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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Outstanding Alumni Award winners: Back row from left, Bruce Robertson (BGS’77) of Burnt Edge Inc. and Steven Jones (MSc’94), head of bioinformatics at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency; middle row from left, Shauna Sylvester BA’90), executive director for the Institute of Media, Policy and Civil Society, and Leora Kuttner (PhD’84), clinical psychologist and clinical professor of pediatrics at UBC; and front row, Jan Verspoor from biological sciences, student leadership recipient.

Chaucer Rap

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).

Big Awards, Bright Future

Michael Bogan (BSc’00, PhD’04) receives nine awards at fall convocation. They range from the Analytical Chemistry Division Graduate Student Award for 2004 from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, to a Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry Student Travel Award. He and his wife, Alison (BA’02), move to California, where Michael will do research at the Biosecurity and Nanosciences Laboratory.

African Sojourn

African Sojourn Tobin Postma (BA’04) is spending six months in Kenya as an intern with NGO African Canadian Continuing Education Society. He is evaluating a pilot program that gives loans to help university graduates start small businesses.

Minding Our Money

As deputy minister of finance in Ottawa, Ian Bennett (BA’70) is on hand for the tough decisions about how the federal government should spend its huge surplus. The new posting follows three years as executive director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and several years travelling the world as G-7 deputy for Canada.

The Pinnacle of Success

Capilano College tourism instructor Brian White (BA’70, MA’72, PhD’99) is named the educator of the year at the 2004 Pinnacle Awards. The award is given for contributions to the public image of the hospitality industry through civic, educational, and community involvement. Hotelier magazine calls White “an educator with a conscience.”

Small-Business Success

Barbara Mowat (PDP’74, BEd’79) helps people dream big. Her comprehensive approach to running a small business has assisted at least 12,000 micro-entrepreneurs in the last 10 years. She has put on trade shows in Slovenia, worked with people in Puerto Rico and Chile, and is now offering a program to women in Afghanistan.
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The Cave of Letters

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire geography professor Harry Jol (BSc’87, MSc’89) is featured on the PBS science television series NOVA. The program accompanies Jewish historian Richard Freund as he explores the Cave of Letters in the remote Judean desert with the aid of ground-penetrating radar operated by Jol. <www.uwec.edu/jolhm/>

Paul Delany - professor emeritus

A revitalized Vancouver Review is the new kid on the magazine scene. English professor emeritus Paul Delany is providing his expertise as contributing editor and general adviser to the magazine, which critics say is readable and a welcome addition. Delany says he is involved because the Vancouver Review provides a much-needed high-quality outlet for Lower Mainland freelancers. <www.vancouverreview.com>

Fish Stories

An English degree with a concentration in fly-fishing and conservation writing, plus a master of publishing, leads to magazine work in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York for Chad Brealey (BA’95, MPub’00). But the call of the wild salmon proves too strong and Brealey is now director of development for the Pacific Salmon Foundation. He is also founder of the Haig-Brown Institute, whose mandate is to encourage conservation through education, literature, and angling.
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Ottawa Influence

Ashleigh Androsoff (BA’01) wins the 2004 As Prime Minister Award. She gets a sizeable scholarship, a paid internship, and the opportunity to put her ideas forward to the PM and MPs. <www.asprimeminister.com>

Go, Canucks, Go!

Francesco Aquilini (BBA’85) and his family become half owners of the Vancouver Canucks. Francesco is managing director of Aquilini Investment Group and says he grew up blocks from the Canucks’ original home at the Pacific Coliseum and went to as many games as he could as a child.

Jazz in the Bronx

The New Westminster Secondary School jazz band plays at the High School for Violin and Dance in a tough neighbourhood in the Bronx. The students then raise money for 20 students and three teachers to make a return visit to New Westminster to play. The Bronx connection comes from Kevin Thompson (PDP’00), music director for the New York school.

Our Greatest Canadian

Terry Fox comes second to Tommy Douglas in CBC’s The Greatest Canadian project, but he’s number one on our list. Fox, whose courageous cross-Canada run to raise funds for cancer research inspired yearly fund-raising runs all over the world, was a kinesiology student when he was diagnosed with cancer and when he began his run.

Speaking Up!

The Vancouver Executives Association names Peter Legge (LLD’01) its outstanding communicator of the year. He has a leading role in SFU’s Reaching New Heights capital campaign as chair, campaign media and public relations. He is immediate past chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, a Toastmasters International Golden Gavel winner, and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He is also author of seven books, the most recent being The Runway of Life.

Bringing Shrek to Life

Rick Glumac (BASc’96) is a senior FX animator for Pacific Data Images. He develops special effects, simulations, and other elements that add to the final look of a movie. After working on Shrek 2, he’s moved on to a feature film called Madagascar, which is about four zoo animals stranded in Africa.

Photograph of Outstanding Alumni. by Greg Ehlers, Paul Delany by Mark Mushet