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Archive for January, 2009

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy was established at Simon Fraser University in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy.

The Sterling Prize Committee is looking for work that challenges complacency. The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy is awarded annually to a recipient whose work presents new ways of looking at the world, ways that are daring and creative. Whether a student, a staff member, or an academic at SFU, or a member of the community who has a connection to the University, the prize winner is selected for decidedly unconventional and distinctly untraditional work that provokes a wide audience.

The winner receives a cash award of $5,000 and makes a public presentation at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

The Committee formally calls for nominations for the Sterling Prize, to be submitted to:  The Sterling Prize Committee, c/o the Vice-President, Academic office, no later than February 27, 2009. Nomination forms and submission guidelines can be found at: www.sfu.ca/sterlingprize

Teaching Abroad Opportunities Abound!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Teaching overseas is a viable option for many students and new grads, and it offers many benefits.

  • Use your existing skills and gain many valuable new skills
  • Have the opportunity to travel around the world
  • Meet new people and experience different cultures and ways of life
  • The industry is thriving, even during economic slow-downs
  • Go on an adventure you’ll never forget!
  • Is teaching overseas an option for you? If it is, you will NOT want to miss the Education Fair at SFU Surrey this weekend. This teaching-overseas education fair brings 17 different organizations, representing every continent but Antarctica, to campus. They will be here to recruit students and new grads with Bachelors degrees and/or teaching certificates.

    Date: Saturday, Jan 24
    Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Location: Grand Hall, Surrey Campus

    Information: www.sfu.ca/career/EdFair.html for a list of the companies that will be present at the fair!

    Enter to win a $100 Visa gift card for your travels when you attend!

    This just might be your ticket to that international dream teaching job!

    Are you in balance?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Many employees are lacking a balance between work and the rest of their lives.
    Business suffers when employees don’t have work/life balance.

    Many individuals are starting 2009 with resolutions aimed at achieving better work-life balance, due to the need for juggling many roles involving work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service.

    Click here to check out if you’re in balance:  Work-Life Balance Quiz

    Also, join in on the ‘SFU wellness fun’ by participating with the:

    Ever wish you could track your active living progress, map your activity, nutrition, hydration, and sleep all in one place? Looking for somewhere to set goals, join teams, receive motivational emails, enter contests and challenges? Well, this is it! Program open to all members of the SFU community. Registration starts January 5th, and program runs January 28 – March 18. Register early to secure a spot!
    Register online at: www.healthycommunity.ca/sfu

    Other resources on this topic:
    Work-Life Balance.com
    Human Resources Skill Development Canada

    Canadian Mental Health Association

    Considering a career in non-profit?

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Work in the nonprofit sector offers many possibilities and the opportunity to work for the greater good. The sector encompasses a wide range of career options including administration, programming, communications, and operations.

    Mon, Jan 19: Working in the Non-Profit Sector 
    2:30 – 4:30pm
    Halpern Centre, Burnaby Campus 

    Representatives from the Alliance for Arts and Culture, SUCCESS, YWCA Vancouver and the Take A Hike Foundation will discuss  topics such as the rewards and challenges of working in the nonprofit sector, misconceptions, and discuss their own career paths and motivation for working in nonprofit organizations.

    Here’s who is joining us:

    Peter Boychuk, Director of Communications, Alliance for Arts and Culture, an advocacy organization that champions artist, representing and serving a membership of more than 330 arts organizations and individuals drawn from all artistic disciplines.  http://www.allianceforarts.com/ 

    Araz Rismani, Program Manager, SUCCESS.  SUCCESS is a multi-service agency with a mandate to promote the well being of all Canadians and immigrants with a focus in five major areas: social services, employment services, business and economic development services, training and education services, and health services.

    Manjit Sangha,  Transition House Support Worker, YWCA Vancouver, one of the largest and most diversified non-profits in the Lower Mainland.  YWCA Vancouver is committed to fostering economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. http://www.ywcavan.org/

    Michelle Berry, Executive Director, Take A Hike Foundation, an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, counselling, and community involvement. http://www.takeahikefoundation.org/

    To register: 

    Go to www.sfu.ca/wil/symplicity and login with your SFU Computing ID and password.

    Click on the Events tab at the top of the page and then the click on the Workshops tab.

    Scroll down to “Career Services & Volunteer Services: Working in the Non-Profit Sector” on January 19.

    Click RSVP.

    Want to Work on Parliament Hill as an Intern?

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Parliamentary Information and Research Service Internship Program

    The Library of Parliament offers a paid internship program in its Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) that is open to Canadian university students who have graduated this year. Each year, four interns with specific subject specializations will be selected for the twelve-month program (September to August).
    This is your chance to have a front-row seat on the legislative process of the federal Parliament. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain work experience in the policy and legislative process in Canada from a parliamentary perspective as valued members of Parliament’s principal research service.

    The 10-second Commute

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Telecommuting, or telework, is one of those working world initiatives that virtually all employers know that they should pay more attention to, yet few seem to.  It’s well past the point of questioning the benefits that telework brings – improved morale, productivity and retention – yet Canada remains well behind the U.S. in the prevalence of the practice. It is estimated that just 10 percent of Canadians commute electronically from their homes or other remote sites.

    IBM Canada is one undisputed leaders when it comes to freeing its workers from the confines of the traditional office. In fact, the information technology giant has been so successful with its telework program that it is now trying to figure out what to do with its suddenly underutilized real estate portfolio, which is 30 to 60 percent vacant on any given day.

    Just how far IBM has gone with its remote work program is perhaps best illustrated by Rena Chenov, who is global program manager of Work-Life Integration. “I sit in Canada. I’m in Toronto. I work from a home office, and I rarely go to the office here. My manager is in the U.S. Most of my colleagues are in the U.S. and one of my colleagues is in Romania, and we operate as a team.”

    A 25-year IBM veteran, Chenov says that 42 per cent of IBM’s workforce around the world is “mobile,” meaning that they have no designated office or company workspace, but instead check into a floating work area when required. In just one decade, those designated as full-time “work at home” staff in IBM’s ranks have gone from less than half a per cent to 10 per cent currently and that percentage continues to grow. Those figures, which are likely higher in Canada, do not account for the large number of IBM employees who might have real estate in an office, but still work from home two or three days a week, Chenov says. (The three-way tele-interview for this story involving the work-life specialist, another IBM employee and this writer was conducted from three home offices). (more…)