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November 3, 2005

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Debentures upgraded
Moody's Investor Service's 2005 credit analysis has upgraded the rating on SFU's $150 million unsecured debentures from Aa3 to Aa2, a change that is supported by positive operating balances, modest financial reserves and a strong market position. “SFU displays diligence in monitoring the alignment of revenue and expenditure growth and has sustained a track record of consecutive positive results,” says Moody's vice president David Rubinoff, lead analyst for the university. The report also notes that SFU benefits from strong student demand due to the university's academic reputation, favorable local demographics and limited student capacity in both greater Vancouver and B.C.

“This is very good news,” says Joe Weinberg, SFU's associate VP-financial planning. “It provides investors with confidence that SFU's growth and reputation as a leading academic and research institution is supported by a stable financial base.”

Salmon conference on Nov. 7
A one-day Speaking For the Salmon town hall meeting to discuss Fraser River sockeye salmon management is attracting high profile participants. The meeting is on Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue. David Anderson, Canada's former fisheries and oceans minister and environment minister, is among about 30 participants making presentations to stimulate dialogue. John Fraser, chair of the Pacific salmon forum, Brian Riddell, division head of the salmon and freshwater science branch and Pat Sprout, regional director general of the ministry of federal fisheries and ocean, are also on the speakers' list.

Simon Fraser University continuing studies in science is hosting the town hall meeting, which costs $107 to attend. SFU President Michael Stevenson will open the meeting. Sponsors include industry, government, non-government organizations and SFU's centre for coastal studies. This town hall meeting is part of the continuing studies in science ongoing Speaking for the Salmon lecture series. For more information check: www.sfu.ca/cstudies/science/salmon.htm.


Community outreach strengthened
Two new staff members at Simon Fraser University Surrey are strengthening the campus's community outreach initiatives. Virginia Hasselfield has been hired as the campus's first advancement officer and John McKendry as program director, community outreach and engagement.

Hasselfield is responsible for raising funds and awareness for the Surrey campus and for developing closer ties between the university and communities south of the Fraser River. She has worked extensively with local governments in the South Fraser region and has forged strong links with the business community. McKendry is the former VP-academic, for Douglas College. In his new role with SFU continuing studies, he will be responsible for identifying and developing new programs to serve the needs of the South Fraser region.

New DVD on SFU released
First there was the book, now there's the DVD. Learn more about SFU's early years (1964-69) in a new video featuring interviews with retired staff, faculty and students who helped make it all happen. Embellished with archival film footage and stills, An Oral History of SFU: The Excitement of the Early Years, was produced by the SFU Retirees Association in cooperation with videographer Joel Schwartz of SFU's learning and instructional development centre, the faculty of education and the 40th anniversary committee. The 45-minute DVD is available for sale. Check for details at www.sfu.ca/retireesand look under exciting news.











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