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March 28 , 2002
Holy Cross House Conference Room
11:30 am



Members Present: M. Arévalo. L. Batt, D. Brodie, B. Craig, J. Doerr, D. Gupta, S. Hale,
P. Lee, D. McKenzie-Mohr, E. McKim, A. Moore, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien (Chair), J. Palmer, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin,
R. Williams, I. Thiessen

Regrets: G. Baier, K. Breen, J. Coates, B. Fisher-Townsend, M. George, T. Good, G. Kenyon, S. MacDonald, N. Seely

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, N. Kinsella, D. Robinson, J. Rowcroft, D. Savoie

Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be adopted as amended, adding "nominating committee."

Craig:Brodie. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

a) Dr. O'Brien congratulated Dr. Baier on the successful Model First Ministers Conference, March 23, 2002.

b) Dr. Myers announced the dates of the external reviews of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department (April 2 and 3, 2002) and the History Department (April 11 and 12, 2002).

c) Dr. O'Brien noted that this meeting was the last for Katherine Breen and Andrew Moore and he welcomed, as observers, their replacements Aimee White and Wesley McLean.

d) Mr. Batt moved a vote of congratulations from Senate to Dr. John McLaughlin, the newly-appointed President of UNB, and proposed that an invitation be extended to him to attend a St. Thomas Senate meeting in the fall.

e) Dr. O'Brien reported on the candidates for honorary degrees for May 13, 2002.

3. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the January 17, 2002 minutes be adopted as circulated.

Batt:Hale. CARRIED.

4. Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

a) Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships

Motion: That Senate approve the revision of names and eligibility for the St. Thomas Scholars Award and the St. Thomas Advantage Scholarship.

Batt:Gupta. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate approve the proposed revision of admission requirements for applicants from Ontario: A minimum average of 67% on five 4U credits with subject distribution, including the compulsory English literature credit, as for Atlantic Canada. During the transition, a combination of OAC and 4U credits, which satisfy our grade and distribution requirements, will be acceptable.
Batt:Arévalo. CARRIED.

c) Motion: That Senate approve the William A. "Doc" Spray Bursary.

Batt:Craig. CARRIED.

d) MOTION: That Senate approve the Andrew H. Williams Insurance Bursary.

Batt:Arévalo. CARRIED

5. Curriculum Committee

After Dr. O'Brien determined that there were no questions concerning individual courses, the circulated Curriculum Committee report was considered as a package.

Motion: That Senate approve the Curriculum Committee report of March 21, 2002.

Rahn:Myers. CARRIED.

6. Nominating Committee

Dr. Myers nominated (seconded by Dr. Hale) Linda Turner to fill the vacancy on CAAS to June 30, 2002. With no further nominations, Dr. Turner was declared elected.

7. Russian Studies

It was noted that Dr. Tony Rhinelander's retirement has made it difficult for St. Thomas to participate in the Russian and Eurasian Studies Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programme offered jointly by St. Thomas and UNB.

It was agreed that Academic Vice President Myers would consult with the UNB Dean of Arts to review this situation.

8. March 1, 2002 Graduates

Motion: That the circulated list of candidates for the March 1, 2002 graduation be approved.
Batt:Moore. CARRIED.

9. Posthumous Degree

a) Motion: That Senate approve the conferral of the BA degree posthumously on Adele Cogswell.
Myers:Arévalo. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate refer to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing the matter of the percentage of credit hours completed for the conferral of degrees posthumously.
McKenzie-Mohr:Thiessen. CARRIED.

10. Next Meeting

After some discussion it was agreed to hold the next regular meeting of Senate on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., HCH Conference Room.

11. Question Period

a) In response to Dr. Hale's question on the presentation to Senate of the 2002-2003 budget, Dr. O'Brien suggested that it would be after the consideration and approval by the Board of Governors.

b) In response to Dr. Williams's question concerning the implementation of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant for computing, Dr. O'Brien, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Gupta gave updates.

12. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.


April 2, 2002
Larry Batt, Secretary

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