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Up Support
May was Childcare Month
and the occasion was
celebrated by the
children of UBC day
cares, educators and
parents with a parade to
the Commons Green at
the centre of UBC
student family housing.
These children were
among those who made
banners and costumes,
played games and ate a
picnic lunch. The event
was organized to promote
the need for more high-
quality, accessible and
affordable childcare in
Gavin Wilson photo
Faculty Club in receivership,
closure postponed till August
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The Faculty Club at UBC. placed in
receivership earlier this month, will continue to operate until August 9, says
receiver-manager Coopers and Lybrand.
Functions booked at the club until
that time will be honoured and deposits
for any booked functions cancelled as a
result of the club's closure will be fully
refunded, Coopers and Lybrand said in a
written statement.
The club was placed in receivership
after suffering from increasing financial
difficulties, despite operating subsidies
from UBC and efforts to make it profitable.
A registered society under the Socie
ties Act, the club has outstanding debts
of $1.7 million, including $1,185,000
owed to UBC. The debts were increasing
every month.
"The Faculty Club has been an important part of the fabric of this campus for
35 years. It is with great regret that this
action has become necessary," said UBC
President David Strangway.
"Every effort has been made to avoid
having to stop the line of credit, but it is
not feasible to continue to extend credit
to the club with its rapidly increasing
Strangway added that the university
has also rescinded its appointments to
the Faculty Club's board of directors.
High operating costs and declining
membership are the major reasons for
the club's increasing financial difficulties.
About 200 to 300 club members and
staff attended an emotional meeting on
June 8 to discuss the future ofthe club,
which is now being operated by receiver-
manager Coopers and Lybrand.
"People are very upset. The club is a
real institution and architectural landmark on campus. We all have happy
memories of the club and want to preserve it if we can," said Tony Sheppard,
president of the Faculty Association.
Sheppard said the consensus at the
meeting was the university had not given
the club enough time to turn its finances
See CLUB Page 2
Report reviews UBC planning process
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC is seeking feedback both on and
off campus to a report by consultant Ray
Spaxman on the university's planning
and development processes.
The report, which was presented to
UBC's administration and Board ofGovernors last month, is being made available to stakeholders and members ofthe
public with an invitation to submit written comments by August 31.
As well, Spaxman will present the report and answer questions at two public
meetings. The meetings will be held in
Woodward Instructional Resource Centre at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 in
lecture theatre 6 and Thursday, July 7 in
lecture theatre 4.
Further stakeholder meetings will be
organized in coming weeks. The aim is to
establish a public process based on the
report and the feedback it receives.
UBC commissioned the report in December when, responding to growing concerns about development issues and the
university's planning process, the university asked Spaxman to advise on a
new public planning process and a set of
planning principles.
The administration received the report
and has accepted five of its seven recommendations. The five recommendations
all involve distributing the report and
soliciting feedback.
Acting on the recommendations, the
following steps are being taken: copies of
the report are being given to interested
parties and the provincial and local governments; a summary of the report will
be published in an upcoming issue of
UBC Reports; campus planning will prepare a response; discussions will be held
with provincial, regional and city governments; and feedback will be compiled for
the public record.
The university will consider action on
the other recommendations in the
Spaxman report, pending input from interested parties.
One of those recommendations is to
build an information centre on campus.
Spaxman said many people both on and
off campus feel the need for greater access to information on the university.
The other deferred recommendation
calls on the university to adopt a set of
principles to guide planning and the planning process, leading to the creation of a
new campus plan in cooperation with the
Greater Vancouver Regional District. After appropriate consultation, a set of planning principles will be considered by the
Board of Governors for adoption.
Developing the plan during the next
few months would be the job of a new
advisory committee. This committee
would include representatives of UBC's
administration, faculty, staff, students
and residents, the GVRD, community
groups, the city of Vancouver and the
Musqueam Indian band.
The new plan would not only guide
future development of the campus, it
would also serve as an official community
plan to be adopted by the GVRD and UBC.
UBC asks
for more
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The Ministry of Education is considering provincial examinations in Mandarin
12 and Japanese 12, said Daniel Birch,
UBC vice-president. Academic and Provost.
UBC is among those who have asked
Education Minister Art Charbonneau to
introduce government exams for the two
language courses, which would allow the
courses to be included in grade point
average calculations for UBC admission.
"We have been assured by senior staff
that the Ministry of Education is about to
begin working with teachers to establish
common requirements and to develop
provincial examinations in Mandarin 12
and Japanese 12," Birch said.
Under a new UBC admissions policy
that goes into effect in the 1995-96 academic year, grade point averages will be
calculated on English 12 and three other
academic subjects at the grade 12 level,
all of which must have provincial exams.
The only language courses that are
examined provincially in B.C. are European languages such as French, German
and Spanish.
"It would be particularly unfortunate if
people were to conclude that the Ministry
of Education favoured European languages over Asian," Birch said in an
earlier letter to the minister.
Although soon to be ineligible for grade
point calculation at UBC unless exams
are introduced. Asian language courses
still fulfil the university's language requirements and are accepted as appropriate credits for high school graduation
and university entrance. Birch pointed
The new grade point average calculation was introduced to make grades used
in determining admission more comparable across school districts and bring
university admissions practices more in
line with those at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.
Cutting Costs
UBC's Senate decides to cut costs by merging smaller departments
Singing Servers
Offbeat: UBC music students sing for your supper at a local restaurant
Saving Energy 4
The C.K. Choi Building's architects push the limits of sustainable design
On Discrimination 5
Forum: Anti-discrimination rules show a lack of . . . discrimination 2 UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994
Equity AVP has
"impossible" job
The University of B.C. has
announced promotion of its
director of Employment Equity,
Sharon Kahn, to the position
of associate vice-president.
Equity. The move sees the
collapse of three functions on
campus - Kahn's own Employment Equity Office, as well as
the Multicultural Liaison Office
and the Advisor to the President on Women and Gender
Kahn has an overwhelming
job description:  "among other
duties" she will be responsible
for "dealing with complaints of
discrimination, harassment
and violations of human
rights; administering UBC's
employment equity program:
promoting research in human
rights issues, and heightening
awareness of issues such as
racism, sexual harassment,
under-representation of
women, visible minorities,
persons with disabilities and
aboriginal peoples" (UBC
Reports, April 21).
The record of the UBC
administration over the past
five years shows senior men
ready to gloss over all inequities, and to busy themselves
instead with their "World of
(Corporate) Opportunity"
campaign. The Employment
Equity Office was a showpiece
to cover what senior management was not doing around
issues of employee rights.
For example, in an important equity fight at UBC two
years ago. CUPE support
workers went on strike for
wage and job parity. The
senior administration ignored
Sharon Kahn, who crossed the
CUPE picket line because she
felt she "could do more from
the inside" to help the workers.
Instead, management made its
own decisions, set its own time
frames and wrote its own press
releases during the work action.
Despite the flowing enthusiasm of UBC Reports, Kahn's
prospects as associate vice-
president. Equity, are much
the same as they have always
been, with one exception:
Kahn now has an impossible
portfolio, too big, too broad,
too public. She will be the ideal
"fall guy" in the crises that lie
ahead, when the practices of a
UBC corporate management,
unchecked by law or legislation, catch up with them.
Nancy C. Horsman
Field trips are
I have recently seen the
article: "Field trip puts students
in natural laboratory" by Gavin
Wilson (UBC Reports, Feb. 24)
which I enjoyed very much.
Although my background is in
the biological sciences, I have
taken several geology courses
out of interest and have been
lucky enough to go on the trip
all three years it has run.
Because the U.S. Southwest
is very dry and the rock
formations are mostly bare of
vegetation, the history of the
earth and examples of the
principles of geology we had
learned in the classroom are
easily visible and accessible. In
many areas, the rocks are
incredibly beautiful with rich
colours and wind and water-
sculptured forms as can be
imagined from the photograph
of Utah's Crack Canyon. We
also had the opportunity to
visit Anasazi ruins and learn a
little of the prehistoric human
occupation of the area. I would
count these field trips as
invaluable to students, especially in the geological sciences, paleontology and
Michelle Lamberson
deserves great credit for the
considerable time and energy
she has put into the organization and direction of these
trips. I would also like to
commend Dr. Lee Groat,
assistant professor in Geological Sciences at UBC, for
all the time and dedication
Hampton Place
questions need
At present, your report
(Housing income to fund
research, UBC Reports, March
10) appears to be in conflict
with the information cited at a
community workshop on
February 5, sponsored by the
UBC Real Estate Corporation,
by its executive director Mark
Betteridge. There, participants
were told that the entire $35-
million profit generated by
Hampton Place sales had been
invested in the construction of
several high-rises, whose
rentals would supply UBC with
a projected income of three
million dollars annually.
The UBC Reports article
stated that $5 million was
generated by Hampton Place
sales.  It also stated "Funds
used to generate income will
rise to $10 million in 1995/96
and $ 15 million the following
1. Is the $900,000 a onetime fund, due perhaps to a
one-year lag before construction actually begins on the
high-rise towers; or is it a
recurring amount? Research
programs cannot be built on
one-year grants.
2. What are the original
plans for profits derived from
Hampton Place? What process
was used to approve it? Are
the plans public documents?
If so, how does the public find
out about them before they are
3.  Where will the planned
non-rental units be constructed? Are the perimeters
of Hampton Place scheduled to
expand?  Is more construction
being planned in the forested
area directly south of Hampton
Place, across 16th Avenue?
Would UBC publish a
thorough documentation of the
business plan for Hampton
Place, which would include
past, present and future goals
and developments?
P. Bloom, M. Eyeman, G.
Citizens for Open University
Editor's Note: A response from
UBC President David
Strangway will appear in the
next issue of UBC Reports.
Continued from Page 1
around. The club was in the
midst of three-year plan to boost
revenues and had succeeded in
reducing its monthly losses, he
In February 1993, the university formally asked the club to
reduce its accumulated deficit
within the next year. A plan to do
so was submitted to UBC last
summer, but the university says
the club has been unable to meet
its plan, and its debt has contin
ued to increase.
Club members suggested a
number of alternatives at the
meeting, including having members guarantee a loan, buy a
debenture issued by the club or
start a new club at another location. Sheppard said individual
members ofthe Faculty Association had made "very generous"
offers of financial support.
'There were many different
viewpoints about what should
be done. It's hard to see where
we go from here," he said.
As of Jan. 31, 1994, there
were 1,395 members, out of more
than 4,000 potential members
from UBC's faculty and staff.
About 1,200 of the university's
2,100 faculty belong to the club.
The number of lunchtime diners at the club has fallen in
recent years and use of the club
during evening hours has declined because UBC has become
a commuter campus for many
faculty and staff.
Food Services ass't director had strong ties to UBC
Shirley Louie, assistant director of Food Services, passed
away peacefully on April 18th
after a courageous fight with
A native of Ashcroft, B.C.,
Louie obtained her MBA from
UBC in 1976, after graduating
from UBC in Home Economics
in 1959.
She joined Food Services in
1963, and the department enjoyed many successes and tre
mendous growth during her
years of service.
Louie was instrumental in the
expansion of campus snack bars,
establishment of the Chinese
Food Cafeteria in 1968 (later
known as Yum Yums) and assembly ofthe best-selling book.
Favourite Recipes from the UBC
In addition to her Food Service responsibilities, Louie worked
tirelessly on behalf of the univer
sity, serving on a number of committees, including the labour
management committee.
In 1994, she resigned as president of the Canadian College
and University Food Services Association for health reasons.
Louie's contributions were
well recognized by the university. She was awarded the UBC
75th Anniversary Medal and
the President's Medal of Excellence.
he has put into each trip as
well.   He served as tour
leader last year.
Ann Tautz, BSc
Fisheries Centre, UBC
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Putting Under Pressure
David Hill, associate dean of professional programs in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, takes a practice putt before teeing off in the Fifth
Annual Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament held June 6 at the University Golf
Club. About 120 golfers participated in this year's event, named in honour
of Bernie Riedel who served as dean ofthe faculty between 1967 and 1984.
The organizers hope the fund-raiser will net about $35,000 for research in
pharmacy practice and pharmacy management. Admiring Hill's putt are,
left to right, Finlay Morrison, David Fielding, chair of the faculty's division
of Pharmacy Administration, and Norman Zacharias. Zacharias and Morrison
are retired members of the faculty.
by staff writers
If music be the food of love, then Italian opera hasta be pasta.
That's the premise at Romano's Macaroni Grill, a downtown eatery that's
hired UBC music students as singing waiters who serenade diners with
Verdi and Puccini as they deliver plates of pasta.
Located in the stately Davie St. home originally built for the Rogers sugar
family, Romano's is a Texas-based chain that attempts to re-create the
atmosphere in the childhood home of owner Phil Romano, who grew up in
Dinner in his mama's kitchen was a boisterous affair, and the soaring
voice of his sister, an up-and-coming opera singer, would fill the house.
To bring that feel to Vancouver, the restaurant hired about 8 or 9 UBC
School of Music students, as well as other music students, said general
manager Paul Coleman.
The first UBC singer hired was Veera Khare, who enters her fourth year of
study this September as an opera major.
When she successfully auditioned for the job in February, Khare quickly
passed the word around the School of Music and several more students were
"It's really wonderful. It gives everyone a great opportunity to keep singing
through the summer," she said.
The singing servers dish up their own repertoire of material, drawn from
the music they've learned at UBC. Mostly, they stick to Italian music,
although, as Khare points out, "we're all trained to sing
in several languages."
Sometimes the students take a break from the
heavier opera arias and go for a less-filling serving of
Italian songs that are "more fun," Khare said.
