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Higher profile sought
SFU's human resources staff turned out to a career fair in Robson Square recently in hopes of raising the university's profile as an employer. Director of human resources advisory services Janine Lauer says too few people in the Lower Mainland recognize SFU as a potential employer of clerical, technical, management and professional staff. “At any given time we have up to 18 or 20 full-time jobs posted on our website, but we are not always getting the response we would like to see,” says Lauer. While Lauer notes that the volume of applicants is high, perhaps even higher than last year, their qualifications often do not suit job specifications. SFU salaries are very competitive, says Lauer, and SFU also offers a different working environment than that found with many other employers.


Blaney wins medal
Jack Blaney, former president of Simon Fraser University and now senior fellow at the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue, has been awarded a Golden Jubilee medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of Queen Elizabeth. The federal government recently issued the medal to honour Canadians who have shown “a dedication to excellence in their chosen fields and who are recognized for their contribution to the building of a Canadian society as an example of fairness, justice and tolerance to the world community.”


Krane associate VP
Bill Krane has been appointed to a five-year term as associate VP-academic. Krane, a psychology professor at SFU since 1979, served as associate dean of arts from 1991-1995 and as chair of the psychology department from 1997-2001. He has held the associate VP-academic portfolio in an acting capacity for the past year. As associate VP-academic, Krane oversees academic planning and analytic support, including analysis of academic budgets, space, capital requirements, and enrollment. He also oversees the learning and instructional development centre and, in the past year, initiated a learning technologies steering committee which will help form SFU's e-learning strategies.Krane was heavily involved in managing the SFU Surrey transition and will continue to oversee longer term planning for this new campus.


Maple Ridge considered for progam
SFU is considering offering a weekend university program in Maple Ridge next year. The program would allow those with some post-secondary courses or equivalent training or experience to earn a bachelor of general studies degree in three years. SFU is inviting Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadow residents to fill out an online survey

www.sfu.ca/cstudies/eval.htm (also available by fax or mail by calling 604-291-5100) to gauge local interest in the proposed program. Tom Nesbit, director of the centre for integrated and credit studies, says the program is similar to two others offered by SFU, one at the Harbour Centre campus and the other held in conjunction with the Justice Institute of B.C.


New scholars honoured
A four-member student team from B.C. came in first in Canada at the annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC). The Grade 12 students attend David Thompson senior secondary. Their scores ranged from 127.5 (Joe Hung) to 143.0 (Tony Li) out of 150 on the oldest international mathematics competition for secondary students. Hung, who is just 13-years-old, was among the top 25 scoring students in the world. More than 400,000 students internationally take the exam yearly. B.C.'s top scorers were honoured at the New Scholars reception Oct. 8 at the Diamond University Centre on campus. SFU mathematics and statistics senior lecturer Tasoula Berggren has been administering B.C.'s involvement in the exam for almost 20 years.



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Lepp to facilitate awards
SFU faculty, staff and students will soon be reaping more external recognition for their accomplishments now that Renee Lepp has been appointed to the new part-time position of awards facilitator. Lepp's goal is to identify relevant awards programs and recommend suitable nominees. She will also assist with developing and submitting strong nominations and applications.


Decision appealed
SFU has appealed a ruling by umpire John Kinzie on the awarding of six out of a disputed 12 positions to CUPE local 3338. The other six positions remain under the Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA) banner. The disagreement over whether certain positions belonged to CUPE or APSA came about during the 1997 contract talks between CUPE and the university. The university and CUPE agreed to allow an umpire to rule on the matter. Originally, there were 22 positions in dispute, however, the university and CUPE came to agreement on 11. An additional position was added during the course of the hearings and submissions to Kinzie. The appeal goes to the B.C. Labour Relations Board which can decide to uphold the umpire's decision, strike it down and order a new hearing or send it back to Kinzie for further review.


Winston to speak in Ottawa
SFU biologist Mark Winston's award winning research and knack for plainspeak have garnered him an impressive audience. Winston will present his lecture Pollinators in a Genetically Modified World to a select group of parliamentarians, scientists and engineers, at a breakfast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Oct. 24. The communications committee of the partnership group for science and engineering (PAGSE) invited Winston to address the prestigious group partially because of his “outstanding ability to communicate technical ideas in non-technical language.” PAGSE is an umbrella group of more than 20 science and engineering organizations under the auspices of the Royal Society.


Calder in residence
Telecommunications veteran and former Olympic bid CEO Don Calder is now executive-in-residence at SFU business. Calder brings a wealth of senior business experience to this prestigious position. A former president and CEO of B.C. Tel, Calder worked in the telecommunications industry for nearly 30 years. He is currently vice-chair of the board and executive committee of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Corp. and was previously the corporation's CEO.

Calder is also chair of the B.C. Ventures Society, a non-profit organization initiated last year to run the New Ventures B.C. competition. An SFU Business initiative, it is one of North America's largest technology business idea competitions.


SFU takes Shrum Bowl
Three second-half touchdowns led the SFU Clan to a come-from-behind 22-12 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds at the annual Shrum Bowl at Swangard Stadium Oct. 4. SFU now leads the cross-town rivalry with a 13-11-1 record. Trailing 11-1 at the half, running back Marty Kipps scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and a third with just two minutes left to play to secure the win. The Clan's win ends a three-game losing streak and keeps the Clan in the hunt for a playoff spot with a 2-3 record. Meanwhile, on the soccer field, Andrew Corazza has moved his scoring tally to 17 goals in just 10 games, with a win against Trinity Western on Oct. 8. Corazza, who has racked up three hat-tricks so far this season, is a strong contender to set a new scoring record. He hopes to surpass the 28 goals scored by the Clan's Ken Whitehead in 1976.














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