October 21, 2004

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Art proposals sought for UniverCity
The fall 2004 undergraduate class in dialogue, in association with the SFU Community Trust, has been given the unique opportunity to select the first work of public art for the UniverCity development on Burnaby Mountain. The group invites proposals from SFU faculty, students, alumni, and staff for this project called Art Takes Route. This commission comes with a $5000 award for the selected artist. The project is designed to encourage innovation and interaction in the SFU community. The ideal piece will respond to the people, history, geography, and ecology of Burnaby Mountain and to the dialogues concerning the development. It will be situated in the network of trails being created throughout the community. The deadline for entries is Nov. 22. For more information about the award, visit or email

New co-op partnership signed
SFU has formed a new co-operative education partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a world leader in information technology (IT) consulting, services and business process outsourcing. SFU's new partnership with TCS grew out of SFU President Michael Stevenson's tour of TCS' centre in Chennai, India earlier this year. On Oct. 13, TCS America president Arup Gupta signed a memorandum of understanding with Stevenson to provide SFU students with co-op opportunities. The memorandum seals an agreement between SFU and TCS to collaborate on research and development.

SFU co-op students in a number of fields, spanning computing science, engineering and life sciences, will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience with tools and technologies used at TCS worldwide.

Associate librarians appointed
To handle the continued expansion of SFU library services, SFU librarian Lynn Copeland recently announced the appointment of two associate university librarians, Elaine Fairey and Brian Owen. Fairey is now associate university librarian, Bennett public services and Owens is associate university librarian, processing, systems and document delivery services.

Fairey has been head of reference for the Bennett library on the Burnaby campus for the past five years and before that was business/economics liaison librarian and interlibrary loan librarian. She currently sits on the VP-academics's student learning services task force. Fairey has worked at other Canadian libraries, including the Metro Toronto reference library. Owen was previously systems manager at the UBC library where he was part of the library's senior administrative group. Owen is well-known in the Canadian library community and helped develop the internationally recognized model licence used to secure well-priced access to electronic journals for Canadian researchers.

Research, publications wanted
Tell us about your latest research findings or upcoming journal publications. Contact SFU News co-editor Diane Luckow ( or communications officer Carol Thorbes (

Nomination open for President's Award
Nominations are now open for the annual President's Award for service to the university through media and public relations. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university by sharing their expertise with the community at large through the media and other public events. Faculty, staff alumni and members of the general community may nominate a candidate for the award. Nominations close on Oct. 29. More information and a nomination form is available at

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