Apr 13, 2017

The CFA's annual general meeting will start with a light breakfast social at check-in, 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2, in LB 321. The meeting will get underway at 9 a.m. next door in LB 322. In addition to AGM business and budget items, highlights include door prizes, a barbecue lunch, and farewell to Ed Lavalle. Watch your email for the agenda package, which will be sent a few days ahead of the meeting. Be sure to reserve a spot by sending a quick email to cfa@capilanou.ca, and keying "AGM Yes!" in the subject line.

Apr 5, 2017

Rick Gale, vp academic and provost, will attend the upcoming CFA general meeting on April 11 between 11:40 and 12:50 to address questions about section assignments. For a full agenda, check your email folder dated April 5, 2017.

Mar 22, 2017

The Faculty Association held its annual executive elections yesterday, March 21, and the following members were elected: Brent Calvert, president; Joanne Quirk, chief steward; Anthea Mallinson, vice president; Stephen Williams, assistant chief steward; Chris Gratham, professional affairs officer; Michael Begg, membership, communications, and committees officer; Sandra Seekins, secretary; Colin Gilker, non-North Vancouver member at large. The treasurer position is currently vacant and a member with well-rounded accounting experience is sought. The aforementioned executive team begins serving the membership on August 1, 2017. The existing team remains in place till July 31, 2017. To view the names of the current team, click the "executive" link on the left side menu.

Mar 20, 2017

The CFA executive team is elected for one academic year at a time. On Tuesday, March 21, nine members will be elected to serve durng the academic year 2017/2018, beginning August 1, 2017. Nominations can be made from the floor and all elections will take place in LB 322 at the general meeting, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Faculty must sign-in and confirm their CFA membership in order to vote (a signature is all that's necessary). To see who has been nominated so far, check Friday's email from secretary Tim Acton. For information about any of the positions, contact the existing executive members or review the general descriptions on this website.

Mar 8, 2017

There is an open education-technology forum taking place during CFA's meeting block on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., in LB 321 and 322.  Review the agenda and remember to RSVP dcottrel@capilanou.ca.

Executive elections are on the CFA's general meeting agenda, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. If you're an active member, consider running for one of the positions. A nomination form and position descriptions are on the forms-page link on the left-side menu.

Stewards, chairs, coordinators, and convenors will gather for their respective lunch meetings in LB 321 and 322 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. A reminder email will be sent a few days ahead.

If you want to submit an application for faculty professional-development funding, do it soon; the deadline is March 31. Check the forms page for info and applications, and contact Laura Mackay if you have questions.

Jan 25, 2017

You might not have noticed, but Capilano University has a new "nook" called the Faculty Commons. Overseeing the area's activities is Laurie Prange-Martin, who is the recently appointed manager of learning and teaching development. She's the one responsible for sending those Monday morning newsletters full of links and tips. In an effort to sharpen her aim, Laurie is asking all faculty to complete a short survey to tell her who you are (reg, non-reg, aux) and what you need. If you haven't already filled in answers to the nine questions, contact Laurie for the link or check your Monday morning email. The deadline for responses is Friday, January 27, 2017.

Jan 25, 2017

Understanding the University's budget will help faculty and department personnel make good decisions. To that end, the CFA has invited Cap's vice president of finance, Jacqui Stewart, and Cap's director of finance, Mike Proud, to walk faculty members through the process. Be sure to attend this special budget information session during the CFA's regularly scheduled meeting time on Tuesday, January 31, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50  p.m. in LB 322. Bring your questions and your lunch. Tea, coffee and cookies provided.

Dec 29, 2016

If you like to be well-informed about plans for your workplace, add these two info-session dates to your calendar:

  1. Thurs, Jan 12 (12 noon, Bosa Centre) - Information Session (President's Perspective) with University President Paul Dangerfield addressing the operational plan, recent employee engagement survey, and spring initiatives.
  2. Tues, Jan 31 (11:40 a.m. LB 322) - Special Budget Information Session for faculty members with Jacqui Stewart, Vice President Finance and Administration. Topics include updates on a streamlined budget process, evolving budget assumptions, and a review of the draft budget prior to submission to the senate and board of governors.

And don't forget to attend the CFA's general meetings on Tues, Jan 17; Feb 21, Mar 21, and Apr 11. The AGM is scheduled for Tues, May 2, from 8:30 - 3:30.

To include an item on any agenda, please send an email to the CFA office

Dec 6, 2016

Excerpt FPSE Newsletter: Twenty-seven years ago, on December 6, 1989, fourteen women were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. When a man with a gun entered the engineering school, he separated the women from the men, shouting that he was fighting feminism. The women he killed lost their lives to gender-based violence, a hate crime that has come to symbolize the ongoing need to end violence against women and girls.

As educators and academic workers, this anniversary has a particularly poignant significance for us. This horrific act of violence took place on a campus. On that day, I was in a classroom at UVic supervising my history students writing their final exam. An attack could have taken place in that classroom, or any classroom in which we work, environments we presume to be safe spaces, for us and for our students.

December 6 was proclaimed the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in 1991. Twenty-five years later, we have as much need for action as we did then. In an era where a man accused of multiple sexual assaults, a man who gleefully speaks of his aggression and demeaning behaviour toward women, can be elected as President of the United States, it becomes more important than ever to speak out against acts of violence, misogyny, and sexism.

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Nov 30, 2016

Students have been traipsing in and out of Ed Lavalle's office for 43+ years. They engage in political and philosophical discussions that may or may not alter their grades but certainly challenge their thinking and debating skills.

Whether or not you've sat eyeball-to-eyeball with him yourself, if you are a faculty member at Capilano, you benefited from Ed's wisdom, frankness, and activism. He was here when it all began. He was one of the Faculty Association's founders back in the '70s, making Capilano the first unionized member—Local 1—of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC. Throughout the decades, he has worked endlessly for the membership as president, chief steward, chief negotiator, and guru. 

Ed+Ramjee UN Climate Change Simulation-Dec 4-2015.jpgEd's influence has been mightily felt not just in Vancouver and British Columbia but across the ocean. For many years, Ed mentored colleagues and students alike as he led the European Union study tours for all Canadian universities. With his creativity, legal expertise, and background in the labour movement, Ed infused the program with strength and ingenuity.

But to top the lot, Ed was—and is—a funny guy with a suitcaseful of great stories. Before he retires this term, stop for a visit on Wednesday, December 7, 2:30 – 4  p.m., in LB 322. And if you have a tale of your own to share, contact Cheryl Schraeder in Social Sciences. 

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