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aplaceofmind Vancouver Senate
Present: Dr M. Piper (Chair), Dr K. Ross (Secretary), Mr J. Abaki, Mr T. Ahmed, Dr R. Anstee, Mr A.
Bailey, Dr K. Baimbridge, Ms E. Biddlecombe, Dean M. Coughtrie, Dean C. Dauvergne, Mr N. Dawson,
Mr K. D'Souza, Dr A. Dulay, Dr Wm. Dunford, Dr S. Forwell, Dean B. Frank, Dr F. Granot, Mr S.
Haffey, Dr P. Harrison, Ms M. Hatai, Mrs C. Jaeger, Dr B. Lalli, Mr H. Leong, Dr P. Loewen, Ms J.
Loveday, Dr D. MacDonald, Prof. B. MacDougall, Mr K. Madill, Dr Wm. McKee, Mr Wm. McNulty,
Ms K. Milton, Dr C. Naus, Ms J. Omassi, Dr I. Parent, Dean M. Parlange, Dean S. Peacock, Dr J. Plessis,
Dean S. Porter, Dr A. Redish, Dr L. Rucker, Dr C. Ruitenberg, Mr G. Sangha, Dr S. Singh, Dr R. Sparks,
Ms S. Sterling, Dr R. Tees, Dr S. Thorne, Dr L. Walker, Dean R. Yada, Mr E. Zhao.
Regrets: Dr P. Adebar, Dean G. Averill, Dr S. Avramidis, Dr L. Burr, Dr A. Collier, Dr J. Gilbert, Dr D.
Gillen, Dr C. Godwin, Prof. B. Goold, Chancellor L. Gordon, Dean R. Helsley, Dean J. Innes, Dr A.
Ivanov, Dean D. Kelleher, Dr P. Keown, Dr S. Knight, Ms A. Maleki, Dr C. Marshall, Dr P. Marshall, Dr
P. Meehan, Mr D. Munro, Dr C. Nislow, Ms N. Perry, Dr G. Peterson, Mr A. Rezauean-Asel, Dr A.
Riseman, Dr B. Sawatzky, Dr T. Schneider, Dean S. Shuler, Ms S. Simon, Mr T. Tanaka, Mr J. Tang, Dr
R. Topping, Ms S. Vohra.
Recording Secretary: Mr C. Eaton.
Call to Order
The Chair of Senate, Dr Martha Piper, called the sixth regular meeting of the Vancouver Senate
for the 2015/2016 academic year to order at 6:01 pm.
Senate Membership
The Registrar informed Senate that a letter of resignation has been received for Dr Peter Choi,
Representative of the Joint Faculties, and that a By-election has been called to fill the seat.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
Richard Tees }        That the Minutes of the Meeting of 20 January
Shannon Sterling 2016 be adopted as corrected:
Dr D. MacDonald was present.
Dean Parlange was present.
Sterling was not present.
Dr Burr's comments regarding the scholarships
offered by the Chancellor were entered into the
Vol. 2015/16 15/16-06-1
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Remarks from the Chair
The President noted that the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society ofBC would be
meeting with the Senate Academic Policy Committee at its next meeting regarding the petition it
presented to the University.
The President advised Senate that the Provincial Budget was announced on Tuesday. She
outlined the highlights of that budget overall, and noted that for higher education, the increase
announced was related to the "Economic Stability Dividend" salary increases, which would be
from $25 to 28 million a year. The President noted that no cuts were made to our budget, and
that this was good news for the University. She further advised that the $20 million for
renovating biological sciences was reconfirmed, and that there would be a significant increase in
our capital budget for deferred maintenance of around $40 million.
