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First Director of Indigenous Initiatives appointed

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) participates in a special Senate meeting marking the 175th anniversary of the first Queen's Senate meeting.

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) as the inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives. The creation of this office was a recommendation of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report. This office will facilitate and coordinate university-wide initiatives in support of the Task Force’s other recommendations.

“I congratulate Jan on this new role, and I look forward to the opportunities for growth and reconciliation we are setting in motion,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “This appointment recognizes her deep and long-standing commitment to promoting Indigenous cultures and traditions, including her efforts at Queen’s. Her student-centred approach and passion for teaching and learning are an example to us all.”

As Director of Indigenous Initiatives, reporting to the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), Ms. Hill will promote an understanding of the histories and perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, with a particular focus on the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee, on whose traditional lands Queen’s University sits. She will also focus on relationship building, knowledge sharing, guiding and supporting faculties looking to incorporate Indigenous histories and perspectives into curriculum, and support researchers engaging with Indigenous peoples and communities. She begins in her new position on October 2.

“It is indeed an honour to be appointed to this role which will allow me to continue working on many projects I am sincerely and deeply invested in,” says Ms. Hill. “The work of conciliation within Queen’s and with the broader communities, both Indigenous and Settler, is large and challenging but potentially very meaningful undertaking for all involved. I truly believe that relationship building is at the crux of this work and has been the heart of all of the significant efforts that have already taken place to Indigenize our campus and community here at Queen’s.”

Ms. Hill has served as the Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s since 2010, with the centre experiencing significant growth under her leadership. In addition to supporting Indigenous students, she has worked to increase visibility and awareness of Indigenous histories, languages, and cultures across campus, and strengthened the university’s relationships with Indigenous communities.

“This is exciting and important new role, and I very much look forward to working with the incumbent,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice Principal (Academic). “The Director of Indigenous Initiatives will serve as an important voice on campus, helping to further build reciprocal and respectful relationships with our local Indigenous communities and coordinating our sustained progress on all ongoing and future Indigenous initiatives.”

Along with her work at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Ms. Hill has been actively involved in facilitating Indigenous initiatives throughout the university, including coordinating the revitalization of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, supporting the development of the Indigenous Studies Minor, and serving as an integral member of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. Ms. Hill is deeply engaged in Indigenous education through many different provincial and national organizations.

A member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation, Ms. Hill began her academic career as an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Education and went on to help establish the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP), serving as academic co-director for the program in 1997-98. Ms. Hill is in the process of completing her Master of Arts in Gender Studies at Queen’s, and previously completed her bachelor of education through Queen’s. You can learn more about Ms. Hill from this Gazette profile.

The search for a new permanent Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will begin in the near future.

Announcement of Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group membership

The 25 members, and one supporting member, of the Undergraduate Orienation Review Working Group have been announced. Visit the Principal's website for more information on this initiative.

Name

Title

Teri Shearer (Chair)

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations & Inclusion)

Nicky Andbinder

Vice President of Operations, Physical Health Education & Kinesiology Student Association 

Sue Bates

President, Queen’s University Alumni Association

Johanne Bénard

Associate Dean (Admission & Recruitment) and Associate Dean (Studies), Faculty of Arts & Science

Peter Chin

Associate Dean, Faculty of Education

Yvonne Cooper

Director of Communications

Robin Dawes

Associate Professor, School of Computing

Kevin Deluzio

Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Liam Dowling

President, Concurrent Education Students’ Association

Emlyn Folkes

President, Commerce Society

Keltie Gale

University Council

Lori Garnier

Executive Director, Commerce Program

Jyoti Kotecha

Director, Queen’s University International Centre

Jasmine Lagundzija

President, Arts & Science Undergraduate Society

Jennifer Li

AMS President

Vanessa McCourt

Aboriginal Advisor, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Jennifer Medves

Vice-Dean (Health Sciences), Director of the School of Nursing

Alexandra Palmeri

President, Nursing Science

Heidi Penning

Equity Advisor, Equity Office

Ramna Safeer

AMS Social Issues Commissioner

Ann Tierney

Vice-Provost & Dean of Student Affairs

Alex Wojaczek

President, Computing Students' Association

Nathaniel Wong

President, Engineering Society

Woo Kim

Manager, Student Experience Office

Anna van der Meulen

Department Manager, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Support: Rebecca Coupland, Director & Associate Secretary, University Secretariat.

