Minutes – November 1, 2012

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Student Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 1, 2012


The meeting of the BPKSA was called to order at 1:30pm on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in the BPK Seminar Room by Steven.

In attendance

  • Steven, Sam, Shaila, Kirsten, Sidney, Lucy, Debbie, Sandy, Jason, Megan, Brent, Joyce

Open Issues

CCUPEKA Accreditation Team Visit

  • two doctors from the CCUPEKA came and asked us some questions about our experiences at SFU
  • Why did you choose the SFU Kin Program?
    • a more science based program
    • lab hours are offered with a lot of the Kin courses
    • the faculty was approachable/friendly (they get involved with a lot of the social activities we put on)
    • great sense of community
  • Where do you see yourself after SFU?
    •  naturopath, dentist, doctor, physio,
    • lots are undecided
    • many came in thinking medicine but have changed their minds over the course of their degree
    • research experiences in labs have given people ideas as well
  • Are your lab groups too crowded? Do we have good access to IT things?
    • having set labs of approx. 20ish people is good for getting more time with TAs/profs however this leads to lots of wait lists for classes (the trade off is worth it though)
    • frequency of classes is sometimes bad
    • library’s computer lab is good, the wifi can be problematic though everywhere on campus
  • Are there any problems seeing your Academic Advisor?
    • she has a lot of drop-in advising hours, but it depends on the time of the semester (busier around course selection)
    • the website isn’t clear in some cases when it comes to trying to figure out what courses you need for your specific program
  • What could be changed to strengthen the program?
    • more research experiences for lower division students


Meeting was adjourned at 2:16pm by Steven. The next meeting will be Thursday, November 8, 2012 in the BPK Seminar Room at 1:30pm.

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