Katia Dilkina BA’04 Bistra Dilkina BSc’04

Photo by Diane Luckow

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.

House Hunting?

If so, Bob (BA’70) and Janet Landucci (BSc’70) and Don and Ruth James have just the place for you. They’ve developed palatial 3,000 square-foot Beach Avenue villas with unobstructed ocean views. They’re calling it a new “high-water mark” for Vancouver style and quality, and no, you don’t want to ask the price.

Under the Big Top

As Cirque du Soleil plays to sold-out crowds all over the world, including Las Vegas, we take a look back and discover an SFU connection. Gilles Ste-Croix (BA’72) was one of the original street performers who started the Cirque in 1984. He designed and performed many stilt acts for the company, became the artistic director, and is currently vice-president of creation, new project development.

Men with Brooms

Jay Peachey (BBA’89), Ron Leech (BA’94), Kevin Recksiedler, and Brad Fenton hit the curling big-time when they came third at the Nokia Brier. Not bad for a first appearance! Peachey came to SFU on a golf scholarship in 1983, but soon turned in his clubs for rocks.

A Woman on Skates

University of the Fraser Valley professor Fiona McQuarrie (BBA’87, MBA’90) wins two silver medals in the Pre-Preliminary Ladies Freeskate and the Pre-Preliminary Ladies Interpretive at the inaugural B.C./Yukon Section Open Adult championships.

And a Master Swimmer

Physician John van Buuren (BSc’76) sets three new records at the 10th World Masters Aquatic Championships. Van Buuren, who swam competitively for the university, clocked world record times in the 50-metre backstroke, 100-metre butterfly, and 100-metre freestyle in the men’s 50–54 age division.

Retrospectively Speaking

Ann Marie Fleming (MFA’94) is honoured with a film retrospective at Pacific Cinémath`eque. Featured are early films including Waving and You Take Care Now, as well as recent award-winners The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam and Blue Skies.

Doug Barber BBA’95 James Phillips BBA’95

Photo courtesy Doug Barber

Mascots Strike Back Creating awareness for the film on the streets of Toronto, Doug Barber (left) and James Phillips (right) promote their special exhibition at the inaugural Rebelfest, held concurrently with the Toronto Film Festival. Behind the Mascot shone at the Toronto Film Festival and won th\e audience award.

Former SFU gorilla mascot James Phillips (BBA’95) and co-producer/co-director Doug Barber (BBA’95) unveil their first movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September, then go to Halifax and Sudbury. Behind the Mascot is a documentary on the people in all those crazy costumes at sporting events and features mascots from more than 40 states and provinces. Phillips, a writer for local shows, including Cold Squad, Stargate SG-1, and Edgemont, always felt a mascot film would be interesting. He was spurred on by the Sausagegate incident last year in which a baseball player hit the Milwaukee Brewers’ sausage mascot.

Hall of Fame

B.C. Lions kicker Lui Passaglia (BA’76) (see aq, June’01) is inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His amazing 3,991 points scored is the most ever in regular season play by a pro football player.

The Accounting Life

Outstanding Alumni Award winner Jack Croll (MBA’72) receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. The award recognizes CAs for distinction in career, community service, and work with the CA profession.

CineCity Success Story

Prem Gill (BA’92) oversees CHUM Television/Citytv Vancouver’s funding and mentoring program, CineCity: Vancouver’s Stories. She also hosts Colour TV (a weekly half-hour current affairs discussion), is supervising producer for all non-news-related shows at the station, and takes care of public affairs for CHUM West.

Colin Clarkson BSc’04

Photo by Carol Thorbes

Harley-Davidson rider Colin Clarkson (BSc’04) is heading for his third career – doctor of medicine. He’s already been a corrections officer and a logger; now the tattooed biker is graduating with high marks, nine scholarships, and published research. He is considering working with Doctors Without Borders once he finishes medical school.

Cabinet Picks

Outstanding Alumni Award winner and former premier Ujjal Dosanjh (BA’73) and Manitoba’s Reg Alcock (BA’77) both get plum federal cabinet posts. Dosanjh is given the tricky health portfolio and Alcock returns as president of the treasury board.

Tour de Lance

Aerodynamicist Len Brownlie (CHF’82, BSc’82, MA’86, PhD’93) plays a key part as Lance Armstrong wins an unprecedented sixth Tour de France. Brownlie is a pivotal member of a team put together by Nike to design a cycling suit to reduce the drag on Armstrong’s body. Brownlie runs a junior mining company by day, but his passion is his second business, Aerosports Research. <>

Also Riding High

Edmonton cyclist Alex Stieda, who attended SFU, is the new cycling commentator for the Outdoor Life Network. He’s a former pro cyclist, Tour de France leader, and Commonwealth Games and Olympic competitor.

Multicultural Media

Former SFU student James Ho is the sole owner of radio station CHMB AM 1320 and a minority shareholder of TV station Channel M (MVBC). The two multicultural stations are key information providers to Vancouver’s increasingly diverse population.


Two winners at this year’s Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards: Tracey Axelsson (BA’90, PCED’98) wins in the community entrepreneurship category and education faculty member Suzanne de Castell wins for learning for life.

Presidential Praise

Research entomologist Therese Poland (BSc’89, MPM’93, PhD’97) is presented with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. Poland works for the U.S. Forest Service.

Courage to Come Back

Florence Rickards (MBA’96) wins the 2004 Courage to Come Back Award in the social/economic adversity category. After an abusive early family life, she worked in a fish stand to support her son, went to night school while working full-time, and later became a vocational rehabilitation counsellor.

The Corporation

Joel Bakan (BA’81) continues to get kudos for his book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and for the award-winning documentary The Corporation. Bakan, a law professor at UBC, also co-created the movie.

Top Cops

Abbotsford’s deputy police chief Paul Tinsley (BA’77, MA’88) retires and becomes a full-time faculty member at University College of the Fraser Valley. In July at SFU, Delta Police Sgt. Rick Parent (BA’92, MA’96, PhD’04) defends his PhD thesis on police shootings. Tinsley and Parent are among only a few police officers in Canada with a doctorate.