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December 13, 2001
Holy Cross House Conference Room
7:00 p.m.



Members Present: G. Baier, L. Batt, D. Brodie, J. Coates, J. Doerr, B. Fisher-Townsend,
T. Good, D. Gupta, S. Hale, G. Kenyon, P. Lee, S. MacDonald, D. McKenzie-Mohr, E. McKim, A. Moore, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien, J. Palmer, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin,
N. Seely, I. Thiessen, R. Williams

Regrets: M. Arévalo, K. Breen, P. Malcolmson, J. Rowcroft, D. Savoie,

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, M. George, N. Kinsella, D. Robinson


Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the circulated agenda be approved, with the addition of the APC report.

Kenyon:Murray. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

a) Mr. Batt announced the Sunday, January 6, 2002, annual orientation and registration programme for new students starting their studies in the second semester.

b) Dr. O'Brien reminded members of the Monday, December 17, 2001 press conference on the new Campus Research Network.

c) Dr. O'Brien announced the tentative plans to officially open the Professional Studies Building on Aquinas Day, January 28, 2002.

d) Dr. O'Brien announced the establishment of the position of International Student Advisor starting January 2002.

e) Dr. O'Brien announced the achievements of this year's Uunited Way fund raising and called for continued support from members of the St. Thomas Community.

f) Dr. O'Brien gave an update on the recent positive developments in the STU fund-raising campaign.

3. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the November 15, 2001 meeting be adopted as corrected.
Fisher-Townsend:McKenzie-Mohr. CARRIED.

It was noted that Dr. Kenyon and Dr. Kinsella were in attendance.

4. Business Arising from Minutes

a) Research Ethics Board

It was announced that any review of the Research Ethics Board should await the first report from the Board, which is expected in January 2002.

Dr. Gupta raised concerns about the authority and terms of reference for a review.

b) Minutes

Dr. Myers announced the plan to highlight Senate action items from the minutes and forward those items to members involved in the Senate decisions.

5. Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

Dr. Fenwick had circulated a report from the committee dealing with two new awards. Mr. Batt brought two additional new awards for Senate consideration.

a) Motion: That Senate approve the Dr. Richard W. Costello Scholarship.

Batt:Hale. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate approve the Louisbourg Investment Bursaries, as amended.

Batt:Good. CARRIED.

c) Motion: That Senate approve the ATV Media Scholarship, with the additional sentence "If a candidate from one of the designated groups is not available, the University reserves the right to identify other deserving candidates."

Batt:Kenyon. CARRED.

d) Motion: That Senate approve the Sherman Donovan Scholarships.

Batt:Gupta. CARRIED.

6. Curriculum Committee Report

a) In advance of the consideration of the details of the report, Dr. Myers proposed a procedure for processing curriculum committee reports.

b) That Senate adopt the circulated procedure and use it today.

Craig:McKenzie-Mohr. CARRIED.

c) Prof. Rahn noted some brief corrections to the report and the addendum.

d) Motion: That Senate approve the Curriculum Committee report with the exception of the Co-Op courses.
Rahn:McKenzie-Mohr. CARRIED.

e) Motion: That Senate approve the Co-Op courses (1023, 2013, 1003) and revised descriptions.
Rahn:Palmer. CARRIED.

f) There was some discussion on the length of some descriptions. It was suggested that the Curriculum Committee could bring back to Senate some recommendations dealing with style.

g) Dr. Myers offered the thanks of the senate to Prof. Rahn and his committee members for their extensive work in a busy time.

7. Academic Planning Committee

Dr. Hale had sought permission to deal with the Gender Studies component of the APC report.
Motion: That Senate approve the following addition to the Gender Studies section of the University Calendar. "A minor in Gender Studies consists of 18 credit hours of Gender Studies courses taken from at least two disciplines."
Hale:Fisher-Townsend. CARRIED.

It was agreed to leave the rest of the APC report to the January 2002 meeting.

8. Question Period

a) Medical Emergencies

Dr. Brodie asked about procedures for handling medical emergencies in the classroom. It was agreed that we should look into this and also refer it to the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

b) Dr. Williams asked the following questions:

Given the success that St. Thomas has had in our application to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and ACOA for funds to provide a campus research network, can we look forward to the creation of a research facility that will support our faculty's research efforts?
If so, what decisions have been made regarding the placement of a campus research facility?
Is there an existing body that will coordinate the effective use of equipment and oversee the support staff proposed in our funding application?
At what time can faculty expect to access the research facility?

Dr. O'Brien, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Gupta responded to the questions, indicating that planing was underway, and more would be done.

9. Adjournment

Dr. O'Brien noted the many positive comments on the STU faculty members which he heard during his community fund-raising activities. He also wished Senate members a happy holiday.

The meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

January 7, 2002
Larry Batt, Secretary

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