May 29, 2006 Meeting Summary

OPEN SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: The Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new and existing funds as follows:

MONTH

NEW FUNDS

EXISTING FUNDS

March 2006 ---------------- $735,510
March 2006 (supplementary) $1,686,012 ---------------
April 2006 $1,103 $255,723

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • a revision to the Major and Honors Program in Industrial Mathematics to include new Option A: Operations Research (Surrey), Option B: Scientific Computing (Burnaby), and Option C: Discrete Mathematics (Burnaby);
  • the Major and Honors Program in Biological Physics;
  • the naming and establishment of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies;
  • the Dialogue Minor in Communication in the Faculty of Applied Sciences;
  • the Certificate in Explorations in the Arts and Social Sciences at SFU Surrey, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  1. The Board received the 2004/2005 Centres and Institutes report and the 2005/2006 Report of the Senate Committee on University Priorities for information.
  2. The Board noted that Senate dealt with a number of other issues at its meetings of April 3 and May 16, 2006.
  3. The Board approved revisions to Policy R20.02 – Biosafety Committee, effective immediately.

C. Audit Committee

  1. The Board approved the Financial Statements of the University for the year ended March 31, 2006 on the basis that the University’s Auditor, BDO Dunwoody LLP, has indicated that an unqualified audit report for fiscal year 2005/2006 will be issued.
  2. The Board received the annual Internal Audit Report for information.
  3. The Board received the annual Insurance and Risk Management Report for information.
  4. The Board received for information a draft copy of the Office of the Auditor General’s assessment of the financial oversight and reporting practices of SFU as part of the province’s data collection on a number of provincial public sector organizations.

D. Governance Committee

  1. The Board approved SFU’s submission to the province’s Board Resourcing and Development Office which has issued guidelines and disclosure requirements with which public sector organizations must comply during the 2006/2007 fiscal year. The submission will be presented to government as part of the University’s Institutional Service Plan.

E. Other

  1. The Board received the 2005 Annual Report of the Human Rights Office for information.
  2. The Board heard that a successful official opening of the Segal Graduate School of Business had taken place on May 5, 2006.
  3. The Board was informed about the following awards:
  • A $10.5 million award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to SFU and 8 other Canadian universities to take part in the one of the world’s largest physics experiments ever conducted through the Atlas Data Hub.
  • The Canadian Immigrant magazine’s Workplace Diversity award won by SFU in the Education Category.
  • The 2005/2006 Donner Book Prize was awarded to Professor Mark Jaccard, Resource and Environmental Management.
  • The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s Gold Prix d’Excellence for Best Alumni Event to the Alumni 40th Anniversary Celebration held on October 1, 2005.
  • The BC Excellence in Concrete Construction award to the SFU residences and new dining hall.
  • SFU international student, Melline Jaini, was first runner-up in the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s 2006 Student Leadership in Internationalization Award.
  • A National Technology Innovation Award in the post-secondary category won by a team from SFU’s Learning and Instructional Development Centre and Co-operative Education Department for its web-based project Bridging Online and Co-op Learning Community.
  1. The Board was informed of a recent article in The New York Times featuring the UniverCity development.
  2. The Board heard that alumni events were recently held in Kamloops and Kelowna.
  3. The Board was informed that SFU’s success rate in grant competitions continues to exceed the national average, and that the University is one of Canada’s leaders in translating ideas into innovation.
  4. The Board heard that SFU’s graduate students continue to demonstrate exceptional success in Doctoral prizes awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, placing the University third in the country after the universities of Toronto and Waterloo.
  5. The Board was informed that SFU is marking its 40th Anniversary with special 40th Anniversary awards to be presented at the afternoon Convocation Ceremony on June 9, 2006.
  6. The Board extended congratulations to Chair, Saida Rasul, on receiving Volunteer Vancouver’s 2006 Leadership Award, and to Board member, Barry Macdonald, on becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. The Board learned that recent SFU graduate, Terry Beech, received Volunteer Vancouver’s 2006 Leader of Tomorrow Award.
  7. The Board extended thanks to Joe Weinberg, Associate Vice-President, Financial Planning, who is leaving SFU to take up a post at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on June 1, 2006.
  8. The Board expressed thanks and appreciation to retiring Board member Catherine Murray whose term ends on May 31, 2006, and to Kevin Tilley who resigned from the Board on May 1, 2006.

