January 29, 2004 Meeting Summary

OPEN SESSION
  1. Mr. G. Dent, Member Services Officer, Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS), and Mr. C. Giacomantonio, Student Senator and SFSS University Relations Officer, outlined the concerns of the Student Society regarding the impact to students of rising tuition.
  2. Dr. W. Wattamaniuk, Director, Analytical Studies gave a presentation on the Maclean’s magazine annual university rankings.
  3. The Board Chair introduced and welcomed Ms. Debra Hanuse, recently appointed Order-in-Council member of the Board.

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: the Board noted donations to existing funds as follows:
    MONTH EXISTING FUNDS
    November, 2003 $772,242.26
  2. The Board approved the reappointment of Rob Ballantyne as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Trustee Board as the APSA representative for the three year period December 1, 2003 through to November 30, 2006.
  3. The Board received for information the 2003 Due Diligence Report.
  4. The Board heard for information that the Working Group on Access Issues did not expect to complete its final report before mid-February 2004.
  5. With regard to the request from Senate that the two percent penalty charged on non payment of tuition and student fees resulting from the tuition fee boycott for the Fall 2003 semester be directed to the University’s bursaries, the Board asked the Vice President, Finance and Administration to provide an estimate of this amount using an alternate model and report again with her findings.
  6. The Board approved the revised Banking and Signing Resolution.
  7. The Board received for information the Financial Year-To-Date Position as at November 30, 2003.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the proposal for the development of Graduate Certificate Programs as set out in Senate Paper S.03-111.

  2. The Board approved the deletion of the Certificate and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Public History Programs as set out in Senate Paper S.03-112.

  3. The Board received for information course deletions, course reinstatements, new course approvals, temporary course withdrawals and minor curriculum revisions to existing courses and programs in the Faculties of Applied Sciences, Science, and Arts approved by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

  4. The Board received for information new course approvals and minor revisions to existing courses in the Faculties of Applied Sciences, Arts, and Science approved by the Senate Graduate Studies Committee.
  5. The Board received information that the Undergraduate Curriculum Implementation Task Force is expected to finalize its recommendations from the Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth working groups for Senate’s consideration in late spring 2004.
  6. The Board received for information a briefing note on the 2003 Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 35).

C. Other

  1. The Board heard from the Vice-President, Finance and Administration that the Ethical Procurement Task Force has been meeting but will not be submitting a report to the Board until some time after an open forum is held.
  2. The Board heard that the President’s Open Forum was held at the Burnaby Campus on January 29, 2004, and that the detailed, productive Budget Consultations with Faculties, employee groups and the Student Society had been held.
  3. The Board heard that the Audit Plan for 2003/2004 was reviewed by the Audit Committee on January 22, 2004.
  4. The Board received information that SFU has been selected by the province to host the Electronic Library Network.
CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved a contract with Spectrum Marketing Corporation to negotiate a naming rights agreement for the SFU Olympic Speedskating Oval.
  2. The Board heard that excellent progress is being made in securing space for SFU Surrey to enable the University to manage enrolment commitments for 2004/2005 and Colliers International is evaluating the potential to secure long term expansion space.
  3. The Board approved a revised project construction budget and revised amount on the loan from the bond fund for the Segal Graduate School of Business.
  4. The Board approved a revised project budget and revised amount on the loan from the bond fund for the Chancellor’s Gymnasium expansion.
  5. The Board approved entering into a contract between the University and Stantec Architecture Limited for architectural services relating to the Technology and Science Complex – Module 1 (TASC/1).
  6. The Board approved entering into a contract between the University and Paul Merrick Architects Limited for architectural services relating to the Segal Graduate School of Business.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

    The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    Dr. Kenneth Kasa Associate Professor with tenure Economics 1 Feb 04
    Mr. Jie Liang Instructor Engineering Science 1 May 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. James Kuo Professor with tenure Engineering Science 1 May 04
    Dr. Wendy Loken-Thornton Assistant Professor Psychology 1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 08
  2. Administrative Appointment

    The Board approved the following administrative appointment:

    Dr. Phyllis Wrenn Chair French 1 May 04 – 30 Apr 04
  3. Other
  1. The Board approved the Departmental Transfer of Dr. Paul Dutton from History to Humanities, effective 1 Sep 04.
  2. The following Enhanced Early Retirements were approved and have been accepted:
    Dr. Meredith Kimball Psychology/Women's Studies effective 31 Aug 04
    Ms. Elizabeth Michno Psychology effective 31 Aug 04
  3. The Board received for information the retroactive modified appointment of Dr. Glen Tibbits, Kinesiology, 1 Sep 00 - 30 Sep 03.
  4. The Faculty Renewal Report is expected to be received for information at the February 19, 2004 meeting of the Academic Operations Committee.

C. Other
  1. The Board heard that the University will confer honorary degrees on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, and Professor Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, at a Special Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at Christ Church Cathedral.
  2. The Board will hold one of its scheduled meetings at SFU Surrey later in 2004.
  3. The Board heard that the Working Group on Governance is being constituted and will report to the Board at the June retreat.
  4. The Board heard that the University has received assurances from the City of Vancouver that School for the Contemporary Arts will be an integral part of the 4 developers’ plans for the Woodwards site and the Chancellor has suggested forming an advisory group to provide input to the developers.
  5. Other matters were discussed.
CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. The Board re-elected Mr. Brandt C. Louie Chair of the Board of Governors and Mr. John L. Cowperthwaite Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for the period 30 January 2004 to the end of the January 2005 Board meeting.
  2. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Mario Pinto as Vice-President, Research for a five-year term from 1 September 2004 to 31 August 2009.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Burnaby Mountain Campus on Friday, March 26, 2004.

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