And then of course, there's that perennial
restaurant standard, Happy Birthday. An old
chestnut that's notoriously difficult to sing well,
Romano's waiters harmonize quartet style, and
sing it in Italian.
And by the way, if you go to Romano's,
don't forget your meal may go for a song,
but expensive academic studies don't. A
I      generous tip may help launch the
', career of a future Judith Forst or
Ben Heppner.
Barb  To well,  a second-year
performance, voice, student
at UBC's School of Music, sings
for your supper at Romano's.
Stephen Forgoes photo
Dep'ts face change
as Senate approves
cost-cutting mergers
by Gavin Wilson
Stcrff writer
As many as half of UBC's academic
departments could be affected by a Senate decision to cut costs by merging departments with fewer than 15 full-time
faculty members.
Senate also agreed to create a task
force to look at how university programs
in natural resources and the environment can be better administered. This
could involve the amalgamation of existing faculties such as Forestry and Agricultural Sciences.
"We have too many departments and
faculties at UBC," said Economics Prof.
Ronald Shearer, head of the ad hoc Senate committee on university organization
whose report prompted the Senate action.
Charged with looking at the cost and
academic effectiveness of administrative
structures, the committee recommended
that all departments, schools and divisions should have at least 15 full-time
faculty members.
Faculty deans will decide which departments should be folded into other
departments. Exceptions to the 15-mem-
ber rule should be allowed only if there
are compelling academic reasons, the
report said.
Senate wants a report on the results of
these changes by December, 1995.
Forty-six departments are potentially
affected, about half of all departments at
UBC. If 46 departments were consolidated into 29 departments, the annual
savings to the university would range
from $389,000 to $900,000 in direct costs
alone, the committee report said.
Several deans spoke in favour of the
report, but questioned the 15-member
limit. They also asked if enough attention has been given to other cost-cutting measures and warned that safeguarding academic standards is of utmost importance.
"I'm not opposed to the intentions of
this report — we must find improved
ways of administering ourselves — but
don't give us such a specific minimum
size for departments," said Arts Dean
Patricia Marchak.
Senate also asked Daniel Birch, vice-
president, Academic and Provost, to set
up a task force to investigate how natural
resource issues are taught at the university.
'This is a field of study that is of vital
importance to B.C. and Canada, but at
UBC it is not well served by being separated in different faculties," Shearer said.
'There are barriers to interdisciplinary
teaching programs, particularly at the
undergraduate level."
The committee called on the task force
to develop plans for a new faculty that
would merge the existing faculties of Forestry and Agriculture with other academic units devoted to natural resources
and the environment. This would consolidate UBC's substantial strengths in
this area, the report said.
Alternatively, they recommended that
Forestry and Agriculture be reconfigured
with engineering programs.
However, Senate approved an
amendment by
Science Dean
Barry McBride to
broaden the scope
of the task force
to consider other
McBride argued that with
current funding
levels the university must step
back and refocus on what it can afford to
continue to do.
"For example, do we need a Faculty of
Agriculture? All I see here with a proposal
to create a new faculty of natural resources is a reshuffling ofthe deck," he
Birch is to submit a progress report to
Senate by January 1995.
Other recommendations approved by
Senate included measures to streamline
curriculum revision procedures.
Senate also asked that UBC President
David Strangway consider removing
deans from the Senior Appointments
Committee, freeing up their time for other
The committee on university organization continues to meet and will have
further recommendations in the fall.
Among other proposals, they are looking
at how academic units with a common
interest in health care could be brought
together into one faculty.
Barry McBride
Faculty reorganization to
meet needs of province
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The Faculty of Education is being reorganized to improve its programs and operate more efficiently.
'The educational needs of this province are changing and this reorganization will allow us to provide better programs for this new context," said Education Dean Nancy Sheehan.
"I believe that the reduction in the
number of departments and the merger
of those in overlapping areas of research
and teaching will make our faculty more
efficient and, in time, will improve our
programs," she said.
After three months of intense discussion and debate within the faculty about
the reorganization, there is considerable
enthusiasm about the new opportunities
for collaboration in both teaching and
research, she added.
A Dept. of Educational Studies will be
created by combining the present Dept.
of Administrative, Adult and Higher Education with the Educational Studies component ofthe Dept. of Social and Educational Studies.
A Dept. of Curriculum Studies will be
created by merging the present Dept. of
Mathematics and Science Education, the
Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts in
Education and the Social Studies group
from the Dept. of Social and Educational
The Physical Education Teacher Education members of the School of Human
Kinetics will join this department as well,
some as full members and others as
associate members.
Reorganization of the faculty is particularly timely as renovations to the
Scarfe building complex are now
underway. Possibilities for physical proximity will assist the new departments in
evolving into collegial communities,
Sheehan said.
The changes, which were approved by
Senate last month, are effective July 1. 4 UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994
New building pushes
design boundaries
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Taking the credo "reduce, reuse and
recycle" to heart, architects are designing
a research centre at UBC that will be
B.C.'s most environmentally friendly
The C.K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research will be constructed
using recycled and recycleable materials,
will require little energy to operate and
will not be hooked up to sewers or storm
The building will have 2,780 square
metres (30,000 square feet) of resource
and office space for five research centres
on China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia
and South Asia studies.
Initial construction costs will account
for about $4 million of a total $6 million
project cost.
"The Institute of Asian Research aims
to be one ofthe top centres for contemporary and 21st century, issue-oriented
research on Asia and Asia Pacific affairs,"
said institute director Mark Fruin.
The building is being designed by
Matsuzaki Wright Architects Inc. of Vancouver, who are striving for the highest
possible standards of sustainable design, construction and operation.
There are very few projects in North
America that address the range of environmental issues we have addressed
here," said Eva Matsuzaki, principal architect in charge ofthe project. "As architects facing the future challenge of global
sustainability. we must be committed to
environmentally responsible design."
Tenders will close June 21, with construction slated to begin in mid-August.
Completion is expected by the fall of
The Choi building, which replaces a
parking lot, will exceed the most stringent operational energy use standards by
40 per cent.
Water will be heated using waste heat
from a nearby steam line. By using
atriums and placing offices to optimize
natural light, the building will require
less than one-third of the artificial lighting typically used in an office building.
Design features that include high ceilings and windows that open will take
advantage of natural ventilation.
As well as reducing the energy used to
operate the building, architects have also
carefully monitored the amount of energy
used in the production of building materials.
Called embodied energy, this is the
total amount of energy used to extract
raw materials, transport them, and manufacture the building material. The more
energy is used, the more fossils fuels are
burned, which contributes to global warming.
For example, materials such as concrete and aluminum require large
amounts of energy to create, and so their
use has been carefully reviewed in the
Choi building.
"We've also tried to minimize the
amount of embodied energy in the build
ing by utilizing reused materials and
materials with a high recycled content.
We think we've done very well," said
Joanne Perdue, senior architect.
Most notably, the heavy timber beams
from the recently demolished UBC Armoury will be used to construct the Choi
building's post and beam structure.
The Choi building will also reuse red
brick facing, wood and metal doors and
frames and washroom accessories from
demolished or renovated office buildings.
Where possible, the use of doors, walls
and other finishes has been reduced.
"We want to use resources we have
right now by keeping materials out of
landfills rather than extracting more natural resources," Perdue said.
Even the health of future occupants is
considered when choosing construction
materials. For example, only solvent-free
paint and formaldehyde-free carpets will
be used in the building.
Composting toilets will produce nitrogen rich humus and compost tea for use
as fertilizer. Other waste water will flow
into a subsurface wetland topped with
plants whose root systems digest and
neutralize bacteria.
Diluted with rainwater collected from
the roof of the building, the waste water
will be used to irrigate the building's
The C.K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research is being supported
by contributions from a number of major
donors from Canada and Asia, including
a generous donation from C.K. Choi and
family and matching funds from the Government of British Columbia.
Heads of class among award recipients
Twenty-four students finished at the
top of their graduating classes at UBC
this year. Listed below are the names of
the students and their awards.
American Institute of Certified Planners Prize (Most outstanding graduating student in Community and Regional
Planning): Craig Manfred Roessler.
Association of Professional Engineers
Proficiency Prize (Most outstanding
record in the graduating class of Applied Science, BASc degree): Bradley
Edwin Block Heinrichs.
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Nursing, BSN degree): Helen Boyd.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial
Medal and Prize (Head ofthe graduating
class in Education, Elementary Teach-
ingfield, BEd degree): Heather Hughes.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial
Medal and Prize (Head ofthe graduating
class in Education, Secondary Teaching field, BEd degree): Douglas Graham
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarian-
ship (Head of the graduating class in
Librarianship, MLS degree): Gail Elizabeth Edwards.
College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal (Head of the
graduating class in Dentistry. DMD degree): Derek Fraser Clease.
Professor C.F.A. Culling — Bachelor
of Medical Laboratory Science Prize
(greatest overall academic excellence in
the graduating class of the Bachelor of
Medical Laboratory Science degree):
Janice Sheila Bittante.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational Therapy (Head of the graduating
class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, BSc (OT) degree):
Marcia Elaine Wilson.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy (Head of the graduating class
in Rehabilitation Sciences, Physiotherapy, BSc (PT) degree): Michelle
Elaine de Moor.
Hamber Medal (Head ofthe graduating class in Medicine, MD degree, best
cumulative record in all years of course):
Robert Jason Everett.
Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head ofthe graduating class in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
BSc Pharm degree): Monica Carol
Human Kinetics Faculty Prize (Head of
the graduating class in Human Kinetics,
BHK degree): Erin Elizabeth C.
Kiwanis Club Medal (Head ofthe graduating class in Commerce and Business
Administration, BComm degree): Peng
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (call
and admission fee) (Head of the graduating class in Law, LLB degree): Timothy
James Howard.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head
of the graduating class in Forestry, BSF
or BSc Forestry degree): Dustin James
Merck Frosst Pharmacy Doctoral Prize
(Head of the graduating class in Pharmacy, PharmD degree): Margaret Louise
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and
Prize (Head of graduating class in Landscape Architecture, BLA degree): Jason
K. Yee.
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Medal (graduating student with the highest standing in the School of Architecture): Andrew Robert Butler.
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal
(Head of the graduating class in Agricultural Sciences, BScAgr degree): Leslie
Anne Richardson.
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal
(Head of the graduating class in Social
Work, BSW degree): Otto Lim.
University of B.C. Medal (Head ofthe
graduating class in Family and Nutritional Sciences): Susan Biali.
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
graduating class in Fine Arts, BFA degree): Janette Eleanor Lush.
University of B.C. Medal (Head ofthe
graduating class in Music, BMus degree):
Amanda Man-Chu Chan.
Outstanding undergraduates
named Wesbrook Scholars
Sixteen students have been named
Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding achievement
among undergraduates.
An annual designation, Wesbrook
Scholar is awarded to a maximum of 20
students who are nominated by their
faculty or school and selected by a committee. The students receive a certificate,
a memento and the designation appears
on their permanent record.
Candidates must have completed at
least one winter session at UBC, be in
their penultimate or final year of undergraduate studies or in the MD or DDS
programs, stand in the top 10 per cent
of their faculty or school, and demonstrate the ability to serve, work with
and lead others.
The awards are sponsored by the
Wesbrook Society, an organization of
the university's major benefactors.
This year's Wesbrook Scholars are:
Wendy Bach, Law; Laurel Baig, Political Science; Andrea Bull, Psychology; Eileen Cochien, Biochemistry;
Linda Cuddeford, Chemistry and
Biochemistry; Christopher Eisner,
History; Diane Fredrikson, Psychology; Nikos Harris, Law; Bradley
Heinrichs, Engineering Physics;
Navraj Heran. Physiology; Timothy
Howard, Law; Anson Koo, Political
Science; Sasha Lupichuk, Pharmacology and Therapeutics; Trevor
Morrison, History; Mati Szeskowski,
Economics; and Marcia Wilson, Rehabilitation Sciences.
Top students honoured with
Governor General's medal
Four UBC students were presented
with the Governor General's Academic
Medal at annual spring Congregation
ceremonies held last month.
At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to the
students who have achieved the highest
standing in graduate studies at both the
master's and doctoral levels.
Silver medals are awarded to the students who, in the opinion of the Faculty
of Arts and the Faculty of Science, are the
best in the graduating classes for the BA
and the BSc degrees.
This year's recipients are: Joseph
Robert Monteyne, Governor General's
Gold Medal, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Master's Programs; John Alexander Berges, Governor General's Gold
Medal,  Faculty of Graduate Studies,
Doctoral Programs; Caroline Frances
Pond, Governor General's Silver
Medal in Arts, BA degree; and
Stephen James Gustaf son. Governor General's Silver Medal in Science, BSc degree.
The medal is named in honour of its
founder, the Earl of Dufferin, who served
as the Governor General of Canada
from 1872 to 1878. First presented in
1873, the award recognizes academic
excellence at the secondary school level,
the post-secondary diploma level, the
undergraduate level and at the graduate level.
The number of gold and silver medals awarded by each university is determined by its full-time enrolment. However, part-time students are also eligible. UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994 5
The UBC Policy on
Human Rights, Draft #3:
A Study in Tautology
by Dennis Danielson
Dennis Danielson is an associate
professor of English at UBC.
I recently overheard my eight-
year-old son earnestly explaining to
his sister:  "I like all types of cookies
— except for the horrible kind." It
took me a minute to figure out why I
found his remark so funny.  Of
course it was because his statement
was circular, for "the horrible kind"
of cookies were by definition those he
didn't like. In saying he didn't like
them he was uttering a tautology: I
like all cookies, except for those I
don't like.