Alumnus, professor and, now, dean

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Kevin Deluzio
Kevin Deluzio became the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science on July 1. Previously, he served as the head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s. (University Communications)

Kevin Deluzio became the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science on July 1. Most recently Dr. Deluzio was the head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s and has established a state of the art human motion performance laboratory at Hotel Dieu Hospital. The Gazette had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Dean Deluzio about his early experiences in the position, his goals for the coming year, and to learn a bit more about him.

Since becoming dean, what have you learned about Queen’s and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science that you didn’t know before?

“One of the things I have done since becoming dean is I invited all the faculty members to have individual meetings and the response has been amazing. Through these meetings I’ve learned about the incredible breadth of work that is being done and the most exciting part is we have so many international leaders working at the boundaries of what would be considered traditional engineering disciplines. The other thing that I’ve learned a lot about is the incredible group of people we have who are involved in our support services for undergraduate students, particularly at the first-year level where the change is the largest. I am amazed by this incredible, dedicated group, who provide all levels of support including academic, and mental health counselling. We’re very proactive in this way and I also think we set the standard across the nation in terms of the services that we have that pick students up after they stumble. It’s incredible. I’ve really been blown away by that.”

You have an extensive background with Queen’s as an alumnus and faculty member for more than 10 years as well as being the former head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and director of the Human Mobility Research Laboratory. Do you think this helps you in your new role?

“Absolutely. If you take a look at what the role of a dean is it’s to provide leadership to help our students, our faculty, and our staff to achieve their very best. That’s really what I am here to do and I have experience in all of those areas. Teaching here at Queen’s has made me aware of excellence of our students. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science attracts the very best from across the country and internationally. As a researcher, by establishing a lab here at Queen’s, building it to somewhat of an international reputation, I’m aware of the challenges new faculty face and that is really one area that I have a lot of passion for, providing the environment for our new faculty to succeed and help them over those hurdles and barriers to start research programs. Through my experience as a department head I have learned what you can do as an academic leader and the kind of difference you can make for students, staff, and faculty members. That will inform me in my work as dean in the sense that you have the ability to broaden and make that influence more impactful. As an alumnus, my love for Queen’s runs very deep. My pride in the engineering faculty is something that is palpable to those I work with. Honestly, I’m humbled and honoured by this opportunity to serve my faculty, to serve in this role. I think that enthusiasm and my passion will come through to the students, to the alumni, to all the stakeholders. I think that is a real strength that I will bring to this role.”

What are your priorities for the year ahead?

“There are really three main priorities: to strengthen research impact; engineering student experience; and increasing diversity within the faculty. 

“If we look out my window at the construction site for the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) we are looking at the largest expansion to the engineering program in the last 15 years. About a third of the IWC is dedicated to engineering and that includes both research space and undergraduate programming. That differs very much from Beamish-Munro Hall, which was formed as a new way to provide undergraduate programming to engineering students. The IWC will enhance the overlap between undergraduate programming, world-leading research centres and innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We are going through an exciting time of faculty renewal. That gives us an incredible opportunity to increase the diversity of our faculty. When it comes to engineering it is clear that we need more diverse points of view to provide better solutions to the complex problems that engineers face.”

For those who do not know you, what should they know about you?

“I’m a very proud father of three children, one of whom is in second year of university, and I have a very supportive wife. I am passionate about sailing. I took up sailing when I moved here 10 years ago, and I think it is a metaphor for much of what we do in life. There is also a lot of engineering at work in sailing. For me it is a great way to relieve stress – it is the most relaxing thing I do. You can’t sail well unless your mind is completely on it. It takes your full everything – your mind, your body – and therefore any kind of troubles in the day, when you’re on the water, go away and you focus on sailing.”

For the Record: Sept. 21

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Oct. 5. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Oct. 3. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.

