March 21, 2002 Meeting Summary

The meeting of the Board of Governors was disrupted twice by protesters, first at the Halpern Centre, and then in Strand Hall 3172. The business of the Board was finally concluded in Strand Hall.

Open Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: the Board approved terms of reference and accepted donations to new funds, and accepted donations to existing funds, as follows:
    Month New Funds Existing Funds
    December 2001 (Supplemental) $200,000 $248,437 and $15,518 *
    December 2001 (Supplemental)   $61,460
    January 2002 $27,000 $188,890
    February 2002 $265,513 and $10,000* $297,808

    *SFU Foundation

  2. The Board received the Year-to-Date Financial position report as at January 31, 2002 for information.
  3. The Board approved the appointment of Mr. Leo Eutsler as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan, and the appointment of Dr. Richard Harris as Trustee of the Pension Plan for Members of the Academic Staff.
  4. The Board authorized a Software Licensing and Support contract with PeopleSoft Canada in the amount of $2.3 million, and the further expenditure of $5.85 million for the implementation of SFU's new Student Information System (SIMS). The Board heard that the University's present system, SIMON, has been in place since the 1980's and has severe limitations in terms of functionality, flexibility, support availability, cost effectiveness, user friendliness, and image. An in-depth evaluation of the leading software packages was conducted over the period November 2001 to March 2002, and PeopleSoft was the unanimous choice of the SIMS assessment team.
  5. The Board of Governors approved, in principle, the third phase renewal for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) project pending the successful negotiation of a Contribution Agreement between CIDA and SFU, as recommended by SCIA. This project is designed to increase support for policy-makers and decision-makers in China to improve environmental management and sustainable development.
  6. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Peter Eng to the Board of Directors of the Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation.
  7. The Board approved the tuition fee of $25,000 for the Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA program, effective September 1, 2002.
  8. The Board approved the tuition fee of $125 per credit hour for the Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the establishment of the Dialogue Institute, the Minor in Education and Technology, the Certificate in Forestry Geoscience, and the Tech BC Program Arrangements.
    The Board received information on Senate actions of March 4, 2002 regarding undergraduate curriculum revisions in the School of Communication and the Faculties of Education and Business Administration; graduate curriculum revisions in the School of Communication and for Special Arrangements; and Tech BC.
  2. The Board approved GP 30, Interpretation Policy. This policy provides a mechanism for resolving questions of interpretation and application of University policies where the policy does not contain an explicit interpretation mechanism.


Closed Session

A. Finance and Administration

There is no business to report.

B. Academic

  1. Faculty Appointments
    The following faculty appointments have been approved and have been accepted:
    Mr. Brian Sokol Instructor Psychology 03/01/01 - 05/08/31
    Dr. Kathleen Akins Endowed Professorship Philosophy  
    Dr. Gail Anderson Endowed Professorship Criminology  
    Dr. Michael Howlett Endowed Professorship Political Science  
  2. Enhanced Early Retirements
    The Board approved the enhanced early retirement of Dr. Grazia Merler, French.
  3. Resignations
    The resignation of Dr. Catherine Caws, French, was provided to the Board for information.
  4. Professor Emerita
    The Board approved the awarding of Professor Emerita status to Dr. Grazia Merler, French.
  5. The Leave Activity Summary for 2001 was provided to the Board for information.

Confidential Session

  1. At a special Board meeting convened on March 14, 2002, J. Kowarsky was elected Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for the remainder of the calendar year. He was elected to replace P. Pratt, whose Board appointment was rescinded in February, 2002.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Burnaby Mountain Campus, at 3 p.m. on Thursday April 25, 2002.

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