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Spring Convocation 2018 - Day 2

Honorary degree conferred upon Isabel Bassett as three ceremonies are hosted at Grant Hall.

  • Molly Raffan, is hugged by her father James Raffan
    Molly Raffan, a graduate of the Professional Master of Education program, is hugged by her father James Raffan, a former professor at Queen's. (University Communications)
  • MBA wave
    A graduate of the Master of Business Administration program waves as she is hooded during the morning Spring Convocation ceremony on Friday, May 25. (University Communications)
  • Russell Evans and Daniel Woolf
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf shakes hands with Russell Evans after he received his PhD in Management during Friday morning's Convocation ceremony. (University Communications)
  • A Master of Business Administration graduate and Chancellor Jim Leech.
    A Master of Business Administration graduate points out her family as she is congratulated by Chancellor Jim Leech. (University Communications)
  • Video with cellphone
    A family member takes a quick photo from the balcony of Grant Hall during the afternoon convocation ceremony Friday at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
  • A pair of graduates from the Smith School of Business Master of Business Administration program are hooded
    A pair of graduates from the Smith School of Business Master of Business Administration program are hooded Friday at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
  • Isabel Bassett, Honorary degree recipient
    Isabel Bassett speaks to the gathered graduates after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's during the fifth ceremony of convocation. (University Communications)
  • Ashley Keays, Master of Public Administration
    Ashley Keays, a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program, receives a blanket from Laura Maracle, Aboriginal Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. (University Communications)

Spring convocation continued on Friday, with three more ceremonies being held at Grant Hall.

The highlight of the day was the conferring of an honorary degree (LLD) upon Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVOntario, Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation.

The day’s ceremonies involved graduate programs from the Smith School of Business, as well as the Faculty of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

No ceremonies are being held on Monday, May 28. Two ceremonies will be hosted on Tuesday, May 29.

Live ceremony feeds will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each ceremony.

full schedule of the ceremonies and more information about Spring Convocation, for graduates, parents and family, as well as faculty members, is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Multimedia lab sheds light on online courses

New online teaching and learning lab features Kingston’s first lightboard and other amenities to liven up online courses.

[Eric Tremblay shows how the lightboard works] (Photo: PPS)
Eric Tremblay, Manager of Online Learning and Development with the Engineering Teaching and Learning team, demonstrates how the light board works. The lightboard is available for instructors to use to teach online courses. (Photo: PPS)

The new Engineering Teaching and Learning (ETL) Lab aims to bridge the interaction gaps that come with online learning.

[Mr. Tremblay and other Engineering Teaching and Learning team members test online teaching spaces in the lab.] (Photo: PPS)
Mr. Tremblay and other Engineering Teaching and Learning team members test online teaching spaces in the lab. (Photo: PPS)

Located in Dupuis Hall in room G25, the multi-media lab features new technology and ergonomic workspaces to help instructors teach online courses. 

While the space is primarily used by staff and faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, students and instructors from other faculties are welcome to view the lab, talk to staff members, and learn more about the activities it can accommodate.

“In order to create a flexible work environment, we added height-adjustable desks, lots of whiteboard space, and areas for collaboration,” says Lindsay Down, designer with the Physical Plant Services (PPS) team. “Each desk has a privacy screen that moves up and down as the desk is adjusted, providing some visual privacy. We also used pops of bold colour in the paint and furnishings to make the lab more welcoming and vibrant."

[An ETL lab staff member uses an ergonomic desk] (Photo: PPS)
An ETL lab staff member uses one of the ergonomic desks available in the lab. (Photo: PPS)

In addition to the new workspaces, the ETL Lab also features Kingston's first lightboard, the most innovative piece of technology in the lab. The lightboard is located in a soundproofed video and audio recording studio within the lab. Instructors can bring their presentation to life in a more eye-catching, engaging, and humanizing way while teaching.

“This project helps Queen’s modernize our online learning space to make it more welcoming and to promote collaboration and effective communication between instructors and students,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “The project teams have created a wonderful space that will help instructors bring their course work to life and help students engage with the material.”

For additional information, visit the Engineering Teaching and Learning Lab website.

Introducing our new faculty members: Thomas Rotter

Thomas Rotter is a new member of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

This profile is part of a series highlighting some of the new faculty members who have recently joined the Queen's community as part of the Principal's faculty renewal initiative, which will see 200 new faculty members hired over five years.

Thomas Rotter (Healthcare Quality) sat down with the Gazette to talk about his experience so far. Dr. Rotter is an associate professor.