Finally, the President advised that the review report from Paula Butler has been received on
sexual assault. She noted that Ms Butler's findings were based on relevant facts primarily
fathered by extensive interviews and comments provided by interviewees. Those findings were
as follows: Firstly, she found no breaches in UBC policies, including Board Policy 3 and our
non-academic misconduct rules. Secondly, there was however a lack of clarity around policies
and processes. She attributed this lack of clarity to many factors, but primarily the multitude of
units involved and the process to report an assault being unclear, and the lack of familiarity and
knowledge by staff members and by complainants. The President further noted that many delays
were found by Ms Butler, and these delays were caused by lack of clarity in process, the number
of units, and miscommunication. There was also human error in addressing the issues, for
example, it took 10 months in one instance to bring a concern forward with no reasonable reason,
and in another case, someone failed to investigate a case that they could have. Nevertheless, Ms
Butler found that all UBC employees acted in good faith.
Dr Piper went on to say that in addition, Ms Butler reported several areas of concern: Firstly, the
"scope" clause in our student code of conduct limits it to being on campus. Secondly, some
students felt silenced while complaints were being investigated and the complaints were still
unproven as faculty and staff were concerned about defamation. Finally, the CBC accretion that
it took 18 months to deal with complaints was misleading: a concern was raised in January 2014
but did not file a formal complaint until December 2014 and that complaint did not go to PACSD
as it wasn't found to be an appropriate forum. In many cases, women were reluctant to file a
formal complaint but wanted to talk about the issue informally. The President summarized by
saying that overall, the review points to a flawed system and a need for clear direction and a
more centralized and coordinated approach.
The President advised that UBC was developing a plan to move forwards. Earlier in the week,
UBC had two days of consultation with an expert from the University of Oregon. We have
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committed to bringing a new policy draft to the Board and Senate with the aim of having it in
force for the fall. We've also established a committee under Janine Benedict from law.
Senator Singh noted that while we had no breach of policy, the policy was weak to start with and
should be addressed in the new policy. He asked if any of the previously affected students would
be involved in the committee.
The President replied that there would be student members of the Committee from the
Alma Mater Society and Graduate Student Society.
Senator Singh encouraged us to look beyond UBC when students were away on exchange or in a
group trip outside of campus.
The President agreed, noting that this was being looked at in this process.
Report from the Presidential Search Committee
Deans Dauvergne and Frank presented an update on behalf of the Chancellor. They noted that
last week, the position profile was released to the public and the chancellor provided a 4th update
to the University community. The Committee is pleased with its progress so far, and is
committed to moving forward expeditiously to put us in position to announce a new president by
30 June.
Dean Frank noted that we are now contacting potential candidates with the aim of having 12 to
15 long listed candidates by mid-March. Although early in the process, we've already seen an
encouraging level of interest from some good candidates. By mid-April we intend to shortlist to
4 to 6 and interview.
Senator Loewen noted Gary Mason's recent Globe and Mail editorial and asked what the
feasibility would be for finding a good internal candidate on time.
Dean Dauvergne replied that the preliminary list was encouraging but we have not had a
conversation with those interested in the position regarding timing. Our goal is to be able
to make an announcement by 30 June and this is not the same as having someone start on
1 July.
Senator Singh said that he expected candidates would want to know what happened from
Professor Gupta. What, as a committee, are you willing to tell those candidates given the
information now out there?
Dean Frank replied that the search will be conducted and the information shared with the
public information available. There has been much discussion at the committee on this
topic but we are bound by the agreement signed.
Senator Abaki asked about the credibility and accountability of the process and noted that it was
unfortunate that the Chancellor was not present to address them. He did not think that the Senate
could ignore the issues; he noted that the profile did reference the need of a candidate to help
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heal the university and asked if that was possible if the University cannot be forthright with what
happened with President Gupta. He suggested that the information now coming forward did call
into question the legitimacy of the search process and said he was not sure if the Senate would
have allowed the search to proceed in the current environment.
Senator Bailey noted that the search committee had no ability to call for an internal
review not to install a president; the committee searches for and recommends a candidate
to the Board.
