June 24, 2004

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Poetry fesitval set for July
They are calling it the Greatest Show on Words. And it's all about poetry. SFU student and artistic director, Sean McGarragle, came up with the idea in February to “unite a broad cross-section of poets in a local, inclusive, friendly setting in the hopes of fostering both a good time and a sense of community.” He proceeded to find enthusiastic sponsorship all the way from the President's office to campus security (free Burnaby campus parking on July 3).

The result is the West Coast Poetry Festival, July 2, from 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Harbour Centre campus and July 3, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Burnaby campus. Among the long list of poets and performers are Evelyn Lau and Marilyn Bowering, and SFU professors,Roy Miki, Daphne Marlatt and Colin Brown. All events are free. For more information check: West Coast Poetry Festival.

Popular summer camps return
Composing, golfing, writing, kayaking, sports, mini university - there are 55 different options in this year's popular SFU summer camp program for kids and teens. Small, budding Beethoven's will learn to compose their own mini symphony in the new composer camp for five to eight-year-olds while teens with an adventurous bent can earn their scuba certification. About 6,000 young students aged five to 19 years are expected to participate in one of the 275 available camps, which run from the end of June to the beginning of September.

Camps range from a $75 one-week track and field camp to a new, advanced, $500 golf camp for ages 12-18. New this year is a special one-week rescue academy camp featuring an emergency parachute rescue by search and rescue (SAR) technicians from the Comox military base. Campers will watch this exciting event and then chat to the SAR techs.

Registration for all camps is ongoing. For more details, call 604-291-4307 or visit

Teeple unravels human rights riddle
Demands for human rights and resistance to their violation are rarely out of the news. SFU sociology and anthropology professor Gary Teeple's latest book, The Riddle of Human Rights, makes the case that their definition is far from a settled matter, their legal status is quite varied, their use and defence widely inconsistent between jurisdictions, and respect for them, blatantly limited. He contends that “if it is held that all humans are abstractly equal in the possession of these rights, there is little agreement on anything else about them.

The human rights of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration contain a host of inconsistencies and a mixture of truths and untruths, that contradict the assumptions of universality and timelessness.” Teeple is also author of Globalization and the Decline of Social Reform, published in 1995 (revised in 2001). The book is a national academic best seller. Both are published by Garamond Press.

Students to develop communication plan
Since its inception in 1996, communication 200 has produced communication plans for more than 150 non-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland. This semester, under the leadership of sessional instructor Silva Tenenbein, the class along with 13 senior communication undergraduate students is developing a communication plan for SFU. Supported by SFU media and public relations and the VP- university relations, the project, called SFUnity is intended to provide direction for communication activities that will promote the reputation of SFU locally, nationally and internationally.

Their goal is to produce a communication plan that might aid university efforts at creating a cohesive visual identity and overall communication strategy for the institution. A variety of initiatives including: upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations, ongoing development of UniverCity and new academic programs lend urgency to this undertaking.

The first step in developing the plan involves research and interviews with members of the university community. The SFUnity team would like to hear your feedback. Contact for information.

Business study wins award
An SFU business study examining corporate governance practices in Canadian family and non-family owned firms has won the 2004 Barclays Global Investors Canada research award. The study was researched and written by RBC Investments fellow and associate business professor Peter Klein; Daniel Shapiro, the Dennis Culver EMBA Alumni professor; and global asset and wealth management MBA student Jeff Young. Their surprising findings reveal that the more outside directors on a family firm's board, the worse the firm's performance. The trio will share the $10,000 award.

Award benefits dance program
For the second time in less than two years, the partner of the late Iris Garland,a former SFU professor of contemporary arts, has created an award to benefit SFU's dance program. Application guidelines are now available for the first Iris Garland Emerging Choreography award. The award consists of an investment up to $5,000 in the presentation of a student choreographer's work at the Faris Family Studio at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver.

Dance students, between the ages of 19 and 30, who demonstrate exceptional choreographic potential will be eligible for the award every two years. The award is named after Garland who founded and developed the dance program at SFU's school for the contemporary arts. Garland played a significant role in the development of dance in B.C. and Canada. Last year, Garland's husband James Felter also funded the creation of two awards: one to assist dance students and another to attract visiting international choreographers to SFU.

Granger named communicator of the year
Student Felicia Granger, who is pursuing a joint major in business administration and communication, received this year's Student Communicator of the Year award from the International Association of Business Communicators B.C. chapter (IABC/BC). The award includes a $500 scholarship from Coast Capital Savings credit union.

The award and scholarship are bestowed on an IABC/BC student member in the field of communication whose course projects, work samples and other communications projects demonstrate exemplary skills. Granger entered a communications plan and work sample for an online press room she completed during a co-op work term with Creo Inc.

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