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TechBC: The Geek is Still Chic

Panel discussion on the legacy of TechBC and how it laid the foundation for SFU in Surrey, held at SFU Surrey on May 19, 2022.

The Technical University of British Columbia (TechBC), a start-up university located in what was then Surrey Place Mall, began offering classes in 1999. At the time, some described it as the ‘MIT of the North,’ due to its use of technology in teaching and learning. The BC Liberal government closed TechBC in 2002 and its programs and staff were transferred to SFU.

On the occasion of SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary, former members of the TechBC community reflect on TechBC’s achievements and legacy, and discuss the impact it had on SFU and on their own careers.

Panelists: Tammy Mooney, Thecla Schiphorst, Tim Rahilly, Jason Toal.

Moderator: Holly Hendrigan, SFU Library / TechBC Memory Project.

Opening Remarks: Steve Dooley, Executive Director - SFU Surrey.

SFU Promo/Loop/Montage

Disjointed series of shots taken at SFU. Each section is only a few frames and focuses on the buildings, students and scientific experiments and equipment. Opening shows backhoe removing partly burned trees (presumably clearing for campus). Next shot is of AQ and red mosaic mural in background, and "swamp" in foreground where reflecting pond is now located.

Serengeti

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in Tanzania.

Ethiopia

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in Ethiopia.

Osaka, Japan

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in Osaka, Japan at Expo '70.

Osaka, Japan

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in Osaka, Japan at Expo '70.

Chandigarh

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in India. Footage depicts the Palace of Assembly in Chandigarh.

Greece

Item is a home movie created by Arthur Erickson depicting his travels in Greece.

Home movie of visit to Erickson family home in West Vancouver with children playing

Item is a home movie depicting Erickson family members and friends interacting outside at Don and Eleanor Erickson's Gleneagles home, built by architect Bob Lewis. Several children (Christopher and Geoffrey Erickson, Sally and Don Auer (Erickson cousins), and Tom, Allison, Stephen and Elizabeth Milroy) are running together and playing with a tricycle in the driveway of the house, while Don and Eleanor, John and Barbara Ann Milroy and Erickson cousin Evelyn Auer and her husband Stewart are filmed on the home's patio. One of the adult family members holds a cat. Arthur Erickson appears at the end of this film walking out of the home with his parents Oscar and Myrtle.

Home movies of Erickson family visit at Osler Avenue home and garden party

Item is a film containing home movie footage of two separate events. The first depicts Erickson family members at the family property that once stood at 4890 Osler Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. It includes footage of Arthur Erickson's parents Oscar and Myrtle playing ping pong; Arthur and his brother Don playing with their dog; as well as footage of Arthur's grandmothers Bengte Erickson (nee Anderson) and Sarah Chatterson (nee McKnight), and Oscar's sister Anna Auer in the garden and sitting on a bench.

The second film is of a garden party in Shaughnessy. The attendees include Oscar Erickson (with canes) and Myrtle Erickson.

SFU: raw, views of campus

Raw footage of SFU Burnaby campus with some unscripted commentary shot on 20 October 1987 by Frank Campbell of SFU's Instructional Media Centre. Opens with scenes of people walking on campus. A plane is heard flying overhead. The camera turns towards a view over the city of Vancouver and then pans back out. A student is seen walking across the field next to the theatre. In the next shot, voices and footsteps can be heard. Students are shown studying outside in the sunshine. In the next scene, a gentleman speaks briefly to the camera. The footage ends zoomed in on a student reading a book.

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