November 17, 2005

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Choir performs at Images
The SFU choir will present a special 40th anniversary tribute featuring the world premier of an Ave Maria setting by SFU PhD candidate Benjamin Ong on Nov. 26 at 2 Images theatre. A guest performance by the Vancouver chamber choir will also be featured. Ong has been running the SFU choir since 1996 and also had a hand in starting the SFU Jazz band, vocal jazz and chamber choir. He teaches first year mathematics on campus and also leads a male a cappella chorus in Coquitlam. President Michael Stevenson will open the choral concert.

Senate approves scheduling policy
Senate has approved a new course scheduling policy that gives priority to courses that are offered at the same time and on the same day every semester and to courses that start on the half hour and that last for one hour or multiples of one hour. Mandatory courses will also be given preference. The policy, which takes effect in the fall 2006 semester, will also encourage instructors to schedule courses for periods that are generally unpopular, such as Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. It also encourages more evening classes.

With the new policy comes two new committees. The course scheduling advisory committee will oversee implementation of the policy and assist the registrar in developing scheduling guidelines. A second committee will tour every classroom annually to insure they are maintained, suitably furnished and equipped with appropriate technical facilities.

Gagans win medal
The Royal Society of Canada has awarded David Gagan, professor emeritus of history and his wife Rosemary Gagan who taught at SFU the 2005 Jason A. Hannah medal for their book For Patients of Moderate Means: A Social History of the Voluntary Public General Hospital in Canada, 1890-1950. The medal is awarded to bring recognition to the work of Canadian research in the history of medicine. The Jason A. Hannah Medal was established in 1976 by the society and consists of a bronze medal and a $1,500 cash prize.

New education course approved
The faculty of education will soon offer a diploma in environmental education. The new program, which will be offered in 2006, was approved by senate recently. It builds on the summer institute in environmental education, which the faculty has offered for 35 years. The courses necessary for the diploma are offered in several locations, including Kelowna, Yukon and Haida Gwaii, as well as the Lower Mainland. Participants will be required to take two environmental education courses along with options chosen from such courses as foundations in aboriginal education, language and culture, animal ecology, applied ecology, ethical issues in education, and environment and society.

Ignatieff to give free lecture
Michael Ignatieff has been called Canada's best-known intellectual, and a future political leader. The internationally acclaimed author of biography, fiction and non-fiction, broadcaster and playwright, recently returned to Canada from Harvard University where he headed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is now at the University of Toronto as the Chancellor Jackman visiting professor in human rights policy. He will give a free public lecture on Ocean to Ocean, Nineteenth Century Nation Building in Canada and its Lessons for the Present,> at Simon Fraser University Vancouver on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. For reservations phone 604-291-5100. This 40th anniversary event is sponsored by the master of public policy program.

Jeffries appointed director of gallery
Bill Jeffries, formerly the director of North Vancouver's well-known Presentation House gallery (PHG), is the new director and curator of the Simon Fraser University gallery. During his four-year management of the PHG, Jeffries organized 30 exhibits, including one that was particularly memorable, called Unfinished Business.

The exhibition of Vancouver street photographs, taken from 1955 to 1989, drew about 7,000 viewers.
As PHG's director, Jeffries also recently coordinated the publication of a book that is a compilation of 25 essays, analyzing and reminiscing about the development of Vancouver's streetscape. The book, co-published by SFU's humanities department and PHG, will be released in January.

Jeffries says he was on the verge of retiring when the prospect of managing SFU's gallery spurred him to keep working. As the director of SFU's gallery, Jeffries will manage an art collection containing 4,300 works, 1,300 of which hang at various campus locations. SFU visual arts professor Greg Snider, in the school for contemporary arts, heads up a new gallery advisory committee.

Faculty structure review set
A task force headed by VP-academic John Waterhouse will examine and make recommendations about how academic units at the university are structured. The task force, which will include six faculty members, an undergraduate and a graduate student, the directors of academic relations and the university secretariat, will make its recommendations by June 2007, Waterhouse told senate recently.

Waterhouse says the faculty structure review will involve eight steps: community notification, establishing the task force, creation of a discussion document, university consultation, development of a realignment strategy, a second round of consultation, final recommendations and approval, and implementation.

Contest winners chosen
As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations Simon Fraser University published an informative newspaper insert and held a trivia contest in conjunction with the publication. The contents of the insert were also posted on the 40th anniversary website. The contest was made up of 10 multiple choice questions based on the content.

More than 400 people entered the online quiz and more than 300 of the entrants submitted entries with correct answers to all 10 questions. Drawn at random from among the correct entries, the winners of an Apple iPod mini are: Scott Brolin of New Westminster, Carol Deeb of Burnaby, Scott Milne of Langley and Maryanne Protz of Edmonton, Alberta. For more information check

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