COMMITTEES

Headship Selection Committee, Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining

P. D. (Takis) Katsabanis’ term as head of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining ends June 30, 2018. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the provost and vice-principal (academic) in the selection of a department head. Members of the bargaining unit will elect five members. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining and faculty from cognate disciplines, for membership on the selection committee. Nominations should be sent to Dean Kevin Deluzio (Chair), c/o Dayna Smith, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Oct. 27, 2017. 

Headship Selection Committee, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Christopher Mechefske’s term as acting head in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering ends Dec. 31, 2017. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the provost and vice-principal (academic) in the selection of a department head. Members of the bargaining unit will elect five members. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and faculty from cognate disciplines, for membership on the selection committee. Nominations should be sent to Dean Kevin Deluzio (Chair), c/o Dayna Smith, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Oct. 27, 2017. 

NOMINATIONS

Special Recognition for Staff Award

Do you know a staff member or team that goes above and beyond to make Queen’s a great place to work and study?

Nominations for the 2017 Special Recognition for Staff Award are now being accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Oct. 20.

The award recognizes staff members who consistently provide outstanding contributions during the workday to the learning and working environment at the university at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected. Some examples include improving the workplace efficiency, enhancing the quality of work life, providing outstanding customer service, or helping solve problems.

Last year’s winners were Sandra McFadden and Angela Street, Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards); Sandra Murray, Centre for Teaching & Learning; Ben Seewald, Advancement - Alumni Relations; Deborah Smith, Office of the University Registrar (Exams Office); and Melinda Knox and Kelly Blair-Matuk, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) Team.

Information and nomination forms are available on the Queen’s Human Resources website.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Job Title: Events Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0617-0456
Successful Candidate: Jenny Knutsson

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Continuing and Distance Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Competition: J0617-0534
Successful Candidate: Lise Yeatman (Continuing and Distance Studies)

Job Title: Lead Timetabling Administrator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of the University Registrar
Competition: J0617-0607
Successful Candidate: Dario Paola (OUR Administration)

Job Title: Senior Admissions Coordinator-Bader International Study Centre (USW Local 2010)
Department: Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Department
Competition: 2017-216
Successful Candidate: Thomas Gallini

Job Title: Research Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: University Research Services
Competition: 2017-136
Successful Candidate: Alexandra B. Pedersen

Job Title: Loans Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of the University Registrar
Competition: J0617-0625
Successful Candidate: Dustin Reid

Job Title: Head Coach, Men's Soccer
Department: Athletics & Recreation
Competition: 2017-208
Successful Candidate: Christian Hoefler

Job Title: Senior Development Officer (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0617-0848
Successful Candidate: Tyson Champagne

Job Title: Art Conservation Laboratory Technician (CUPE Local 254)
Department: Art History & Art Conservation
Competition: 2017-210
Successful Candidate: Terry O'Reilly (Studio BFA)

Job Title: Undergraduate & Office Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Philosophy
Competition: J0617-0645
Successful Candidate: Noreen Haun (Studio BFA)

Job Title: Student and Faculty Liason
Department: International Centre for Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation
Competition: J0617-0049
Successful Candidate: Ndinda Msiska

Job Title: Aboriginal Recruitment Representative (USW Local 2010)
Department: Four Directions
Competition: J0617-0265
Successful Candidate: Joseph Brant

Job Title: Steamfitter (CUPE Local 229)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: 2017-201
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Learning Management System Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts & Science- Continuing Distance Studies
Competition: J0617-0585
Successful Candidate: Sean Mayo

Job Title: Program Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Medicine
Competition: J0717-0363
Successful Candidate: Genevieve Bureau

Job Title: Student and Faculty Liaison
Department: International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR)
Competition: J0617-0049
Successful Candidate: Ndinda Msiska

Job Title: Coordinator of Academic Personnel (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education-CTE
Competition: J0517-1012
Successful Candidate: Julie Lackie (Continuing Teacher Education)

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Smith School of Business, Commerce Office
Competition: J0717-0071
Successful Candidate: Angie Loyst (Queen's Executive Education)

