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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...
We’re all familiar with the simplicity and accuracy of using a thermometer to read our body’s temperature to pinpoint a fever. What if monitoring brain health was as accessible? Thanks to...
Jim McEwen's first teacher, Isobel Rose, helped him catch up quickly after a late entry to school following a family quarantine during a polio outbreak in 1954. In grade eight, after a botched...
In spring 1951, young University of Alberta law student and aspiring dancer Grant Strate made a gut decision that radically altered his life path. Upon receiving an invitation to join the new...
Originally from Denmark, Jorgen Vibe (Jack) Christensen was held at a prison camp in Japan during World War II. He was released in 1945 and rarely spoke of that time, but the experience stayed with...
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jesse Elliott always pursued his interests with dedication. In his elementary school years, this meant a black belt in Tae Kwon Do by age 12. Later, he turned his...
During his Bachelor's degree in Computing Science at SFU, Paul Vicol discovered a love of research. With scholarship and award support from SFU donors throughout his undergraduate years, he was...
Retired RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel vice-president and investment counselor, Julia Kim, places enormous value on the importance of education. A prolific volunteer with non-...
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers are in high demand worldwide. Unfortunately, women continue to be underrepresented in these fields. One reason for this discrepancy is...
An immensely talented artist, Mary Filer worked in multiple media. Initially trained as a watercolour painter under John Lyman and Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer, she was also a pioneer in...
Innovation at SFU moves ideas into action. In 2008, SFU launched Venture Connection, the first university business incubator in Western Canada. The program offers entrepreneurship training and...
Meet Brian and Janis. They attended SFU generations apart, but each shared the same unique struggle. On her own with two young sons, Janis Horne worked and studied at SFU. It was a tough balancing...
Christian 'Chris' Friesen's early life was filled with adventure. He grew up exploring his family's lush acreage in Langley, visiting nearby relatives in the Fraser Valley, making...
Did you know that 76% of SFU donors are alumni? Each year, we reach out to alumni by phone, letter and email to ask for your support. We are constantly amazed by your generosity! Many people have...
In September 1965, SFU opened its doors for the very first time. The campus - still under construction - stood prominently atop Burnaby Mountain against the backdrop of Pacific coastal forest...
Pat Blunden's efforts are tireless when it comes to showing support for the betterment of other people's lives. She's particularly passionate about education as a means of advancing...
Gatis Roze first came to SFU in the early 1970s as a visiting student from the University of Waterloo. A track and field athlete, the Ontario native was recruited by SFU coach, Hal Werner. At first...
Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL Canada) is a registered charity and partner program of SFU's innovation ecosystem. YELL's goal is to inspire entrepreneurial thinking in youth...
When Judy Robins pulled up to the church her best friend attended, Stan Hagen saw her climb out of her little red sports car and was smitten. Married in 1967, they moved to the Comox Valley for one...
Avalanches are one of Canada's deadliest natural hazards. SFU currently offers the only research program in the country fully dedicated to avalanche safety. The program is stewarded by the new...
Giving peace a chance is the focus for SFU alumnus and assistant professor Masahiro Minami and his research to prevent war and support healing through reconciliation. The founder and director of SFU...