But wonky logic that may be
amusing coming from an eight-year-
old is pitiable when it comes from the
people a cash-strapped UBC is
paying good money to write policy on
human rights. Yet there it is in the
recently published Policy on Human
Rights, Draft #3 (UBC Reports, April
7). Where one might expect to find a
statement of principles which,
because they are principles, will be
applied universally, one finds instead
this message: All types of discrimination are horrible — except for the
kind we like.
This "except" or "unless" appears
repeatedly in the document and
vitiates its pretended status as a
statement of principle. To cite only
the paragraph headed "Policy" (in the
first column), before we even get to
the main substance of the paragraph
we meet with a rather guilty-sounding parenthesis:  the policy against
"discrimination on the basis of age"
is "not meant to affect the university's policy on mandatory retirement."
Well, if the retirement policy were
found to be a form of "discrimination
on the basis of age," please explain
why it should not be affected—unless
the statement of principle in this
document is confused or disingenuous to start with. Age discrimination
is bad, except for the kind we like.
In the same paragraph, other
forms of discrimination — on the
basis of "'race', colour, ancestry,
place of origin, religion, marital
status, physical disability, mental
disability, sex, or sexual orientation"
— are similarly implied to be bad,
unless of course they are good:
"unless there is a bona fide and
reasonable justification" for them.
And what determines whether
discrimination is reasonable? Quite
explicitly, it is the end that justifies
the means:  "Policies or programs
that have as their object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantage
do not violate this policy."  If this sort
of logic were used by some totalitarian regime we would immediately
recognize the words' emptiness and
hypocrisy:  Citizens, we guarantee
your rights, unless of course for
reasons that we deem worthy they
need to be violated.  Rights are rights,
except when we think they aren't.
The confusion revealed by this
draft policy runs very deep.  It is
hard to be precise about imprecision,
but can the policy's authors explain
why "race" is placed in quotation
marks? Do the quotes imply irony?
Do they mean, "By race we don't
mean what most people mean by the
word, but we're going to keep you
guessing about what we do mean by
it until we catch you discriminating
on the basis of it"? Or does it just
mean they are squeamish about the
word and so put it in quotation
marks the way one wears oven mitts
when handling something too hot to
touch? If so, why not also put
"religion" and "marital status" in
quotes as well? Indeed, why not put
the whole document in quotes? Or is
it not, in effect, already?
Still more confusion:  consider the
central statement that "every student
and member of faculty and staff . . .
has the right to study and work in
an environment free from harassment and free from discrimination."
What here is the purpose of the
phrase "in an environment"? Is it
one's environment that does the
harassing and discriminating? I
thought it was people.  Or does it
mean that our university environment should not be harassed or
discriminated against — just as
"environment free from pollution"
means that the air and water ought
not to be polluted? Or is the whole
statement just symptomatic of an
uncertain mix of political posturing
and woolly thinking?
On a slightly more charitable
note, I would guess that the framers
of this policy began with the assumption that all discrimination is a
bad thing and then discovered, on
reflection — but without thinking
through the implications of their
discovery — that some discrimination is necessary and good, as indeed
it is. We do ourselves and our
language a disservice if we utterly
banish the word to the domain of
moral censure. To discriminate is
surely part of a student's or faculty
member's proper role in the university:  to discriminate the true from
the false, the genuine from the
phony, the fair from the unfair, the
excellent from the mediocre.  In this
last category a teacher's judgment is
sometimes, in fact is routinely,
exercised in discriminating among
people or their work as well as
among ideas and pieces of evidence.
Yet occasionally, when I give one
essay a C-minus and another an A, I
have students who find it hard to
believe that they are not being
discriminated against. The policy
draft, which declares a student's
right to freedom from discrimination
on the basis of "mental disability,"
will only deepen this confusion.
To conclude, let me suggest that
the UBC administration produce a
25 or 50 word document clearly
forbidding harassment — a practice
we can agree there is no justification
for anywhere in a university.  Indeed,
we already have a clear policy
against sexual harassment (see 1994
Policy Handbook, p. 15).  But let it
give up trying to write anti-discrimination into a statement of principle
— because, as this policy draft itself
implicitly acknowledges, to eschew
all kinds of discrimination simply
can't or shouldn't be done. To try to
do so reveals a lack of discrimination!  Instead, let it deal with cases of
racial, sexual, religious, and other
unjustifiable forms of discrimination
on the basis of federal and provincial
laws (and university policies) that
already exist.
UBC Archeological Field School photo
Digging For Clues
Members ofthe UBC Archeological Field School investigate the Hatzic Rock
site near Mission. The site is a spiritually significant cultural landmark to
the Sto:lo First Nations people of the Fraser Valley and the location of an
ancient settlement occupied by their ancestors and other First Nations
peoples beginning approximately 5,000 years ago. Since the initial discovery
ofthe Hatzic Rock site in 1990, archeologists from the Storlo Tribal Council
and UBC have uncovered the remains of the earliest dwelling structure
known in B.C. The field school has returned to this site for four weeks,
through June 24, to carry out exploratory excavations in an area thought
to contain another structure.
Baird appointed as
University Professor
by Connie Filletti
Patricia Baird
Staff writer
Dr. Patricia Baird, a professor of Medical Genetics, has been appointed University Professor in recognition of her outstanding and
original contributions to research,
teaching and
public service in
the field of human genetics.
were established
at UBC in 1965
to focus on and
illustrate the university's aspirations to academic
Baird is the
sixth faculty member and the first woman
to be appointed a University Professor in
the 29-year history ofthe professorships.
Her appointment was unanimously approved by UBC's Board of Governors at
its May 19 meeting.
As a University Professor, Baird will
devote her time to her scholarly interests
and to matters of science and research
policy. She will be free to choose a teaching assignment in any faculty, department, school or institute subject to invitation by the dean, head or director.
Baird received her BSc and MD from
Montreal's McGill University before training in pediatrics and joining UBC as a
research fellow in the Dept. of Pediatrics
in 1965.
She became a faculty member of the
Dept. of Medical Genetics in 1968 and
served as head of the department from
1979 until her appointment as chair of
the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies a decade later.
The commission's report, released last
November, included 293 recommendations for regulating and licensing the
provision of services employing new technologies used to create or alter human
Baird's research interests include the
delineation of specific birth defects and
the use of medical and vital record linkage in the study of disease in human
Her study on Down's Syndrome in
1988 refuted suggestions that environmental factors may be causing an increase in the incidence of the disease.
Another major study on live births in
B.C. the same year indicated that eight
per cent of the population, or about two
million Canadians, develop genetic diseases by the time they reach the age of 25.
Her work has also focussed on bioethical
questions, including the issues of allocation of resources and delivery of health
Baird has received honorary degrees
from McMaster University and the University ofOttawa. She became a Member
ofthe Order of British Columbia in 1992
and was honoured with the YWCA's
Women of Distinction Award in Health
and Medicine in 1988.
She has served as a member of the
Prime Minister's National Advisory Board
on Science and Technology, the Medical
Research Council of Canada and was
elected by faculty to two three-year terms
as a member of UBC's Board ofGovernors.
Currently, Baird is a vice-president of
the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and sits on the International
Pediatric Association Ethics Panel.
Shad Valley targets top students
Approximately 50 high school students
in grades 11 and 12 will converge on UBC
for Shad Valley '94, an award-winning
program focusing on excellence in science, technology and entrepreneurship.
Founded in 1981 by the Canadian
Centre for Creative Technology in Waterloo, Ont., the program is targeted at top
calibre senior high school students with
demonstrated intellect, creativity, inter
personal skills, initiative and drive.
Every summer, 400 students gather at
eight university campuses across Canada
for four stimulating weeks of university-
level learning and interaction with industry. Shad Valley UBC will take place from
July 3-28 and will include lectures in
science, engineering and entrepreneur-
ship, hands-on workshops, and discovery trips. 6 UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994
June 19 through July 16
Monday, June 20
Institute of Health
Promotion Research
Now through June 24. First Annual UBC Institute On Health Promotion Planning And Evaluation.
UBC location TBA. Fees vary;
enrolment is limited. Call 688-
Three-Day Seminar
Cinema OfThe Mind: The Design
of Interactive Software. Theodor
Holm Nelson. Emily Carr College
of Art & Design. June 20-22,
8:30am-4:30pm. $495, students
$225, includes lunches, seminar
materials. Call 222-5251.
Tuesday, June 21
Museum of Anthropology
Exhibition Opening
High Slack. An Installation by
Judith Williams. MOA at 8pm.
Call 822-5087.
Monday, June 27
B.C. Cancer Research Centre
Long-Term Multilineage Development And Circulation Of Human
Haematopoietic Cells In Scid-Hu
Mice. Dr. Chris Fraser, SyStemix,
Inc., Palo Alto. CA. BCCRC Lecture Theatre at 12pm. Call 877-
Tuesday, June 28
Museum of Anthropology
Exhibition Opening
Masterworks. Bill Reid. MOA
from 7-9pm.  Call 822-5087.
Vancouver School of
Theology Lecture Series
Putting Descartes Before The
Horses. Madeleine L'Engle, author. VST Chapel ofthe Epiphany
at 7:30pm. Admission $10. Call
Tuesday, July 5
Vancouver School of
Theology Lecture Series
Canada In Crisis: The Global Responsibility Of A Nation On The
Edge Of Empire. Dr. Douglas John
Hall, McGill U. VST Chapel of the
Epiphany at 7:30pm. Call 228-
Thursday, July 7
Vancouver School of
Theology Lecture Series
The Mystery Of The Biblical Text
In a Post-Modern Era. Dr. Lynn
Bauman, Dallas U. VST Chapel of
the Epiphany at 7:30pm. Call
Tuesday, July 12
Vancouver School of
Theology Lecture Series
God: He, She, It or Me? Dr. Gail
Ramshaw, La Salle U. VST Chapel
of the Epiphany at 7:30pm. Call
Wednesday, July 13
Mole Patrol
Free Skin Cancer Screening/U.V.
Testing Of Sunglasses. UBC Hospital Student Health Services from
9-11:30am. UBC students, staff/
faculty only.  Call 822-7011.
Thursday, July 14
UBC Employee Orientation
Speakers from the President's Office, Sports/Athletic Services and
others. Cecil Green Yorkeen Room
from 8:45am- 12pm. Refreshments.  Call 822-9644.
Vancouver School of
Theology Lecture Series
Does The Bible Call Us To Accept
The World Or To Change It? Dr.
Norman Gottwald, New York Theological Seminary. VST Chapel of
the Epiphany at 7:30pm. Call
Student Housing
The off-campus housing listing
service offered by the UBC Housing Office has been discontinued.
A new service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a
housing listing service for students
and landlords. This new service
uses a computer voice messaging
system. Students call 822-9844,
landlords call 822-8725.
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison tours
provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities/faculties/services. Fridays at
9:30am. Reservations required one
week in advance. Call 822-4319.
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
822- 5844.
Botanical Garden
Open daily from 10am-6pm. Shop
InThe Garden, call 822-4529; garden information, 822-9666.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are prepared to help any member of the
UBC community who is being sexu -
ally harassed find a satisfactory
resolution.  Call 822-6353.
Audiology/Speech Sciences
Volunteers needed with normal
hearing, who are native-English
speakers; 18-35 years old, with no
previous instruction in linguistics
to participate in a study of speech
perception in noise. Honorarium
paid.  Call Anita at 822-5054.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Dept. of
Statistics to provide statistical
advice to faculty/graduate students working on research prob-
Mounted Police
Abe Hefter photo
Earl Dodson, second from left, received a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to
the Campus Safety Fund from university detachment RCMP Cpl. Fred Leibel, centre, last
month. Dodson's donation helped the President's Advisory Committee on Women's Safety
establish the fund, created in February to support personal safety initiatives at UBC. The
money was used to purchase bicycle equipment for the RCMP university detachment to
enable them to provide regular bicycle patrols ofthe campus. Constables David Barnhart,
left, and Peter Kennedy, right, display the new equipment. Anyone wishing to contribute
to the Campus Safety Fund may call Pam Wilson at 822-8926.
lems.   Call 822-4037.
Clinical Trial Dermatology
Actinic Keratoses Study. Raised
Lesions with a flaky appearance
caused by sun damage. Must be
18 yrs./older. Possibility of 6
visits over 8-month period. Call
Basal Cell Carcinoma Study
Superficial Tumours. 18 yrs./
older. 6 visits over 16 weeks.
Honorarium upon completion.
Call 875-5296.
Psychology Study
Music/Mood Study. Comprised
of 2 1-hour sessions, booked 2
days apart. Participants will be
paid $20 on completion of both
sessions. Kenny Bldg. 1708. Call
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items. Every
Wednesday, 12-5pm. Task Force
Bldg., 2352 Health Sciences Mall.
Call Vince at 822-2582/Rich at
Nitobe Garden
Open daily from 10am-6pm. Call
S.O.S. Rwanda
Information evening & fund-raising event in aid of Rwandese refugee camps. June 25, 6-10pm. International House. Call Edson
Mpyisi, 822-5021, for information.
Calendar Items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Cornmunity Relations Office, 207-
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z2. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
Submissions forthe Calendar's Notices section may be
limited due to space. Deadline for the July 14 issue of
UBC Reports — which covers the period July 17 to
August 13 — is noon, July 5.
MOST (Managerial/Other Skills Training Program) is offering a series of
courses to UBC employees in June/July. For locations and fee informa
tion, call 822-9644.
