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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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