The President suggested that Senator Abaki could email his concerns to the Chancellor.
Senator Haffey asked if the search committee would ignore the information accidentally
Dean Frank replied that no, it was now public information so it would obviously come
Unfinished Business
The President introduced Dr Joanne Fox, Principal and Academic Director of UBC's Vantage
Dr Fox updated Senate on the progress of Vantage; she noted that when Senate established
Vantage College, it was set three goals: to be innovative, to make up more diverse, and to be
financially sustainable. In 2014 we launched two streams, Arts and Science. In 2015 we added
APSC and Management. Both of the new streams offer students a dual campus experience.
The Principal advised that we now have data on the first class, 2014. These are students who
have completed Vantage and have now completed term 1 of year 2 of their degree. Dr Fox noted
that 73% of vantage BA and 67% of BSc students progressed to year 2. ISI rates generally were
90 and 85% (but this included Americans, UK, and other native English speakers). She further
advised that 131 students successfully transitioned from Vantage to their degree programs.
Dr Anstee asked for comparator information across courses.
Dr Fox replied that the mean average was comparable but their failure rate was
actually lower. The numbers right now are too small to make a course by course
Dr Fox advised that our first intake was 188, our 2nd was 267. The two new streams were
approved very late in the admissions cycle last year and we are seeing more growth in the
numbers for next year.
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In terms of demographics, the largest place of origin for students was China, followed by
Ecuador, South Korea, Thailand, and then Japan.  1 in 7 students in Vantage are supported by
financial aid, and 7% of Vantage revenue are dedicated to scholarships and bursaries.
One key aspects of student support that Vantage offered students was a "meta syllabus" across
all sections to allow instructors to know more about a student's overall academic experience.
Senator Dunford noted that the implication of this was that English isn't a problem, do we have
data to support that?
Dr Fox replied that we know that they can succeed in 2nd year courses that require a good
working knowledge of English.
Dr Anstee noted that the revised targets for Vantage are much lower than originally intended.
Vantage will top up at around 450 for V and 150 for O?
Dr Fox replied that conservatively yes, but we can adjust out forecast as we get more
The Registrar noted that we would be discussing the enrolment targets later in the
Senator Loveday asked if there was data on Vantage students using academic supports.
Dr Fox replied that there are very few as current Vantage students have imbedded
tutorials, but we don't have data on Year 2 students using those resources.
Senator Loveday noted that overall, Vantage has a 70% pass rate from year 1 to 2. She asked
what Vantage was doing about students who aren't successful.
Dr Fox replied that we reach out as early as we can. With a coordinated program, we can
know who is struggling on midterms for example. For many students the issue isn't
academic English but rather the culture shift to becoming a university student.
Senator Omassi asked about the dual campus experience - there is good reason why many
students do not choose to do this and it goes against the notion of building a sense of belonging.
What is being done to transition these students and to ensure that their sense of belong and
performance isn't harmed?
Dr Fox noted that the sense of belong is what we need to foster with our students. The
student do move as a cohort and we need to leverage connections to their intended
faculties and the regular students there.
Senator Sangha asked what the breakdown was between campuses for Applied Science.
Dr Fox replied 50/50, the students rank their program choices on both campuses.
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Senator Sangha asked why Vantage added two new streams rather than building Arts and
Dr Fox replied that it was to create new opportunities for students.
Senator Baimbridge noted that four of our five top counties were in Asia; he asked what we were
doing to target Africa or South America.
Dr Fox replied that we were working with ISI on Latin America, Russia and the former
Soviet states, for example.
Senator Bailey suggested taking some of the successes of Vantage to all first year programming.
Senator D'Souza noted that as a medical student he moved from Vancouver to the Okanagan,
and the challenge was also integrating into the Kelowna community and not just UBCO.
Dr Fox replied that the academic programs we are partnering with have strong local
connections that we can use to help students discover Kelowna.