[Thomas Rotter]
Dr. Thomas Rotter joined the Queen's community in July of 2017. (University Communications)
Fast Facts about Dr. Rotter

Department: Healthcare Quality, and Nursing

Hometown: Günzburg, Germany

Alma mater: Technische Universität Dresden (public health), Erasmus University (evaluation science)

Research areas: healthcare quality, risk, and patient safety

Hobbies include: Cooking, bicycling, gardening

Dr. Rotter’s web bio
How did you decide to become a teacher?
I never thought I would be a professor, which makes me a rare species. If you told me even in my thirties that I would be a professor, I would not have believed you. 
I worked as a nurse clinician for eleven years in Germany in a variety of settings before deciding to go back to university to complete my PhD. While completing my doctorate, I connected with the Cochrane Collaboration – this is like a dating agency for those involved in evidence-based practice and medicine. Through this, I met my mentor – Dr. Leigh Kinsman in Australia – and we started doing research together. He taught me about how to successfully apply for high-level research grants, how to publish, and he helped me overcome my anxiety about these things.
He is still my most important collaborator and friend, and my mentor – before I make any important decisions, such as taking this job at Queen’s, I am always consulting him. My passion for research led me to academia, and I ended up loving it.
How did you end up in Canada?
In 2012, I applied for a research chair position at the University of Saskatchewan in health quality improvement science, and I was accepted. During my time there, my wife and I had our daughter – she’s now four years old. So we are now working on our citizenship applications and intending to stay in Canada. I decided after five years of this wonderful chair position that I should go for a faculty position so I could have more time with my daughter.
With this faculty position at Queen’s, teaching is about 35 per cent of my job and I really love it. One course I teach is about research and evaluation methods in health quality, risk, and safety. It is delivered in a hybrid format as part of a two-year masters course. Students are here twice for a week, and the rest is delivered online.
It was a bit of a challenge in the start, but it is going really well and I am looking forward to more teaching – as well as bringing more of my research from Saskatchewan here.
Tell us a bit about your research. Why is it important?
All of my research has a common aim – to cut down the time it takes for a new discovery in healthcare to arrive at the patient’s bedside. I am considering both the patient outcomes, as well as the knowledge and ability of the healthcare professionals – ensuring they are using the best available knowledge to treat their patients. All of my research is of an applied nature. I am doing loads of different stuff because my scope is broad. It applies to every discipline in primary and hospital care.
Some of my research focuses on clinical pathways – interventions which are aimed at guiding evidence-based practice and improving the interactions between health services. I have worked on pathway projects in Canada and internationally as a way to standardize the way we provide care for patients with cancer, pediatric asthma, gastroenteritis, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to improve both their quality of life and life expectancy – but primarily focusing on quality of care.
I also want to do some research into suicide prevention, going back to my time as a psych nurse. The numbers are terrible, and we have to do something.
My skills are generally applicable as long as I work with content experts. I am currently working with a lung doctor on a project in Saskatchewan to implement and evaluate a clinical pathway for COPD patients in Regina.
How did you become passionate about healthcare quality?
This area is under-researched, when compared to basic research, and it is truly multidisciplinary by nature. Some innovations make it into the care setting quicker and we don’t know why. It can be the political climate, the context, or just the right timing – what I know is that we don’t know.
We spend billions of dollars every year to create ‘me too’ drugs that are almost the same as existing drugs – if we instead focused more on quality and ensuring medical knowledge and cutting-edge products made it into the care setting faster, this would save lives and have a much greater effect. This principle applies to every sector of medicine.
Another project you have worked on relates to simulating patient deterioration. What is that?
This is a project I worked on in Australia, which I would like to bring to Canada to test the transferability. We picked two hospitals in Australia and used face-to-face simulations to test nurses’ knowledge and skills on patient deterioration before and after the training, and in two other hospitals we used web-based video simulations. I was a strong believer in face-to-face simulation. I have a background as a health economist, and Dr. Kinsman asked me to do the cost analysis.
We found that both formats were as effective at increasing nurses’ knowledge, and that over time web-based delivery gets cheaper. It is costly at the start but after about 100 nurse trainees you hit the break-even point. I hope to test the findings next year in Canada.
[Thomas Rotter]
Dr. Rotter holds up a picture of his daughter. (University Communications)
What do you think of Kingston?
It was a very good trade – the best thing my family and I have done since moving to Canada. Though we had a wonderful time in Saskatchewan, this is the right opportunity for us and it is closer to Europe so I can visit my family in Germany. It is a magnificent town. It is the right size, and every time I drive home from Toronto I am happy to be coming back – though it is nice to visit Toronto too and take in the sights.
What you might not know is Saskatchewan has no passenger trains, and being from Europe I am so used to that. I appreciate the trains here. I am regularly going to Ottawa or Toronto…I can work. It’s almost like being back home.
What do you do for fun?
I am a hobby chef. I enjoy cooking from country to country – the more exotic the better. Most of the stuff I like is from Africa or the Caribbean. I never cook for myself – I love to cook for guests, and cooking together.
I also love to bike – I lived in the Netherlands for six years and my wife and I both fluently speak Dutch. I recently went to a conference in Amsterdam and the first thing I did was get a bike – I would bike from the hotel to the conference. My Canadian colleagues looked at me and asked, “Are you biking?” and I said, “Yes, every morning – it’s nice guys!” “Is this considered to be safe?” they asked. They took a cab or the tram.
I am also a hobby gardener. What I like about gardening is to grow your own vegetables. Having your own veggie garden is the only way to know what you are eating, and it is a great workout.

