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2019 March 18: Student Bulletin: library hours • u-pass • contests • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Library hours

Bennett Library at the Burnaby campus will be open 24 hours every day starting at 8:00am Monday March 25 to midnight Wednesday April 24 to support students writing papers and completing assignments, as well as studying for exams.

March and April U-Pass BC

The March and April U-Pass BC are both currently available on the U-Pass BC website.

SFSS Elections

Voting for your next SFSS Board of Directors starts Tuesday March 19 through Thursday March 21. Read about the candidates here: sfss.ca/candidate-platforms/

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs will be at SFU Harbour Centre on March 26 and 27, between 12:00 – 2:00pm each day. These sessions are supported by SFU Health and Counselling and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

FASS Summer 2019 Courses

Looking for an elective with no (or low) prerequisites? We’ve compiled a list of FASS courses that still have spaces available. Many of these count towards your WQB or your upper-division elective requirements: www.sfu.ca/fass/summer2019.

Photo contest with prizes

Share your best shots of SFU and you could win $200 in prizes! Closes March 27.

What are we known for? You tell us (and you could win a $250 gift card)!

What is the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and what does it do? We at the Centre want to hear thoughts from SFU students, staff and faculty on this big question. Findings from the survey will be used to inform our programming and communications for the next few years so we hope you'll add your thoughts! The survey takes 10-12 minutes to complete and at the end you'll have a chance to enter your name to win one of three $250 dollar VISA gift cards. All answers you give are strictly confidential and will be used for research purposes only. You remain anonymous as the data is looked at in the aggregate only. Your specific information will never be given to anyone. Please click for the survey.

Zero Waste Festival

Learn to be a ZERO-HERO at the Zero Waste Fest on March 20 from 11:00am - 3:00pm in AQ North at Burnaby campus. Stop by to shop, craft, and learn. 

Free Friday Movie nights

Weekly free movie night in Images Theatre on Fridays at 6:00pm. March 22: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. March 29: Smoke Signals. April 5: Crazy Rich Asians. Co-presented by Student Services and SFSS.

SFU Rec Amazing Race

SFU Recreation is hosting our very own Amazing Race challenge! Get together in teams of three to race against others around Burnaby campus, competing in various fun challenges along the way. The first place team will win $300 in campus giftcards (Dining Services, Nesters, Bookstore)! Register through our Facebook page SFU Rec Amazing Race to join the race. Race is Wednesday March 27 from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Global Community Days

The Global Engagement Student Committee in collaboration with various clubs is bringing together many fun and exciting events to celebrate the diverse community campus March 18 - 29 with Global Community Days. Registration is needed for some events. 

Interfaith non-violence day

Join us Thursday March 21 as we take time to Stand Together for the annual SFU Interfaith Non-violence Day, James Douglas Safe Study Area (in front of Simon C’s in the AQ, Burnaby campus) 12:30 - 1:20pm.

Celebrate undergraduate research

Undergraduate presenters will deliver 5-minute talks in themed sessions followed by faculty-moderated Q&A at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 26. Celebrate, network, show support & learn about the amazing undergrad work taking place at SFU. More info and register for free.

Arabic Language Cafe

Drop by the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013) on March 27 from 12:30 - 1:30pm for the monthly Language Cafe. Come learn basic Arabic with us at the GSC and enjoy some FREE delicious Arabic snacks.

Trans Day of Visibility 

Join Out on Campus for Trans Day of Visibility on March 29. This day is dedicated to uplifting and celebrating trans and gender diverse individuals.

Tribute Volunteer Appreciation Festival

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend Tribute to celebrate our VIP Guests of Honour, SFU Volunteers. The Tribute Fest is April 2, 11:00am - 6:00pm.

Fall 2019: Semester in Climate Futures (Semester in Dialogue)

Study Climate Futures with Semester in Dialogue full-time this fall: 15 credits. Application deadline extended to April 1 and program runs September 3 - December 16, 2019.

Volunteer for Sustainability Peers

Applications for the Sustainability Peer Program are now being accepted. Are you a motivated SFU student who wants to make the world a more sustainable place? Explore how you can make a difference and create a positive impact on our community and apply today. 

Well-being Wednesday

Well-being Wednesdays with Health Peers: take time for yourself and take a break at Saywell Hall Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

Want a taste of graduate school?

  • 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Finals: come for the fun, stay for the free pizza, and vote for your favourite competitor as they battle it out in three minute presentations. March 19, 4:30-6:30pm, SFU Burnaby camps. Seating is limited; More information and RSVP
  • Postdoc Research Day: come and learn what SFU Postdoctoral Fellows are doing to change the world. Drop in between classes, or stay for the day to listen to Spotlight talks, three minute speeches, or take in the posters & exhibits. Schedule posted soon. March 28 at SFU Burnaby campus. More information and RSVP

SFU's Period Promise

We are teaming up with the SFSS Women’s Centre and United Way of the Lower Mainland on a #periodpromise campaign and collecting menstrual products for those who cannot afford them. Join us in donating boxes of tampons, pads or diva cups to help those in our university and in our communities. Drop-off stations can be found at all three campuses.

World Literature Student Conference

The 5th annual World Literature Student Conference is back again on April 3, 4:00 – 6:00pm. This year's theme is Being in Place: Landscapes and Identity in World Literatures. 

Career nights

  • Sustainability: Sustainability Career Night March 21.
  • The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) student union, the SFSS, and the GSWS department, present GSWS Career Night on March 28. Meet SFU alumni and learn more about where a career in Gender Studies might take you.
  • Psychology: Looking for clarity in your program? Unsure about post-BA career opportunities? The Psychology Student Union will be hosting their annual Psychology Career Night on March 28.
  • International Studies: The International Studies Student Association and Insight Global Education are teaming up on March 28 to present the International Studies Career & Social Night.
  • CommunicationsCareers in Communications March 30.
  • History: not sure what can you do with a History degree? Join the History Student Union at History Career Night on April 1. Chat with SFU History alumni and learn how your degree is more than the credential.

Intersession courses in the Business of Design

There are a few spots left in the summer intersession courses in the Business of Design program - IAT 430 and BUS 476. These advanced intersession courses immerse students in the development and launch of at least one sustainable product offering and business model. Students will develop production, operation, communication and marketing plans, and deliver products to real customers. Through this experience, students will develop a real understanding of the costs involved in launching and running a business, enabling them to write realistic business plans. This business plan will be prepared for submission to an accelerator, incubator or funder. Students will launch and sell their product or service at local maker fairs on a weekend in June. Learn more about the spring intersession and upcoming fall Business of Design courses: www.sfu.ca/businessofdesign.html

A virtual reality showcase

Semester in Alternate Realities has its final student virtual reality showcase on April 4, 12:00-5:30pm, SFU Surrey Mezzanine. Using their skills to create VR "for good," 18 students from different SFU departments will present their final virtual reality projects. Come and experience them for yourself. 

Four new dance works

SCA Repertory Dancers in Concert on March 27-30, 8:00pm at Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Join us for a presentation of four new dance works by SCA graduates Desirée Dunbar, Vanessa Goodman, Bevin Poole, and faculty member Judith Garay, that reflect on, react to, and renew over a decade of shared dance experiences. Students can attend the spring dance mainstage show for just $7.

Fake News, Real Talk

Our Peer Student Engagement Ambassadors have announced their student-focused event Fake News, Real Talk March 29, 7:00 - 9:00pm at The HiVE on Hastings, in lead up to Confronting the Disinformation Age. In a digital age of fake news, alternative facts, media echo chambers, confirmation bias, and algorithm-fuelled virality, how can we as students navigate our way around our distorted media landscape?

Starry Nights

If the skies are clear come to the SFU Trottier Observatory on Friday nights from 8:00 - 11:00pm for Starry Nights

Lectures

  • This SFU President's Dream Colloquium is Community Perspectives on Living with HIV and Where We Go From Here on March 19. This SFU President's Dream Colloquium features roundtable groups and your active participation in this week's topic held at SFU Surrey campus. This event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP.

  • SFU Fast Forward: The Future of the University. Please register here as space is limited. Over the next two decades, universities will face intensifying fiscal and political pressures, evolving needs and expectations of diversifying students, increasingly global competition, and a labour market transformed by the fourth industrial revolution. higher ed futurist Ken Steele will synthesize emerging trends, data and promising practices from colleges and universities around the world, and share a big picture overview of the full spectrum of innovation that will remake higher education by 2040. Bring your smartphone or tablet, so you can add your voice to real-time polls about the potential future for SFU! Tuesday March 19 3:30 - 5:00pm at the Diamond Alumni Centre.

  • Big Data lecture Tracking the Gender Gap in Canadian Media - Taking a Big Data Approach. Tuesday March 26, 4:00 - 6:00pm in ASB 10900. Register.

  • Bailout Legacies: The Imprint of the Greek Economic Crisis on the European Union with Dr. Dimitris Papadimitriou, Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Monday April 8 at 7:00pm in Segal Building, Room 1200. Tickets are free.

  • SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to co-present Confronting the Disinformation Age, featuring Canadians David Frum, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Sue Gardner, Executive Director of The Markup and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation; and Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in a conversation moderated by the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing. Tickets from $15. April 16, 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Part of the week-long Summit.

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2019 March 4: Student Bulletin:  Daylight Savings • Spring Social • Volunteering  • more

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Daylight Savings Time 

Make sure your phones, computers, ovens, etc. spring ahead an hour on Sunday morning, March 10.

March U-Pass BC available

The March U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. The April U-Pass will be available March 16.  

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs will be at SFU: Burnaby campus on March 5 and 6, at Surrey campus on March 12 and 13, and at Harbour Centre on March 26 and 27, between 12:00 – 2:00pm each day. These sessions are supported by SFU Health and Counselling and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

Design Jams

SFU wants your opinions in exchange for free pizza. Attend this student-led design jam and help us create ideas and solutions that build community and a sense of belonging at SFU. Free event, registration is encouraged. Runs 4:00 – 5:00pm on March 12 and 14. 


Opportunities

Volunteer

  • The SVSPO is currently recruiting student volunteers for the Active Bystander Network. Learn more and download an application form. Deadline for applications is March 6. Help create a culture of consent, care and respect at SFU.
  • SFU Public Square is recruiting volunteers for their 2019 Community Summit, "Confronting the Disinformation Age”. Volunteers have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience such as collaboration, communications, and event management. If you’re someone who is passionate about community engagement and have a desire to learn more about combating disinformation, SFU Public Square may have an opportunity for you.
  • Become involved in the Global Community Mentorship Program. Various paid and volunteer positions are open. Being the Global Community Mentorship Program Coordinator and Team Lead (paid) or Mentor (volunteer) brings you the intercultural and leadership experiences that will give you a good boost on your resume. Job ID: #4769 (Undergraduate Mentor) and #4771 (Graduate Mentor) on myInvolvement; #60938 for the Coordinator position and #60939 for the Team Lead position on myExperience.
  • Join the Global Engagement Student Committee (GESC). Want to join a student-driven initiative that focuses on building intercultural awareness and understanding across the SFU community? Apply to be a GESC member now! Job #4810 on myInvolvement, deadline: March 11. More information.

Study Abroad 101

Come to our info session on Thursday March 7 (1:30 - 2:20pm in Blusson Hall 9660 - Burnaby campus) to discover how you can study abroad while working towards your SFU degree. We partner with 120+ institutions in 45+ countries around the world and there are classes taught in English available for you. More information.

Kids summer camps

Have kids? Registration is open for Science Alive and the Recreation Summer camps

Graduating in June?

Artona will be at SFU to take grad photos from February 26 - March 6. See www.sfu.ca/convocation/retail-services.html and then book online at: artona.com/schools/USFU.


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Drop-in programs

Health & Counselling has free drop-in programs on Wednesdays and Fridays to support your physical and emotional health. Find something that works with your schedule.

Well-being Wednesday

Well-being Wednesdays with Health Peers: take time for yourself and take a break at Saywell Hall Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

A Sip of CARE

Practice self-compassion meditation in a safe and friendly environment: A Sip of CARE is happening every Friday at 2:30pm. This week we will discuss how to manage school while supporting a family member who is sick or going through difficult times.

Connected Globally, Adjusting Locally

International students: learn tips and strategies to increase your academic success. Connected Globally, Adjusting Locally workshops run every Wednesday afternoon.


Events

The Highlanders are coming

On Tuesday March 5 join the HIST 448 Scottish History class and the 78th Fraser Highlanders on Field #2 (by Beedie Field) at 3:30pm for a demonstration of Scots historical dress and equipment. History isn’t only learned from books.

Spring Social Tuesday and Wednesday

Come to the Spring Social March 5 at Surrey’s Mezzanine and March 6 at Burnaby's West Mall Atrium. Music, games, activities, fire pits (at Burnaby) and free food.

FRENCH FÊTE SFU

Join us for the FRENCH FÊTE 2019 Wednesday March 7, 11:30am - 1:30pm in the James Douglas Safe Study Area (AQ2013). FREE admission - open to all (French or not!) Enjoy two French musical shows with DJ Gui Gui and the Anne-Hébert School Choir. Meet many exhibitors (Francophone associations and services in French). Take part in games, activities and a prize draw. See the full schedule of the Printemps de la francophonie.

Free Friday Movie night: Wonder Woman

Weekly movie night in Images Theatre on Fridays at 6:00pm. March 8: Wonder Woman. March 15: TBD (online vote). Co-presented by Student Services and SFSS.

SFU Relay for Life

On Friday March 8 SFU students will be supporting cancer research with a Relay for Life from 4:30 - 9:30pm in the West Gym. Doors open at 4:00pm. Relay for Life is a non-competitive relay in which one or more participant(s) of each team walks along the track at all times to signify the ongoing battle with cancer and our unconditional support. While you're off the track, there will be a ton of competitive team games/activities (some are minute-to-win-it styled) and lots of food, small activities, puppy therapy, raffle draws and much more to keep you engaged.

SFU Debate Society

Interested in debating? The SFU Debate Society is happy to announce its IV tournament March 16-17. For event information and to sign up visit: www.facebook.com/events/549800068858903/. Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

World Literature Student Conference

The 5th annual World Literature Student Conference is back again on April 3, 4:00 – 6:00pm. This year's theme is 'Being in Place: Landscapes and Identity in World Literatures'. Interested in presenting? Proposals are currently being accepted until March 6. Open to students from all programs. 

Behind the Badge

Interested in a career in law enforcement? The Criminology Student Association (CSA) is hosting a networking event on March 6 with RCMP officers in the AQ South Hallway.

Sociology Anthropology Career Night

The Sociology and Anthropology Student Union (SASU) is hosting their second annual Career Night on March 11 to help you gain clarity into what amazing things you can do with your degrees after graduation.

FASS on a Boat 

Join your friends in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and sail away for an evening of friends, food and fun! Tickets available at: fassonaboat.eventbrite.ca.

Global Kitchen: Jollof rice

The Global Student Centre is delighted to present Global Kitchen. This month's dish: Jollof rice (with fried plantains and chicken). March 20 5:00 - 7:00pm. Please note that as space is limited - participants must register in advance. Save your spot (available soon). TC 3013/3014.