Job Title: Engineering Design Course Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Chemical Engineering
Competition: 2017-186
Successful Candidate: Ashwin Gupta

Job Title: Program Manager
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0617-0652
Successful Candidate: Gang Tian

Job Title: Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Industrial Relations Centre
Competition: J0617-0366
Successful Candidate: Emily Culhane (QEE General Admin)

Job Title: Residence Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Residence Life, Housing & Ancillary Services
Competition: J0617-0015
Successful Candidate: Hayley McNamara

Job Title: Residence Life Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Residence Life, Housing & Ancillary Services
Competition: J0617-0563
Successful Candidate: Nathan Utioh

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Art Conservation
Competition: J0617-0981
Successful Candidate: Stefanie Killen

Job Title: Administration to the Department Head (USW Local 2010)
Department: Biology
Competition: J0717-0436
Successful Candidate: Anne Dumont (Biology)

Job Title: Engineering Curriculum Developer (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: 2017-202
Successful Candidate: Mahsa Gholami

Job Title: Manager, Career Education and Coaching Services
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0717-0216A
Successful Candidate: Emma Sutherland (The Business Career Centre)

Job Title: Communications Officer, Media Relations
Department: University Communications
Competition: J0617-0280
Successful Candidate: Dave Rideout

Job Title: Senior Financial Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Gift Services, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0717-0439
Successful Candidate: Christa Walsh

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0617-0305
Successful Candidate: Candace Chabot

Job Title: Office Assistant
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Competition: J0717-0697
Successful Candidate: Cheryl Wright

Job Title: Associate Director, Master of Management Analytics
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0717-0274
Successful Candidate: Patrick McLarty

Job Title: Research Assistant
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0617-0414
Successful Candidate: Raminder Kaur

Job Title: Project Manager, SEAMO (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: 2017-143
Successful Candidate: Giselle Valarezo

Job Title: Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: 2017-144
Successful Candidate: Nancy Evans

Job Title: Director, Master of International Business
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0717-0272
Successful Candidate: Kerri Regan

Job Title: Lab Coordinator, Adolescent Dynamcis Lab
Department: Psychology
Competition: J0617-0797
Successful Candidate: Kenzie Bender

Job Title: Coordinator, Recruitment and Orientation
Department: Family Medicine
Competition: J0617-0056
Successful Candidate: Kim Wallace

Job Title: Undergraduate Program Assistant
Department: Department of Biomedical & Molecular Science
Competition: J0617-0638
Successful Candidate: Katie Flindall

Job Title: Internal Controls Manager
Department: Audit Services
Competition: 2017-055
Successful Candidate: Sanjiv Sandhu

Job Title: Senior Staffing Officer
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0617-0938
Successful Candidate: Katie Roberts (Human Resources)

Job Title: Instructional Design Multimedia Support Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts & Science- Continuing & Distance Studies
Competition: J0717-0079
Successful Candidate: Martin Tan (Continuing & Distance Studies)

Job Title: Senior Research & Planning Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Arts & Science Faculty Office
Competition: J0617-0048
Successful Candidate: Lydia Scholle-Cotton (ADV Gift Planning)

Job Title: Instructional Designer, Online Learning (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0717-0427
Successful Candidate: Simon Bailey (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)

Job Title: Lab Assistant (CUPE 254)
Department: Clinical Simulation Centre, Department of Medicine
Competition: J0717-0177
Successful Candidate: Nicole Hill

Job Title: Laboratory Technician (CUPE 254)
Department: Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Competition: J0717-0120
Successful Candidate: Emilie Ward (Biomedical & Molecular Science)

Job Title: Laboratory Technician (CUPE 254)
Department: Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Competition: J0717-0120
Successful Candidate: Shannyn MacDonald-Goodfellow (Biomedical & Molecular Science)

Job Title: Coordinator of Academic Personnel (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J0517-1012
Successful Candidate: Julie Lackie

Job Title: Personal Counsellor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Welness Services
Competition: J0617-0358
Successful Candidate: Christina Ruggiero

Job Title: Business Analyst
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: 2017-198
Successful Candidate: Carolyn Pratt