Faculty Renewal

Principal Daniel Woolf has identified faculty renewal as a high priority for reinvestment by the university in support of the academic mission. The five-year renewal plan, launched in 2017, will see 200 new faculty hired, which nearly doubles the hiring pace of the previous six years.

Faculty renewal supports Queen’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by giving the university the opportunity to seek, proactively, representation from equity-seeking groups such as women, people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and racialized individuals. It will also build on Queen’s current areas of research strength.

To learn more about the Principal’s faculty renewal plans, read this Gazette article. Stay tuned for additional new faculty profiles in the Gazette.

Kicking off convocation

Alex Da Silva installed as 36th rector of Queen's University as Spring Convocation gets underway.

  • Alex Da Silva installed as rector
    Alex Da Silva is installed as Queen's University's 36th rector at the beginning of the first ceremony of Spring Convocation 2018. (University Communications)
  • Phil Gold receives honorary degree
    Honorary degree recipient Phil Gold is congratulated by, from left, Principal Daniel Woolf, Rector Alex Da Silva, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Jenny Medves, Director of the School of Nursing and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. (University Communications)
  • A graduate is hooded by Peter Chin
    A graduate is hooded by the Faculty of Education's Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Peter Chin as Principal Daniel Woolf looks on. (University Communications)
  • Blanket for graduate
    Karissa Dawn Martin receives her blanket from Laura Maracle, Aboriginal Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. (University Communications)
  • Graduate photo with Chancellor Leech
    A graduate of the Doctor of Medicine program looks for his family as he poses for a photo with Chancellor Jim Leech. (University Communications)
  • A graduate from the School of Nursing
    A graduate is hooded by Cheryl Pulling, an associate professor in the School of Nursing as well as a piper for the convocation ceremonies at Queen's. (University Communications)

Spring Convocation started on Thursday with the first two ceremonies being held at Grant Hall.

The morning’s event saw graduates of the Faculty of Education cross the stage, as their friends, families, and loved ones looked on.

The ceremony also started off with the installation of Alex Da Silva as the 36th rector of Queen’s University. The rector is the third officer of the university, after the chancellor and principal, and is elected by students to represent them.

At each convocation ceremony, the rector sits on stage next to the chancellor and principal, addresses the attendees, and shakes the hands of graduates after they are hooded.

The afternoon ceremony brought together graduates of the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

The ceremony also saw an honorary degree conferred on Phil Gold, Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) and Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Oncology.

full schedule of the ceremonies and more information about Spring Convocation, for graduates, parents and family, as well as faculty members, is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Live ceremony feeds begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each ceremony.

In Memoriam – Wendy Holmes

In Memoriam – Wendy HolmesWendy Holmes, general manager through Queen’s Hospitality Services at the Donald Gordon Centre, died May 14. She was 57.

Ms. Holmes joined the Donald Gordon Centre in 2009.

A celebration of life will be held at The Harbour (53 Yonge St., Kingston) on Saturday, May 26 between 1 pm and 4 pm. Those wishing may make a donation to the charity of their choice.

An obituary is available online.

The history behind the celebration

The traditions of convocation have a long history that helps shape the elaborate celebrations.

[Graduates of the Spring 2017 convocation pose together for a photo]
Graduates of the Spring 2017 convocation pose together for a photo

Over 170 years of traditions contribute to the pomp and circumstance of convocation, bringing faculty, family, and friends together to recognize academic achievements of Queen’s students as they graduate.

