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November 28 , 2002
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, J. Gilbert-Walsh (Phil. rep), P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. McGowan, E. McKim, W. McLean, R. Myers, D. O'Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, M. Reimer, J. Sauvageau, M. Ircha (UNB rep), N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard, A. White

Regrets: C. McCormick, R. Williams

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, T. Good, D. Gupta, P. MacDonald

Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be adopted as circulated.
Bittermann:Fraser. CARRIED.

2. Welcome

Dr. O'Brien welcomed the newly-elected student senators: Sarah Doiron and Mary-Elizabeth Jardine. He also welcomed Dr. Jim Gilbert-Walsh who was representing the Philosophy Department.

3. Announcements

a) Mr. Batt announced the posthumous awarding of the BA degree to the late Eric Couturier and the University service held for family and friends at the Chapel on November 15, 2002.

b) Dr. Myers announced the upcoming campus visit of Dr. Kurt Geisinger, Academic Vice President of UST-Houston, December 5-9, 2002. He invited any faculty members or departments interested in possible exchanges to get in touch with him.

4. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the October 17, 2002 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Batt:Coates. CARRIED.

5. Search Committees for Department Chairs

a) Motion: That Senate authorize the setting up of search committees for chairs of the Departments of Criminology, Economics, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, and Social Work.
Myers:Malcolmson. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That senate approve the nomination of Patrick Malcolmson to serve as the Chair to sit on these search committees.
Myers:Batt. CARRIED.

6. Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

Mr. Batt presented the report on behalf of Dr. Kim Fenwick, Chair of the Admissions and Academic Standing Committee.

a) Motion: That Senate approve the establishment of the Dick and Judy Kennedy Scholarship.
Batt:Myers. CARRIED.

b) The summary of student appeals (January 2001 - October 2002) was presented to Senate for information.

7. Curriculum Committee

Motion: That Senate approve the items requiring Senate approval in the November 28, 2002 report.
Rahn:Coates. CARRIED.

8. Nominating Committee

Motion: That Bill Randall be elected to the Campus Planning Committee to serve from January 1, 2003 to June 30, 2003.
Myers:Fraser. CARRIED.

9. Research Committee

Dr. Clews circulated a report on research activities (September - November 2002).

Motion: To receive the report.
Fraser:Reimer. CARRIED.

10. AQC Report on Revision of the BA (Part 1)

The AQC had circulated a proposal for a new BA curriculum. Dr. Myers suggested that the members discuss the report at this meeting, but that Senate should defer voting on the motions or amendments until the December 2002 meeting.

11. Academic Planning Committee

a) Report on ESL Support

Motion: That changes proposed in Dr. Dunn's "Proposal for Changes to ESL Support at St. Thomas University" be approved by Senate.
Malcolmson:McGowan. CARRIED.

It was understood that these changes would be implemented for September 2003.

b) Proposal for a Major in Great Ideas

Motion: That Senate approve the adoption of the proposal for the creation of an interdisciplinary "Great Ideas" programme.
White:McKim. CARRIED.

It was understood that the major would be available effective September 2003.

12. Senate Review Coordinating Committee (SRCC)

Motion: That the following slate of reviewers for Gender Studies be approved:

Marilyn Porter, Memorial U
Sheva Medjuck, MSVU
Fraser:Reid-MacNevin. CARRIED.

13. Student Nomination

Motion: That Senate approve the student nominees to the Standing Committees:

Sarah Doiron - Curriculum
Mary-Elizabeth Jardine - Campus Planning

White:Coates. CARRIED.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
December 2, 2002

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