Job Title: Project Manager
Department: Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
Competition: J0617-0669
Successful Candidate: Madelaine Meehan

Job Title: Cancer Research Study Coordinator
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0617-1075
Successful Candidate: Conor Dellar

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 210)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0617-0982
Successful Candidate: Deborah Leach (Financial Services)

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator (USW Local 210)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0517-1031
Successful Candidate: Desuree Vandendam

Job Title: Clinical Research Assistant
Department: Psychiatry
Competition: 2017-197/2017-R025
Successful Candidate: Ashleigh Forsyth

Job Title: Junior Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Strategic Procurement Services
Competition: J0717-0227
Successful Candidate: Shannon Deline (Financial Services)

Job Title: IT Systems Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Geological Sciences
Competition: J0717-0393
Successful Candidate: Daniel Bullock

Job Title: Recruitment Representative (USW Local 2010)
Department: Undergraduate Admission
Competition: J0617-0802
Successful Candidate: Chandra Erickson

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Cardiac, Circulatory and Respiratory Research Program, DBMS
Competition: J0617-1104
Successful Candidate: Ashleigh Schwehr (Smith School of Business)

Job Title: Academic Initiatives Coordinator
Department: Residences
Competition: J0717-0432
Successful Candidate: Olivia Winder

Job Title: Wardrobe Coordinator
Department: Dan School of Drama and Music
Competition: J0817-0301
Successful Candidate: Marianna Thomlison

Job Title: Audit Group - Team Leader
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0717-0273
Successful Candidate: Scott Wilkes (Canadian Cancer Trials Group)

Job Title: Web Project Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: J0717-0829
Successful Candidate: Matthew Fair

Job Title: Receptionist (USW Local 2010)
Department: Financial Services
Competition: J0717-0806
Successful Candidate: Frana Badour (Office of Advancement)

Job Title: Security Operation Specialist (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: 2017-225
Successful Candidate: Dan Boers (Information Technology Services)

Job Title: Payroll Administrator
Department: Financial Services
Competition: J0617-0586
Successful Candidate: Erica Moorhead

Job Title: Construction Project Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0617-0822
Successful Candidate: Pierre Bartkowiak and Abhishek Sharma

Job Title: Research Associate/Cytometry and Imaging Specialist
Department: Medicine
Competition: J0617-0684
Successful Candidate: Patricia Lima

Job Title: Divisional Secretary, Cardiology
Department: Medicine, Cardiology
Competition: J0617-0261
Successful Candidate: Andrea Mayfield

Bystander Intervention program now includes online pledge

This is Consent Awareness Week at Queen’s, and while it is only the middle of September, thousands of students have already been trained on ways they can help stop and prevent sexual violence.

Bystander Pledge
Queen's students who have completed the training for the Bystander Intervention program can now fill out an online pledge that reflects their commitment to do what they can to promote a safe and respectful campus community.

And now, students who complete the training can fill out an online pledge that reflects their commitment to do what they can to promote a safe and respectful campus community.

The university has added this pledge to the Bystander Intervention program, as research has shown that taking the pledge increases an individual’s commitment to intervening in problematic situations.

“Our goal is ultimately to shift social norms in creating a culture of consent and one that supports survivors/victims of sexual violence,” says Lea Keren, Sexual Violence and Bystander Awareness Student Coordinator. “Though change is slow and it can feel daunting at times, the bystander pledge helps to reinforce the real, tangible ways that members of our community can contribute to that change. It creates a commitment to the very real and practical things that we can all be doing to prevent sexual violence.”

The university will track the number of pledges that are completed to help demonstrate Queen’s commitment to support a consensual campus environment.

When completing the pledge, participants are provided with a range of actions and behaviors they can use to foster a caring campus community. Suggestions include “believing and supporting survivors/victims of sexual assault”, “not being silent about sexual violence”, and “confronting sexist language, attitudes, and behaviors”.

The bystander intervention training is being delivered by a team of 13 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled in faculties and schools across campus and with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It covers topics including how to navigate difficult conversations and focuses on the intersection of sexual violence with discrimination and harassment. The goal is to provide students with the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence.