Spring convocations begin on Thursday, May 24, and will continue until Wednesday, June 6. With 21 ceremonies in total (all but two in Grant Hall), there is a lot to take in at Queen’s over the next three weeks. Venues, speeches, music, and the academic regalia all have a place in the festivities, and their origins come from well over a century of tradition.

These hallowed halls

[Spring 2017 convocation viewed from the balcony in Grant Hall]
The spring 2017 convocation viewed from the balcony in Grant Hall.

During the first convocation ceremony at Queen’s on June 2, 1847, the Senate awarded only three degrees. The ceremony was likely held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Since then, the venue has changed to the Old Medical Building in 1858, Convocation Hall in the Theological Hall in 1878, and Grant Hall in 1905, where it remained until the 1970s when spring class sizes were too large and instead hosted in the Jock Harty Arena. Grant Hall continued to host the fall ceremonies with overflow into the Queen’s Centre. After Jock Harty Arena was dismantled in 2007, Grant Hall was reinstated as the primary location for convocation.

Honourable mention

After the principal’s (or senior administrator’s) speech, many convocations feature an honorary graduate’s speech. This tradition dates back to 1858 with the first honorary degrees given to two prominent Presbyterian clergymen, Rev. James C. Muir and Rev. Alexander MacGillivray.

Honorary degree recipients are chosen twice per year through Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees of Queen’s University. Any member of the Queen’s community may nominate someone who has contributed something outstanding to a discipline, field of work, community, society, or to the university, and the committee considers these nominations. Learn more about the seven honorary degree recipients for spring 2018, and how to nominate the fall and spring 2020 recipients.

Musically inclined

The chancellor grants degrees during convocation while “Flourish for the Chancellor” plays, an organ composition written specifically for convocation by Queen’s music professor Fred Clarke.

Swaths of colours

Students graduating don the traditional outfit of a gown and hood at convocation. Each degree has a different colour scheme, from the red, gold, and blue of a Doctor of Philosophy, to the black and red of a Bachelor of Arts. You can find more designs listed on the University Registrar page dedicated to the academic hood.

Interested in more information on convocation? Check out Convocation brings buzz back to campus for details on what to expect before, during, and after the ceremonies.

Indigenous art proposal selected by Faculty of Law

Visitors to the Faculty of Law building this fall will see a unique Indigenous art installation.

[Hannah Claus and her proposal]
Hannah Claus showcases her proposal, which consists of wampum belts made of translucent purple coloured and frosted clear acrylic sheets and hung vertically from the ceiling of the Faculty of Law building. (University Relations)

“Words that are lasting,” an artwork by Montréal (Tiohtià:ke) visual artist Hannah Claus, has been selected as the winning entry in the Indigenous Art Commission competition held by the Queen’s Faculty of Law.

This goal of the initiative is to introduce Indigenous art into the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law, and is an important element of the law school’s multifaceted response to the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“This art installation will beautifully represent Indigenous legal traditions and reflect part of the commitment of Queen’s Law to respond to the calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report,” says Bill Flanagan, Dean of the Faculty of Law and chair of the commission. 

Ms. Claus’ vision involves a suspended art installation based on wampum belts that will hang from the ceiling in the law school's atrium airy expanse. Made from translucent purple-coloured and frosted clear acrylic sheets, these laser-cut forms will interplay with the natural light that floods the atrium.

“I’m elated to have my project chosen as the artwork,” Ms. Claus says. “Wampum belts are mnemonic aids utilized by the Haudenosaunee and other Indigenous peoples within oral nation-to-nation agreements. They represent legal documents as reflected in this distinct worldview. It seems a fitting acknowledgement, as Queen’s University is located on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.”

This sentiment resonated with the 12 members of the committee who chose the winning entry.

“The representation of wampum in the faculty is representative of the oldest agreements or contracts between not only Indigenous peoples and settlers, but amongst Indigenous peoples as well,” says committee member Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. “It’s most appropriate given there are wampum agreements between Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, and so this work is representative of both groups of Indigenous peoples acknowledged as the original landholders.”

Ms. Claus is a visual artist of English and Kanien'kehÁ:ka / Mohawk ancestries and a member of the Tyendinaga Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. She teaches contemporary Indigenous art as a sessional lecturer at Kiuna, a First Nations post-secondary institution, in Odanak, Québec, and her artwork has appeared in exhibitions across Canada and the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, and Chile.