Candidates for Degrees
Richard Tees
Nick Dawson
That the candidates for degrees, as recommended
by the faculties, be granted the degrees for which
they were recommended, effective February 2016,
and that a committee comprised of the Registrar,
the Dean of the Faculty, and the Chair of Senate
be empowered to make any necessary adjustments.
(approval) (2/3 majority required)
Admissions Committee
The Chair of the Senate Admissions Committee, Dr Robert Sparks, presented.
See Appendix A: Policy J-54
Robert Sparks
Paul Harrison
That Senate approve Policy J-54 Admission for
British Columbia Youth in Care,
to be effective upon the subsequent approval by the
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Okanagan Senate and effective for admission into the
Winter 2016 session and thereafter.
Dr Sparks advised that the proposed policy was intended to increase flexibility by allowing UBC
faculties the ability to admit former youth in care who meet University requirements but not
necessarily the competitive average required in a given year.
Robert Sparks } That Senate approve and forward to the Board of
Ken Baimbridge Governors for approval the 2016 Enrolment Targets
as set out in the attached document.
Dr Sparks noted that the targets are set through a lengthy process with the Deans' offices,
Provost's office, Planning & Institutional Research (PAIR) and the Registrar.
Senator Anstee noted that he voted against the targets at SAC. SAC had been discussing capacity
issues for some time and wanted enrolment targets set mindful of our capacity to teach. It is
unfortunate that departments are not consulted, only faculties, as problems at the department
level are not being addressed. Math, for instance, has been teaching beyond its capacity for
some years. Dr Anstee noted that when we started teaching at UBC the 2nd year class size was
60. In 2002 in was 100. Now, 200 is the maximum class size seen by math. Dr Anstee described
this as not sustainable. As a result, he viewed the enrolment targets as not reasonable and thus he
could not support the motion.
Dean Peacock replied. He noted that a substantial amount of new and recurring funds are
needed each year to cover salary increases. Science has given Math money above and
beyond the funds required for salary increases. BC went through a number of tough
years with mandated pay increases with no new funds and we are now moving forwards.
Senator Abaki asked for a more detailed report in the future, especially if international enrolment
Dr Ratner set out the consultative processes used to develop the enrolment targets.
Richard Anstee noted as opposed.
Agenda Committee
The Acting Committee Chair, Dr Paul Harrison, presented.
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Paul Harrison
Philip Loewen
That Rule 29 (a) of the Rules and Procedures of
Senate be amendedwith the addition of the bolded
statement below "Admissions Committee (
hear final appeals on applications for admission and
re—admission to programs, and to approve nonsubstantive or editorial changes to existing
admission requirements).
NB: Requires 2/3rds approval
Dr Harrison noted that this was a correction to an oversight made 3 years ago; Senate approved
the delegation but did not amend its Rules to reflect the approval.
Awards Committee
Dr Claudia Ruitenberg presented on behalf of the Senate Awards Committee
See Appendix B: Awards Report
Claudia Ruitenberg
Lance Rucker
That Senate accept the awards as listed and forward
them to the Board of Governors for approval; and
that letters of thanks be sent to the donors.
Curriculum Committee
The Vice-Chair of the Senate Curriculum Committee, Mrs Carol Jaeger, presented
See Appendix C: Curriculum Report
Carol Jaeger }
Richard Tees
"That the new courses, revised courses, new course
code, new program options, and revised program
options brought forward by the faculties of
Applied Science, Arts, Graduate and Postdoctoral
Studies (Commerce and Business Administration,
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Education, and Science), and Science be approved.
Nominating Committee
The Chair of the Senate Nominating Committee, Dr Richard Tees, presented.
Richard Tees } That Dr William Dunford be appointed to the
Jenna Omassi Council of Senates Budget Committee until 31 August
2017 and thereafter until replaced, to fill a vacancy.