Lectures

The Rise of the Misinformation Society | Dallas Smythe Lecture

The Rise of the Misinformation Society: The Collapse of Commercial Journalism and the Future of Public Media. Join us for an evening with Dr. Victor Pickard from University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 - 8:30pm. More information.

Towards a Vaccine for HIV

This SFU President's Dream Colloquium features Dr. Glenda Gray, President & CEO of South African Medical Research Council, Co-Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and Director of HIV Vaccine Trials Network Africa. March 11, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, HC 1400-1430, SFU Harbour Centre. Free, but seating is limited. RSVP.

Transgender Kids at the Crossroads

Please join us for the next SFU President's Faculty Lecture. Transgender Kids at the Crossroads: Impacts of Colonialism, Racism and Poverty. Dr Ann Travers draws on critical theory from trans scholars of colour and allies to outline the importance of an integrated anti-oppression approach for understanding and supporting more precarious transgender kids. March 14, Vancouver Campus, Segal Graduate School of Business. Register online.

Addressing the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence

17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) is "Reflecting Upon our Journeys: Addressing the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence". This year’s IGSS will be held over March 15-16, with keynote speakers on both days. This event is free and open to the public. Vancouver Campus, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Confronting the Disinformation Age

SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to co-present "Confronting the Disinformation Age", featuring Canadians David Frum, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Sue Gardner, Executive Director of The Markup and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation; and Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in a conversation moderated by the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing. Tickets from $15. April 16, 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Part of a week-long Summit.

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2019 February 20: Student Bulletin:  Puppies • Deadpool • 7 Minute Majors  • more

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March U-Pass BC available

The February/March U-Pass BC are currently available on the U-Pass BC website. The April U-Pass will be available March 16.  

Winter weather

Puppies!

Cute puppies will be at Burnaby campus on March 5 and 6, Surrey campus on March 12 and 13, and Harbour Centre on March 26 and 27 between 12:00 – 2:00pm each day. These sessions are brought to life by SFU Health and Counselling and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Puppy session details.

Graduating in June?

Artona will be at SFU to take grad photos from February 26 - March 6. See www.sfu.ca/convocation/retail-services.html and then book online at: artona.com/schools/USFU.

Plaza renewal update

The Plaza Renewal project is the largest renewal project underway on the Burnaby campus and replaces waterproof membranes, plaza paving, seating and landscaping. More information


Opportunities

Deadline extended for Semester in Dialogue

In the upcoming @SFUSemester students will work together to uncover bold, creative responses to what can seem like an unworkable housing crisis. Interested? Applications have been EXTENDED. Apply by Feb 25! More information.

Calling all researchers

Apply to present at Innovations in Research, part of the SFU Public Square Community Summit: Confronting the Disinformation Age. See www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2019-community-summit/innovations-in-research.html

Calling entrepreneurs

Venture Connection is now officially accepting applications for this year’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. This competition is open to SFU students, staff, faculty, and recent alumni, and ventures of any stage are encouraged to participate. Deadline is February 24 at 11:59pm.

Undergraduate research symposium

Undergraduate researchers: showcase your work! Submit a proposal to deliver a 5-minute presentation about your research at SFU’s second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 26. Submit your proposal by 9:00am March 4.

Get Involved Days

Try something new, discover your passions, and get connected to the SFU community February 26 and 27! Drop in to Get Involved Days to learn about ways you can get involved (both paid and unpaid opportunities) on campus.

Study Abroad 101

Come to our info session on Thursday March 7 (1:30 - 2:20pm in Blusson Hall 9660 - Burnaby campus) to discover how you can study abroad while working towards your SFU degree. We partner with 120+ institutions in 45+ countries around the world and there are classes taught in English available for you. More information.

Scotland Cybercrime Field School

Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the Scotland Cybercrime Field School this summer! Get your applications in by Wednesday February 20 at 11:59pm. Details and the link to apply.

Study Abroad in France info session

Interested in studying abroad in France? Join us for this session where a member of the Embassy of France will be sharing study abroad possibilities in France and practical information such as visas. Monday February 25, 12:30 - 1:20pm. Register online and get more details.

Schwarzman Scholars info session 

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly-selective, fully-funded Master’s of Global Affairs program at Tsinghua University in China for applicants up to age 28.  Global applications open in mid-April 2019 for the Class of 2020. Come learn about this unique scholarship program on Wednesday February 27, 12:30 - 1:20pm, RCB 8100.  More information.

One fair with endless opportunities

SFU's mini BIG Fair is back! Come explore career, volunteer and graduate school opportunities with over 65 organizations representing organizations from the public and private sectors, as well as not-for-profit and educational institutions. All students and alumni are welcome! Surrey Mezzanine on February 25 from 10:00am - 3:00pm and Burnaby AQ North on February 26 and 27 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Different exhibitors will be featured on each day so be sure to check our exhibitor list to see when your favourite organizations will be on campus.


Seeking assistance?

Seven Minute Majors

Meet several programs in one place at a relaxed and informal event where you can find your future major. Join us, enjoy some light refreshments, and meet your program! You’ll get to chat with experienced peers from a variety of departments as you move from major to major with a small group of fellow students at 7 Minute Majors on February 25 and 28. Sign up now or see more information on Facebook.

Drop-in programs

Health & Counselling has free drop-in programs on Wednesdays and Fridays to support your physical and emotional health including a fitness class, yoga, and meditation. Find something that works with your schedule: www.sfu.ca/students/health/support/drop-in-groups.html.

Roots & Resilience

The Roots & Resilience group is a bi-weekly support group for students of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence, happening on February 26 at the Women's Centre.

My SSP

It is important to take care of your mental health as a student. With My SSP, you can book in-person appointments for ongoing counselling. Learn more.

Emergency procedures

Do you know what to do in an emergency on campus? Review new safety information, including the importance of calling 911 at www.sfu.ca/emergency.

Cannabis

Whatever your choice, love your brain and know the rules about cannabis use on campus. Visit: sfu.ca/cannabis.


Events

Movie night: Deadpool

Weekly movie night in Images Theatre on Fridays at 6:00pm. February 22: Deadpool. March 1: TBD. Co-presented by Student Services and SFSS.

Spring Social

Come to the Spring Social March 5 at Surrey and March 6 at Burnaby's West Mall Atrium. Food, activities, fire pits. (Volunteers needed – info on myInvolvement.)

Community Cooking

The SFU Health Peers are hosting a Community Cooking Workshop on February 28. Register in advance.

Global Kitchen: Arepas

The Global Student Centre is delighted to present Global Kitchen! Each month a student shares a recipe from home. All participants will have the opportunity to join in the cooking, and of course, EATING! This month's dish: Arepas. All ingredients are provided. February 27 5:00 - 7:00pm. Please note that as space is limited - participants must register in advance. Save your spot now! AQ 2013.

Bunny Yoga

March 1 try yoga with bunnies.

Language Cafe: French

Drop by the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013) on February 27 from 12:30 - 1:30pm for the monthly Language Cafe. Come learn basic French with us at the GSC and enjoy some FREE delicious French snacks.

Surrey Games Lounge

Have free time at Surrey campus? Stop by the Games Lounge on February 26, March 5. Times and location.

Creative Collective

Creative Collective events provide opportunities for students to connect, relax, and unwind through crafts, games, motion, music, and more. All events are free and open to all SFU students and all supplies provided. Join us at the Games Lounge (Surrey) on Tuesday February 26 from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Take a break and learn to knit with Creative Collective on Wednesday, February 27 at the Women's Centre (Burnaby) from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

SOS/SID (Surrey & Burnaby)

It is important to know how to help someone in distress or at risk of suicide. Sign up for the SOS/SID workshop on February 27 to know how to recognize when it's time to refer someone to seek out mental health support.


Lectures

Cyberbullying: Extent, Impacts, and Solutions

Please join us for the first SFU President's Faculty Lecture of 2019 where Dr. Wanda Cassidy will discuss the results of research conducted among adolescents at BC schools and among students and faculty at Canadian universities. A focus of her presentation will be on understanding the impacts of cyberbullying across ages, as well as on solutions that are proving effective in addressing this challenging problem. Register online. February 21 6:00 - 7:00pm at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby.

Climate Future Series - The IMPACTS of 1.5 Degrees

This climate lecture series explores the science, impacts and solutions associated with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels through talks and discussions. The February 28 session looks at how we may achieve the 1.5 goal and what global, regional and local actions are required, considering implications for poverty eradication and sustainable development. This is a free event open to the public, RSVP required.

Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

Dr. Nahid Siamdoust is the inaugural Ehsan Yarshater Fellow at Yale University’s Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She is a cultural historian whose work concentrates primarily on the intersection between politics and various modes of cultural production and media forms in Iran and the wider Middle East. Thursday 28 February at 7:00pm. Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900, SFU Vancouver Campus. More information.

The Rise of the Misinformation Society | Dallas Smythe Lecture

The Rise of the Misinformation Society: The Collapse of Commercial Journalism and the Future of Public Media. Join us for an evening with Dr. Victor Pickard from University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. March 5 7:00 - 8:30pm. More information.

Confronting the Disinformation Age

SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to co-present "Confronting the Disinformation Age", featuring Canadians David Frum, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Sue Gardner, Executive Director of The Markup and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation; and Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in a conversation moderated by the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing. Tickets from $15. April 16 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Part of a week-long Summit.


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2019 February 4: Student Bulletin:  Reading break • field schools • pancake breakfast • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

January U-Pass BC available

The February U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. The March U-Pass will be available February 16.

Reading break

Please check your calendars: the BC Government moved BC Family Day to February 18 for 2019 and Reading Break is now February 19 - 24. Some calendars may still list BC Family Day as February 11. 

Winter weather

Road closures February - August

Temporary pedestrian and roadway interruptions/closures can be expected along Tower Road and South Campus Road on Burnaby campus for construction of the new biomass heating facility, expected to reduce GHG emissions by 80%.

Summer camp registration open

Go to our summer camps website to sign your children up for one of our 60+ different programs to help them have a safe, fun, educational summer. 


Opportunities

Student Experience Design Jams

Attend this fun, action-based and student-led event to help SFU create ideas and solutions that build community and a sense of belonging at SFU. Free event, registration is encouraged. Runs 4:00 – 6:00pm on multiple Tuesdays and Thursdays. Next session is Thursday, February 7. 

Semester in Dialogue: Summer 2019

Apply by February 8 for Summer term's Semester in Housing Futures, a full-time, 10 credit program (DIAL 390W & 391W). The goals of the class are largely about uncovering new ways of talking and thinking about difficult, divisive issues, productively learning from each other, and engaging in dialogue through difference. 

Pathfinder SIAT Workshops: Logo Design

This workshop is taught by an industry professional and covers introductory techniques to Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom. Suitable for all students regardless of experience. The $10 registration fee will be refunded when you attend the workshop. Saturday, February 9, 10:30am - 1:30pm, SFU Surrey. Register online.

Nominate for controversy prize

Whether a student, a staff member, an academic at SFU, or a member of the community who has a connection to the University, the recipient of the Sterling Prize is selected for decidedly unconventional and distinctly untraditional work that provokes a wide audience. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and makes a public presentation at the Centre for Dialogue. Deadline for nominations is February 15.

Calling entrepreneurs

Venture Connection is now officially accepting applications for this year’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. SFU entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their ventures in a Dragon’s Den-styled pitch-off to win over $75K in cash and in-kind prizes. This competition is open to SFU students, staff, faculty, and recent alumni – and ventures of any stage are encouraged to participate. Deadline is February 24 at 11:59pm.

Undergraduate research symposium

Want an opportunity to present your research in a friendly and supportive environment? Please see our Call for Proposals. Interested undergraduate students should work closely with their supervisors on both the application and their presentations, and should submit a presentation proposal based on their research by February 19.

Breakfast with the President

President Andrew Petter is hosting Breakfast with the President on March 8. Open to faculty, staff and students, this breakfast is an opportunity to share perspectives about university issues in an informal setting. Reserve your spot.

Peer Educators

Apply by February 18 to be a Career Peer. Apply by March 3 to be a Peer Educator with Global Engagement Student Committee, with Writing and Learning Peers, with Health Peer, etc. 

Ready to Engage the World?

Visit the Study Abroad Funding Information page for funding opportunities and then apply for a field school.

  • NATO Field School: come learn about the SFU-NATO Field School and Simulation summer program taking place in Belgium, Italy, Latvia and Romania. Submit an application by February 18 at 11:59pm.
  • Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime Field School: come learn about how you can complete three units in Scotland while visiting and studying with local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in cybercrime. Field School deadline is coming up on February 20. Fill out your applications by 11:59pm. 
  • Prague Humanities Field School: spend your summer in the Czech Republic for an in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art and film and contemporary politics. Submit your applications by February 6 at 11:59pm. 

Global Community Mentorship Coordinator

Are you passionate about intercultural engagement, event and program planning, and working with students? Do you want to build your leadership experience with leading four teams and more than 100 students? Apply to be a Global Community Mentorship Coordinator. This position begins in April, working 20 hours a week, with a flexible schedule that accommodates course work. See details on MyExperience (Job posting 59592, deadline February 19 11:59 pm) and read more about the program.

GCMP Team Lead

Are you interested in working closely with a small group of students with diverse cultural background? Do you want to build your relationship with students outside your faculty? Show us your communication, leadership and interpersonal skills and come to apply for GCMP Team Lead position. See details on MyExperience (Job posting 59595, deadline February 19 11:59 pm) and read more about the program.

Safety Volunteer

Interested in a career in safety and security? Come volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program.


Seeking assistance?

Academic skills

Student Learning Commons (SLC) offers workshops throughout the term and offers services on all three campuses.

How I Met My Major

Calling all undeclared students with under 60 units! Wondering about choosing a major? Sign up for a session of How I Met My Major to learn more about finding the right major for you. February 6, 11:00am - 12:00pm, AQ 2104 and February 8, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Blusson Hall 9655.

Haven't found a program that's right for you yet?

Meet several programs in one place, at a relaxed and informal event where you can find your future major. Join us, enjoy some light refreshments, and meet your program! You’ll get to chat with experienced peers from a variety of departments as you move from major to major with a small group of fellow students at 7 Minute Majors on February 25 and 28. Sign up now.

Financial assistance

Well-being Wednesdays

Taking time out for yourself is a great way to keep focused and less stressed. Drop in and take a break.

Students with disabilities

If you are a student with a verified disability and want to explore possible academic supports please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as soon as possible. More info about registering at the CAL is available online. 

Eating healthy on a budget

If you wake up and tell yourself you're going to eat healthy today, but then spend $15 on takeout and a frappuccino,  your wallet is crying but not all hope is lost. Check out this video, where an SFU student shares her top tips for eating healthy on a budget (YouTube). From the Beedie School of Business.

Emergency procedures

Do you know what to do in an emergency on campus? Review new safety information, including the importance of calling 911 at www.sfu.ca/emergency.


Events

Black History Month

The SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry (SOCA) has a several events planned for Black History month, including a Film Festival February 5 - 8 in Images Theatre. See the SOCA website for details.

