Outstanding Alumni Awards

Alumni award winners pose with President Michael Stevenson. Back row from left: student Terry Beech, outstanding student leadership; Stevenson; Boston Pizza CEO Mike Cordoba (BBA'88), professional achievement. Front row from left: chancellor emeritus Milton Wong (LLD'98), 40th anniversary award for service to the university; Olympic gold medal winner Daniel Igali (BA'01), athletic achievement; retired National Parole Board member Kathleen Louis (BA'74), service to the community.

Bravo Bramham!

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.

Olympic Doc

Outstanding alumni award winner Dr. Jack Taunton (BSc'69, MA'71) is named chief medical officer for the 2010 Olympics. The sports physician becomes an ex-officio member of the IOC's Medical Commission for the period leading up to the Olympic Games and will take an active part at both the Torino and Beijing Olympics.

University Cover Girl

Kelowna's Jaclyn Farquhar (BSc'05) makes it to the cover of the Maclean's university ranking issue. SFU regained the number three spot in the comprehensive category, gaining ground in nine out of 23 individual categories. <>

Winning Ways

With hockey pool season nearing its end, Amy Summers (MSc'06) is testing her theories on her father and her friends. Her master of science in statistics thesis uses probabilities to show the best method for selecting players for a hockey pool. The computer program remains out of the public domain for now, but according to her supervisor it shows great promise.

Psychology and the Law

Jodi Viljoen (MA'01, PhD'04) and Candice Odgers (BA'99, MA'01) both win American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) awards. Viljoen wins top prize for her dissertation, Police Interrogation and Criminal Adjudication of Child and Adolescent Defendants, that shows child and adolescent defendants are at risk of being unfairly tried because they don't understand legal proceedings. Odgers wins second prize for her dissertation, Violence, Victimization, and Psychopathy among Female Juvenile Offenders, cited as representing "an important contribution to assist in understanding violence in young girls."


Ihsan Mahdi (BA'00) receives honours for bravery from the governor of Louisiana for helping rescue 112 people during Hurricane Katrina.

New Superintendents

Byron Robbie (BEd'70, PDP'71) is the new superintendent for the Nicola-Similkameen School District and Bill Reid (MA'86) is the new superintendent for Kootenay Lake School District. Robbie is completing a PhD in education leadership at SFU.

Kim Rossmo MA'88, PhD'96

Outstanding alumni award winner Kim Rossmo (MA'88, PhD'96) wins the SFU Nora and Ted Sterling prize for controversy. Rossmo, currently a research professor in the department of criminal justice at Texas State University, is internationally known for his geographic profiling. The Sterling prize was established by the late Ted Sterling, a computer science professor, and his wife to honour work that challenges complacency and provokes controversy or contributes to its understanding.

Playing the Horses

Two former students have high profiles in the horse world. Show jumper Chris Lowe (BBA ’06) and Jackpot are making a splash on the riding circuit, while Raj Mutti is the new director of operations for the Hastings Racecourse.

From Basement to Big Time

Self-described “wireless phone geeks” Fred Ghahramani and Vincent Yen start their company in a basement while attending SFU. Now they are winners of the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award for their company AirG that provides applications that add value for wireless carriers.

Not Just for the Boys Now

Home Depot Canada is now a more female-friendly store, thanks partly to director of marketing Pat Wilkinson (MBA’93). There are more home reno displays, a glossy home decor catalogue, and the store is more environmentally responsible.

Shamrock Isle Calling

Former student leader and outstanding alumni award winner Stan Wong (BA’69) is appointed a member of the Irish Competition Authority. Wong is both an economist
and a lawyer and is recognized internationally as a leading
competition lawyer.

From DUC to DAC

The Diamond University Centre (DUC) is now the Diamond Alumni Centre (DAC). A $550,000 legacy gift from the Alumni Association helped revamp the facility. Alumni can book rooms at discounted rates.<>

The Young and Restless

Paulman Chan (BASc’05) is the youngest engineering student ever to graduate from SFU. At the ripe old age of 18 he begins his master’s at the university. His only problem as an undergraduate was that he wasn’t old enough to relax in the pub with fellow students.

Iraq Expert

Jim Harding (PhD’70) is one of only two Canadians called as expert witnesses to testify at the final hearings of the World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul. Harding is the author of After Iraq: War, Imperialism and Democracy and is a retired professor in the school of human justice at the University of Regina.

Photograph of award winners by Greg Ehlers / LIDC Photograph of Kim Rossmo by Don Anders