May 15, 2003

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Business students win competition
SFU executive MBA students took first and second place recently in Canada's first management of technology case competition. Sponsored by the Chief Information Officer Association of B.C. (CIOABC), the scholarship award competition aims to create an awareness of current business issues facing managers as they try to successfully implement and use information technologies in their organizations.

Eight graduate student teams from SFU, UBC and University of Victoria had three hours to analyse a business case and submit recommendations. Competition winners Naushad Kassam, Martin Petruk, Stephen Codrington and Daryl Wong will share a $2,000 scholarship. Second place winners Eugene Syho, Craig Crawford, Karen Reutlinger and Leon Bresler will share a $1,200 CIOABC scholarship.

Roberts battles mountain pine beetle
SFU geographer Arthur Roberts, an expert on the use of remote sensing technology to detect and monitor airborne pests in forests, is the recipient of a $147,718 grant from the forest innovation program. The award will fund Roberts' development of a remote sensing strategy to effectively cost and reliably identify, map and control mountain pine beetle infestations in B.C. forests.

Next to the softwood lumber tariff dispute between Canada and the U.S., B.C.'s mountain pine beetle infestation is the provincial government's biggest forestry concern says Roberts. He is the first researcher to delve into using remote sensing technology in this fashion. “It has very important implications for control and management of these types of forest problems,” adds Roberts. The forest innovation program is a provincial initiative that invests stumpage fees collected from forest companies into forest research.

Future students invited to campus
SFU has invited its future students to its 11th annual information evening in convocation mall at 6 p.m. on June 2. “This is an opportunity for students who have received our offer of admission, and their parents, to see for themselves what we have to offer,” says director of student recruitment Jeff Macnab. The university has particularly targetted those with offers of admission in an attempt to persuade the best qualified to take up that offer. Last year, 2,500 students and parents attended the popular event.

The evening includes a welcome from President Michael Stevenson and presentations from the various faculties. While the event is designed to give high school students a feel for the campus, it is not all serious business. One of the presentations, by Roger Blackman and John Tietz, associate deans in the faculty of arts, is titled How an SFU arts degree can make you rich and happy. For those immediately impressed by the 80 information booths and displays manned by faculty, staff and students there will be an opportunity to accept the admission offer and pay the registration deposit on the spot.

Labour agreements reached
CUPE local 3338 members have voted to accept the settlement package proposed by industrial inquiry commissioner Mark Brown. The vote, conducted by mail-in ballot, was 63 per cent in favour. Members of Poly Party voted 71.6 per cent in favour of the agreement negotiated with the university. Both agreements, which have also been approved by the employee relations committee of the board of governors, run until March 31, 2005.

Blaney chairs new assembly
British Columbia's new citizens' assembly will be chaired by SFU president emeritus Jack Blaney. The assembly, which will use the university's Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue for some of its meetings, will be a forum to consider options for electing members of the provincial legislature. Blaney, senior fellow at the Wosk centre, also chairs the Fraser Basin council. The independent, 159-member assembly will hold public hearings throughout B.C., looking at all possible electoral models. If it recommends a different electoral system, that proposal will go directly to referendum during the next provincial election, May 17, 2005. For details on the assembly go to

Bowering joins Order of Canada
George Bowering, SFU English professor emeritus and Canada's first parliamentary poet laureate, is among eight British Columbians whose resumes now include the Order of Canada. He received the award at a ceremony in Ottawa on May 9. Bowering, a respected poet, novelist and literary critic, is a recipient of two governor-general literacy awards, one for poetry and another for fiction. He is currently working on a history of Canada and recently launched a new literary book called Cars, co-written with recent SFU graduate Ryan Knighton. Bowering recently moved from Vancouver to Ottawa, where he now works.

Convocation volunteers needed
Spring convocation is fast approaching for more than 2,600 SFU graduands. Six ceremonies are planned for the mornings and afternoons of June 4, 5, and 6. The event is a major undertaking, and the registrars' office is once again asking for the assistance of as many members of the campus community as possible. Help for the morning is typically needed from 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. while in the afternoon, help is needed from 12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Volunteers are needed to hand out cards and parchments and assist with regalia, including the pinning of hoods to gowns. The preparations are carried out in the north concourse. If you can help out, contact Paul Gibbs at 604-291-5665 or

Advanced materials firms studied
Firms involved in the commercialization of advanced materials face high technical and market risk, high capital requirements and long development and adoption times. Now, SFU business assistant professor Elicia Maine plans to conduct a comparative study of the growth challenges that these companies face. “It will endeavour to establish the management practices, local conditions, and policies that encourage the development and growth of advanced materials firms,” she says. Funded by a new $159,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research (SSHRC) grant under the initiatives for a new economy program, Maine will collaborate with professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in England.

Louie establishes scholarship
Brandt Louie, chair of the SFU board of governors, together with family, friends and colleagues, has established the H.Y. Louie 100th Anniversary scholarship endowment fund in honour of the 100th anniversary of the H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd. Proceeds from a dinner for 1,250 people April 12 - along with generous gifts from H.Y. Louie's banker, the Royal Bank of Canada; lawyers, Bull, Housser and Tupper; accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche; the Tong and Geraldine Louie family foundation; Queen's University professor Ken Wong and the SFU Presidents' club, created the $350,000 endowment fund. The fund will support at least three $5,000 H.Y. Louie entrance awards each fall to encourage excellent academic students in financial need to enter SFU. Students must have a minimum 80 per cent average and a demonstrated commitment to volunteer activities.

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