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received University Advancement’s Strategic Plan for 2006 to 2010 for information.
  2. The Board received the draft minutes of the Advancement Advisory Committee meeting held on March 16, 2006 for information.
  3. The Board received a Capital Construction Program Status Report for information.
  4. The Board approved the development plan and business plan for the University Slopes Neighbourhood, as submitted by the SFU Community Trust.
  5. The Board approved the Ten-Year Capital Plan as the basis for the University’s Capital submission to the Ministry of Advanced Education, and as the basis for SFU’s campus planning activities in fiscal year 2006/2007.
  6. The Board approved that the contract with Bird Construction Limited for the construction of the ASSC-2 – Health Sciences Building, be extended to incorporate Component Cost Four for concrete work and Component Cost Five for electrical and mechanical work.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Peter Cramer, Asst. Prof., English, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    2. Dr. Andrei Frolov, Asst. Prof., Physics, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    3. Mr. Martin Andresen, Instructor, Criminology, 16 Aug 06 – 31 Aug 10
    4. Dr. Dal Yon Jin, Asst. Prof., Communication, 1 July 06 – 31 Aug 10
    5. Ms. Tiffany Alkan, Instructor, English, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    6. Dr. Thomas Loughin, Professor with tenure, Statistics, 1 Jul 06
    7. Dr. Levon Pogosian, Asst. Prof., Physics, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    8. Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Assoc. Professor with tenure, Dept. of English, 1 Sep 06
    9. Dr. Payman Jula, Asst. Prof., Business Admin., 1 Jul 06 – 31 Aug 10
    10. Dr. Eric Hershberg, Prof. with tenure, Political Science, 1 Jan 07
    11. Dr. Jorge Calderon, Asst. Prof., French, 1 Aug 06 – 31 Aug 10
    12. Dr. Peter V. Hall, Asst. Prof., Urban Studies Program, 1 Jul 06 – 31 Aug 10
    13. Mr. Rui Pedro Esteves, Instructor, Economics, 1 Jul 06 – 31 Aug 10
    14. Dr. Martine-Emmanuelle LaPointe, Asst. Prof., French, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    15. Dr. Zhaosong Lu, Asst. Prof., Math, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
  1. Administrative Appointments

    The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

    1. Prof. Owen Underhill, Interim Director, Contemporary Arts, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 07
    2. Prof. Martin Gotfrit, re-appt. Director, Contemporary Arts, 1 Sep 07 – 31 Aug 10
    3. Dr. Mary Lynn Stewart, Chair, Women’s Studies, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 09
    4. Dr. Jane Pulkingham, re-appt. Chair, Sociology/Anthropology, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 09
    5. Dr. Rob Gordon, re-appt. Director, Criminology, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 08
C. Employee Relations Committee
  1. The Board received for information the Annual Report of the Employee Relations Committee for the period January 2005 to March 2006.
D. Other
  1. The Board received for information the President’s Activity Report for April 2006.
  2. The President reported on the May 8, 2006 meeting in Victoria of Presidents and Board Chairs with Finance Minister Carole Taylor and Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell.  Dr. Saida Rasul was represented by Mr. Daniel Pekarsky.
  3. The Board heard that the gymnasium expansion and fitness centre are nearing completion.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. The Board elected Dr. Nancy McKinstry Deputy Chair of the Board for the period August 1, 2006 through the end of the January 2007 Board meeting.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2006 in the Halpern Centre Room 126, Simon Fraser University Burnaby

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