May 18, 2006

Document Tools

Print This Article

E-mail This Page

Font Size
S      M      L      XL

Related Stories

New residences win design award
Students in SFU's new residences are living in award-winning digs. The residences and new dining hall garnered the 2006 grand award in the inaugural awards for excellence in concrete construction, announced on April 28. The eight-storey buildings, completed in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005, won for their overall excellence in architecture, engineering, design and construction features and for using concrete to its fullest potential. In particular, the judges noted the project's “ability to speak to its surroundings.”

The awards are the industry's highest recognition of works that exemplify vision and innovation in the use of ready-mixed concrete in a variety of applications throughout B.C. “This is great news,” says Jan Fialkowski, director of residences at SFU. “These are attractive buildings, creatively designed both inside and out. They are a wonderful addition to the campus and to student life here at SFU.”

Investment seminar set for May 25
If you're a faculty or staff member under 50 and you'd like to learn more about investment strategies so that you don't end up dining on cat food by candle light in your golden years, make a point of attending a half-day financial planning seminar on May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the SFU Burnaby campus. You'll learn about savings options, investment strategies, wills, estates, committees and power of attorneys. To attend, contact

Mentorship program seeks volunteers
Students interested in gaining intercultural experience should consider volunteering for SFU's international mentorship program. SFU international is looking for 40 student volunteers and eight group leaders to support and befriend international students through the fall and spring semesters. “Returning SFU students will develop leadership skills, gain cultural understanding and have a lot of fun,” says program coordinator Lana Bezglasna. Both mentors and international students participate in organized social, academic, recreational and community outreach events throughout the two semesters.

“These student volunteers are the backbone of the academic success, social and emotional well-being of our international students,” notes Bezglasna. “We're very proud of them and grateful for their services. Deadline for applications is June 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the SFU international office. Training occurs throughout the summer.

New Italian program created
Simon Fraser University is expanding its offering of Italian courses through the French department to create a certificate program in Italian studies, thanks to a major donation. The Cassamarca Foundation, which promotes and supports cultural activities in Italy and abroad, is matching $500,000 from SFU to create the program. The combined $1 million donation has enabled the French department to establish the Dino De Poli lectureship in Italian studies and appoint Chohre Rassekh as lecturer in the new certificate program.

De Poli is the current president of the Cassamarca Foundation. Rassekh is an SFU sessional instructor, teaching Italian courses for the past 13 years. Phyllis Wrenn, chair of the French department, says Rassekh's appointment “now makes it possible for us to expand our course offerings and better meet the demand for language instruction and thereby build the necessary critical mass for the eventual expansion of program initiatives in Italian.”

Mathewes, Anderson on PBS special
Microscopic pockets of pollen and pigs in a blanket may not make great viewing for the faint of heart. But SFU biologist Rolf Mathewes' analysis of pollen droppings in solving crimes and associate criminology professor Gail Anderson's crime-solving research using pigs in a blanket made prime time on the U.S. PBS program Nature on May 7. Nature's hour-long episode called Crime Scene Creatures featured interviews with both researchers and images of their work. The show examined how maggots, buzzards, flies, rats, dogs and other life forms help solve crimes and provide evidence based on time lines.

Shell wins science writing award
Faculty of applied sciences research communications manager Barry Shell has won the Canadian Science Writers Association Science in Society book award. Shell won in the 2005 youth book category with Sensational Scientists, published by Raincoast Books of Vancouver. The prize, worth $1,000, will be presented in St. John's Newfoundland on June 24. The book is based on Shell's hobby project, a website dedicated to profiling Canada's greatest scientists. The project was inspired by former SFU engineering science professor Jamal Deen now at McMaster University. It is supported by an NSERC PromoScience grant. Shell began working at SFU in 1987 shortly after writing his first book, Running Hypercard with Hyptertalk, published by MIS Press of Portland, Oregon.

Outstanding grads wanted
Know of an SFU graduate who has made an outstanding contribution in areas of academic achievement, arts and culture, athletics, professional achievement, public service or service to the community, or university? Nominate them for an SFU Alumni Association outstanding alumni award. Deadline for nominations is June 30 and nomination packages are available at

Library association honours Wosk
The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) recently awarded Yosef Wosk, director of interdisciplinary programs in SFU continuing studies, its Keith Sacré library champion award. It recognizes Wosk's long record of support for libraries and literacy, including a $25,000 donation enabling BCLA's Libraries Across Borders interest group to fund projects in Honduras, Ghana and Guatemala. Upon accepting his award, Wosk presented the group with a further $15,000 to continue its projects this year.

SFU takes award for alumni event
SFU's alumni 40th anniversary celebration attracted 3,000 attendees on Oct. 1, 2005. The eclectic and entertaining day was not only a hit with alumni, it recently won a gold prix d'excellence for best alumni event from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.  “It was a team effort in the truest sense of the word and the award belongs to us all,” says organizer Janis Horne, director of alumni relations. Planning for the event began in 2001 with a vision for renovating the former Diamond University Club into the new Diamond Alumni Centre, and then ramped up in early 2005 as alumni relations staff began meeting weekly. On the day of the event, 40 on-site student and alumni volunteers greeted, checked-in and toured visitors around the campus.

New York photos at gallery
Vintage 1940s photographs from New York City's most famous photojournalist, Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee, are on exhibit in the SFU gallery at the Burnaby campus until June 17. Weegee is credited with many breakthroughs in the history of photography, all of which are evident in the work on display. For more information visit

Search SFU News Online