On Wednesday, the Board of Governors met. The focus of the agenda was the review and approval of 2015-2016 tuition and other program fees, approvals that occur each year at this time. As is legislated by the provincial government, the board approved a tuition increase of 2.2 per cent for next year. In addition, I was pleased to announce after the board meeting that Olive Yonge has been appointed interim provost and vice-president (academic) per the board’s approval.
While presenting a report to the board on Senate activities and priorities for the year, Chancellor Ralph Young noted that the U of A’s United Way campaign has thus far fallen short of its goal. As the university’s honorary chair of the campus United Way campaign, he was concerned that we have only reached 60 per cent of our campaign goal of $575,000. Although campaign activities on campus ended a little over a month ago, the chancellor reminded the board that the campaign remains open until December 31 and donations can still be made online. As you know, the U of A—through faculty, staff, and students—has a long and outstanding history of supporting the United Way, largely, I believe, because we know that the United Way supports so many organizations that not only provide critical assistance to those in need, but also provide services that many young people need to develop their full academic and personal potential. Please consider making a pledge if you haven’t already done so.
I would also like to highlight another great initiative nearing its close. Today is the last day that faculty, staff, alumni, and students can join in the “Share the Cheer” program led by UAI. Through this program, international U of A students are paired with faculty, staff, and alumni who generously open their homes over the holidays and share their families’ traditions over an evening. This is the third year of this program, each year more successful than the last. My thanks to all for participating and welcoming students into your homes. Please visit the Share the Cheer website if you would like to sign up for this year’s festivities.
Until next Friday,