June 9, 2005

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Nominate outstanding alumni
Nominate an outstanding SFU graduate for the Alumni Association's 2005/06 outstanding alumni award. Nominations are welcome from any member of the community for awards in such fields as academic achievement, arts and culture, athletics, professional achievement, public service, community service and service to the university. Winners will receive their awards at a gala event in February 2006 when SFU plans to welcome back all past outstanding alumni award winners. Nominations should include the nominator's name and contact information, a brief biographical profile of the nominee, and a statement about achievements. Nomination packages are due June 20 and are available through the alumni website at or call 604-291-4154.

Winners of art contest named
Winners of Art Takes Route, a public art competition to select the first piece of public art for UniverCity, are SFU students Ameila Epp and Kevin Sandgren. Their proposal, Concrete Tree Imprint, will be three stacked concrete blocks featuring the imprint of a felled tree. “We wanted to highlight the contrast and the connections between the architecture, the mountain and the natural environment,” explains Sandgren, a fourth year arts student. “We wanted to show the links to nature through concrete in a way that was accessible to the community as well as to art theorists.”

The SFU Community Trust awarded the winners a $12,000 commission and a $5,000 prize to build their piece along the trail networks of the UniverCity community. Concrete Tree Imprint is scheduled to be completed and unveiled in late summer 2005. Four short-listed finalists were each awarded $500. The competition was organized by SFU students in the undergraduate semester in dialogue and attracted more than 20 qualified submissions.

Women win on track, ball diamond
SFU has secured two national championships following victories by the women's teams in track and field and softball. SFU's women's track and field team won the national championship title after winning the women's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) outdoor track and field meet in Kentucky on May 27. With six individual national championship titles and one championship relay record, the team easily outpaced the field. Head coach Brit Townsend was named coach of the year for the second time this season. She won the cross-country coach of the year title last November.

On the ball diamond, SFU women's softball team, seeded number five going into championship play, won with a convincing 7-0 sweep through the NAIA championships in Alabama. It was the Clan's third national title. Pitcher Ashley Lantz was named NAIA pitcher of the year and was chosen most valuable player, while Mike Renney was named coach of the year. Wilf Wedmann, director of recreational services and athletics, notes that the track and field students had a spring team average GPA of 2.93, with nine of the student-athletes having spring GPAs above 3.0 and one member above 4.0.

Copeland re-appointed for second term
The SFU board of governors has re-appointed Lynn Copeland as university librarian for a second term effective Sept. 1. As well, she will serve as dean of library services, a title that more accurately reflects the responsibilities and status of the librarian's position.

“Lynn Copeland is held in very high regard by the library staff and by her peers and colleagues at the regional and national levels,” says Mario Pinto, VP-research. “The SFU library's reputation as progressive and forward-thinking and much of its success is attributed to Copeland's strong leadership, vision and skills.”

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