June 20/21/23
Train The Trainer
June 22
Selection Interviewing:  Ensuring Equity
June 23
June 24
Bringing Creativity To The Workplace
June 28
The Student As Client
June 29
Understanding Ourselves: Understanding Others
July 5
Strategies to Break Down Racism I n The Workplace
July 6
Central Agencies II: Financial Services, A Look At
Key Areas
July 7
Employee Communications: Communicating For
July 8
The Fundamentals Of Communicating
July 12 or 28
Supervisory Skills: The Basics
July 13
The Challenge Of Customer Service
July 14
Decision Making
Make your day at UBC complete by visiting SUB CAFETERIA, the
largest university cafeteria in Canada. We have fresh pastries
from our very own bakeshop, a brand new salad bar, vegetarian
entrees, pasta, daily menu specials, fish & chips, burgers and
much much more. Great prices dnd relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
6138 Student Union Mall   822-3461
^ Conveniently located near the Aquatic
Centre, Main Library and UBC Bookstore,
Parking close by at the North Parkade.
Open Daily
June Mon - Fri 7 am to 7 pm
Sat - Sun 7 am to 3 pm
7 days a week - 7 am to 7 pm Supplement to UBC Reports
UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994 7
April 5,11 and 13,1994
I am pleased to be able to address the
faculty of The University of British Columbia. This is the third time I have done
this in the past few years. In the past
year, I have also had breakfast meetings
to listen to views of faculty and staff
members and to engage in discussion
about the issues facing us as well as the
opportunities ahead. I have so far held
about forty six such breakfasts involving
roughly 1,000 faculty and staff members.
The question I have been asked to consider is, "Is the campus in decline?" You
will not be surprised that my simple
response to the question is "Yes" and
"No." I have chosen to present my remarks in the form of good news and bad
First, let me give some items of good
news. We are in British Columbia! Relative to the situation in the other provinces
of Canada, the situation in this province
is good.
There is a perception that we have had
very little faculty renewal. That is simply
not true. More than one-third of our
faculty members have been recruited in
the past seven years. Normal attrition
plus an attractive early retirement program have made this possible. I doubt
that there is another university in Canada,
or even in North America that has had
this level of renewal.
This renewal has had a major impact
on our faculty members competing for
research grants. In the NSERC (National
Science and Engineering Research Council) competition for research grants, we
have reached the number one position in
Canada, both in total dollars and in dollars per eligible faculty member. Who
would have dreamed a few years ago that
we would top the country? We have
reached the number two position in
SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities
Research Council) grants in the country
and we are third in the country in MRC
(Medical Research Council) grants. All in
all, our faculty members' capacity to compete is among the best in Canada. But,
we know that no overhead (or infrastructure) support is provided by the provincial or the federal government to support
these activities. This has put pressure on
our ability to support these endeavours.
We were the most successful university in Canada in the National Networks
of Centres of Excellence competition. We
surpassed all other universities in Canada
by a wide margin. In this case, the
provincial government did provide overhead support. Without this help we could
not have performed the research. The
centres have just been reviewed and ten
out ofthe fourteen renewed. Again, UBC
has scored well and our share has risen
even further.
Michael Smith's winning of the Nobel
Prize has provided a boost for everyone
and reminded us all that it is all right,
even as Canadians, to aim for excellence.
The Clinton/Yeltsin Summit in Vancouver and at UBC was an event that brought
us international attention.
Maclean's Magazine ranked us in the
top four universities in Canada. And we
ranked number one in the "reputation"
category. This ranking shows that we in
the West need never again fear that the
"Eastern establishment" does not recognize excellence where it finds it.
Back in the 1960s, UBC established
its target student population as 22,000
undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students. This long standing objective was
reaffirmed in the mission statement and
strategic plan ("Second to None"), adopted
by the Board of Governors and Senate in
1989. Current enrolment has exceeded
this undergraduate number. Indeed, we
have exceeded the total number funded
by the Province. We will, however, continue to work towards ensuring that we
receive increased funding to cover fully
our planned enrolment. Meeting our
objective to enrol students expected to
succeed has increased our retention rate.
Much of this enrolment growth is at the
2nd, 3rd and 4th year. Only in the past
few years have we come even close to the
graduate student objective. Today, we
are finally near to achieving our thirty-
year-old objective. Discussion with government over the past few years indicates
that they have accepted our role as one
institution in an expanded post-secondary system in British Columbia. The
enrolment targets we have adopted are
recognized and accepted as reflecting our
particular place in the system.
With limited ability to respond to the
accessibility demands ofthe people ofthe
Province, you may ask: "What we are
doing to meet the needs of British
Columbians?" The concept ofthe university colleges was originally proposed by
UBC in a public document in early 1988.
This was followed by a provincial task
force that supported the concept and
these unique institutions were created.
We have been fully supportive of The
University of Northern British Columbia.
These new or modified institutions are
playing an important role in B.C. and we
take great pride in our seminal role.
These are all good news stories. But,
of course, we have bad news stories, too.
For the past two or three years, our
grants from the province have been
squeezed with adjustments lower than
inflation. This has meant shrinkage and
compression of our core activities. In this
situation, we have been faced with fixed
cost increases and imposed regulatory or
quasi-regulatory items. We have had to
reduce our level of activity in order to
incorporate these increased costs. Examples include B.C. Hydro rates, gas
costs, mandatory benefits such as Unemployment Insurance, waste disposal,
etc., etc. The tuition increase for 1994/
95, for example, is scarcely enough to
cover these cost increases for next year.
Last year, bargained salary increases
had to be taken out of grant and tuition
funds. Due to our fixed budget, this
necessitated the reallocation of funds for
salaries and benefits, thus again reducing our activity level. Eighty-four per cent
of our General Purpose Operating Fund
(GPOF) expenditures are now in salaries
and benefits. With the tuition increase
consumed by mandatory increases and
with no provincial grant increase for 1994 /
95, we are faced with a direct linkage
between any salary and benefit increase
and the number of people employed on
the GPOF.
There is no doubt that we have faced
an ongoing difficult core budget situation
in the past. But, this pressure is even
more acute in 1994/95. Some have
focused on reducing administrative costs
as a source of cuts. A recent study by Dr.
S. Dupre showed that McGill and UBC
remain among the most efficiently administered universities in Canada. In
fact, the academic unit expenditures as a
share of GPOF remain unchanged in the
past eight years. The expenditures in the
non-academic support units have, of
course, also remained a constant proportion of expenditures. But, there have
been changes within this envelope to
accommodate the many new needs and
increased costs. The support units have
suffered financial squeezes every bit as
June 16, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
During the past few months, I have held a series of meetings with
faculty. So far I have had 46 breakfast meetings with roughly 1,000
faculty. I have also organized three larger public meetings — health
sciences, sciences and engineering, and humanities and social sciences.
These have been valuable listening experiences for me. I attach to this a
copy of the notes I used for the larger public meetings, and a list of the
most common themes that are raised. I also attach comments showing
how I have responded to these.
David W. Strangway
great as those in the academic units. In
some cases these cuts have been even
greater. Nevertheless, we are launching
a major initiative to improve administrative processes using the concepts of
reengineering. We expect to see even
further efficiencies and effectiveness in
our support services.
A good news story has been the recently completed campaign. This campaign has raised $262 million, twice as
much as any campaign before in Canadian history. About $100 million of this
is being spent on new buildings. Almost
all ofthe rest is going into endowments.
These endowments bring about sixty new
chairs to UBC and several new programs,
as well as many professorships. Many
scholarship and bursary programs have
also been endowed. We expect that our
endowment base will have risen from
about $80 million in 1985-86 to well over
$300 million this year. The revenue is
spent in direct support of academic activities.
This profound outpouring of support
from Vancouver, from B.C., from Canada
and, indeed, from around the world is
remarkable. It has shown that the community supports UBC and, in particular,
supports its mission statement and strategic plan. The campaign case statement
was drawn entirely from faculty and university-wide priorities and related closely
to the mission statement. This campaign
has done much to open up the bridges
between UBC and its many communities.
There have been a number of landmark events in UBC's history.
• The Great Trek of 1922 that restarted
construction on the Point Grey
• The signature campaign ofthe 1930s
that caused government to keep the
university open.
• The university's crisis response to the
returning WW II veterans.
• And, today, an outpouring of
financial support from tens of
thousands of people and organizations in the community to help us
develop the Margin of Excellence at
The provincial government has continued its program of providing support
for new buildings. I know that many
people are concerned that these newbuild-
ings may be a tough fiscal burden on the
university. But, we have been able to
replace many huts that represented unacceptable working conditions. The net
cost of operating all of these new buildings on a recurring basis is less than $3
million or less than one per cent of our
core budget. In fact, a recent allocation of
$1 million (1993/94, 1994/95and 1995/
96) from the province to correct an earlier
interinstitutional inequity has reduced
this projected $3 million even further to
an incremental operating expense of $2
million per year or less than two-thirds of
one per cent of the GPOF.
On another good news front, we are
getting better at selecting students expected to be successful at UBC. The
"Outstanding Student Initiative" has been
very well received by schools around the
Province. We offered 800 students unconditional admission, scholarships and
places in residence. Five hundred of
these students came to UBC last year. Of
course this is good news, but the fact that
these students succeed and stay with us
means that we are teaching many more
students at advanced levels and struggling with the cost of doing so. Our focus
on teaching and curriculum development
is a central theme ofthe necessary evolution taking place in all faculties. These
changes in the teaching environment are
fundamental indeed.
We have also been reaching out to
ensure that UBC is more receptive than it
has been in the past to those less well
represented in the university.
The First Nations Longhouse (a campaign project) is the visible symbol of a
major thrust to welcome native people to
UBC. We plan to increase our numbers
from 250 today to 1,000 by the year 2000
across a wide range of programs.
The Disability Resource Centre (also a
campaign project) is helping us to be
more sensitive to the needs of the disabled.
The substantial endowment raised for
scholarships and bursaries is helping to
achieve our stated objective that no student, otherwise qualified for acceptance,
need stay out for financial reasons alone.
We are the only Canadian university to
make this pledge.
In conclusion, let me say that the
mission statement and strategic plan
adopted five years ago remains alive and
well. UBC refuses to fall victim to the
Canadian tendency to "grind down every
peak and fill every valley." 8 UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994
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During my many meetings with faculty and staff (in small groups over breakfast as well as in three larger meetings)
over the past few months, the discussions have been candid and far-ranging.
I have found the questions and comments helpful and stimulating. I attach
a set of the Issues Raised and my responses which reflect many of the common themes that I have heard in these
various sessions. I plan to continue with
weekly "breakfast" meetings in the coming year to ensure that I have an opportunity to hear people's concerns and to
discuss with them the issues and opportunities that lie ahead.
Issues Raised
Why are we building new buildings
when we cannot maintain the old ones?
The capital campaign has allowed us
to build some badly needed new buildings. The provincial government, in addition to the matching funds, has also
provided funds for other equally needed
buildings. During the development ofthe
1989 mission statement and strategic
plan, many building needs were identified by faculty, staff and students. An
updated capital plan is submitted to government each year and published in UBC
Reports to inform the campus. New
opportunities are reviewed with the units
involved. These capital funds cannot be
converted to ongoing operating funds and,
in any event, provide a substantial number
of construction jobs. Other buildings
such as residences, parking garages, the
planned multi-tenant facility and the new
and planned colleges cover their own
operating costs. Building plans are reviewed regularly by the President's Committee on Space Allocation which meets
jointly with the Senate Academic Building Needs Committee.
Issues Raised
Classrooms have deteriorated. What
is being done about them? And doesn't
the program of new building contribute to
Classrooms have seriously deteriorated
over the past several years. The provincial grant for maintenance, renovations
and minor capital used to be very low
(under $2m. until 1988). This has now
increased to almost $ 15m. with a special
allocation of $6m. from 1993 for deferred
maintenance. We have now started a
program of refurbishment. The MacMillan
Building and the Curtis Building have
had major renovations in the past year.
The Hebb Theatre will be refurbished in
the summer of 1994. Unfortunately,
because of health and safety code issues,
each time we start to refurbish a facility,
the costs escalate. These costs are as
high as the building of new facilities.
Equipment funds were set aside in 1993/
94 and will continue to be set aside for the
next few years to help upgrade audiovisual equipment for classrooms. Both
the plant operations activities and the
funds from the minor capital fund are
increasingly being targeted for this purpose. The individual faculties have not
brought forward classroom projects as
priorities to their deans. At the same
time, the new buildings have replaced
many huts. These new facilities have
improved working conditions for many
people on the campus. The net cost of
operating the new buildings is $3m./yr.
This will now be offset by a $lm. new
grant from the Province relative to an
inequity in interuniversity funding related to space costs. This amounts to less
than two-thirds of one per cent of the
general purpose operating fund (GPOF)
cost increase for the net new space. Over
the next five years athletic facilities will
pick up $lm./yr. of this utility and
janitorial cost. This will also help.
Issues Raised
Why is the successful fundraising campaign not helping to deal with the core
fiscal issues?
When the campaign was started, it
was planned that it should add to the
campus activities and not be simply a
substitution for activities supported by
the core funding sources i.e. non-earmarked portions of provincial grants and
tuition. We therefore sought funds for
buildings, equipment and endowments
rather than for replacement of operating
grants. This was also the basis on which
the provincial matching funds were allocated to us. We called this adding 'The
Margin of Excellence". We could honestly
inform potential donors that their gifts
were not replacing the withdrawal of provincial support funded already by their
tax dollars. This then represented an
enrichment of support for faculty, staff
and students.
Issues Raised
The campaign seems to have led to
new buildings but without any other academic impact?
A total of $262m. was raised (some
pledges have yet to be completed). About
$100m. is for new buildings. The rest is
in the form of endowments that support
about sixty new academic chairs, many
professorships, a number of interdisciplinary centres, endowments for undergraduate and graduate scholarships and
bursaries to support students. By far the
greatest portion of the campaign is in
direct support of people costs in academic programs. Of course, the campaign buildings are also helping academic activities by providing facilities
and a focus on crossing disciplinary
Issues Raised
There seems to be no renewal of faculty?
