This Saturday, Simon Fraser University is welcoming the community to its central campus atop Burnaby Mountain for a large celebration.
Simon Fraser University is one of BC’s most acclaimed academic institutions, with award-winning facilities, programs and research to back that assertion up. On Saturday, May 26th the university wants to share its work with everyone. Recently rebranded, with a focus on engaging communities both local and abroad, SFU is aiming at display the campus itself, while highlighting the programs that make it acclaimed in the first place.
Running from 11am until 4pm, the all ages, rain or shine, event is not intended to cater solely to prospective students and welcomes all members of the community. While there will be information about SFU’s academic programs, there will be many performances throughout the day by SFU students and other guests, a large carnival in Convocation Mall and an opportunity to speak to faculty, staff, researchers and students about their work and initiatives. Also worth noting is the opportunity to receive tours of the famed campus, which was designed by architect Arthur Erickson.
The event offers over $25,000 in prizes to be won, including 15 credits worth of tuition or an entire term in residence for a first year student. Not attending SFU? From stays in local hotels and gift cards for Metropolis at Metrotown, to $500 for the Apple Store, there are a ton of opportunities to walk away a winner. There are also over 100 exhibits planned, with everything from fashion and art (maggot painting!) to science labs and student-produced video games. There will be great student talent performing for SFU’s Got Talent. For the prospective students out there and their parents, a cool program will be the opportunity to stay in SFU’s residences for one or two nights. With food included, special events and the chance to meet the people you could be dorming with when the school year starts in September, it seems like a relatively inexpensive way to size up your interest in SFU’s accommodations. You can also use this opportunity to go and check out UniverCity, the constantly expanding and award-winning mountaintop community. There will be tours available for the UniverCity Childcare Centre, which claims to be the most sustainable building in Canada and the first building in the country to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.
This post just covers some of the basics. With a bunch of other entertainment lined up, a farmers’ market in Town Square, mini golf, carnival games and more, it’s shaping up to be an exciting day. Check out the Open House website for more details or go directly to the Open House Program Guide. Definitely think about visiting it if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday!
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