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April 25 , 2002
Holy Cross House Conference Room
2:00 p.m.



Members Present: G. Baier, D. Brodie, J. Coates, B. Craig B. Cross (History Rep), J. Gaudet (FAUST Rep), S. Hale, S. MacDonald, C. McCormick (Criminology Rep), E. McKim, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien (Chair), P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, W. Randall (Gerontology Rep), J. Rowcroft, I. Thiessen, A. White

Regrets: L. Batt, J. Doerr, B. Fisher-Townsend, M. George, T. Good, G. Kenyon, P. Malcolmson, D. McKenzie-Mohr, S. Reid-MacNevin, N. Seely

Absent: M. Arévalo, R. Chrisjohn, D. Gupta, P. Lee, W. McLean, J. Palmer, D. Robinson, D. Savoie, R. Williams

Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be adopted.
Brodie:Murray. CARRIED.

2. Announcement

Dr. O'Brien announced that the meeting would have to adjourn by 4:15.

3. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the March 28, 2002 Senate meeting be adopted as circulated.
Brodie:Craig. CARRIED.

4. Business Arising

There was no business arising.

5. Committee Reports

A. Academic Planning

The report was presented by Sylvia Hale.

i) Environment and Society

Motion: That Senate approve the establishment of an Environment & Society programme as a double major in accordance with the circulated proposal.
Hale:Coates. CARRIED.

Motion: That Senate endorse, in principle, the development of a multi- disciplinary physical science course to complement the current package of courses designed for this programme.
Hale:Coates. CARRIED.

Motion: That the University establish a fund-raising committee to seek external funding for the purpose of hiring a full-time director for a three-year period as a bridging position to help establish the programme.
Coates:Hale. CARRIED.

ii) Drama Concentration

Motion: That Senate approve the proposal for a Concentration in Drama.
Hale:McKim. CARRIED.

Dr. O'Brien reminded Senators that implementation of these proposals would be dependant on MPHEC approval. Dr. Rowcroft noted that UNB would be pleased to discuss cooperation in relation to Environment & Society.

B. Curriculum

The report was presented by Jonathan Rahn.

Motion: That the recommendations contained in the report be adopted.
Rahn:Coates. CARRIED.

C. Committee on Appointments to Academic Staff (CAAS)

The report was presented by Jeannette Gaudet.

Motion: That the recommendations of the CAAS be adopted by Senate.
Rahn:Brodie.

Amendment: That one tenure-track position in journalism be added to the list of recommended positions.
Hale:McKim. CARRIED.

Main Motion: CARRIED.

6. Research Ethics Board Report

Motion: That the report be received.
Hale:Rahn. CARRIED.

7. Faculty Council Report

The report was presented by Sylvia Hale.

Motion: That the report be received.
Hale:Craig. CARRIED.

Motion: That Senate refer the report to the LTD for study, consultation, and the preparation of recommendations for Senate.
Hale:Thiessen. CARRIED.

8. Nomination of Student Members to Senate Committees

Motion: That the proposed slate be ratified:

Lindsay Briggs, Admissions and Academic Standing
Phillippe Ouellette, Campus Planning
Joanna Laskey, Curriculum
Wes McLean, Student Academic Grievance
Andrew Moore, Teaching and Learning Development

White:Coates. CARRIED.

9. Student Conference Participation

John Coates reported that the committee investigating this matter has agreed to propose a one-stop application process to be shared by the University and the Student Union.

10. May Meetings

May 9, 2:00 p.m. – Special meeting for approval of graduation list and presentation on budget.

May 23, 9:00 a.m. , HCH Conference Room – Regular Meeting
Note: A special meeting for consideration of external review of the Aquinas Programme will follow the regular meeting.

11. Other Business

There was no other business.

12. Question Period

There were no questions.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

April 26, 2002
Richard Myers
Secretary, pro tem

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