Community: Best of 2010

Starry Nights @ SFU shone brighter in 2010
Student, staff and faculty volunteers with Starry Nights@SFU hosted more than 2,150 elementary-school kids and 300 adults at a variety of celestial education workshops at the Burnaby campus in 2010. An additional 1,000 guests of all ages attended evening star parties and other events. Plus, Starry Nights and its funding partners donated 85 high-quality ‘Galileo Moment’ starter telescopes to groups and families.

New salt shed protects Stoney Creek
SFU built a new $1-million road-salt containment complex at the Burnaby campus to eliminate salty runoff into nearby Stoney Creek, one of the Lower Mainland’s most productive fish streams. The new complex and other salt-management improvements were prompted by a 2009 Stoney Creek Environment Committee report linking high conductivity levels in creek surface water to road-salt migration.

Stevenson, Price share Architecture Canada award
Former SFU president Michael Stevenson and SFU City Program director Gordon Price received a community award from Architecture Canada’s B.C. chapter acknowledging their appreciation of, and ardent advocacy for, architecture that improves the environment and the community

SFU’s CJSF Radio wins three national awards
The National Campus and Community Radio Association singled out the independent, non-profit radio station CJSF  at SFU for three awards. Station manager Magnus Thyvold won a Lifetime-Achievement award and community volunteer Ryan Fletcher, creator and host of Melodies in Mind, received the Local Talent Development award. CJSF won the Outstanding Achievement in Special Programming award—in part for a live, on-location music broadcast on homelessness that ran during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

New school open at UniverCity
University Highlands Elementary School opened at UniverCity in September, with 165 students registered. The $8-million school is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold building, the first of its kind in B.C., and features reclaimed building materials, natural lighting and green products. The students will focus on themes that reinforce UniverCity community ideals and practices such as sustainability, community involvement and learning through inquiry.