Best of 2009: Alumni

SFUAA: 40 years and counting
SFU’s Alumni Association celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 and added some 3,000 alumni to its ranks, now totalling more than 105,000. More than 50 per cent of that number graduated in the past 10 years. Approximately 72 per cent live in the Lower Mainland, but almost 6,000 alumni live abroad in 124 different countries.

Alums grow new business with SFU
SFU’s alumni excel in all walks of life throughout the world and many, such as entrepreneurs Matt Ferguson and Rick Hall, maintain business as well as social connections with their alma mater long after receiving their diplomas. Ferguson and Hall used market research generated by SFU Business students to formulate a marketing strategy for their first product—a foot- and ankle-strengthening device called the AFX, or Ankle Foot maXimizer.

Prof’s mom is latest family grad
SFU Health Sciences professor Robert Hogg beamed with pride as his mother Denise Hogg crossed the stage at spring convocation June 3, completing her longtime goal of obtaining a degree. "I have a real love of Canadian history," she says, having studied the subject, at a pace of a course or two a year for the past 30 years, before triumphantly obtaining her bachelor of general studies degree at spring convocation.

Thinking of the world – and making it count
SFU alumni again selected four of their most remarkable peers to be celebrated at the university’s Outstanding Alumni awards. The 2009 recipients were: Lyn Hancock for Arts and Culture; Marianne Sadar for Academic Achievement; Carol Huynh for Athletic Achievement; and Robert Turner for Professional Achievement.

Alumni Annual Report 2009
Read more highlights from the past year in our 2009 Alumni Annual Report.