Summary: January 1, 2009 December 31, 2009
Faculty of Science
Traditionally our Annual Report begins with the Faculty's Strategic Plan, Creating Our Future: 2005-2010. This year,
however, we begin with Dr. Katherine Bergman's Summary Report, Toward Achieving Our Objectives. As Dean
of Science during the creation and implementation of the Faculty's current strategic plan, Dr. Bergman is eminently
qualified to provide this assessment. As 2010 comes to a close, the Faculty will finalize its new strategic plan in keeping
with mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our Communities, the University's Strategic Plan for 2009-2014.
2009 was an exciting year at the University. There were budget and enrolment issues of great concern, but also
visions of the coming years as we identified the priorities and actions needed in the first year of mâmawohkamâtowin.
Science had an excellent year for student enrolment with credit hours up substantially. And, the long anticipated move
began, with the opening of lab and office space for Science in the Research and Innovation Centre.
"It remains for the Faculty to continue formulating goals and objectives and searching out means to further our
reputation for excellence in both teaching and research...Our Faculty faces problems associated with static or declining
enrolment, and the lack of resources to undertake some of the many projects we would like to deal with. Nevertheless,
progress is being made in many respects."
These comments are a very accurate assessment of our current state. Perhaps they reflect the state in which
Science always lives. The comments were made by Dr. W. (Wally) B. McConnell, Dean of the Faculty of Science in the
Faculty's Annual Report 1974-75. This was the Faculty's first annual report after becoming a faculty. Prior to that, what