Report from the Librarian
The University Librarian, Dr Ingrid Parent, presented the 100th annual report of the University
Librarian to the Senate. UBC still has the 2nd largest collection in Canada with 7.8m volumes, an
increase on 5.4% over last year. We are at 78% electronic to 22% print, which may represent a
plateau. In 2002 we were the reverse.
The Librarian noted that cIRcle, our digital repository, was ranked first in Canada with 2.7m
views and 8m downloads.
The Librarian advised that the currency exchange rate issue was the largest challenge facing the
library with most of its collections budget being spent in US Dollars and the Canadian dollar
being on a 13 year low. The Librarian noted that Universities were absorbing costs for
publishing but that academics were producing the work being sold for little or no compensation.
The librarian noted that CARL and Compute Canada had signed an agreement to develop the
Portage project.
The librarian then updated senate on the library's physical space. Of particular note was the
transformation of the 4th floor of Koerner library to study space, and the 5th floor to be a meeting
space for digital scholarship.
Senator Abaki thanked the librarian for her report. He noted that students could provide
feedback for courses and asked how the library could receive feedback. Secondly, he asked if
there was an ability to have 24/7 library space.
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The Librarian replied that Koerner was open 24/7 during exams, but not past lam
otherwise. It is a question of demand and cost.   The Library anticipates and monitors its
services every 2 years through Libqual. As a part of that we do survey users across
campus. Last time, the top demand was for more study space. Finally, she noted that last
year the Library staff did decrease but management staff did increase. A lot of that is due
to digital work that requires professional staff.
President Piper commented that at the last meeting of the Senate we heard about having a
healthy environment and asked if we really wanted our students pulling all-nighters.
Senator Abaki acknowledged that but noted that safe space should be provided.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 pm.
Appendix A: Policy J-54
Please see the Secretary for the formal version of Policy J-54. The following is an excerpt of the
key text:
1. UBC may consider applicants to direct-entry undergraduate programs under this policy
who meet the University's general admission requirements, but who do not meet the
competitive admission cut-off set by the individual faculties and schools.
2. Applicants who wish to be considered under this admission category must indicate their
eligibility upon application for admission to the University. Applicants will be considered
on an individual basis by the applicable faculty or school. A number of factors indicative
of personal readiness to succeed at UBC will be considered.
3. In order to be considered under this policy, applicants must fall within one or more of the
following categories:
a. The applicant is or was in the continuing custody of a director or a designated
representative in British Columbia for at least one year between the date the applicant
turned 12 years of age and the date the applicant turned 19 years of age.
b. The applicant was in the guardianship of a director in British Columbia for at least one
year between the date the applicant turned 12 years of age and the date the applicant
turned 19 years of age.
c. The applicant was subject to a,youth agreement in British Columbia on the day prior to
the date that the applicant turned 19 years of age.
d. The applicant was subject to a temporary custody order in British Columbia for a period
of three years or longer between the date the applicant turned 12 years of age and the date
the applicant turned 19 years of age.
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Appendix B: Awards Report
New Awards:
Robert CATHRO Memorial Bursary in Geological Sciences - A $1,350 bursary has been
made available through an endowment established by the friends and family of the late Robert
(Bob) Cathro who graduated from UBC in Geological Engineering in 1959 and went on to a
distinguished career in the mining industry. He and fellow geologist Al Archer founded the
consulting firm Archer, Cathro and Associates Ltd, which specializes in Yukon mineral
exploration; a company that has launched the careers of hundreds of students over the past half
century. A careful researcher and "data" miner, Bob played a leading role in developing the most
comprehensive file on mineral exploration history of the Yukon. He was also a prolific technical
writer and editor, publishing over 50 articles in various mining periodicals. Over his career, Bob
received many awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Geological
Association of Canada. Bob was also integral to the formation of Geoscience BC. The award is
made to a student in geological sciences who is in financial need. Adjudication is made by
Enrolment Services. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
CENTENNIAL Leaders Entrance Award - The University of British Columbia offers
renewable entrance awards ranging in value up to the full cost of the student's program and
living costs to outstanding students entering university directly from secondary school or
transferring from another post-secondary institution to an undergraduate program of study. In
addition to academic merit, consideration is given to qualities such as leadership skills,
involvement in student affairs or contribution to community service, recognized achievement in
fields of endeavor such as performing arts, athletics, debating or creative writing, and
achievement in math or science competitions or examinations. Recipients are academically
qualified students with an interest in joining and contributing to the UBC Vancouver community
but who would not be able to attend UBC without significant financial assistance. The value of
each award will depend on the applicant's financial circumstances. Subject to continued
scholarship standing, the awards will be renewed for a further three years of study or until the
first undergraduate degree is obtained (whichever is the shorter period). Award winners will have
their situations reviewed annually regarding both academic progress and financial need.
