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



Members present: L. Batt, R. Bittermann, R. Clews, S. deVink, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh,
S. Hale, P. Hawkins, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M.S. MacDonald, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, E. McKim, R. Myers, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, H. Richmond, S. Rodriguez, J. Rowcroft, N. Seely, M. Smith, D. van den Hoonaard, K. Watt (FAUST rep)

Absent with regrets: J. Gaudet, P. Lee, S. Narine

Absent: K. Ampong, R. Chrisjohn, D. Gupta, P. Ouellette, D. Robinson


Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

MOTION: That the agenda be adopted as circulated with the following additions:
Search Committees for Department Chairs
Nominating Committee Report
Next Meeting Date
Rahn:Myers. CARRIED.

2. Minutes of October 16, 2003

MOTION: That the minutes of the October 16, 2003 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Kinsella:Rodriguez. CARRIED.

3. James Hinkson Appeal

Dr. Hale had circulated the report of the ad hoc committee to review the James Hinkson appeal.
MOTION: That Senate adopt the report and deny the appeal of James Hinkson.
Smith:P. MacDonald. CARRIED.


4. Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

The Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee had approved the three new awards:
a) Juergen Doerr History Scholarship
b) Fenton Burke Memorial Bursary
c) Holy Cross Fathers Scholarship in Catholic Studies
MOTION: That Senate approve these awards.
Batt:Smith. CARRIED.

5. Curriculum Committee

Prof. Rahn had circulated the report of the Curriculum Committee (November 20, 2003).
a) MOTION: That the report be received.
Rahn:McGowan. CARRIED.
b) MOTION: That Senate adopt the report.
Rahn:McGowan. CARRIED.
6. Research Committee
Dr. Clews had circulated the report of the Senate Research Committee (May-November 2003).
MOTION: That Senate receive the report.
Clews:Fraser. CARRIED.

7. Timing of Course Evaluations

Mr. Batt raised the question of the current Senate regulation dealing with the timing of student evaluations.
MOTION: That this question be referred to the LTD committee.

Batt:Smith. CARRIED.

8. Candidates for November 1, 2003 Graduation

Mr. Batt had circulated the list of candidates and added one name.
MOTION: That Senate approve the candidates for November 1, 2003 graduation.
Batt:Smith. CARRIED.

9. External Reviews

a) Dr. Malcolmson had circulated a November 14, 2003 memorandum, the Response of the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme, and the Department of Philosophy Departmental Self-Study.
b) MOTION: That Senate approve the recommendation for external reviewers for the Department of Philosophy (as identified in the November 14, 2003 memorandum.)
Malcolmson:Smith. CARRIED.
c) MOTION: Dr. O’Brien indicated his willingness to help in the quest for the second external reviewers’ report for the Department of Psychology.

10. Search Committees for Department Chairs

Dr. Myers called for the setting up of the search committees for department chairs of the following six departments:
Anthropology, Economics, English, Gerontology, Political Science, and
Sociology.
MOTION: That Senate approve the setup.
Myers:Smith. CARRIED.
It was agreed that Dr. Fraser would serve as the Senate nominee on the six search committees.

11. Nominating Committee

In response to the vacancy created on the Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee by the resignation of Dr. Alexandra Bain, the Nominating Committee proposed Dr. Mikhail Molchanov for the remainder of the term.
MOTION: That Dr. Mikhail Molchanov be elected to serve.
Myers:Fraser. CARRIED.

12. Next Meeting

It was agreed that the next meeting of Senate would be held Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. It was also agreed to plan to hold a special meeting to deal with the SRCC Report on University Studies and Gender Studies on December 16, 2003, after the regular Senate meeting.

13. Question Period

In response to Dr. Hale’s question on the number of students on the Dean’s List for 2002-2003, Dr. Myers explained that 25% of those full-time students who completed 30 credit hours were named to the Dean’s List.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
A reception was held following the meeting.

Larry Batt, Secretary
November 21, 2003

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