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vol. 24, no. 2

Alumni open wallets
Alumni purses and wallets opened up along with the spring blossoms this year as more alumni donors than ever donated money to SFU scholarships and bursaries. While the tragedy of Sept. 11 did affect last fall's donations, with donors and dollars dropping for the first time, SFU director of alumni and community giving, Julie Saito, says the spring appeal program garnered a much larger percentage of first-time alumni donors than ever before - a real feat in fundraising. There was a 10 per cent increase in money donated and a 46 per cent increase in donors over last spring. In all, the appeal raised $136,525 from 3,516 donors. “One of the most encouraging aspects of the appeal was the number of first-time donors to SFU - 57 per cent of the donors were new, including 757 recent grads,” says Saito. During the seven-week appeal, 30 student callers spoke to more than 10,800 alumni.

Clan football players drafted
Four Clan players will make their Canadian Football League (CFL) debuts this summer after being selected during the recent college entry draft. Two SFU players were first round picks: Mike Vilimek chosen by Ottawa Roughriders; and Paul Cheng, a Taiwan native, was chosen by B.C. Lions. Vilimek, of North Vancouver, set a new single-season rushing record for the Clan, as well as a new single game rushing record. He was recently named SFU's male athlete of the year. Cheng led the Clan in both tackles for a loss and sacks. Also drafted were starter Jake Roberts, by the Hamilton Tigercats and Lloyd Orris, by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. SFU team captain Scott Vass also agreed to terms on a free agent contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Fun run set for June
Running enthusiasts are once again lacing up in the name of science. The third annual PMC-Sierra science fair foundation fun run takes place on June 2. The five-kilometre run begins at 9 a.m. and winds its way around Science World. The run supports the promotion and development of science fair programs throughout B.C. Besides a strong running contingent, SFU is building its presence at the annual event by setting up networking sessions between participants and a host of corporate representatives. Money raised through the event goes to the Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment fund. Runners raised $20,000 last year. Participating teams must register by May 30. For more information, check the web site out here.

Charter faculty member dies
Ted Wells, a SFU charter faculty member who served as chair of the chemistry department from 1975 to 1979, passed away on May 3, after a long battle with cancer. Donations may be made to the Dr. E.J. Wells SFU chemistry book prize or the Michael Smith memorial fund at the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

A memorial service will be held at the Halpern Centre, on May 17 at 3 p.m. for John Hutchinson, a faculty member of the department of history since 1966. Hutchinson passed away on May 5. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Association of Canada.

Vancouver Foundation helps institute
The Vancouver Foundation has donated $100,000 toward funding SFU's fledgling Dialogue Institute and the new undergraduate semester in dialogue program. Both initiatives are connected to the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue. “Their funding is a very significant donation toward initiating the undergraduate semester,” says its creator, SFU biology professor Mark Winston. The undergraduate semester will commence in September 2002. It will use dialogue-based learning to train SFU's brightest undergraduate students to become proficient future leaders.















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