Standing Room Only Expected at Chancellor's Gala
It will likely be standing-room only at a Dec. 13
gala in Toronto to mark chancellor Lincoln Alexander's 80th
birthday, president Mordechai Rozanski told Board of Governors
at its Dec. 6 meeting.
High-ranking members of the political, business and education
sectors are among the guests expected to attend the celebration,
which the chancellor has designated as a fund-raiser for
U of G. Proceeds from the event will fund new scholarships
to promote more diversity at the University.
The president told governors that Guelph's capital campaign
is progressing well towards its goal of a public launch
next spring. U of G's planning activities are also proceeding,
despite current economic uncertainties at the provincial
Important informational tools being created to support
ongoing planning activities are emerging from the University's
performance indicator project, Rozanski added. Prof. Bryan
Henry, Chemistry and Biochemistry, has led this project,
working with a committee of faculty and staff and assisted
by Ken Grant, director of Institutional Analysis and Planning.
For the past year and a half, the group has been tracking
the University's performance in several significant areas.
The data collected will allow Guelph to assess its overall
progress towards its strategic goals and its objectives
of being learner-centred and research-intensive, Rozanski
said. Given the government's increasing emphasis on university
accountability, the information will also help U of G satisfy
some of those expectations.
In a presentation on performance indicators, Henry said
the matter was being examined at both the macro and micro
levels. The goals of both are to make performance measures
at U of G transparent, easily measured, focused, few in
number and dynamic, he said.
Roger du Toit, head of du Toit Allsopp, Hillier, the consultants
hired by the University to help steer a review of its campus
master plan, updated governors on that review.
Du Toit said his group - which also includes Prof. Jim
Taylor, Landscape Architecture, and Chris Pickard, U of
G's director of planning, engineering and construction -
has received more than 130 completed "issue sheets,"
has held 26 meetings with stakeholder groups and organized
a town hall meeting and intense design session.
Among the many key issues identified through this process
are that the campus community is concerned about parking,
walkways, Gordon Street, green space and preserving the
University's traditions. The group will hold another town
hall meeting in January, and its eventual goal is to produce
a report and recommendations by April.
Following a presentation on the science complex by provost
Alastair Summerlee, B of G approved a motion to allocate
another $2 million from SuperBuild funds to enable continuation
of the science complex design development.
Michael Walsh, head of B of G's finance committee, alerted
governors that the University will soon have to replace
its aging telephone system.
In a planning retreat following the meeting, the board
reviewed and discussed the student experience at Guelph.
Presentations focused on three areas: attracting students
of high quality, presented by acting assistant registrar,
liaison, Laura Beattie, and Chuck Cunningham, director of
communications and public affairs; delivering a high-quality
educational experience, presented by political science student
Rich Appiah and Prof. Maureen Mancuso, associate vice-president
(academic); and putting a high-quality education to use,
presented by Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president
(student affairs), and Prof. Fred Evers, Sociology and Anthropology.