Council MinutesMinutes of University Council
October 20, 2005
Neatby-Timlin Theatre (241 Arts Building)
Attendance: See Appendix A.
1. Opening Remarks
Condolences were expressed on behalf of Council to colleagues and family of Dr. James Bryner, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum Studies, who retired in 1985 and passed away on August 30, 2005. The tribute was delivered by Professor Ralph Fram.
Condolences were also expressed on behalf of Council to colleagues and family of Professor Guenter Blankenagel, who retired from the former Department of Dairy Science, and passed away on July 18, 2005. The tribute was delivered by Professor George Khachatourians.
Council was asked to express condolences to Dr. Lloyd Barber, former President of the University of Regina on the recent loss of a grandchild.
2. Adoption of the Agenda
The Chair announced there would be no report from the GSA, and that therefore this item should be removed from the agenda.KALRA/MACLEAN: That the agenda be adopted as amended.
RICHARDSON/BECK: That the minutes of the meeting of September 22, 2005 be adopted with the inclusion of a statement under 14. Question Period to register the concern raised by Professor Basinger regarding the proposed change in the University colours from green and white to green and gold.
Professor Basinger read an excerpt retrieved from the University Archives, dated 1909, which confirmed the selection of the University colours as green and white. The proposed visual identity for the University names green and gold as the University’s official colours, and has suggested a return to these colours.
A member asked if a decision had been made regarding the extent to which Council discussion is reflected in the minutes. Professor Ziola, Bylaws Committee Chair, stated this matter had been referred to the Bylaws Committee, which will meet in early November and subsequently report back to Council. The suggestion was made for the minutes to include a brief record of any discussion until a decision is reached on the format, and the Council Chair agreed to this proposal.
5. Report of the President
The President thanked Professor Basinger for the clarification of the University’s colours. The President then extended a warm welcome and introduction of Dr. Richard Florizone, new Vice-President of Finance and Resources.
As Executive Sponsor for the Foundational Document on Outreach and Engagement, the President provided introductory remarks to Item 11.1 Discussion of draft foundational document on Outreach and Engagement. The President stated the document outlines a fundamental concept of the university’s work, and recommended the draft document to Council for careful consideration. In its discussion of the document, the President asked that Council focus on the principles and priorities outlined within the document and address issues of implementation at a later date.
The President invited questions in response to his written report and on any other matter of interest. A member referred to the Review of the Huskie Athletics program, and asked what the role of Planning Committee and Council would be in reviews of this type. The President expressed his hope that the Planning Committee would have a fulsome part in the review of Huskie Athletics. The review of the Huskie Athletics programs touches upon issues related to coaching, community relationships, and the question of whether Huskie Athletics belongs in an academic college or should be a freestanding part of the university. The President indicated that when the review touches upon the academic implications of the program, Council committees will be called upon to provide appropriate advice and direction.
6. Report of the Provost
The Provost reported on several items in addition to his written report to Council.
(1) Operations Forecast
The Provost stated a number of meetings have been held with the Department of Learning to discuss the development of the 2006-07 Operations Forecast, and a draft document had been shared with the Budget and Planning Committees. In addition, a joint document with the University of Regina has been crafted that outlines the aspirations of the two universities in assisting the province to achieve its economic and cultural goals. This document is intended for a much broader government audience.
(2) Teaching and Learning Foundational Document
The Provost noted that work is proceeding surely on the Teaching and Learning Foundational document. A town hall meeting to discuss the draft document is planned for in the Spring, and a set of focus groups are being constituted to inform the content of the document. The Provost indicated that he would share further progress early in 2006.
(3) Learning Centre
The Provost stated that he has approached a prominent member of the university community to act as the academic lead and project coordinator for the new Learning Centre, expected to be located within the Main Library. This project will follow the Council-approved model for major capital projects.
The Provost invited questions from members of Council. A member expressed concern that the practice of permitting food within the university libraries could serve as a detriment to incoming candidates for Dean, University Library. Concern was also expressed regarding the potential damage to books from spills and vermin attracted to food remnants. The Provost indicated that different philosophies prevail regarding the consumption of food in the library, and invited Ken Ladd, Acting Dean, University Library to comment. Mr. Ladd stated it is difficult to enforce a policy that stipulates no food in the library. In general there has been a movement in North America to downplay the issue of food in libraries. The Library will be mounting an education campaign to educate library users to responsible use with respect to food in the library. Another member noted that since the Natural Sciences Library has discontinued the practice of permitting food and drink in the library, damage to library materials is no longer a concern.
7. Student Society Reports (USSU)
Evan Cole, USSU Vice President Academic, reported:
The unofficial result of the USSU referendum on membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) was a majority in favour of joining the CFS.
Write it Right Week, which promotes academic integrity amongst the study body, will take place October 31 to November 4th. A number of events and speakers are planned.
Nominations for USSU Teaching Excellence Awards are being accepted by the USSU Office.
8. Budget Committee Report
8.1 Status of Capital Equipment Start-up Fund
The Chair of the Budget Committee provided background information on the review of the Capital Equipment Start-up (CESU) fund. The CESU fund is under funded and presently in a deficit position. The Budget Committee strongly recommends additional funds be allocated to support the fund as required. The Chair noted the status of the fund is an issue that has been flagged for discussion by PCIP.
9. Planning Committee Report
9.1 Approval of College of Agriculture: Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
Vice-Chair Brett Fairbairn presented the Planning Committee report for the proposed B.Sc. Agribusiness on behalf of Beth Bilson, Planning Committee Chair.
Professor Fairbairn referred to the main points within the written report submitted, and noted the main innovative feature of the program is the access the program provides to senior courses in Commerce in years three and four of the program.
A member expressed concern regarding the potential overlap of topics between Econ 211.3 and AGEC 315.3 courses. Concern was also expressed regarding the availability of prerequisites, and it was clarified that all prerequisites for the second year are contained with the first year of the program.
MERRIAM/HARRIS: That Council approve the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness degree proposal.
Professor Bob Tyler, Associate Dean Academic, Agriculture noted the committee responsible for the development of program will take into account the concerns raised. Dr. Tyler also expressed thanks to the College of Commerce for its support and cooperation in making delivery of the program possible.
10. Nominations Committee Report
10.1 Appointment to the Budget Committee
PAIN/RUSSELL: That Council approve the appointment of Len Proctor, Department of Curriculum Studies, to the Budget Committee of Council, for a three-year term, effective immediately until June 30, 2008.
10.2 Appointment to the International Activities Committee
PAIN/RUSSELL: That Council approve the appointment of Dwayne Brenna, Department of Drama, to the International Activities Committee for a three-year term, effective immediately until June 30, 2008.
10.3 Appointment to the Joint Committee on Chairs and Professorships
PAIN/RUSSELL: That Council approve the appointment of Jim Basinger, Geological Sciences, as the Council member to the Joint Committee on Chairs and Professorships.
11. Committee on Outreach and Public Service
11.1 Discussion of draft foundational document on Outreach and Engagement
The Chair indicated that a discussion summary of this item would be appended to the minutes of the meeting.
12. Other Business
13. Question Period
There were not questions.
14. Next meeting - 2:30 p.m., Thursday, November 17 in Neatby-Timlin Theatre
15. Adjournment -- The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.