More than 22 sessions have been delivered since mid-August to campus leaders, including residence dons, orientation leaders, all AMS service staff, the Varsity Leadership Council, Peer Support Centre volunteers, and Engineering Society Exectutives.

The Bystander Intervention Team is also hosting an open session Thursday, Sept. 28 in Queen’s Centre Room 506 from 5:30-7 pm for any members of Queen’s community interested in learning how to respond to sexual violence. Participants are encouraged to register online in advance for the session.

​More sessions are scheduled in the coming days and weeks, and can be arranged for any club or group by request. To book a 45- or 90-minute session, contact Lea Keren, Sexual Violence and Bystander Awareness Student Coordinator, at svbystander@queensu.ca.

Nominations open for Special Recognition for Staff Award

Do you know a staff member or team that goes above and beyond to make Queen’s a great place to work and study?

Nominations for the 2017 Special Recognition for Staff Award are now being accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Oct. 20.

The award recognizes staff members who consistently provide outstanding contributions during the workday to the learning and working environment at the university at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected. Some examples include improving the workplace efficiency, enhancing the quality of work life, providing outstanding customer service, or helping solve problems.

Last year’s winners were: Sandra McFadden and Angela Street, Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards); Sandra Murray, Centre for Teaching & Learning; Ben Seewald, Advancement - Alumni Relations; Deborah Smith, Office of the University Registrar (Exams Office); and Melinda Knox and Kelly Blair-Matuk, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) Team.

Information and nomination forms are available on the Queen’s Human Resources website.

Indigenous art to appear in Law atrium

The Faculty of Law.

The call has gone out seeking a piece of Indigenous artwork to reside in the Faculty of Law which will be used to welcome students, instructors, guests, and community members visiting the Faculty of Law.

“Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory,” says Dean Bill Flanagan. “By honouring this traditional territory, we acknowledge the territory’s significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived, and continue to live, upon it. Having a work of art that reflects Indigenous culture and values in the entrance to our school will be one of many ways we honour this traditional territory and embrace Indigenous engagement in all that we do the Faculty of Law.”

Indigenous artists are being invited to apply to design, fabricate, and install a permanent artwork for the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Faculty of Law, and to help promote awareness around historical and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and law.

The school’s atrium is a high-traffic hub visible from all floors of the building as well as the street. “The location is very exciting for us,” says Chantal Rousseau, Manager of International Programs and the project’s coordinator. “All students go through here, all faculty go through here, as well as visitors. It is a crossroads for the law school and will have a lot of meaning and resonance.”

The project is part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across the Queen’s University campus. The installation of this piece of art will represent part of the Faculty’s response to Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force – specifically the recommendation to ‘increase the presence of Indigenous cultures on campus’. A 12-person committee, representing all the Faculty’s major stakeholders and including seven Indigenous members, is overseeing the project.

“I am very pleased with the Indigenous art project initiative coming out of the Dean's office,” says committee member Jason Mercredi (Law’18), a Student Senator for the law school, and a member of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force. “This is a small but meaningful gesture of good faith towards reconciliation. This project also confirms Indigenous belonging within the law school community, which is particularly important in the study of colonial law.”

Interested artists can view the public art call. The artwork selected will be installed for unveiling in Fall 2018.

Canada’s largest STEM scholarships name Queen's recipients

Schulich Leader Scholarships names four Queen’s University recipients.

Four Queen’s University students have been named recipients of Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) scholarships, the Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Seymour Schulich spoke at Queen's University last year at the opening of a new rare book collection.

Johann Sapim of Toronto, Ontario and Laure Halabi of Whitby, Ontario are studying engineering and will each receive $100,000 over their four years of study. Ryley Molloy of Lindsay, Ontario and Jacob Meadus of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland will each receive $80,000 towards their undergraduate studies at Queen’s. Mr. Malloy and Mr. Meadus are both pursuing their Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree.

Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages high school graduates to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in their future careers.

Laure Halabi

“Schulich Leader scholarship recipients are the best and brightest STEM students in Canada,” says Mr. Schulich.  “I truly believe that many of these students will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of technology innovators.”

