Best of 2009: Continuing Studies

Seniors program 35 years young
In November 1974, SFU launched its pioneering Seniors Program, the first of its kind in North America, beginning with a single English literature course. In 2009, the program offered some 70 non-credit courses annually, ranging from opera to political science.

Kudos for Philosophers’ Café founder
Yosef Wosk, SFU Continuing Studies’ director of interdisciplinary programs and the mastermind behind SFU’s wildly successful Philosophers’ Café program, received a B.C. Achievement Award for community service in 2009.

Boosting inner-city adult reading and writing skills
SFU Continuing Studies’ community engagement division secured a $765,452 grant from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It’s to help improve the literacy and essential skills of adults living in inner-city environments through a new two-year project called Literacy Lives.

Feeding Surrey’s hunger for learning
SFU’s 38-year-old Continuing Studies program celebrated its fifth anniversary at the Surrey campus in 2009. It now offers more than 85 courses annually to some 1,500 residents of Canada’s fastest growing city, including everything from free public lectures to short courses and workshops, as well as certificates, diplomas and degrees.

World’s oldest physician makes SFU house call
He can exhaust colleagues half his age, but the world’s longest-practicing doctor, 98-year-old Shigeaki Hinohara, slowed down long enough to enjoy a week-long educational and cultural visit to Vancouver in 2009. It was hosted by SFU Continuing Studies and drew big media interest.