Business grad Bailey Klinger (BBA'02) wins the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship, the province's highest academic award. With a major in business and a minor in economics, Klinger plans to pursue a career in economics so he can be involved in poverty reduction and the promotion of economic development of third world countries.
Wendy Newman (BA'72) is executive director of ArtStarts, Canada's first gallery for kids-only work. The two-storey facility at the corner of Richards and Robson is dedicated to encouraging kids to appreciate and understand all aspects of the arts.
Sergeant Diane Cockle (PhD’13) is the third female RCMP officer to earn a PhD. Her thesis is also the first in the world to comprehensively study the progressions of human decomposition at a crime scene.
The 2009 winners are Lyn Hancock (BEd’77, MA’81), author, photojournalist, educator, and filmmaker (Arts and Culture); Marianne Sadar (BSc’88), a senior scientist and prostate cancer researcher at the B.C. Cancer Agency (Academic Achievement); Carol Huynh (BA’04), an Olympic gold medallist in women’s wrestling (Athletic Achievement); and Robert Turner (PhD’73), director of neurophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany (Professional Achieve- ment).
The world’s publishing houses are following the lead of Christopher (MA’80) and Judith Plant (BA’80) by publishing books on forest-friendly paper. The owners of New Society Publishers recently earned the James Douglas Publisher of the Year Award (Association of Book Publishers of B.C.) for their environmentally sound paper initiative. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, printed on post-consumer recycled paper at the insistence of author J.K. Rowling, is an example of the international impact of their initiative. New Society Publishers has produced more than 100 titles.
Salt Spring Island’s Irene Wright (PDP’67. BA’91, MA’95) is one of 12 women on the cover of the West Coast Women 2004 Appointment Book. Wright, who is December’s West Coast woman for community leadership, is an environmental activist, retired French immersion teacher and coordinator, community justice advocate, and president of the Saanich–Gulf Islands NDP Federal Riding Association.
Former high jumper and SFU's first Rhodes Scholar Wilf Wedman (BA'73) has returned as director of recreational services and athletics as SFU starts competing in Canadian rather than American leagues. The university has applied to the Canada West Association of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union to compete in men's football, women's volleyball, and men's and women's wresting in 2002.
Amit Bhagat (BBA Hons.’14) is the youngest member of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, a social initiative that puts financial decision-making...
Baba Brinkman (BA’00) and his rap adaptations of The Canterbury Tales play to audiences around the world. A rare five-star review from the Scotsman about his performance at the Edinburgh fringe festival and two CDs, Baba’s Swordplay and The Rap Canterbury Tales, help spread the word. His mother is provincial cabinet minister Joyce Murray (MBA’92).
The Outstanding Alumni Award winners, the Indonesian cabinet minister, and the Top 40 Under 40.
Tom Kineshanko (BBA’08) is out in front in environmental innovation. He has transformed his grandfather’s company, Habitat Enterprises, into a firm that specializes in carbon trading, consulting, and project development. He did much of the work in his final honours semester studying sustainability in the faculty of business.
Chris Spence (BA'85) is the youngest school superintendent with the Toronto district school board. As a principal he's credited with turning the troubled Toronto inner-city Lawrence Heights Middle School into a national model and the only school to receive a 2000 Canada Award for Excellence from the National Quality Institute.
James O'Callaghan (BFA'11) has four orchestral compositions performed by professional orchestras to his credit, most recently Mouths played by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Baba Brinkman's (BA'00) off-Broadway play, The Rap Guide to Evolution, is getting rave reviews, John Axsen (BBA'04, MRM'07) beats out candidates from 16 countries to be named Young Researcher of the Year and more!
Leah George-Wilson (BA'91) is the first female chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation (Burrard Band). Her election to the post follows work on the band's negotiating team in the B.C. treaty process, a job with the band as self- government coordinator, election to the board of Leadership Vancouver, and frequent talks on First Nations governance to SFU political science classes.
He’s an independent professional wrestler, a lawyer (one-time clerk for former Supreme Court of Canada justice The Honourable Dr. Louise Arbour, LL.D.’09), and film director. Now Rocket Randy Tyler, a.k.a. Pete Smith (BA’95), puts many of those talents together in his wrestling mockumentary, Kayfabe.
Brittney Merryweather (BSc’12) spent the summer in Rwanda at the Koga International Development Association, a non-profit life-skills training program she started. Now she plans an MA and a career in global health education. Merryweather is seen above with her adopted little brother Aimable Mutabaruka and friend Eric Hakizimana.
This issues Alumni feature the Outstanding Alumni Awards, Danny Catt, Andre Wirthmann and many others.
World-renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado (PhD'06), co-host of The Sea Hunters television program and executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum takes on new challenges in Texas. Delgado becomes executive director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University at College Station. His SFU thesis is a synthesis of 28 years of work on the rise of San Francisco as a port.
Jason Harvey Schoonover (BA’70) is awarded the prestigious Explorers’ Club Stefansson Medal for his contribution to exploring.
Erin Harron (MA’07) hits the streets of Whalley to research homelessness for her thesis. While working for the Whalley Business Improvement Association she interviewed 20 current and former homeless people along with government, social service, and business representatives.
Outstanding Alumni Awards
This year's Outstanding Alumni Award winners from left to right are Norman Armour (BA'87), executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (arts and culture);
Katia (BA’04) and Bistra Dilkina (BSc’04) (see aq, Nov.’03) both receive dean’s undergraduate medals for top marks. Katia is off to graduate studies in psychology at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, while Bistra stays in Vancouver for another year working as a senior research scientist at the Actenum Corporation before heading to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to pursue a PhD.
Mona Jules (BGS’08) graduates from SFU’s Kamloops program with a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in linguistics. Her focus is preserving the Secwepemc language and culture and teaching it to new generations.
Director Penelope Buitenhuis (BA'84) is getting rave reviews for her new improv movie A Wake, opening in theatres across the country this winter. It was the highlighted feature at Vancouver's Women in Film Festival and won best feature at Toronto's Female Eye Festival.
Distinguished alumni award winner Daphne Bramham (MALS'99) rakes in the newspaper biz honours. The Vancouver Sun columnist is named Commentator of the Year at the Jack Webster Foundation Awards and wins in the columnist category at the National Newspaper Awards.
Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners for 2012 are (l to r seated) James Chi Ming Pau (EARTS'84), Downtown Eastside community volunteer (service to the community); Nadine Caron (BSc'93), surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (professional achievement); Graham Muir (MA'82) retired RCMP assistant commissioner (public service); and Rolf Mathewes (BSc'69), SFU biological sciences professor (academic achievement).
Susan Juby (MPub’03 ) wins the B.C. Book Prize’s Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literary Prize for Miss Smithers, the follow-up to her wildly funny first novel, Alice, I Think. Miss Smithers is also shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock medal for Humour and the White Pine Award.
Top graduate Derek Bingham (PhD'99) is leaving the University of Michigan to be Canada Research Chair in industrial statistics at SFU. He will help develop a one-of-a-kind lab dedicated to industrial statistics research.