News briefs – April 3, 2013

Devan C. Tasa, News Editor Ω

Elections held for board of governors and senate student representatives

TRU is now holding online elections for one student position on the board of governors and two student positions on the senate.

Elections began March 26 and will end April 8. One can vote by logging into their myTRU account and clicking the student resources tab. Results will be posted April 12.

Running for the board of governors position are Emily Bootle and Sadriddin Mirkhodjaev. Running for the senate are Trad Bahabri, Sadriddin Mirkhodjaev, Dylan Robinson and Janice Yeung.

The board of governors makes decisions related to the financial governance of the university, while the senate makes the decisions related to academic governance.

TRUSU looking to expand student representation

TRUSU is looking to expand the number of student representatives sitting on faculty councils and board of governors committees.

The students union has sent letters asking TRU’s nine faculties to add a student representative. So far trades; adventure, culinary arts and tourism; nursing; and sciences have added a representative to their councils, while arts; business and economics; and student development are looking at adding one, said Alex McLellan, TRUSU’s research co-ordinator, at its March 27 meeting.

But efforts to add student representation to board of governors committees have been less successful.

“The institution is not interested in having students at that level,” McLellan told council.

Any new student representatives would also serve on TRUSU’s Student Caucus, which is currently made up of student representatives on senate committees.

Committee searching for new vice president

The search to replace TRU vice president finance and administration Cliff Neufeld, who retired on March 1, has begun.

Dylan Robinson, TRUSU’s vice president external, is sitting on a committee that’s looking at candidates for the job.

“The committee has narrowed it down to a long list of 20,” Robinson told TRUSU’s March 27 meeting.

Robinson said that list will be further reduced to five people and then the committee will enter discussions to reduce that number down to three. That’s expected to take until the end of April.

Those three candidates will then be interviewed.

There has been no deadline set to fill the position.

TRUSU expected to meet budget: Lane

The students union expects to meet the numbers presented in its 2012-2013 TRUSU budget, executive director Nathan Lane told March 27’s TRUSU council.

“We expect to deliver quite accurately the budget presented to membership,” Lane said.

Lane was presenting the students union’s finances as they stood at the end of February 2013.

In terms of revenue, TRUSU has collected 90 per cent of its expected membership dues, with the remainder expected to come in during the summer, said Lane. TRU budgeted $990,000 in revenue from fees this school year.

Revenue from Blazers and Kamloops Film Fest sales were higher than expected, with 4,300 Blazers tickets and 240 Film Fest tickets sold. Revenues from Common Grounds are less than expected, but Lane told council that March and April have traditionally been busier months.

The 2012-2013 TRUSU budget can be viewed at http://trusu.ca/docs/Finance/2012Budget.pdf.

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Enrolment report presented

Enrolment for courses at TRU is relatively stable, said a report presented to TRU Senate at its meeting March 25.

According to the report, which examined how many courses were taken in the winter semester, course enrolments went up by 0.8 per cent from Winter 2012 to 28,494 courses. The number of enrolments by international students increased by 2.6 per cent to 6,744 courses while the increase for domestic students was 0.3 per cent to 21,750 courses.

The biggest increases percentage-wise were seen in business and economics, which saw an increase of 9.1 per cent to 5,700 courses and student services, which increased by 2.3 per cent to 267 courses. The biggest decreases were seen in human, social and educational development, which was a decrease of 9.2 per cent to 4,404 courses and nursing, a decrease of 5.2 per cent to 1,452 courses.

This winter, there are 7,575 students, with 1,555 of those being international students.

Research needed before action taken to recruit more Aboriginal staff

After the senate’s Fist Nations committee asked the body to develop a strategy to increase the number of staff of Aboriginal descent, an associate vice president said that research is needed before action is taken.

The university has an equity policy that tries to ensure that more women, First Nations people, visible minorities and people with disabilities are hired, said Dennis Powers, the associate vice president of human resources, at the March 25 senate meeting.

The current number of staff that belongs to those groups is unknown.

“We need to survey our employees again soon and we need to ask the people of the designated groups how they find working here,” Powers said.

The last survey was conducted in 2010 and had 43 per cent of TRU’s staff of approximately 1,200 participate. Of that number, 60 per cent were women, 3.2 per cent were First Nations, 7.4 per cent were visible minorities and 3.6 per cent were persons with disabilities.

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