She is now at work creating “Words that are lasting” with a goal of installing it this fall. Later this summer, Ms. Claus and renowned Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, a member of the Indigenous Art Commission selection committee, will jointly record a video that will highlight and explore the themes embodied in her artwork.

Convocation brings buzz back to campus

Queen's welcomes back graduating students during 21 ceremonies from May 24 to June 6.

[Spring Convocation]
Spring Convocation 2018 will feature 21 ceremonies, with the first one kicking off Thursday, May 24, at 10 am in Grant Hall. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

The Class of 2018 will be returning to campus with their families and friends starting this week as Spring Convocation ceremonies get underway on Thursday, May 24.

With a total of 21 ceremonies the celebrations will continue to Wednesday, June 6. The majority of ceremonies will be held at Grant Hall, the exceptions being the two ceremonies on Tuesday, May 29 at the Main Gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). 

During Spring Convocation Queen’s will be conferring seven honorary degrees.

The recipients are:

  • Phil Gold, DSc, Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Oncology at McGill University, Thursday, May 24 at 2:30 pm.
  • Isabel Bassett, LLD, former chair and CEO of TVOntario, Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, Friday, May 25 at 4 pm.
  • Indira Samarasekera, DSc, former President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, former Vice-President (Research) at the University of British Columbia, Thursday, May 31 at 4 pm.
  • Valerie Tarasuk, DSc, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Friday, June 1 at 10 am.
  • John Baird (Artsci’92), LLD, former Member of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Friday, June 1 at 2:30 pm.
  • Hugh Segal, LLD, Principal of Massey College former Associate Cabinet Secretary (Federal-Provincial Affairs), Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Monday, June 4 at 10 am.
  • Douglas Cardinal, LLD, award-winning architect, Wednesday, June 6 at 2:30 pm.

Live ceremony feeds will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each ceremony.

full schedule of the ceremonies and more information about Spring Convocation, for graduates, parents and family, as well as faculty members, is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Marking milestones with Queen’s

University recognizes faculty and staff members for continuous contributions at Celebration of Service.

  • Queen's faculty and staff members, and their friends and families, fill Ban Righ Hall
    Queen's faculty and staff members, and their friends and families, fill Ban Righ Hall for the annual Celebration of Service. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf speak with Queen's staff members
    Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf, left, speak with Queen's staff members ahead of the Celebration of Service on Monday, May 14. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), right, chats with Selim Akl
    Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), right, chats with Selim Akl, a professor in the School of Computing. Dr. Akl marked his 40th year with Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf takes a photo with the group of faculty and staff members
    Principal Daniel Woolf takes a photo with the group of faculty and staff members celebrating their 40th anniversary at Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf congratulates Vince Kidd
    Principal Daniel Woolf congratulates Vince Kidd, Senior e-Resources and Serials Assistant at Queen's University Library, on 45 years of working at Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Queen’s employees who have reached milestone achievements of continuous service were recognized by the university during the annual Celebration of Service on Monday, May 14.

A total of 158 staff and faculty members were honoured for their contributions while reaching employment milestones of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years at Queen’s during the ceremony at Ban Righ Dining Hall.

This year’s event was highlighted by Boris Castel’s achievement of reaching the 50-year milestone. Dr. Castel, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, is the long-time editor of Queen’s Quarterly.

The dinner event, attended by the recipients, their families and friends, as well as Principal Daniel Woolf, was hosted by Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources).

“The Celebration of Service really is the best event each year for me as the Associate Vice-Principal of Human Resources,” Mr. Bradshaw says. “It is a time when we in Human Resources, along with the Principal, have the privilege of hosting and thanking our long-service employees for their many years of dedication to their professions, to our students, and to Queen’s. It truly is a privilege.”

Further information about the Celebration of Service and other events is available on the recently-launched Events and Recognition page of the Human Resources website.

CELEBRATION OF SERVICE 

Congratulations to the following employees as they celebrate a milestone at Queen's University this year.