In the past eight years we have hired
more than one third of our current faculty complement. This is a good rate of
renewal (assisted by an attractive early
retirement program). We are the envy of
all other universities in Canada and probably in North America in this respect.
Issues Raised
Many ofthe campaign projects seem to
respond to donor interests and not campus needs?
The campaign was preceded by extensive consultation with the twelve faculties. The case statement was a combination of individual faculty priorities and of
university-wide priorities. The case statement was modified as the campaign progressed and it was clear that we would
exceed our original goal by a very large
margin. These revisions were widely circulated on campus for information and
comment. The bulk of the campaign was
in direct support of faculty and university
priorities as originally laid out in 1988.
Where a few opportunities arose that
were not in our case statement, there was
full consultation with the appropriate
affected faculty to be sure that it was an
academic priority and need. What is
remarkable about the campaign is that
donors were willing to contribute to a
clearly articulated view ofthe university's
needs. We understand that the clear
articulation of a university's vision and
needs is a necessary ingredient for success. A clear vision from the President
was essential.
Issues Raised
Administrative costs at UBC appear to
be rising rapidly while academic support
is being rolled back?
The academic share of the general
purpose operating expenditures has not
decreased for many years. In fact, it has
risen slightly. The share allocated to
support unit costs has also remained
unchanged as a portion of general purpose operating expenditures. There have
been shifts within the support budget,
e.g. lower expenditures in utilities and
plant operations, higher expenditures in
support of community relations,
fundraising and externally imposed regulatory needs. Administrative costs have
risen slightly (as seen in the recent Dupre
report) but remain among the most efficient in CanadComments This has been
at the expense of other efficiencies in
support unit costs, but not of academic
unit expenditures. This was documented
in the most recent Budget and Planning
Narrative and circulated on campus in
September 1993.
Issues Raised
Is the university losing a sense of
collegiality? (Faculty feel more remote,
even alienated from decision making).
The campus has become larger and
more complex over the years. Today,
faculty and staff are working continually
in an increasingly competitive environment. We have endeavoured to distribute
a very large amount of information to the
campus to keep it fully informed. This
has been done systematically in the past
few years so that the campus as a whole
can be fully aware of the decisions taken
on many issues and can have an opportunity to comment on these outcomes.
We welcome the feedback we receive as a
result ofthe complete openness of information and policies that guide the administrative process. Many steps are
being taken to work more with faculties
and departments. Senate, of course, has
a very key role.
Issues Raised
Student aid seems inadequate. What
is being done about this? Why was the
campaign not used for this purpose?
At the present time, very large amounts
of money are spent on student aid through
federal/provincial and university sources.
This is documented in the Budget and
Planning Narrative and we have a large
number of scholarships and bursaries
funded from non-budget sources. The
campaign has added many millions of
dollars in endowments for student aid of
many kinds. This includes education
abroad scholarships, graduate fellowships
and others.
Issues Raised
Have we lost our focus on undergraduate liberal arts and science education?
And are we responding to an increasing
pressure on career specific training?
I believe there is some truth to this, but
today we have a unique opportunity to
refocus. It has been recently reported in
a federal report that more than half of the
new jobs that will be created in the 90's
will require at least seventeen years of
school (i.e. at least one post-baccalaureate year). The demand for post-baccalaureate, masters and diploma programs is
rising rapidly and is becoming the new
career entry level. If post-baccalaureate
work is key to career entry, we can refocus
ourselves on the need for a broadly based
undergraduate education. One department in engineering is starting a new five
year program that will be completed with
the awarding of both a bachelors and a
masters degree. Half of the Grade 12 and
first year students recently polled indicated that they plan to come to university
to achieve a broad education. The other
half were interested directly in career
education. The new Science One program is a step in the direction of reaffirming our commitment to a liberal arts and
science undergraduate education. Students are welcoming this approach since
they know that in a rapidly changing
world, the broader the education base
they experience, then the better they will
be equipped to respond to changing demands. I have been assured by the
Canadian Federation of Independent
Business that small business, in particular, welcomes liberal arts and/or science
graduates because they are the most
adaptable to change. These people will
provide our future leadership and they
will create the necessary changes to help
us all adapt to a global society. I attach
to this a draft document that will soon go
to Senate which describes the nature of
the UBC graduate. This draft will be
debated in Senate and, if approved, in
this or a modified version, will become the
basis for curriculum development and
reform over time.
Issues Raised
Is the demand for graduate education
rising as fast as the demand for undergraduate education?
Yes, increasingly students are taking a
broadly based undergraduate education
and then focusing on specific programs
at the post-baccalaureate, masters or
diploma level. This is the new paradigm
for universities in the 90's. Many graduate students will be seeking professional
opportunities while others will be seeking
research opportunities to add to the
knowledge of the world in their selected
Issues Raised
What has been the reaction to the
proposal to take in full cost international
students in undergraduate and professional graduate programs?
The proposal has met with mixed reaction and should not be confused with our
successful education abroad program.
In the Education Abroad Program, students are simply exchanged for a semester or a year with comparable universities, each student paying tuition at their
home institution. With respect to the full
cost international student proposal, some
in the community see it as displacing
B.C. students. (This is not the case since
we already take in more students than
the public policy ofthe province funds us
for). Others do not like the idea of having
two categories of students. The provincial government, on the other hand, has
been supportive ofthe concept as long as
B.C. students are not displaced. Some
see this proposal as a way to further
internationalize UBC and our community at a time of increasing global interdependence. Several faculties are developing proposals for consideration as they
contemplate this as a way to internation- Supplement to UBC Reports
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alize their programs without cost to B.C.
or Canadian students. It could also
provide a significant enrichment for all
students. In order to attract such students, our programs will have to be at
acceptable standards of internationally
recognized excellence. The federal government is very supportive of such programs and has organized conferences to
encourage us to explore this opportunity
to further international ties.
Issues Raised
What steps are being taken to increase
We do not have many vehicles open to
us. The campaign has successfully enriched the offerings on our campus. We
will continue with a significant annual
fundraising effort using the lessons
learned from the campaign. A university-
wide case statement, based on faculty
and academic/student service unit plans
and priorities and in support of UBC's
global mission and strategic plan, is now
being developed. Continuing Education
now functions on its own bottom. On this
basis it can purchase services from the
cognate faculty or, if it generates surpluses, these can be added to the endowment base. UBC REC has developed
Hampton Place. This will also add substantially to our endowment base. Endowments at UBC have risen from $80m.
in 1985/86 and will reach over $300m. in
Issues Raised
What is being done to ensure support
and administrative services function more
efficiently and effectively?
Many steps have already been taken
towards cost containment during the
annual budget development process.
Several units have a program of continuous improvement underway. The lessons
learned in these programs will be more
widely implemented. We have also embarked on "process improvement and
development" sometimes known as
reengineering. These initiatives have now
been started. Helpful guidance was given
by the recent Dupre report. We expect
that this will lead to an increase in efficiency and effectiveness. The new distributed computing environment will be a
key to realizing these improvements. The
service units have continually been
pressed to do more with less. They have
achieved remarkable results already in
responding to the needs of students and
Issues Raised
Is there a vision of where the university
is going in these changing times?
In 1989, the Board and Senate approved a mission statement and strategic plan (Second to None). This document
remains alive and well with updates (e.g.
see the annual Budget and Planning Narrative now published every year). The
faculties are developing their own strategic plans which will conform to the university-wide principles of the mission
statement. These plans are an essential
base for the fundraising case statements
now being prepared by the faculties.
Within three years there will be a new
president. That will be the time to start
on a full-fledged renewal of the mission
statement and strategic plan and to reconsider long term planning.
Issues Raised
What steps are being taken to ensure
that the people of British Columbia are
informed about UBC? Aren't we spending too much on public relations?
There are many activities now
underway to inform the public. There are
regular press releases; UBC Reports is
widely distributed. We have a regular
plan to meet each alumni group in B.C.,
Canada and overseas at least once a year.
UBC experts are used frequently by the
mediComments Editorial boards are organized from time to time. Much is being
done, but in this area there is always
more to do. A communications policy
and plan are now being developed to help
focus what is already one of the best
programs in CanadComments The spending of GPOF on external affairs activities
overall remains very low and is comparable to that at other universities. It is no
coincidence that the Maclean's survey
found that UBC was the most highly
rated university in Canada in terms of
reputation. Our communications across
the country have been remarkably effective in positioning us as the university of
the future.
Issues Raised
What is UBC doing to ensure that
young British Columbians in increasing
numbers can attend post-secondary institutions?
UBC realized, when developing its strategic plan, that it would be impossible for
us to deal with the rapidly increasing
demand for access to universities. Accordingly, in 1980, we first publicly proposed the concept of the university colleges (as four year degree institutions).
The concept was subsequently adopted
by government. We have played a key
role in helping them get started, just as
McGill did for us in 1915. We are doing
the best we can with the resources available to us and we have continued to
encourage the development of a differentiated system that serves the needs of all
British Columbians.
Issues Raised
The south campus draft discussion
plan has created a crisis in confidence on
planning processes. What is happening
The draft discussion paper was released one year ago to the campus community to begin a process of consultation
and feedback. The reaction to the concepts laid out was vigorous and has
stopped the process then envisioned,
while we develop a new process of campus and community consultation. The
development of this process is now under
way with extensive consultation. In the
next few months, we expect the Board to
adopt a formal process for developing the
plan, perhaps in consultation with the
GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District).
Issues Raised
Why does UBC have five Vice-Presidents? Seven Associate Vice-Presidents?
The university today has an expenditure level of about $700m./yr. We are a
large and complex institution, operating
in an increasingly complex environment.
The number of vice-presidents and associate vice-presidents may seem large by
earlier standards. But the positions designated as VP or AVP are almost all
positions which previously existed at UBC
with other titles (e.g. AVP Human Resources as Director of Personnel, etc.).
The functions being carried out have
always been necessary. This distribution
of VPs and AVPs is typical of other similar
universities and is much less than that in
comparably sized private corporations.
However, it is the perception of many that
we dedicate inadequate resources (dollars) to managing a large and complex
Issues Raised
What steps are we taking to ensure
that UBC retains its integrity and autonomy while still responding to society's
Many steps are being taken in this
regard. This is, of course, a key role ofthe
Board ofGovernors. Perhaps even more,
however, it is the key role of the Senate.
The Senate debates and approves all new
academic programs. Being responsive to
society takes many forms. The awareness of individual members of the campus to current issues is absolutely essential in this context. A number of advisory
committees to various campus units have
been very helpful in this regard. More of
these will be created in the coming months
(e.g. Forestry, Commerce and Business
Administration, Law, Music, Green College, Civil Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Sustainable Development Research Institute, Institute for Asian Research, Food Research Centre etc.). But,
in the end, the integrity and autonomy of
the university depends upon the faculty
members' dedication to the task of achieving the highest standards of excellence
and openness on behalf of the community.
Issues Raised
Why is so much being spent on
fundraising when this could be better
done by faculties?
The spending on fundraising has been
very well contained and has been as
effective as in any campaign. The approach to the campaign and the results
speak for themselves. Obviously, we
have been effective. We have learned
many lessons in this process and these
lessons are now being transferred to a
more widely faculty-based campaign.
Universities that do not have central policies and central coordination have not
been able to achieve the success of those
that use the approach we have taken.
The mixture of a central budget allocation to External Affairs, together with a
component of cost recovery from campaign results, has worked extremely well
to UBC's benefit.
Issues Raised
Why is the Library being allowed to
Acquisition of library books and journals is increasingly difficult as the costs
rise much faster than inflation. We have
protected the acquisitions budget against
inflation and international exchange rates
but this is only one step. Since 1972, on
the other hand, though we have had to
cancel some journals, we have subscribed
to considerably more new journals than
we have discontinued. We are introducing new technologies to help increase
efficiency and to make the materials even
more accessible. We have been able to
add several hundred thousand dollars to
permit acquisition of electronic materials. We expect to go to tender on the new
library this fall. We fully expect within
two to three years to be back in the top
twenty of the ARL (American Research
Libraries) libraries.
Issues Raised
Are there cheaper ways to "deliver"
education using new technologies?
This is a question that is often asked
and does not have a simple answer. There
are new technologies that can significantly enrich teaching and learning functions. Some steps in this area are being
taken by faculties and by the Computing
and Communications Department. Several experimental efforts are under way.
It is my own view that we can enhance
teaching and learning with new techniques, but I do not believe that this will
reduce the need for the personal involvement of faculty members and hence lead
to an increase in the present student/
faculty ratio. If this happens we will have
lost quality in our teaching programs and
we must resist this "efficiency". And new
technologies have both one-time and continuing additional costs.
Issues Raised
What perception do the schools have
of UBC?
I have recently visited high schools in
Kelowna, Kamloops, Campbell River and
other places around B.C. The students I
have met are very interested in attending
university. In particular, they are interested in UBC. These schools have been
delighted with our Outstanding Student
Initiative. Some faculties have followed
up this initiative by contacting these students to inform them of the opportunities. Several programs are run at UBC for
prospective students, but more needs to
be done as this is an excellent way to
recruit outstanding students. On the
other hand, they would like to know a lot
more about us and to have us consult
with them more often. We need to
strengthen our liaison activities to be
sure that our approach to selecting students who are expected to be successful
is well understood, and to reinforce the
fact that there are now many post-secondary options for British Columbian
Issues Raised
What is being done to enhance the
sense of a scholarly community?
