February-March 2017

Vancouver Campus News and Milestones

As it celebrates its 10th year, the Vancouver Campus is marking this milestone by building on current achievements, holding a conference and focusing on its students’ accomplishments.

Vancouver Campus Provost Cecil Abrahams said, “The Vancouver Campus has grown in size and stature. Today it is one of the most respectable higher-education institutions in British Columbia. The campus is well known for being a diverse and dynamic place of learning and where students from more than 70 countries have found a home where they can be safe and achieve their goals.”

International Conference on Business Management and Technology

As part of its anniversary celebration, the Vancouver Campus is hosting its Third Annual International Conference on Business Management and Technology on Thursday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Room 130, Vancouver Campus. The free conference is open to professors, scientists, engineers, researchers, industrial professionals, practitioners and students.

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Key discussion tracks at the conference and their respective track coordinators, all Vancouver Campus faculty members, are “Management Challenges in Today’s Industry” (Ajay Garg, administrative science); “Optimization Challenges in Today’s Business” (Lotfi Tadj, information systems/decision sciences and program coordinator, business administration); “Service Sector’s Contribution to Economic Growth” (Jarrett Bachman, hospitality/tourism management); and “Technological Challenges in the Era of Globalization” (Vasudevan Janarthanan, information technology and program coordinator, information technology).

Provost Cecil Abrahams is heading the organizing committee, with the following campus faculty and staff as members: Bachman, Garg, Tadj and Janarthanan. Lynda Kuit, assistant to the campus provost, is the committee secretary.

In addition, the Proceedings Finalization Committee is composed of Vancouver Campus faculty and staff members Willy Aroca, hospitality/tourism management; Constance Bygrave, administrative science and program coordinator, individualized studies; Gudrun Dreher, director of Global Scholars Program; James Gifford, English and director, University Core; Isabella Krysa, management; Phyllis MacIntyre, administrative science; Reza Molavi, information technology; Sharmistha Nag, economics; and Jill Reid, marketing. The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer under the series Springer Proceedings in Business and Finance.

For more information about the conference go to http://view2.fdu.edu/vancouver-campus/about-the-campus/news-and-events/international-conference-business-management/.

Enrollment Growth

The number of students at the Vancouver Campus has significantly increased since it first opened its doors in 2007. In his keynote address in last semester’s 2016 Academic Convocation, President Christopher Capuano said that the campus’s “growth and impact has been tremendous. From just a handful of students when we opened nearly a decade ago, we enrolled 728 full-time students last year and this year that number should grow even higher.”

Its students come from 74 countries, with its 2016 graduating class including more than 300 students from 36 countries. “It would be hard to find a more diverse and vibrant academic community than what we have established in Vancouver,” Capuano added.

The campus has also enlarged its learning space in 2013 (see http://inside.fdu.edu/features/vancouverribboncut.html) and expanded its range of programs (see http://view2.fdu.edu/vancouver-campus/academic-programs/ to view its current program offerings). There are also plans to add graduate degree programs in computer science, cybersecurity and global affairs.

Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown is offering scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students at the Vancouver Campus in recognition of outstanding student achievement in the area of community service. A scholarship of CA$250 will each be awarded in the fall and spring semesters.

For more information about eligibility and requirements go to http://view2.fdu.edu/vancouver-campus/scholarships-and-financial-aid/other-financial-aid/.

Achievements and Awards

• International Education Marketing Award

Vancouver Campus was awarded the Excellence in International Education Marketing Award by the British Columbia (BC) Council for International Education for its success in the education export sector in 2016. The BC International Education Awards celebrate the professionalism, dedication and efforts of an exemplary group of experts and practitioners in the field of international education. To read more about the award go to http://bccie.bc.ca/announcing-winners-bcs-2016-international-education-awards/.

• DAAD Young Ambassadors

Catarina Calderon Garcia, a communications/international relations student at the Vancouver Campus, was named DAAD young ambassador for the 2016–2017 academic year. The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) is an organization that promotes higher education in Germany and provides funding to study and research there. The Young Ambassadors honor students who have studied, researched or interned in Germany in the previous academic year.

Calderon Garcia went to German school all the way through high school, and both of her parents also studied in Germany. She spent the spring semester at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany. As a DAAD young ambassador, Calderon Garcia will promote study and research in Germany through the University’ study-abroad office, volunteer at study-abroad fairs, organize classroom visits and information sessions and answer student inquiries.

For more information go to https://www.daad.org/en/about-us/network/young-ambassadors-profiles/.

• Outstanding Delegation Award

For the second time in three years, delegates from the Vancouver Campus won an award at National Model United Nations (NMUN). Students Peter Mate and Viet “Lucky” Truong won the Outstanding Delegation Award in their Habitat III Committee after being chosen by their peers at NMUN 2016 in New York City. Only three out of 150 universities were awarded this distinction. To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/vancouver-campus/about-the-campus/news-and-events/world-mun/.

Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

More than 30 Vancouver Campus students joined members of the Vancouver Yaletown Rotaract and Rotary Clubs to clean the shoreline of Falsecreek in Vancouver on October 1, 2016. This is the 10th year that the campus has been involved in the cleanup project. According to Jobin Mojtabavi, director of student services (Van), “the shoreline cleanup has become a regular event for FDU. It is great to see students coming out to the cleanup year after year. Over this time, we have removed close to 1,000 lbs. of debris from Vancouver’s shorelines.” To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/vancouver-campus/student-services/extracurricular-activities/canadian-shoreline-cleanup/.

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