Candidates must be nominated by a member of their school or community. The awards are made
on the recommendation of the Centennial Scholars Entrance Award Committee. (First Award
Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
CHONGQING International Experience Award - Awards valued up to $5,000 each have
been made available by the University and the Ministry of Advanced Education of British
Columbia for exchange students attending a partner university in the Chongqing Municipality of
China. The awards are intended to support student mobility between the University and its
partner universities in the Chongqing Municipality. All students participating in the exchange
program with Chongqing partner universities will be eligible to receive the award. The awards
are made on the recommendation of Go Global. (First Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter
CLEAR Ocean Seafood Ltd. Award in Business Operations - Two awards of $1,000 each are
offered annually by Clear Ocean Seafood Ltd. for students in their third or fourth year of the
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Bachelor of Commerce program at the Sauder School of Business. Applicants need to be fluent
in Mandarin and have a thorough understanding of Chinese culture and can be Canadian,
permanent resident or international students. Preference will be given to students specializing in
operations, logistics or related fields. The award is based on a combination of academic
achievement, community involvement and interest in pursuing a career in operations or logistics.
Clear Ocean Seafood Ltd. is a Richmond based scallop manufacturer & supplier. A global expert
in importing, processing and exporting scallops, Clear Ocean Seafood Ltd. utilizes leading
technology and research in its operations. The award is made on the recommendation of the
Sauder School of Business. (First Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
DENTAL Corp. Canada Outstanding Student Leadership Award - Two awards of $5,000
each are offered annually by Dental Corp Canada to a third year DMD student and a fourth year
DMD graduating student who have demonstrated exceptional professionalism, collaboration and
leadership within their class. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of
Dentistry. (First Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
Dr. Wendy KO Scholarship in Pharmaceutical Sciences - A $3,500 scholarship has been
made available through an endowment established by Dr. Ronald Ko in honour of his wife Dr.
Wendy Ko, B.Sc. Pharmacy 1966 and M.Sc. Pharmacy 1968. The scholarship is awarded to a
student graduating from the undergraduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences with high
academic standing, demonstrated excellence in the medicinal chemistry content of the program,
and active involvement in community pharmacy and/or community affairs. The award is made
on the recommendation of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. (First Award Available in the
2015/2016 Winter Session)
KOFFMAN Kalef LLP Prize in Business Law - A $1,000 prize has been made available
through an endowment established by Koffman Kalef LLP in memory of Morley Koffman, QC,
as a tribute to his many contributions to the legal community in the area of business law. Morley
Koffman was well respected and admired by all those who knew him and a true leader in the
legal profession. The prize is offered to the J.D. student who has the highest cumulative grade
point average in the Taxation, Trusts, and Secured Transactions courses within the Business Law
Concentration at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. The award is made on the recommendation
of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. (First Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
MASTER of Public Policy and Global Affairs Tuition Bursary - Bursaries are offered
annually by the Faculty of Arts to graduate students in the Master of Public Policy and Global
Affairs program who demonstrate financial need. Funding is determined based on the number of
students enrolled in the program. Adjudication is made by Enrolment Services. (First Award
Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
Norman and Gwendelyne MOYSA Memorial Award - Awards totalling $3,500 have been
made available through an endowment established with a bequest from Norman and Gwendelyne
Moysa. The awards are offered to students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering and will be
awarded to students who have demonstrated both merit and financial need. Preference will be
given to groups underrepresented in engineering. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moysa left gifts in their
Wills to support the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Moysa graduated from UBC in
1953 with a Bachelor of Applied Science. The awards are made on the recommendation of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation
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with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Students. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017
Winter Session)
John OADES Bursary in Electrical Engineering - A $2,000 bursary is offered annually by
John Oades (B.A.Sc. 1963 - Electrical Engineering) to provide financial aid to a deserving
undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Applied Science, B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering
program. This award is in fond memory of Walter Gage's Introductory Calculus class.