Women’s Centre Pancake Breakfast

Women’s Centre Pancakes and Open House is Wednesday February 6 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Enjoy FREE pancakes, coffee and tea at the SFSS Women's Centre, TC 3013/2014. Check out the space, learn from us about the resources and services available and chill with us. Whether it’s your first time here or you are a regular visitor, we want to see you and feed you! ALL GENDERS WELCOME.

Sexual health resource fair

In honour of Sexual and Reproductive Health Day and in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) and ResLife have teamed up to bring you a fun-filled, informative and sex-positive evening! Join us on February 12 in Shell House for a free sexual health resource fair and moderated Q&A with diverse speakers from the community. Now’s the chance to get your burning questions about sex, consent and relationships answered in a safe, non-judgmental space. Door prizes and food provided.

Language Cafe: Spanish

Drop by the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013) on February 13 from 12:30 - 1:30pm for the monthly Language Cafe. Come learn basic Spanish with us at the GSC and enjoy some FREE delicious Spanish snacks.

NCAA Basketball

  • Men's basketball vs Northwest Nazarene
    Date: Thursday, February 7, 7:00pm
    Location: West Gym
    Free admission for SFU & FIC students & staff
    website: Athletics.sfu.ca
    social: @SFUClan
    Note: Win $500 paper airplane contest

  • Men's basketball vs Central Washington
    Date: Saturday, February 9, 7:00pm
    Location: West Gym
    Free admission for SFU & FIC students & staff
    website: Athletics.sfu.ca
    social: @SFUClan
    Note: Win $250 half-court shot

Economics Career Night

Are you interested in working in finance? Consulting? Policy? Going to graduate school? Then the 5th Annual SFU Economics Students Society Career Night is the perfect opportunity for you. Professionals are attending from various industries and companies, giving you the opportunity to learn more about your dream career or make connections at a company you might work for one day. Friday February 8, 6:00 - 9:00pm. Tickets are $27.54.


Lectures

Generous Thinking with Kathleen Fitzpatrick

The Munro Lecture: Generous Thinking with Kathleen Fitzpatrick. How can we cultivate more productive relationships between universities and the public? February 6 at Harbour Centre. From SFU Public Square. Register online.

Two-Spirit Reconciliation

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) series: Two-Spirit Reconciliation: Honouring the Truth; Reconciling for the Future. Many cultural traditions and practices of the peoples of Turtle Island have often been misrepresented or suppressed. This especially holds true for Indigenous notions and practices of gender, gender-roles, gender expression, sex and sexuality. Harlan Pruden (First Nations Cree Nation/nēhiyaw) will lead an interactive discussion at Halpern Centre and by video at Surrey and Vancouver. Register online for the location of your choice or watch the live webcast: February 6 2:30 - 4:30pm.

Sexuality & Identity in Early Modern History

The Department of History presents: ”Sexuality & Identity in Early Modern History: Towards an Ethic of Toleration in an Age of Incivility” with Dr. Katherine Crawford on Friday February 8 at 6:30pm at Harbour Centre. Through an examination of the harm-filled history of intolerance toward sexual “others” such as homosexuals, prostitutes, and castrati, this talk offers an awareness of the past as a way to imagine a more ethical and equitable future. Katherine Crawford is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. Reserve your seat online.

Cyberbullying: Extent, Impacts, and Solutions

Please join us for the first SFU President's Faculty Lecture of 2019 where Dr. Wanda Cassidy will discuss the results of research conducted among adolescents at BC schools and among students and faculty at Canadian universities. A focus of her presentation will be on understanding the impacts of cyberbullying across ages, as well as on solutions that are proving effective in addressing this challenging problem. Register online. February 21 6:00 - 7:00pm at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby.

Confronting the Disinformation Age

SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to co-present "Confronting the Disinformation Age", featuring Canadians David Frum, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Sue Gardner, Executive Director of The Markup and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation; and Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in a conversation moderated by the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing. Tickets from $15. April 16 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Part of a week-long Summit.


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Student Services
Burnaby | Surrey | Vancouver

2019 January 21: Student Bulletin:  Engage the World • conferences • basketball • more

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

January U-Pass BC available

The February U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website

Whiteout T-Shirt Giveaway at basketball doubleheader

On Saturday, January 26 come watch SFU Basketball at 5:15pm (Women) and 7:15pm (Men). Hundreds of t-shirts will be tossed into the crowd and one lucky fan will take a half-court shot for $250. SFU Athletics in the West Gym. Free admission for SFU and FIC students and staff. @SFUClan

Lunar New Year celebration February 4

The Lunar New Year celebration at the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013) aims to highlight the abundance of food and activities happening across Southeast Asian countries celebrating traditional Lunar New Year. The event is a guide to discovering some festive traditions across the region.

Help create student-oriented solutions (and have pizza)

Join the SEI Design Initiative this Thursday January 24 from 4:30 - 6:30pm for an opportunity to share your ideas to enhance your student experience (with FREE PIZZA). Be part of the Student Experience Initiative!

Ashoka U Exchange Conference in San Diego

SFU's Student Services and Retention is sponsoring up to four SFU students interested in changemaking and social innovation to attend the Ashoka U Exchange Conference from February 21 - 23rd in San Diego, California. Express your interest.

Take on the BC Cool Campus Challenge!

SFU, alongside four other post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, is asking students, faculty, and staff to reduce their energy use this winter season. Take the pledge now to be entered to win weekly prizes including SFU hoodies and Renaissance Coffee gift cards.

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SFU

Join the dialogue and show your commitment towards ending sexual violence by creating a culture of consent, care and respect. Learn more about SAAM initiatives and events at www.sfu.ca/SAAM.

Consent and bystander interventions

The SVSPO has partnered with SFU Athletics and SFU Residence and Housing to host a discussion on consent and bystander intervention with former BC Lion's player JR LaRose. Attend this event on January 30 at 6pm in the Lorne Davis Complex. This event includes free pizza, games and prizes including a pair of Canucks tickets. This event is a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SFU.

FASS Connections Mentorship program

Are you a first- or second-year student looking to increase your sense of belonging and feel connected to the community? Sign up for the FASS Connections Mentorship Program to get paired with an upper year student and learn from other students' experiences to help you get the most out of your university experience.

Nutritionist information session and grocery tour

SFU Recreation has recently partnered up with a certified nutritionist to offer FREE healthy grocery store tours and nutrition information sessions! The first one will be held on Tuesday January 22 at the Independent Grocer on North Road at 2:00pm. Sign up at the front desk of the SFU Fitness Centre or contact us on Instagram or Facebook and we can sign you up. Hope to see you there!

Biomass Plant Project construction

Burnaby campus road closures for construction of the Biomass Plant Project will begin February 4 and temporary pedestrian and roadway interruptions/closures can be expected along Tower Road and South Campus Road. This will include vehicle and bus service route detours. Construction is expected to complete in August 2019.

Knit with Creative Collective

Take a break and learn to knit at your own pace. Drop-in knitting event, no experience necessary. All supplies provided. Can be very de-stressing. Hosted by Health & Counselling and the SFSS Women’s Centre.

Out on Campus open house

To celebrate the new term, as well as the introduction of our new coordinator, Out on Campus invites you to our Open House. We will be inviting representatives from LGBTQ+ related services from SFU and the community to give you the opportunity to meet new people, get more resources/information, and network. We hope to see you there. January 23 from 1:00pm - 3:30pm in TC 314N. Want to volunteer? Volunteer orientation on January 30.

Ready to Engage the World?

Notes from the President tells you how to enhance your resume and your university experience at the same time with international studies.

Apply for an exchange at one of SFU’s partner institutions, or a faculty-led SFU Field SchoolJanuary 25 is the application deadline for 2019 Short-Term Summer Programs and many 2019/2020 exchange terms. Visit the January Study Abroad Information page for details and deadlines and for funding opportunities.

  • France English Field School: spend your summer overseas on the France English Field School studying travel and expatriate literary culture in Paris, Tours and surrounding cities. 
  • NATO Field School: come learn about the SFU-NATO Field School and Simulation summer program taking place in Belgium, Italy, Latvia and Romania.
  • Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime Field School: come learn about how you can complete three units in Scotland while visiting and studying with local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in cybercrime. 
  • Prague Humanities Field School: spend your summer in the Czech Republic for an in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art and film and contemporary politics.
  • Hellenic Studies Field School: enrich your understanding of our world at the edge of Europe, where East and West merge to create the heady mix of Greek culture.
  • Berlin SCA Field School: focus on contemporary arts in one of the cultural capitals of the world.

See dates for information sessions and other links at Study Abroad information summary.

Greece Field School application deadline is January 31

There's just over a week left to get your application in to spend your summer in Athens, Lesvos, and Thessaloniki. Sign up to see the Acropolis, Ottoman and Byzantine Imperial ruins, and the White Tower of Thessaloniki AND earn credit towards your degree at the same time! SFU Hellenic Studies invites you to see more info at www.sfu.ca/hellenic-studies/programs/field-school.

MITACS offers $6000 to do research at another university

Senior undergradates as well as graduate students are encouraged to apply for a grant from MITACS to do research with a faculty member at another university for 12 - 24 weeks. See www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/globalink/globalink-research-award for more information. Talk to your department or the university international office to identify a professor in one of the eligible destinations who works in your research area. 

Call for SFU student speakers: Navigating Higher Education as a Student with a Disability

Do you self-identify as disabled, ability diverse, neurodiverse/neurodivergent/neuroatypical, Deaf/deaf or hard of hearing, a person with a disability, or person with presumed impairment(s)? If so, are you an SFU student interested in sharing your experience navigating higher education? If you answered yes to these two questions, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiative would like to invite you to express your interest in speaking on a student-led panel on Navigating Higher Education as a Student with a Disability (tentative date: March 1, 2019). This event is supported by the EDI and Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL). To find out more or express your interest in speaking on the panel, please contact panel coordinator, Jewelles Smith.

Student volunteer opportunities

  • Surrey Games Lounge needs volunteers. Apply to be a Games Lounge Volunteer (Surrey) on myInvolvement by January 23. 
  • SFU Public Square is recruiting in-office volunteers for 2019. Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operations of SFU Public Square, learn new hands-on skills, and work on a wide variety of tasks, such as event planning, communications, design, and research. If you’re passionate about community engagement and have a desire to contribute to community building, this may be the opportunity for you.
  • Interested in a career in safety and security? Come volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program.

Submit to SFU's literary journal

Lyre magazine, SFU World Literature’s Undergraduate literary journal, awaits your submissions for its momentous 10th year anniversary edition. We invite you to submit your best works of short fiction, poetry, prose, translation, visual art, and more to be considered for publication.

P2L 1 is back and bigger than ever!

Passport to Leadership 1: Foundations of Leadership introduces you to a broad range of leadership skills. With multiple cohorts offered at all three campuses, you are bound to find one that fits your schedule. Take this opportunity to learn more of yourself and to enhance your life skills.

Make Vietnamese salad rolls

Drop by the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013) on January 30 from 5:00 - 7:00pm for the monthly Global Kitchen. This month: Vietnamese salad rolls. Meet new people and learn about recipes and dishes around the world. All participants will have the opportunity to join in the cooking and of course EATING! All ingredients are provided. Please note that as space is limited - participants must register in advance. Save your spot now!

Reading break

Please check your calendars: the BC Government moved BC Family Day to February 18 for 2019 and Reading Break is now February 19 - 24. Older calendars may still list BC Family Day as February 11. When in doubt check the official list at Academic Dates

Lectures coming up

  • "Towards an HIV Cure: Challenges and Prospects", a free public lecture. This President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS talk features Dr. Zabrina Brumme (Molecular Biologist and Epidemiologist, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) speaking on Tuesday January 22 from 6:30 - 7:30pm in ASB 10900, KEY Presentation Studio, Burnaby campus. Free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP

  • Breaking Ground: Indigenous Media and Cultural Institutions in Canada after 1990, is the next lecture in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology's Spring Colloquia series. Monday January 28 1:00 - 2:30pm in AQ 3154. Dr. Karrmen Crey is Sto:lo and a member of the Cheam Band. Her research examines the rise of Indigenous media in Canada, and the institutions of media culture that Indigenous media practitioners have historically engaged and navigated to produce their work. Her current research examines Indigenous film festivals and Indigenous digital media, particularly Indigenous virtual reality and augmented reality.

  • The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue would like to invite you to our public lecture “Positioning Canada for 2030 in a World of Dynamic Change” on January 30 from 5:30-7pm with Elissa Golberg, Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada. 

  • The Munro Lecture: Generous Thinking with Kathleen Fitzpatrick. How can we cultivate more productive relationships between universities and the public? February 6 at Harbour Centre. From SFU Public Square. Register online.

Basketball doubleheader Thursday January 24

Come to the West Gym on Thursday, January 24, at 5:15pm (Women) and 7:15pm (Men). SFU Athletics offers free admission for SFU and FIC students and staff. @SFUClan. And come to the games Saturday January 26.

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Student Services
Burnaby | Surrey | Vancouver

2019 January 7: Student Bulletin: week of welcome • upass • tuition • more

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Week of Welcome

Enjoy Week of Welcome events during January 8 - 10.

Ask me!

Lost? Faculty and staff wearing a red Ask Me button will answer your questions. Look for the buttons during the first week of classes.

Deadlines

The last day to drop courses for 100% refund of tuition is Wednesday January 9. Check out all the deadlines at www.sfu.ca/students/deadlines.

Tuition is due January 16

Avoid lineups and save time by paying your tuition fees with your financial institution via internet/telephone banking no later than 11:59pm Wednesday January 16. If you pay in person, we accept debit and cheques only. Cash is not accepted at the Registrar and Information Services offices or at Residence and Housing. For more information on how to pay fees and the penalty for late payment, please see www.sfu.ca/students/fees/howtopay.html

January U-Pass BC available

The January U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. February’s will be available January 16. The 2019 Spring U-Pass BC exemption application is available online and the submission deadline is Wednesday January 9 at 4:30pm. Note: the U-Pass BC term fee will not be assessed to your student financial account until the next business day after you enroll in courses.

FASScinating breadth courses

From Narratives of Encounter and Survival (ENGL 111) to Heroic Greek Tales (HS 209) to First Nations Ethnozoology (FNST 222), FASS offers courses that will satisfy breadth and writing requirements for all SFU students. See the full list of FASS courses with spaces and no (or low) prerequisites.

Welcome Back reception January 10

Let's kick off the Spring 2019 term with some food, activities, and prizes! Get the opportunity to meet and connect with students and staff at SFU. Learn about resources and services available to you on and off campus. Light dinner and refreshments will be served. January 10 from 4:30 - 6:30pm in the James Douglas Safe Study Space, Burnaby campus (AQ 2000 west near Menchies). Open to all students. Registration required.

SFSS Club Days

Club Days is the most popular SFSS event on campus: there’s a hobby and student union for everyone – find one that suits your interests! Burnaby campus Clubs Days are January 15 - 18 in the North AQ, South AQ, Saywell Hall, and Blusson Hall from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Please note that on Friday, January 18, Clubs Days will be only in the North AQ. Surrey campus Clubs Day are January 22 - 23 at Surrey Mezzanine from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Different clubs each day.

