July 26, 2007 Meeting Summary

OPEN SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:

    Month

    Fundraising Progress Report
    For Information
    2007/2008 Year to Date

    To April 30, 2007

    $1,984,367

    To May 31, 2007

    $2,829,628

  2. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for The Economics Undergraduate Student Award Endowment Fund.

  3. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for The Methanex Robert Findlay Undergraduate Scholarship in Management Information Systems.

  4. The Board approved the following appointments/reappointment as Trustees of the Pension Plan for Academic Staff:

  • Professor Gary Parker, appointed to represent Faculty for a two year term ending June 30, 2009;
  • Mr. William Rowe, re-appointed to represent the University for a further one year term ending June 30, 2008;
  • Professor Charles Krieger, appointed to represent Faculty, replacing Professor Andrey Pavlov, for a two year term ending June 30, 2009.
  1. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position through June 30, 2007.

  2. The Board approved the Institutional Accountability Plan and Report for 2007/08 to 20090/10 to be presented to the Ministry of Advanced Education.  The Plan is available on the web at:  http://www.sfu.ca/pres/administration

     

  3. The Board heard from a student representing student families living in residence about the affordabilitiy and accessibility of childcare, and noted that SFU will consider these issues when in discussions to conclude a new license agreement with the independently operated Childcare Society.

     

  4. The Board approved a minor revision to section 8 (definitions) in Policy GP 3 - Donations - to ensure that the University is appropriately consulted when gifts of real property are offered by prospective donors.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following action recommended by Senate:
  • creation of the Centre for Forensic Research. 
  1. The Board received for information the Annual Reports of the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning, and the Senate Committee on Agenda and Rules.
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  3. The Board approved a new academic policy A 12.13, Clinical Professors, dated June 2007.

 C. Other 

  1. The Board received a list of upcoming University events in fall 2007 and early spring 2008.

     

  2. The Board Chair reported that follow-up is underway with respect to several of the Board development priorities identified at the June Strategy Session.

     

  3. The Board welcomed Mr. C.A. Apaak, attending his first Board meeting since being elected by students for a one-year term effective June 1, 2007.

     

  4. The Board heard a brief update from the Associate Vice-President, Students and International, regarding student admissions, recruitment and retention matters.

     

  5. The Board was informed that on June 18, 2007, the University received the Canadian registration of the University’s original coat of arms (1965), and its new coat of arms and flag.

     

  6. The Board learned that SFU is reviewing its policies and practices to ensure compliance with the new principles of the Provincial Government's recently announced Capital Asset Procurement Framework.

CLOSED SESSION

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved a business case for SFU to enter into a fixed price development contract for a new facility for the School for the Contemporary Arts as part of the Woodward’s Redevelopment project in Vancouver.
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  3. The Board received for information a fundraising update for the School for the Contemporary Arts.

     

  4. The Board received for information a Capital Design and Construction Program Status Report as at July 2007.

     

  5. The Board approved the fourth phase renewal for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) project Contribution Agreement between CIDA and SFU.

     

  6. The Board received for information an update on projected and actual enrollments in Fraser International College.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  1.  
    1. Dr. Shuyu Kong, Associate Prof., Humanities,1 Sep 08 – 31 Aug 13
    2. Dr. Timothy V. Beischlag, Associate Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Aug 07 – 31 Aug 12 
    3. Dr. Susan Stryker, Visiting Prof., Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Prof.,
           Women's Studies, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 08
    4. Dr. Alyssa Wise, Assistant Prof., Education, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    5. Dr. Beth Marshall, Assistant Prof., Education, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    6. Dr. Melek S. Ortabasi, Assistant Prof., World Literature Program, Arts & Social Sciences,
           1 Jul 08 - 31 Aug 12
    7. Dr. Julian Guttman, Assistant Prof., Biological Sciences, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    8. Dr. Masahiro Niikura, Associate Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Aug 07 - 31 Aug 12
    9. Dr. Lynn Fels, Assistant Prof., Education, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    10. Dr. Pek-Hooi Soh, Assistant Prof., Business Admin., 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    11. Dr. Jeremy Snyder, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    12. Ms. Bertille Antoine, Instructor, Economics, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    13. Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Prof. with tenure, Gerontology, 1 Sep 07
    14. Mr. Steven Hill, Assistant Prof., Contemporary Arts,  1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    15. Mr. Jean-Francois Godbout, Instructor, Political Science, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    16. Dr. Annie Ross, Assistant Prof., Archaeology & First Nations Studies,
           1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    17. Dr. Diana Solomon, Assistant Prof., English, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    18. Dr. Christina Atanasova, Assistant Prof., Business Admin., 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    19. Dr. Michael Hathaway, Assistant Prof., Sociology & Anthropology, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    20. Mr. Daniel Monte, Instructor, Economics, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
    21. Mr. Michael Filimowicz, Lecturer, Interactive Arts & Technology, 1 Jul 07
    22. Mr. Jijun Niu, Instructor, Business Admin., 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11 
    23. Dr. Pablo Nepomnaschy, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Jan 08 - 31 Aug 11
    24. Mr. Ludo Visschers, Instructor, Economics, 1 Aug 07 - 31 Aug 11
    25. Dr. Bernhard Riecke, Assistant Prof., Interactive Arts & Technology, 1 May 08 - 31 Aug 12
  1. Other

The Board approved one modified appointment in Computing Science, effective September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2009, and one modified appointment in Business Administration, effective September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008.

  C. Other

  1. The Board received the President's Activity Report for May and June 2007.

  2. The Retirement Agreement between SFU and the Faculty Association, which had been approved under delegated authority by the Employee Relations Committee of the Board, was reported to the Board along with the anticipated cost projections.

  3. The Board heard a brief update on matters in the Residence and Housing portfolio.
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  5. Other matters were discussed.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

  1. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby.

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