Admin & governance news
Heather Munroe-Blum welcomes back the McGill community and looks to a future of building on McGill's strengths, improving communication and working strategically to achieve our goals — and hopefully getting more money with which to do so.
Jacques Hurtubise, appointed associate vice-principal (research) in August, will be sitting behind a bigger desk sooner than he expected. He will be the acting vice-principal (research) upon the departure of Louise Proulx, who is leaving her VP portfolio at the end of September.
Thursday, October 28, 2004, is Fall convocation day. Please be sure to confirm your personal information on Minerva, and visit the Convocations website for information pertaining to graduation and convocation.
At the 2004 annual conference of the Canadian Library Association, held in Victoria in June, Projet TRAP (Projet de traitement partagé – sharing cataloguing), initiated by the CREPUQ Working Group on Cataloguing, received two awards: the OCLC Canada/Canadian Library Association Award for Resource Sharing and the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) Innovation Achievement Award. The Working Group includes McGill cataloguing librarian Pat Riva.
McGill staff and students dug deep into their pockets last year for Centraide. Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University, announced the 2003 McGill Centraide Campaign raised $290,000.
The Solidarity Fund QFL announced a $10-million investment in MSBi Investment Fund LP, a seed- and early-stage fund specializing in high tech business financing. This partnership will allow MSBi to more adequately respond to the financial needs of seed-stage and early-stage companies resulting from next generation technologies that emanate from McGill, Sherbrooke and Bishop's universities, as well as their affiliated hospitals and research centres.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors approved, at its meeting of June 28, 2004, the appointment of Professor William F. Foster of the Faculty of Law to the position of Associate Provost (Faculty).
The University is now engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning exercise that will set teaching and research priorities going forward and will allocate resources in support of the academic goals.
At the Board of Governors meeting held on May 25, 2004, the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) presented the proposed 2004-2005 budget together with an outline of the framework for the multi-year resource allocation model in support of McGill's Strategic Academic Plan.
The Canadian Association of Business Officers (CAUBO), who promote the professional and effective management of the administrative, financial and business affairs of Canadian universities, awarded the Quality and Productivity Awards Quebec regional prize to McGill University for its Radioisotope Tracking System (RTS), developed by the Waste Management Program group.
In May 2004, the Senate Committee on Physical Development (SCPD) unanimously adopted a resolution to create a Task Force at McGill University to develop a framework for recommending to the SCPD revisions to McGill's building design standards to include "green building standards."
What new McGill program is no one talking about? Just because it may be uncouth to discuss in polite company and may not be the subject of conversations around the water cooler, we know that many of you will welcome the McGill 2004-05 Washrooms Improvement Program!