Appointment of a Happiness Officer

To:       Senate

From:   Nominating Committee

Date:   27 July 2020

Re:       Appointment of a Happiness Officer


In the recent past, the Registrar approved the appointment of a Happiness Officer in the Office of the Senate, DeVeaux Section. After a careful review, the successful candidate is Vega Blue.


Vega Blue was born on February 27, 2020 in the middle of a brutal Alberta winter to show champion parents Wynn and Zee Zee, cherished Cuban Havanese. Vega Blue was born a bright star and is a doer of puppy stuff like napping, eating, chasing bouncy things, giving kisses and the shameless pursuit of belly rubs.

Proposed Motion

THAT THE Office of the Senate appoint Vega Blue to the role of Happiness Officer for a one-year term, continuing until a suitably adorable replacement is identified;

AND THAT THE Office of the Senate approves compensation in belly rubs, freeze dried liver treats and apple slices, to be dispensed at the request of the Happiness Officer;

AND THAT THE Office of the Senate designate team members to accompany the Happiness Officer on walks along paths of the Happiness Officer’s choosing;

AND THAT THE Happiness Officer not be required to complete any specific tasks except napping and delivering pure joy.

Next Steps

The Office of the Senate will host a meet and greet with Vega Blue in the near future.

 Brian Fukushima Scholarship for Dogs with Beautiful Eyes

(posted on behalf of Brian Fukushima)

To:       Senate

From: Awards Committee

Date:   27 July 2020

Re:       New Awards

The Senate Awards Committee recommends:

“That Senate accept the awards as listed and forward them to the Brian for approval, and that letters of thanks be sent to his family.”

 Endowed Awards:

 Brian Fukushima Scholarship for Dogs with Beautiful Eyes

 Scholarships totaling 1000 bones have been made available through an endowment established by the Brian Fukushima Foundation for undergraduate good dogs who demonstrate excellence in having beautiful eyes. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory.

The recipient of this scholarship for Winter Session 2020/21 was Chase.

Memorial Minutes: Slick Rick Iverson

(posted on behalf of Jessica Iverson)

From: Senate Tributes Committee

To:      Vancouver Senate

Re:      Memorial Minutes

The Senate Tributes Committee has prepared memorial minutes for the following individual:

Slick Rick Iverson

Motion:          That Senate approve the memorial minutes for Slick Rick Iverson, that they be entered into the minutes of Senate and copies be sent to the family of the deceased.

Slick Rick Iverson

Slick Rick, or simply Rick as he was called by friends and family, began his illustrious career as a UBCat in January 2012. Not even three-months-old, Rick joined the then-Faculty of Graduate Studies as the office’s first one-eyed feline. What he lacked in optical orbs he made up for in personality, and soon Rick’s shortcomings were either quickly forgotten or mistaken for a wink. Tales of this curious creature started mounting, and as his preferred human, Jessica Iverson, moved within and outside of UBC, so too did his lore. To know Rick was to love him, and he was well-known.

Rick and his human had a special relationship (see: Arrested Development’s Motherboy), and in a characteristically feline way, he came to exploit that to his benefit, exposing his human as the weak link willing to give in to his every demand. Leadership style aside, Rick’s efforts underscored the importance of loving your pets obsessively; failing to do so would result in missing what is, in the humble opinion of his human, a true joy in life.

Rick returned to UBCat status in February as an Academic Goverenance Offipurr. His recent contributions to the Vancouver Senate include keeping his human’s desk warm and appearing in the background of various Zoom meetings. He passed unexpectedly on May 8, 2020. While his fluffiness is gone, his motto endures: half the eyes, twice the charm.

To his family and friends, the Senate and the University of British Columbia offers its condolences and thanks.