President lauds contributions of University community
President Mordechai Rozanski began the last Senate
meeting of 2001 by reporting on the University's performance
in Maclean's magazine's annual ranking of universities,
indicating areas where the University did well and less
well (See Nov. 14 issue of @Guelph). Rozanski thanked
members of the faculty, staff, students and alumni for their
important contributions to the University's quality and
reputation, which continue to gain national recognition.
Nevertheless, the president cautioned that more funding
is still needed to deal with rising student-to-faculty ratios
that result in growing class sizes, both of which influence
the University's quality.
He added that he and other executive heads of Ontario universities
continue to meet with provincial officials to pursue this
The president drew senators' attention to a new Association
of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) national campaign
to inform the public about the value and benefits of an
arts and sciences undergraduate university education. AUCC's
efforts, he said, complement the advocacy work and recent
publications of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation
of Canada, designed to highlight the essential role that
social sciences and humanities play in the teaching and
research mission of Canadian universities.
In other news, the president advised Senate that registrar
Chuck Cunningham has been named director of Communications
and Public Affairs. An open search for a new registrar will
be initiated in the near future.
Rozanski also welcomed Prof. Dave Hume to his new role
as interim associate vice-president (research, agri-food
and partnerships). Hume will work closely with Prof. Alan
Wildeman, vice-president (research), on renewing the University's
enhanced partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,
Food and Rural Affairs.
SENATE MEETING SCHEDULE
Senators approved a motion brought forward by its executive
committee to move from a four-week to a five-week meeting
cycle, reducing the number of meetings from 10 to eight
a year. This will make the scheduling of Senate meetings
more flexible, will ensure meetings are held when needed
and will save the University money on photocopying and mailing
costs, a memorandum on the proposal explained.
UPDATE ON SCIENCE COMPLEX DEVELOPMENT
Prof. Alastair Summerlee, provost and vice-president (academic),
gave senators a detailed presentation on the newest developments
surrounding the building of the University's science complex.
See related story.