Recreation Trial Week January 14-18

Not sure which Martial Arts class to join? Interested in Yoga or Pilates? Want to try Masters Swim, Indoor Cycling, or Group Fitness? Then join us for Trial Week to try out as many programs as you want for FREE!

Reading break

Please check your calendars: the BC Government moved BC Family Day to February 18 for 2019 and Reading Break is now February 19 - 24. Older calendars may still list BC Family Day as February 11. When in doubt check the official list at Academic Dates

Bursary application deadline - all students

The Bursary application for Spring is currently open for all new and current students undergraduate and graduate, both domestic and international. The deadline to apply online and submit your completed application is Friday, January 11. To apply, please log in to goSFU:  click Self-service, Student Centre, Apply for Bursaries/Work-Study. 

Please note that students will not be assessed for Work-Study during this Bursary application period. If you applied previously during our Work-Study application period (back in November) for the Spring 2019 term, please do not apply again. Your application will automatically be reviewed for bursary funding for the Spring term. For more information please visit the Financial Aid and Awards website.

Undergraduate scholarships and awards application deadline

The Undergraduate Scholarship and Award application is currently open. The application and supporting documents deadline for Spring term is Friday January 11. The online application can be found on goSFU under Apply for Scholarships/Awards. No late applications/ documentation will be accepted. More information.

Need to see a Financial Aid and Awards advisor?

If you can't find an answer to your question through our website, please come by and see an advisor in person. This support is available to both undergraduate and graduate students at SFU. Drop in or make an appointment at 778-782-6930.

New student ID cards

Are you a new student needing an SFU ID Card? Visit our ID Facility at the Burnaby campus in MBC 1302, open from January 2 - 17. Students can also get their ID cards at Surrey and Vancouver campuses during regular office hours.

Registrar and Information Services hours

Registrar office hours are online at www.sfu.ca/students/contact.html. If you're at Burnaby and don't want to wait in line to talk to us, text "sfu burnaby" to 778.383.7663. You’ll get a text message back asking you to choose the service you need and then updates so you know when to come back.

FASS Welcome Workshops

In your first term or two in Arts and Social Sciences at SFU? Attend a free FASS workshop focusing on your success using the Library and Learning Commons, Career and Volunteer Services, Academic Advising and Co-operative Education.

GSC Open House January 16

Come in from the cold for a hot chocolate bar, snacks, hot soup and fun games on January 16 from 12:30pm for an Open House and Winter Warm-up, while supplies last. You will also have an opportunity to meet with the team and ask any questions you have about the GSC and the fun events they run. Global Student Centre (AQ 2013).

Job Search Success (online)

Take Job Search Success Online and receive expert feedback on your cover letter and resume, and engage in activities that are relevant in today's diverse workplace. Think differently about your experiences and how your unique background can positively contribute to your job search. Cost: $20; non-refundable after course start date. Register now on myExperience OR myInvolvement.

Effective Intercultural Communication (online)

Want to be a culturally competent professional in today’s globalized workforce? This free self-paced online course gives you the opportunity to: integrate theory and practice of understanding and navigating cultural differences at school or in the workplace, have an increased awareness of how your cultural influences can affect your intercultural interactions, know how to think differently about your experiences and about others’ experiences, as well as understand the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous cultures in Canada. Register now on myExperience OR myInvolvement.

Starry Nights

January 11 is the next in the series of Friday night events at the Trottier Observatory on Burnaby campus (subject to cancellation due to the weather: follow @sfutrottobs on Twitter or check the website).

Out on Campus open house

To celebrate the new term, as well as the introduction of our new coordinator, Out on Campus invites you to our Open House. We will be inviting representatives from LGBTQ+ related services from SFU and the community to give you the opportunity to meet new people, get more resources/information, and network! We hope to see you there. January 23 from 1:00pm - 3:30pm in TC 314N.

Library Open House January 11

We want your input! Join us at our open house on Friday January 11, and help refine the vision for a re-imagined Bennett Library. Everyone welcome! Noon-1:30pm, Room 3008, Bennett Library. 

Safe Walk

It’s dark early these days. Don’t want to walk alone? Call for a Safe Walk security esc*rt 24/7 to support safe travel on campus. (Can call from any of the Security phones on campus.)

Breakfast with the President

President Andrew Petter is hosting Breakfast with the President on February 8. Open to faculty, staff and students, this breakfast is an opportunity to share perspectives about university issues in an informal setting.

Restorative Justice

There is still time to register for Introduction to Restorative Justice which begins online January 21. You will learn about the psychology of harm and how restorative processes like dialogue and consensus-building support trauma recovery and prevent harm. We are also still accepting applications for the full certificate program on a rolling basis.

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SFU

Join the dialogue and show your commitment towards ending sexual violence by creating a culture of consent, care and respect. Learn more about SAAM initiatives and events at www.sfu.ca/SAAM. SAAM is intended to be an inclusive, intersectional, trauma informed and action-based program. Please join us on Monday January 14 from 3:00 - 4:30pm at our Open House in the Fraser Room of the Diamond Alumni Club.

Student volunteer opportunities

  • Interested in a career in safety and security? Come volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program.
  • Surrey Games Lounge needs volunteers. Apply to be a Games Lounge Volunteer (Surrey) on myInvolvement by January 23. 
  • SFU Public Square is recruiting in-office volunteers for 2019. Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operations of SFU Public Square, learn new hands-on skills, and work on a wide variety of tasks, such as event planning, communications, design, and research. If you’re passionate about community engagement and have a desire to contribute to community building, this may be the opportunity for you.

Student Learning Commons

Student Learning Commons (SLC) offers workshops throughout the term and offers services on all three campuses, such as Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners starting January 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students with disabilities

If you are a student with a verified disability and want to explore possible academic supports please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as soon as possible. More info about registering at the CAL is available online. 

Exchange

Apply for Exchange to Study Abroad in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 - next deadline January 25. Explore your options, check your eligibility, and find out how you can apply for exchange. Or find out more about the exchange application documents and process in-person on Wednesday January 9 11:30am - 12:20pm. WMC 3210, Burnaby campus. Register.

Korea summer

Korea University International Summer Campus Info Session - Summer 2019. Join representatives from Korea University to explore your options to spend your Summer studying in Korea. Friday January 18, 4:00 - 5:00pm (Global Student Centre in AQ 2013.1) Register.

Summer Field Schools

  • France English Field School – Summer 2019. Spend your summer 2019 overseas on the France English Field School studying travel and expatriate literary culture in Paris, Tours and surrounding cities. Next information session: Wednesday January 9 at 10:30am (Global Student Centre in AQ 2013.1) Register.
  • Hellenic Studies: Greece Field School – Summer 2019. Come learn how you can complete 10 units in Greece during Summer 2019 and have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. Next information session: Thursday January 10 at 11:30am (AQ 6204) Register.
  • NATO Field School – Summer 2019. Come learn about the SFU-NATO Field School and Simulation summer program taking place in Belgium, Italy, Latvia and Romania. Next information session: Tuesday January 15 at 2:30pm (WMC 3255) Register.
  • Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime Field School – Summer 2019. Come learn about how you can complete three units in Scotland while visiting and studying with local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in cybercrime. Next information session: Friday January 18 at 11:30am (Global Student Centre in AQ 2013.1) Register.

Surrey Games Lounge

Drop by the Mezzanine for a pop-up Surrey Games Lounge with free ping pong, foosball, board games, free beverages and snacks, January 15 and 16! More dates to follow.

Join TumblerShare, save a cup! 

Fight disposable waste culture and have your coffee too. Become a member of TumblerShare and you will receive a reusable tumbler for your hot drinks from Renaissance. 

Lectures coming up

  • The Lived Experience: Art, Advocacy, and HIV Art Exhibit Launch and Reception: January 8 6:00 - 9:30pm) at the Segal Centre, Harbour Centre. This multimedia arts exhibition, launching the SFU President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS, invites you to consider works that explore the experience of living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and also highlight Vancouver’s role in HIV activism and awareness. Free, but seating is limited. RSVP.
  • Rethinking BC Referendums - Is there a way to consult the public without divisive rhetoric and poor-quality public discourse? When is a referendum an appropriate tool? Come to the Bruce & Lis Welch Community Dialogue with John Gastil on January 31. More information and (free) tickets.
  • The Munro Lecture: Generous Thinking with Kathleen Fitzpatrick. How can we cultivate more productive relationships between universities and the public? February 6 at Harbour Centre. From SFU Public Square.  Register online.

Winter safety

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2018 December 19: Student Bulletin: week of welcome • holiday closures • upass • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Season's Greetings!

Simon Fraser University sends warm wishes this holiday season and for the upcoming year. Hear about some favourite traditions in this seasonal video

Holiday closures

All campus offices will be closed between Tuesday December 25 and Tuesday January 1 inclusive. Also, many offices may be closing early on December 24.

SFU Bookstores are open 9:00am - 5:00pm starting January 2.  Classes begin Thursday January 3. Please note: the BC Government changed BC Family Day to February 18.

December 21 is last chance to apply for Change Lab

Are you an SFU student looking for a program that encourages you to think deeply about systemic issues in the city of Vancouver, while earning credits towards your degree? Civic Innovation Change Lab provides students with the networks, tools, and resources to explore these issues and create business solutions to tackle them. Apply by December 21. 

Staying on campus?

The Dining Hall (by the dorms) is open during the holiday break December 18 - 31: Brunch 10:30am – 1:30pm, Dinner 5:30 – 7:00pm. *Note: December 25 – Dining Hall is open for dinner only. Visit dining.sfu.ca.

Interfaith Christmas Eve dinner 

Any student on campus on December 24 is invited to dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24, 6:30-8:30pm in the James Douglas Safe Study Area (adjacent to AQ2013). The Interfaith Centre will provide all the main dishes, Christmas hats, crackers and fun. Come join in and meet new friends and celebrate with old ones too. Invite a friend. We will also have lots of good music, general Christmas cheer & a bit of a Charlie Brown Christmas theme. RSVP or see more information

Counselling available 24/7 even on Christmas

My Student Support Program (My SSP) offers support anywhere, any time, in several languages. You can phone or you can download My SSP for Android or iPhone. Also gives access to articles and videos for positive mental health. You aren’t alone.

Apply by January 2 to be an international peer leader

Gain paid hands-on experience with event planning, market research and intercultural communication as an International Peer Leader. Apply on myInvolvement: Opportunity ID 4719. The International Peer Leader position is a part-time position for undergraduate students committed to representing the university and serving members of the SFU community.

FASScinating breadth courses

From Narratives of Encounter and Survival (ENGL 111) to Boccaccio's Decameron (ITAL 392), from Moral Problems (PHIL 120) to First Nations Ethnozoology (FNST 222), FASS offers courses that will satisfy breadth and writing requirements for all SFU students. See the full list of FASS courses with spaces and no (or low) prerequisites.

Spring term program on HIV/AIDS

Still not sure what to take in the Spring term? Apply to participate in the (5-credit) Spring 2019 President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS. This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Classes are held mainly at SFU's Burnaby campus with a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver and SFU Surrey's campuses on Tuesday evenings (5:30–8:30 PM). Applications will be accepted until the first week of classes! 

Parking Permit sales for spring term

Parking permits for the Spring Term are currently for sale at the Parking & Sustainable Mobility Office at MBC 0027. Outdoor and Indoor permits often sell out within the first day or two of the term, so buy your permit now for best selection.

Week of Welcome

Enjoy Week of Welcome events during January 8 - 10. The Welcome Back Reception January 10 from 4:30 - 6:30pm in the James Douglas Safe Study Space, Burnaby campus (AQ 2000 west near Menchies) is open to all students.

Ask me!

Lost? Faculty and staff wearing a red Ask Me button will answer your questions. Look for the buttons during the first week of classes.

January U-Pass BC available

The January U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. February’s will be available January 16. The 2019 Spring U-Pass BC exemption application is available online and the submission deadline is Wednesday January 9 at 4:30pm. Note: the U-Pass BC term fee is not assessed to your student financial account until the next business day after you enroll in courses.

Campus maps on your iOS or Android phone

Download SFU Snap and get maps, emergency notifications, your library record and exam schedules all on your Android or iOS phone. And try the other apps, too.

Tuition is due January 16

Avoid lineups and save time by paying your tuition fees with your financial institution via internet/telephone banking no later than 11:59pm Wednesday January 16. If you pay in person, we accept debit and cheques only. Note cash is not accepted at the Registrar and Information Services offices or at Residence and Housing. For more information on how to pay fees and the penalty for late payment, please see www.sfu.ca/students/fees/howtopay.html

Deadlines

The last day to drop courses for 100% refund of tuition is January 9. Check out all the deadlines at www.sfu.ca/students/deadlines.

P2L 1 is back and bigger than ever!

Passport to Leadership 1: Foundations of Leadership introduces you to a broad range of leadership skills. With multiple cohorts offered at all three campuses, you are bound to find one that fits your schedule.

Use the Student Learning Commons

In addition to their useful blog, the SLC offers workshops throughout the term, and offers services on all three campuses.

Students with disabilities

If you are a student with a verified disability and want to explore possible academic supports please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as soon as possible. More info about registering at the CAL is available online. 

The Centre for Students with Disabilities changed its name to the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) effective November 2018. The new title better reflects the Centre’s current services and programs, acknowledges the significant paradigm shift in the way disabilities are conceptualized, and supports SFU’s increasing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Ombudsperson report

The 2017 annual report from the Ombudsperson’s Office is now available online. Find out more about what the office does.

Reconciliation

The Reconciliation Quarterly Report summarizes the progress made on the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council report's 34 calls to action since the release of the report, specifically from July - September 2018.

Exchange

Explore the world outside SFU while receiving credit toward your degree. Search subject areas for one of SFU’s 120+ partner universities in 45+ countries. Apply for Exchange for a full term abroad or a short-term summer program! Upcoming deadline: January 25 for the Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020. 

Not sure how to make it happen? Attend an Exchange info session as we walk through the steps of how to complete your application for exchange and answer any questions you may have. January 9,  11:30am - 12:20pm, WMC 3210. Register online.

Summer Field Schools

Check out all our Summer 2019 Field Schools in English, Humanities, Criminology, Political Science, Contemporary Arts, and Hellenic Studies, accepting applications from students of all disciplines. Application deadlines vary up to February 20. Attend an info session Friday January 4 at 1:30pm on spending your Summer 2019 in the Czech Republic as part of the Prague Humanities Field School, with study of European society and culture, history, literature, art and film and contemporary politics. Global Student Centre, AQ 2013. Register online.

Global Community offers mentoring

Feeling a little isolated at SFU? Wanting to meet new people and gain some long lasting friendships and connections? Whether this will be your first, second or fourth term at SFU, you can benefit from being a mentee in the Global Community Mentorship Program. You will have the opportunity to attend various events and meet tons of other students who are in the same boat as you! Check out our website for more details or fill out our websurvey to become part of the community.

New student ID cards

Are you a new student needing an SFU ID Card? Visit our ID Facility at the Burnaby campus in MBC 1302, open from January 2 - 17. Students can also get their ID cards at Surrey and Vancouver campuses during regular office hours.