Adjudication is made by Enrolment Services. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter
SAUDER School of Business UBC Swimming Award - Awards totalling $7,000 are offered
annually to students enrolled at the Sauder School of Business in any year of study who are also
members of the Varsity Thunderbird Swimming team. This award may be renewable for up to
four years provided the award-winning student maintains award standing and participation in the
swimming team. The award is made on the recommendation of the Sauder School of Business in
consultation with UBC Swimming. (First Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
STEWART Family Forestry Award - Awards totalling $3,500 have been made available
through an endowment established by the Stewart Family for a third year undergraduate student
in the Faculty of Forestry who is in good academic standing. Preference is given to students with
demonstrated financial need. Mr. D. G. (Chick) and Mrs. Marilyn Stewart, along with partner
Mr. Victor Rempel, founded S&R Sawmills, a custom-cutting sawmilling company, on the banks
of the Fraser River at Port Kells, BC, in 1963. In 1986, Chick and Marilyn became the sole
owners of the company and second- and third-generation Stewart's joined the thriving business.
The Stewart family believes strongly in giving back to the community. The award is made on the
recommendation of the Faculty of Forestry. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter
Zoltan TALLAN Award for Medical Residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Awards totalling $7,800 are offered annually by the Tallan Foundation for UBC medical
residents enrolled in UBC's Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Zoltan Tallan
(MD University of Budapest 1941) was a physiatrist who practiced for much of his career in
Victoria. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine. (First Award
Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
VANCOUVER Dental Education Centre Study Group Award - Two awards of $1,000 each
are offered annually by Dr. Wilson Kwong for fourth year DMD students who demonstrate
leadership, passion for community service and a commitment to advancing education. Award
winners will also receive a complimentary membership to the Vancouver Dental Education
Centre Study Group. Awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry. (First
Award Available in the 2015/2016 Winter Session)
Alexander WON CUMYOW and Gordon Won Cumyow Memorial Bursary in Law - A
$1,000 bursary is offered annually by Pamela Won Cumyow Smith and Brian Smith in honour of
Alexander Won Cumyow and Gordon Won Cumyow for a J.D. student at the Peter A. Allard
School of Law who is in need of financial assistance to complete their education. The award is
adjudicated by Enrolment Services. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
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Previously-Approved Awards with Changes in Terms or Funding Source:
#577 Earl Kinney Memorial Award - A $1,000 award is offered annually by Unifor, Local
780G, to students entering the second or higher year of a full academic program of studies at any
University, College or other post-secondary institution in the provinces of British Columbia or
Alberta. To be eligible, an applicant must be a member, legal ward or the son/grandson,
daughter/granddaughter of a member in good standing and must enclose a letter from the Union
attesting to their eligibility. The award will be made to the most accomplished applicant as
determined by the University.
Rationale for Proposed Changes - Type of Action: this is an old affiliated scholarship
that needs a revision because the Union has merged with its Alberta branch and is now
called Unifor local 780G; and because Enrolment Services has not been able to assign it
as a 'scholarship' classification. In collaboration with the donor and Enrolment Services
we have changed award classification, and broadened the award criteria.
