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Note: The president’s report remains in-camera, meaning in private, as per Senate’s Feb. 11, 2021 decision. Because of this, The Aquinian is unable to cover the contents of the president’s report in these briefs. 

Gender breakdown of awards, scholarships and bursaries

Members of the St. Thomas University Senate engaged in an intense debate over the gender breakdown of awards, scholarships and bursaries regarding a pair of proposed awards designated for male university athletes.

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Both motions were defeated due to concerns raised by several members who deemed it “problematic” for the university to set aside money for “non-equity-seeking” groups.

Student research and ideas fair

Peter Toner, associate vice president of research at St. Thomas University, said the 19th Annual Student Research & Ideas Fair is scheduled for March 17, where students can present research projects and learn what is involved in academic conference participation.

The deadline for student proposals, which can be submitted here, is Feb. 20 at noon.

Academic skills workshop series

Kim Fenwick, acting president and vice-chancellor of St. Thomas University, said Student Success Coach Kath Hyndman is hosting an Academic Skills Workshop Series, which takes place from Jan. 24 to 31.

Fenwick said topics include time management, reading and notetaking and study skills, adding that full details can be found on the events page of STU’s website.

Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism

Kim Fenwick, acting president and vice-chancellor of St. Thomas University, said the Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Kinsella Auditorium in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

Fenwick said André Picard, an award-winning health journalist, will reflect on how health care and health journalism have changed over the decades and where they are headed in the future.

The lecture will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio’s Ideas.

Lodhi Memorial Lecture

Kim Fenwick, acting president and vice-chancellor of St. Thomas University, said the Lodhi Memorial Lecture is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed.

Fenwick said Ian Fry, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on climate change and human rights, will present this year’s lecture.

Changes to Chinese Cultural Association scholarship

Dawne Clarke, chair of the St. Thomas University Senate curriculum committee, presented a motion to change the terms of reference and value amount for the Chinese Cultural Association of New Brunswick Scholarship. The motion carried.

Approval of new English and political science classes

Dawne Clarke, chair of the St. Thomas University Senate curriculum committee, put forward a motion from the English department to approve a new class called ENGL-2793 — a course on English culture. The motion carried.

Clarke also put forward a motion from the political science department to approve a new class called POLS-3543 — the re-emergence of China. The motion carried.

Appointments to the Professor Emeritus Committee

André Loiselle, dean of humanities at St. Thomas University, put forward a motion that Senate elects Kristi Allain and Grant Williams to sit on the Professor Emeritus Committee to review nominations for said award. The motion carried.