Registrar and Information Services hours

Registrar office hours are online at www.sfu.ca/students/contact.html. If you're at Burnaby and don't want to wait in line to talk to us, text "sfu burnaby" to 778.383.7663. You’ll get a text message back asking you to choose the service you need, and updates so you know when to come back.

Join TumblerShare, save a cup! 

Fight disposable waste culture and have your coffee too! Become a member of TumblerShare and you will receive a reusable tumbler for your hot drinks from Renaissance. 

MyFinances 101

Wish you were better with money? Take the MyFinances 101 course in Canvas online. Open to the general public as well as students.

Volunteer

SFU Public Square is recruiting in-office volunteers for 2019. Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operations of SFU Public Square, learn new hands-on skills, and work on a wide variety of tasks, such as event planning, communications, design, and research. If you’re passionate about community engagement and have a desire to contribute to community building, this may be the opportunity for you.

Map the System Challenge

Map the System is a global competition organized by the University of Oxford that challenges students to think differently about social or environmental change. Map the System challenges participants to thoroughly research a specific social or environmental issue in order to fully comprehend its underlying components and to compellingly articulate their findings in a way that engages audiences and promotes understanding. Register online by January 28 at www.mapthesystem.sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Stream free movies from the SFU Library

The  SFU Library’s Media Library gives you access to Criterion on Demand and 3000+ classic movies. The library also offers Films on Demand and Met On Demand (from the Metropolitan Opera). If you have trouble with accessing library materials while off campus, the Library offers a Bookmarklet for that. 

Winter safety

  • check class and campus status updates at SFU.ca and/or on Twitter @SFU
  • visit the SFU Road Report for road conditions
  • visit the Severe Weather Page for procedures and resources
  • dress appropriately for the weather, and remember Burnaby campus is often two or more degrees colder than Burnaby city forecasts, and windier
  • make back-up plans and emergency plans
  • stay on the main pedestrian routes and use areas identified for priority snow clearing
  • use the nearest building entry from your point of arrival and use internal routes when possible
  • wear appropriate winter footwear and do the penguin shuffle (video)
  • if you drive, winterize your vehicle and store an emergency kit in your car — we recommend either "All Weather" or "Winter” tires, not “All Season”
  • if you arrive at a parking lot before it has been cleared of snow please use caution and park in a manner that allows for snow clearing later in the day as well as the safe circulation of vehicles within the parking area.
  • stay alert, drive slowly and stay in control

Campus security

Campus Public Safety has announced that on January 1 SFU will be transitioning to a new frontline security services contractor, GardaWorld.

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2018 November 19: Student Bulletin: library hours • winter warm-up • bake and book sales • more

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Bennett Library 24/7

Bennett Library at the Burnaby campus will be open 24 hours every day from 8:00am on Monday November 19 to 10:00pm on Sunday December 16 to support students writing papers and completing assignments, as well as studying for exams. Fraser Library (Surrey campus) also has extended hours from November 26 to December 15.

Winter Warm-up 

The term is almost over and you deserve a study break! Warm up for exams with festive treats and games Wednesday November 28 in Burnaby and Vancouver, and on Monday December 3 in Surrey. Find out what’s happening at your campus: www.sfu.ca/warmup

United Way events

Vancouver campus: November 21 Book sale and Bake sale 10:00am - 3:00pm (or until sold out).

Surrey campus: November 29 Book sale, raffle, and vendors at Market on the Mezz between 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Burnaby campus:

  • November 20 – Bake sale (North concourse AQ)  Purchase yummy baked goods from 8:30am - 12:00noon (or until sold out).
  • November 20 to 22 – Book sale (North concourse AQ) Pick up a new read Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm.
  • November 28 – The Great SFU Bake Off (To enter competition email by Nov 21 - $5 entry fee.)  If you would like to be a taster, come to the event on November 28 and let your tastebuds be the judge! This year's theme is: For the Love of Loaves.
  • November 29 – Faculty Smackdown Event  Come see your favourite faculty and staff debate over silly questions in this FUNdraiser! Tickets available online.

Courses for your writing and breadth requirements

Safewalk

It’s getting dark early. Wanting a Campus Security escort around campus? Remember to call for a Safe Walk security person 24/7 to support safe travel. www.sfu.ca/srs/safewalk (Use any of the direct-line blue-lighted phones, or call the non-emergency number from any campus telephone.)

Winter is here

  • Dress appropriately for the forecast, and remember Burnaby campus is often two or more degrees colder than Burnaby city forecasts, and windier.
  • Check class and campus status updates at SFU.ca and on Twitter @SFU.
  • Download the SFU snap app on your mobile device and enable push notifications to receive emergency alerts.
  • Visit the SFU Road Report for road conditions and webcams.

Centre for Students with Disabilities

After due consultation, and to better reflect contemporary best practice, the Centre for Students with Disabilities has changed its name to the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) effective November 2018. 

Want to study abroad?

Summer Field Schools

Check out our seven summer Field Schools. Application deadlines vary from December 1 to February 18. Join us for an info session where you will meet the Field School Director / professor(s) and staff who will be coordinating the program for the upcoming field schools. See Eventbrite for full list of info sessions.

  • Berlin School for the Contemporary Arts Field School – (Vancouver Info Sessions) Spend six weeks of your 2019 summer term overseas on the Berlin Contemporary Arts Field School, focusing on the contemporary arts in one of the cultural capitals of the world. Info session.
  • NATO Field School – (Vancouver Info Session) Come learn about the SFU-NATO Field School and Simulation program: five weeks at SFU in BC/Alberta and four weeks in Belgium, Italy, Latvia and Romania next summer. Info session.
  • France English Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Spend eight weeks overseas next summer on the France English Field School studying travel and expatriate literary culture in Paris, Tours and surrounding cities. Info session.
  • Hellenic Studies: Greece Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Come learn how you can complete 10 units in Greece for four weeks next summer and have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. Info session.
  • Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Join us for a two week program at the end of August to complete three units in Scotland while visiting and studying with local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in cybercrime. 
  • Prague Humanities Field School – (Vancouver Info Session) Join us for close to eight weeks of your 2019 summer in the Czech Republic as part of the Prague Humanities Field School, all while making an in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art and film and contemporary politics.

U-Pass BC

The December U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. January’s will be available December 16. Note: the U-Pass BC term fee is not assessed to your student financial account until the next business day after you enroll in courses.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

In Canada, one in two trans folks are subjected to sexual violence in their lifetime. The Women’s Centre holds vigil Tuesday November 27, gathering at 5:00pm outside of Out on Campus. www.facebook.com/events/395303597674728/.

Join TumblerShare, save a cup! 

Fight disposable waste culture and have your coffee too! Become a member of TumblerShare and you will receive a reusable tumbler for your hot drinks from Renaissance! 

Student Sustainability Educators

Start the new year meeting new friends, earning $125 and supporting #zerowaste at Surrey and Burnaby! Apply by Friday December 7 by 9:00am. 

Apply to SFU's Restorative Justice Certificate 

Interested in learning more about restorative justice? Our online Restorative Justice Certificate program starts in January and will teach you how and when to implement restorative practices in your organization, school or community. Apply now or register to attend the online info session.

Global Community mentee recruitment

Looking for an easy way to get involved on campus and meet new people? Want to meet people from diverse cultures? Want to join in on fun social events both on and off campus? Do you have questions that a senior student could help with? Be a part of the Global Community Mentorship Program - check out our website for more details or fill out our websurvey to become part of the community.

Student Communication Engagement Competition closes November 30

"If power is not transferred, engagement is not meaningful." Check out this incredible discussion about engagement and power, featuring Taylor McKinney of the SFU OLC and Aslam Bulbulia, one of last year's Student-Community Engagement Competition finalists. If you have an idea to make positive change in local communities this year, $19,000 in awards is available through the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition. The deadline to register and submit your idea is November 30.

A Sip of CARE

Investigate Health and Counselling’s series of workshops that focus on Stress, Self-Compassion, and Facing the Unknown (“what if…” questions). Every Friday we examine a range of strategies to enhance your ability to manage your well-being.

Creative Collective

  • Write a holiday card or decorate an ornament! Creative Collective will be at Winter Warm-up at Surrey, Vancouver, and Burnaby campus.
  • Parachute at the Convo Mall fire pits! On November 29, join Creative Collective and de-stress under a parachute between 12:00 noon - 3:00pm.

Global Student Centre fun

  • Thursday November 22, 5:00 - 7:00pm in AQ 2013. Join Global Kitchen, the new cooking workshop series at the GSC.
  • Wednesday November 28, 1:30 - 2:30pm in AQ 2013. Come to the Arabic Language Cafe. Join us for some Arabic snacks and a one hour mini language session.
  • Thursday November 29, 7:30 - 11:30pm. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us at Steamworks Uber Lounge in Vancouver to celebrate the holiday season with music, entertainment, and food. All students are welcome! Get your tickets

Basketball (free pancakes and bacon)

SFU Women’s Basketball home opener is Tuesday November 27 at 7:00pm in the West Gym. Enjoy free pancakes and bacon and the MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band as SFU plays its first home game against rival Western Washington. SFU & FIC students & staff admitted free.  Athletics.sfu.ca @SFUClan

Holiday Craft Fair

The annual SFSS Holiday Craft Fair will be held November 27 - 30 in the North Concourse of the AQ.

Faculty Smackdown Event

Take a one-hour break at 12:30pm, Thursday November 29, and let 12 serious professors try make you laugh by debating silly topics. This FUNdraising event is in support of United Way of the Lower Mainland. Get your ticket online or in-person for a $5 donation. 

Lectures coming up

  • "Robust Interaction in Human and Robot Teams" - President’s Faculty Lecture with Dr. Richard Vaughan, Surrey campus.  Dr. Vaughan’s Autonomy Lab develops mobile robot systems that exploit the latest sensing technology to perform sophisticated, robust interactions with the world and each other. He’ll describe a series of vision-mediated Human-Robot Interactions with teams of driving and flying robots, and explain why this work is quickly becoming important outside the lab. Wednesday November 21. Register online.

  • Free Public Lecture for President's Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public: The Future of Public Mission of Universities by Robin DeRosa. Public universities are under constant pressure to operate more like corporations and being reduced to training ground for industry. How does this affect the central mission of universities to serve the public to which they belong? Thursday November 22, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Burnaby campus. Register online.

Apply to participate in the (5-credit) Spring 2019 President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS

This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Classes are held mainly at SFU's Burnaby Campus with a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver and SFU Surrey's campuses on Tuesday evenings (5:30–8:30 PM). Deadline to apply extended to November 30

Second annual SLC Writing Contest

SLC Writing Contest deadline is December 16. We are accepting submissions of papers written for any SFU undergraduate course in the 2018 calendar year (up to and including papers being written for submission this term). In additional to cash prizes for first, second, and third place, we will publish all contest winners and honourable mentions in an Open Journal and will celebrate the contest winners with a "invitation-only" reading of their work.

DEMOfest 2018: Flexible Education

DEMOfest is SFU’s annual showcase of teaching and learning solutions held at Halpern Centre on Wednesday November 21 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. It’s an interactive exhibition for the entire academic community (students included), and this year features 20 tables and 11 presentations with an emphasis on Flexible Education. Drop in for an hour or stay for the whole day. It’s free, there’s no need to register, and there will be refreshments. 

Sum of Our Memories Exhibition

In collaboration with Turn/Up Press (the student imprint of CISP Press at SFU), PUB 431 students explore different facets of memory while investigating the formats of publication and the act of publishing itself, to explore how form and content can enhance or distort the experience of reading the material at hand. The exhibition features unique student projects on the theme of memory and nostalgic candy to enhance the experience. Nov 30–Dec 20 at Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver campus.

Drop-in programs

Health & Counselling has free drop-in programs to support your well-being including a fitness class, yoga, and meditation. Find something that works with your schedule.

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2018 November 5: Student Bulletin:  Winterfest • GIS Day • Field Schools • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Winterfest is Wednesday November 7th

Winter is coming: are you prepared? Check out Winterfest Wednesday, November 7 in Convocation Mall. Come warm up with hot chocolate and cookies while you purchase emergency kits and learn what to do in a storm. Also enter to win great prizes including Canucks tickets!

U-Pass BC

The November U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. December's will be available November 16.

Survey reminder on classrooms

SFU is working on designing better classrooms. As part of learning what works and what doesn’t, we want to find out what you think. Take the survey to let us know and you will be entered into a draw for a Starbucks gift card, or let us know on social media by using hashtag #myclassroomSFU.

talk:library

SFU students, tell us what you want for YOUR library! Join Dean of Libraries @BirdGwen to share your ideas & questions. Lunch is provided! Tuesday November 13, 12:30-1:30 at the Surrey campus.

Global Student Centre fun

  • Wednesday November 7, 11:30am - 1:30pm in AQ 2013. Diwali Celebration: join us for delicious samosas and Indian sweets, a fun diya-painting workshop and lots of entertainment!
  • Wednesday November 14, 1:30 - 2:30pm in AQ 2013. Mandarin Language Cafe: come and learn about Mandarin as well as the culture. Join us for some Mandarin snacks and a one hour mini language session.
  • Thursday November 22, 5:00 - 7:00pm in AQ 2013. Join Global Kitchen, the new cooking workshop series at the GSC.

United Way Book Sale

Have books you don’t want any more? The Burnaby campus United Way Book Sale is happening November 20-22 and we are scouting book donations left and right. Drop off your favourite reads at the Bennett Library by November 14, and give them a second life! And check the schedule for United Way events on all three campuses.

Blue phones

Notice blue phones around campus? Use these emergency phones on campus to contact Campus Security 24/7 or to request a Safe Walk any time.

Second annual SLC Writing Contest

SLC Writing Contest deadline is December 16 and we are accepting submissions of papers written for any SFU undergraduate course in the 2018 calendar year (up to and including papers being written for submission this term). In additional to cash prizes for first, second, and third place, we will publish all contest winners and honourable mentions in an Open Journal and will celebrate the contest winners with a "invitation-only" reading of their work.

Holiday Craft Fair

The annual SFSS Holiday Craft Fair will be held November 27 - 30 in the North Concourse of the AQ.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day November 14

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the GIS community, and takes place on Wednesday, November 14, at SFU's Vancouver campus. Register now.

E-waste cellphone recyling on campus Thursday

Have an old phone (working or not) that you can donate to help create a more digitally equal society? rEcycle, a Go Green initiative, is hosting a collection booth on Thursday, November 8 from 12:30 - 2:00pm at West Mall (WMC). If you cannot make it, we can meet you! Email us at re.cycle.better.today@gmail.com.

Be bear aware

Remember to be aware of bears and other wildlife, particularly on Burnaby campus. Follow these tips to avoid encounters on and call Campus Security (778-782-4500) to report. www.sfu.ca/srs/wildlife

Apply for Spring 2019 President's Dream Colloquium (5 units)

Apply to participate in the President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS. This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Classes are held mainly at SFU’s Burnaby campus with a couple of lectures taking place at SFU's Vancouver and Surrey campuses on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm. Apply by November 15.