#3270 Patricia A. Baird Prize - A $225 prize has been made available through an endowment
established by friends and colleagues to honour Dr. Patricia A. Baird who served as Head of the
Department of Medical Genetics from 1978 to 1989. The award, which includes a certificate, is
made on the recommendation of the Department of Medical Genetics in consultation with a
faculty committee to reward research excellence in Medical Genetics trainees. Eligible recipients
include any student (undergraduate or graduate) or resident taking courses in Medical Genetics.
Rationale for Proposed Changes - Type of Action: because the department does not
currently have enough meaningful interaction with medical undergraduates, this prize
has not been awarded consistently for many years, and has been awarded only twice in
the past nine years. Upon request by the Department of Medical Genetics, in consultation
with the donors' representative, and in collaboration with the Office of the University
Counsel, we are proposing a change that is meant to encompass all trainees in Medical
Genetics, which is consistent with the original intention of the Prize.
#415 Francis Reif Scholarship - A $2,800 scholarship has been made available through an
endowment established for a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Preference is
given to a student who intends to pursue graduate work in the study of Northwest Coast Indian
art. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Anthropology in
consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Rationale for Proposed Changes - Type of Action: historically, this award has been
assigned to graduate students. Recently, however, the interpretation of the language
"graduating student" has been more challenging. The Development team in the Faculty
of Arts has connected with the donor and confirmed that this award is for current
graduate students.
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Appendix C: Curriculum Report
New courses and revised program options
APSC 366 (3) The Art of the Possible: An Introduction to Engineering for Non-Engineers;
CPEN 291 (6) Computer Engineering Design Studio I; Applied Science>Bachelor of Applied
Science>Pre-Med Alternative Path
New courses and revised program options
ASIA 395 (3) Folk Cultures in the Asian Diaspora; CSIS 200 (3) Critical Engagements in
Sexuality Studies; CSIS 301 (3) Introduction to Trans* Studies; GRSJ 200 (3) Gender and
Environmental Justice; FNIS 453 (3) Indigenous Legal Traditions; GEOG 315 (3) Human and
Environmental Geography Field Course; HIST 414 (3) Constitutions in Canadian History: From
Pre-contact to the Charter of Rights; MUSC 419 (3-6)d Interactive Performance Systems;
Arts>First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program>[Major] & [Minor] in First Nations and
Indigenous Studies
New and revised courses; new course code; and new and revised program options
Commerce and Business Administration
BAEN 506 (3) Technology Entrepreneurship; BAEN 507 (1.5) Entrepreneurship
Technology and Non-Technology Streams II
EDST 545 (3) Indigenous Inquiry and Research; EDST 546 (3) Indigenous Methodology
and Epistemology
CHEM 560 (3) Organic Chemistry: Building Molecules and Understanding Reactivity;
Science>Institutes & Centres>Institute for Resources, Environment and
Sustainability>Resources, Environment and Sustainability; RES (Resources,
Environment and Sustainability) Course Code; Graduate and Postdoctoral
Studies>Degree Programs>Resources, Environment and Sustainability
New and revised courses; new program options
BIOL 112 (3) Biology of the Cell; BIOL 338 (4) Introduction to Genomics; CHEM 304 (3)
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics; CHEM 404 (3) Computational
Chemistry; CHEM 410 (3) Properties of Materials; CHEM 434 (3) Principles of Chemical
Separation; CHEM 460 (3) Organic Synthesis: A Mechanistic Approach; CHEM 473 (3)
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Minutes of 17 February 2016
Structure Determination and Reaction Analysis; Science>Bachelor of
Science>Biochemistry>Combined Major Biochemistry and Chemistry; Science>Bachelor of
Science>Oceanography>Combined Major Oceanography and Chemistry


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