It is difficult in a large multiversity to
develop the full sense of collegiality that
is the hallmark of smaller liberal arts and
science colleges and universities. The
creation of Green College has provided a
venue and focal point for colleagues to
meet. St. John's College, when it is in
place, will do more of this. The Senate is
a place where academics come together
to discuss common issues and mutual
opportunities. I have been pleased by the
response to my breakfast meetings, which
bring together colleagues from across the
campus. These "breakfasts" include a
random mix of faculty from across the
campus as well as librarians, administrative and professional staff, who come
together for one and a half hours of
completely open and unstructured discussion. But much more needs to be
done. I welcome comments and suggestions.
Issues Raised
What is being done to ensure that
government and others understand our
seminal role in job creation?
We have prepared an economic impact
statement.   This will be widely distrib-
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uted both on and off campus. It incorporates many ideas that are being increasingly understood by policy makers. In
today's global society, value added and
knowledge intensive activities (as well as
B.C.'s focus on Asia Pacific) require a
healthy research and development environment. Many of the new jobs in B.C.
require the presence of an institution
such as UBC as one ofthe most essential
Issues Raised
Why is it that department heads find
that the workload is increasing? Is this
due to offloading of work by the central
We are functioning in a society that
is increasingly requiring us to be ever
more accountable. This applies in a
very wide range of items ranging from
occupational health and safety to human rights, from environment to promotions and in many other ways. These
requirements must be carried out at
the department level within the framework of policies established by the
Board. We must be vigilant to be sure
we are not doing unnecessary work,
but we must also function within the
framework that society expects. That
is a responsibility that has to be carried at all levels. I believe that both the
central administration and the faculties and support staff, as well as every
member of UBC's community, are sensitive to this need and act accordingly.
We are all working harder with fewer
Issues Raised
What steps have been taken to reinforce research in the humanities and
social sciences?
Funding to support research projects
in these fields has been very difficult to
get. The recent inventory of research in
the social sciences and humanities
brought out the remarkable richness
and diversity of activities. The first
$15m. from Hampton Place has been
assigned as an income source to support UBC initiatives. This year
$300,000 will be available and by 1996/
97, expenditures at 6% of the endowment means there will be a recurring
research fund of $900,000/yr. (protected against inflation on a recurring
Leadership of Academic Units and Participation of the Administrative Staff
as Assistant and Associate Deans - Initial Draft Policy
RESPONSIBLE: Vice President Academic & Provost
UBC seeks qualities in its leadership
which will enable it to be a world renowned institution of higher education
and learning. In academic units, quality
leadership means the ability to inspire
students to achieve, to recruit faculty
members of high calibre, to motivate faculty members to strive for excellence, to
nurture study and learning in the discipline and to administer the affairs of the
unit in an orderly, responsible manner,
consistent with University policies and
Deans of Faculties are recruited for
their academic leadership, and as such
are themselves highly qualified as academic professionals. While UBC has
traditionally appointed faculty members
as Associate and Assistant Deans to perform administrative tasks for their units,
some units, in these times of the changing environment (with greater responsibility for dialogue with UBC's internal
and external communities, student relations, fiscal administration, continuous
improvement, internationalization, business and community liaison), have identified a need for individuals with professional managerial expertise to fill senior
administrative functions. This policy is
to recognize that need and to describe the
relevant terms and conditions of appointment.
At UBC, decisions requiring academic
judgement are reserved for members of
the academic staff. Deans have a leadership role in establishing, maintaining
and improving academic standards and
therefore their appointments are in the
first instance as academics, then as administrators. However, additional professional managerial skills and abilities
may be needed to perform complex administrative tasks, including the administration of academic policy, within the
Appointments as Associate Dean or
Assistant Dean of a Faculty are made
upon the recommendation ofthe Dean to
the Vice President Academic & Provost,
on the basis of the function to be performed and the level of responsibility
conferred. Consistent with concepts of
fairness and equity, the title Associate
Dean or Assistant Dean is used whether
such work is assigned to a member ofthe
academic or administrative staff.
Before any appointments are discussed, the Dean of a Faculty recommends to the Vice President Academic &
Provost the composition and complement
ofthe Dean's Office staff. Frequently, the
duties of Associate Deans and Assistant
Deans are assigned on a part-time basis
to members of the academic staff, with
individuals retaining some responsibility
for academic duties. The resources devoted to administration of the Dean's
Office (including release time of academic
secondees) are approved by the Vice President.
Upon receipt of this preliminary approval, the Dean makes recommendations to the Vice President Academic &
Provost on the specific appointments of
individuals to fill positions agreed. In all
cases, the appointments are recommended on the basis of "best qualified
available candidate". For positions requiring decision making on academic
matters such as teaching, research, or
June 16, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
The initial draft policy on leadership of academic units and participation
of the administrative staff as assistant and associate deans has been
written at the request of the Board of Governors. The revisions of the
policy on re-appointment of retired or retiring members of faculty arose
from suggestions of professors emeriti. Your suggestions for improvements will be appreciated and should be directed to Vice Provost Libby
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
promotion and tenure of faculty members, candidates must be professors.
Associate Deans and Assistant Deans
seconded from the academic staff are
appointed for a term not to exceed the
term ofthe Dean, renewable at the pleasure of the Dean. Appointees retain their
normal salary and are paid a stipend in
addition, in partial recognition of administrative duties. As of 1994/95, the range
for stipends is $3-8K, and is adjusted
each year by the general increase for
faculty. Appointees are entitled to administrative leave of one year after a
minimum of five years of accumulated
service as an Assistant or Associate Dean
or eighteen months after a minimum of
ten. Performance assessment and merit-
driven salary adjustments are based on
the total range of tasks assigned.
Associate Deans and Assistant Deans
who are not seconded from the academic
staff are considered members ofthe Management and Professional staff of the
University, and their terms and conditions are set accordingly. Individuals
may be appointed on a continuing or a
term basis. The salary is set in accordance with the job evaluation program,
taking into account equity amongst all
such positions across the University and
the external comparisons in the professional field as appropriate.
Please contact the Associate Vice President Academic or the Associate Vice President Human Resources.
Reappointment of Retired or Retiring Members of Faculty
Policy #27 - Draft Revision
Vice President Academic & Provost
Vice President Student & Academic Services
To delineate circumstances under
which a faculty member/librarian may
be appointed after the age of 65. while
maintaining the policy of mandatory retirement at age 65.
It is recognized that many retired
faculty members/librarians make important voluntary contributions to
their disciplines, their departments
and  to  UBC.     These  activities  are
done without a UBC appointment.
Under certain circumstances, members of the academic staff beyond retirement may be appointed to one-year term
Consideration of reappointments of
retired faculty members/librarians may
be given on the basis of the following
• that there be no requirement to
grant any appointment beyond age
• that there be a specific benefit
derived by the unit concerned;
• that such appointments not be in
place of renewing the department
through the appointment of junior
faculty members;
that such appointments be made
primarily for teaching/collection
development duties, and occasionally for service on committees;
that remuneration be commensurate with the services performed (eg.
depending on the circumstances,
teaching could be on a pro bono
basis, or involve a salary ranging
from very modest to the scale
amount for lecturers);
that no such appointment be for an
academic administrator position;
that the title used in these appointments reflect the current status of
the individual (eg. Professor Emeri
tus, Associate Professor - Retired);
•    that no payment be made for
occasional honorific or voluntary
duties (eg. chairing doctoral oral
examinations, supervising graduate
All such appointments are recommended by the Head of Unit to the
Dean/Librarian, to the Vice President
for approval. Agreement in principle
should be sought by the Head before
any assurances are given to possible
None Supplement to UBC Reports
UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994 11
Policy and Procedure Handbook additions
These policies were approved at the May 19 meeting ofthe Board
of Governors and can be clipped and saved on page 77 of the
newsprint edition of the 1994 Policy Handbook.
Policy on Disruption of Classes / Services by Snow
Vice President Administration &
To delineate responsibility for decisions concerning cancelling classes and
curtailing services in the event of snow
and to outline guidelines for communication and staffing over heavy snowfall
The University will remain open during snow storms but may cancel or
reschedule classes on a university-wide
basis and/or curtail non-essential services in response to the conditions.
The University remains open during
extreme snow conditions, since there is
continuing activity to service which re-
Vice President External Affairs
The University is a forum for critical
discussion, debate and unbiased inquiry. UBC is responsible for advancing and disseminating knowledge. Effective relations with the community,
particularly through dialogue, are an
important element in this process.
• to acknowledge formally UBC's
responsibility to inform its internal
community (students and members of
faculty and staff) as well as the
external community (local, provincial,
national and international);
• to ensure UBC's openness to
information and opinions from
students, members of faculty and
staff and the external community and
to foster meaningful exchanges of
ideas and knowledge in order to
enhance effectiveness.
Vice President Student & Academic
To enable students and members of
faculty and staff to observe the holy
days of their religions.
In constructing the academic calendar. UBC takes into account legal
statutory holidays, days "in lieu"
where appropriate, and days which it
has agreed through collective bargaining to grant statutory holidays to
members of faculty and staff, in determining days on which the Univer-
quires some employees to work. Examples of this activity are the food service
needed for students in residence, the
functioning of the central heating plant
and maintenance of security.
Certain extreme weather conditions
may dictate the cancellation of classes
(both credit and non-credit) on a university-wide basis and the curtailment
of non-essential services. In this situation, the decision will be made by the
President or his/her delegate. The
decision will be communicated within
the university community by tel-
ephone/fascimile by the Vice Presidents, Deans, Heads and Directors.
1 The decision will be communicated to
! local radio and television stations by
Community Relations. All communication with the media will be from the
Office of the President or Community
In the event of deteriorating conditions overnight, every effort will be made
to communicate the decision to the
radio and television stations by 6:00
Heads of administrative units are to
formulate their own guidelines about
which individual members of faculty
and staff must report for work because
ofthe essential nature of their responsibilities when classes are cancelled
and/or services curtailed because of
snow. Members of faculty and staff
who have not been designated by their
administrative head of unit as essential for snow services may choose to
stay at home under this circumstance,
and may arrange with their administrative head of unit to make up the time
(if scheduling permits), take a vacation
day or to take the day off without pay.
Policy on Communications
The goal is to promote the exchange of
information to support and enhance
UBC's mission of being a world-renowned
institution of teaching and research. To
this end, UBC disseminates information
about its teaching and research activities, as well as other matters of interest to
its communities, in the most effective,
cost-efficient and timely manner possible.
UBC welcomes ideas and input, striving for openness in its exchanges with
individuals and groups, both internally
and externally, while respecting legislated bounds of privacy, proprietary rights
on intellectual property, safety and security, and encouraging a diversity of views.
A formal communications strategy is
under development in order to enhance
the quality of communication between
UBC and its various constituencies. Elements for consideration in such a system will include:
definition of the communities UBC
relates to;
analysis of the information needs
(both issues and format) of each
consideration of the opportunities
for community consultation;
a strategy for disseminating
information and for receiving
feedback, both internally and
a plan for promoting an understanding of teaching activities,
research accomplishments and
other matters such as administrative policies so that UBC can
accemplish its mission and be seen
as accomplishing its mission;
a network and procedures for
identifying and dealing with issues
before they become crises;
a plan for receiving input and
disseminating information during
crises or over difficult issues:
coordination of institutional
messages, thereby enhancing
understanding and support
Policy on Religious Holidays
sity is closed or classes cancelled.
Recognizing the religious diversity of
the UBC community, UBC permits students who are scheduled to attend classes
or write examinations on holy days of
their religions to notify their instructors
in advance ofthe holy day of their wish to
observe it by absenting themselves from
class or examination. Instructors provide opportunity for such students to
make up work or examinations missed
without penalty.
UBC permits members of faculty and
staff who are scheduled to work on holy
days of their religions to notify their administrative heads of unit in advance of
the holy days of their religion of their wish
to observe it by absenting themselves
from work. Administrative heads of unit
make efforts to accommodate such requests.
Students are required to give two weeks'
notice of their intention to absent themselves under the terms of this policy.
Administrative heads of unit, in trying
to accommodate a request take into consideration financial costs, disruption of
any collective agreement, work interruption, employee morale and, where safety
is an issue, the magnitude ofthe risk and
the identity of those who bear it.    For
In the event of deteriorating conditions during a person's normal workday, the administrative head of unit
has the authority to permit members of
faculty and staff who are not designated as essential for snow services to
leave early without loss of pay, upon
receiving the communication originating in the President's Office.
A member of staff who is expected at
work but unable to come because of
snow is expected to advise the administrative head of unit as soon as possible. Also, a member of staff may be
delayed in getting to work because of
snow. In both cases, with the agreement ofthe administrative head of unit,
the member of staff may receive compensation for the day by using vacation
time or accumulated time owing, or
may make arrangements to make up
the time.
amongst the many publics of
• analysis of the various methods of
communication within UBC's
existing structures and to and
from the external community,
and their effectivenesss in
particular situations;
• a schedule of activities planned to
support the strategy over one and
three year periods;
• a means of consulting to gain
support amongst the communities about the strategy itself;
• a means of updating the strategy,
in consultation with the appropriate communities.
The communications strategy will
be prepared over Spring/Summer 1994
and readied for the information of the
Board of Governors at its September
administrative staff, normally such
requests are met by granting a day off
without pay, or a vacation day, or the
opportunity to make up the time.
Because the difficulties in re-scheduling work vary by unit, each unit will
establish a reasonable requirement
for advance notice by members of
faculty and staff.
The Registrar's Office will distribute a multi-faith calendar to each
administrative head of unit annually.
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Supplement to UBC Reports
The Board ofGovernors has taken the
following action. These items were approved at meetings held on March 17 and
May 19, 1994.
The Board of Governors approved the
Liu Centre for International Studies
project for further planning and design.
