June 2017

Congratulations to our FASS undergraduate convocation award winners: 

  • Elaine Carmen: Dean's Undergraduate Convocation Medal
  • Alexandra Dibnah: Robert C. Brown Award
  • Jane Komori: Robert C. Brown Award
  • Nyssa Lessingham: Dean's Undergraduate Convocation Medal
  • Negin Saheb Javaher: Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal

Dibnah completed a BA and was awarded the Robert C. Brown Award for exceptional academic achievement and leadership. She will begin a Criminology MA in Fall 2017.

Mscichowski asks questions about the ways that people's lives are determined by history, and he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in History at UBC in Fall 2017.

Pecnikova completed her studies while working full-time. She chose a double minor—in English and in counselling and human development.

After travelling abroad this summer, Taghipour plans to attend law school and continue her advocacy for restorative justice.

Cathy Lin graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology, Extended Minor in Linguistics) in June 2017.

Kelsey Wilson’s first class as a university student was WL100. She graduated with an Honours degree in World Literature, with minors in Linguistics and Publishing.

Congratulations to our FASS graduate convocation award winners:

Andreyev is the first graduate of the PhD program in Graduate Liberal Studies. The program is for students whose studies are interdisciplinary.

Understanding how people evaluate risk can help us to design programs that improve their choices in making safety decisions.

New MA graduate Jennifer Cooper examines the shift in energy policy from Pierre Trudeau to Justin Trudeau and governments in between.

Hepburn conducted his research in Bangladesh on factory safety for his master’s capstone thesis project in the School of Public Policy.

Rogers completed her degree while employed at an Aboriginal consulting firm specializing in program evaluation and research.

Dionne Brand is a professor and research chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. A renowned poet, novelist and essayist, her writing addresses issues of social justice.

Emily Co graduates with a BA in psychology and was a peer mentor and also involved in student organizations such as TEDxSFU and Passion to Lead. She is now on contract at SFU Student Central.


Stephen Kaita graduates with a BA in world literature. He received the Caledonia Award in World Literature, the Judy Kelly Humanitarian Award and two Recreation Promotions awards.

Akanksha Thakur graduates with a BA in sociology. She works for SFU’s’ integrated learning division, helping international students with intercultural competence and communication.

FASS Convocation Ceremony Photos
(photos: Gladys We, Grad Studies)

June 7: FASS convocation ceremony
June 8: FASS convocation ceremony (a.m.)
June 8: FASS convocation ceremony (p.m.)

Congratulations to our
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduates!

The SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council engaged in discussions about how the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be addressed at the University.

Congratulations to PhD student in English Jordan Abel, winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for "Injun", a poem that confronts issues of race, colonialism, and the representation of Indigenous peoples..

Congratulations to Nancy Olewiler, Public Policy, on her 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

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A job offer in History at SFU brought Rod and Elaine Day to Vancouver in 1966; the growing sense of community has kept them here ever since.

Alessandra Capperdoni is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities and an alumna of the Department of English.

The July 2017 issue highlights published academic work by faculty and graduate students in the School.

Andrew Wister, Gerontology, leads a research team benefitting from new funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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