Lectures coming up

  • Free Public Lecture for President's Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public: Global participation in knowledge production by Dr. Hebe Vessuri. Knowledge is power, and in our interconnected world who holds that power? A pioneer of the anthropology of science, Dr. Vessuri will discuss the opportunities and challenges of international knowledge production, raising questions about public policy, open access, social theory, and the future of science and technology. Thursday November 8, 5:30 - 7:00pm, SFU Burnaby Campus. RSVP.

  • The next instalment in Hellenic Studies' Fall Seminar Series is on Friday November 9 at 2:30pm. Our resident Byzantinist Dr. Dimitris Krallis, will be presenting a talk entitled: “Weber and Byzantium: Impersonal Governance and the Premodern.” Please RSVP.

  • "AI and the Transportation Revolution: Who Actually Benefits?" is the first lecture in this year's KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative's lecture series. This series kicks off Wednesday, November 14, with a lively panel session featuring Shelley Chapelski (Norton Rose Fulbright), Jason Millar (University of Ottawa) and Kevin Oldknow (Simon Fraser University) debating who actually benefits in this transportation revolution. Join us as we critically examine AI and the future of transportation. Register online.

  • Robust Interaction in Human and Robot Teams" - President’s Faculty Lecture with Dr. Richard Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan’s Autonomy Lab develops mobile robot systems that exploit the latest sensing technology to perform sophisticated, robust interactions with the world and each other. He’ll describe a series of vision-mediated Human-Robot Interactions with teams of driving and flying robots, and explain why this work is quickly becoming important outside the lab. Surrey campus on Wednesday November 21. Register online.

Faculty Smackdown event

Take a one hour break on November 29 and for a small donation share some laughs at SFU's 7th annual Faculty Smackdown Event. It’s a FUNdraiser for charity. Twelve faculty members, nominated by students, and one moderator, debate silly topics and vie for laughs to win. Check out this year's faculty volunteers at www.sfu.ca/unitedway/smackdown. Audience determines the champions, and which debaters bring home the Gnome-It-All award!

Creative Collective

Surrey: on November 6 and 7 join Creative Collective in the mezzanine and take a break. Make a list, craft a card, or colour a masterpiece and balance your day with a creative activity.

Burnaby: on November 8 learn to knit with Jennifer. Creative Collective will be in the All Genders Resources Area of the Women's Centre. No experience required, all materials provided.

Join TumblerShare, save a cup!

Fight disposable waste culture and have your coffee too. Become a member of TumblerShare and you will receive a reusable tumbler for your hot drinks from Renaissance.

Dog therapy at Surrey campus

Join us for canine cuddles in the Surrey mezzanine on November 6 and 7. Dogs from St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program will be joining us from 12:00 - 2:00pm.

Let's Talk Cannabis

Join the Student Health Advisory Committee for a dialogue on cannabis including what legalization means for the individual and the wider society. Lunch provided.

Relationship workshop for couples

Are you in a happy and committed relationship? Are you interested in learning new skills to help keep little problems in your relationship from becoming big ones? SFU Clinical Psychology graduate students are offering a FREE 4-day Relationship Enhancement Workshop for couples. The workshop will be on November 25 (10am-3pm), November 29 (6.30-9.30pm), December 6 (6.30-9.30pm), and December 13 (6.30-9.30pm). Attendance at all four workshop days is required. To learn more visit www.sfu.ca/sfucoupleslab.html or email Dr. Rebecca Cobb. Spots are limited.

Join the Global Community Mentorship Program

Looking for an easy way to get involved on campus and meet new people? Want to meet people from diverse cultures? Want to join in on fun social events both on and off campus? Or do you have questions that a senior student could help with? Be a part of the Global Community Mentorship Program. Check out our website for more details or fill out our websurvey to become part of the community.

Flu vaccine clinics

The flu (a.k.a. influenza) is a highly contagious virus that infects millions of people every year. You can get your flu vaccine on campus at one of the Flu Vaccine Clinics running until November 15.

Want to study abroad?

Summer Field Schools

Check out our seven summer Field Schools. Application deadlines vary from December 1 – February 18. Join us for an info session where you will meet the Field School Director / professor(s) and staff who will be coordinating the program for the upcoming field schools. See Eventbrite for full list of info sessions.

  • Berlin School for the Contemporary Arts Field School – (Vancouver Info Sessions) Spend six weeks of your summer 2019 term overseas on the Berlin Contemporary Arts Field School focusing on the contemporary arts in one of the cultural capitals of the world. First info session is November 7.
  • Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Join us for a two week program at the end of August to complete three units in Scotland while visiting and studying with local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in cybercrime. Info session.
  • Prague Humanities – Field School (Vancouver Info Session) Join us for close to eight weeks of your summer 2019 in the Czech Republic as part of the Prague Humanities Field School, all while gathering an in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art and film and contemporary politics. Info session.
  • NATO Field School – Summer 2019 (Vancouver Info Session) Come learn about the SFU-NATO Field School and Simulation program: five weeks at SFU in BC/Alberta and four weeks in Belgium, Italy, Latvia and Romania. Info session.
  • France English Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Spend eight weeks overseas next summer on the France English Field School studying travel and expatriate literary culture in Paris, Tours and surrounding cities. Info session.
  • Hellenic Studies: Greece Field School – (Burnaby Info Session) Come learn how you can complete 10 units in Greece, for four weeks next summer and have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. Info session.

Drop-in programs

Health & Counselling has free drop-in programs to support your well-being including a fitness class, yoga, and meditation. Find something that works with your schedule.

 

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2018 October 22: Student Bulletin:  surveys • puppies • study abroad • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Less than 5-minute survey on communication from SFU, $500 in cash prizes

We (the university) want to improve our communication and provide you with an even better experience at SFU. Please take a quick five minute survey and then enter your name into the draw to win one of five $100 cash prizes!

Registrar and Information Services notices

  • The 2019 Spring term (1191) class schedules are now available for viewing at goSFU using class search.
  • Registrar and Information Services offices will have limited hours: Wednesday October 24 the Surrey office will be open from 1:00pm - 4:30pm, and Monday October 29 the Vancouver office will be open from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Change in refund cheque policy

If you are expecting to pick up a refund cheque from Student Accounts, please note that your cheque will not be released until you enroll in Direct Deposit to your Canadian bank account. To pick up your refund cheque you must either show in goSFU that you have already signed up for Direct Deposit or bring a Direct Deposit slip filled out by your bank or a blank/void cheque from your Canadian bank account so we can set up Direct Deposit for you. 

Cheques not picked up by January 20, 2019, will be destroyed (your student account will be credited the amount) and no future refunds will be issued until you have signed up for Direct Deposit.

Flu vaccine clinics

The flu (a.k.a. influenza) is a highly contagious virus that infects millions of people every year. You can get your flu vaccine on campus at one of the Flu Vaccine Clinics running from October 23 until November 15.

CyberAwareness

Do “they" really need that information? Learn how to protect your digital privacy at www.sfu.ca/itservices.

U-Pass BC

The October and November U-Pass BC are currently available on the U-Pass BC website. December's will be available November 16.

Dog therapy

Add some extra self-care into your study routine and make time for canine cuddles. Therapy dogs will be at Surrey and Vancouver campuses in November to share some love and encouragement as you get ready for exam season. Or visit the all-genders resource area of the Women’s Centre (TC3014) Wednesday October 24 between 9:30am and noon to cuddle with Ezzy the Australian Shepherd

Cat therapy

Purr. Kittens are joining us from VOKRA for an afternoon of socialization and paws-itivity. If you need a cat fix, swing by MBC on October 25 between noon and 2:00pm. 

Get academic help from the Student Learning Commons

In addition to their useful blog, the SLC offers workshops throughout the term, and offers services on all three campuses.

Undergraduate Student Survey reminder

Remember you could win one of eight cash prizes (up to $1,000) if you fill out the undergraduate student survey you were emailed last month. The survey is confidential. Make your opinion count

Cultural Appropriation workshop Tuesday, October 23

How do you feel about Kim Kardashian rocking corn rows? Justin Bieber in dreadlocks? What about festival goers wearing Indigenous headdresses? Confused about cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation? Join the Global Engagement Student Committee for an interactive workshop and dialogue around these issues. Free pizza provided! Register

Mandarin Language Cafe November 7

Come learn some introductory phrases in Mandarin, meet some new people, and enjoy some Mandarin snacks at the November 7 Language Cafe

Halloween party October 31

Come to the Global Student Centre on Wednesday, October 31 at 12:30pm. Eat. Drink. Be Scary. Free food, drinks and pumpkins are provided while supplies last. Celebrate Halloween!

Speaking with Hands and Territories

The SFU Gallery is hosting Charlene Vickers and Roxanne Charles on Territories on Saturday October 27. For more about Charlene Vickers' project Speaking with Hands and Territories visit: www.sfu.ca/galleries/sfu-gallery/SFU-gallery.

Criminology career fair at Surrey on Thursday October 25

SFU Criminology is hosting various agencies, departments and schools to provide an opportunity for students and the public to learn more about possible hiring and volunteer opportunities in the criminology field. Join us on Thursday October 25 between 10:30 am to 2:30 pm for this drop-in event at SFU Surrey (Mezzanine level). 

Survey reminder on classrooms

SFU is working on designing better classrooms. As part of learning what works and what doesn’t, we want to find out what you think. Take the survey to let us know and you will be entered into a draw for a Starbucks gift card, or let us know on social media by using hashtag #myclassroomSFU.

Lectures coming up

  • “Indigenous Ecologies of Wellbeing, Sustainability and Food Justice", a seminar with Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano on Tuesday, October 23 at World Art Centre, SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Building. Please RSVP 

  • “Citizen Science”, a free public Lecture for President’s Dream Colloquium. Shannon Dosemagen is the Executive Director of the Public Lab and acting Vice Chair of the US EPA National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. Thursday October 25, ASB 10900, Burnaby campus. Free but seating is limited; RSVP today!

  • “Amplifying Women’s Voices in the Media" is Shari Graydon's keynote address at SFU’s Emerging Thought Leaders on October 31.

  • Robust Interaction in Human and Robot Teams" - President’s Faculty Lecture with Dr. Richard Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan’s Autonomy Lab develops mobile robot systems that exploit the latest sensing technology to perform sophisticated, robust interactions with the world and each other. He’ll describe a series of vision-mediated Human-Robot Interactions with teams of driving and flying robots, and explain why this work is quickly becoming important outside the lab. Surrey campus on Wednesday November 21. Register online.

talk:library

SFU students, tell us what you want for YOUR library! Join Dean of Libraries @BirdGwen to share your ideas & questions. Lunch is provided! Tuesday October 30, 11:30-12:30 at the Vancouver campus, Wednesday October 31, 12:30-1:30 at the Burnaby campus, and Tuesday November 13, 12:30-1:30 at the Surrey campus.

Exchange and Field School applications now open

Research the opportunities to study abroad and earn credits towards your SFU degree. Both Exchange and Field School options available. Check out the Funding page: it may not be as expensive as you think. Not sure you meet the requirements? Check out Eligiblity and Selection and more. Exchange application deadline: January 25; Field School deadlines vary. More info

Study abroad information sessions 

GPS Buddy Program applications open

Gain intercultural experience right here on campus. Join the GPS Buddy Program and help welcome a new exchange student to SFU. Receive official SAP recognition for your participation. Deadline October 30.

Become a Peer Educator

Peer Education programs are recruiting: FASS, Global Engagement Student Committee, Learning & Writing Peers, and NEW SFU Public Square Peer Educators (Oct 30).

Budget consultations

Be part of the process. Attend one of the open budget consultation meetings (requires valid SFU login to view) or watch a live webcast. Next one is Thursday October 25 on Surrey campus.

@SFUClan varsity games (free admission for SFU students)

  • October 25 and October 27 at 7:00pm at Terry Fox Field watch the final two home games for NCAA No. 1 ranked men’s soccer: @SFUClan.
  • Thursday November 1 at 7:00pm in the West Gym watch the penultimate home game as @SFUClan Volleyball pushes for a playoff berth into the NCAA tournament.
  • Saturday November 3 at 1:00pm at Terry Fox Field cheer on @SFUClan Football against Western Oregon University Wolves.
  • Saturday November 5 at 5:00pm in the West Gym watch the final home game as @SFUClan Volleyball pushes for a playoff berth into the NCAA tournament.
  • Watch ClanTV live and on-demand: athletics.sfu.ca


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2018 October 9: Student Bulletin:  Mental Health Day • dogs and cats • SFU snap • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Do you have the app?

If you have an iOS or Android phone, access alerts with SFU snap to get emergency push-notifications as well as course schedules, exams, your library record, etc.

U-Pass BC

The October U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. November's will be available October 16.

Dog Therapy

Add some self-care into your study routine and make time for an afternoon of canine cuddles. Therapy dogs will be here to share some love and encouragement as you get ready for exam season at all three campuses. 

Cat Therapy

Take a break! Kittens are joining us from VOKRA for an afternoon of socialization and paws-itivity. If you need a cat fix, swing by on October 25. 

Get academic help from the Student Learning Commons

In addition to their useful blog, the SLC offers workshops throughout the term, and offers services on all three campuses.

Mental Health Day is Wednesday

Wednesday October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Join the conversation on World Mental Health Day and see what supports are available for you and your community. Find ways to support your well-being, de-stress with fun activities, and connect with campus groups and programs. Join the conversation October 10, 10:00am to 3:00pm at Burnaby and Surrey campuses.

ShakeOut Day is October 18

Are you prepared for an earthquake? Download the SFU snap app and watch for drill notifications. Then follow along to the ShakeOut video at 10:18am and "Drop, Cover, Hold On". Check out ShakeOut.org and the BC government earthquake preparedness website.

Student-Community Engagement Competition

Working WITH community takes heart and resources. YOU have the heart, and the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition can help with the resources. $19,000 in awards is available for projects that work with community to have meaningful impact. Every amazing journey starts with a first step. Take yours today.

Contemporary Arts Season Pass

On sale now! A season of School for the Contemporary Arts events for one low price: SFU Students (with valid student ID cards): $25.00, SFU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $36.00, Seniors (65+): $36.00, and General: $54.00. See the list of events (which includes the annual holiday event: Bah! Humbug!) and how to purchase your season pass.

Psychology Research Lab Fair

Psychology labs will be coming together to feature recent research. Visit the Research Lab Fair, discover volunteer and research assistant positions and connect with faculty, grad students, and research assistants. Tuesday October 16 from 11:30am-2:30pm in the North AQ.

Nominate for 2018 Awards in Excellence in Teaching

All continuing full and part-time faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, lecturers and lab instructors) who have taught a minimum of 5 years in a continuing position at SFU are eligible for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. To make a nomination, please write or email by October 15. 

Budget consultations

Be part of the process. Attend one of the open budget consultation meetings (requires valid SFU login) or watch a live webcast. Next one is Thursday October 25 on Surrey campus.

Undergraduate Student Survey reminder

Remember you could win one of eight cash prizes (up to $1,000) if you fill out the survey you were emailed last month. The survey is confidential and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete online. Make your opinion count! 

Don't feed the animals!