The following projects were approved
to proceed with working drawings and
1. Forest Sciences Centre
2. Scarfe Phase II Renovations and
New Office Addition
A contract was awarded to Key Engineering Ltd. to complete the Jack Bell Research Centre at the Vancouver Hospital.
The Board gave authorization to award
Scott Construction Ltd. the contract for
the Student Recreation Centre project.
The consortium of Moriyma Teshima/
Nicholson Tamaki was approved for appointment as Prime Consultants for the
Chemical/Bio-Resources Engineering
A draft Lease and Distribution Agreement for the multi-tenant facility between UBC, Discovery Parks Incorporated and Discovery Foundation was approved. In addition, the area leased for
the proposed facility was increased to
approximately 1/3 acre.
The 1994/95 Minor Capital ($8,150,000)
and Cyclical Maintenance ($6,163,000)
budgets were approved.
The Minor Capital Budget recurs yearly
and is apportioned on the basis of requests from departments or interest areas, as endorsed by Deans and confirmed
by Vice-Presidents.
This is the second year that the Province
has provided cyclical maintenance funds.
The Capital Facilities Branch of our Ministry regards the need to protect the in
vestment in the existing plant as its highest priority. Therefore, the amount provided in this envelope for 1994/95 has
remained at the same level as last year in
spite of significant cuts in capital fund
The Facilities Program for St. John's College was approved as the basis for detailed design ofthe project, and the site at
Lower Mall and University Boulevard was
The Board approved 1994/95 ancillary,
or special purpose, budgets for the following:
1. Athletics and Sports Services
2. Athletics and Sports Facilities
3. Educational Measurement
Research Group
4. Telecommunications
5. University Computing Services
6. UBC Press
7. Media Services
8. Bookstore
9. Disability Resource Centre
10. Rick Hansen National Fellow
The following 1994/95 budgets, including rate changes (where applicable), were
1. Child Care Services
2. Green College
3. Student Health Service (the cost-
recovered medical clinic portion)
4. Teacher Education Expansion
(non-recurring portion)
5. Housing and Conferences
6. University Apartments
7. Food Services - Residences
8. Parking
9. Student Aid Fund
The Board ratified tuition increases for
1994-95. In addition, the Board approved increases in student activity fees
for 1994/95, and in subsequent years, by
the same inflationary increase applicable
to credit tuition fees.
The Board approved a joint undertaking
to senior government outlining UBC's
intention to manage its endowments and
other moneys in accordance with the
Pension Benefits Standards Act of B.C.,
using the definition of securities as defined in the Securities Act of B.C., and
within the guidelines set out in the Statement of Investment Policies. Government will simultaneously seek the necessary Lieutenant Governor in Council
approval on behalf of the four universities.
On the recommendation of Senate the
Board approved the following:
1) Discontinuance of the Clinical
Engineering Program, Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
2) Establishment of the Institute for
Child and Family Health Research
3) The creation of a new Department
of Education Studies through
merger of the present Department
of Administrative, Adult and
Higher Education and the
Educational Studies component
of Social and Education
Creation of a new Department of
Curriculum Studies by merger of
the present Departments of
Mathematics and Science Education and Visual and Performing
Arts in Education, the Social
Studies group from the Department of Social and Education
Studies, and the Physical
Education Teacher Education
members of the School of Human
Kinetics as either full or
associate members.
4) A change in the name ofthe Department of Pathology to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory
5) The Board approved establishment
of the following:
Centre for Biodiversity Research in
the Faculty of Science
The Peter Wall Endowed Chairs
6)   The Board approved admission
quotas for the various faculties and
schools for 1994-95 as
recommended by Senate.
The Board of Governors approved the
following policies and noted the President's procedures for implementation and
administration. In addition, two policies
have been deleted and two revised.
New Policies:
1) Religious Holidays
2) Disruption of Classes/Services by
3) Draft policy on Communications
Policy #112, Bookstore Collection
Policy # 8, The Reporting of Accidents
and Hazardous Conditions.
Policy #7, University Safety Policy.
Policy #111, Internal Audit
The Board approved the appointment
of Dr. Patricia Baird as University Profes-
Dr. Roslyn Kunin was appointed to the
Staff Pension Plan Investment Committee and the UBC Endowment Investment
Advisory Committee.
Pursuant to sec. 76.1 ofthe Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy
Act, SBC, c.61. as amended, SBC 1993,
c.46 ("the Act"), the Board ofGovernors
designated the President as the "head" of
the University for the purposes of the Act,
and authorized any Vice-President, Associate Vice-President, or Vice-Provost to
perform any duty or any function of the
head under the Act.
Amendments to The University of British Columbia Staff Pension Plan were
The Board of Governors at its meeting
of March 17, 1994 approved the following
recommendations and received notice
about trie following items:
David Hill, Associate Dean, Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 1,
1994 to June 30, 1996.
James Orr, Associate Dean, Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, July 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1996.
John Sinclair, Associate Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 1, 1994 to June 30, 1996.
Robert L. Evans, Head, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, August 1, 1994
to June 30, 1999.
Ian Gartshore.Acting Head, Dept. of
Mechanical Engineering, January 1, 1994
to July 31, 1994.
Earl Winkler. Head, Dept. of Philosophy, January 1, 1994 to December 31,
Steven R. Vincent, Chair,
Neuroscience Graduate Program, March
1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
Stephen Pond, Acting Head, Dept. of
Oceanography, February 1, 1994 to June
30, 1994.
Lesley Ellies. Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Clinical Dental Sciences, July 1,
1994 to June 30, 1997.
Karen Meyer, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Math & Science Education, August 1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
Frank Lam, Assistant Professor, Dept.
of Wood Science, January 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1997.
Paul A. Demers, Assistant Professor,
Occupational Hygiene Program/Dept. of
Health Care & Epidemiology, March 1,
1994 to June 30, 1997.
Robin Han veit. Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Health Care & Epidemiology,
January 1, 1994 to June 30, 1995.
Martin P JR. Walker, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology,
January 1, 1994 to June 30, 1995.
Naseem Amarshi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
January 1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
Robert A. Miller, Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
March 1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
Joel Friedman, Associate Professor,
Dept. of Mathematics, January 1, 1994
to June 30, 1997.
The Board received notice of the following resignations:
Jo-shuiChen, Professor, Dept. of Asian
Studies, December 31, 1993.
Karin Preisendanz, Professor, Dept.
of Asian Studies, December 31, 1993.
Anne Clyde, Associate Professor, Dept.
of Language Education, December 31,
Hans C. Fibiger, Chair, Neuroscience
Graduate Program, February 28, 1994
(Resigned as Chair only).
Nelly Auersperg. Professor, Dept. of
Anatomy, December 30, 1993.
Christy Scott, Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, May
6, 1994.
Gordon McBean, Head, Dept. of Oceanography, January 31, 1994 (February
28, 1994 resigned as Professor).
The Board of Governors at its meeting
of May 19, 1994 approved the following
recommendations and received notice
about the following items:
Frieda Granot, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, July 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1996.
James E. J. Carter, Associate Dean,
Faculty of Medicine, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1997.
Bryan Wade, Acting Head, Dept. of
Creative Writing, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1995
John Wright, Head, Dept. of Theatre
& Film, July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1999.
Judith Johnston, Director, School of
Audiology & Speech Sciences, July 1,
1994 to June 30, 1999.
Richard Finley, Head, Dept. of Surgery, July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1999.
Gloria N. Onyeoziri, Assistant Professor, Dept. of French, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1997.
Henry Davis, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Linguistics, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1997.
Rose-Marie Dechaine, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, July 1, 1994
to June 30, 1997.
Richard B. Kurth, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Music, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1997
Kohno Masaru, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Political Science, July 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1997
Ronald Fedoruk, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Theatre & Film, July 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1997.
Alison Green, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Theatre & Film, July 1, 1994 to
June 30, 1997.
Lesley A. Bellamy, Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Administrative, Adult, &
Higher Education, July 1, 1994 to June
30, 1997.
Carolyn Shields, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Administrative, Adult, & Higher
Education, July 1, 1994 to June 30,
Erminia Pedretti, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Math & Science Education,
July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
Thomas Zwimpfer, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, July 1, 1993 to
June 30, 1996.
The Board received notice of the following resignations:
Hart Hanson, Professor, Dept. of Creative Writing. May 31, 1994
Penelope Van Toorn, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, June 30, 1994
Colin Gordon, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of History, June 30, 1994.
Theodore Baerg, Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Music, June 30, 1994.
Glenn Drover, Professor, Dept. of Social Work, June 30, 1994.
John Brockington, Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre, June 29, 1994.
Paul E. Fischer, Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Commerce, June 30, 1994.
Vojislav Maksimovic, Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce, June 30,
Margaret Csapo, Professor, Dept. of
Educational Psychology & Special Education, June 29, 1994.
The Board learned, with regret, the
death of:
Fritz Lehmann, Associate Professor,
Dept. of History, Apr 26, 1994. UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994 13
UBC Community ana Sport Services photo
Kayaking in the Gulf Islands is one of the activities undertaken by
Discovery Project youth program participants.
Outdoor program offers
fun, learning experience
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
A natural world of education and
adventure awaits those who embark on
the Discovery Project, a Summer '94
youth program presented by UBC Community Sport Services.
The Discovery Project is a co-ed program open to anyone between 12 and
17 years of age and is offered in a series
of eight, one-week sessions from July 3
to August 27.
Each session includes a day of ocean
kayaking in the Gulf Islands and a four-
day wilderness experience in the Coast
Mountains. Throughout the week, participants receive age-appropriate instruction in earth education and outdoor recreation covering marine and
terrestrial ecology, oceanography,
geomorphology, hydrology and meteorology.
'The Discovery Project has two goals,"
said organizer Andrew Humphries. "We
strive to provide opportunities for positive personal growth, and encourage a
greater understanding of the natural
world. No previous camping experience is required."
The Discovery Project is operated by
a small staff team, dedicated to providing safe, meaningful and fun experiences, said Humphries. Staff members
have extensive training and experience
in youth services, earth education and
outdoor recreation and are trained in
wilderness first aid, CPR and incident
response procedures.
The maximum participant to instructor ratio is 6:1 and all participants are
supervised on a 24-hour basis.
In addition, a leadership course is
offered to participants 18 years of age
and older who wish to develop the
knowledge skills and attitudes necessary to safely lead educational programs in the natural world.
For more information phone UBC
Community Sport Services at 822-3688.
WHO group to bolster
oral health education
by Connie Filletti
Marcia Boyd
Staff writer
They love their teeth in China.
Every year
for the past six
years, the nation of 1.2 billion designates
September 20
as Love Your
Teeth Day, a
celebration of
China's first
rural community care program for oral
launched in
1984 with assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Marcia Boyd, dean pro tern of the
Faculty of Dentistry and a WHO consultant for more than a decade, believes that
China's program, and similar WHO
projects around the world, are successful
largely because of their sensitivity to the
culture of the community they serve.
"You don't use a toothbrush when a
chewing stick is an acceptable means of
oral care," says Boyd, citing an example
of health promotion that is sensitive to
culture and environment.
Her conviction is supported by WHO
statistics that indicate that, in China,
oral health care is being provided to 790
million people, or 66 per cent of the
country's population, in their own communities using methods adapted to fit
their lifestyles.
Boyd also cites self-care and community involvement as important elements
to consider when developing oral health
education programs.
These elements will serve as guiding
principles to Boyd and nine other world
leaders in oral health science education
invited by WHO to establish a global
system for encouraging the development
of an oral health science curriculum.
The consortium was formed earlier
this year when WHO designated 1994 as
the "Year of Oral Health" to ensure that
prevention programs become universal
and that life-threatening oral diseases
are controlled.
It is the first time in the 44-year history
of the organization that it has focussed
on oral health issues.
"Dental disease is endemic in the
world," Boyd said. "Less than one per
cent ofthe world population of five billion
enjoys the Canadian standard of oral
health care."
The curriculum being developed by
Boyd and her colleagues will be used by
health care and oral health care workers
in developing countries.
"It will be designed to enable them to
facilitate the delivery of care, identify
public health problems, educate people
in their own community in health care
and, ultimately, to educate the population in the ways of self-help and personal
responsibility," Boyd said.
She added that the committee will use
a "ladder" system of sequential educational programs to make the curriculum
student-centred. It will also be based on
learning units permitting students to enter
and exit the curriculum at each level.
Garden, Tea House
opening steeped in
Japanese tradition
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The newly restored Nitobe Memorial
Garden and Tea House were officially reopened on Saturday, May 28.
The garden and Tea House recently
received a $1.5 million restoration, carried out by Japanese artisans and funded
by donors to UBC's World of Opportunity
fund-raising campaign.
In 1992, the university retained
Toshiaki Masuno, president of Japan
Landscape Consultants of Yokohama, to
design and oversee renovation ofthe garden, which through the years had departed from its original appearance.
Much of the reconstruction was the
responsibility of Shinichi Sano, an 18th
generation garden builder, and a small
team of skilled gardeners from Kyoto.
The gardeners replaced and pruned
plants, renovated the Tea House garden,
upgraded the pond's shoreline and
rockwork, added a pebble beach, and
constructed a traditional garden wall,
called a tsujibei.
The renovation project was funded by
the Konwakai (the Japanese Businessmen's Association of Vancouver), corporations in Japan and the Commemorative Association ofthe Japan World Exposition (1970), with additional support
from the Japan Foundation.
The Tea House, constructed in the
1960s, was also beginning to show its
age. The Urasenke Foundation, whose
Vancouver chapter has been the most
active user of the Tea House, donated
funds for its renovation. Urasenke Grand
Master Soshitsu Sen XV of Kyoto, a renowned expert on the Japanese tea ceremony, oversaw the work.
