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They say you can’t go home again. But in many ways, SFU professor emeritus A. H. “Som” Somjee never really left. Born in India in 1925 and educated there as well as in Europe, Som...
Writer and adventurer Jason H. Schoonover’s not-so-ordinary life has seen him trek in the Himalayas, archaeologically dig in caves along Thailand’s River Kwai, lead expeditions for Phil Currie...
With 25 years in the investment industry, Pamela Yoon knows it can be difficult to plan strategically when making a donation. “A lot of times, giving can be reactionary or sporadic,” says...
If you Google the Kelmscott Chaucer, you’ll begin to understand why it’s considered one of the most beautiful books in the world. Printed in 1896, intricate florid illustrations adorn...
The COVID crisis has served as a profound reminder of just how much people benefit from face to face interaction whether that be a quick chat with strangers or an in-depth planning discussion with...
If you’re an SFU alumnus or donor, you’ve likely received a phone call from one of the hardworking student fundraisers from the SFU Annual Giving Call Centre. The call centre connects...
It’s been said that bad times bring out the best in people. Proving the truth in this adage, the SFU community has come together in these uncertain times to help students most adversely...
Past students take care of current students. That’s part of the beauty and an underlying philosophy of a vibrant alumni network. It’s also part of the mission of the SFU Alumni...
After emigrating from East Africa in 1973 at the age of four, Amyn Rajan, his parents and two siblings settled in North Vancouver. “It was a different Canada back then,” shares Amyn, an...
We know education is good for the mind. Turns out, it’s also good for the heart. According to a sweeping global study conducted by SFU Health Sciences professor Scott Lear, among other...
Ensuring newcomers to Canada thrive—not just survive—is the focus of SFU’s Refugee Livelihood Lab , a vital initiative that is inspiring new voices, ventures and solutions in Surrey...
Doug and Sandra Cramen understand the importance of financial security and the foundation it can provide for a happy, purposeful life. Both proud SFU alumni who pursued careers in banking and then...
Raymond Galer was a hard-working man who never had the opportunity to attend university. But he valued education and saved carefully to ensure his two children would. A century after Raymond was born...
Haida Gwaii, a remote group of islands located in the Pacific Ocean off British Columbia’s north coast, is known for its vibrant culture and unique wilderness. For new graduates of Haida Gwaii...
An iconic building stands in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada. Open its doors and you’ll discover a space bursting with creativity, imagination and courage. What is this place? SFU...
Mamadi's life started in Guinea. He came to Canada with his mother and sister when he was four years old. Settling in Montreal, Mamadi's mother raised him and his sister on her own, with no...
In 2010, four Faculty of Applied Sciences students came together to create SFU's only competitive team focused on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, more commonly, drones. Their first...
Growing up there were a few things Julie Andreyev felt sure about. She had a deep affection for animals, a love of learning and an innately creative spirit. As she matured into an adult, these...
Rachel spent three weeks this summer researching volcanoes in Terrace, B.C. - yes, we have volcanoes here! She had this incredible opportunity because our donors understand the value of gaining...
While caring for her ailing father, Lorna experienced first-hand the gaps that exist within seniors' health care, particularly for patients with dementia. She saw a desperate need for...
Shireen was an aspiring teacher in the Professional Development Program at SFU when she heard about the International Teaching Education Module (ITEM) in India. She was immediately interested. Every...
That's the question business leader and entrepreneur Charles Chang, BBA '95, asked himself as he prepared to sell his plant-based protein powder business, Vega. "I wanted to not only...
In 1967, Sylvia was 30, with a young daughter and no formal education. She’d once dreamed of being a teacher, but without a high school diploma, what was she going to do? She started taking...
When Barry and Guenther began thinking about their legacy, SFU seemed the natural choice for their bequests. Professor Barry Truax has been teaching acoustic communication at SFU for 40 years. He...
A few years ago, Ruth’s parents passed away within two months of each other. But through her grief, she found a sense of purpose. Ruth works in the Back on Track (BOT) program at SFU. She helps...
That day has come. SFU researchers have been working with Danny to design a new control system for one of the world's most advanced bionic hands. And this life-changing technology is about to...
I arrived at SFU in 1998 as the newly appointed Shrum Chair in Science. The university is the perfect place to teach and mentor students in the wonders of geology and to positively influence young...
How are Emily and Maple connected? It will warm your heart. Emily Leaman recently graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences and plans to apply to medical school in 2016. Maple Batalia was an SFU...
Ambitious Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business student, Maria Fernanda, has just completed her final semester of accounting studies. Originally from Puebla, Mexico - just two hours...
Addiction, homelessness, crime. As first responders, this is what fire fighters see every day. They know first hand the source of these issues is often mental illness. With the hope of better...
It may be a family member. It may be a close friend. The reality is we’ve all been affected by cancer. The statistic is staggering – more than 185,000 people in B.C. have survived some...
RADIUS – RADical Ideas, Useful to Society – is SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator. Sparked by Beedie School of Business adjunct professor Shawn Smith in 2013, RADIUS...
Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Here’s how your commitment to The Power of Engagement campaign has impacted SFU. Engaging students Our students think they can change the...
There’s a classroom at SFU where the students range in age from 16 to 69, and they all have one thing in common: passion. The group is made up of women and men from Surrey taking part in a...