25 Years

Alexander Boag          Michael Cassells          Steve Compeau

Sharon David             Catherine Davidson       Karen Dubinsky

Debra Easter             Christopher Eckert        Christopher Frank

Kelly Goode              Richard Greenfield         Patti Groome

David Holland            Joseph Hulton              Michael Kawaja

Mary Kennedy           Shelley King                 Matthew King

Sheila Kiruluta           Deborah Knight            Ann Lablans

Troy Laporte              Diane Lougheed          Miodrag Matovic

Donald Maurice          Jeffrey McGill             Ann Messenger

Lois Mulligan              Colleen Notley            Joel Parlow

Victoria Remenda       Penny Roantree          Jonathan Rose

Sergio Sismondo        David Smith                Glen Takahara

Teresa Touchette        Yat Tse                      Louie Wang

30 Years

Michael Adams           Paul Banfield              Julia Baran

Diane Beauchemin      Kimberley Bell            Jane Bertrim

Steven Blostein          Dorothea Blostein        Rick Boswell

Andrew Bryson           Denise Cameron          Luis Cardoso

Susan Chamberlain     Timothy Childs            Lynann Clapham

Janet Clark-Pereira     Lisa Cook                    Monica Corbett

Euler De Souza           Monica Desjardins      Danny Dwyer

Kenneth Edgecombe   Randy Ellis                 Cliff Ewart

Gail Ferland                Michael Flavin            Kevin Fletcher

Anne Foley                 Lisa Gervais               Lisa Graham

Allan Gregory             Jane Griffiths              Bruce Griffiths

Irene High                  Kathy Hoover              Donna Ivimey

Lynda Jessup             Liann Joanette            Carol Johnson

Gordon Jones             John Jordison             Panagiotis Katsabanis

Kenton Ko                  Holly Lefebvre            Donald MacNaughton

Shelli Mackie              Ian McBride               John McCallum

Stephen McNevin        Kenneth Montroy       Evelyn Morin

Sandra Murray            Sharon Musgrave       Maureen Myers

Catherine Nelson         Denis O'Donnell         John Odell

Daniel Offin                 David Patterson        Paul Pearsall

Keith Poole                 Diane Reid                Robert Robertson

Keith Roddy                John Rudan               Sandip SenGupta

Lois Shepherd             Mariana Silva            Jim Simpson

Gordon Smith              Richard Smith           Arthur Stewart

Angela Swain              John Thompson         Patrick Tobin

Stephen Vanner           Karen Walker            Robert Weisnagel

Christopher White       Jan Winton                 Harold Yntema

Martin York

35 Years

Theresa Brennan        Robert Brison             Robin Dawes

David Haglund            Joel Kimmett             Michael Korenberg

Teresa Long               Donal Macartney        Elizabeth McNutt

Susan Moffatt            Elizabeth Read           Christopher Russell

Marlene Sayers          Linda Seymour           Monica St Pierre

Angela Street             Brian Surgenor           Kenneth Wong

40 Years

Selim Akl                   Wanda Badger           Nicholas Bala

Christine Berga          Lucia Briceland           Jacquie Brown

Margaret Hicks           Joan Knox                 Bonita Knox

Darlene Lake              James Lesslie           Anita Lister

Randy Myers             Donald Napier             Ben Poels

Mary Senior               Nancy Somers

45 Years

Vince Kidd                Paul Manley

50 Years

Boris Castel

IT conference supports students in financial need

Queen's organizers of CANHEIT 2017 conference donate more than $43,000 to the Queen’s University Student Financial Assistance Bursary.

When Queen’s hosted the Canadian Higher Education IT (CANHEIT) conference in June 2017, it brought together hundreds of delegates from universities across Canada to discuss the sector’s leading issues including digital strategy, security, privacy, and copyright.

[CANHEIT 2017 Logo]Hosting the event was also an opportunity for Queen’s to show off the campus, facilities and student living and learning environment.

Adding to the positives, the organizing committee recently donated more than $43,000 to the Queen’s University Student Financial Assistance Bursary, a support program for students in financial need.

“The organizing committee chose this fund because it is campus-wide, and helps a wide variety of students who would otherwise face financial struggle in attending Queen’s,” says Stephen Hunt, Director (IT) for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the CANHEIT 2017 steering committee chair. “The organizers and volunteers should be proud that not only were we able to host a very successful conference but we also are contributing in a meaningful and long-term way to our students.”

The Queen’s University Student Financial Assistance endowment fund was established to provide student financial assistance for undergraduate and graduate students in all of the university’s faculties and schools. The fund supports students who demonstrate a financial need.

“We very much appreciate CANHEIT’s generous donation, which will go to direct support for our students,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “There are many students at Queen’s with financial need who benefit from donor support. These awards help ensure students have the funds required to stay in their programs and complete their degrees. This is a very meaningful donation.”

The university disburses approximately $15 million per year in need-based bursaries to assist current students in meeting their tuition, fees and basic living expenses.

Learn more about Student Financial Aid at Queen’s

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