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Leadership program seeks applicants
Action Canada is looking for Canada's best and brightest emerging young leaders to participate in a 10-month fellowship program focused on leadership. Fellows receive a $20,000 Action Canada fellowship and attend working conferences in three Canadian cities, where they'll benefit from the guidance of mentors who are leaders in government, business, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. They'll also work together on public policy projects of benefit to Canada.

Action Canada is a partnership between the private sector and the federal government that is committed to building leadership for Canada's future. It was co-founded by Vancouver businessman and philanthropist Samuel Belzberg and SFU president emeritus Jack Blaney. The organization is looking for exceptional young Canadians in their post-secondary or early career years who currently take a leadership role in their chosen fields. For nomination information visit or contact 604-268-7961. Action Canada is affiliated with the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue.

Students receive financial support
SFU students are receiving some welcome financial assistance from two organizations on campus. CUPE local 3338, in honour of the 30th anniversary of unionization at SFU, has announced a generous bursary program that will provide four $500 awards annually to deserving students in the labour studies program.

Sodexho, the firm that runs SFU custodial services, recently renewed its contract for a three-year term and announced a $10,000 annual gift towards student awards. $5,000 will fund an annual graduate fellowship for First Nations students and the remaining $5,000 will fund annual bursaries for students in the social sciences and humanities faculty. Sodexho, which is involved with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is committed to helping SFU attract more First Nations students to higher education.

New task force appointed
A new university task force is investigating personal safety and risk management for university-related research and teaching that occurs off-campus during field schools and field research and teaching. The task force will assess whether or not the university requires a new policy and if so, will draft a policy for consideration. The task force is seeking confidential opinions on this subject. Send them to Mario Pinto, Strand Hall, 3194 or via email to by Jan. 4, 2005.

Copeland up for re-appointment
SFU librarian Lynn Copeland's term ends Aug. 31, 2005 and she is being considered for re-appointment. The search committee invites all interested parties to submit a review of Copeland's performance over the past four years. Submissions are due by Dec. 13 and will be considered confidential unless otherwise requested. No anonymous reviews will be considered. Send submissions to Mario Pinto, SFU university librarian search committee, Strand Hall 3194 or via email to For terms of reference, visit

Task force studies research priorities
A new university task force is developing a strategic research plan to identify university research priorities. The plan will guide decision-making for the allocation of resources and serve as a benchmark for assessing whether annual objectives are achieved. The task force invites all interested parties to submit their confidential opinions to Mario Pinto, chair, SFU strategic research plan task force, Strand Hall 3194 or via email to Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Twelve receive $4,000 scholarships
Twelve SFU students recently received Canada Millennium in-course scholarships worth a minimum $4,000 each. The national awards recognize students who have already completed part of their post-secondary studies and whose talent and achievements have not previously been recognized by a substantial merit scholarship.

Distributed by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, students were selected on the basis of their community involvement, ability to lead and motivate others, interest in innovation and their academic achievement. In all, the foundation distributed 948 scholarships across Canada. SFU recipients were: Thomas Billingsley, Jekeon Cha, David Dickin, Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi, Leslie Gibbens, Stephanie Huddlestan, Deanna Jenner, Jeremy Saunier, Erin Seedhouse, Eldar Sehic, Robert Taylor, Christina Van Der Kamp and Robin Suprun.

Clever idea can win $1,000
Undergraduate students with clever ideas to improve energy efficiency are invited to enter the Energy Ambassadors student competition, sponsored by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Each winner or winning team receives a cheque for $1,000 and a free trip to Ottawa where they'll meet with energy-efficiency leaders from industry, utilities and the non-profit sector.

“We will consider any scholastic project that has some connection to energy efficiency or reduced energy use,” says Colleen Paton, director of the outreach and information division of NRCan's office of energy efficiency. “It could be a competely new idea, or maybe just a new twist on an old idea. The key is that the project has to have an energy-efficiency angle.”

Visit for more information. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 16, 2005.

Clan reigns victorious
Simon Fraser University was named the best overall program in the NAIA after the Clan women's cross-country team won its second consecutive championship and the men's team finished fourth at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) cross-country championships recently in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Winning the best combined program is really important because a lot of schools have a good men's team or a good women's team but my philosophy has always been to have two programs capable of winning a championship and this tells me we are headed in the right direction,” said Clan coach Brit Townsend, who was named NAIA coach of the year for the second straight year. The second-ranked SFU women's team got All-American performances from three runners and five student-athletes finished among the top 51 as the Clan captured the title for the second straight year.

Teeple's book matters
SFU sociology professor Gary Teeple'slatest book The Riddle of Human Rights has been selected to be part of the first Canadian Campus Retail Associates Books That Matter catalogue, to be made available soon to thousands of academics at campuses across Canada. The book, published by Garamond Press, tackles pressing questions related to how human rights is defined and interpreted throughout the world. Teeple, who is also author of Globalization and the Decline of Social Reform and Marx's Critique of Politics, was the SFU bookstore's author of the month for November.

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