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800 students at Surrey campus
About 800 students are attending Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus this semester, and even more are expected next year. More than 370 new undergraduate students and 30 graduate students have enrolled in the school of interactive arts and technology at the Surrey campus, bringing total enrolment to more than 650 full-time equivalent positions. Most of the new students are enrolled in the first-year foundation TechOne program.

SFU Surrey campus director Joanne Curry anticipates even greater numbers next year, when new programs in computer science, business administration and continuing studies are offered. The present location in the Central City shopping centre is a temporary one and is already stretched to its limits, she said. SFU Surrey faculty and staff were busy over the summer preparing the campus for the increase in student numbers. A new classroom was built, computer labs were equipped and the SFU bookstore set up a temporary textbook store for Surrey students. Recreational services has also opened an office at the campus.

APSA appeals board ruling
The administrative and professional staff association (APSA) has applied for reconsideration of the B.C. labour relations board decision that denied APSA's application for union certification. The application was opposed by CUPE local 3338 on the grounds that APSA was an employer-dominated organization and that it would break with a labour board precedent. That precedent suggests that an application for certification should be rejected if it would lead to labour instability by creating too many bargaining units in a single workplace.

Labour board hearings were held in August and a decision to deny APSA's application was made on Aug. 29. APSA applied to the board on Sept. 22 for reconsideration of the decision. APSA president Gary Hall says he expects the board to rule on the appeal relatively quickly. Bruce Anderson, director of human resources, says that SFU did not oppose APSA's application to certify, however SFU disagreed with APSA on the positions that would be excluded from a certified union.

Education symposium slated for October
SFU's faculty of education is hosting a symposium called Education with/out Borders from October 3-5 at the Sasamat outdoor centre in Belcarra. The three-day event was so successful last year the education faculty decided to host it again. With more than 100 people already registered, there is now a waiting list for participants. For more information contact Marcia McKenzie at 604-924-5573,

Participation soars for Fox run
Participation in this year's Terry Fox run held on Sept. 18 was up by an impressive 80 per cent. Some, like archaeology graduate student Nicole Oakes, had a little added incentive. Oakes was one of 80 graduate students to accept graduate studies dean Jonathan Driver's challenge to participate. Driver promised to personally match, dollar for dollar, the first 250 grad student entrants to pay a loonie and enter the run. He also promised to donate $5 each for up to 50 students who could finish the race before him. Only three managed to beat him.

Driver will give $80 from ticket sales and $95 from his own pocket to the Terry Fox foundation. He credits graduate studies staffer Debbie Sandher for organizing the challenge. This year's event attracted 525 runners and walkers, resulting in a total of $6,200. More than $1,300 came from the efforts of an introductory kinesiology class taught by Andrew Blaber, who encouraged students to raise funds as well as participate. Terry Fox was formerly a student in kinesiology.

Young wins scholarship for leadership
Jeff Young, a student in the global asset and wealth management MBA program, is this year's winner of the CEO of the year futures fund scholarship. Awarded for leadership in student life, work life and volunteer activities, the scholarship is sponsored by the Caldwell Partners and worth $5,000. Young, a captain in the Canadian Armed Forces reserve, served in Bosnia before attending SFU. He has also worked in the financial services industry, earning exceptional ratings from his employers. At SFU, he is one of three students to lead the student investment advisory service (SIAS), which manages the Lohn Foundation endowment fund at SFU. In addition to his work and studies, Young has served as a director of the Victoria jazz society and treasurer of Toastmasters. He was also a volunteer coordinator of the United Campaign in 1998 and 1999.

Dean wins statistics award
Charmaine Dean, professor and founding chair of the department of statistics and actuarial science at SFU, recently received the 2003 prize in statistics from the Statistical Society of Canada. The prestigious award is given each year to a Canadian statistician in recognition of outstanding contributions to the discipline during the recipient's first 15 years after earning a doctorate.

Dean, who joined SFU in 1989, has made outstanding contributions to graduate training and to professional statistical societies in Canada and internationally. Her research centres on developing efficient methods for the design of clinical studies, and for identifying spatial and time trends in maps of disease rates over a broad region. Much of her work is motivated by an interest in finding direct applications for solving important practical problems. She has implemented many of her methodological developments for health agencies in B.C., including the B.C. ministry of health.

Celebrating life of Dylan Thomas
Fifty years after his death, SFU will celebrate poet Dylan Thomas's life and work and his influence on Canadian art and literature with a conference October 14-18 at SFU Harbour Centre. Conference highlights include play readings, poetry performance, lectures, displays and the presentation, by Canadian film maker Paul Almond, of two of his Dylan films, Under Milk Wood and Return Journey, which have been out of circulation for several years. Ralph Maud, emeritus professor of English and one of the world's foremost Dylan experts, will give the opening lecture. For more information visit or email Geoff Madoc-Jones at As lecture seating is limited, please call 604-291-5100 for reservations.

Scottish centre given $10,000
SFU's centre for Scottish studies (CSS) has received a $10,000 donation from Vancouver's British Consulate General to help expand and enhance the centre's archives project. James Rawlinson, the British Consulate General, presented the cheque to SFU President Michael Stevenson at a recent reception sponsored by the CSS. The event honoured the launch of the St. Andrews and Caledonian society lecture series.

CSS's archives project is an extensive and constantly expanding bibliography of archival resources dealing with Scots in Canada. The resources include numerous printed items, photographs, objects and information about Scottish clubs, cultural events and congregations dating primarily from 1858 to 1950. The CSS's archival project has traced these items and information to almost 50 archival repositories around the Lower Mainland. Some of the material will be added to SFU's archives permanently. See or call CSS co-ordinator Harry McGrath at 604-268-6810 for more information.

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