Best of 2009: Arts & Social Sciences

Contemporary Arts at Woodward’s takes centre stage
SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts received $2 million in federal funding in 2009 to help furnish its new home in the historic Woodward’s department store redevelopment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The B.C. government earlier committed $50.3 million toward the $80-million project to relocate the school’s distinctive programs from Burnaby Mountain to its new 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) facilities in 2010, with the remainder being raised from generous donors.

Celebrating a nearly lost art
A rebirth of the vanishing art of Coastal Salish weaving was celebrated March 27 with the unveiling of traditional blankets created by artists from the Squamish L'hen Awtxw Weaving House for the university’s new Aboriginal Gathering Place. That’s in the atrium of Saywell Hall on the Burnaby campus, named in June for former SFU president Bill Saywell and wife Jane.

Stamp venerates pioneering MLA Rosemary Brown
Rosemary Brown, the first black woman elected to a provincial legislature—and SFU’s second Ruth Wynn Woodward endowed chair in women’s studies (1987-88)—was honoured with a postage stamp bearing her image during Black History Month in February 2009,

Brits learned farming from the French? Oui, oui.
SFU archaeologists Mark Collard and Kevan Edinborough and colleagues in London discovered evidence that French farmers introduced agriculture to Britain some 6,000 years ago. “The case for believing that the Neolithic transition in Britain was mediated by a large influx of farmers from continental Europe is compelling.”

‘One World’ scholar bound for Oz
Ramsay Malange received a coveted $20,000 Premier’s One World Scholarship to pursue a year of studies outside Canada or the U.S. The SFU psychology student elected to spend a year at Australia’s Monash University in Melbourne. SFU and Monash began to give students the opportunity to complete two degrees concurrently in both Canada and Australia.