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October 17, 2002
Holy Cross House 5
7:00 p.m.



Members Present: L. Batt, R. Bittermann, R. Clews, J. Coates, B. Craig (Phil. Rep), I. Fraser, P. Hawkins, P. Malcolmson, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, E. McKim, W. McLean, D. O'Brien, T. Parkhill, S. Reid-MacNevin, M. Reimer, J. Sauvageau, N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard, A. White, R.Williams

Regrets: P. Lee, R. Myers, J. Rahn

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, B. Fisher-Townsend, T. Good, G. Kenyon, J. Rowcroft

Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

MOTION: That the agenda be approved as amended, adding:
a) SRCC reviewers
b) approval of graduates, November 1, 2002

Parkhill:McLean. CARRIED.

2. Welcome

Dr. O'Brien welcomed new members in attendance: Paul Hawkins from the Board of Governors; Jean Sauvageau, FAUST delegate, and Dr. Gerry Baier as an observer.

3. Announcements

Dr. O'Brien reminded members of the upcoming Dalton K. Camp Lecture by June Callwood, on Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 7:30 p.m., Ted Daigle Auditorium.

4. Minutes

MOTION: That the minutes of the September 19, 2002 meting be approved as circulated.
Bittermann:Fraser. CARRIED.

5. SRCC

MOTION: That Senate approve the slate of reviewers as circulated by the SRCC for the departments of Religious Studies, Psychology and English.

Craig:McKim. CARRIED.

6. November 1, 2002 Graduates

MOTION: That the list of candidates for November 1, 2002, be approved as circulated; and that the Registrar be empowered to add to the list the names of any latecomers whose credentials prove to be valid.

Batt:Parkhill. CARRIED.

7. Curriculum Committee

Prof. Rahn had circulated a report (October 17, 2002).

MOTION: That Senate receive the report.
Batt:Parkhill. CARRIED.

8. Nominating Committee

a) MOTION: That Barry Craig be appointed to the LTD Committee until June 30, 2003.

Batt:Coates. CARRIED.

b) MOTION: That Debbie van den Hoonaard be appointed to serve on, and chair, CAAS until June 30, 2004.
Batt:Fraser. CARRIED.

9. Learning and Teaching Development Committee (LTD)

Dr. Dr. Williams had circulated a report from the LTD Committee.

MOTION: That the Learning and Teaching Development recommend to Senate the elimination of the Student Views Form as it is currently being used.

Williams:McLean.

MOTION: To table the first motion.
McKim:Bittermann. CARRIED. (12-0-3)
Dr. Williams recommended that information concerning the student course ratings, including the student views form, be circulated to all faculty. Dr. O'Brien indicated that Academic Vice President Myers would be encouraged to raise this matter at an upcoming meeting with the Chairs of Departments.

10. Student Nominations

Aimee White reported on the recent problems with the student elections.

MOTION: That the following nominees be approved:

a) Learning and Teaching Development Committee - Wes McLean
b) Intersession Committee - Melissa Everett
White:Coates. CARRIED.

11. Classroom Space Notice of Motion

Dr. Reimer had circulated the notice of motion concerning classroom space and equipment.

MOTION: That the Campus Planning Committee examine the lack of fit between pedagogy (specifically active learning strategies) and the size of classrooms and provision of separate tables and chairs.

Reimer:Fraser. CARRIED.

12. External Review Updates

Mr. Batt reported that this item will be a routine item on the agenda to remind departments that they are responsible to report back to Senate the departmental responses to the senate resolutions dealing with their external review. Dr. O'Brien indicated that he would also be reporting on his responses to the external reviews.

13. Question Period

Dr. Reimer asked Dr. O'Brien about his recently announced target of 20 new faculty positions and whether they would all be probationary terms. Dr. O'Brien responded that he expected that there would be a mix of probationary and limited terms.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Larry Batt,Secretary
October 21, 2002

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