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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > SFU Issues and Experts: Bill C38, Iraq, careers, choir, math

SFU Issues and Experts: Bill C38, Iraq, careers, choir, math

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June 28, 2005
Issue: MPs decide fate of Bill C38

MPs are preparing to vote on Bill C38, which will change legislation as it pertains to marriage in this country. The focus of fierce debate and opposition, the bill is expected to pass. SFU political scientist Patrick Smith predicts it will and can talk about the fallout. Humanities professor emeritus Don Grayston, an ordained minister, can also look at the impact of vote outcome.and public reaction. Colleague Eleanor Stebner, the newly appointed J.S. Woodsworth chair in the humanities, is an expert in theology and church history and can look at the various and contrasting views of religious institutions and people in the debate.

Issue: U.S. meets with insurgents

The U.S. has confirmed that it has been talking to insurgents in Iraq in its effort to draw them into the political process. The admission comes among reports that the insurgency could last as long as 12 more years and that quelling it would eventually be up to Iraqi forces. The news comes amid calls for the resignation of U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. SFU military strategist Alexander Moens, author of a biography on President George W. Bush, can look at the state of the U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Idea: Let the games begin - hiring top talent

Billed as an insightful look at the upcoming 'perfect storm' of employment forces - the convergence of a booming economy in B.C., the 2010 Olympics and significant demographic factors in the labour market - Jobster's director of market development Dave Lefkow's presentation during a two-day SFU campus recruiting forum (July 6-7), is the first in a series being created through a partnership between SFU Business and the Human Capital Institute (HCI), a Washington D.C. think-tank and educator in talent management strategies. During his breakfast seminar entitled Let the games begin: hiring- and retaining - top talent, on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 a.m. at SFU Vancouver's Harbour Centre campus, Lefkow will look at practical ways the business community can engage in workforce planning and innovative recruiting techniques. SFU Business will host a series of events featuring executives, faculty and other leaders who have integrated talent management strategies into their organizations. The forum's goal is to provide organizations with the intensive training, and exchange of ideas and innovations, needed to succeed.

Idea: Choral music envelops the mountain

Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Mountain campus will be alive with the sound of choral music from June 29 to July 4. British Columbia is becoming a hotbed of choral music lovers and singers. Approximately 200 children and youth from all over the world will converge on SFU, and venues throughout the Tri-Cities, to sing with internationally known clinicians. The public will have a chance to soak up choir performances for free at opening and closing ceremonies, and at ticketed events. The Coastal Sound International Choral Festival society, in co-operation with the Coastal Sound Music Academy Society, is producing this non-competitive festival to fill a void in the choral arts in the Lower Mainland. For more info: coastalsoundfestival.com.

Walter Wattamaniuk is the director of analytical studies at SFU and a member of the Coastal Sound International Choral Festival society's board of directors. He can elaborate on the music to be featured in this festival and its growing popularity.

Idea: Kicking off summer - with math

Summer holidays aren't quite yet in the equation for a group of 35 local Grade 9 and 10 students who are spending this week at SFU winding down -- at math camp. They were chosen from more than 90 students nominated to participate in the week of math-related talks and activities, some of them held in SFU's new high tech IRMACs seminar room. Teachers will join them on Wednesday for an afternoon talk, Numbers in the Sky, by Western Washington University professor Branko Curgus, and to meet SFU's new math chair, Tom Archibald.