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Leaders wanted
Action Canada is seeking nominations of exceptional young Canadian leaders in their post-secondary or early career years to participate in its annual fellowship program. Up to 20 nominees will receive a $20,000 Action Canada fellowship to join a 10-month program focused on leadership development. Fellows will work together on public policy projects of significance to Canada and attend week-long, working conferences in Vancouver, Ottawa and a third Canadian location. Fellows are expected to undertake their fellowship in conjunction with their studies or other work in which they are already engaged. A national organization based in Vancouver and affiliated with SFU's Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue, Action Canada is a partnership between the private sector and the federal government. For nomination information visit or contact 604-268-7890. The nomination deadline is Jan. 27.

Construction sites dangerous
Taking shortcuts through the many construction sites on campus is unsafe, says Gordon Wainwright, SFU's manager of risk management and insurance, who works with the SFU safety committee. “These construction sites are inherently dangerous,” he says. “Shortcuts aren't worth the risk of injury or death.” He notes also that malicious damage, vandalism and theft are a growing problem at the sites. Anyone who observes such activities should contact security at 604-291-4500.

Electronic Arts sponsors contest
SFU computing science students are invited to compete in a Tank Wars competition sponsored by Electronic Arts Canada (EAC). Using free software code created by EAC, students must write an artificial intelligence program that pits one military tank against another in a battle for supremacy. Competitors must be permanent Canadian citizens and residents and enrolled in SFU's computing science program or a member of the Altered Reality club at SFU. Finalists will present their completed design to an EAC judging panel and winning entries will be chosen based on technical ability, originality and creative merit. Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15, to Jan. 31. Winners will be announced in March. The prize is a new gaming computer along with a selection of EAC computer games.

For the first time in 16 years, SFU is set to open its doors wide to welcome the public during an open house Saturday, June 3, 2006. “It's the last of our 40th anniversary celebrations,” says K.C. Bell, SFU's director of special projects. “We want to remind prospective students and the public that SFU is an attractive place to learn, work and visit.” The event will include hands-on, interactive, entertaining and informative displays and demonstrations around the Burnaby campus, as well as mainstage entertainment in convocation mall. Bell welcomes ideas from staff and faculty about ways in which they can both volunteer at the event and still participate with their families.

Nominations open for staff award
It's time again to acknowledge SFU staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the university or community. This year, SFU's staff achievement award has been expanded to include nine award categories: humanitarian; lifetime achievement; work performance; personal achievement; innovation; team; leadership; athletic/artistic achievement and employment/student service. All staff, other than faculty, are eligible, including administrative, professional, support, technical and clerical staff who work full-time or part-time and who are employed on a continuing basis. Nominations may be made by all SFU staff, students, faculty, alumni and members of the public. Nomination applications can be obtained from Alan Black at Deadline for nominations is Dec. 19.

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