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February 20 , 2003
Holy Cross House 5
7:00 p.m.

Members present: L. Batt, R. Bittermann, R. Clews, J. Coates, S. Doiron, I. Fraser, P. Hawkins, M.E. Jardine, M. Ircha (UNB Rep), N. Kinsella, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, J. McFarland, M. McGowan, E. McKim, R. Myers, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, M. Reimer, J. Sauvageau, N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard, A. White, R. Williams

Absent with regrets: C. McCormick

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, W. McLean, P. Pheeney

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be adopted as circulated.
It was agreed to add Approval of Graduates.

2. Announcements

Dr. Coates announced the Tuesday, February 25, 2003 noon information session in the Ted Daigle Auditorium dealing with the Social Work Programme for first-year students.

3. Minutes

a) Motion: That Senate approve the minutes of the January 16, 2003 meeting.
Batt:Clews. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate approve the minutes of the January 23, 2003 meeting.
Batt:Reid-MacNevin. CARRIED.

4. Academic Planning Committee

Dr. Malcolmson had circulated the Registrar’s proposals concerning timetable and the
Academic Planning Committee’s report.

Motion: That Senate approve the Registrar’s proposed timetable revision.
Malcolmson:Fraser. CARRIED.

5. Curriculum Committee

Dr. O’Brien called for any questions on specific courses before dealing with the full report. There were a number of friendly amendments adopted by the Curriculum Committee, including:

a) That IRSH 2013 be numbered 2113 and add to the prerequisite in the description “or permission of the instructor.”

b) That the following courses be withdrawn from the proposal for further review and consultation:

HMRT 3043 Catholic Theology of Human Rights
HMRT 3063 Catholic Social Teaching

Motion: That Senate approve the amended Curriculum Committee report.
Rahn:Batt. CARRIED.

6. Nominating Committee Report

a) Motion: That Dr. Sharon Murray and Dr. Ian Nicholson be appointed to the Senate Nominating Committee, effective immediately, until June 30, 2003.
Myers:Parkhill. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Dr. Douglas Vipond serve as chair of the Campus Planning Committee for the balance of this academic year.
Myers:Parkhill. CARRIED.

c) Motion: That Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard be appointed as a Senate representative on the Joint Board-Senate Committee for the Growth and Future of St. Thomas University, effective immediately, until June 30, 2004.
Myers:Parkhill. CARRIED.

7. Student Nominations

Motion: That Senate approve the nominations of the following students:

Admissions and Academic Standing - Philippe Ouellette
President’ Advisory Committee on the Budget - Melissa Everett

White:Jardine. CARRIED.

8. Academic Advising

Dr. Myers introduced the report and a recommendation dealing with academic advising at St. Thomas University, and then called on Kelly Lamrock, Director of Student Affairs, to comment on the proposal.

Motion: That Senate approve the recommendation that St. Thomas University remove the current faculty advising requirement and instead invite faculty participation in an Academic Orientation classroom session of 60-90 minutes duration.
Myers:Malcolmson. CARRIED.

9. External Review Updates

Dr. Myers described the process whereby departments are expected to report back to Senate concerning the departments’ responses to the Senate decisions arising out of the external review. He also noted that the SRCC Chair, Dr. Baier, is sending reminders to Chairs concerning this process.

10. Approval of March 1, 2003 Graduates

Mr. Batt had circulated a list of candidates for March 1, 2003 graduation.

Motion: That Senate approve the candidates for March 1, 2003.
Batt:Fraser. CARRIED.

11. Role of Senators

In response to the earlier request for comment and direction on the role of the Department Chairs as members of Senate in the context of voting, Dr. Myers offered his opinion on this issue.

12. Question Period

In response to a question from M.E. Jardine, Dr. Myers predicted that the AQC recommendations would come back to Senate in April 2003.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

February 21, 2003
L. Batt, Secretary

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