Zaichkowsky, professor of business administration, each elected for a three-year term. Students Shawn Hunsdale and Kevin Tilley were elected to the board for a one-year term. Staffer Paulette Johnston was re-elected for a three year term.

Clayman named chair of ethics panel
Bruce Clayman, president of the Great Northern Way campus in Vancouver, has been appointed as chair of the interagency panel on research ethics (PRE) for the next two years. The organization's goal is to promote high ethical standards in human research.

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to serve the research community in this way,” says Clayman, who was previously VP-research at SFU. “There are critical issues facing Canadian research communities related to the ethical conduct of research involving humans across a wide range of disciplines in the medical, natural and social sciences and humanities. The interagency panel on research ethics will play a key role in their resolution and I hope to provide the leadership to help the panel fulfill its goals.”

Gym renamed for Davies
SFU has renamed its original athletics facility. On May 6, the chancellor's gym became the Lorne Davies complex, in recognition of former director of athletics and recreation Lorne Davies' contribution to athletics and Canadian university sport. Davies was the department's founding director in 1965 and headed SFU's athletics program for the next three decades. It is still considered one of the best in the country.

Davies was awarded the Order of B.C. in 2000 for his contributions to athletics and philanthropy and the premier's award for outstanding contribution to sport in B.C., in 1994. Since his retirement he has remained at SFU to oversee the university's Terry Fox foundation.

Auto thefts a wakeup call
The recent theft of four cars between April 21 and May 3 on the Burnaby campus is a wakeup call for vehicle owners to use anti-theft devices and lock valuables away and out of sight. In all, there have been 11 incidents involving vehicles since the beginning of January according to campus security records. Four vehicles have been stolen, five vehicles stolen elsewhere have been discovered on campus and there have been two thefts from autos.

Says Nick Coutu, director of campus security, “It appears as though cars are being stolen off campus, driven around, dumped up here and in turn another car stolen from here.” While the theft of even one vehicle is too many, Coutu notes that last year 32 vehicles were stolen from the Burnaby campus. “We've increased patrols on campus to establish a visual presence and we're working in conjunction with the RCMP,” he says.

Library wins service award
The Simon Fraser University library is a co-winner of the B.C. Library Association's academic librarians in public service award for an initiative to allow library patrons at higher education institutions south of the Fraser River to borrow materials from other institutions.

The initiative, which was headed by SFU librarian Lynn Copeland, involves SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen University College and the University College of the Fraser Valley. It began as a one-year trial project last fall. “This collaboration will give students at smaller institutions access to a broader collection of materials,” says Copeland. “Students at larger institutions will have access to collections possibly closer to their homes, and to particular specialized collections. A further benefit to all institutions will be that the more costly interlibrary loan activity might be reduced.”

UniverCity official opening on June 4
Flags will be flying at the new Town and Gown square on June 4 to herald the UniverCity community's inauguration. Join the fun, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and celebrate the progress of this new residential community atop Burnaby Mountain.

A formal ceremony at 11 a.m. in the square will include municipal, provincial and federal government dignitaries as well as representatives from SFU and the Community Trust. Throughout the day, performers will entertain along High Street, throughout the mews and in the square. Family activities will include hat making and face painting.

A day-long sustainability fair, representing the community's commitment to sustainable practices, will feature representatives from the Co-operative Auto Network (CAN), B.C. Hydro, TransLink and others involved in sustainability issues. Kermit the frog will be there too, reinforcing the message that it's not easy being green. Merchants in the Cornerstone building will join in the festivities with a sidewalk sale.

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