Speakers at the opening ceremony included Lt.-Gov. David Lam, Japanese
Consul General Yasuo Nozaka, B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Darlene Marzari,
Urasenke Grand Master Soshitsu Sen,
Shinichiro Asao, president of the Japan
Foundation, UBC Chancellor Robert Lee,
UBC President David Strangway and UBC
Landscape Architecture Assoc. Prof.
Patrick Mooney.
An international symposium held in
Martin Dee photo
Urasenke Grand Master Soshitsu Sen
offered the first bowl of tea, assisted
by Tomiko Sen, left, in the newly
renovated Tea House. Sen also
received an honorary degree from
UBC during the spring Congregation
ceremonies last month. The Nitobe
Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. daily.
conjunction with the garden re-opening
and organized by UBC's Landscape Architecture program explored the spirit
and philosophy of Japanese landscape
architecture. Also that weekend, Mokuyokai, a Vancouver-based group of people interested in Japan, hosted a celebration of tea in the garden for the general
Nitobe Memorial Garden first opened
in May 1960, and is dedicated to the
memory of Inazo Nitobe, a Japanese
educator, scholar and diplomat known
for his efforts to foster understanding
between Japan and other countries.
Conference to explore
new field of counselling
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
A new approach to dealing with everyday personal problems and dilemmas
will be explored at the First International
Conference on Philosophical Counselling
July 8-12 at UBC.
Developed in Western Europe in the
past decade, philosophical counselling
helps people develop philosophical
insights and self-understanding that help
them deal with experiences such as midlife crises, problems in relationships and
in the family, and occupational dissatisfaction.
'The conference is aimed at exploring
the theoretical background of this new
field and its practical implications," said
organizer Louis Marinoff, the executive
moderator of the Canadian Applied Ethics Research Networks at the Centre for
Applied Ethics.
Those working in philosophy, psychology and other helping professions
are especially welcome."
The idea was introduced first in Germany in 1981 and is now gaining accept
ance in other countries. The field is
supported by two European professional
organizations and two journals.
The conference, to be held at Green
College, includes symposia July 8-10
and workshops the following two days.
Some of the themes to be discussed
include consulting on business and
professional ethics, and the emergence
of ethical counselling: guidelines and
Scheduled speakers and workshop
leaders include Michael McDonald, the
Maurice Young Professor of Applied Ethics and director of the Centre for Applied
Ethics; Ida Jongsma, a member of the
founding group ofthe philosophical counselling movement in Holland; and Ran
Lahav, who teaches philosophical counselling at Haifa University in Israel.
The conference is sponsored by the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada and is co-sponsored
by the Centre for Applied Ethics, Faculty
of Graduate Studies and Dept. of Philosophy.
For more information phone the Centre for Applied Ethics at 822-5139. 14 UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994
YWCA applauds women
for service, dedication
by Connie Filletti
Judith Hall
Roslyn Kunin
Diane Loomer
Staff writer
Three members of the UBC
community are among the recipients of this year's 11th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, presented in Vancouver last month.
Dr. Judith Hall, head of
UBC's Pediatrics Dept., received the Health, Sciences and
Technology Award for her outstanding leadership, academic
and administrative contributions and innovations in research, education and patient
The YWCA applauded Hall
as a world leader in clinical
genetics and as one ofthe province's foremost advocates of
excellence in child health care.
Roslyn Kunin, recipient of
the Management and the Professions Award, is executive
director ofthe Laurier Institution and a member of UBC's
Board of Governors.
An economist with Employment and Immigration Canada
for the past 20 years, Kunin
was honoured by the YWCA for
her brilliant analysis of economic and labour market
trends and was described as a
powerful role model who has
worked to encourage women to
expand their career options,
especially in science, technology and entrepreneurial ventures.
Diane Loomer, winner ofthe
Arts and Culture Award, is the
director ofthe Choral Union at
UBC's School of Music. She
was cited for being instrumental in establishing Vancouver
as an important choral centre
and for her unique ability to
motivate and inspire people of
all ages to perform and appreciate good choral music.
Loomer is co-founder of the
internationally acclaimed
Elektra Women's Choir. The
choir won first prize in the 1994
CBC Radio Amateur Choir
Competition and was nominated for a JUNO award earlier
this year.
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards were created
in 1984 to recognize women
who are strengthening their
communities through their
dedication to leadership and
humanitarian service, said
Judith Shandro, chair of the
awards planning committee.
There were 52 nominees vying for awards in eight categories, including the Community
and Humanitarian Service
Award which is sponsored by
Royal Bank honours Rick Hansen
Rick Hansen, known to millions as the Man in Motion, is
this year's recipient of the
Royal Bank Award which recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions
to human welfare and the
common good.
Hansen, a paraplegic since
the age of 15, raised $26 million
during his Man in Motion World
Tour, wheeling 40,000 km across
34 countries on four continents
between 1985 and 1987.
On winning the award, he
was cited for his courage and
determination to create greater
awareness of the potential of
people with disabilities, and
for focusing attention on re
moving barriers to their full
participation in life.
Previous recipients include
literary scholar Northrop Frye.
Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger and
geneticist David Suzuki.
Annually, 50 per cent of the
interest accumulating from a
legacy created from the Man in
Motion World Tour is disbursed
to support spinal cord injury
research. The balance is allocated to rehabilitation, wheelchair sports and broadly based
awareness programs.
Hansen is currently the first
incumbent of UBC's Rick Hansen
National Fellow Program, a position created in 1990 to ensure
the continuation of the ideals
and values that inspired and
sustained the Man in Motion
World Tour.
Recipients of the Royal Bank
Award receive $125,000 and a
gold medal.
Monday the 27th John B. Toews
"What Do You Do When?
Soviet Believers under Stalinism"
Wednesday the 29th        James I. Packer
"George Whitefield: Reformational
Monday the 4th              Paul W. Barnett
"Bishop Spong, the Apostle Paul and
the Resurrection of]esus"	
Monday the 11th      Eugene H. Peterson
"Back to Square One: 'God Said'
(The Witness of Holy Scripture)"
Wednesday the 13th         Jeremy Begbie
"Where is Church Music Going?
An English View"	
• All lectures are free and are held from
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will be received at most of the lectures.
• Private taping is not permitted. Audio
cassettes may be ordered following each
A dialogue with Madeleine LEngle and
Luri Shaw. 1:00-4:00 pm Saturday,
June 25 at University Chapel, 5375
University Boulevard. Admission: $25.
For further information, contact the
Regent Bookstore at 228-1820.	
11:00 am-1:00 pm Thursday, June 30
at the Regent Bookstore.	
Eat your lunch and listen to live music
being performed! Phone for specifics
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This summer there will be exhibitions
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U 03 SUMMER UBC Reports ■ June 16, 1994 15
by staff writers
eah Costello. co-ordinator of External Affairs for the Alma Mater
Society, was one of three UBC students selected by the Fraser Institute
to participate in a program designed to find solutions to Canada's social
and economic problems.
Costello. a second-year Political Science student.
Mary Hsi,   who is in fourth-year economics, and Craig
Yirush. a Master's student in history, convened with
17 other students from across Canada for the third
annual Student Leaders' Colloquium on May 13 and 14
in Vancouver.
The two-day series of discussions and deliberations
on issues  including health care, deficit reduction,
government efficiency and the environment, was the
culmination of a year-long program that involved
students from nine provinces and representatives from
76 educational institutions.
The students who participated in the program were
chosen by the Frase.r Institute, a Canadian non-profit,
partisan economic research organization, for their leadership abilities
communication skills.
Peter Reiner, an associate professor in UBC's
Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research,
Dept. of Psychiatry, has received a Medical
Research Council (MRC) Scientist Award, the most
prestigious honour bestowed by the council.
Reiner, who was an MRC post doctoral fellow in the
Kinsmen Laboratory between 1984 and 1987, is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he
received a BA, PhD and a VMD from the university's
School of Veterinary Medicine.
His area of research focuses on the fundamental
brain mechanisms which control sleeping and waking.
Reiner was the recipient of a UBC University Teaching Prize from the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 1991.
Ray Doiron. a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education's Centre for
Curriculum and Instruction, has received the 1994 Grolier Award for
Research in School Librarianship from the Canadian School Library
The award is presented each year to support theoretical and applied
research that advances the field of school librarianship.
Doiron, who will be teaching as an extrasessional instructor in the Dept. of
Language Education this summer, is currently doing research in a Prince
Edward Island school district on the relationship between classroom libraries
and school library resource centres.
He will receive the $1,000 award on June 17 at the Canadian School
Library Association's national conference in Vancouver.
Political Science Assoc. Prof. John Wood has been
elected president of the Shastri Indo-Canadian
Institute for a two-year term.
A faculty member at UBC since 1969, Wood has
been chair of the Centre for South Asian Research
since 1992.  His area of expertise is comparative
politics with major emphasis on India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Wood has been a consultant to the Federal Ministry
of Employment and Immigration on Indian immigration/refugee policy since 1983. He has also helped
establish the Canadian International Development
Agency Partnership Program, which fosters research
collaboration between Canadian and Indian universities.
UBC is a founding member of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, which
was founded in 1968 to deepen the knowledge of Indian and Canadian
scholars about each others' societies and cultures.
The Shastri Institute provides scholarships for language, humanities,
social sciences and development studies and for performing arts training.
Thomas Collins, a physicist who in 1950 became the first person to
graduate with a PhD from UBC, has been awarded the Robert Wilson
Prize by the American Physical Society.
Now retired, Collins' research and teaching career took him to Cambridge,
Harvard, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago and the
University of Minnesota.
The award is presented by the society's division of particle physics and
fields to recognize outstanding work in the area of accelerator research.
asters creative writing student Zde Landale of Vancouver has won a
1993 National Magazine Award gold medal for her non-fiction piece.
Remembering Karen.
The story, about the death of Landale's sister 18 years ago, appeared in
the May, 1993, issue of Saturday Night Magazine.
The award, presented at a ceremony May 5 in Toronto, was shared by
Landale's sister, Marjorie Simmins (BA, English Lit., '84). who also wrote
about the death of her sister, Karen.
Landale initially submitted her piece for a non-fiction creative writing class
at UBC.  It appeared in Event Magazine, a publication based in New Westminster, before being reprinted in Saturday Night Magazine.
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The Faculty of Medicine and UBC Medical Alumni Division are launching a
campaign to raise funds for the completion ofthe UBC Medical Student and
Alumni Centre located at W. 12th Ave. and Heather St. in Vancouver.
Faculty of Medicine
Alumni, students to
benefit from facility
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC's Faculty of Medicine and the
UBC Medical Alumni Division are launching a two-year fund-raising campaign to
finance the completion ofthe UBC Medical Student and Alumni Centre.
They hope to raise $250,000 of the
$750,000 needed for the project through
a mail and telephone appeal to the university's medical faculty, undergraduate
students and alumni. The Vancouver
Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, in
partnership with the provincial government, has committed the balance of the
Plans for phase two of the centre include construction of meeting rooms, an
exercise room, showers, lockers and storage space to replace facilities previously
available to medical students, residents
and interns at the hospital.
The new facilities will help meet the
needs ofthe increasing number of people
using the centre,  a figure which has
increased three-fold to 450 people since
phase one of the 7,000-square-foot centre was completed in 1990. A maximum
of 175 people can be accommodated in
the centre's current space.
"Keeping up with rapid developments
in medical knowledge is a major challenge for today's physicians," said Dr.
Chuck Slonecker, a professor of Anatomy
and campaign chair.
The Medical Student and Alumni Centre provides a venue for medical professionals and students to meet, to learn
and to stay abreast of issues that concern
In 1988, more than $1 million was
pledged for the first phase ofthe centre by
UBC medical faculty, students, alumni,
the B.C. Medical Association and other
private donors.
Meeting rooms and other facilities at
the centre, located at W. 12th Ave. and
Heather St. on land donated by the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, can be rented.
For more information, call 879-8496.
Study shows hormone
increases bone density
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Progesterone, a hormone used to treat
menstrual disorders, can prevent spinal
bone loss and increase bone density in
healthy, pre-menopausal women with
abnormal menstrual cycles, says a team
of UBC researchers.
A year-long study, led by endocrinologist Dr. Jerilynn Prior, refutes previous scientific assertions that estrogen
is the only essential hormone for bone
strength and growth.
Prior, an associate professor of Medicine, and colleagues from the Vancouver
Hospital and Health Sciences Centre and
UBC's departments of Medicine, Family
and Nutritional Sciences and Radiology,
studied 61 women ages 21 to 45 who were
healthy, physically active and experiencing absent, irregular or hormonally disturbed menstrual cycles.
In a previous study published in 1990
in the New England Journal of Medicine,
Prior found that approximately 30 per
cent of all healthy, premenopausal
women do not have consistently normal
menstrual cycles.
Women enrolled in the study who received 10 milligrams of medroxyprogesterone administered for 10 days each
month over the 12-month trial period,
and one gram of oral calcium daily, showed
an increase in bone density that averaged
two per cent.
Medroxyprogesterone is a
progestational agent available in tablet
form under the trade name Provera.
Another group who received two placebos or inactive substances, lost an average of two per cent of their spinal bone
over the same time.
'This study indicates that healthy, exercising   young   women   who   have
hormonally disturbed menstrual cycles
are losing spinal bone at a
stage of life
when bone density would normally be stable
or increasing,
putting them at
greater risk for
Prior said.
"It also
shows that pro-
combined with
an increase in calcium to the equivalent
of twice the minimum daily amount, provides an effective and natural way of
preventing bone loss and increasing bone
The study, which appears in this
month's issue of the American Journal of
Medicine, was supported by The Dairy
Bureau of Canada.
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