Never feed or approach raccoons (aka trash pandas) or other wildlife for photos or selfies. They are wild animals and could attack, so respect them and keep your distance. Cute doesn't mean harmless. Avoid encounters and report sightings to Campus Security (778-782-4500). More tips

BC municipal elections October 20

Check your eligibility and register to vote. Then decide who supports your values in your municipality: Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam or google your municipality.

Sterling Prize ceremony

The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy ceremony on October 18 honours Layla Cameron, a journalist, filmaker, fat activist and SFU Communication PhD student. Free lecture and reception at Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Register online.

Hellenic Studies Fall series

Twice a month, Hellenic Studies presents scholars working in the fields of Archaeology, Classics, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek History, as well as Literary and Cultural Studies, who share their research on Greece and Hellenic issues. The next talk is Friday October 12 when Dr. Sadia Abbas of Rutgers University discusses her debut novel, "The Empty Room".  

Virgin Without Borders

Dr. Niki Tsironis from the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Greece is presenting a lecture entitled "Female Deities of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Emergence of the Cult of the Virgin Mary" at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at 7:00pm on October 18. The event is free, but space is limited. Register online. Of special note to budding Mariologists!

International travel

Your health

A lot happens when you’re going to university. Know what supports are available for yourself and your community:

Lectures coming up

  • “Collaborating with Indigenous Communities in Research”: free public lecture for President’s Dream Colloquium. Dr. John Borrows is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. Dr. Borrows is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario. Wednesday October 10, ASB 10900, Burnaby campus. Free but seating is limited; RSVP today!
  • President's Faculty Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Reading. Dr. Reading will discuss how gene therapy and new technology are changing medicine and look at ways to engage Indigenous knowledge, promote reconciliation and build relationships as scholars navigate this Brave New World. Vancouver campus on Thursday October 11. Followed by an audience Q&A and reception.
  • On Friday October 12 join KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative and researchers across the faculties for the Symposium on Public Discourse and Data Science. We are bringing together Simon Fraser University researchers, postdocs and students to exchange ideas and critically examine the impact and risk of data science on our public discourse. Reserve your seat today.
  • Citizen Science: Free public Lecture for President’s Dream Colloquium. Shannon Dosemagen is the Executive Director of the Public Lab and acting Vice Chair of the US EPA National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. Thursday October 25, ASB 10900, Burnaby campus. Free but seating is limited; RSVP today!
  • Amplifying Women’s Voices in the Media is Shari Graydon's keynote address at SFU’s Emerging Thought Leaders on October 31.

Become a Peer Educator

Peer Education programs are recruiting: Career (Oct 11), FASS, Global Engagement Student Committee, Learning & Writing Peers, and NEW SFU Public Square Peer Educators (Oct 30).

RADIUS programs

  • Are you interested in tackling social, economic, and environmental challenges within the city of Vancouver? Here’s your chance! Civic Innovation Change Lab is a 9-credit, experiential program for SFU’s undergraduate students, which is co-delivered in partnership between RADIUS, CityStudio, Semester in Dialogue, and the Beedie School of Business. The Civic Innovation Change Lab provides students the opportunity to explore Vancouver’s most pressing challenges, and to think of innovative solutions that will be heard by community influencers. Application deadline is October 14.
  • The RADIUS Slingshot Accelerator is a six-month program that supports early stage, social impact ventures that are ready to grow. Are you an entrepreneur with a business that helps people live healthy lives? If so, applications are open for the RADIUS Health Promotion Lab's Slingshot & Trampoline programs! Learn more and apply!
  • Other upcoming programs

GPS Buddy Program applications open

The GPS Buddy Program is a social network of SFU students who are interested in developing global friendships and providing support for new exchange students to SFU. Apply to be matched with an exchange/study abroad student for the Spring 2019 exchange term. Deadline October 30.

United Way Book Sale

The Burnaby campus United Way Book Sale will be held November 20, 21, and 22. Donations of quality books, CDs, DVDs, LPs are needed. Please, no magazines, encyclopedias or VHS tapes. Donations may be dropped off at the Donation Box near Bennett Library Front Counter or at Library Receiving (ground floor of the Library). Check the schedule for other United Way events and other campuses.

Starry Nights

October 12 is the next in the series of Friday night events at the Trottier Observatory on Burnaby campus (subject to cancellation due to the weather: follow @sfutrottobs on Twitter or check the website).

Blue phones

Notice blue phones around campus? Use these emergency phones on campus to contact Campus Security 24/7 or to request a Safe Walk.


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2018 September 24: Student Bulletin:  Terry Fox Day • Consent Matters • Thanksgiving holiday • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

SFU Terry Fox Day Friday

Mark your calendars and lace up your runners! SFU’s Terry Fox walk/run event is Friday September 28. (Volunteers wanted!)

Convocation October 4 and 5

Convocation Fall 2018 will be held on October 4 and 5 in Convocation Mall with ceremonies at 9:45am and 2:30pm each day. The full Convocation schedule is online. There will be bagpipes.

Offices closed Monday October 8

All classes are cancelled and offices will be closed on Monday October 8 in celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

U-Pass BC

The October U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website

Learning Spaces Town Hall Tuesday 

What works in classroom spaces? What doesn’t work? SFU’s Learning Spaces Design Committee is working with consultants to examine the physical learning spaces on all SFU campuses. They want your input at a Town Hall on Tuesday September 25 in the Diamond Family Auditorium, Burnaby campus. (Prizes!) There’s an Open House from 11:30am - 12:30pm followed by a presentation and question and answer session from 12:30 - 2:00pm. The presentation will be a Live Webcast and also there will be consultants at kiosks at both Surrey and Vancouver campuses during the session on Tuesday. Voice your opinions.

Orange Shirt Day October 1

Come stand with us in orange on Monday October 1 in ceremony to recognize and honour Residential School Survivors and their families as we move forward on our reconciliation journey. There will be speakers, some free t-shirts, and a cultural presentation for all to witness. Burnaby campus, Saywell Hall Atrium 1:00-2:00pm.

Consent matters at SFU: Ask, Listen, Respect

This week at SFU we are talking about how we can all create a culture of consent, care and respect on campus. Tune into SFU social media channels and blog posts to learn more about how to practise consent. Regardless of if you are a student, staff or faculty member, consent matters and is part of everyday interactions. Learn more by visiting www.sfu.ca/sexual-violence.

Blue phones

Notice blue phones around campus? Use these emergency phones on campus to contact Campus Security 24/7 or to request a Safe Walk escort.

ARThrive workshops

ARThrive is open to all survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Through simple and creative guided workshops at both the Burnaby and Surrey Campus, a variety of topics are explored while creating art in a safe space. For more information, please visit: www.sfu.ca/sexual-violence/news-updates/arthrive.html

Student leader wanted for University Social Responsibility Network

We’re looking for a student leader who has been actively involved in projects that promote university social responsibility and community partnership. The student must have the ability, knowledge and experience to deliver a presentation on SFU to a large audience. At the Summit, which will be attended by university deans and presidents from around the world, the student will present on SFU’s academic initiatives, programs or projects that promote social responsibility. Please note that the summit is open only to undergraduate students, currently registered at SFU. Your travel expenses will be covered by USRN. All Student Network members will also be invited to participate in the annual Global Youth Leaders Summit in 2019. See the Featured Opportunity on myInvolvement. Deadline is noon Tuesday September 25.

Palaeo-Olympics on September 27

How competent a Neanderthal are you? Join the Department of Archaeology and various sponsors in Field Two on Thursday September 27 for the Palaeo-Olympics.

Sign up to earn cash

All SFU students are welcome to participate in SFU Economics CRABE Lab research in the West Mall Centre. These sessions consist of simple decision tasks where your decisions earn you money, and you’ll be contributing to research projects. Sign up now: experiments.econ.sfu.ca.

BIG Fair on Burnaby campus

The largest university-wide recruitment fair is here! With over 115 organizations attending you will find a wide variety of career and volunteer opportunities and graduate programs. Come to the BIG Fair September 26 - 27.

Study Abroad Fair Tuesday 

Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25) join us for our annual Study Abroad Fair from 10am-3pm in the North AQ, Enter to win one of two $50 SFU Bookstore Gift Cards. Ballots available by meeting fellow SFU students staffing the Country tables or by marking your favourite travel destination on our “Where do you want to go?” map activity (Booth 16). FREE Prizes (Booth 32) when you post about the Study Abroad Fair on Social Media or by playing our Spin to Win!

Career workshop

The Headstart Career Workshop series is perfect for first and second year students who want to make positive decisions about career and life. Register on myInvolvement until September 27. $15 for 3 sessions, CCR credit and a free photoshoot.

Classroom to Career

Classroom to Career is a workshop series for students who are ready to identify how their studies, interests and strengths can inspire an exploration into work and volunteer opportunities. (For >60 units and alumni.) Register on myInvolvement until September 27. $20 for 6 sessions, CCR credit and a free photoshoot.

Psychology Research Lab Fair

Psychology labs will be coming together to feature recent research. Visit the Research Lab Fair, discover volunteer and research assistant positions and connect with faculty, grad students, and research assistants. Tuesday October 16 from 11:30am-2:30pm in the North AQ.

Nominate for 2018 Awards in Excellence in Teaching

All continuing full and part-time faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, lecturers and lab instructors) who have taught a minimum of 5 years in a continuing position at SFU are eligible for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. To make a nomination, please write or email by October 15. 

Budget consultations

Be part of the process. Attend one of the open budget consultation meetings (requires valid SFU login) or watch a live webcast. First one is Thursday September 27 on Burnaby campus.

Undergraduate Student Survey

On Thursday September 27 check your SFU email account for an invitation to participate in this important survey. The survey is confidential and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete online. Make your opinion count! 

BC municipal elections October 20

In addition to municipal elections on October 20, Elections BC is sending out a mailed ballot on the Referendum on Electoral Reform. Check your eligibility and register to vote. elections.bc.ca/register-to-vote.

US voting

Are you an American citizen? The U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program provides resources for Americans living abroad to assist with the absentee voting process. For more information, visit FVAP.gov. If you want to check that you’re registered, visit www.rockthevote.org/register-to-vote/. Deadline in most states is in October.

Registrar and Information Services hours

If you are planning on visiting the Registrars office at Burnaby, Surrey or Vancouver, please see our office hours online at www.sfu.ca/students/contact.html. If you're at Burnaby and don't want to wait in line to talk to us, text "sfu burnaby" to 778.383.7663. You’ll get a text message back asking you to choose the service you need, and you will receive updates so you know when to come back.

Breakfast with President Petter

SFU President Andrew Petter is hosting Breakfast with the President on October 12. Open to faculty, staff and students, this breakfast is an opportunity to share perspectives about university issues in an informal setting. Burnaby Campus, 8:30 - 9:30am.

Get Involved days 

Come to Convocation Mall on September 26 and 27 between 10:00am - 3:00pm to learn about the many on-campus opportunities (both paid and unpaid) for students. Try something new, discover your passions, and get connected to the SFU community at Get Involved Days!

Want to live in Residence?

Residence and Housing Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 applications will open on October 1. 

Global Talent Night Friday

Interested in seeing cultural performances from your fellow SFU peers? Want to earn awesome prizes? (Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert tickets for example?) Get your free ticket for Global Talent Night on Friday September 28, 6:00 - 8:30pm, in the Diamond Family Auditorium (off Convocation Mall). Register now on Eventbrite.

Vietnamese Language Cafe

Come and learn Vietnamese and taste the culture at the next Language Cafe! Join us for some Vietnamese snacks and a one hour mini language session on October 2 from 2:30 - 3:30pm in the Global Student Centre (AQ 2013). Free.

Exchange to Murdoch University, Australia

Learn about life as an exchange student in Western Australia. Explore the opportunity with our visiting Student Mobility Officer from Murdoch University at her presentation and Q&A Tuesday October 2, 10:30 - 11:20am. Register.

2018/19 Writer in Residence

The Department of English is proud to announce that Ivan Coyote is the 2018/19 Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow. A reading and reception with Ivan Coyote will be held on Thursday September 27 at 7:30pm at Harbour Centre. 

Lectures coming up

  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual BMO Public Lecture 2018. Stanford economist Dr. Susan Athey will be speaking about the disturbance of digital intermediaries such as Facebook and Uber in our global economies. The event will take place on September 26 at the Segal Graduate School of Business, and will include a Q&A period, followed by a reception for all guests.

  • Fall 2018 Colloquium Series in Philosophy starts with Clifford Atleo speaking on Indigenous Autonomy in the Era of Reconciliation on September 28 at 3:30pm in WMC 3510. Free and open to the public. The second lecture is Stanford's Jorah Dannenberg on Everywhere Chimerical on Friday October 5.

  • Knowledge Sharing and Social Responsibility: Free Public Lecture for  President's Dream Colloquium. Dr. Pinto joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as its President in November 2014. At NSERC, he augmented the agency’s dual expertise as an investor in discovery-based research and a broker of successful R&D partnerships with technology-driven enterprises to de-risk promising research. He served as Professor, Chair of Chemistry and Vice-President Research at SFU, President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Vice-Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Monday October 1, SFU Harbour Centre. Free, but seating is limited; RSVP today!

  • Digital Sexual Citizenship and Sext Education Talk: how can we further understand the world of digital sexual citizenship and sext education? Dr Kath Albury from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, explores the topics of selfies, sexting, digital sexual cultures and victims of image based bullying and abuse, on October 3 at Harbour Centre. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Details: www.sfu.ca/sfu-community/events.html#!view/event/event_id/3071.

  • Collaborating with Indigenous Communities in Research: Free public Lecture for President’s Dream Colloquium. Dr. Borrows is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. Dr. Borrows is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada. Wednesday October 10, ASB 10900, Burnaby campus. Free but seating is limited; RSVP today!

  • President's Faculty Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Reading. Dr. Reading will discuss how gene therapy and new technology are changing medicine and look at ways to engage Indigenous knowledge, promote reconciliation and build relationships as scholars navigate this Brave New World. Vancouver campus on October 11. Followed by an audience Q&A and reception.

Starry Nights

September 28 is the next in the series of Friday night events at the Trottier Observatory on Burnaby campus (subject to cancellation due to the weather: follow @sfutrottobs on Twitter or check the website).


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2018 September 10: Student Bulletin:  Tuition due 17th • Club days • football • more

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The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Tuition is due Monday September 17

Pay tuition with internet banking not later than September 17. If you pay in person, note that cash is not accepted at the Registrar and Information Services offices or at Residence and Housing. For more information on how to pay fees, please see www.sfu.ca/students/fees/howtopay.html

Deadlines

The last day to drop courses for 100% refund of tuition is September 10. Check out all the deadlines at www.sfu.ca/students/deadlines

New student ID cards

Are you a new student needing an SFU ID Card? Visit our ID Facility at the Burnaby campus in MBC 1302, open through Monday September 17. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm, Fridays 8:00am - 4:30pm. Students can also get their ID cards at Surrey and Vancouver campuses during regular office hours.

Club days

SFSS Fall Club Days are September 11 - 14 on Burnaby campus, and September 18 - 19 at Surrey campus from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Different clubs each day so visit often.

