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    Senate in brief

    Highlights from the April 30 meeting of Senate

    At the beginning of the meeting, Principal Daniel Woolf recognized and thanked outgoing SGPS President Matthew Scribner and AMS President Doug Johnson for their work over the past year.

    Principal’s report

    Principal Woolf provided a written report to Senate.

    In his additional oral report, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:

    • Awards. The principal offered congratulations to John McGarry (Political Studies), who won one of five Canada Council Killam Prizes for his research on power-sharing and conflict resolution; James Low (Obstetrics and Gynecology), John Smol (Biology) and Peter Taylor (Mathematics and Statistics), who won three of the five national research and outreach honours awarded by Partners in Research; Stephen Archer, Head of the Department of Medicine, who received the Heart of Gold award for his volunteer work for the American Heart Association; and Queen’s medical student Paxton Bach (Meds’13), who received the first Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership from the Canadian Residence Matching Service.
    • Government update. It was expected that the provincial budget tabled early in May would bring new funding priorities and a new Youth Jobs Strategy that will support young entrepreneurs at universities and colleges.
    • University Council reform. The principal reminded senators of the voting on new University Council bylaws, which closed May 6.

    Provost’s report

    Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), provided a written report to Senate.

    In his additional oral report, the provost reported on:

    • David Saunders, who has been reappointed dean of Queen’s School of Business for a five-year term effective July 1, 2013.
    • William Flanagan, who has been reappointed dean of the Faculty of Law for a five-year term effective July 1, 2013.
    • Susan Mumm, who has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science for a five-year term.
    • His presentation on the development of the 2013-2014 budget, which is available on the provost’s website.
    • Time-to-completion. The Graduate Studies Executive Council (GSEC) met on April 18 and unanimously approved the extension of time limits regulation, the process regulation that accompanies the time-to-completion policy.

    Committee motions and reports

    Senate approved:

    Senate received:

    Senate deferred motions regarding the Report to Senate on Recommended Procedures Concerning the Temporary Suspension of Admissions to Academic Programs to the May meeting.

    Consultation with Senate

    Senate received presentations on and discussed:

    Motions (other than from Standing Committees)

    Senate approved:

    Senate deferred Motion 1 and approved Motion 2 regarding the time-to-completion policy.

    Question Period, Communications to Senate and Items Referred were deferred to the May 28 meeting.