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

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

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

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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Best wishes on your exams and happy holidays!

 

Student Services
Burnaby | Surrey | Vancouver

 

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

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

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.

 

Want to know what else is happening around campus?

 

Student Services
Burnaby | Surrey | Vancouver

 

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

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

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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Student Services
Burnaby | Surrey | Vancouver

 

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

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

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

Simon Fraser University - engaging the world

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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