Registrar and Information Services hours

Registrar office hours are online at www.sfu.ca/students/contact.html. If you're at Burnaby and don't want to wait in line to talk to us, text "sfu burnaby" to 778.383.7663. You’ll get a text message back asking you to choose the service you need, and you will receive updates so you know when to come back.

U-Pass BC

The September U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. October's will be available September 16.

SFU Terry Fox Day

Mark your calendars and lace up your runners! SFU’s Terry Fox walk/run event is Friday September 28. (Volunteers wanted!)

No library fines

Did you hear? SFU Library has eliminated most overdue book fines that were accrued after May 7, 2018. See lib.sfu.ca/borrow/fines.

… and bears, oh my

Remember to be bear aware and follow these wildlife safety tips to avoid encounters on at Burnaby campus. Call Campus Security (778-782-4500) to report sightings.

Streetfest September 14

The Streetfest festival features live music, craft beer, street performers, food vendors, artisans, SFU groups and clubs, community organizations and UniverCity businesses. The festivities begin at noon Friday September 14 with University High Street closed to cars, and will cap-off with the showing of The Lego Movie at 7:30pm and the opening of the Trottier Observatory at 9:00pm. (This is a zero waste event.)

September 14 road closure

On Friday, September 14, University High Street between the bus loop and Tower Road will be closed and buses will be rerouted from 10:00am - 8:00pm. There will be no service to bus stops on Tower Road and South Campus Road from 10:00am - 8:00pm, and no pick-up service at Transportation Centre bus Bay 1 during those hours, due to the Streetfest festival. See Traffic Notices.

Football and volleyball on September 22

Wear red! SFU students and staff admitted free.

  • Play games and win prizes at the Red Night Carnival on September 22! The annual Red Night volleyball tradition will feature carnival games, a Nesters Welcome BBQ and rival Western Washington. First serve is at 7:00pm.
  • SFU football won its first game in four years (54-7 under our new coach!) and the team will carry that momentum into an evening game against rival Central Washington, 6:00pm at Terry Fox Field on September 22.

Solo Socials

Some days it’s exhausting to be social, and that’s okay—there's an event for that. Flamingle over games and self-led activities in a relaxing space designed with introverts in mind: i.sfu.ca/phUuyC. At Surrey on September 11, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Mezzanine; at Burnaby September 18, 11:00 - 4:00pm, James Douglas, AQ.

Campus maps on your iOS or Android phone

Download SFU Snap and get maps, emergency notifications, your library record and exam schedules all on your phone. (Other helpful apps also available.)

Take advantage of the Student Learning Commons

In addition to their useful blog, the SLC offers workshops throughout the term, and offers services on all three campuses.

P2L 1 is back and bigger than ever!

Passport to Leadership 1: Foundations of Leadership introduces you to a broad range of leadership skills. With multiple cohorts offered at all three campuses, you are bound to find one that fits your schedule. Find out more at i.sfu.ca/cHQpFw or on myInvolvement.

Job Search Success: an online course

Register for the Job Search Success course. Receive expert feedback on your cover letter and resume, and engage in activities that are relevant in today’s diverse workplace. Think differently about your experiences and how your unique background can positively contribute to your job search. Cost: $20; non-refundable after course start date. Register now on myexperience.sfu.ca > Experiential Learning.

See how your feedback is improving the SFU experience for everyone

The more things change, the more your school shouldn't stay the same. That's why we're working with students, faculty and staff on ways to make your SFU experience the best it can be. See how you can get involved: www.sfu.ca/student-experience-initiative.html

SFU needs your help on September 25

We will be asking you what you think about your classrooms and what you would want to see in the future. Save the date for our upcoming Learning Spaces Town Hall: Tuesday September 25, noon - 1:00pm in the Diamond Family Auditorium. We are producing, with your help, a document that will guide renovations and updates to the existing classrooms and auditoria, and which will advise in the design of new buildings. Check the next Student Bulletin for more information.

BIG Fair on both Surrey and Burnaby campuses

The largest university-wide recruitment fair is here! With over 115 organizations attending you will find a wide variety of career and volunteer opportunities and graduate programs. Come to the BIG Fair: Surrey September 24, Burnaby September 26 - 27.

SFSS Annual General Meeting September 24

The Simon Fraser Student Society is holding the annual general meeting on Monday September 24 at 1:00pm in the Diamond Family Auditorium. Review the information at sfss.ca/blog/annual-general-meeting/. Annual General Meetings ensure that the Society remains accountable to all undergraduates at SFU.

Palaeo-Olympics on September 27

How competent a Neanderthal are you? Join the Department of Archaeology and various sponsors in Field Two on Thursday September 27 for the Palaeo-Olympics.

Get Involved days 

Come to Convocation Mall on September 26 and 27 between 10:00am - 3:00pm to learn about the many on-campus opportunities (both paid and unpaid) for students. Try something new, discover your passions, and get connected to the SFU community at Get Involved Days!

ISS Welcome Back trip to Whistler 

Are you looking to connect with new and current international, exchange and study abroad students this fall? Or just want to explore British Columbia, enjoy its beautiful scenery and make some fun memories? Welcome Back to Whistler trip tickets are available now.

Global Talent Night September 28

Interested in seeing cultural performances from your fellow SFU peers? Want to earn awesome prizes? (Jay-Z and Beyonce concert tickets for examples?) Get your free ticket for Global Talent Night on Friday September 28, 6:00 - 8:30pm, in the Diamond Family Auditorium (off Convocation Mall). Register now on Eventbrite.

Lectures coming up

  • Calling Bullshit on Fake News: Free Public Lecture for President's Dream Colloquium. Jevin D. West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the DataLab. He is an affiliate faculty member the Center for Statistics and Social Sciences and a Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute. With his colleague, Carl Bergstrom, he developed a new course on Calling BS for combatting misinformation, with a particular emphasis on data, figures, visualizations and statistics. The course is now being taught at universities around the globe. Thursday September 13, SFU Harbour Centre. Free, but seating is limited; RSVP today!
  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual BMO Public Lecture 2018. Stanford economist Dr. Susan Athey will be speaking about the disturbance of digital intermediaries such as Facebook and Uber in our global economies. The event will take place on September 26 at the Segal Graduate School of Business, and will include a Q&A period, followed by a reception for all guests.
  • President's Faculty Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Reading. Dr. Reading will discuss how gene therapy and new technology are changing medicine and look at ways to engage Indigenous knowledge, promote reconciliation and build relationships as scholars navigate this Brave New World. Vancouver campus on October 11.

Volunteer with kids

Love working with kids? Don’t miss your chance to apply for one of these eight volunteer opportunities offered through the SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre: get.sfu.ca/aNxSbN. All of them are awesome. All of them are CCR-approved. And all of them need committed people who want to make a difference.

Your health

A lot happens when you’re going to university. Know what supports are available for yourself and your community:

  • Visit www.sfu.ca/mental-health
  • Find support options that are relevant to you. All SFU students have free access to the My SSP app.
  • Balancing demands as a student in addition to other responsibilities can be challenging: Bouncing Back is a free Canvas course will help you apply specific strategies to build and maintain your personal resilience and well-being.

Want to live in Residence?

Residence and Housing Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 applications will open on October 1. Visit www.sfu.ca/students/residences for more information.

Exchange to Murdoch University, Australia

Learn about life as an exchange student in Western Australia. Explore the opportunity with our visiting Student Mobility Officer from Murdoch University at her presentation and Q&A Tuesday October 2, 10:30 - 11:20am. Register.

Study Abroad 101 Info Session

Attend this session to discover how you can study abroad while working towards your SFU degree! Tuesday September 18 from 12:30 - 1:20pm in Blusson Hall 9660. Registration is highly recommended.

Study Abroad Fair

Come out to the Study Abroad Fair where you can meet fellow SFU students who have studied abroad, or are currently at SFU on exchange. Tuesday September 25, 10:00am - 3:00pm in the North Concourse of the AQ. SFU's partner universities in attendance: Murdoch University, Australia; Aarhus University, Denmark; UC Berkeley, Summer Session, USA.

Student volunteer opportunity in Safety

Interested in a career in safety and security? Come volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program.

Job Opportunity – Parking Enforcement

Now hiring for Parking Enforcement members to work with Campus Public Safety and Parking & Sustainable Mobility Services. Applications close Friday September 21. More information (pdf).

Parking changes on Burnaby campus

This fall we made changes to help reduce parking congestion across the Burnaby campus. The following parking changes came into effect on September 1 (www.sfu.ca/parking.html):

  • Hourly / Daily Rates in North Lot (map, pdf) have increased to $5/hr and $25/day (by Blusson / Saywell)
  • Hourly / Daily Rates in all other lots remain at $3.25/hr and $13/day
  • There is a new Residence West Lot which has an all-day rate of $6.50 if you park before 10:00am (some permits may still be available)
  • Parking ticket fines are increasing from $30 to $50

Convocation October 4 and 5

Convocation Fall 2018 will be held on October 4 and 5 in Convocation Mall with ceremonies at 9:45am and 2:30pm each day. The full Convocation schedule is online.

Offices closed Monday October 8

All classes are cancelled and offices will be closed on Monday October 8 in celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.


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2018 August 21: Student Bulletin:  Welcome events • U-pass • deadlines • more

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

The Student Services Bulletin is sent once or twice per month to all enrolled undergraduates.

Offices closed Monday September 3

University offices will be closed on Monday September 3 in celebration of the Labour Day statutory holiday.

Welcome events

Fun events to start September: see Week of Welcome and also Month of Welcome. See you there! 

Club days

SFSS Fall Club Days are September 11 and 12 at Surrey campus and September 13 and 14 on Burnaby campus, 10:30am - 3:00pm. Different clubs each day.

SFU Football home opener Saturday September 1

Come watch SFU football open its season against the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday September 1 at Terry Fox Field. Kick-off is at 3:00pm. Come early and enjoy the Nesters Market $1 Welcome BBQ, free access to the climbing wall (2:00 -7:00pm) and performances by the Robert Malcolm Memorial Junior Pipe Band. SFU students and staff admitted free.

September U-Pass BC available

The September U-Pass BC is currently available on the U-Pass BC website. October's will be available September 16.
The 2018 Fall U-Pass BC exemption application is available online. The submission deadline is Monday September 10 at 4:30pm.

Tuition is due Monday September 17

Pay tuition with internet banking not later than September 17. If you pay in person, note that cash is not accepted at the Registrar and Information Services offices or at Residence and Housing. Payment can be made as soon as you’re enrolled. For more information on how to pay fees, please see: www.sfu.ca/students/fees/howtopay.html

Deadlines

The last day to drop courses for 100% refund of tuition is September 10. Check out www.sfu.ca/students/deadlines. To find out how to drop courses through mySchedule, please see: www.sfu.ca/students/enrollment/myschedule.html.

New student ID cards

Are you a new student needing an SFU ID Card? Visit our ID Facility in MBC 1302, open Wednesday, August 22 to Monday, September 17.

Registrar and Information Services hours

Registrar office hours are online at www.sfu.ca/students/contact.html. If you're at Burnaby and don't want to wait in line to talk to us, text "sfu burnaby" to 778.383.7663. You’ll get a text message back asking you to choose the service you need, and updates so you know when to come back. (Please note the midday closure at the Surrey and Vancouver campuses on Thursday August 23.)

SFU Mail help

Need help with SFU Mail? Visit www.sfu.ca/sfumail/get-help.

Prepare for academic success

Whether you are coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you can get a head start on succeeding academically at university. Visit www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/slc/offer/getting-ready-academic-success.

FASScinating breadth courses

Looking for an interesting course that has space open? Check out classes on revolutions, on women warriors, on Punjabi, on poverty, on Persian. See the current open course list sorted by location and kept up to date. These FASS courses all have no or low prereqs.

ARThrive

ARThrive is open to all survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Through simple and creative guided workshops at both the Burnaby and Surrey campuses, a variety of topics are explored while creating art in a safe space. For more information, please visit ARThrive.  

SFU Street Fest volunteering

Join SFU's Sustainability Office at the SFU Street Fest on Friday September 14 as a Zero Waste Volunteer and help us make this event a zero-waste success! For more information and to apply, go to myinvolvement.sfu.ca and search for "SFU Street Fest" or "Student Sustainability Educator". Application deadline is Monday September 10.

SFU Terry Fox Day

Mark your calendars and lace up your runners! SFU's Terry Fox walk/run event is Friday September 28.

Issues may affect your studies?

Concerned that depression, anxiety or other mental health or physical conditions may affect your studies? You may qualify for academic accommodations. Find out more about registering at the CSD.

Autism spectrum

Are you a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Would you like the opportunity to meet 1:1 with a mentor each week to enhance your transition and success at SFU? More info about the Autism Mentorship Initiative, a free service.

Studying in a new country has many challenges

Whether you’re looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, the Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support.

Emergency notifications via SFU snap

If you have an iOS or Android phone, access alerts with SFU snap to get emergency push-notifications through the app in addition to course schedules, exams, your library record, etc.

Want activities in addition to classes?

Check out MyInvolvement regularly to find both paid and volunteer opportunities. Many of them can be included on your Co-Curricular Record

Become a Student Sustainability Educator this fall

Kick off the new school year meeting new friends, earning $125 and supporting #zerowaste at #SFUSurrey and #SFUBurnaby! Apply by Friday, August 24.  www.sfu.ca/sustainability/stories/2018/SSE.html.

Schwarzman Scholars Program - application deadline September 27

Schwarzman Scholars is an unparalleled opportunity for young leaders—from around the world and from all backgrounds—to have a first-hand academic, professional and life-changing experience in China. For those who are close to graduating or have graduated, and are interested in applying, the Schwarzman Scholars Admission Team will be hosting a series of informational webinars in the next couple of months. See a full schedule and information on how to register

Made by SFU competition

Made by SFU Competition details: winners (up to 6) receive a $750 purchase order from the SFU Spirit Shop to sell their product at all three SFU Bookstores; competition is open to SFU undergraduates, graduates, staff, faculty, and alumni (graduated between 2008 - 2018); applications are open August 20 – September 16 at 11:59pm.

Come watch one of the top NCAA teams

Home opener for women’s volleyball September 6 in the West Gym. Free admission for SFU students and staff. See @SFUClan for information.

… and bears, oh my

Be aware that it is still bear season. If you see a bear on the Burnaby campus, please remain calm. Keep yourself and any children and pets away from the bear, and contact Campus Security at 778-782-4500.

24/7 Mental health services

SFU students have free access to a 24/7 multi-platform mental health and support service. With My SSP, all graduate and undergraduate students have access to immediate or ongoing, confidential support - accessible from anywhere in the world by phone or through the downloadable My SSP app in English, French, Korean, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish. Culturally relevant support and counselling in multiple additional languages will also be available. It will complement existing mental health services, supports and initiatives at SFU.

Fire prevention on campus

A combination of the improper disposal of cigarettes and extremely dry weather can cause bark mulch and grass fires. If you do smoke, please ensure that burning items are extinguished and disposed of properly in a designated ash tray or ash urn. (PDF Map).

Food truck Wednesdays 

Town Square (by the main bus loop) offers local Food Trucks, games and entertainment every Wednesday between 11:30am - 2:00pm through September 12.


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