This year, there were over 1,300 Schulich Leader nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. Since inception, 270 students have received this scholarship.

Jacob Meadus

“The Schulich scholarships are another example of Seymour Schulich’s outstanding commitment to post-secondary education in Canada,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This award is highly competitive and we are proud to have four winners again this year. This is a perfect example of the high quality of first-year students studying at Queen’s University.”

Mr. Molloy says he felt a great feeling of relief with the lifting of the financial burden associated with post-secondary studies which enhances his ability to succeed while Ms. Sapim says the scholarship shows that people can achieve their goals through hard work.

“Receiving the Schulich Leader scholarship has served for me as a confirmation to this idea. I hope that my experience can inspire others to never give up on their goals, their ideas and most of all themselves. Everyone has the potential to accomplish great things; you just have to be willing to set your mind to it,” says Ms. Sapim.

Ryley Molloy

Mr. Meadus calls the Schulich Scholarship his “golden ticket” adding the funding will make all of his life aspirations accessible and possible. Living on campus, studying abroad, attending such a prestigious institution as Queen's, all of these things – once vivid pipe dreams – are now my reality. I am truly blessed.”

Johann Sapim

“I cannot begin to describe how much this scholarship has changed my family's life and mine. It has provided me with the foundation and support that I needed to fulfill my dream of becoming an engineer and change the world. My family and I are forever grateful for this incredible opportunity,” says Ms. Halabi, who was born in Lebanon and speaks English and Arabic.

“Both Seymour Schulich and Queen’s University want to help develop the leaders of tomorrow, and we are delighted to welcome these four exceptional students to campus. We are grateful to the Schulich Foundation for its commitment to supporting these students in their post-secondary pursuits,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs.

For more information on the scholarships and full profiles of the Queen’s recipients visit the website.

Sumner leads Queen's to cross country title

"Claire Sumner wins gold at Queen's Invitational cross country meet"
Claire Sumner, left, won the women's race at the Queen;'s Invitational cross country meet while Queen's Gaels teammate Amy Stephenson, right, placed third. Guelph’s Hannah Woodhouse, centre, won the silver. (Photo by Robin Kasem)  

A quick roundup of Gaels teams and student-athletes in competition over the weekend:

CROSS COUNTRY

Claire Sumner led the Queen’s Gaels to a first place finish at the Queen's Invitational by winning the women’s title and edging the powerhouse Guelph Gryphons by five points.

The Gaels women's team had a historic run to open their season with a first for Sumner and as a team.

Sumner finished in a time of 28:45.75 while teammate Amy Stephenson came in third followed by sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes from Shannen Murray, Molly Steer and Taylor Sills.

The Gaels finished with a total of 25 points compared to the Gryphons’ 30. Guelph’s Hannah Woodhouse placed second overall.

On the men's side, Queen's saw fifth and sixth-place finishes from Brett Crowley in a time of 25:56.00 and Mitchell Kirat 25:59.53. The Gaels also had the eighth to 10th-place finishes from Matt Flood, Robert Kanko and Eric Wynands for a total of 38 points.

The Guelph Gryphons took first place with 17 points and were led by a first-place finish by Connor Black, who crossed the line in 25:03.31.

FOOTBALL

The Queen's Gaels (0-3) fell to a 40-17 defeat at Richardson Stadium to the defending Yates Cup Champion Laurier Golden Hawks (3-0) in front of a home crowd of 4,657 on Saturday afternoon.

After the Hawks opened the scoring, but missed out on the convert, the Gaels struck back as Nate Hobbs found Jeremy Pendergast with a 42-yard throw. Nick Liberatore added a point to make it 7-6 for the home side.

The Golden Hawks went back in the lead 13-7 in the first minute of the second quarter 13-7 before Liberatore added a 42-yeard field goal. Then Cam Lawson came up big with a fumble recovery for the Gaels and Hobbs found Chris Osei-Kusi in the endzone to make it 17-13 Gaels.

However, Laurier is ranked fifth in the country for a reason and added a field goal and touchdown to go into the half up 23-17. The second half was all Laurier as they tacked on 17 more points and kept the Gaels off the scoreboard.

MEN’S RUGBY

Kainoa Lloyd had three tries for Queen’s (3-0) as the Gaels romped past cross-town rival the RMC Paladins for a 62-0 win in men’s rugby at Nixon Field on Saturday.

The hosts found themselves up 14-0 early with a pair of tries from Joshua Engelbrecht while Dylan Young made the converts. Young then scored a try of his own, Lloyd added two more and Alex Pipchuk crossed the line as well to put the Gaels up 40-0 at the half.

The Gaels kept up the pace after the break and Lloyd added his third try of the game and Lachlan Devir added the final score.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Gaels men’s soccer team (3-3-0) earned a split as they headed north for the weekend.

On Saturday, Queen’s topped the Nipissing Lakers (2-4-0) 3-0 in North Bay with second-half goals from Inaki Hew, Brevin Mackay and Patrick Van Belleghem. Alex Jones maintained a clean sheet with a number of key saves.

On Sunday, the Gaels were in Sudbury, where they lost 2-1 against the Laurentian Voyageurs (3-4-0). After the hosts went down a man due to a second yellow card the Gaels opened the scoring in the 60th minute as Jacob Schroeter found the back of the net.

However, the momentum quickly swung as the Voyageurs struck back five minutes later and Schroeter earned a red card in the 70th minute to put the teams at 10 men each.

Laurentian netted the winner three minutes later.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The No. 5 Queen's Gaels (4-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season but exited the weekend road trip with a split.

On Saturday the Gaels topped the Nipissing Lakers (1-4-1) 3-1, as Alexandra Doane opened the scoring and captain Laura Callender added a brace of her own.

On Sunday, the Gaels faced the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-0-3) and fell to a 2-0 defeat.

After controlling the play early a defensive lapse in the 26th minute allowed the hosts to open the scoring on a shot from outside the box.

Queen’s pressed forward after the half but couldn’t find the equalizer and Laurentian made it 2-0 and held on for the win.

Thousands of students pick up 'The Break'

"Students review their copies of The Break by Katherena Vermette"
Carolyn Thompson, Queen’s Reads Student Coordinator, and Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Student Development, Student Experience Office have been busy handing out the 5,000 copies of author Katherena Vermette's book The Break. (University Communications)

As students settle into the new academic year, they have been invited to pick up a free copy of the book chosen as the focus of this year’s Queen’s Reads common reading program.

Special Queen’s editions of The Break by Katherena Vermette are available for students at locations across campus, including the Student Experience Office and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) office in the John Deutsch University Centre, Stauffer Library, residences and the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. Of the 5,000 student copies printed for the program, over 2,000 books had been distributed by the end of Orientation Week. 

“We are thrilled that so many students have picked up the book so far, and we are excited about starting the program,” says Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Student Development, Student Experience Office. “We hope that students will join the conversations we are having as a community about issues of diversity, inclusion, sexual violence, identity and culture. The Break is a powerful story and one that we hope will engage students, as well as faculty and staff, in meaningful discussions, critical thinking and community building.”

The Break, by Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette, tells an intergenerational story of a Metis family as they navigate the effects of trauma. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads 2017, and is the recipient of the 2017 Amazon First Novel award. 

Programming is planned throughout the academic year. It starts in October with discussion groups focused on the first half of the book. There will also be a panel event on Nov. 8 that will explore Canadian identity during Canada 150, a writing/media contest and a visit from the author in March 2018. 

“The goal of Queen’s Reads is to offer our campus community a unique way of exploring and reflecting on some important issues, and getting involved in thoughtful dialogue,” says Carolyn Thompson, Queen’s Reads Student Coordinator. “You don’t have to have read the book to participate, but it’s a great read, and I encourage students to get a copy and start reading.”

For more information, go to the Queen’s Reads webpage.

The Break explores important messages related to identity, diversity, Indigenous culture, intergenerational trauma, sexual violence and resilience. If support is needed at any time to help readers navigate these topics, there are resources available for students, as well as for faculty and staff.

 

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